Welcome to ‘Rocky Basecamp’ – It’s open!

It’s open! Malaysia’s first Indoor Speed Climbing Wall!

“Rocky Basecamp” has now opened its doors over at Aeon Mall in Shah Alam and it looks great!

Photo credit to Rocky Basecamp Malaysia

As you may remember from previous posts, my two love their climbing adventures and we’ve tried out a few but this one will now have to go on the to-do-list! Love that you can ‘climb’ up the Petronas Twin Towers and have a close encounter with King Kong!
 

Photo credit to Rocky Basecamp Malaysia
 

It’s bright and colourful and caters for youngsters from 4 years of age and upwards! Open from 10am-10pm on weekends and public holidays (11am – 10pm during the week). 
 

Photo credit to Rocky Basecamp Malaysia
 

Plus, if you need to do some shopping, you can look at their website offering ‘Explorer Packages’ which will mean your little ones are in safe hands with the onsite instructors. Coaching packages as well as multiple entry passes are also available so…. Time to try it out?! Let me know how it goes! S x

Photo credit to Rocky Basecamp Malaysia

Celebrating International Dance Day in Kuala Lumpur!

International Dance Day is fast approaching and that is worth celebrating!
 

The International Dance day festival this coming Saturday!
 
On the 29th of April, Central Market will be holding a festival from 4-9pm that will be filled with amazing dancers showing off their unique performing skills on the outdoor stage. It’s all free of charge to watch so pop on down; the whole family will love it!

 

Photo credit to Central Market Kuala Lumpur: The Cultural Performance by JKKN
 
If you can’t make it on Saturday, there will be a special cultural performance from JKKN on Wednesday the 26th at 3pm – photos here from their last appearance look stunning so drop by if you’re in the area! 

 

Photo credit to Central Market Kuala Lumpur: The Cultural Performance by JKKN
 
I have to say that the Central Market is really stepping things up these days and offer so many shows and activities that it’s really worth following their FB page so that you don’t miss out on anything.

 

Photo credit to Central Market Kuala Lumpur: The Cultural Performance by JKKN
 
Most shows are completely free of charge and they offer activities for the whole family, as well as the expected shopping experience! Check out their page: https://m.facebook.com/centralmarketkualalumpur/ 

Photo credit to Central Market Kuala Lumpur: The Cultural Performance by JKKN

Have a great week ahead everyone, S x

“Ready Steady Go Kids” is open in Malaysia!

Ready Steady Go! 
Ready Steady Go Kids (RSGK) is an amazing sports programme that has a special place in my heart as my children grew up in these classes when we lived in Indonesia. Hailing from Australia, this programme has centre’s all over the world and that now includes Malaysia – yay!

 

Photo Credit to Ready Steady Go Kids Malaysia – soccer day!
Don’t know if your child will like tennis? Not sure if they’d prefer golf or soccer? Well this programme introduces children aged 2-6 to all of them and more!

 

Photo Credit to Ready Steady Go Kids Malaysia – tennis training!
With a total of 10 sports, let your child learn the basics of cricket for a rotation of two weeks before testing out their skills in American football; a few weeks on and they’ll get to do athletics and a host of other fun activities.

 

Photo Credit to Ready Steady Go Kids Malaysia – anyone for golf?
It really is a great way to let your little ones try a bit of everything, learn some new skills, meet some sporty friends, and find out what they really enjoy. Ready Steady Go Kids Malaysia offers a FREE trial class so please contact their FB page to sign up! Located in Bangsar, with classes for different ages on the weekends, this is guaranteed to be a great hit with your children, I highly recommend it. S x


https://m.facebook.com/rsgkmy/

Ski School for Kids at Hilton Niseko Village Hotel, Japan

Our skiing trip to Japan already seems like it was ages ago! Our half term break is over, the little ones are back to school, and I finally get a bit of time to write an over view on what I can only call one of the best family resorts for a skiing holiday! 
So, I’m not a skier. But our twins got the idea of ‘going to ski school’ in their heads and we thought we’d give it a try! We were travelling with friends and between us had four children of 7 and under and we just needed somewhere to make things easy, and the Hilton Niseko Village did just that.

  
To take advantage of the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, you fly into Sapporo. From the New Chitose airport to the ski resorts of Niseko it’s about a 2-hour drive and while you could grab a taxi (or eventually hire a car if you plan on travelling around the region) we chose to book the Limousine Bus operated by the Hilton. 

 Their representative met us at the arrivals and was cheery and bright and took care of our luggage, navigated us around the airport and was extremely helpful. As there are set times for their transfer we managed to grab a bite to eat at the airport (and the kids explored the wonders of Sapporo airport!) which actually worked out really well before heading off on a two hour bus ride!

  
After winding through the snow-topped countryside, you arrive at your final destination, The Hilton Niseko. What immediately struck us was the proximity of the hotel to the ski slopes with ski lifts seemingly running directly from the hotel and up the mountains. You literally couldn’t be closer to the action if you pitched a tent on the piste itself! 

  
Walking into the hotel we were greeted by a lovely, cosy lobby lounge, with flames jumping in a central fireplace and candles scattered around to immediately give you that warm feeling. 

  
After welcome drinks and a quick check-in, we made it up to our rooms. We had booked a family suite each to be comfortable and although lovely (with literally the most amazing views!) they were small by western standards but perfectly normal in the world of Japanese hotels! 

  
For our week’s stay, the room was just fine, impeccably clean, free WiFi, and came with all the usual essentials (considering we were spending so much time outdoors, it really was perfect).
We had made the choice to book the 4 little ones into ski school before arriving; not necessary, but it assured we had the spots for them and saved us a mad dash to make all the arrangements upon checking-in at Niseko. 

  
The ski rental and ski school itself are located just at the side entrance to the Hilton Lobby. It is a quick walk from one building to the next and made it so ridiculously easy to pop over and sort out our rental gear before settling in for the night. They have absolutely everything there that you will need so if you don’ have your own gear, there’s plenty of choice, although the Japanese prices are definitely higher than you’d pay in Europe etc.

   
 The next day, our first full day in Niseko, was day one of ski school. The excitement was just too much to handle for our two and they were wearing their helmets and masks before getting out of their pyjamas! After a hearty Hilton breakfast we made our way to the Ski School and met their instructor for their 2-hour morning lesson. 

  
And that was it – a quick check of equipment, a few exercises on how to use just one ski, and then the other, and they were off…..into the snowy distance of the ski slopes with their Canadian ski instructor…….

  
Two hours later I went to collect them and was met by two little speed demons who were already hitting the slopes with so much ease it was frightening! They wanted to go back for the afternoon session; there was little enthusiasm for taking a break or even eating lunch, it was all about the ski!

  
 Day two saw them heading off again, although this time they had already advanced to the third level of ski school and were learning turns and goodness knows what else but they were loving it. The cold didn’t bother them; they were having the time of their lives…!

  
So besides the usual comforts of being in a 5-star Hilton property, offering us multiples dining options (from Japanese restaurants with a Teppanyaki option, a buffet restaurant, a pub, lounge bar and a village of local restaurants (set in the slopes) an amazing spa and small gym, we were literally in the middle of all the action as far as all the outdoor winter sports were concerned. 

  
They have an on-site ski chalet where we just dropped off and stored all our equipment each day. They gave us baskets to store our boots and helmets and kept our skis aside ready for the next day, which stopped us messing about with it all. 

  
The ski rental also sold the ski passes for the slopes which meant there was no trekking from one place to another; there was no carrying our equipment or anything else. It was all on our doorstop and made it a sheer delight to have so many mini skiers in our group! 

  
Ski-dos were parked up outside available for rent, and the minute the kids came out of their ski lesson, they were offered free sleds to go and hit the slopes which was a great idea and kept them busy once again!

   

When the little ones weren’t on either their skis, or zooming around on sleds, the Hilton offered a little children’s playroom on the 1st floor. While it wasn’t massive, and a member of staff didn’t supervise it, it was nice to have an indoor space for a bit of winding down after an active day.

  
 There were some books, cuddly toys, tents, a TV with little chairs set up, and the big winner with our four children was the Wii! Our two had never played before but it certainly passed a bit of time on more than one occasion with parents cheering them on as they played beach volleyball, table tennis and an array of other sports!

  
 The Hilton Niseko is the epitome of a mountain getaway. It’s remote but set in the most beautiful of locations with ample of space for walking, exploring nature, and the perfect ski conditions, even at the end of March. 

  
While you can’t just walk out of the resort and have access to local shops or eateries, there is a free shuttle service that will take you into the nearby town of Hirafu. We took a day off from skiing and did just that. It meant we could see a little bit of the surrounding area, wander the shops, grab a hot chocolate in one of the cute coffee shops and do a little bit of souvenir hunting.

  
 It’s not a big place so you won’t need much time there but it was a good excuse for us to get out and say we’d seen something other than the hotel!

  
So there you have it. For our two children who had never even seen snow before, it was an amazing holiday and in the words of my daughter, “ it was the best holiday ever, better than figure skating, and even better than Christmas”. She has now decided she wants to be a ski instructor when she’s older, and both her and her twin brother are planning our return trip for next year! 

  
To say the trip was a success would be an understatement. I don’t know how the whole experience would have been had we been elsewhere but I do know from friends that it’s usually a lot more hard work with the carrying of equipment and having to travel to the slopes before you can even start skiing. This really was an ideal spot and I commend the Hilton Niseko Village for the great atmosphere that they’ve created up there and how well the staff took care of us all. Looks like we’ll be returning next ski season for some more action, S x

  

FREE Football trial sessions at Little Kickers Malaysia at their new KLCC location!

Let’s start the week with some GREAT NEWS! 

Photo credit to Little Kickers Malaysia
 
“Little Kickers Malaysia” is opening a brand new venue in KLCC! Not only is this amazing for anyone living in the city centre but they are also offering a FREE Trial session!!

 

Photo credit to Little Kickers Malaysia
 
Sign up quickly via their FB page and see how kids learn best; through play and fun games. Open to children from 18 months old to 7 years old, classes will take place every Sunday and will teach your little ones the basics of football, will introduce them to the social side of playing in a team, and will improve your child’s physical development….. And all in walking distance of the Twin Towers – perfect! 

1st session is scheduled for the 30th April 2017…. and that’s not far off now!

Photo credit to Little Kickers Malaysia

Sign up now and enjoy a free kick! 

https://m.facebook.com/LittleKickersMalaysia/

S x

Freestyle Circus performances for FREE at Publika this month.

Publika is playing host to FREE performances by an Argentinian Freestyle Circus all through the month of April!
  
Pop along any Sunday afternoon between 3-5pm to enjoy a display of juggling, balancing, acrobatics, and unicycle riding! Guaranteed to be fun for the whole family so don’t miss out!
Presenting every Sunday at Level UG (next to Juice Works) of Publika, come and join the fun, and bring your friends along too! It’s Free for everyone. Enjoy, S x

Easter Fun in Kuala Lumpur’s Shopping Malls!

I’m just going to tempt you with one final post for the upcoming celebrations for Easter next weekend. Having already let you know of all the brunches and sports camps happening in the city, it’s now time to give a shout out to all the shopping malls who are joining in on the fun and offering treasure hunts, arts n crafts and a little bit of bunny spirit! Have a great weekend everyone, S x
  
Hippi Hop! The Easter bunny is calling all kids to join the fun Easter Egg Hunt on 16 April 2017, from 10.30am – 12.30pm at Level 3 of Avenue K. Hop on over and have some fun! 

Spend a minimum of RM100 & above in a maximum of 2 combined receipts on the same day between 7-15 April 2017 to participate. Present your receipt (s) at the Information Counter, Ground Floor for registration. Limited to 80 kids age between 3 – 12 years old. First come, first served basis. T&C apply.

  
 How creative you are? Can you draw? Can you colour? An opportunitry for all little artists to join the Easter event on 8 April 2017 (Saturday), 1.45pm to 5.00pm at the Main Concourse, LG floor.
 
Citta Mall is getting in the spirit of things and are organising a bunny petting session and an Easter egg hunt! It’s your chance to meet some cute furry animals so mark the 15th and 16th of April 2017 in your diaries to celebrate!

  
An Easter Bazaar together with Little Safari (Petting Zoo) in collaboration with Persatuan Pencinta Arnab Selangor (PECINTA) will be happening this weekend April 8-9th from 10am-6pm!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet some new animal friends ranging from Guinea Pigs to Snakes! There will be AT LEAST 20 kinds of animals and reptiles at The School by Jaya One! 

  
In conjunction with their Easter Bazaar with Little Safari, there will also be a Rabbit Petting Zoo in collaboration with PECINTA! There will be about 30 types of rabbits coming to The School by Jaya One. If you love rabbits this will be the event for you and don’t forget that there will be other kinds of animals there as well!

Happening from 8th – 16th of April (10 am till 6 pm) 

  
This family favourite is back again at Bangsar Village. Make sure to check out The Village Fun Fair happening on the 15th and 16th of April 2017. Loads of fun for all the family

   Bangsar Shopping Centre has some Eggcellent Easter Eggtivities running in conjunction with their Hide & Seek Artisan Market from the 14th to the 16th of April 2017. Take part in workshops, enjoy a bunny dance, get your face painted or join the egg hunt! Lots of fun to be had over the three days.
 

Yes, there’s a Weekend Fever Art Market happening from the 7th to the 9th of April at Desa ParkCity and they’ve added a fun Egg Hunting event to fit in with the upcoming Easter celebrations! 

  
Besides their market, Desa ParkCity also have an Easter Day on Saturday the 15th of April! Fun, games, snacks and much more to keep the whole family entertained next weekend!

Easter Camps and Kids Activities in Kuala Lumpur 2017

The Easter break is almost upon us and it’s great to see so many events lined up across the city. From sports camps and FREE swim sessions, to arts n craft activities and treasure hunts, the choice is yours! Take a look at just some of the things I’ve found happening in Kuala Lumpur over the next 10 days and I’ll be sure to keep it updated on my blog should I have something new to add. Come on, hop to it! S x
 
  Safari Kid International Kuala Lumpur:

There’s an Easter Fun Friday happening TODAY at Safari Kid! Open to the public there are lots of activities in store so if you don’t already have plans, pop by!

 
Jungle Gym at Bangsar

There’s an Easter Party happening at Jungle Gym Bangsar with lots of fun games, a magic show AND a costume competition to get all dressed up for! There are prizes to be won and unlimited playtime to enjoy – sounds great! 
However, this will only be offered to the first 60 CHILDREN son don’t be late! Registration opens at 12pm on the 16th with a fee of 15RM and you will need to sign up in person on the ground floor of Bangsar Shopping centre. Enjoy!
 Pelikan Malaysia:

Pelikan Art Classes at The Gardens Mall are back again with more fun activities. Check out their Easter Egg event on Saturday the 15th of April with two different time slots to choose from! Call them to book a spot! 
 The Social , Desa Park City:

Here’s an event taking place at Desa ParkCity, this time at ‘The Social’. If you’re dining with them on Easter Sunday you get to enjoy arts n crafts activities as well as an Egg Hunt so be sure to book a table if you are interested in joining the fun
 Advanced Aquatics:
They are back again with a FREE trial swimming session at Rawang! 

Advanced Aquatics are a great, safe way to introduce swimming to little ones and this “Splash Day” on Easter Sunday is the perfect way to spend your time AND IT’S FREE!

– Date: 16th April 2017 (Sunday)

– Time: 9.00am to 12.00pm

– Venue: Setia Eco Templer (No.1, Jalan Ipoh-Rawang, KM-20, Taman Rekreasi Templer, 4800 Rawang)

– Waze: Setia Eco Templer
 EPS Sports Academy Malaysia

EPS are running another couple of school camps this Easter at the Garden International School in Mont Kiara. There’s a couple of different dates to choose from (10-13 April, 17-20 April 2017) so pick what works best for you and sign up quick! Camps are for two age brackets; check below for details:

4 days camp with lots of sports and fun activities

Ages 4 to 6 years old & 7 to 12 years old

4 to 6 years – Fun Sports Camp focused on experiencing a variety of sports. 

7 to 12 years – Sports Camp focused on developing skills and improving techniques. 

 The Little Gym Malaysia: 

Join the team at Little Gym for some fun in spring break!

With camps of different themes, kids will have a fun-filled time with gymnastics, games, crafts and a snack. 

Dates: 11th-19th April (12–2pm or 2-4pm)

Age: 3-12 years

Location: The Little Gym Kota Damansara (1st Floor Encorp Strand Mall)

Price : RM 80 (Members) & RM90 (Non-Members)

Call 03-61439980 or email infokd@thelittlegym.com.my to sign up for the camps!

  International Soccer Camp KL:

Coach Arber is back with a spring holiday camp on 12th, 13th, and 14th of April 2017.
To register for the camp at Pusat Center Bukit Damansara, contact Coach Arber at: arber100@yahoo.com or whatsapp 016-6746133.

 
Graceful Hands: 

Graceful Hands is holding a fun-filled holiday workshop this month including a special week of Easter-themed activities from the 10th to the 14th of April. Contact them directly for reservations and enjoy some story-telling, fun games, and some arts n crafts.

Free Yoga for Kids in Kuala Lumpur!

Free family fitness? It doesn’t get any better than that!
In an attempt to get everyone healthy and happy, Atria Shopping Gallery has launched a ‘Stay Active’ programme offering FREE sporting activities throughout the week.

  
The good news is that every Saturday from 2pm to 3pm there is a FREE yoga class for children! It’s a great way to introduce the little ones to the unique benefits and enjoyment of yoga and to see how they like it. Be sure to sign up with the concierge at Atria to book your spot, but this is an on-going campaign so pick a date and sign up – it’s FREE! S x