Science & technology
KL & Surrounds
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.