The Klang Valley is great for many things, and one, in particular, is shopping, which seems to be a much-loved pastime here in Malaysia. But parents nowadays are looking to do more than just wandering aimlessly around the malls with their little ones. Watching them grow and explore the world in their own terms is one of any parent’s greatest joys, and while park playdates are fun, sometimes you need activities that are enlightening for both you and your child. Plus, it’ll be great for bonding!
Here are a few classes you can take with your kids. whether you’re joining with your own child, niece, nephew, or perhaps even godchild, they’re a great way to spend time with children and reconnect with the world after two years of having to experience it from the comforts of home and a screen.
1. Motocross at Most Fun Gym
Founded by former national motor racing champion Oh Kah Beng, he now helms one of the coolest ‘schools’ in town. Get coached in this off-road sport offering regular sessions for kids and adults.
Every participant is handled with the most care by the on-site coaches, and lessons range from beginners to professionals with safety equipment provided. Having taught the littlest riders to even grandmothers, you can trust that you and your child will be in safe hands.
Address: 2734, Jalan Damansara, Kampung Sungai Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 277 1770
2. Clay making at Beary Potter Studio
If you’re down for something a little slower in pace and have kids who enjoy crafting pieces that require patience, try clay making. Take a short course of four to eight sessions or a one-day class and learn how to make some pretty cool ceramic pieces.
These classes are available for entry-level to advanced participants with options of wheel throwing and hand-building available. It is a great space to learn and be creative with your littles.
Address: A-7-1, Jalan C180/1, Dataran C180 Balakong, 43200 Cheras, Selangor
Contact: +603 9081 7160
3. Paint at Art & Bonding
Art & Bonding hosts regular painting sessions ranging from adult groups to kids sessions, and family ones. Browse their event calendar and choose a class to your liking. You can opt to paint a Family Canvas Collage, requiring two to 10 participants, and build a painting together.
Address: 3F, No. 22, Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6010 650 1212
4. Learn gardening at Sprouting Seeds Children’s Garden
Sprouting Seeds Children’s Garden in Kebun-Kebun Bangsar is an urban garden and community park, which is an initiative by Julia Gabriel Centre. Sign up for the 10-week series for children and grown-ups, equipping them with the basic tools and knowledge on how to grow a garden and reconnect with nature.
This play-based learning course is a constant work in progress and relies on parents to partner with and help them grow the garden through monthly organised gardening events. Contact the centre for further details.
Address: 123 Jalan Bukit Pantai, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6011 1068 8882
5. Take skateboard lessons at School of Skateboarding
For kids who like being outdoors and need a space to use up all that energy, this activity will be the perfect choice. Take skateboarding classes at Malaysia’s first skate school with certified and licensed coaches under the Malaysia Skate Federation.
Classes are open to all those aged five and up, and there are five levels to the lessons. Events, competitions, and workshops take place routinely all over Klang Valley, just keep informed by following their social media.
Address: Location will be given upon booking
Contact: +6012 315 6900
6. Baking at 19 Culinary Studio, Kuala Lumpur
With classes taught by professionals in the culinary industry for both adults and children, there is no better way to get your hands messy and have a fabulous time together while you’re at it. Learn how to make some delicious baked goodies and recreate them at home with your little ones, and who knows, this may inspire the future chef in them.
Regular classes are available along with one-off events including birthday parties and corporate events.
Address: 19, Jalan Dungun, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6016 377 8236
7. Learn how to swim well at Happy Fish Swim School, Selangor
The Happy Fish Swim School is great if you have babies or toddlers. While lessons are mainly to teach the children how to swim, parents get hands-on training on how to coach and encourage children to swim and be confident in the water.
Indoor heated pools and classes are available for babies as young as four months to toddlers up to four years old. They have multiple outlets all over the Klang Valley, so find the one closest to you.
Address: 27-1, Jalan PJU 5/15, Dataran Sunway, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +603 9212 9410
8. Ballet lessons at Tutu Toe Dance Academy, Selangor
‘Mummy/Daddy and Me’ ballet lessons are perhaps one of the more adorable ways to bond with your child. A 30-minute session designed for three-year-olds is based on basic ballet movements accompanied by nursery rhythm, songs, and dances.
The session is open for either parent to join with their baby in a relaxing atmosphere that encourages learning a new skill together without any pressure.
Address: 48-3 & 48-3A, Jalan PJU 5/11, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara 47810, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +6019 251 8869