Kids of this millennium generation can be found more indoors 'hooked on their iPads' than playing a sport outside. So, its high time you take your kids out and make a day out of it. Mumbai is much more than its glitzy malls and fast-paced life. There's plenty of things to do for all ages; Especially kids. From riding thrilling roller coaster rides at theme parks to learning about the city's rich history, these are the places where your kids (and also you) are sure to have a fun-filled day ahead of them.
1. Adlabs Imagica
You are never too old for Imagica. Prepare for an adrenaline rush in Scream Machine and Nitro (kids' all-time favourite) or family-friendly Alibaba Aur Chalis Chor and Mr India. Other than the thrilling rides, Imagica also has a snow park (with DJ and a snack counter), five restaurants, food trucks and shopping outlets (where you can get funky t-shirts for your kids). Make sure to get done with all the rides by 6:00 PM because that's when the famous parade starts.
Location: No. 30/31, Khopoli-Pali Road, Off Mumbai-Pune Express Highway, Sangdewadi, Khalapur, Raigarh, Khopoli Timings: 11:00 AM to 08:00 PM
2. Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Borivali National Park or Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a green space tucked away in the concrete jungle. Plan a day full of activities with your kids. Spot lions and tigers, row a boat, trek on nature trails, cycle around Kanheri caves, and make sure to hop on the toy train. If you still have time to spare, head over to the Garden of Fragrance and spot more than 68 types of aromatic plants. The garden and the national park as a whole is a scenic beauty.
An architectural marvel, this theatre cum museum. For starters, take your kids to the show about "universe existence" which only costs INR 60. The dome-shaped theatre with a widescreen is truly mesmerising. Then head over to the project installation area where you'll come across exciting space models. If you're the kind of person who loves history, do not make the mistake of missing this knowledgeable tour of an entire history of our universe.
Location: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Lotus Colony, Worli, Mumbai Timings: 10:30 AM to 05:00 PM
There's Marine Drive Chowpatty, Juhu Beach, Band Stand (Bandra), Worli Seaface, and many more beaches where you can plan a picknick to. Make sure you visit it during a time when there are fewer people frolicking (avoid Sundays). Click pictures, watch a beautiful sunset, eat the best local cuisines and make the most of your day.
Location: All over the city Timings: The best time to visit is after 5 PM when the heat dies down.
5. Taraporewala Aquarium
Taraporewala Aquarium is one of the best tourist attractions where you can take your kids on the weekend. As the aquarium is circular, you'll move around and end up at where you started. Along the way, you'll come across over 400 species of fish from all over South East Asia and also a museum housing corals and skeletons. This aquarium is perfect for spotting some beautiful and exotic marine animals and also learning about them.
Location: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Marine Drive, Near Charni Road Railway Station Timings: 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
You'll have to take an hour-long ferry ride from the Gateway Of India or drive around the Gharapuri (make sure to keep GPS on). This UNESCO heritage site has 16 caves waiting for you and your kids to explore them. You could either plan a quick day's trip or stay over (thank you, Airbnb) and take your time. The magnificent and beautiful caves are a treat for the sore eyes. This site is a backpacker's delight.
Location: Gharapuri, Maharashtra Timings: The caves are open to visitors from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM (except Mondays)
If you've not yet visited Smaaash, you've been missing on a lot of fun. Smaaash is a gigantic gaming and activity arena. Kids, adults, everyone will fall in love with this place the moment they step in. Jumping around in trampoline park, putting your bowling skills to use, driving go-carts, rock climbing, shoot some hoops in arcade games, and what not! There are a plethora of activities all designed keeping kids in mind. You can also unwind and grab a beer in at their bar while your kids play around.
Tip: The prices here are towards the costlier side. Make sure to plan accordingly not to burn a hole in your pocket. Location: Gate 4, Kamla Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai Timings: 12:00 PM to 01:00 AM
The Snow World is the perfect place to visit with your kids on a hot sunny day. Winters in Mumbai are hardly witnessed. So, take part in activities such as ice-skating, snow sledging and even snowboarding here. Throw snow around or objects from it, make the most of your hour. You can also step out in the warm area to take a quick break if the cold gets to you. The place provides you with jackets, gloves, shoes and every equipment to keep you warm.
Ticket Price: INR 600 for an hour Location: Phoenix Market City, 58 - 61, Lower Ground Level, L.B.S. Marg, Kamani Junction, Kurla West, Mumbai Timings: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
9. RBI Monetary Museum
Do your kids ever ask you how money is made? To answer this museum, take them to RBI Monetary Museum. Here, they will learn about the concept of money and how it evolved from barter to paper and coins. They will come across all types of money, from Panam coins to paper money and everything in between. The rest of the sections of the museum will give them an insight into the history of money in India and all over the world.
Location: Sir Phirozshah Mehta Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai Timings: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM (all days except Monday)
10. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is one of the finest museums in Mumbai and all over the country. It houses more than 50,000 artefacts. Look around at a great collection of sculptures, bronzes, treasures from China, Japan and Tibet, and even excavated artefacts from the heritage sites. The museum also houses a 2000-year-old mummy which was kept hidden but went on a display recently in an exhibition.
Location: 159-161, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai Timings: 10:15 AM to 06:00 PM
11. Pawfect Life - Dog Daycare Centre
Nothing can be better than spending a day with fluffy four-legged puppers. You'll find 15-20 dogs to play with - chilling around without a leash. You can pet them and play with them, but you can't feed them or take them for a walk. Come to Pawfect life with your kids. Surrounded by love, paws, and licks, they will surely enjoy their time and so will the dogs. You will have to call them in advance and make a booking because their time slots are always filled with puppy lovers just like you! Some of the dogs are up for adoption.