PJ Live Arts is a well known venue for quality Children’s productions but you may not know about an exciting new project called :The Jaya One Children’s String Orchestra
The Jaya One Children’s String Orchestra is open to all children (of any ability) up to the age of 12 studying the violin, viola, or cello, and who would benefit from the experience of playing in an orchestra in this early stage of their music education.
Mr Woon Ngok Kin from House of Violins will conduct the weekly rehearsals (on Saturday afternoons) which will culminate in public concerts at the PJ Live Arts Theatre twice a year.
We love the idea of bringing children of all levels of ability together by music and offering them a chance to work towards a common goal. Hats of to PJ live arts for getting behind this great project.
To reserve a spot contact:
PJ Live Arts registration via box office (12pm-7pm daily)
phone: 03 79600439
mobile: 017 2289 849
For more information see: http://www.pjlivearts.my/?tribe_events=childrens-string-orchestra-3
Sometimes it can be daunting thinking of the prospect of taking your little ones to the movies, firstly, all parents worry about disturbing other movie goers if the children get restless and secondly, sometimes on the weekends the cinemas here in KL are so busy it can be an overwhelming and tiring experience to even go! Well Cathay Cineplexes at e-curve have got you covered. They now offer free movie tickets for under 7′s with an accompanying adult for early sessions Monday-Friday and unlike the weekends, these early sessions are very quiet which means it’s quick and easy to purchase your tickets and snacks with basically no queue. And for those parents who are wanting to take their kids for the first time, these sessions are perfect!
Dr. Louise Porter a child psychologist with over 30 years’ experience in private practice in Australia and in Asia, will be hosting a full day conference exploring children’s social skill development, how we can encourage friendships in children and adolescents, the influence of peers versus parents, coping with cliques and responding to bullying, which is found in every school everywhere. The session will address how parents and teachers can encourage children’s social skillfulness and can meet young people’s needs for connection to their peers and to adults.
Dr. Louise Porter Conference in Kuala Lumpur 2013
Title: Social Skills, Social Problems and Bullying
Date: March 2, 2013
Venue: Garden International School
Time: 9am to 4pm
To purchase tickets: http://drlouiseporterkl2013.eventbrite.hk/#
Dr Louise Porter has extensive experience consulting with parents and practitioners about children‘s developmental and social or emotional challenges. She worked for ten years in disability and mainstream settings and lectured at university in South Australia for 13 years in early childhood, special and gifted education, and behaviour management.
Patron of the Hong Kong Gifted Children’s Association, she is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally and has published widely, with her books including: Young children’s behaviour, Student behavior, Gifted young children, Teacher-parent collaboration, and a parenting course, A guidance approach to discipline.
For information on Dr Louise Porter or her publications see: http://www.louiseporter.com.au/
Do you having a child in your house mad about Barney, Thomas the Tank, Bob the Builder or Angelina Ballerina? Well if so you are in luck because they are coming to KL and bringing along friends such as Fireman Sam and Pingu for a musical production of song and dance. It will feature all the popular tunes that kids know, infact all the family can sing along and enjoy!
To add to the fun a group of young rockers called Little Big Club Band are onstage with the characters providing lots of interactive fun and a concert-like atmosphere!
As usual, notice for these activities is short as it’s on this weekend, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December with three shows each day. Tickets are priced from RM150 to RM 350. So, hurry up and get yourself along to Pienary Hall, KL Convention Centre on Jalan Ampang. Bookings can be made by calling TicketsPeople Hotline on 03-2287 2727 or you can visit http://www.ticketspeople.com for all the information and to book online.
My 11 year old son announced at the start of our new school year that he would like to take up kick-boxing! Despite already having a full enough calendar of activities and sports, I didn’t try to persuade him otherwise, as i thought it would be good for all round fitness, teach him some self-defense, and let’s be honest it’s pretty cool!!
Anyway, that was the easy part! Actually finding a kick-boxing class in KL that catered for kids was not as straight forward as i thought. Secondly, i needed a class close to our home. Luckily I contacted Extreme Kickboxing in Plaza Damas Sri Hartamas and was told to bring my son along and take a look and I have to say both myself and son couldn’t have been happier!
Master Bathi who runs the classes is very friendly and welcoming (as were all the students), which was especially important as my son was easily the youngest there. The class ranged from my son at 11 years to 25. I wondered if this would be daunting for him but Master Bathi praised and encouraged him all the time, even stopping the class at one point so they could all watch how well he was performing the movements! What a great way to engage a child. So, that was it, my son was hooked and desperate to join up. He’s already taken his first belt!
The cost for kick-boxing is RM180 a month and classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6pm-7pm and you can go to as many classes as you want. They also offer Taekwondo classes and I watched in awe at very young children performing intricate moves and best of all wearing black belts!
I say this all the time, but we really don’t get the opportunity often enough in KL to enjoy the theatre. We also miss some opportunities because advertisement of events in KL is not always that great!
So please don’t miss what i believe will be a fantastic family outing to the musical production of Beauty and the Beast at Sunway Lagoon Amphitheatre. Best of all is that its showing From December 1st until 31st December, every day except Wednesday at 7.30pm, giving you ample time to see it. As a family, we always like to do something special over the Christmas holidays and this would be perfect.
Visit the sunway lagoon website on http://www.sunwaylagoon.com/
And tickets can be obtained from http://redtix.airasia.com/Events/BeautyAndTheBeast/
This weekend sees KL celebrating international children’s day. On Sunday 11th November from 10am, take the whole family along to Publika for fun performances, talks, entertainment, games, cool activities and more!
As well as having fun, you’ll be supporting a fund raising campaign, initiated by the Diploma in Mass Communications students of KDU University College’s School of Communication and Creative Arts. They are collaborating with different charitable organisations that work towards the benefit of children aged 18 years old and below.
For directions and information on the venue visit http://www.publika.com.my/publika/home/index.php
My teenage son has been pestering me for a while to find a gym for him! This hasn’t proved as easy in KL as I initially thought, as most gyms don’t open their doors for kids this age (for obvious reasons) and for me cost was a big factor!
Eventually, through a friend, I found Lean Bodies Gym within the Publika shopping mall at Solaris Dutamas and what a find it is! It’s not a very big gym compared to other large commercial gyms, but it has all the equipment and cardio machines you would need.
The above picture doesn’t actually do it justice, this just shows the free weight area!
When I went along with my son to sign up, it was all very easy and hassle free. I filled out the registration form using a computer, they took my sons thumbprint, which he has to use to gain access and best of all I only had to hand over Rm85 for a months membership for students. There is no signup fee or binding contract either. Membership allows unlimited use and believe it or not they are open 24 hours a day for 7 days. I have to renew in the next couple of days, which I would never have remembered, but they sent me a reminder email and I can even pay online. They even have an online facility where you can check how busy the gym is, so as to avoid any crowds! Though at 5pm when my son normally goes, it’s very quiet. Some larger gyms can be daunting places for anyone, let alone a teenager but this is a very welcoming and impressive set-up.
Safety is obviously very important for teenagers when in the gym, as boys especially, tend to want to lift and bench press the largest weigh they can!! To make sure they have correct technique and that they are working out safely, they have a qualified instructor there (only after school hours) . When they join they get a free introductory training session and they are available ongoing for any assistance.
For more information check out their website http://www.leanbodies.com.my/
The National Science Centre is located in Bukit Kiara and is a great place to visit with your kids. As well as many different exhibits to both entertain and educate the kids, they also have a great indoor playcentre located in the heart of the building.
However, what I think is most exciting about the Science Centre is the outside playarea. This relevatively new area, as you can see, is designed around a large pool area and is a great place for the kids to run around and get a bit wet.
And instead of walking to the wet area, why not take the slide which goes from the top of the hill down to play area.
What’s really great about this outside area, unlike alot of parks, is it is very clean and all the equipment is in an excellent condition.
Since I last visited they have also put in some toddler playhouses right next to the water area. An absolute brilliant spot to hang out with your mother/baby group if your looking for a change of scenary.
For more info visit: http://www.psn.gov.my/
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday, Saturday – Sunday
9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Close on Fridays
Admission: RM6.00 adult (13 years and above)
RM3.00 child (7-12 years old)
My childrens School breaks on Friday 9th November for one week and already I’m thinking how I’m going to fill the time with activities and keep them busy. Of course, I love having them at home, enjoy the lazy lie-ins but like all children they need stimulation.
Thankfully Little League Soccer KL Malaysia have come to all mums rescue with a football Half Term Camp. My children have attended these camps before and they are always well run and great fun for the kids. So if you children are on holiday I would seriously think about checking it out!