For Children

For Kids: Explore Railway Museum – Aug. 25, 2019

This Walk exclusively for kids aged 5-12 by Marco photographer Railway Historian Poochi Venkat will expose them to steam engines, vintage coaches, and models manufactured by North British Locomotive Company.

Date: August 25th (Sunday)

Timings: 10:30-12:00 pm

Venue: Chennai Rail Museum, Villivakkam (Near Perambur)

Age Group: 5-12 years. Organised by Wandering Artist

For more details, call 9840111425.

Murugappa Madras Quotient: Madras Quiz for school students – Sep. 7, 2019

This quiz is for school children and will be in English.
Each team must have 3 members from the same school. In the case of schools with different branches, each branch will be treated as a separate school.
The contest is open to school students from Class 5 to Class 12.
Time : 01:00 PM
Venue : Kamaraj Arangam, No 498, Anna Salai,
Teynampet, Chennai – 600006
Reporting time to the venue is 1:00pm.
Last day to register – Tuesday, 3rd September 2019.

For registration –

Play a Board Game – Aug. 22, 2019

Play a Board Game based on Chennai. Teams are given clues, creative sheets and questions – they have to crack each step to be winners.
Organised by Masquerade. At Boardroom, Mylapore.
7 p.m. onwards. There is a cafe here.
Venue: The Board Room, 3, Bheema Sena Garden St., Nagarathinam Colony, Sullivan Garden.
Phone: 073584 44029

Workshop: Let’s Explore Stone Age Tamil Nadu – Aug. 24, 2019

At: Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, Sholinganallore.

About: An exciting workshop on the Stone Age in and around Chennai! Sign up to learn the story of human evolution, make and use stone tools, dig a prehistoric site, learn all about fossils, and paint just like a prehistoric artist. Conducted by Professor Shanti Pappu and Dr. Kumar Akhilesh of the Sharma Centre for Heritage Education.

Pre-registration is required. Last date for signing up: 22nd August. Please contact Dr. Kumar Akhilesh; Email:

Open to: Children and family groups.

Timings: 9.30 -12.30

No. of seats: 30 seats only.

Registration Fees: Rs.200/- only per person.

Please note: Please bring your school ID card/Aadhar card

Venue: Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, 4 School Road, Sholinaganallore, (Next to Mrs. Ellen Sharma Memorial Matriculation & Higher Secondary School).

Storytelling: The Story and The Song, and The Lion’s Feast – Aug, 23, 2019

Actor and ace storyteller Janaki Sabesh brings you two quintessentially south Indian stories, The Story and The Song, and The Lion’s Feast.

Experience a magical Tamil folktale about a story and a song that wanted to escape, and the hilarious story of Muthumama and Muthumami who tried to dupe a ravenous lion, in this interactive storytelling session for children. Ages: 4+

At 5 p.m.
Venue: Higginbothams, 116, Anna Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600002

Free entry, no RSVP needed.
Organised by Karadi Tales and Higginbothams.

Madras Tour for City Schools

A few catalysts of Madras Day are prepared to take a group of school students of North Chennai and of South Chennai to the other side of the city, they may not have seen at all.
That is, North Chennai groups tour a few South Chennai spots, and vice versa.

We have two Guides as volunteers who will lead the tour any morning on convenient dates.
Tour starts outside Fort St George.

Tour of North Madras covers – High Court, Armenian Church, First Line Beach heritage buildings, Royapuram Rail Station

Tour of South Madras covers – Marina beachside landmarks, Light House, San Thome Church and Sri Kapali Temple.

Each tour is for 90mins. One tour per school, independently.

Schools need to bring a group in their bus; teachers to accompany the group. Tour is by bus and free.

Call Vincent at 9841049155 to book a tour. First come first serve. Tours open till 31st (not on weekends).

Photowalk for children: The First Line and the bylanes of Parrys – Aug. 25, 2019

The First Line and the bylanes of Parrys.

Start and end point: Dare House, Parrys.

Starts at 6.30 a.m. For an hour approx.

Walk along the art deco buildings of the past and get to click parts of history and experience walking on the bylanes of the otherwise busy Parrys.

Organised by The walk is led by N. Ramaswamy, Chennai Daily Photo & Chennai Photowalk.
For children of 10 years and above. Parents can accompany, but kids do the clicking.
Bring your own camera (Any type). Carry your water bottle. Dress easy.
Free walk. Register with Revathi at 9840544629 (SMS / Whatsapp). Open only to first 25 registrations.

Contest: Video / PowerPoint Presentation on Social History – Aug. 17, 2019

Organised by Nam veedu, Nam oor, Nam kadhai

For children of age 15 and above(Group of 2 to 5 persons)
SUBMISSION: On or before August 15, 2019

How your family moved to annanagar, when? How? Why?. How your family history is related to Annanagar

Prizes will be distributed and selected works will be displayed and felicitated in the Annanagar Social history exhibition, which is to be conducted in August. (once you register for the event the venue details will be communicated)
Contact for further details, registrations and other enquiries
Email: ; phone : 00-91-9444253532

Contest: Make your Social History album / Scrap Book – Aug. 17, 2019

Organised by Nam veedu, Nam oor, Nam kadhai

For children of age: 8 to 16 (individual)
SUBMISSION: On or before August 15, 2019

Start with a 4 generation family tree (minimum), add pictures, plan of your house (before and now), write stories, add function invitations, postcards, sketches etc – and how your family moved to annanagar, when? How? Why? How your family history is related to Annanagar.

Contact for further details, registrations and other enquiries
Email:; phone: 00-91-9444253532

Multimedia Presentation Contest for city schools – Aug. 20, 2019

This contest is held in connection with MADRAS DAY 2019 (Aug. 22 is celebrated as Madras Day)
which celebrates our city. The contest encourages city school students to explore Chennai’s heritage and
present the topic given to you in multi-media form. This contest has been held for the past 16 years.


GUIDELINES: Choose three old shops ( at least over 30/40 years in business) in your area which all have their own history and placs in your area. Study the families who set them up, the old styles of business and marketing, the generational changes in each shop and their management and the old looks, character that remain. Take classy photos, make notes, talk to people in the know.
Then, put it down in a snappy Power Point Presentation for the ‘live’ Contest

< The contest is open to school children studying in classes 8 to 12.

< A school can send only one team. Each team MUST have 3 members and all 3 members must take turns to make this one presentation.


1. Ask your school teacher-adviser to seek the approval of your theme from the organisers.
E-mail to – – and get the okay from us BEFORE YOU START start work on the project.

2. We look for multi-media rich projects so make sure your project has all features in it. Focus to be on heritage/histories.

3. The Power Point presentation must have only key points and visuals. Not packed with info.
(On each slide, you must have a maximum of just 3 lines, each line 5 words only).

4. At the contest venue, your team of 3 students will take turns at the mike to present the project using the PP. You can use your notes for reference as your speak. The presentation in PowerPoint on the approved theme will have to be done by all the three participants. It can be done in English or in Thamizh or a mix!

5. The duration of the complete presentation – PowerPoint and Oral – should not exceed 10 minutes.
Participants should be prepared to answer on-the-spot questions from the judges.

6. The PowerPoint presentation NEED NOT BE submitted to the organizers. The team should retain a copy of your project on a pen-drive or copy it to an electronic device and bring it to the venue of the contest. The organiser will provide a PC and a projector at the venue to help you make your presentation.

7. The contest is open to first 20 teams to register on first-come-first-serve basis.

8. The contest will take place on Aug.20, Tuesday from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm with a 30 mins. lunch break (you need to bring your lunch!). Venue: Srinivasa Sastri Hall, Luz, Mylapore. (Report at 9 am to download your PP onto our PC)

9. The best THREE presentations will be awarded TROPHIES, gifts and certificates. All participants will be given certificates. The prizes will be given at about 3.30 pm.

10. Prizes will be awarded based on quality of research / quality of visuals and points / presentation format and answers to the questions posed by the judges.

This event is supported by Mylapore Times, the neighbourhood newspaper and South India National Association (SINA), Luz.

There are over 100 events held for Madras Day/ Madras Month.

Observation Race – Aug. 25, 2019

At Chennai Snake Park.

Reporting Time: 6.15 a.m.
Reporting Place: Car Park outside Chennai Snake Park, Sardar Patel Road
Group Size: 30 Children between the ages of 10 and 14
Children must carry School Id Card
Car Parking, Entrance and Camera Fees payable as per Snake Park Rules.

Organised by Madras Naturalists’ Society in association with the Chennai Snake Park Trust.
Email: Vijay at to confirm your participation. Confirmation strictly on first-come basis.