This Festive Season Celebrate At The Urbania Utsav

The advent of the festive season of Dussera and Diwali is a time of merriment and celebration. There are whirlwind spring cleaning activities and a genuine excuse to go shopping! The Urbania Utsav is the perfect opportunity for all family members to be a part of the festive spirit. The retail outlets at Rustomjee Urbania will be offering discounts and special offers. While the parents are ticking off items on their shopping lists, the kids enjoy participating in workshops and activities which not only spark their creativity but give them a hands-on insight into the beautiful culture and folklore associated with these festivals.

Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development has several engagements in the pipeline including Festive Art competition, Decorating Dandiyas, Street Rangoli, Ravan Dahan of a Balloon Ravan Effigy, Dussehra Greeting Cards, Innovative Gift Wrapping etc. Further special festive inspired activities will include Durga Wall Hanging, Designing an Aarti Thali and Diya, Mandala Art, Ramayan Puppet Theatre, Block Printing on Eco-friendly gift bags. Fun games like kid’s photo scavenger hunt, Saving Sita – Kiddie Marathon, minute-to-win will add to the upbeat tempo of the Utsav. Kid’s Dandiya and Garba Dance and Folk music by NSPA artists are embedded in our traditions and will be an integral part of the festivities.

Details at a Glance: The Urbania Utsav

Date: 5th October, 2019
Events include: Saving Sita- Kiddie Marathon, Kid’s Photo Scavenger Hunt, Festive Art Workshops, Kid’s Garba, Dandiya Decoration, My Best Festival: Art Competition, Street Rangoli, Folk Music by NSPA Artists ,Dussehra Greeting Cards, Nukkad Natak:Mahishasura Mardini, Mandala Art for parents & Kid’s Dandiya
Venue: Urbania Retail Plaza, Eastern Express Hwy, Majiwada, Junction, Thane West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400601
Time: 3 PM – 7 PM
Ages: 2+ years
To register, please call: 9819094929 | 9819060920

Eco-friendly Ganesha Blooms at Rustomjee

Mumbai takes on a different energy when it is Ganesh Chaturthi. Welcoming the elephant headed God into their homes, societies and hearts is a matter of great joy for all devotees. Indeed, the extent to which people go to ensure that they decorate and venerate Lord Ganesha and the ‘mandap’ in which he reigns is to be seen to be believed.

However, there is a flip side to this as often the idols are made using materials that are harmful to the environment. Upon immersion, the sea, lakes and tank water gets polluted and that certainly is not the ideal manner to bid adieu to a much loved deity.

So at Rustomjee we thought of going the eco-friendly way and organized a special day in honour of Lord Ganesha where children could make eco-friendly idols of Ganapati. The amazing thing about these idols was that not only were they sculpted with completely natural earth called ‘shadu mati’ but they were also infused with ‘tulsi’ seeds so that once the idols were immersed in a flower pot they may bloom.

Over 200 children and their parents attended the workshop and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Along with the idols they also made Lord Ganesh’s favourite ‘modaks’. There were numerous other activities aimed at entertaining and imparting knowledge about the festival including storytelling and giving an explanation behind the aarti and Ganesh Stotra associated with the festival. Children also got to try they creative skills at making rangoli and makhars with paper art. Music and dance set the mood for the event and everyone was in gay spirits.

There was an enthusiastic response to the eco-friendly Ganesha workshops that were organised at the other Rustomjee projects of Rustomjee Summit,Rustomjee Crown,Rustomjee Elements and Rustomjee Paramount as well. Close to fifty parents and kids attended the workshops at each of the properties.

A little girl said, “I’m so happy I made my own Ganapati bappa. My mom has given me a special pot in which we will do his visarjan and from that will grow a beautiful plant which will be specially mine to take care of.”

This is the sense of love and belonging that devotees feel towards Lord Ganesha and when the tulsi plant blooms in their homes, he will be forever in their thoughts and hearts.

Teddy’s Day Out at Leon’s World Centre

If anyone was asked to name the first stuffed toy they ever had, the answer would probably be a teddy bear. Those cute and cuddly little bears that come in a variety of colours and personalities are a mandatory childhood accessory. Teddy bears make us feel comforted, safe in the dark and give the most amazing hugs!

So in honour of those wonderful teddy friends who never judge and give unconditional love – the world celebrates September 9 as Teddy Bear Day. It is a day to let children bring out their teddy bears and thank them for their company, the fun times had with them and for all the days and nights they gave comfort.

So it’s party time at Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development and the teddy bears are the chief guests. Let the tiny tots bring their special teddy friends to the Toddler Teddy Bear Playdate. Have super fun with games and crafts, do some teddy bear yoga and listen to the tale of a very famous teddy – Winnie the Pooh Tale.

The older kids and the young at heart adults can get creative and be a part of the Build-A-Bear Workshop. The best gifts are those that come from the heart and what better gift to give someone than a special teddy that you have made yourself. Make a teddy for your loved one. This festive season gift your child or friend a teddy hand crafted by you with love.

While we are a part of all the merriment, we would do well to remember those who have never had even a single teddy. Donate your old, but whole, pre-loved teddies to those who are less privileged and let them be enveloped by the warmth that comes from the hug of a teddy bear.

Details At A Glance:

Venue: Leon’s World Centre, Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane (W)
Date: 7th September 2019
Duration: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
• Teddy Bear Playdate: 2-5 yrs.
• Build-A-Bear Workshop: teens and adults
Fee: Rs.100 per Toddler for Picnic; Rs.350 for Build-A-Bear

To register, please call: 9819094929 | 9819060920

Check Mate at Wisemove-Rustomjee Cambridge Inter-School Chess Tournament

Chess is rightly called the ‘King of Board Games’. Having children learn and play chess at an early age presents several benefits including raising their IQ levels, improving their cognitive reasoning and spatial skills. Chess is one of the few games where the player has to use both sides of the brain and that improves memory and creativity. Besides, children who play chess have higher levels of concentration.

Many parents are realizing the benefits of chess and children are being taught to play the game at a young age. To encourage these young chess players, the Wisemove Academy Under the aegis of Thane district Chess Association has organized the first Wisemove-Rustomjee Cambridge Inter-School Chess Tournament 2019 to be held at Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development, Rustomjee Urbania.

Children will be grouped into four categories as per their age. It will be a battle of minds as they engage over a checkered board to see who will emerge the master.

Details At A Glance:

Wisemove-Rustomjee Cambridge Inter-School Chess Tournament 2019

Venue: Leon’s World Centre, Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane (W)
Date: 8th September 2019.
Reporting time
U-7, U-9,U-11& U-15: Report at 9am
(Round will start at 9:30 am)
Time Control: 15 Mins + 3 Secs Increment from 1st move
Last date of Registration: 7th September 2019 till 6pm.
Entry Fee: Rs. 600/-

Category & Cut – off Date
U-7: Born on or after 1st Jan 2012
U-9: Born on or after 1st Jan 2010.
U-11: Born on or after 1st Jan 2008.
U-15: Born on or after 1st Jan 2004
(Boys & Girls would play in the same group)

Prizes for Boys
1st prize Rs.1200/- + Trophy
2nd prize Rs.1000/- +Trophy
3rd prize Rs. 800/- + Trophy
Rank 4th to 7th – Medals for each category.

Prizes for Girls
1st prize. – 1200+ Trophy
2nd prize – 1000+ Trophy
3rd prize – 800 + Trophy

3 Simple Steps to Register

1. Fill in the online Google form below:

2. Pay the entry fees Rs 600 in the below mentioned bank account.
Bank Account Details:-
Name : Wisemove Academy
Bank-Andhra Bank (Hiranandani Estate)
Account no. – 123711100002458
Account type- Current account
IFScode- ANDB0001237

3. Send a screenshot of your bank transfer along with Name and Category on the WhatsApp numbers below:
Ameya Kamli- 9987962201
Amogh Kamli-8879588384

Making Friends With My Nation

When it comes to celebrating Friendship Day we all do the usual – get gifts for our close friends, tie friendship bands, message greetings to everyone in your contact list, plan a party….But have you ever thought about doing something truly meaningful? What about appreciating those who selflessly sacrifice so much to ensure that we are safe and able to carry on with our daily lives in comfortable security? Yes, we are talking about the brave men and women of the armed forces who live away from their families, face the harshest conditions guarding our borders and do it all because they take pride in our nation. They are our true friends, who put our welfare before their own!

This friendship day Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development has planned something very special for the young children who are the future of our nation. In order to inculcate in them a sense of national pride and appreciation for the work done by our armed forces, a number of activities have been planned. Children will be encouraged to use the Open Mic session to showcase their patriotic spirit. They will also learn some cool moves and learn to dance to a patriotic song. For those who are well versed in the history of the nation there is an exciting Freedom Quiz. Children will be enthralled by the dramatized narration of the story of freedom fighter Avanti Bai. In keeping with the tradition of Friendship Day, the kids will learn how to make Friendship bands for their fellow Indians. And best of all, in order to thank the Indian soldiers for their selfless service to the nation and its citizens, they will all make greeting cards which will be posted to the soldiers.

Friendship Day is a day to appreciate all those who make a difference in our lives – let’s show our appreciation for those who ensure we all have peace and security in our lives.

Details At a Glance

Making Friends With My Nation
Date: 11th August 2019
Venue: Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning & Development, Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Rustomjee Urbania, Thane(W)
Time: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Age:4 Years and Above
Entry charges : Rs.150 per person
To register, please call: 9819094929 | 9819060920

Have a Hopping Good Time at The Monsoon Splash – Rustomjee Urbania

For the first time ever, probably, in the history of Thane is a festival that is completely dedicated to celebration of the monsoons. The Monsoon Splash gives everyone the opportunity to hop their way into some monsoon fun. It will be a combination of science, literature, art, craft and sports with some healthy mud play thrown in as well!

And what better mascot for the season than the adorable frog! In fact if there is any one creature that is instantly associated with the rains, it is the frog and one can hear their chorus of croaks in the evenings as soon as the first puddles begin to form. Frogs appear as cute characters in many a childhood tale and it is fun to watch them hop around in the puddles – much like our kids who can’t resist a splash in muddy puddles. More importantly, frogs are considered to be an indicator species by scientists. Their ability, as amphibians, to live on both land and water makes them uniquely suited for studies by scientists regarding the health of our environment.

So this monsoon, there are going to be several workshops and games all centered on our signature creature for the season – the Frog. Participants will come to know a lot more about the lives of frogs through the special film presentation. Games include Frog Race, Jumping Contest, Umbrella Relay, Water Bucket Race, Frog Skipping as well as less strenuous ones like Lifecycle Memory Game, Hop on a Lilly Pad, Feed A Bug, Hibernating Frog Dig.

The workshops planned include ones which enhance your creativity like learning to make Origami paper art, using clay to recreate the life cycle of a frog, the art of stone painting to make, what else, a frog! Also, remember those cute images of frogs holding onto little mushroom umbrellas? Drawing inspiration from them, is the workshop where children, our little frogs, will be painting their own umbrellas. There will also be a special Frog Yoga session.

For the little kids who love to hear a story is the exciting and engaging narration of the tale Home Sweet Home – Reddit. A story about a frog that lives in a bucket, but suddenly, he has to find a new home! Will any of his friends in the garden be able to give him a home? Find out at The Monsoon Splash!

Details At A Glance:

Monsoon Splash

Date: 28th July 2019

Venue: Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning & Development, Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane (W)
Duration: 10:00 to 1:00 pm

Age: 4 Years and Above

Entry Fee: Registration Rs.100/- per child & Rs.100/- per parent (includes access to games, nature talk, storytelling and performances)

To register, please call: 9819094929 | 9819060920

Please note: Some of the themed workshops involving parents and kids may require separate registration and payment. Fees will range between Rs.50 to Rs.250 for each workshop

Get Ready to Experience ‘The Shivers’ at Leon’s World

All of us are afraid of different things – heights, ghosts, cockroaches, lizards….Sometimes this fear is illogical and may even pose as a hurdle o our progress. Many people would love to live a life free of fear. But is that really possible, can any person really not be afraid of anything?

Well, Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development brings to the stage just such a tale of a boy who did not know the meaning of the world fear. He had never come across anything in his life that he was afraid of. He set off on a quest to experience for himself what ‘getting the shivers’ meant. His travels led him to a kingdom which had a haunted castle. The caretaker of the castle made a deal with him that if he survived three nights in the castle, he would marry the Princess and become a King. As the play will progress, the audience will find the answers to the questions – Did the boy finally find something he was afraid of and experience the shivers? Was the castle really haunted and did he survive the three nights in it? Did he marry the Princess and become King? Don’t miss the play, The Fearless Boy & The Haunted Castle which has a lot of excitement, entertainment and yes, a few ‘shivers’!

The play is presented by the Progressive Theater Group aka PTG. A non- profit group, they have been performing all over India at different venues. The purpose of PTG productions is to spread social awareness and message with values. The play The Fearless Boy & The Haunted Castle, has been written and directed by the Proprietor of PTG, Rashmi Sharma.

Details At A Glance:

The Fearless Boy & The Haunted Castle Presented by Progressive Theatre Group

Date: Saturday, 21st July 2019

Duration: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Venue: Leon’s World Centre, Rustomjee Cambridge International School,Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane (W)

Ages: 4yrs and Above

Fees: Rs 250/- per person

To register, please call: 9819094929 | 9819060920

Relive the Magic of the Avengers Universe

The superheroes created by Marvel have captured our imagination over generations. Whether it was the Hulk, Spiderman, Ironman, Thor or Black Widow…fans have been enchanted by their backstories and their fights against super villains.

When these superheroes came together in the Avengers franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans were queuing up for the tickets and waiting anxiously for the next sequel. Every superhero won the hearts of more fans and became legendary. But ultimately, as with all good things, The Infinity Saga has come to a close with Avengers: Endgame. Diehard fans have found it difficult to come to terms with the closure of the series.

But we can still relive the special moments from the Avengers universe. Leon’s World Centre of Holistic Learning and Development will host The Avengers Family Quiz where parents and kids can team up to crack the questions that would be relatively easy for a true blue Avengers Fan to solve. Two gold medals and two silver medals are up for grabs and all participants will also receive a special gift courtesy Rustomjee.

So gather your little superheroes, brush up on your Avenger lore and get ready to quiz and prove that you are the greatest Avenger fan there is!

Details at a Glance:

The Avengers Family Quiz
Date: 7th July 2019
Duration: 11:00 to 12:00 pm
Age: 8 Years and above
Entry charges: Rs 100 per person [team size min 2 and max 3]
Venue: Leon’s World Centre, Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane (W)

To register, please call: 9819094929 | 9819060920

Leon’s World Celebrates Yoga – the Path to Well-Being

Yoga is recognized the world over as one of the best forms of exercise that benefits the body and mind. Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development at Rustomjee Urbania organized a special International Yoga Day celebration where children, parents and senior citizens attended and reaped the benefits of having experts take them through sessions on yoga, meditation and nutrition.

The well attended Yoga session was conducted by Preeti Kapoor. She guided the participants, both novices and regular yoga practitioners, through the different yoga asanas and informed them about the different health benefits associated with each asana. Preeti was a storehouse of ‘yogic’ knowledge and how regular practice of yoga can help in increased flexibility, reduced blood pressure, increase muscular strength, reduced depression, alleviation of anxiety and stress, improvement of heart health and a general upgrade in well-being. She also told the gathering that combining five minutes of meditation with yoga everyday would do wonders for harnessing inner calm and relaxing both body and mind. One of the participants said, “I have a very time bound and stressful job. I often find myself getting anxious. After today’s session I feel quite calm and have understood that while I cannot control external circumstances, I can certainly control how I react to them and not let them affect me to the extent that it tells on my health. I hope to incorporate a few minutes of yoga and meditation in my daily life, it won’t be easy, but I’ll certainly try.”

An interesting nutrition session was also conducted by Swati Bhosle. She explained the effects of traditional food and eating habits on our bodies. Swati stressed that 80% of a healthy lifestyle depends on your eating habits and that is why it is important to have healthy home cooked meals rather than fast food or processed foods. An elderly lady commented, “this is what I have been trying to explain to my grandkids who want to eat pizzas, burgers and chips all the time and drink colas. Our old ways were the best! I do tempt them with tasty traditional food which they love to eat at my place and is healthy for them too. They are also attending this session with me and now they will understand the science behind what I have been saying for years.”

The International Yoga Day celebrations at Leon’s World Centre seem to have had a positive impact on all those who attended and we trust that they will carry it forward into their lives in the future as well.

Who’s Monkeying Around at Leon’s World?

If there is one thing better than watching a play, it’s watching a musical play enacted through puppets! This is exactly what Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development is bringing to the stage to make the end of the summer holidays as fun as the beginning!

The Monkey Puzzle is a clever, funny and charming tale by the amazing children’s author – Julia Donaldson. In the jungle, there is a little monkey who is lost. He is looking desperately for his mother when he meets Detective Butterfly. Keen to be of help, Detective Butterfly asks the little monkey to describe his mother. But he is unable to correctly interpret what the monkey is saying and keeps leading the little fellow to all manner of animals in the forest. Will the lost little monkey finally find his mum? Can Detective Butterfly actually fumble through and locate monkey’s mother?

The play is presented as a musical with puppets playing the main characters by Talking Turtles Storytellers. It has been founded by Deepa Panchal and Shreedevi Sunil, a Professional storyteller and puppeteer, in the year 2010. They have been performing in schools, NGO’s and have curated ticketed shows at studios across Mumbai.

Details At A Glance:

The Monkey Puzzle – A Musical Puppet Play by Talking Turtles Storytellers

Venue: Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning & Development, Rustomjee Cambridge International School,Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane (W)

Date: 30th June 2019
Time: 11 am – 12 noon
Language: English
Ages: 4+
Tickets: Rs 350 per head
To register, please call: 9819094929 | 9819060920