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Celebrate World Children’s Day at Play On! Children’s Festival, Australian International School Malaysia (AISM)

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What better way to celebrate World Children’s Day, but to bring the kiddos out for a day filled with exciting activities, special performances, and yummylicious food? 

All are invited to makchic’s first ever Play On! Children’s Festival, held in collaboration with Australian International School Malaysia (AISM)With a delightful mix of activities by external vendors and the experts at AISM, your whole family will be able to experience lots of festival fun and see what the school has to offer, as AISM transforms itself into a carnival playground.

It’s all happening on 27th November 2022, from 10:00am to 4:00pm– so do mark your calendars to enjoy the mix of free and paid fun-filled activities happening throughout the course of the day. Part of the proceeds will go to the Matilda Project charity run by AISM, which sponsors the primary education of 30 children from remote villages in Sabah. It’s the perfect end to the last weekend of November!

Here are some of the exciting activities to look forward to on the day:

1. Art Painting by Splatter Art Factory

Source: Splatter Art Factory

Splatter Art Factory brings its crazy, messy fun to the festival for your kids to have a blast, while creating unique pieces of art. A pop-up enclosed space will be available all day, where little Picassos will get dressed in paint coverall suits before heading in for some colourful chaos. Throw, fling, squirt and splatter paint on a blank canvas- there are (almost) no rules to follow! A  keychain bear paint-pouring activity will also be available for those in the mood for a calmer craft activity on the day. 

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Venue: Junior Playground

Price: RM35 per pax for 15 minutes (A4 canvas painting), RM18 (Bear keychain)

Age: 2 years old and above

2. Workshops by AISM

From tie-dying activities, to science experiments and slime workshops, the AISM teachers are all geared up to take your kids on a journey of exploration, discovery, and imagination! Activities are all free and suitable for children 12 years old and under. Click here for the full schedule. 

  • STEM Activity: Spaghetti Structures

Engineers use scientific knowledge, but practical testing, problem-solving and teamwork are all involved, too. Building tall, strong towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows requires putting all of these skills into action. Get your little engineers to build the tallest, strongest structure possible… using only spaghetti and marshmallows!

Time: 10:00am

  • Get Your Hands Dirty!

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to touch worms! This inspiring workshop is set to help young learners understand the importance of regeneration. Your kids will walk away with practical tips and ideas on how each of us can make a big difference, one seed at a time.

Time: 11:00am

  • Clothespin Animal Puppets

Clothespins lying around the house can be turned into the cutest little puppets. This workshop will get your kids creating clothespin puppets and working on their fine motor skills, tactile sensitivity of fingers, visual perception, attention, thinking, speech, memory and imagination!

Time: 12:00pm

  • Peking Opera Mask

Introduce your children to the traditional culture of the Han identity in China with Peking opera masks or “Lian Pu”. In Beijing Opera, different types of facial paintings express different significances, and this creative workshop will get your kids to design their very own mask to symbolize the different meanings to their character.

Time: 2:00pm

3. Obstacle Course by Ready Steady Go Kids

Source: Ready Steady Go Kids

Ready, steady, go! Watch your kids make their way through a colourful, fun obstacle course set up by the instructors of Australia’s largest multi-sport and exercise program. Expect many rounds of jumping, balancing, and navigating, as your little ones work on their gross motor skills through play.

Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm

Area: Junior Playground

Price: Free

Age: 2 to 7 years old

4. Cultural and Creative Workshops and Performances by Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun (PKTTB) 

  • Workshops

Expose your children to creative workshops by PKKTB, a non-profit organisation that designs programmes to help children develop an appreciation of the arts, talents and cultures of diverse communities. Explore a traditional percussion ensemble at the Gamelan workshop, play with shadows and puppets, and beat to the rhythm during the morning drum session.

Time: 10:30am (24 Festive Drum Workshop); 11:30am (Shadow Puppetry workshop); 12.30pm (Gamelan workshop)

Area: Black Box Theatre

Price: Free

  • Performances
Source: PKKTB

PKKTB will also be bringing to you a special cultural performance, showcasing the beautiful art form and sounds of Tari Silat and Gamelan, respectively. Enjoy the artistry and creativity of movements, with a  performative approach to the traditional Malay self-defence art of Silat, and then tune in to hear the beauty and complexity of interlocking rhythms produced by an ensemble of of gongs, drums and keyed instruments.

Time: 11:30am  (Tari Silat); 11:45am (Gamelan)

Area: Black Box Theatre

Price: Free

5. Positive Gaming Guide by PlayStation Studios Malaysia

Understand the good, the bad and the ugly reality of video games and how it can bring a positive impact to the world. Find out more about the gaming industry and its career opportunities, and pick up some tips and tricks on kids and gaming- all in a special Positive Gaming Guide session by the pioneers of gaming. The kids will also get to explore character designs with PlayStation Studios’ experts in a separate workshop session, held right before the parent session. If you’re keen on this session, do bring along your own tablets (pre-installed with the Mega Voxel app), or laptops (pre-installed with  the MagicaVoxel software). 

Time: 11:00am (Character Design Workshop Session 1); 12:00pm (Parent session); 1:00pm (Character Design Workshop Session 2)

Price: Free

Age: 6 to 12 years old

6. Bumper Balls by Allan and Friends

Source: Allan & Friends

Forget bumper cars…everyone’s going to have a ball of a time rolling about and kicking up a sweat being in large inflatable balls! Flip, bounce, and crash (safely) into each other for a unique one-of-a-kind experience. Go on and give it a try too, mamas (we know you want to!). 

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Area: Field

Price: Free

Height requirement: Above 4 feet (Players must be of similar heights)

7. Family Fun Workout by B Studios

B Studios is a fitness and lifestyle one-stop hub for mothers by mothers. It offers prenatal, postnatal, group and private training fitness, parent-related courses like child CPR, postpartum rehab and lifestyle plans for the busy mum; all by certified instructors and educators. Two instructor-founders will be heading to AISM and giving a parent-child teaser workout to get your heart pumping and endorphins surging . Do remember to put on some sports shoes for a sweaty, energetic time with your child!

Time: 2:00pm

Area: Playground

Price: Free

Age: 3 years old and above

Hungry for more (or just plain hungry?)

Get your morning coffee fix by Skinny Man Coffee, treat your kids to some yummy ice cream with unique flavours by Confettini Creamery (toasted marshmallows , anyone?) and get a family photo taken at a free instant photo booth by Stories Lifestyle as an awesome keepsake to remember your memorable festive day out. 

And if all that’s not enough to keep the young (and young at heart) happy, there’s also going to be a Giant Jenga game, bouncy castle,  a whole range of exciting carnival games, and more. Play on, kids!

Do pre-register for the Play On! Children’s Festival (free goodie bags will be given to the first 100 families), and save a spot here for your preferred workshops to avoid any disappointment. Looking forward to seeing you all of you at the Play On! Children’s Festival on 27th November 2022, #makchicmumsquad!

Elaine is a mummy of two who moved from the financial world to become an early childhood educator. She loves travelling, books and her cup of tea to unwind after a long day of diapers, school runs and pretend play.