Activities for children & parents for the school holidays in Kuala Lumpur

Activities for children & parents for the school holidays in Kuala Lumpur

School holidays are here and just like any other year you are looking for ideas to keep your little one engaged. School holidays are a great way to bond with your children. You get to spend quality time with them and be an active part of their world.

To make your life easier, we have compiled a few ideas of things to do this time and make the year-end memorable for your family.

Enjoy the sun at KLCC Park

Just head to KLCC park and let your children enjoy the children’s park and the water park. You can laze around in the cool shade of trees with a book in your hand. If you feel hungry, head to the Suria KLCC food court and treat your kids to whatever they like, life cannot get better than this. If you stay till evening, you can enjoy the Lake Symphony at the KLCC fountain too. We’re sure the kids will love it.

Take them for a cultural performance

Exposing children to culture is important and what better way than to take them to some local performances. Malaysia Tourism Centre Matic holds hour-long dance performance every day at 3pm from Monday to Saturday. There is also a cultural show at Central Market every Sunday at 8 pm. A little culture will go a long way in giving them fresh ideas and create a different perspective for them.

Spend some quality time at KL Eco-Forest Park

Spend a few hours enjoying the greenery at the KL Eco Forest, formerly known as Bukit Nanas. Acclimatise your children to different kinds of trees and enjoy a nice canopy walk. You will be able to see many types of birds and monkeys. You can also take your kids to the mini zoo inside. There are many trails and walks to enjoy. The Eco-Forest Park is easy to access from Menara KL and Jalan Raja Chulan.

Reach for the stars at the Planetarium

A visit to planetarium can be mesmerising especially if you are a kid. The idea of new stars and a whole new world out there can open the floodgates to the imagination. Although the KL Planetarium is not the best in Asia, yet, there’s much to learn here and definitely deserves a few hours. They run 3D films that are fun for enjoying the 3D experience. A really cool place to visit during the holidays.

Cycle around the city

Do your kids love to cycle? If the answer is a big yes, then head to the many cycling areas in the city such as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa or Desa Park City. On Sundays, Publika Shopping Centre becomes a cycling path. Cycling is not only healthy and fun, it is also a great way to spend time with your little ones.

Take them to a skate park

If your children love skateboarding or rollerblading, you can visit the skate parks in Mont Kiara, Putrajaya and Shah Alam. Nothing like a little adrenaline to get the blood pumping and create some excitement and competition within the family. Some places also offer free informal skating lessons such as the Wheel Love Skateshop. You can find them on Facebook.

Spend a crafty weekend

The Islamic Art Museum Malaysia organises art and craft workshops every weekend for children aged 4 to 12 years. Children under 6 years of age have to be accompanied by an adult. Each workshop has a specific theme and starts with a storytelling session. They are ideal to enhance your child’s imagination. The timing of these classes is from 3pm to 4.30pm every Saturday and Sunday.

Volunteer for gardening

Planting trees are so important and it is imperative that the young ones learn this from an early age. Visit the Free Tree Society in Bangsar and volunteer at their nursery. They will provide all the tools. You will be planting new plants, rearranging pots or be a part of the landscaping. It’s a fun activity and definitely a great lesson for your kid.

Take a trip out of the city

There is no better way to bond than going on a trip together. More so if you are a family. Pack-up, get the map out (or Waze!) pick a location and go on a roadtrip for a weekend away.  We are spoilt for choice when it comes to travelling in this country. Pack your kids’ favourite snacks, play car games, sing songs and enjoy the beautiful scenery. They are going to love it.

Visit the National Science Centre

To merge fun with learning, take your child to the National Science Centre. It has innumerable exhibits and mini-activities to keep children engaged and excited. Tickets are priced reasonably at RM6 for visitprs over 13 years of age and RM3 from children from 7 to 12 years. Children below 3 years can enter for free. They hold a science show every day at 12pm and 3pm where they involve children to exhibit scientific experiments. It’s completely fun while you learn.

Hope these ideas helped you plan a range of fun activities to keep your child engaged. Enjoy the holiday season before another round of school days starts.

Have fun!

Consider starting preschool in November instead of January

Consider starting preschool in November instead of January

Starting kindy a few months earlier could make a world of difference to your child and decrease your level of stress and anxiety! Read on to find out how…

It’s going to be time for your child to join preschool in January and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that you are both excited and anxious at the same time. You want your child to mingle with the other children, make friends, learn their alphabets, numbers and most of all enjoy themselves! But then you end up thinking about everything that could go wrong, and your bubble pops!

What if your child can’t cope up with the new atmosphere? Oh, the ceaseless crying and the painful goodbyes that you have to go through. After all, separation anxiety is a tough experience for every child, and this is going to be even worse in a room full of weeping toddlers come January!

Not to forget the entire period of preparation that goes into getting your child ready for preschool. Backpack, lunch box, social skills, potty training, planning playdates, and practising being away from each other are few of the many priorities on the to-do list of every parent. And above all, you need to set up your schedule, get organised and shift your routine to ensure you can meet all the unforeseen hurdles that may come your way.  

The first few weeks of preschool is like a rollercoaster ride for every parent and child until both sides learn adjust to the new routine and get a hang of things. As such, why not get the adjustment period out of the way before January even comes along?

Keeping in mind that preschool is the beginning of a new phase in your child’s life, joining a preschool early can be a good idea on many levels. Here are some of the reasons why:
An extra month to cope

Avoid the last-minute drama by giving your child an extra month to fit into the new set-up and get acquainted with their surroundings. It gives you some extra time to relax and help your child adapt without worrying about keeping pace with the other children. Not only that, but it also provides a window to coach him step-by-step about school, paving the way for a smoother transition period.

Your child will get extra care, attention

By starting a month early, children have the opportunity to join an existing class. They get extra attention and care from the teacher who now has the time and space to give your child all the TLC they need, and make friends with other children who are already used to school. This will go a long way in easing their nervousness and help them overcome their shyness. It’s also not so stressful for the teachers and leads to an overall good experience for the child.

Avoid the back to school rush

Adjusting to a new routine is not only difficult for the kids but also for the parents who have to constantly put effort in ensuring the little one has everything he needs. Joining preschool early gives you an opportunity to ward off the stress and enjoy the learning journey with your child. And if you are the parent of many children, your toddler’s shoes, bags and books can be sorted a whole month earlier before big brother and sister have to be dealt with. That’s definitely a solution to having to buy multiple everything at the same time!

Consider starting preschool in November instead of January

It helps your child become more confident

Imagine the first day of school in January, when there are at least ten children crying and feeling alienated in the new environment they have been placed in. Your child who has already been in school for a month can now be the old pro, confident enough to take up a leadership role and help the new kids settle in. This will help them gain more confidence and promote the development of social skills in the process.

You have time to find another preschool

Starting early gives you, the parent greater leeway to get it right. You have more time to see if the learning environment meets the individual needs of your child. In case it doesn’t, you do not need to panic as you have extra time to find another preschool that suits them better. The children’s house welcomes children to join our classrooms in November and December, before the new school year starts. You can do so by coming for a school tour.

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