Recently, the Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell AO tweeted about “The Backyard.”
“The Backyard” is a 20,000 sq ft indoor and outdoor play area in Kolkata created by Monash University alumna Sinaya Azhar Khan and her husband Imran Ahmed Khan.
The play area is based on the theme of Australian playgrounds that encourages the idea of kids being one with nature when it comes to play.
It also has a beautiful café and different play zones that provide an immersive experience for both children and parents.
The entrepreneur couple told the Telegraph India:
“We came up with this idea when the country went into lockdown. Our kids used to love the open space and we wanted to extend that to kids in the city as well. So much in our lives is currently digital that we thought of this as a digital unwind destination.”
Every corner and space has been personally designed by the entrepreneur duo along with inputs from interior designer and friend Kaushik Saha.
According to Sinaya, all toys for this area have been sourced locally from India-based manufacturers. This is to encourage the idea of buying and eating local as far as possible.
“We’ve sourced items ranging from wooden benches to even cutlery from various parts of the country so as to give a platform to Indian artisans.”
The outdoor area has a sandpit, swings and slides that takes one to Melbourne or a similar playground in any other Australian city.