Bangalore might be known as India’s Pub Capital and Silicon Valley, but with salubrious weather and a plethora of things for kids to do, it’s also a great place for families. There are a host of activities and attractions suitable for children of all age groups. For instance, many of the museums in the city have events and classes where children can try hands-on activities. There’s also plenty of outdoor options that are sure to provide children a good time, and most of all, keep them happily occupied. Whether you’re looking for an indoor fun activity, an outdoor adventure or something entertaining yet educational, the Garden City of India has it all. Here’s our selection of the best things to do with kids in Bangalore, India (it will be fun for the adults, too).
1. Enjoy boating at Ulsoor Lake
The city of Bangalore is home to plenty of lakes, each beautiful in their own right. One of the largest (and must-visit) lakes is Ulsoor Lake. Located smack in the middle of Bangalore, the lake comprises of several islands and the best way to explore them is via a boat ride, which is quite a hit with the kids. Paddle boat and motor boat rides are available that takes you right out onto the islands. Keep an eye out for the different species of birds while boating, including herons, purple swamp hens and Brahmani kites, among others (and don’t forget to snap some great photos).
Address: Ulsoor, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560042
2. Take an edutainment tour of Jawahar Bal Bhavan
Named after India’s first Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the Jawahar Bal Bhavan is a recreation center with fun and educational activities for kids aged 5-16. There are swings and slides, a toy train ride, adventure and nature camps, film shows, indoor games, a children’s library, an aquarium, and other entertaining yet educational activities. Plus, it is located in Cubbon Park, a central location that puts you right next to Bangalore’s landmark structures (Attara Kacheri and the Vidhana Soudha). It is wise to set aside a good chunk of time, as there is something to try and discover around every corner of this center.
Jawahar Bal Bhavan
Address: Kasturba Road, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Ambedkar Veedhi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Website: Jawahar Bal Bhavan
Opening hours: Tues - Sun: 10:30am - 6pm
3. Learn about different species of flora at Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Bangalore’s most beloved attraction is Lalbagh Botanical Garden. It houses over 2,500 different species of native and exotic plants and several species of birds. Kids can spend a pleasant afternoon learning more about nature and identifying the many birds, flowers and plants that thrive here. Also, it is home to a 19th-century glasshouse, which is an artistic marvel in itself. The glasshouse hosts biannual flower shows- on Independence Day (15th August) and Republic Day (26th January), which are a must-see for families. Apart from that, there are fountains, lush lawns, lotus pools, a lake, Bonsai garden, and some three-million-year-old ancient rocks on-site.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Address: Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004
Website: Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Opening hours: 6am - 6pm (daily)
Price: 0.29 USD (20 INR)
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4. Enjoy thrilling rides at Wonderla
Not technically in the city of Bangalore, Wonderla is located about 28 kilometers (17.39 miles) from the city, but it is well worth a visit. There are over 50 water and land rides, musical fountains, wave pools, a laser show, a rain disco, and several restaurants, making it a perfect spot for a full day out. From softer rides like kiddies wheel, a merry-go-round and crazy cars for smaller kids, to thrilling rides like Recoil (a reverse looping roller coaster), Flash tower (40 meters tall free fall ride) and Wonderla Bamba (an 18-seater ride) for teens and adults, there truly is something for everyone.
Address: Mysore Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562109
Website: Wonderla Bangalore
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 6pm; Sat - Sun: 11am - 7pm
5. Learn about space and science through play at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
If you’re looking for a little less action-packed activity, visit the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. The planetarium aims to teach kids interesting facts and principles about science, the universe, space and stars through interactive exhibits, video and audio clips, photographs and movies. It balances education with fun.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Address: Sri T, Sankey Rd, High Grounds, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Website: Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Opening hours: Tues - Sun: 10:30am - 5:30pm
Price: 0.51 USD (35 INR)
6. Cool off at Lumbini Gardens
If kids are bored with sightseeing, Lumbini Gardens is the perfect spot to let off some steam. It has plenty of kiddie rides and a wave pool for the little ones, as well as thrilling amusement rides for the adventurous older kids and adults. For those looking for a laid-back time, there is an eco-friendly boating park and an artificial beach, where you can sit back and relax. After all the fun, be sure to refuel at the Golden Pearl floating restaurant on-site - it’s the only floating restaurant of its kind in Bangalore.
Address: Ring Road | Nagawara Lake, Hebbal, Bengaluru 560034, India
Website: Lumbini Gardens
Opening hours: 11am - 7pm (daily)
Price: 0.72 USD (50 INR)
7. Learn, discover and play at Girias Children's Explorium
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
The Girias Children’s Explorium is a children’s museum where both the young and young at heart can work off all that pent-up energy. It is divided into six galleries, housing more than 75 different exhibits. Make sure to check out the ‘Splash Gallery’ which has a water table that helps teach kids about the concepts of fluid dynamics, the 'Build Gallery’ where kids can build their own city while learning about applied sciences, and the 'Create Gallery’, which emphasizes on creative forms of expression such as visual art. There’s also climbing nets, reading corners, a cafe and a play area. You can even host a kids’ birthday party here. It is certainly a spot that guarantees fun for hours.
Girias Children's Explorium
Address: No 526, 529, 100 Feet Rd, Opp Dell, Krishna Reddy Layout, Amarjyoti Layout, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560073
Website: Girias Children’s Explorium
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10:30am - 8pm; Fri - Sun: 10:30am - 9pm
Price: 2.88 - 10.81 USD (200 - 750 INR)
Fun World has a range of rides and entertainment that appeals to children and grown-ups alike. There are adrenaline-pumping rides like Scream Tower, the Loop Roller Coaster, the Sky Drop and Skyscraper for the adults and brave teens, while those seeking a gentler fun can go for dashing cars, rock and roll capsule and the Spanish bullfight. For kids, there’s a toy train, baby motorbike, boat rides, and a carousel. If that doesn’t suffice, there’s also a water park with kiddie pools and slides, rain dance, wave pool, a lazy river, and myriad other exciting rides.
Fun World Amusement Park Ticket
Located within the Fun World Complex, Snow City is Bangalore’s first indoor snow-themed amusement park. It has snowy slides and activities, making it a great escape from Bangalore’s sun. Activities include snow mountain climbing, snow rafting, snowballing and snow tubes. The park also has a snow dance floor, snow castle, a 9D theatre and games like laser tag.
Snow City Park Admission Ticket in Bangalore
Duration: 45 Min Duration
If your kids have a spirit of wild adventure, then go on a wildlife safari at Bannerghatta National Park. The park is home to some incredible creatures, including white tigers, Bengal tigers, lions and birds. It also houses India’s first butterfly park and a forested elephant sanctuary. A safari ride provides you an opportunity to get up close and personal with all the wildlife that calls it home. When you’re done with the drive-through, there are trekking trails, an aquarium and a pet corner on-site to keep the kids entertained.
Bannerghatta National Park Private Tour with Wildlife Safari
Duration: 8 hours
Bangalore is a kid-friendly destination
Bangalore isn’t just a playground for adults, it’s also a great place for kids. The city is full of amusement parks, museums, gardens and other attractions that will keep the little ones occupied and happy.
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