Mangaluru, Nov 21, 2015: In an official briefing on Nov 20, DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim said that more than 45,000 children are expected to take part in the two-day Makkala Habba (Children’s festival) at Dr Shivarama Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama on November 21 and 22.
He also said that after the registration, the children will get ice candy, coupons to participate in any one of the activities of planetarium/3D shows, zoo entry/amusement activities/photo session, mask or cap or gift.
Around 2,000 children are likely to take part in the procession by wearing the dress of freedom fighters and national leaders. The procession will also have band set of St Agnes Special School, Government Primary School of Manjanady, puppets and Scouts and Guides with placards.
The Habba will be inaugurated by all the children by blowing whistles and other small toys and releasing balloons, he said. The DC said the Makkala Habba is being organised to instill a feeling of togetherness among children. It also aims at creating awareness on science centre and the activities.
At the Science Centre, the children can savour puffed rice from the heap of puffed rice at the entrance, children can get their photographs clicked in the background of well-known monuments like Taj Mahal, Vidhana Soudha, Burj Khalifa, Hampi, Eifel Tower and so on or take part in activities by Gopadkar like kite craft, clay craft, mask making and origami. Around 50 teachers have been trained in making paper art. The children can also enjoy chemical magic, wonders of science along with visiting exibition on robotics and automation and science galleries.
The DC said police and home guards will be deployed for security. Yoga, traditional Meghalaya dance, play ’Ilimari,’ Yakshagana, group songs, magic song, ribbon dance, action song, magic, Gombe Mataka, Pata Nritya, ’maggi geethe,’ mimicry, and others will be held at a time in three different stages.
Dr Shivarama Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama Executive Director Prabhakar Sharma said when the children walk towards zoo circle from science centre, they can pluck bananas from the banana bunches hanged on one side of the road. The children can enter the zoo by surrendering coupon.
At least 10 vintage cars and vintage bikes will be on display. The children can also enjoy jumping castle.
They can also get chocolates from heap of chocolates at amphitheatre. A traditional ’Santhe’, wherein bangles, pottery, cane weaving, carpentry, balloons, cool drinks and panipuri, will be sold at the venue. The students will also be given buttermilk and oranges. Amusements, fun games, pot breaking, sand activities will also be organised. Sharma said the entry to boating garden is restricted to children. Drinking water and toilet facilities have been arranged at the venue.
DHO Dr Ramakrishna Rao said the Health Department, along with private medical colleges, will have four counters with doctors and paediatricians. 108 ambulance will be stationed at the venue in case of any emergency.
In case of any emergency, teachers or parents can contact: Jagadish at 9448158335 or Dr Shenoy at 9448546329.