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K&K at Tugbug Children’s Center, Hyderabad

We live in a neighbourhood where there is not a single park. It’s a concrete jungle. We are swarmed with traffic, buildings and noise day in and day out. I am constantly on the look out for events and serene environments where I can nurture my children’s creativity as both of them creatively inclined towards arts and crafts.

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When I saw a couple of bloggers share their experience at Tugbug Children’s Center, trust me, I was over the moon that something like this is has made its way into our city.

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How can I even summarize the creative blast my girls enjoyed at Tugbug?!!! The textures they got to touch and feel…

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The colors they got to mix, blow, spin, print, smear, dab and paint all over…

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The mud and threads they were offered to create their imaginary creatures. Tugbug was an absolute feast to their senses!

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When KT is not studying or playing with her friends, I spot her silently creating something out of all the scraps at home!

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Out of the numerous activities available, it was no surprise that the first activity KT chose was to weave a mat with pieces of an old sari.

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The staff who attended to her, first built a rapport with her making her feel comfortable in the new environment and then patiently proceeded to teach her how to weave.

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Through the entire process, I couldn’t help but admire KT putting her heart and soul into something she dearly loves!

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At the multipurpose potters wheel, before they could try their hand in pottery, the girls did some spin art!

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As the wheel spun, the kids held a paintbrush dripping with paint over a paper plate that was stuck to the wheel. As the paintbrush touched the rotating paper plate, it created such beautiful patterns!

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As fun as spin art was, KT simply couldn’t wait to try her hand in pottery!

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The pure thrill and joy on KT’s face as she moulded the small piece of clay was priceless!

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It was not just KT’s excitement, even the staff at Tugbug who assisted her added to her enthusiasm by cheering her and applauding what she did!

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KT made not one pot, but four little pots.

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These pots are her little creations and it adorns her study table!

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One of the many things that got my attention was the freedom and liberty the child was offered at Tugbug. Kids are allowed to explore and create whatever the want, even if it was going to result in mess!

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Kids are provided with aprons. Tugbug has a child-friendly restroom and sink where the little ones can clean themselves.

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The activity options available are numerous. And what is even more impressive is the choice of activities offered.

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All the activities at Tugbug are environment friendly!

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As parents we need to realise it is not just us who are living fast paced lives. Unfortunately, our young children have been lured into a virtual world of fast paced media that tempts them with instant gratification. The repercussions of which are very scary.

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Tugbug is structured to draw us back to reality and the basics of slow and simple creative play. Here kids can touch, feel and create their imaginations at the own sweet pace.

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Apart from all the artsy stuff, Tugbug also offers storytelling, puppet shows, gardening, reading, rhythm, movement, song and free play.

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Seen here is KT sponge painting a cherry blossom tree!

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As for Krissy, she is a modern artist in the making!

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Her piece of work was a combination of all forms of painting put together!

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My! This girl painted to her heart’s content!

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What made our experience very enjoyable was not just the spread of activities, but the ambience itself. TugBug has carved a calm and serene little spot in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city.

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If you child is between the ages of three to ten and if you reside in any of these cities – Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad, waste no time and head to your nearest Tugbug Children’s Center!

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For more information on Tugbug and its pricing, visit https://tugbugchildrenscenter.com.

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As you may have already observed, I dress my kids in matching outfits. Over the years, this obsession led me to purchase a lot of clothing each time I saw a SALE! In all these years up until now, the only factors I considered prior to purchasing an outfit were,

  • Was the cost pocket friendly
  • Was it visually appealing
  • Was it comfortable to wear

A few weeks ago, I watched a documentary on Netflix that radically transformed how I viewed clothing. The True Cost was eye opening revealing the scary consequences of consumer pressure for low-cost high fashion. Continue reading Do you Know What You’re Wearing?

K&K at Sim and Sam’s Party & Playtown, Hyderabad

Ever since we arrived in Hyderabad, I have often wondered where to take the kids for play. Kid-friendly, kid-centered places and amusements are still so scarce even in large cities like Hyderabad. The choices we have in hand are so less that we often resort to movies and malls. Due to the lack of proper parks, some of us who would like our kids to be engaged in fun physical activities, end up taking our kids to Decathlon store for them to play!

I was super excited when Namrata Bhagtani-Sadhvani, Chief Editor of Momspresso invited me and my kids, along with a few mommy bloggers to check out the new branch of Sim and Sam’s Party & Playtown at Uppal.

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Toddler Play Area, Sim and Sams, Uppal
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Toddler Play Area, Sim and Sams, Uppal

The facility has been set up in a large area. Each activity is well spaced from each other in way you do not feel cramped.

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The entire surface is well cushioned. The kids are free to jump, swing, slide and run with absolutely no fear of hurting themselves.

The Ball Pit was one of the places my girls spent most of their time. They simply loved sliding into the heap of balls!

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I have been to a couple of other indoor play areas previously. I was super disappointed because parents were strictly not allowed into the play area and there was no one to supervise the kids. My girls were much younger back then and they got lost and scared when they got into the maze of slides and obstacles!

Sim and Sam’s have done an excellent job by giving parents access to all parts of the play area. They have also placed very friendly and caring staff across the play area to help and supervise kids! I was totally impressed!

My girls were over the moon when they saw all the climbing activities! How they love to climb!

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If you are looking for places to take your kids where they can not only be engaged, but also entertained with loads of fun physical activities, Sim and Sams is the place!

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Rotating Octopus, Sim & Sams, Uppal
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Kaity inside the Bubble Roll, Sim & Sams, Uppal

Sim and Sams have two branches in Hyderabad – Kompally and Uppal! You can check out the one closest to you! It’s also an ideal place to plan children’s birthday parties. There is a party room where kids are catered with food and drinks! The Party Package offers all of the following,

1. Maximum 2 Hours of Play
2. 1 Hour Use of the Party Room
3. Sim and Sam’s Birthday Gift Hamper for the Birthday Girl or Boy !

* Food, Party Decorations, Cartoon Characters , Photographer, Tattoo Artists , Game Planners , DJ, Etc can be organised as per request.

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Things to Remember When you Plan your Visit to Sim and Sams:

  1. Socks should be worn at all times. So socks should be taken for both parents and kids.
  2. Ideal for kids between 1 to 10 ages.
  3. Army families and kids accompanied by grandparents can avail a special discount.
  4. Be sure to grab the Sim and Sam’s Passport that is filled with exciting offers that you can avail on your subsequent visits.

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Thank you Sim and Sam’s and Namrata, for hosting a fun evening! My kids had a blast. It was an absolute delight meeting fellow Instagram mommy bloggers in person! We will definitely be paying regular visits to Sim and Sams!

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Instagram Mommies and their babies at Sim and Sams, Uppal