Places to go out with your children in Thiruvananthapuram

Places to go out with your children in Thiruvanathapuram
Children outside Magic Planet. Photo: Manoj Chemmancheri

Children love to go out. And if you are in Thiruvanathapuram, there are a couple of things that could keep your little ones occupied. Here's a list **Magic Planet** Magic enthralls you. And trust us, it will take more than one day to explore the fun tricks and treats that Magic Planet has to offer. You have to see those performers putting on street magic, the rope tricks, mirror maze, card games, coin tricks, mind games. 'History of Mystery' is a museum dedicated to magic. Harry, the mascot who will explain it all. Trust us, this is one trip you and your kids will not forget soon. Conceived and executed by magician Gopinath Muthukad, Magic Planet is located near Kazhakuttam. You are not supposed to take food inside the park. Tickets can be booked at or dial 9447014800. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Mondays. **The Zoo** A trip to the Thiruvananthapuram zoo is an experience in itself. Spread across a sprawling 36 acres in the heart of the city, this Zoo is home to Malar, the white tiger and Ayush and Aishwarya the lions and then there are the leopards. Renovated recently, the tour starts off with the enclosures for monkeys. Then comes the aviary and the rhinos and the hippopotamus. You walk past the zebras and the deer to reach the lions and tigers. Then come the flightless birds, emu walks up and down its enclosure. The crocodiles will come out to sunbathe. And then past the peacock pen is the major attraction of the park, the anaconda. If you are lucky, you may get a chance to see it feed on the chickens. Do make it a point to visit the 'Reptila', the building that houses the other snakes outside the main zoo. The children's park outside the Zoo is usually very crowded. The Museum and the art gallery are worth a visit too. The zoo is open from 10 am to 5.15 pm and is normally very crowded. **Love science?** Science can be fun at Kerala State Science and Technology Museum and Priyadarshini Planetarium at PMG Junction. This is where you see exhibits that explain the theorems you have learned in class. You can see models of dinosaur from Triassic and Jurassic era. Watch a show at the Planetarium, take a look at the skies and try to identify the stars through the telescope. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm. Website: **Kovalam Surf Club** Have you ever dreamed of riding the waves? The Kovalam Surf Club takes pride in training people and guiding them to ride the waves. They say that they have trained kids who are as young as five years old. But, we would say this is strictly for the young adults - who are willing to be extra careful. Website: **Frolic with the elephants** A drive of about 20 kms away from the city is Kottur - a part of the Agasthyavanam Biological Park. If you are in luck you can spot wildlife on this drive. But, your destination is an elephant rehabilitation centre at Kottur. There are some naughty young ones elephants here and some older elephants. You can go on an elephant safari here or just spend your time taking care of these gentle giants. The safari is of twenty minutes and the charges are around 100 rupees

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