I was talking to a friend of mine last week and we were thinking of places we could take the kids to…we usually go to one of the 3 nearby parks or i take the boys to the beach…but we wanted something different to do with the children. i personally do not like to take them to malls and indoor play areas where they charge by the hour prove to be rather expensive for a mom of three. We’ve done the zoo a bunch of times before and while the kids have had a blast, the last few turns there was so much construction going on that we decided to give it a miss. The aquarium is pretty sad…there must be something we can do with our kids!
I figured it may be a good idea to take them for a train ride. So on Sunday, me and my four boys got set for a little train ride. We picked Sunday because the trains are usually empty on Sunday and we could get on and off without being jostled and find a spot to sit (near impossible otherwise). There is no parking near the station, so the initial plan was to walk it. We decided to leave Amu at home…not sure he would enjoy it so much, it was super hot and sultry and he was under the weather too.
As we started walking to the station in the mega muggy morning a taxi cruised up to us and we gave in instantly, trading speed and some comfort for the very rich experience of walking on uneven footpaths and non existent ones too. A few minutes later we were at Grant Road Station. I bought tickets and then took the boys over the bridge to platform no.2. We waited on a slatted wooden bench for the local train to arrive…it soon did and the boys yelled in excitement to see a bright yellow engine leading a white and purple train down the tracks, right to where we were waiting. We boarded and found nice seats by the window.
We looked around, saw the tracks, saw people waiting on the platform and Sid even decided to hang on one of the handles. Both boys enjoyed listening to the announcements and repeating the names of stations. Finally, a short while later, we were at Churchgate Station. We got off and the boys were fascinated by all the activity (again because it was Sunday, we could amble along, stop where we liked and generally take our time). We saw shoe shine guys and food stalls and the entrance to the subway. Then we got distracted by the cleaning car…one of those golf cart type things that has a mop and stuff attached. Both boys sat on the cart and pretended to drive it. Then as we stepped out of the station we saw the strangest site. There was a Ganpati pandal and outside it in an open muddy patch were three turkeys…two males and a female. The two males were busy wooing the female, their tails spread out like a fan, then chest puffed out and making loud gobbling sounds. We watched for a bit and the boys were transfixed.
We then walked out to a nearby bakery. On the way we spotted different cars that the boys identified…so we saw WagonRs, a Honda City, a Nano, 2 Innovas and 2 buses (we saw many more but these were the ones the kids identified). The boys bought breadsticks at the bakery and i indulged in a yummy lemon tart.
A satisfying 15 minutes later we emerged back onto the street, a little covered in tiny crumbs and saw a bus pulling up….it was ours. I waved at the driver to wait up and we ran to the bus and boarded it. This was a bonus…the bus ride was not a part of our original plan but it just happened. The twins had never been on a bus before and we happily hummed Wheels on the Bus as we zipped down Marine Drive.
Walking home from the bus stop we talked about our morning and took time to look at some flowers, mushrooms and bright red seeds that had spilled out from a pod.
It was a lovely morning! And now i am going to try taking the kids on a picnic next week once Ganpati celebrations are done. Any suggestions in terms of places in town? Looking around south and central mumbai!