Edi­tor’s note

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Editor's Note - Caramella Scarpa Edi­tor edi­tor@time­out­malaysia.com

I THOUGHT I’D START this note with a trip down mem­ory lane. As this is a mag­a­zine for par­ents, I’d like you all to rem­i­nisce about what life was like be­fore you had kids. For some that may be a mere cou­ple of years ago, for oth­ers much longer than that. The rea­son for this ex­er­cise is to re­mem­ber week­ends with­out kids – when Satur­day morn­ings were for brunches, sleep­ing in, hang­overs and stay­ing in your py­ja­mas all day. Some week­ends you’d go out on BOTH nights (wild times), spend Sun­day dread­ing Mon­day, but be­ing thank­ful that you still had all those hours to do noth­ing.

Then you had a baby, and sleep de­pri­va­tion be­came the new han­gover, hav­ing a ten-minute power nap was a gift from the gods, and you still stayed in your py­ja­mas all week­end be­cause you just couldn’t be both­ered. Baby grew up and needed con­stant en­ter­tain­ment and at­ten­tion, so play dates were ar­ranged, par­ties at­tended, classes signed up for. Sleep im­proved but the week­ends were lost, and as young kids be­came big kids, their so­cial life made yours feel like a nun’s. And you still had to drive them around, cheer them on the sport­ing field, and deal with their other shenani­gans.

This is­sue is all about the week­end! You know you can’t laze around, so do some­thing con­struc­tive and fun with your fam­ily – be it out­doorsy day trips (p10), city ac­tiv­i­ties (p16), or short breaks (p70) over those three-day week­ends; and we also found cre­ative classes to at­tend (p22) like learn­ing to play the ukulele or soap mak­ing to make week­ends go by faster. There are 52 week­ends in the year so use them wisely!

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