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Aquaria KLCC

Con­course level, KLCC, Jalan Am­pang, KL (03 2333 1888/www.aquar­i­aklcc.com). Aquaria KLCC fea­tures some 5,000 aquatic and marine an­i­mals. Be sure not to miss the spec­ta­cle that is feed­ing time when sharks, eels and turtles gather to eat. Also check out the Sta­tion Aquar­ius, where kids and teens are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a se­ries of four labs high­light­ing evo­lu­tion, life­styles, adap­ta­tion and con­ser­va­tion. The cen­tre has also re­cently up­graded its Ship­wreck ex­hi­bi­tion: It’s now packed with in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion about ship­wrecks around Malaysia and there are a host of cool crit­ters to ad­mire. Daily, 10.30am-8pm (last ad­mis­sion 7pm). Adults, RM64, Chil­dren (3-12 years old), RM53, Se­nior cit­i­zens, RM43; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM46, Chil­dren (3-12 years old), RM35, Se­nior cit­i­zens, RM35.

Brick­s4Kidz

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in KL (www.brick­s4kidz.com/malaysia). It’s more than just LEGO. At Brick­s4Kidz, stu­dents are taught sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics while learn­ing to de­sign and build pro­jects. De­signed for kids be­tween four and nine years old, the lessons cover an ex­cit­ing range of themes in­clud­ing Space, In­ven­tions and Amaz­ing An­i­mals.

Com­put­er­tots

Fourth floor, Bangsar Shop­ping Cen­tre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, KL (03 2011 3906); Level 2, Great Eastern Mall, 303 Jalan Am­pang, KL (03 42656632); 39-5, The Boule­vard, Mid Val­ley City, Lingkaran Syed Pu­tra, KL (03 2287 1232/www. com­put­er­tots.com.my). Com­put­er­tots has been in­tro­duc­ing kids to new tech­nol­ogy since 1983. Kids can learn the ins and outs of com­put­ers, ro­bot­ics, pro­gram­ming and graphic arts here.

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). This for­ward-think­ing ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre is start­ing kids out early on the path to be­com­ing ca­pa­ble IT Man­agers and Devel­op­ers. iTrain Kids teaches cod­ing classes, an­i­ma­tion de­sign, app de­vel­op­ment, game cre­ation, 3D mod­el­ing and print­ing, web­site build­ing and dig­i­tal art classes among oth­ers. iTrain Kids presently has two branches: one in the heart of KL’s city cen­tre and the other in fu­tur­is­tic Cy­ber­jaya. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm. Check web­site for class de­tails.

Roboti­cist

First floor, The School at Jaya One, 72A Jalan Univer­siti, PJ (03 7931 0505/www. roboti­cist.com.my). Roboti­cist is Malaysia’s only ro­bot­ics cen­tre that teaches VEX Ro­bot­ics, a lead­ing kit that al­lows kids to flex their cre­ative mus­cles in de­sign and pro­gram­ming. The cen­tre is open to any­one and wel­comes all with an in­ter­est in this in­trigu­ing hobby that is turn­ing up in many cur­ricu­lums. Daily, 10.30am-7pm. Four lessons/month, RM240 (VEX IQ), RM430 (VEX EDR).

Sci­ence Bridge Academy

The School at Jaya One, 72A Jalan Univer­siti, PJ (011 3700 8385/www. sci­ence­bridgea­cademy.com). We wish this place had ex­isted when we were young. At Sci­ence Bridge Academy, kids can learn about life sci­ences, food sci­ence, the en­vi­ron­ment, aroma chem­istry and even foren­sic sci­ence through classes, work­shops and dis­cov­ery camps. Lab coats at the ready! Daily, 10am-7pm.

Kedah

Un­der­wa­ter World Langkawi

Zon Pan­tai Ce­nang, Mukin Kedawang, Langkawi (04 955 6100/www. un­der­wa­ter­world­langkawi.com.my). Lo­cated close by Pan­tai Ce­nang, Un­der­wa­ter World Langkawi lets you get up close to the won­ders of the ocean. This sprawl­ing marine and fresh­wa­ter aquar­ium di­vides marine life ac­cord­ing to habi­tats. Don’t miss the cute rock­hop­per pen­guins with their dis­tinc­tive bushy, yel­low ‘eye­brows’. Daily, 10am-6pm; Pub­lic & School Hol­i­days, 9.30am-6.30pm. Adults, RM43, Chil­dren, RM33; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM33, Chil­dren, RM23.

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

Kiddo Sci­ence

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (www.kiddo.com.my). With ten lo­ca­tions scat­tered across Malaysia, this lead­ing ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre for kids teaches sci­ence cour­ses, but also throws in art and gym pro­grammes for good mea­sure. Kiddo Sci­ence also or­gan­ises day camps and hol­i­day work­shops – the former lets your child learn some­thing new without be­ing tied down to weekly classes, while the lat­ter gets the kids fully im­mersed in spe­cialised sub­jects.

Pet­ro­sains Play Smart

Per­pus­takaan Negeri Sabah, Jalan Tasik, off Jalan Mak­tab Gaya, Luyang, Kota Kin­a­balu, Sabah (08 825 5808); Kom­pleks Yayasan Pa­hang, Tan­jung Lumpur, Kuan­tan, Pa­hang (09 534 2290); Per­badanan Per­pus­takaan Awam Jo­hor, Lot 19745, Jalan Yahya Awal, Jo­hor Bahru, Jo­hor (07 224 5498/www.pet­ro­sains.com.my/ www.face­book.com/Pet­ro­sain­sPlayS­mart). Not only has Pet­ro­sains ex­panded be­yond KL, it now of­fers a num­ber of free pro­grammes. A visit to one of the sci­ence cen­tre’s many branches is a good means of piquing your kid’s cu­rios­ity in sub­jects such as foren­sic sci­ence, min­er­als, math­e­mat­ics and the en­vi­ron­ment. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm.

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