Jawahar Balbhavans are institutions functioning at the state and national levels with the aim of developing and encouraging the creative talents of the children of a designated region. The Kerala State Jawahar Balabhavan is located near Kanakakunnu Palace, at Thiruvananthapuram. There are also district Balabhavans, at Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Thrissur.
The State Balabhavan, under the aegis of the Department of Culture, Government of Kerala, is located at the Vattiyoorkavu assembly Constituency, and managed by a committee chaired by the Member of the Legislative Assembly of that constituency. Every year, regular classes, for children between the ages of four and 16 on art and related subjects, are held from June to February. Of the many subjects offered, children choose three subjects of their interest, available for their age group. The annual vacation classes are held during the months of April and May. Children between the ages of four and six are offered a package of five subjects.