Tech Dome Penang
KOMTAR Geodesic Dome, George Town (04 262 6663/www. techdomepenang.org). Tech Dome Penang is a dynamic hub divided into five sections with individual programmes and learning focus – Material World, Physical World, Living World, Mechanical World and Earth & Beyond. The kids can also explore the host of exhibitions and galleries that cover topics ranging from robotics and information technology to electromagnetism and force and motion. For the younger kids, head over to the Exploration Zone where there are fun activities that will help stimulate their brains and encourage learning scientific concepts. And if the kids are into astronomy, bring them to the Observatory, which is home to the largest telescope in the state. Mon, Wed-Sun, 10am-6pm. Adults (13 years and above), RM40, Students, RM32, Senior citizens (60 years and above) & children (5 to 12 years), RM24, Children (below 5 years), free; (MyKad holders) Adults (13 years and above), RM20, Students, RM16, Senior citizen (60 years and above) & Children (5 to 12 years), RM12, Children (below 5 years), free. Tickets available online.
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-hourlong trial classes. Tue-Sun, 10am-6.30pm.
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.
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 while parents can attend the kickboxing, yoga or Zumba classes provided by the centre. The centre is also available to host parties or events. Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6pm. Open studio, Tue & Thu, 9am-1pm; Art classes, Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm.
Da Vinci Creative Kids
Various locations nationwide (03 5621 0198/012 659 4220/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 instructors and progressive learning aimed at boosting kids’ selfesteem. Conducted in a safe, hygienic environment, the programmes are often lauded by parents.
Various locations nationwide (03 5879 1538/globalart.com.my). Established in 1999, this worldwide art institution has 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 by hosting various types of art and craft classes. Classes are conducted in a creative, conducive space and are taught by experienced teachers.