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’s done, snorkeling 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), RM350 per person; (4-6 persons), RM330 per person; (7 people and above), RM300 per person.
Learn to swim with D Swim Academy
Kompleks Kecemerlangan Sukan Paralimpik, Jalan Perwira, Kampung Pandan, KL; Panasonic Sports Complex, Lot 4, Persiaran Perkilangan Section 21, Shah Alam (www.dswimacademy.com). Yes, from November 22 the National Aquatic Sports Centre will be closed for renovation, but fret not, you can sign the kids up for a programme of ten classes over the school holidays, starting from November 24. These classes will take place at DSA Kampung Pandan and DSA Shah Alam (the Panasonic Sports Complex) and will cater to Kiddie Swimmers (three- to four-year-olds) and Junior Swimmers (five- to 12–year-olds). Starting Nov 24, every Tue and Thu. RM50 registration fee for new members; RM300 for ten classes. Penang is providing a guaranteed solution to this mind-boggling problem: A foam party. Send your kids over to the pool for a fun-filled, ‘foam-tastic’ time that’s enough to brighten up even the grumpiest of kids. First Saturday of the month, 5-7pm (for kids only). RM20 per kid.
Sun Day Out
The School at Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, PJ (www.theschool.my). Every Sunday, hit up the 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 seven-year-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.
Publika, Solaris Dutamas (www.publika. com.my). Every Sunday from 7am to 10am, the kind people at Publika block off all of the compound’s internal roads so that they’re safely car-free for cycling purposes. Everyone and anyone can turn up and ride, and if you don’t have your own bike you can rent one for free on the premises. Rollerblades and skates are also welcome and when the roads reopen at 10am, you can head indoors for brunch at any one of Publika’s cafés. It’s a great, safe way to get the kids out and about without having to leave the city. Every Sunday, 7-10am.
Living Arts holiday programme
Living Arts Dance Studio, 2nd Floor, Jalan BK 5A/1, Giant Hypermarket, Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, Selangor (012 735 7244/living-arts.com.my). This five-day holiday programme will bring together a range of fun activities and workshops for kids including Chinese dance fusion, meditation, gymnastics, Zumba and even a science workshop. The classes will be divided into two age groups, four- to six- and seven- to 12-year-olds. Kids can enroll in the programme for one day to take advantage of a particular area of interest or enjoy the entire week of classes. time, instead of to the refrigerator. To top it all off there will be various carnival activities and performances following the run, making this a perfect family evening. Sat, Dec 26, 4pm. 3km or 5km course available. RM100 per participant.
(www.starsarchery.com). With outlets all across the nation, including Kota Kinabalu (Imago Mall & 1 Borneo Mall), Kuching (CityONE Megamall), Selangor (Sunway Pyramid), KL (Berjaya Times Square and Aeon AU2 Mall) and Malacca (Mahkota Parade), this is the place to go if you’ve got a budding Katniss Everdeen on your hands. You can also learn how to shoot a target with a blowpipe – it’s a bit of a niche skill these days but the kids will surely enjoy it. Check website for pricing and packages.
KL & Surrounds
Michael’s Badminton Academy
Lot 5462, Jalan Persiaran Puteri 1, Bandar Puteri, Puchong (03 9101 8061); Lot 10949, Jalan SS24/10, Taman Megah, PJ (03 7803 4166/www.mba101badminton.com). Michael’s Badminton Academy (MBA) has steadily become the go-to destination for youngsters hoping to emulate Lee Chong Wei. They organise badminton lessons, longer courses and even children’s camps, which include professional coaching and overnight stays at the centre dormitories. The kids can look forward to testing their skills on rubberised and parquet courts that regularly play host to international tournaments. Daily, 9am-11pm. Call to check on extended opening hours on certain days. Court rental from RM21 per hour. old, usually held on Saturday mornings from 10am to 12 noon. Contact club for more details.
Sunway Lagoon, 3 Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, PJ (03 5639 0000/ www.sunwaylagoon.com). Does bungee jumping without having to jump off a bridge sound like your thing? Then this is the perfect place to give it a go. Participants are restrained in a skywardfacing reclining seat. There are two seats to a capsule, so you don’t have to do this alone. The ride takes you from zero to 120 kilometres per hour in two seconds so hold on tight. Suitable for older children. Entrance to the park does not include the price of the ride. G-Force X: RM64; (MyKad holders) RM32.
Oxbold Extreme Sports
5-1, First floor, Jalan PJS 8/17, Sunway Mentari, Bandar Sunway, PJ (019 663 8336/ www.oxbold.com). Oxbold Extreme Sports, true to its name, offers paragliding for kids ages ten and above. Watch as your child takes to the skies on an inflatable wing. We promise it’s safer than it sounds and will probably be one of the top five moments in their lives. Flights are on tandem paragliders with a qualified instructor, with flight sites in Negeri Sembilan and in the outskirts of KL. Oxbold can also organise white water rafting, scuba diving, car drifting and one-day pilot experiences. And that’s just scratching the surface of the host of activities they have. This is the place for everyone in the family to enjoy an adrenaline-pumping time. Office and showroom open via appointment only. RM300 for tandem paragliding.
Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam, Jalan Liku 8/1, Bukit Cahaya, Seri Alam, Shah Alam, Selangor (013 276 9841); Jalan Teluk Yu, Kampung Kok, Langkawi (019 280 5679/www.skytrex-adventure.com). Young and old will love the challenges of this sky high obstacle course: get young ones involved in the Little Adventure (23 challenges) or the Little Legend Adventure in Langkawi, which consists of 18 adventure challenges of varying difficulty levels. This activity is open to those with a minimum height of 1.1 metres. There are other courses of a more difficult nature such as Big Thrill (26 challenges) or Eagle Thrill (29 challenges) and Extreme Challenge (34 challenges) or Island Extreme (33 challenges), and only open to those taller than 1.5m. (Shah Alam) Daily, 9am-6pm. Little Adventure, RM35; Big Thrill, RM45; Extreme Challenge, RM55. (Langkawi) Daily, 9am-3pm. Little Legend Adventure, RM45; Eagle Thrill, RM55; Island Extreme, RM65; Walk-in, Little Legend Adventure, RM50; Eagle Thrill, RM60; Island Extreme, RM70.