Eight Places to Visit With Kids in Ahmedabad
The summer vacation is here and if you’re looking for interesting ways to spend time with your children, here is a list of some of the best places in Ahmedabad that can inform, inspire and excite young minds:
Gujarat Science City
With several intriguing attractions such as an an energy park, a hall of science, a life sciences park, and of course Ahmedabad’s only IMAX 3D theatre, Science City makes for an excellent day trip. Established by the state government to encourage greater interest in science education, this sophisticated learning centre showcases unique exhibits that allow for a practical understanding of science and technology. For complete information about the various shows, attractions and entrance ticket rates, click here.
Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum
Located on the campus of the L.D Institute of Indology, this museum features a sizeable collection of Indian sculptures, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, woodwork, beadwork and coins. Some notable pieces include a Buddha head dating to the fifth century, the earliest cult image of Lord Rama dating to the sixth century and innumerable rare manuscripts, diagrams and miniature paintings from diverse parts of the country. This museum is a great place to spend a couple of hours delving into history, particularly with children who are inclined toward the fine arts. Open Tuesday through Sunday between 10.30a.m. and 5.30p.m.
Nestled on the banks of the Sabarmati River, this iconic national monument is is a must visit, not only for the rich history lesson it provides but also for enjoying the beautiful architecture and serene environment. The prime attractions are the Hridaya Kunj, Gandhi’s personal cottage, and the main museum building which houses an extensive collection of paintings, relics, books, articles and photographs. there is a also a small bookstore cum souvenir shop selling literature, memorabilia and handmade paper and cloth products made by local artisans. The Ashram is open everyday from 8.30a.m. to 6.30p.m.
Shreyas Folk Museum
Home to a private collection of folk artefacts and textiles, this museum is also called the Lokayatan Folk Museum and celebrates the contribution of women to Gujarat’s handicraft industry. Children will enjoy looking at and learning about the art forms of different tribes of Gujarat consisting of vivid embroidery, wood carvings and diverse bead, leather and metal works. This museum is open from 3-4.30p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.. It is also open on Sunday mornings from 10.30a.m. to 1.30p.m.
Vikram Sarabhai Space Exhibition
Through working models, live panels, static displays, a 3D theatre and interactive multimedia presentations, this exhibition chronicles India’s space program, detailing its history, achievements and aspirations. Children have the opportunity to see actual spaceships and interact with scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation. Closed on Mondays and public holidays, the exhibition is free to attend on all other days, between 9.30am and 5 pm.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial
This museum and exhibition centre houses memorials to Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. The main palace – Moti Shah Mahal – was constructed by Mughal emperor Shahjahan between 1618 and 1622. The building today also features an exhibit detailing the Sardar Sarovar Dam Project. Open between 9.30a.m. and 5.30p.m, this museum like most others is closed on Mondays.
This city museum houses various collections of art and photography related to Indian history, the independence struggle, various religious communities of Ahmedabad, etc. It is also home to the Kite Museum, which showcases some of the rarest kites of the world. One of the highlights of the exhibit is a kite that has been crafted using 400 pieces of paper.
Calico Museum of Textiles
The premier textile museum of the country, this one is ideal for kids aged 15 and above (younger children are not permitted entry). It houses a fascinating collection of Indian fabrics, representative of the country’s renowned textile industry. Entry to the guided tour is by prior appointment only which can be booked online or by calling 79-22868172 / 22865995. The galleries are open free of charge on all days of the week, except Wednesdays and public holidays. However, the entry gate closes at 10.30 AM and visitors who are late are not permitted to join the tour.