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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, 10am-8pm (last ad­mis­sion 7pm). Adults, RM64, Chil­dren (3-12 years old), RM53, Se­nior cit­i­zens, RM43; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM46, Chil­dren (3-12 years old) & 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 2201 2032/ 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, Me­gan Av­enue 1, 189 Jalan Tun Razak, KL; C-L19-08, Tril­lion KL, 338 Jalan Tun Razak, KL; Level 7, Main IT Build­ing, 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. Check web­site for sched­ules.

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, 10am-7pm. Con­tact cen­tre for sched­ules.

Science Bridge Academy

Lot 100-1.033, The School at Jaya One, 72A Jalan Univer­siti, PJ (03 7931 5383/ 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! Check web­site for sched­ules.

Kedah

Un­der­wa­ter World Langkawi

Zon Pan­tai Ce­nang, Mukin Kedawang, Langkawi (04 955 6100/Face­book: Un­der­wa­ter-World-Langkawi). 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 (03 9174 6411/www.kiddo.com.my). With 11 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, 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, JB, Jo­hor (07 224 5498/www.pet­ro­sains.com.my). 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.

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