Chennai for toddlers

#1 Oct 4th, 2014, 03:59
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Hi all,
So we're coming back to Chennai, first time with our 2 year old.
He's VERY energetic, loves to be outside and puts EVERYTHING in his mouth. (typical i know)
My question is, are there any toddler friendly parks/children's areas/activities that you would recommend? Our house there is fairly small and I can't let him run around in the street there so I'm trying to find ideas for outings to entertain him (and me) when he gets too bored. The only thing I've been able to think of on my own is the Crocodile park.
We might also visit Puducherry while we're there so bonus if you know any kid friendly places or good beaches there too.
Thanks IMers
#2 Oct 4th, 2014, 04:09
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosophical_Society_Adyar

We didn't have very long here but the Theosophical Society Gardens seemed like a relaxed sort of place, traffic free and not too crowded.


ADD - This might be a more useful link http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attract...amil_Nadu.html
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Originally Posted by Sandragon View Post The only thing I've been able to think of on my own is the Crocodile park.
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Not to worry Nick, I'm not going to dangle him over the fence lol
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Oh, that's all right then . And as long as he is no good at climbing...

But...

The Crocodile park is some way out of town. It might be an hour drive from your house, so it is not something you'd want to do every day. It's quite a few years since I went there: I might be wrong, but I seem to remember that the enclosures are walled, so a toddler is not going to see much unless you carry him, which would get rather exhausting for you.

Nearby the croc park is the Muthukkadu boating lake. Err... He can swim, right?

For getting-in-the-car trips, I'd recommend the zoo. Probably about the same distance (what area will you be staying in?) as the crocs, with much, much more to see, even at toddler eye height. It's big, though. Lots of walking required.
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There is a children's park 3 km from adyar (adjacent to IIT and near Gandhi Mandapam on Sardar Patel Road). Good for kids. Some animals, birds, snakes (in enclosures!) and some basic play equipment like swings and slides. Haven't been there in the past 10 years, but it used to be good.
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That's true. I drive past it so often, but somehow never stop and visit.

Sandragon, residential areas often have their own small parks. As you speak of "our house" I guess you must know what is nearby.
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Well when I say "our" house I mean my husbands house (really more of a small flat) which I have personally only spent a collective month or so in and is sort of sitting vacant at the moment. So I'm not super familiar, and his family in the area don't seem to have many suggestions for toddler friendly activities. It's in Vadapalani. I never noticed any nearby playgrounds but it would sure be nice to find one.
I know the croc park is far, we went a couple years back and I'd definately consider it a day trip, but it was the only thing I could think of that he might find interesting to see. I have a baby carrier so I'm not too worried about carrying him, I just wear him. When he's not running all over creation that is.
Not sure about boating haha but the zoo and children's park sound like excellent options. Thanks guys!
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Vadapalani is quite far away from everywhere!
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I know, I'm not a big fan lol I'm hoping we can stay with some relatives in Velachery instead, my sister and brother in law just moved there and they say it's quite the up and coming area.

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