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Batik Paint­ing @ Craft Com­plex

Kom­plex Kraft Kuala Lumpur, 63 Jalan Con­lay, KL (03 2162 7459/www.kraftan­gan. gov.my). A must-visit spot for art-lov­ing kids, the Craft Com­plex has a huge dis­play of lo­cal arts and crafts. Ex­pect rat­tan bas­kets, pot­tery, in­tri­cately wo­ven songkets and beau­ti­ful batik ma­te­ri­als. Cu­ri­ous lil’ ones can have a go at batik paint­ing un­der the guid­ance of the com­plex’s staff. Daily, 9am-6pm.

Cater­pil­lar Stretch­ing Imag­i­na­tion

15-2 & 15-3 Jalan Sri Har­ta­mas 7, KL (03 6206 1364/www.cater­pil­lar.com.my). Con­ducted in a safe, nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment, Cater­pil­lar of­fers a myr­iad of classes for the young and young-at-heart. Pro­vid­ing fun­filled ac­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery­one, tiny tots can bond with Mum or Dad through the Baby

Fun classes or Boo­gie Tod­dler ses­sions while older kids can break it down dur­ing Ju­nior HipHop ses­sions.

Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 9am-2pm.

The Clay Arts Stu­dio

2-5 One Av­enue, Dataran Pe­langi Utama, Jalan Masjid PJU 6A, PJ (03 7725 4598/ www.cla­yartsstu­dio.com). Pre­pare to get your hands dirty. The Clay Arts Stu­dio of­fers pot­tery and clay-craft­ing classes for both adults and chil­dren. Young­sters can ex­plore their artis­tic side while par­ents who are in­ter­ested to join are usu­ally en­cour­aged to cre­ate func­tional items. Walk-in cus­tomers are of­fered a one and a half hour ses­sion trial class.

Tue-Sun, 10am-6.30pm.

LARA’s Place

3A Jalan 17/45, PJ (03 7956 8768/ laras­place.my). Lara’s Place of­fers a huge se­lec­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties and classes for both kids and adults. Young ones can look for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in ballet, sewing, speech and drama, cooking, bak­ing and even Wing Chun kung fu classes. The cen­tre is also avail­able to host par­ties or events with a va­ri­ety of themed op­tions on of­fer.

Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6pm.

myBatik

Yayasan Seni, 333 Per­siaran Ritchie, off Jalan Ritchie, KL (03 4251 5154/www. mybatik.org.my). The myBatik Vis­i­tor Cen­tre re­places the TMS Art Cen­tre work­shops that used to take place at the Na­tional Tex­tile Mu­seum. myBatik of­fers tours and ac­tiv­i­ties in and around the gal­leries and work­shops of its new, well-de­signed cen­tre for ev­ery­thing batik re­lated. Both kids and adults can learn to make their own batik cre­ations. Check out their on­site café for a cof­fee break or as an out­door al­ter­na­tive to paint your batik.

Daily, 8am-5pm.

The Stu­dio KL

D1-G4-09, So­laris Du­ta­mas 1, KL (03 6211 3840/www.thes­tu­dioatkl.com). Sign your kids up for one of the stu­dio’s art jamming ses­sions and let them dis­cover their artis­tic side in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment. Kids can paint to­gether in a group, ex­plor­ing their tal­ents freestyle. All equip­ment is pro­vided by The Stu­dio KL and in­struc­tors are on hand to help them with ideas and tech­nique. You can also book a kids party. Art jamming ses­sions cost RM130 for adults and RM106 for kids un­der 16.

Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm.

Kedah

Batik Art Vil­lage at Atma Alam

Padang Mat­sirat, near the Petronas petrol sta­tion, Langkawi (04 955 1227/www. at­maalam.com). The area around the air­port prob­a­bly doesn’t strike you as the most cre­ative of places but Atma Alam is ac­tu­ally home to the Batik Art Vil­lage, where kids and par­ents can break out the wax and paints. Sep­a­rate batik work­shops for kids and adults are held in a sweep­ing high-roofed build­ing in­spired by tra­di­tional Malay ar­chi­tec­ture. Lo­cals and for­eign tourists alike are drawn in droves, so make sure you call up in ad­vance to check for avail­abil­ity.

Daily, 9am-6pm.

EE Art Stu­dio

Sun­gai Pe­tani (012 408 6143). Chil­dren can try out a va­ri­ety of new ac­tiv­i­ties at EE Art Stu­dio such as paint­ing, drawing, pot­tery, clay mod­el­ling and batik paint­ing classes. Classes start at RM38. Give them a call to book a class but take note that classes are sched­uled in the af­ter­noon.

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

Cre­ative World of Colours

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (05 545 5288/ www.world­of­colours.com.my). As­pir­ing to en­rich chil­dren’s lives by pro­vid­ing fun, cre­ative art lessons, Cre­ative World of Colours’s art pro­grammes do just that. The be­gin­ner pro­grammes teach the ba­sic art foun­da­tions, con­sist of four lev­els and are catered to lit­tle ones, in­tro­duc­ing them to their cre­ative abil­i­ties. Al­ter­na­tively, they can opt for the craft pro­gramme and dab­ble in clay projects and batik paint­ing.

Da Vinci Cre­ative Kids

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (www.dvckid. com). Founded by the es­teemed The One Academy, one of the most pres­ti­gious cre­ative ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in Asia, Da Vinci Cre­ative Kids is the place to shape bud­ding artists. Ex­pect top-notch teach­ers and pro­gres­sive learn­ing aimed at boost­ing kids’ self es­teem and height­en­ing their cre­ativ­ity. Con­ducted in a safe, hy­gienic en­vi­ron­ment, there are pro­grammes avail­able for kids of all ages. This kid-cen­tric cen­tre re­ceives the high­est praises from par­ents.

glob­alart

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (glob­alart. com.my). Es­tab­lished in 1999, the glob­alart cen­tre is a world­wide art in­sti­tu­tion with branches in the USA, Australia and right here in Malaysia. Adapt­ing the same learn­ing method­ol­ogy across the globe, this cen­tre aims to en­hance chil­dren’s cre­ativ­ity to be a part of ev­ery­day life. Classes are con­ducted in a cre­ative, con­ducive space and there are many op­tions avail­able to suit all kids’ pref­er­ences. The classes are taught by ex­pe­ri­enced in­di­vid­u­als and abide by the glob­alart world class stan­dard.

LARA’s Place

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