Science & technology
KL & Surrounds
Concourse level, KLCC, Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2333 1888/www.aquariaklcc.com). Aquaria KLCC features some 5,000 aquatic and marine animals and exhibitions. Key features include the living sea exhibit and a diving with sharks programme. Be sure not to miss the spectacle that is feeding time when sharks, eels and turtles gather to eat. Also, do check out their latest attraction, the Station Aquarius, where kids and teens aged six to 17 years are invited to participate in a series of four labs focusing on different fields of study, including evolution, lifestyles, adaptation and conservation. Daily, 10.30am-8pm (last admission 7pm). Adults, RM53, Child (3-12years), RM42, Senior Citizen, RM32; (MyKad holders) Adult, RM40, Child (3-12years), RM30, Senior Citizen, RM30.
Various locations in KL (www.bricks4kidz. com/malaysia). At B4K kids will learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics through fun lessons where they will learn to design and build with Lego bricks. Designed for kids between four and nine, lessons cover a range of exciting themes including Space, Inventions as well as Amazing Animals.
Lot 4.07, Fourth floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, KL (03 2011 3906); Lot 13, Level two, Great Eastern Mall, 303 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 4265 6632); 39-5, The Boulevard, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL (03 2287 1232/ www.computertots.com.my). Computertots has been teaching kids about technology since 1983. Learn the ins and outs of computers and robotics as well as programming and graphic arts.
First floor, The School at Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, PJ (03 6201 5999/www.roboticist. com.my). A robotics centre with a difference. Roboticist is Malaysia’s only robotics centre using VEX Robotics, the leading kit that allows kids incredible creativity in their designs and programming. That said, it’s not just kids who will enjoy learning to design, build and programme a robot. The centre is open to anyone and welcomes all with an interest in this intriguing hobby that is turning up in many curriculums as a fun way to engage students in science and technology. Daily, 10.30am-7pm. Four lessons/month, RM240 (VEX IQ), RM430 (VEX EDR).
NEW Science Bridge Academy
Lot 100-1.033, The School, Jaya One, 72A, Jalan Universiti, PJ (011 3700 8385/www. sciencebridgeacademy.com). We wish this place existed when we were young because it’s pretty cool. Kids can learn about life sciences, food science, the environment, aroma chemistry and even forensic science through workshops, discovery camps and classes. Check out their website or Facebook page for updates about events and workshops. Lab coats at the ready!
Underwater World Langkawi
Zon Pantai Cenang, Mukin Kedawang, Langkawi (04 955 6100/www. underwaterworldlangkawi.com.my). Located close to Pantai Cenang, another tourist attraction of the island, Underwater World Langkawi allows you to observe all the attractions of the ocean through glass. Expose your children to the mystery of sea creatures at the famous Underwater World of Langkawi, one of the must-visit spots in Langkawi. Underwater World is one of the largest marine and freshwater aquaria in the continent. Daily, 10am-6pm; Public & School Holidays, 9.30am-6.30pm. Adults, RM40, Children, RM30; (MyKad holders) Adults, RM30, Children, RM20.
Petrosains Play Smart
Perpustakaan Negeri Sabah, Jalan Tasik, off Jalan Maktab Gaya, Luyang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (08 825 5808); Kompleks Yayasan Pahang, Tanjung Lumpur, Kuantan, Pahang (09 534 2290); Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Johor, Lot 19745, Jalan Yahya Awal, Johor Bahru, Johor (07 224 5498/www.petrosains.com.my/www. facebook.com/PetrosainsPlaySmart). You can now experience the world of Petrosains outside KL for free. Petrosains’s regular workshops and events are an interesting means of piquing your kid’s curiousity in subjects like forensic science, minerals, maths and the environment. Who knows, your little one could be a worldfamous scientist in the future. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm.