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Carissa Mo­rais hits Pe­nang for the sights, sounds and ac­tiv­i­ties of Oc­cupy Beach Street

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Pe­nang’s Project Oc­cupy Beach Street plus great theme parks and sports ac­tiv­i­ties

Sun­day morn­ings just got bet­ter for fam­i­lies in Pe­nang. Oc­cupy Beach Street is an ini­tia­tive en­dorsed by the Pe­nang gov­ern­ment. It’s a car-free day when the public can utilise the traf­fic-free roads for six hours of fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties. Four roads ded­i­cated to the pur­suit of en­joy­ment seems like a re­ally good idea, so what can you find at Oc­cupy Beach Street? Mu­sic bands, magic shows, snake charmer per­for­mances, gen­eral knowl­edge quizzes, lucky draws, food, home­made trin­kets for sale and even soc­cer matches and bas­ket­ball games. Here, we take a look at the Sports and Play Zones where kids and adults can work up some sweat.

Snakes and Lad­ders used to be just an­other board game, un­til it be­came life-sized. It’s hard to miss the setup plunked right in the mid­dle of Beach Street. Just like in the regular board game, you need to throw the die to de­ter­mine your next move, but this one is gi­ant-sized and the kids will en­joy see­ing how high they can throw it. Tra­di­tional games like ‘ayam mu­sang’ are alive and well at the Play Zone too, and at least mil­len­nial young ‘uns can take a break from those pesky iPad games over here.

Head over to Bishop Street for a faster pace. Here, scoot­ers and air wheels are avail­able for rent and make the scene a lively one for kids (and kids at heart). Whizzing

through the roads can be re­ally fun if there’s hardly any­one around: This usu­ally hap­pens early in the morn­ing be­fore the Sun­day sleepin crowd waltzes in. But what­ever time you visit, take ad­van­tage of the car-free roads and hire bi­cy­cles for the day.

On some weeks, Oc­cupy Beach Street kicks in some groove with zumba ses­sions, flash mobs and dance per­for­mances, where you can dance away with the fam­ily. Some­times there are mar­tial arts work­shops of­fer­ing demon­stra­tions and guid­ance in prac­tices like kung fu. We like that there’s a lot in store – from art and cul­ture to sports and food – for ev­ery­one in the fam­ily. How­ever, don’t be too dis­ap­pointed if you’re here on a week that’s a lit­tle qui­eter than oth­ers. There may not be as many ven­dors, but there will still be fun hap­pen­ings for the fam­ily. Check out the event’s Face­book page from time to time to see the line-up so that you’ll have a chance to try out a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang (012 430 2251/www. face­ oc­cu­py­beach­street). Un­til Jun 28. Sun, 7am-1pm.

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