Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur (AFKL)’s Holiday Programme
15 Lorong Gurney, KL (03 2694 7880/ www.alliancefrancaise.org.my). AFKL’s special syllabus these school holidays aims to introduce kids to the French language and culture outside of a rigid classroom setting. The Holiday Programme will accommodate three age groups: Les P’tits Curieux for five- to sixyear-olds, Les P’tits Princes for seven- to nine-year-olds and Les P’tits Malins for ten- to 14-year-olds. Whether your child is a beginner or already well-versed in French, he or she is bound to have enormous fun with exciting activities such as sing-a-longs, mystery solving, and building a French village. French snacks are provided during each class to quell rumbling tummies. Jul-Aug. View the full schedule and fees on AFKL’s website.
Knead to Play Three-day Workshops
Sri Penaga Condo, Jalan Medan Serai, KL (011 3604 5778/www.facebook.com/ kneadtoplay). Knead to Play, an art centre specialising in clayworks, is offering discounted threeday workshops these school holidays. A single class is priced at RM60, but booking the three-day workshop lets you take 15 percent off the total fees. Recommended for kids ages three and above, the workshop also offers instructions on getting crafty with air drying polymer clay. Call to book a slot. Until Aug 25, 11am-12.30pm. RM60 per class.
Pots, Pans & Palate Cooking Class
The Westin Kuala Lumpur, 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, KL (03 2731 8333/www.thewestinkualalumpur. com). The Westin’s superfood-filled kids’ menus are not the only thing to get excited about. Kids can learn to cook through a dedicated Kids Pots, Pans & Palate Cooking Class at Daily Treats. Classes run from 2pm to 4pm every Saturday and Sunday and are open to kids ages five to 17 years old. Kiddie cooks will learn to make pastries, cookies, sandwiches and salads as well as how to decorate cupcakes and make pizza. Classes cost RM98 per child for two hours. For reservations, call 03 2773 8338 or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Every Sat and Sun, 2-4pm, RM98 per child.
Smart Kids Asia
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (03 913 29888/www.smartkids.com.my). This sprawling Educational Kid’s Fair brought to you by Smart Kids Asia shines the spotlight on various schools, learning centres as well as kids’ programmes and products that parents might be missing out on. Colouring contests and live performances will keep kids occupied while parents circle the booths, pick up pamphlets and speak to representatives. Sat, Oct 10, 10.30am-9pm; Sun, Oct 11, 10.30am-8pm.
Three-day Junior Shakespeare Drama Workshop
Lara’s Place, 3A Jalan 17/45, PJ, Selangor (03 7956 8768/www. larasplace.my). Enrol your kids for this drama workshop and let them discover the works of the world’s most iconic playwright. Led by drama teacher, actor and director Jessica Ong, the course will involve drama activities, lessons on Shakespeare and his contributors, role play and the chance to perform excerpts from a Shakespeare play. The experience might even hone your child’s talent for acting. To quote Shakespeare himself, ‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.’ Aug 26-28, 2-4.30pm. RM250.
3A Jalan 17/45, PJ (03 7956 8768/ larasplace.my). Lara’s Place offers a bamboozling 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.
Yayasan Seni, 333 Persiaran Ritchie, off Jalan Ritchie, KL (03 4251 5154/www. mybatik.org.my). The myBatik Visitor Centre replaced the TMS Art Centre workshops that used to take place at the National Textile Museum. myBatik offers batik-themed tours and activities in and around the galleries and workshops of its new, well-designed centre. Stop by the onsite café for a coffee break or as an outdoor alternative to create your batik masterpiece. Daily, 8am-5pm.
The Studio at KL
D1-G4-09, Publika, Solaris Dutamas 1, KL (03 6211 3840); 2-5 Nexus Bangsar South, 7 Jalan Kerinchi, KL (03 2242 1626/www. thestudioatkl.com). Sign your kids up for one of The Studio at KL’s art jamming sessions where your child will create art alongside similarly artistic peers in an open studio environment. All equipment such as easels and canvases are provided by the art centre. The Studio at KL also specialises in throwing kids art parties and corporate teambuilding events. Art exhibitions where the kids can show off their works are held annually. These exhibitions take place in the Bangsar outlet, while the kids’ classes are held in Publika. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm.
Batik Art Village at Atma Alam
Padang Matsirat, near the Petronas petrol station, Langkawi (04 955 1227/www. atmaalam.com). While the vicinity around the airport might strike you as rather isolated, Atma Alam is home to the Batik Art Village, where kids and parents can break out the wax and paints. Held in a sweeping high-roofed building inspired by traditional Malay architecture, the workshops draw in droves of locals and foreign tourists, so make sure you call up in advance to check for availability. Daily, 9am-6pm.
Creative World of Colours
Various locations nationwide (05 545 5288/ www.worldofcolours.com.my). This art centre aspires to enrich children’s lives via entertaining and immersive art lessons. There are four levels of beginner programmes, which serve to introduce the students to the basic art foundations. Littler ones 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 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. Conducted in a safe, hygienic environment, the programmes have received much high praise from parents.
Various locations nationwide (globalart. com.my). Established in 1999, globalart is a worldwide art institution with branches in the USA, Australia and right here in Malaysia. The centre implements the same learning methodology in every country, and encourages children to adopt creativity as a part of everyday life. Classes are conducted in a creative, conducive space and are taught by experienced individuals.
Grace Home Cakes
16-1 Jalan Medan Putra 4, Medan Putra Business Centre, Jalan Manjalara, KL (03 6277 1977/www.gracehomecakes.net). Sign your kids up for cooking classes at Grace Home Cakes and they’ll taking home mouth-watering desserts like cheesecakes, cupcakes and cookies. Besides teaching baking basics, Grace Home also offers special