My Mandarin Lab
The Club, 1 Club Drive, Bandar Utama, PJ (018 370 2436/ mymandarinlab.com.my). Despite having just opened its doors in September 2015, this new tuition centre is already running classes on a daily basis. Staffed by highly-experienced teachers from mainland China, the centre runs its own trademark kids programme called MagicHan. Xuhuan, one of My Mandarin Lab’s founders, said that the company’s main objective is to ‘remove the fear of learning Mandarin, which is often perceived as an extremely difficult language.’ Signing up for the MagicHan programme entitles students to specially formatted exercise books, flash cards, special animations and pictorial placards. The visual format of MagicHan’s learning material serves as a shortcut for students to speedily recall Chinese characters. After mastering the MagicHan syllabus, kids will move on to the Young Teenagers group, the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi/ Chinese Standard Exam) or the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) levels. My Mandarin Lab’s safe environment makes it a suitable haven for work and play. Low basins and toilets were built keeping little ones in mind, the library is cosy and colourful, and there is a playground on the premises. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 10am-1pm, 4-9.30pm. MagicHan, 4-6 years old; Young Teenagers, 7 years and above. Contact centre for fees and schedules. Dec 1-3. 10am-12noon. RM180 per student.
Animation Attack Science Camp @ Kiddo Science Centre JB
46-01, Jalan Pertama 1, Pusat Perdagangan Danga Utama, Johor Bahru, Johor (016 770 2611/016 311 3943/ www.kiddo.com.my). Who said cartoons were a waste of time? Kiddo Science Centre sheds light on the science behind popular animated programmes. Best suited for kids aged five to 12 years old, the workshop discusses the topic of environmental issues as addressed in ‘Wall-E’ and lets kids test out the scientific tools used in ‘Inspector Gadget’. Participants also get to create colourful smoke bombs to take on villains like the ones seen in ‘Big Hero 6’. Nov 30-Dec 2. 9am-2pm. (Register before Nov 16) RM390; (Register after Nov 16) RM440.
Complimentary Trial Class for Kids @ The Studio at KL
The Studio at KL, D1-G4-09, Solaris Dutamas, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, KL (03 6211 3840/www.thestudioatkl.com). If you’re keen on signing your kids up for art classes, but would like them to test the waters prior, let them participate in a complimentary trial class at The Studio Every Mon, Wed & Thu throughout Dec 2015. 4.30-6pm. RM550 for 12 sessions; RM200 for 4 sessions.
Learn to Code with Codecraft @ iTrain Kids
Unit E-9-2, Block E, Megan Avenue 1, 189 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 2166 1879/012 316 1938); Level 7, Main IT Building, Tech Mahindra Malaysia, Global Solution Centre, Persiaran Apec, Cyberjaya (03 2166 1879/012 316 1938/www. itrainkids.com). iTrain Kids, a new education centre with two branches in KL and Cyberjaya, leads coding workshops for students in primary school (aged nine to 12) and secondary school (aged 13 to 18) on
‘Illusion: Nothing is as it seems’ at Petrosains