Bonding over family, unlike other days

Bonding over family, unlike other days

The most frequent complaint that mothers, mostly working ones have is against the hectic grind that does not let them spend enough time with their little ones, even on weekends. Seeing the pattern emerging in today’s fast-paced lives, Priyanka Tolani (25) and Natasha Mansukhani (26) decided to put together LMNOP — Lets Meet and Only Play: A carnival cum exhibition for children in the age group of 0-12 years on September 26.

The idea behind LMNOP takes inspiration from the daunting task of shopping for children, with them in tow — in between the tantrums, the screaming or the crying out of sheer exhaustion. “We saw our cousins and our friends looking to spend some quality time with their children, but with hardly any convenient options, as they would have preferred. That really pushed us,” says Mansukhani, who specialises in marketing and
social media.

Recognising the need to do exhibitions restrictive to age, gender and product, LMNOP has been conceptualised as  one-stop-shop for children and their mothers and have innovative workshops to keep the young ones engaged and host educative seminars to sharpen their brains. Handpicked brands will put together a display of products — from eco-friendly and couture clothes, accessories, baby essentials for new borns to stationery, toys, personalised gifting options and quirky room décor. Some of the brands on board include Mooba, Pinata Kidswear, Shy Pie, Confettish, Tota, Little Looms, Pink Pallete Stationery among others.

 “We realised that there was no major platform for children in Delhi other than school carnivals and annual fairs which would only bring the mother and child together. We rather wanted to raise the scale and that too, under one roof and set the stage for exclusive child and mother day. That is how, we focused on this,” Pearl Academy
graduate, Tolani tells Metrolife.

The exhibition will offer an entertainment area for children, a special salon and spa by Natty Ninos, a cookout area by Young Chef’s Academy, interactive art workshops by The Art Floor and an engaging gardening workshop among other activities for the children to learn and adapt in a fun way. The cousin sisters point out that “it is an interactive way of educating a child along with the pampering that they need”. “Activities like art, cooking, dance, music etc usually happen in school and not every child (reasons range from being an introvert, being shy or their daily moods) is able to participate in those.”

The exhibition provides a platform for such activities with trained professionals and under the watch of their mothers, thereby giving the children a platform to open up
which a child may not do otherwise,” says Tolani who specialises in branding
and management.

On their future plans, Mansukhani says “We are planning the next edition and an app that will connect vendors and brands catering to children, directly to mothers for an easy stop over for all their needs.”

LMNOP will be held on
September 26 at The Pavilion, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj from 11 am-8 pm.

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