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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 Baby Fun for six to 12 months old, Kids Street Jazz for six- to 11-year-olds and Teen Street Jam for 11- to 18-year-olds. Mean­while, mum can sign up for belly dance, Car­dio Fit, Zumba, Jazz and yoga. Call to make an ap­point­ment. ac­tiv­i­ties in and around the gal­leries 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. myBatik also of­fers a 20-minute choco­late and cof­fee art work­shops to teach chil­dren how to cre­ate latte art – ex­cept on hot choco­late. 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). The art jam­ming ses­sions here are a fun way for kids to cre­ate art along­side sim­i­larly artis­tic peers in an open stu­dio en­vi­ron­ment. All equip­ment such as easels and can­vases are pro­vided. In or­der to boost their stu­dents’ morale, the stu­dio holds an­nual art ex­hi­bi­tions dis­play­ing the kids’ art­works; th­ese take place in the Bangsar out­let, whereas the kids’ classes are held in Pub­lika. In­quire about kids’ art par­ties and cor­po­rate team­build­ing events, and don’t be shy to claim a com­pli­men­tary trial class for your chil­dren ev­ery Satur­day from 5pm to 6pm. 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. There’s also a café that serves homemade cakes, cook­ies and cof­fee for those who want to re­lax while the oth­ers shop. Call ahead of time to sched­ule a batik paint­ing work­shop. Daily, 9am-6pm.

Pe­nang

The Art eS­pace

3c-1-3, Straits Quay Ma­rina Mall, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Bun­gah (012 401 9636/www.theart­es­pace.com). Walk in on Tues­day and Thurs­day morn­ings with your own art ma­te­ri­als to so­cialise with other artists at the open stu­dio ses­sions. If it’s lessons you seek, come on a Satur­day or Sun­day morn­ing in­stead. Founder Es­ther Geh is a self-taught artist who pur­sued medicine as a ca­reer, but found her way back to art. The doors to its li­brary are al­ways open in case any­one is keen on leaf­ing through art books and mag­a­zines.

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