Various researches done in the field of child development and psychology proves the immense benefits of playful learning on children, like development of cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills. And working towards this end, but with a twist, are doctors Madhumathi and Hema Nalini.
Kydz Hangout, a children’s activity centre, located in a cosy corner in Banjara Hills, focuses on providing experiential learning and fun activities to children of all ages.
This one-of-its-kind centre in the city with the concept of combining children’s entertainment with education in the form of art, dance and music classes, along with some fun science and robotics camps has seen good response ever since its launch by Tollywood actor Ram Pothineni in February 2016.
It has a toddler play area, a little explorers play area, a three-storied jungle maze, an interactive floor game and a music room amongst other facilities.
Founders Madhumathi and Hema Nalini hit upon the idea when they observed the dearth of such spaces in the city. “As mothers and doctors, we are very passionate about early education for children, especially through play.
In a crowded city like Hyderabad, there are very few places that provide a safe, kid friendly space for children to play and parents to relax.
So inspired by the children’s play centres and museums we visited in the United States, we decided to start Kydz Hangout – a children’s activity centre for children of all groups. It provides a wonderful entertainment space with a kid’s play area, fun games, creative activities, birthday party venue and much more. We also have a spacious cafe that serves up delicious, healthy fare and has free Wi-Fi,” says Dr Hema Nalini.
All the play areas have attendants to look after younger children and are monitored by CCTV cameras for safety.
“I like that they have something for parents too like mother-toddler classes and workshops for parents. The cafe has some really nice desserts too. This city needs more such spaces for families,” says Apoorva Reddy, a parent who frequents the place.
“Since our inception, we’ve striven hard to ensure that we provide the best care, most varied and innovative classes [STEM (a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach), robotics, Kuchipudi, Book Club etc.] to keep kids engaged in the best possible ways. We’ve managed to build a supportive community of parents, teachers and instructors in the last year and a half,” says Nalini.
Talking about one disturbing trend she observes in children these days, she says, “the education system in the past decade has become more competition focused than learning focused. While a certain amount of competition is definitely healthy, schools should focus on holistic development that provides kids the best platform to develop creative, social and emotional skills that will aid them in the future”.