This Weekend in Kuala Lumpur!

Weekends in the city are always fun, and this coming weekend is no different! There are shows, and competitions, World Cup-inspired events, and storytelling sessions. If you’re looking for family-friendly things to try out, here’s a great place to start! Enjoy, S x

Makerlab by kakidiy are hosting a Magic Show Competition and you are invited along to watch the ten finalists compete as they take to the stage at The School this weekend!

It is World Ocean’s Day and 1 Utama Shopping Centre have a lot going on to meet the needs of the whole family. Check out workshops, performances, and children’s activities.

The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) will be performing “Into the Woods”, a musical production cleverly incorporating several of your favourite storybook characters. This is on next week from Thursday to Saturday but it’s best to get your tickets now!

I Can Read Malaysia at their Ara Damnsara outlet are back again with another Children’s Fun Factory this Sunday! It’s completely FREE to enter, but be sure to sign up via the link here.

Nutty Scientists Malaysia are going to be at Me.reka Makerspace at Publika

If your child would like to have fun with science on a regular basis our Nutty School is well suited for them.

We meet for an hour every week and we tackle a scientific topic with fun hands on activities.

This term our Nutty Professors need assistants to investigate the following themes:

• Properties of matter

• Forces

• Motion

• Human body

• Hygiene

• Senses

• Earth science

• Life science

• The solar system

Get the opportunity to come for a FREE trial class before signing up for the rest of the term. Classes are designed for children aged 4-8 years of age and the registration form is in the details here!

World Cup fever has taken over at 1 Utama Shopping Centre!! Head over to the Ground Floor Highstreet to enjoy games and activities up until the 15th of July 2018!

Check out Atom & the Dot as they bring another session to Ilham Gallery. This time it’s a 3D Glasses Workshop!

With 2 time slots to choose from, you’ll need to sign up now to avoid disappointment!

What’s for Fun can be found once again at Kinderia at Plaza Arkadia, Desa ParkCity this coming Saturday with story time and fun from 2.30pm

What a great idea – no need to sign up, just come along and play!!

Play4Play’Sake are at Sugar Rush this Saturday the 14th of July and what are they doing???

Campaigning for play!!

As well as a celebration, Playday is an opportunity to campaign on issues affecting children’s play.

This event commemorates the first of Play4Play’Sake organising such a celebration and we hope that each year, we call on everyone to celebrate Playday and show why play is fundamental for children’s enjoyment of childhood, and vital for their health, well-being and development.

In light of government cuts to play services across the country, it is more crucial than ever that we unite to stand up for play.

Our specially designed POP UP JUNKYARD

ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND will be up the whole day for the enjoyment of kids (suitable from 3-10yo) to have a go for some creative, stimulating, open-ended play in a safe environment!

*Entrance fee to the outdoor playground is by contribution offer

There’s a Japanese Festival happening at Cheras Leisure Mall which starts tomorrow on the 13th of July and runs until the 22nd!

Check out some great activities for the whole family as well as their food bazaar

DC Mall in Damansara City a BIG Nerf event happening this weekend and next!

Are you ready to battle? Compete with family, friends, and colleagues in an exciting nerf battleground tournament! Don’t worry, they supply all of the safety gear, guns, and ammo.

How to enter???

Terms

Who can participate?:

a. Need to purchase any amount from any store in DC MALL to be eligible to play.

c. One receipt per person (adult) – alone or with friends

d. One receipt per family with kids – parents and kids (15 years old and below)

e. Pre-registration participant needs to present receipt of purchase to the Nerf Malaysia personnel for validation before entering the game

*receipt date must be on the same day

** please chop the receipt for validation

***participant can use the same receipt to play the game for the whole day, but priority is for the first time.

MNS Selangor-MBPJ Community Eco Festival

The Malaysian National Society are holding an Eco Festival this Saturday from 8am to 2pm and everyone is invited to join.

PROGRAMME:

8.00 a.m. – Booths open to visitors.

9.00 a.m. – Opening speech by MBPJ Mayor Dato’ Mohd Azizi Bin Mohd Zain and/or VIPs.

9.15 a.m. – Interactive talk on ‘Diversity and Conservation of Malaysian Trees’ and demonstration on how to plant trees by MNS Flora SIG volunteers Dr. Khadijah Rambe and Jean Weber.

9.30 a.m. – Tree-planting ceremony on the grounds of Taman Rimba Riang, led by MBPJ Mayor Dato’ Mohd Azizi.

10.30 a.m. – Community Eco IQ Hunt flag-off.

11.45 a.m. – Announcement of Community Eco IQ Hunt winners and prize-giving ceremony.

2.00 p.m. – Event ends.

ALL DAY LONG ACTIVITIES:

– MNS membership registration.

– MBPJ visitor registration

– Arts & Crafts, henna painting and face painting by MNS volunteers.

– Guided nature walks into the Kota Damansara Community Forest trails by MNS Nature Guides.

– Educational activities, games, photo displays and outreach booths by MNS Herpetofauna Group, MNS Marine Group, MNS Photography Group, MNS Bird Group, MNS Flora Group, MNS Nature Guides, MNS Green Living, MNS Cave Group and MNS Pathfinders.

– Introduction to birdwatching by MNS Bird Group.

– Plogging Challenge by MNS Green Living. Collect and return litter in exchange for prizes.

– Sale of plants and garden produce by MNS Flora Group.

– Information and outreach activities by Kota Damansara Community Forest Society (KDCFS) and Jabatan Perhutanan Selangor.

– Sale of refreshments and merchandise by MBPJ vendors.

Head over to 1 Shamelin Mall to their SPP BOOK Agency this Sunday the 15th of July 2018 for a Modelling Clay Contest is coming in July!!

There are many trophies and prizes to be won!!! Come and bring your family members and friends to join the fun

E-lluminate are back again with their Board Game Days!

If you can’t make it this week, look at going on the 21st of July instead!

Date: 14th July 2018 & 21st July 2018

Venue: Cheras

Time: within 1PM to 5PM

Payment: RM10/hour

Additional charge of RM2 for drinks.

There will be several pop up station selling food run by the students as well.

Register here

Any budding dancers out there who want to start a new HipHop class??

A new intake is happening this Satuday at Talent Hub

Open for boys and girls ages 5-8. Text +60162858353 to sign up.

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Bridging the Boundaries; a weekend event not to be missed.

A chance to learn, discover, and enjoy an originally-inspired weekend away….

“Bridging the Boundaries” is a 2 day event in collaboration with the indigenous people of Kuala Kubu Bharu. (Fraser’s Hill!) This weekend has been put together to highlight the lifestyle of their people, where they will share their everyday life with you, showcase their music and dance forms with everyone, and teach you about the colourful culture of orang asli of Kuala Kubu Bharu.

With the goal of promoting ecotourism, this is a very educational way of getting back to nature and discovering something a little unknown. This whole weekend package (which includes transportation, accommodation and food, survival kit and a certificate) is amazingly priced at just RM100 per person and children aged 5 and above are welcome to join their parents (for the reduced fee of RM50)

Feeling adventurous?! Make this a family trip for an extremely memorable occasion. Check out their event page for full details and the link to sign up! S x

Babies & Bumps, there’s a New Fitness Studio for you in KL

Mums-to-be and new mums take a look here!

The recently opened B Studios in Bangsar has got it all planned out for mums wanting to keep fit even when there’s little people to think of!

I love the idea of this concept, and they have so much on offer! With pre and post natal yoga, baby-wearing workouts and dance classes, prenatal strength training and so much more, you can train with your babies in tow and share the moment with your little family!

They have a play area and baby changing facilities, so they’ve really thought of everything!

If you’re a mum wanting to work out, check out their new facility and their current monthly class schedule here! And if you fancy getting out and about, you can join their ‘Mommies Outdoor Workout’ that takes place every Sunday at TTDI Park for just RM30. Babies, toddlers and strollers are all welcome! Such a great idea! S x

Our Kiddomo Universe Ticket Winners announced!

Last week the team at Kiddomo Universe very generously offered 5 FREE tickets for our Kuala Lumpa Kids FB page readers for our competition time! And today I would like to announce the 5 lucky winners who have each won 1 ticket each!

22 Jas Min

67 Khairun

62 Wei Ting

28 Wendy

99 Ariel

For full details, check out my FB post and if you’re one of the lucky winners, you’ll be contacted shortly!

Thank you to everyone for participating, Sarah x

The Neon “Lit Run” is a Family Event Not to be Missed

Wow, look at this!

Who’s ready to “get glowing”?!

The “Lit Run” is a charity 5km Fun Run being held in Shah Alam on July 14th 2018 and promises to be full of fun; with carnivals and live performances, this is an event not to be missed!

Sign up to run and support The National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia by purchasing your tickets priced at RM69 (including your t-shirt, medal and other entitlements!) via: this link here and be a part of something that will change the lives of so many people.

With FREE entry for everyone to two days of their neon-themed carnival at Taman Botani Negara, this is an event for the whole family so mark the weekend of 13&14 July 2018 for games, lucky draw, food, live performances, and so much more!

Don’t miss out, save the dates:

Opening Carnival: 13th July 4pm

5KM Fun Run & Carnival: 14th July 3pm

14th July Flag off: 7:30pm

Don’t forget to sign up TODAY! Link is here ….. S x

5 Lucky Followers to Win a FREE Ticket to Kiddomo Universe!

It’s COMPETITION TIME, and we have FREE KIDDOMO UNIVERSE tickets to GIVEAWAY!

Kiddomo is an innovative playland designed for children to discover the power of their imagination; at their own pace, in their own way. So if you haven’t yet been, this is your chance!

Kiddomo Universe at The Starling Mall are giving 5 followers of my FB page Kuala Lumpur Kids – A KL City Guide for Families, the chance to win 1 FREE ENTRY TICKET each!

Be one of our 5 lucky winners by simply commenting on the competition post here by letting us know why you’d like to visit this amazing attraction! It couldn’t be easier!

Want to be one of 5 prize winners? Here are the rules and regulations:

1. This competition is open to people who follow Kuala Lumpur Kids FB page.

2. Participants must be 18 years of age or over and currently residing in Malaysia. (Winners will need to provide a valid local postal address)

3. To be in with a chance to win, please leave us a sentence in the comments section below.

4. The deadline to enter is at midnight (Malaysia) on Saturday 16th of June 2018

5. Five (5) winners will be picked at RANDOM and notified the following week.

This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Please do not include any personal information in the comments and understand that any information given is being given to the owner of this Facebook page, and not Facebook itself.

Any entries after midnight on Saturday 16th of June 2018 will not be included in the draw.

Pop over and check out the Kiddomo Universe FB page to keep up to date with events and family activities for the upcoming school holidays!

S x

Family Adventures with Komodo Dragons in Flores

It’s a beautiful mid-week day and I’m reminiscing – let me take you off the beaten track in Indonesia; an easy trip to make from neighbouring Malaysia!

Beyond the obvious holiday spots of Bali and Lombok, lies Flores; home of the infamous Komodo dragons, stunning blue waters for boat trips, lush green valleys with waterfalls and traditional villages, and family-friendly hotels & restaurants to enjoy for a few days away from the city.

This is a trip down memory lane for me as we took this holiday a few years back, but we had a fabulous time which even saw our adventurous 5 year old twins climb a volcano by torch light to see the sunrise!

Flying over Flores, to Labuan Bajo, is a sight to be seen. The waters below are just perfect. Labuan Bajo is on the west coast of the island and makes for a great base. There are flights daily from Bali and flight time is just over an hour!

We stayed at the Bintang Flores Hotel, a nice resort with a fabulous pool and direct access to a small beach, perfect when travelling with children. Food was simple, but included a buffet breakfast and they offer a free mini bus service into the seaside town where there is a great choice of restaurants and cafes.

One of the main reasons for our visit was to see the Komodo Dragons, which can be spotted in certain areas on Flores itself, or on the nearby islands of Rinca and Komodo. We booked a tour with a local agency in the town where there was a big choice of options; from half day, full day, combined trips to several islands, or over-night trips. We ended up booking a full day tour for the four of us that included our meals and snacks for the day, snorkeling, visits to a couple of islands, a guided tour in the National Park to spot the ‘Komodo Dragons’ and sailing back at sunset with beautiful views.

The waters here are beyond stunning and there were only a scattering of other boats on a beautifully clear day which meant that views were uninterrupted and picture-perfect.

Visiting the Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat of the National Park is an amazing experience. For your own safety you will be accompanied on your tour by a guide who knows how best to find the creatures, and ensures you don’t get too close. While I had a certain amount of apprehension about some stories I’d heard, I can guarantee you that everything was run extremely professionally and you never leave the sight of your guide, all while feeling you are just out on another nature trail stroll!

On arriving at the island, you can decide the length of tour you would like to do. From memory, you can do anything from 90 minutes to 4 hours (needless to say, the latter increases the ground you cover and the possibility of a ‘dragon’ sighting!!). With the searing heat and two children, we opted for a two-hour circuit (although in all honesty we could have managed more!).

Needless to say, this is no zoo, and therefore there is no guarantee you will spot Komodo Dragons! Having said that, we must have seen at least 5 while walking around the island thanks to the guide knowing their hangout places. When we approached the rest area in the park there were another three Komodo Dragons hanging around, knowing very well it was an area with food so I’m guessing you’ll always find a couple in the visitor area too!! Taking photos is absolutely allowed, but you do have to keep to a sensible distant from the creatures and not make much noise or any sudden movements!!

Back on the boat after our adventure with the Komodo Dragons and we got to take in a beautiful sunset from the deck.

While you could use Labuan Bajo for your base for exploring the whole island, it would mean a lot of road time, and sometimes on some pretty ‘interesting’ roads, which we decided wasn’t for us while travelling with the little people! However, you can get internal flights (from both Labuan Bajo and Bali) to Ende which will give you easy access to Mount Kelimutu, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and the Saga Traditional Village.

Mount Kelimutu is one of the main attractions on the island and rightly so. The volcano is known for its three crater lakes which differ in colour. The best time of day to enjoy the volcano, lakes and the views, is with an early morning start before sunrise. We did this climb with our 5-year old twins and it was simply amazing….

It meant an early start to the day with our driver/guide knocking at our door at 4.30am! But with torch lights and snacks at hand, we drive the 45 minutes to the parking area at the mid-point of Kelimutu before starting our climb. The cool morning air was crisp and added to the adventure of making our way up the winding pathway of the volcano. It isn’t a difficult climb and our 5-year olds managed it well. At the top, you get to sit and wait on a teared-seating area, take in 360 degree views, and watch the sunrise. The three lake craters are stunning, as are the colours and the views. We weren’t the only ones who had woken up early but it didn’t detract from the experience and we still got loads of photos!

On the way back down, there were a few steps but it would be fine if you have adventurous little explorers with you who are good walkers! There is very little around in terms of eateries, so take bottles of water with you and something slightly warmer to wear as it’s chilly waiting for the sun to put in an appearance!

Once we had recovered from the lack of sleep, we went on to visit the Traditional Village of Saga which is perfectly located in the hillside giving amazing views over the island. This was free to enter and we were even escorted around by some lovely locals, eager on us learning about how they live.

A trip that combined a family-friendly resort with pool time for the little ones, to sailing turquoise waters, searching for KomodoDragons, climbing a volcano, and visiting some truly beautiful local spots around the island, made this a truly enriching holiday for us all. Just a hop across the waters from Malaysia to Indonesia, this is a trip to add to your bucket list, with or without children! S x

School Camps coming up in KL!

The school holidays are fast approaching and we are so excited!! If you’re looking for some fun activities in the form of camps being held around the city, you’re in luck! You still have time to sign and register so don’t waste any more time – take your pick, and ensure the little ones are kept busy this school break!

I’ll add a link later on today with access to my website where camps will be continually uploaded for even more options! Enjoy, S x

There’s a full 3-day holiday camp happening at Art Genius in June which will be perfect for all those little art-lovers out there!

Camp Dates:

Week 1: 11th – 13th June 2018 (Mon – Wed)

Week 2: 18th – 20th June 2018 (Mon – Wed)

Time: 9am – 5pm

* All materials included

* Breakfast, lunch and teatime provided everyday

* FREE registration

* Open for children aged between 6-12 years old

– RM280 per week (3 days) (N/P: RM300)

– RM540 for 2 weeks (6 days) (N/P: RM600)

Check out the full event details below in the comments.

Have a holiday camp full of music this June at Hi-5 House of Learning. Choose from half-day and full-day options and let your child sing and dance their way through the day.

I Can Read Malaysia is offering two courses for their Summer Holiday Camp next month to give your child confidence and fluency when they read.

Sign up before the end of the month to get a 5% discount.

MY Craft Studio, Wangsa Maju have lots of fun sessions available this June to keep the little ones busy with arts n crafts.

With a choice of dates, pick and choose what works best for you!

Growing Eager Minds has a number of different options happening for the holidays. Choose from Batik Painting, Canvas Painting or Coinbank Painting on different dates throughout the month of June

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Inspire Education are offering fun and educational school holiday programmes this June. Contact them directly for more info and check out their FB page.

Hop on over to Hobby Hop In in Damansara Jaya between the 11th and 13th of June for a fun-filled space camp, perfect for children aged 5 to 8 years of age!

Call them directly for more information or registration!

It’s Ice Skating Camp time at Sunway Pyramid Ice!

Amazing rates for 6 lessons in 3 days – so go and get your skates on!

ITrain Kids is offering a Coding Bootcamp this June for children for children aged 7-9 years of age and 11-15 years of age.

What a great opportunity for slightly older kids!!

Great Scuba diving this holiday and throughout the year! Please contact them directly via the details on the flyer.

Lara’s Place has more than enough options available for your and your little ones this school holiday! From baking and DIY kites, to Capoeira and Coding – the choice is yours!

Kinderia are back with holiday camps for two weeks in June. Enjoy a range of activities from Zumba, Lego, arts and more!!

Click on their FB page tagged here for more info

There are holiday camps galore at CodeJuniors this coming holiday. With different dates and a range of programmes to enjoy, your children can be coding and more this summer!

Craft Space have different fun activities nearly every day for the little ones to enjoy this school break! Check out the second half of their line-up in the comments below and take your pick of workshops to enjoy!

EPS Sports Academy Malaysia are back again with fun and sporty holiday programmes for the kids this coming June.

Check out their event pages below for full details.

Join Toccapoly for their Carnival of the Animals at Space.Toccata!

Suitable for children aged 4-9, you can join an adventure into Saint-Saens’ animal world! Learn about the music and its story, then follow the calls of the animals into the world of poetry and symphony. This Toccapoly Holiday Camp features story-telling, music-making with found objects, shadow theatre, and more!

Date : 11-6-2018– 14-6-2018 (Monday–Thursday)

Time : 9.30am-5.30pm

Venue : Space.Toccata at PJ SS2

Age : 4-9 years old

The Little Gym Malaysia – Their Giveaway is Here!

The Little Gym Malaysia are opening another NEW branch and they have a fab GIVEAWAY for you all!!

As you may know, we have been TLG fans since our very first week in KL and can highly recommend their programmes! With them opening a new centre at The Curve, you can enter their competition to be in with a chance at winning 6 FREE MONTHS of lessons, or 1 FREE trial month! Follow the link Here before the 31st of May 2018 to win big – Good Luck! S x