Afternoon Gaming at Alliance Française KL
15 Lorong Gurney, KL (03 2694 7880/ www.alliancefrancaise.org.my). This is one for kids learning to speak French. La médiathèque [The library] at Alliance Française welcomes native speakers and beginners for an afternoon of fun and games where kids can play games and explain their favourite games to others. This is a great chance to make friends and improve their command of the language. Give them a call to save a spot. Sat, Aug 22, 2-4pm. Free admission.
Borneo International Kite Festival
Old airport runway, Bintulu, Sarawak (08 633 2011/www.borneokite.com). This year’s kite festival is bigger and better than ever. Besides the spectacular kites littering the skies, there are other activities in store for kids. There will be a workshop on traditional kite making, children’s colouring contests and cultural night performances among the array of other events that will take place during the festival. Sep 24-27. Free admission.
Borneo Sea Walking & Sapi Island
(08 844 8409/ www.amazing-borneo.com). If you thought that the only way to experience the underwater world was through diving, then it looks like you’ve not heard of sea walking. This half-day tour takes you under the sea wearing a 35kg helmet that entitles you to a view of the beautiful underwater landscape. Kids ages ten and above are eligible for sea walking. Once that is done, snorkelling activities and excursions can be done at Sapi Island where the jade green waters are great for spotting fishes and corals. Pick-ups and drop offs from hotels can be arranged for RM30 per person. Valid till Dec 31. Child (3-11 years old), RM190; Adults: (2-3 persons), RM 350 per person; (4-6 persons), RM330 per person; (7 people and above), RM300 per person. to K’s Bolly Fit for a 10 percent
SkyWarrior Rainforest Challenge at Skyrides Festivals Park
Jalan P2M, Precinct 2, Putrajaya (www.skyridesfestivals.com). Here’s one for the hyperactive adrenaline junkie in the family. The SkyWarrior Rainforest Challenge is the latest obstacle craze at Skyrides Festivals Park in Putrajaya. Test your fitness level by leaping across platforms, climbing through a web of ropes and swinging like a monkey to get to the next challenge. Suitable for older kids and teens. Daily, 10am-10pm. Attractions are subject to ticket pricing.
Sun Day Out
The School at Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, PJ (www.theschool.my). Every Sunday, hit up The School at Jaya One for a day of family fun. Activities differ from week to week but you can expect clowns, food and free reign to cycle in the mall – for the kids, that is. Register your child (for three- to sevenyear-olds only) at the customer service counter and he or she can make use of a free bike to pedal about between 10am and 3pm. Kids can also bring their own bikes. Every Sunday, 10am-3pm. Free admission.
Traditional Games Festival
Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, KL (03 2614 8200/03 2072 6431). Ever wondered what the kids of the ’80s used to play before the iPad came along? Here’s your chance to expose your children to the array of traditional games that are not just fun for the body but also the mind. Sep 18 & 19. Free admission. This award-winning dance studio is one to keep an eye on if you have a little one who is interested in classical Indian dance. Besides dance, the studio also offers Carnatic violin, North Indian vocal and yoga as well. Classes are open to adults. Give them a call to check out their schedule.
NEW K’s Bolly Fit
Second floor, 436B Jalan 5/46, Gasing Indah, PJ (012 320 5249/Facebook: KS-Bolly-Fit) Do you have a child who dances to Bollywood songs? Keep the beat alive at K’s Bolly Fit that specialises in Bollywood and Zumba. The classes are vibrant and energetic, led by Kamal whose passion for dance rubs off easily to anyone. Children from seven years onwards are encouraged to sign up. Make an appointment for a free trial class. Mon-Fri, 7-9pm.
Little Kickers Malaysia
Various locations in KL (017 940 0015/012 772 0015/www.littlekickers.com.my). Little Kickers offers a fun and creative way of introducing football to tiny tots and kids ranging from 18 months to seven years old. With their philosophy of ‘Play not Push’, this centre has expanded from their humble beginnings in Kota Damansara to multiple locations currently in Bangsar, Ampang, six private pre-schools and one international school. Check out their website to find a class near your location.
Movimento Simples de Capoeira
Plaza Damas, Block B-3-2, 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, KL (012 271 3983/ www.movimento.my). An Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates music, dance and acrobatics, capoeira strengthens the lower and upper body. This capoeira centre also has samba and zumba classes besides Capoeira Circuit and general capoeira classes. Capoeira is a very unique discipline as not only does your child learn movement and musical skills, but they are also introduced to a different culture and language. Mon-Wed, 3-4pm & 8.30-10pm; Thu-Fri, 8.30-10pm; Sat, 9.30am-12.30pm.
Pyramid Ice Skating Academy
LL3, Sunway Pyramid, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, PJ (03 7492 6800/ www. sunwaypyramidice.com) The largest skating school in Southeast Asia has a range of courses to get your kids sweeping across the ice gracefully on their blades. Open seven days a week, Pyramid Ice trains kids from ages three and up besides catering to beginner levels and advanced, Olympic levels. All coaches are registered and certified under the Ice Skating Institute of Asia so you can be sure of quality lessons. The highly professional Jungle Walla is based in Langkawi, and their emphasis on environmental awareness will be an educational journey for your child. Tours are conducted by knowledgeable guides, pointing out the great hornbill and other rare animals with their trained eyes. There’re also mangrove river cruises, swimming tours and kayaking. Check the website for their range of tours. Call to book a tour.
Morac International Karting
Lot 67 Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi (04 955 3082/ www.citykarting.com/langkawicircuit). Go-kart and track rental services are available for walk-in customers. Morac occasionally conducts go-kart lessons. It is compulsory to wear a racing suit, so bring your own or rent one for RM5. Daily, 10am-7pm.
Fraser’s Hill Development Centre, Fraser’s Hill (09 362 2195/ www.fraserhill.info/paddock.htm). Feel like shooting some bulls-eyes? The Paddock at Fraser’s Hill has some archery activities on offer. Just don’t mind the smell of manure from the stables. Apart from archery for about RM8 each session, The Paddock also has horseriding activities for kids. Just drive along the valley road from the town square and follow the paved road to the stables.
Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary