25 Places in Pune to Visit Before Your Kid Turns 12
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25 Places in Pune to Visit Before Your Kid Turns 12

You must have browsed through the web or asked your friends to guide you on kid - friendly attractions in Pune. And, they would have come up with the ever popular places such as Katraj Zoo, Pu La Deshpande Garden,Appu Ghar, Khadakwasla Dam and may be a few more. What if I were to tell you that there is an ‘other side’ to Pune waiting for your kids to discover?

Here is a curated list of 25 places which your young ones must visit in the city before they hit the 12thmilestone of their life.Get ready to explore!

 

1. Take a World Tour at Seven Wonders Park

Address: Nr Swargate, Opp Rajiv Gandhi Academy of E-learning, Sahakarnagar

Not many people are aware of this wonderful park in the city. Also known as Yashwant Rao Garden and Aba Bagul Udyan, it has beautiful and tall replicas of all seven wonders of the world. The little boys will especially get fascinated with theme zones based on Spiderman, Ben 10, Mogli and Bal Hanuman. A 4D theatre show also takes place in the evening. This is surely a fascinating and a well - maintained park you should on put on your bucket list.

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2. Count Butterflies at Butterfly Park

Address: Near Aranyashwar Nagar, Parvath Pathya

Another hidden gem of the city! You would be surprised to know that the country’s only butterfly park is located right here in Pune. Spread over 2 acres of green land, it is home to a variety of species of butterflies that will flutter their way to your children’s heart. There is also a conservatory, an AV room and a museum here to study the lifecyle of butterflies and watch them in their natural habitat at close quarters.

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3. Attend the Annual Flower Show at Empress Botanical Garden

Address: Next to Pune Race Course

A dedicated play zone, a train ride, a lotus pond and a library set amidst a lush green landscape make Empress Botanical Garden a perfect getaway on hot summer evenings and pleasant winter noons. But, you must not miss visiting this garden in January when it transforms into a scented and an artistic landscape. The reason being the annual ‘Buds and Blooms’ flower show that takes place in January. Your children can spend hours here observing flowers of every hue and variety, plant sculptures, exquisite floral creations, a rose exhibition, paintings and out of box rangoli designs or participating in gardening workshops and watching magic shows. Also, don’t forget to relish hurda delicacies, which are available only in the winter season here.I have attended the flower show this year, so can tell you that it’s worth a visit.

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4. Go Strawberry Plucking at Green Tokri Farm

Address: Saswad, via Hadapsar

Now, you don’t need to go to Mahabaleshwar or Panchgini to visit a strawberry farm with your kids. Green Tokri Farm, based on the outskirts of Pune, conducts a strawberry plucking session during the winter season for its patrons. The folks here will show you how strawberries are harvested and what is the right time to take it to your plate. Your children can also enjoy other interesting farm activities, play to heart’s content in the kids’ zone and relish salad made from organically harvested fruits and vegetables.

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5. Trace the History of Bajirao – Mastani at Shaniwarwada Fort

Address: Shaniwarpeth

How can I not include Pune’s most famous historical monument in this list? Shaniwarwada fort was home to Bajirao Peshwa I, one of the most revered warriors of his time.The recently released Bollywood movie Bajirao Mastani is based on his life. A lavish set has been designed in the movie to capture the majestic glory of Shaniwarwada. Though a major part of the fort stands in ruins now, Shaniwarwada will give your children a glimpse into the Peshwa era and historical events that shaped Pune’s culture.

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6. Discover Gandhiji’s Life as a Prisoner at Aga Khan Palace

Address: Yerwada, Nr Bund Garden

Take your kids to Aga Khan Palace to find out how Mahatma Gandhi spent his years in a prison during the Quit India Movement. Though an erstwhile prison, Aga Khan Palace hardly looks like one, owing to its sprawling landscape and grand architecture. Palace or prison, your children will surely be intrigued!

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7. Get a 360 Degree View of Pune at Sinhagad Fort

Address: Sinhagad Ghat Road

A great trek within the city limits! Built in the memory of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s general Tanaji Malasure, who sacrificed his life while fighting for the Maratha kingdom, Sinhagad Fort’s beauty lies in its 360 degree hilltop view of the city. You can also go trekking or cycling or drive a vehicle to reach this fort. Your visit to this fort is incomplete without feasting on hot onion pakodas at the local food stalls there and then spending some time at Khadakwasla Lake en route!

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8. Discover the Wonders of Science at Pimpri Chinchwad Science Park (PCSP)

Address: Nr Auto Cluster, Chinchwad

The only science park for children in Pune, this one will fascinate the young curious minds of your family. PCSP has an inflatable dome shaped planetarium, activity corners, exhibition halls, 3D science show facility, an air conditioned auditorium, a dinosaur park, an automobile gallery and science exhibits.Various science workshops, lectures and exhibitions are conducted here round the year.

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9. Buzz About Bees at Central Bee Research and Training Institute of India (CBRTI)

Address: Ganeshkhind, University Road

Did you know that CBRTI is the only beekeeping training centre in India? A visit here would introduce your children to the world of busy bees, how they live and work together to produce honey. A wonderful educational tour for children and adults alike! You will need to arrange for a special permission from CBRTI to schedule a visit here.

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10. Take a Fairy Tale Holiday at Adlabs Imagica

Address: Khopoli, Mumbai – Pune Express Highway

With its theme attractions, adventure rides, a carnival like parade and live events & performances, Adlabs Imagica, is nothing short of a fairy tale straight out of books for your kids. With an added attraction called Aquamagica Water Park, you will find it tough to take your kids back home. Don’t fret, you can book an overnight accommodation at Hotel Novotel Imagica in the same premises to extend your holiday.

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11. Spend a Day with Horses at Japalouppe Equestrian Centre

Address: Shankarwadi, Mumbai – Pune Highway

Riding a horse is a thrilling experience for your kids, but when it happens on a farmstead, it gets even more exciting. Japalouppe, which is the largest private equestrian facility in the Western India, boasts of a variety of horses and other farm animals. You can plan a day or an overnight trip to this place to live a rancher’s life for a day. Your kids can take horse riding lessons, groom ponies or feed them here.

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12.  Experience the Colours of Rajasthan at Choki Dhani

Address: Pune – Nagar Highway, Wagholi

Choki Dhani, with its setup of a traditional Rajasthani village, will introduce your kids to the culture and cuisine of Rajasthan. Here, you can spend an entire evening indulging in fun activities like camel ride, toy train ride, horse ride, kathputli show, magic show, rope walking show, pottery etc., and relishing an amazing Rajasthani cuisine.

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13.  Ride Toy Trains at Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railway

Address: Next to Sangam Press, Kothrud

There are several museums in Pune, but this is one which your children wouldn’t resist visiting. It displays a miniature replica of a typical urban city with railway stations, lampposts, flyovers, restaurants, swimming pool, business centre, circus, playground and over 2000 figurines in different poses. But, what will awe your children the most are the toy models of steam trains, diesel engines, high speed intercity express, underground train, trolley bus, rope railway, funicular railway and wuppertal hanging railway. The lightning effects and a night sky with stars and showers add to the wow factor.

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14.  Shop for Clay Toys at Kumbharwada

Address: Kasba Peth

Walk through Kumbharwada to watch potters crafting clay flower pots, diyas, wall hangings, planters, statues, cooking pots, masks and other artifacts. Your children would love to shop for clay dolls, animal figurines and piggy banks for their toy collection. They should especially visit Kumbharwada during Diwali to buy diyas of all shapes, sizes and designs, Shivaji mud forts, and figurines of Shivaji & his warriors.

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15.  Tune into Cricket Fun at Blades of Glory Museum

Address: Govind Gaurav Apartment "C",Swanand Society Lane 1, Sahakarnagar

Are there any little cricket fans or budding cricketers in your family? Then, a visit to Blades of Glory Museum is recommended. You will find here authentic signed memorabilia from various national and international cricketers. There is a special treat at the museum for Sachin Tendulkar’s fans. Go and find out for yourself!

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16.  Watch Movies Under the Stars at Lost The Plot

Address: SeasonsApartment Hotel, Sanewadi, 128/2 Laxmi Road, Aundh

Wouldn’t it be an incredible experience for your kids to watch a movie under a starlit sky? Lost the Plot, Pune’s first open air cinema club, screens movies from classic, popular and cult genres, which can be enjoyed on a big screen, sitting on cozy couches equipped with high quality wireless headphones and munching on mid-movie snacks. It releases a monthly list of movies, look out for the child/family movies!

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17.  Embark on Heritage Trails with Virasat Club

Address: Different heritage sites of Pune

Virasat Club conducts heritage trails round the year for children and adults alike. But, its annual heritage week held sometime between Feb and April is definitely something to look forward to. The festival includes a host of activities such as workshops, documentary film screening, lectures, exhibitions, cycle ride, art competitions, campus tours, museum visits and storytelling sessions. This festival is a celebration of local heritage in its true sense.

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18.  Get Adventurous at Peshwa Udyan

Address: Next to Parvati Hill

Peshwa Udyan has all those elements that a child friendly garden should have-a verdant landscape, a lake, a play area and a toy train. But, what sets it apart from other gardens is its thrill zone, which has more than 50 activities such as wall climbing, net climbing, rope climbing, rope slider, skywalk, body motion game and obstacle games There are also models of solar energy, biogas energy and hide energy on display here.

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19.  Glimpse into Shivaji’s Life at Lal Mahal

Address: Near Shaniwarwada, Shaniwarpeth

A trip to Lal Mahal is must because this is where the great Maratha leader Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj spent his childhood and youth. This place still stands a proud witness to his bravery. As a Punekar, tracing the history of Shivaji is as important as knowing the Peshwas for your child. Lal Mahal gets its name from its striking red brick structure. The highlights of Lal Mahal are the statues of Jijamata (Shivaji’s mother) and a young Shivaji holding a plough. It would be a good idea to cover Lal Mahal and Shaniwarwada in one day.

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20.  Splish Splash at Diamond Water Park

Address: Lohagaon

Though there are many water parks in and around the city, this one features on the list because of its double dose of fun. Apart from enjoying the regular water rides, your family can indulge in adventurous activities like archery, zip - lining and bungee ejection, which are recently launched at the park. There is also an exclusive kiddie pool and kid - friendly adventure zone here.

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21.  Swim, Dance and Get Bubbly at Splendour Country Club

Address: Where: Behind Khadakwasla, NDA Road, Pune

Whether you are looking for a place to beat the summer heat or drench in the rains, Splendour Country Club is where you should head to. This is a beautiful resort situated on the backwaters of Khadakwasla lake against the backdrop of Sahyadri range. With facilities like swimming pool, rain dance floor, frothy bubble party, indoor games, Burma bridge, wall climbing and zip-line, your children will never feel out of action for a single minute.Believe me, because my daughter keeps insisting on going there again.

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22.  Get Frozen at Essel World Freeze

Address: Seasons Mall, Magarpatta City

Snow? In Pune? If your children regret missing snow adventures in the city, you should definitely take them to the Snowtown at Seasons Mall. Wouldn’t they love to wear snowsuits and boots and have a blast in the real ice and snow?

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23.  Enjoy Pollution Free Hours at Happy Streets

Address:  Aundh, Pimple – Saudagar and Kalyani Nagar

An initiative of The Times of India, Happy Streets is an ode to the open spaces. This event occurs on Sundays between 7:00 am to 10:00 am at regular intervals in any of the locations mentioned above. The designated location transforms into a vehicle - free zone for the citizens to walk, cycle, run, dance, play, exercise, paint, skate, read or listen to music. Feeling happy already? Since the locations keep on changing, just keep a tab on your local newspapers to know the schedule.

 

24.  Get Clicked at Celebrity Wax Museum

Address: Mumbai – Pune Expressway, En route to Lonavala

Next time you head to Lonavala, include Celebrity Wax Museum on your itinerary. While this desi museum is nothing in comparison to Madam Tussauds in London, it will be still fun to stand next to the wax models of celebrities from various walks of life and click a picture with them.

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25.  Experience the Ultimate Thrill at Della Adventure

Address: Kunegaon, Lonavala

If adventure sports and crazy fun are on your child’s mind, Della Adventure could serve your purpose. With more than 100 adventure rides under its belt, this place will turn everyone into adrenaline pumping junkies. While adults can look forward to extreme adventure activities such as swoop swing, bungee trampoline, ATV rides, dirt bike riding, etc., the young adventure enthusiasts can enjoy pony rides, low rope, foosball, cycling, shooting and archery.

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Do you think we have missed out on any other interesting place in the city? Tell us in the comments section below!

 

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