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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 for art-lov­ing kids, the Craft Com­plex houses an im­pres­sive ar­ray of lo­cal arts and crafts. Pe­ruse rat­tan bas­kets, pot­tery, in­tri­cately wo­ven songkets and beau­ti­ful batik fab­ric. Curious lit­tle ones can have a go at batik paint­ing un­der the watch­ful eyes of Craft 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). Cater­pil­lar’s safe and com­fort­ing en­vi­ron­ment makes it the per­fect venue to throw kids and ba­bies’ birth­day par­ties. In ad­di­tion, the cen­tre spe­cialises in move­ment and dance classes for both the young and old. Sam­ple classes in­clude Kids Street Jazz for six- to 11-yearolds, Teen Street Jam for 11- to 18-year-olds and belly dance classes for adults. Call to make an ap­point­ment.

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 at Clay Arts Stu­dio, which of­fers pot­tery and clay craft­ing classes for adults and kids. Young­sters are en­cour­aged to ex­plore their artis­tic side while par­ents are in­structed on how to cre­ate func­tional items. Walk-in cus­tomers are of­fered one and a half hour long trial classes. Tue-Sun, 10am-6.30pm.

Clay Ex­pres­sion

5-C, Jalan Subang 3, Subang Jaya, PJ (03 5888 9905/012 380 5505/www. clay­ex­pres­sion.com). Lo­cated in an in­dus­trial part of PJ, this clan­des­tine clay stu­dio is a haven for pot­tery fans. You’ll catch teenagers shap­ing clay at the pot­ter’s wheel and tod­dlers trac­ing out shapes at the work­table. Par­ents are more than wel­come, if not en­cour­aged, to join their kids dur­ing lessons. Ring up the stu­dio to re­serve a spot for the next ses­sion. Tue, Thu-Sat, 9am-12noon, 1-4pm.

LARA’s Place

3A Jalan 17/45, PJ (03 7956 8768/www. 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. 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 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.

Kedah

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.

Pe­nang

The Art eSpace

3c-1-3, Straits Quay Ma­rina Mall, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Bun­gah, Pe­nang (012 401 9636/www.theart­es­pace.com). Though only open by ap­point­ment, The Art eSpace is quick to re­spond to any

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

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 foun­da­tions of ba­sic art. 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.

glob­alart

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.

LARA’s Place

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