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Enrichment Classes for Kids in the Klang Valley

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New year, new normal! Many families are starting to (cautiously) emerge in the outside world again, and some parents are considering the reintroduction of physical enrichment classes. Other parents may still be on the fence, preferring to test the waters first with trial classes (we all have had our fair share of burnt classes over these past two years!). And then there are those of us who still prefer to stay at home as much as possible, opting to continue with virtual classes where possible.

Whatever your preference and comfort zone might be at the moment, we have you covered! Here’s a list of physical and virtual enrichment classes to consider for the upcoming year, along with details on SOPs and trial availabilities:

Cooking

For mama’s (and papa’s) little helpers around the kitchen. Get your budding Gordon Ramsays and Nigella Lawsons to try their hand at whipping something up, with no mess caused to your kitchen!

Good Times DIY and Lifestyle Cafe

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A versatile space where parents can bond with their kids over baking, or opt to sit on the sidelines with a cuppa. Choose from a comprehensive range of recipes categorised by levels, and simply follow the steps provided on a tablet.

Age: 3 years old and above, children below 12 require adult supervision 

SOP: Maximum 4 to 5 pax per time slot 

Trial: Pay per session, with the option to join as a member for more benefits

Other Options: The Bake@Home Series or Decorate@Home Series courses are available for purchase. Ingredients and tools will be sent right to your doorstep.

Address: 3 branches at MyTown Shopping Centre, Paradigm Mall Petaling Jaya and Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru

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Bakebe

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Originating from Hong Kong, Bakebe combines, science, art and technology to provide a co baking space that will revolutionise your baking experience. They have teamed up with talented pastry chefs who have worked in Michelin starred restaurants to design the recipes- so expect top notch, fool proof recipes!  The recipes are categorized into difficulty levels, with level 1 and 2 being suitable for children.

Age: 3 years old onwards. Children below 12 require parental supervision.

Trial Availability: Available with walk in price.

SOPs: Each session is limited to 15-20 pax.

Virtual Options: Not available 

Address: Lot 5, 6 and 7, G3, Publika, 1, Jalan Dutamas, Solaris Dutamas, 50480, Kuala Lumpur


Coding 

These classes will get your kids up to speed with the latest in technology! Coding classes are a great way to teach our kids to work with algorithms, think critically, and solve complex problems- all crucial skills for the future. 

Algorithmics

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Join this international coding school that has a presence in over 40 countries to develop your kids’ digital literacy skills. Their project-based learning within a gamified practice is designed to also foster interest in other STEM concepts. 

Age: 7 to 17 years old

Trial Availability: Available –  fill out this form for more information

SOPs: Parents are not allowed to wait within the premise

Virtual Options: Available 

Address: Unit C-3A-1, Sunway Giza Mall, No. 2, Jalan PJU 5/14, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

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Create & Learn (Virtual only)

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The fact that this program is designed by experts from Google, Apple, Harvard and Stanford says enough! Create and Learn’s fun classes teaches coding, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and more in virtual small groups led by live instructors.

Age: Grade K-12

Trial Availability: Available for free 

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Dance

Do you have a child who enjoys grooving to the beat? Get into the swing of things and sign them up for dance classes to enjoy a whole range of benefits

Asia Ballet Academy

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Through Vaganova teaching methods, this academy cultivates students’ technical capabilities in classical ballet, while nurturing their artistic growth as dancers. Beyond the pliés and the pirouettes, they aim to strengthen whole-person development through the education of moral standards and ethical values too. 

Age: 3 years old and above

Trial Availability: Available for free

SOPs: Limited number of people, based on studio size 

Virtual Options: Available

Address: Asia Ballet Academy Mont Kiara- L2-12, 1 Mont’ Kiara, 1, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur; Asia Ballet Academy- Puchong No.51B, Jalan BP 7/12, Bandar Bukit Puchong, 47120 Puchong, Selangor

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Sole to Soul Dance Studio

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A dance studio that offers a comprehensive range of dance types for your child to choose from – ranging from syllabus based classes, to freestyle grooving. RAD Ballet, ISTD modern dance, hip hop, and even KPop dance!

Age: 3 years old and up 

Trial Availability: Available upon request

SOPs: List is available on their website

Virtual Options: Not available

Address: 19, Jalan SS 23/11, Taman Sea, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 

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Science

Get your kids hypothesising, exploring and evaluating with fun, hands-on science experiments. Which kid wouldn’t enjoy mixing liquids, burning things (safely, of course!) and learning how the world around them works? 

Kiddo Science

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Through hands-on science, problem solving, and creative design, this holistic science enrichment centre will empower the next generation of creative thinkers through their thematic approach to learning. 

Age: 5-12 years old

Trial Availability: Available and chargeable per class (pro-rated)

SOPs: Parents to drop kids off at the doorstep for classes

Virtual Options: Available

Address: 9 branches at Cheras, Sri Petaling, Kota Kemuning, Mahkota Cheras, Setia Alam, Bangi, Puchong, Seremban and Semenyih

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Science Bridge Academy

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Get your kids excited with innovative and fun experiential science and STEM programmes at this academy. Science Bridge will inspire your child to enjoy this subject by exposing them to the real life impact that scientific applications have had on our world.

Age: 6-17 years old

Trial Availability: Available for free (parents need to prepare their own materials)

SOP: All classes are still conducted online until further notice

Virtual Options: Available

Address: The School, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, Seksyen 13 46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

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English 

Having a good command of the global language will provide lifelong benefits, including  a strong sense of well-being and citizenship. Go ahead and sign your children up for classes to improve their literacy skills, a  21st century essential for all of us living in today’s globalised world!

Novakid (Virtual Only)

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Novakid offers an excellent immersive virtual literacy programme, run by international tutors and native speakers.  The 25-minute game-based classes offer individualised  learning experiences, ensuring that students learn at a personalised and productive pace.  Novakid’s English curriculum is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and has been specifically created by field experts for remote learning, resulting in quality, immersive and engaging lessons.

Age: 4 to 12 years old

Trial Availability:  Available at RM99 for 4 classes

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Art

Bring out the creative side of your kids by equipping them with the tools needed to create their very own colourful masterpieces.

Yellow Easel

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Yellow Easel offers a comprehensive visual art curriculum that builds on the artistic expression, art discussion, understanding and reflection on art making. Their customised learning approach exposes children to a wide range of mediums, from mixed media drawing, painting and textile art, to sculpting and printmaking.

Age: 5-17 years old

Trial Availability: Not available 

SOP: Per government guidelines

Virtual Options: Available

Address: Yellow Easel Art Studio,  28-2, Jalan 25/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas ,  50480 Kuala Lumpur

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Mum N Kids

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A cosy art studio (and creative preschool) for those interested to join an after-school art program. The facilitators here guide, nurture and support the development of a child’s full potential through art, helping to build confidence and hone problem solving and social skills.

Age: 18 months onwards 

Trial Availability: One session paid option available 

SOP: Per government guidelines

Virtual Options: Available for customised group classes

Address: 163 Retail Park 3F-01, Mont Kiara, 50480 KL

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ARTtherapy

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Not your typical art class, ARTtherapy’s goal is to encourage more people to create art as a form of self-expression, gaining new personal insights and developing a positive mental well-being in the process.

Age: 7 years old onwards

Trial Availability: Available (RM100 per pax)

SOP: Limited to a maximum of 6 pax per time slot

Virtual Options: Available

Address: Unit 7-8, The Boulevard MidValley, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City 59200 Kuala Lumpur

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Music 

Those of us who remember (or are experiencing) a never-ending playlist of nursery rhymes would agree: music is definitely the way to many kids’ hearts! Check out these music centres for a suitable programme, or to pick up an instrument of choice to sustain your mini Mozarts’ musical interest.

OUCH Music Academy

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Championed by industry professionals, OUCH is a music and creative school built with a vision to make music and arts fun to learn. Their children’s programme involves musical games and group performances to develop self-confidence, social skills, teamwork, self-discipline, a sense of accomplishment, co-operation and responsibility.

Age:  3-6 years old

Trial Availability: Not available

SOP: As per government guidelines

Virtual Options: Available

Address: 10-01 Vida Bukit Ceylon, 1d Jalan Ceylon, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

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Opus Academy of Music

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An award-winning Early Childhood Music School that has been established for over 20 years, OPUS provides a wide range of musical programs and instruments (including the traditional Gu Zheng) for children across the ages.

Age: 3 years old and above

Trial Availability: Available 

SOP: Per government guidelines

Virtual Options: Available

Address: No. 8 & 10 Jln PJS 9/2, Bandar Sunway , 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

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Gymnastics 

For the parents of cheeky little monkeys who would appreciate a  space (far away from the couch) to climb, jump and hang, whilst also building their confidence, agility, and motor skills. 

The Little Gym

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The Little Gym develops locomotor, social and cognitive skills in a seriously fun way. Enjoy the integration of music, imagination and gymnastic skills for a balanced approach to development!

Age:  4 months – 12 years old

Trial Availability: Introductory class available 

SOP: Per government guidelines

Virtual Options: Not available 

Address: 4 branches at Sri Hartamas, KLCC Ampang, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya

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Carolyn’s School of Rhythmic Gymnastics

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For those dreaming of their kid pursuing rhythmic gymnastics as a serious passion, CSRG is a training ground for both recreational and competitive gymnasts. The school was founded by Carolyn Au Yong, an award-winning former national gymnast, and is also affiliated with the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) and Selangor Amateur Gymnastics Association (SAGA).

Age: 4 years old and above

Trial Availability: Available

SOP: Parents are not allowed to enter the centre, but can watch the classes through the glass panels

Virtual Options:  Not available

Address: ​Central Park Sports Center, Jalan PJU 5/3, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

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Martial Arts 

Let your kids get physical in a safe environment, whilst also fostering characteristics such as discipline, self defence and respect.

Monarchy MMA

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Your little ones will be under the watchful eyes of world-class coaches, who are prepared to inspire, toughen up, teach, and instil vital moral values from the very first moment they step into the gym. Monarchy aims to transform every child into the best versions of themselves through mixed martial arts, so they feel like little champions, both physically and mentally.

Age: 4 years old and above

Trial Availability: Available upon reservation

SOP: House SOP rules given out to students and free trials coming to the gym

Virtual Options: Not available

Address: 3 branches– Bangsar, City Center, Mont Kiara

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Lil’ Ninjas Dojo

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How cool is it that your kids get to be real Ninjas and learn the secrets of this ancient martial art here! Besides the more popular Aikido and Tae Kwon Do, this centre also teaches Ninjutso, a class that teaches self-defense and focuses on stealth and tricks (as opposed to taking on more aggressive stances).

Age: 2 years old and above

Trial Availability: Available for free 

SOP: Hands and feet to be sanitised before each class and the room will be sanitised after each class

Virtual Options: Available on a 1 to 1 basis

Address: Subway, Lot C 11, Atria Shopping Gallery, 3, Jalan SS 22/23, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

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Drama 

Do you have a little drama queen (or king) at home? Or perhaps you’re just keen on helping your child develop their confidence and public speaking skills? Check out the classes offered below to get your child involved in the performing arts – an excellent avenue for the nurturing of soft skills!

Hush The Theatre

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This creative space that aims to redefine performance through diversity has unveiled its drama classes this year for kids as young as 2 years old! Courses include movement, miming, and acting, and students get to show what they’ve learnt in an end-of-term performance.

Age: 2 years and above 

Trial Availability: Available for free

SOP: All teachers and crew are tested everyday before class

Virtual Options: Not available

Address: A-1-9 Glomac Damansara, Jalan Damansara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

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The Actor’s Studio Academy @ Klpac

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The go-to place for all things performance art related. KLPAC’s Academy offers a whole host of arts courses for children through to adults with its most popular course being its Speech and Drama programme for 3 to 17 year olds. The Academy provides the perfect avenue for fun, play and interaction- great for kids who would like to learn or relearn how to express themselves after being home for so long! The weekly programme spans 10 weeks per semester, with an option of either a Saturday or Sunday class. Fee is RM300-500 per semester (10 classes), with a one time RM50 registration fee for new students.  

Age: 3 years old and above

Trial Availability: Subject to situation, do enquire for details.

SOP:  Maximum of 15 students per class

Virtual Options: Available on Saturdays

Address: The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51100, Kuala Lumpur

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And there you have it! A snippet of all the awesome enrichment classes we would love our kids to be a part of. We know it’s going to be tricky trying to choose between all the options out there (especially in post-lockdown mode!), so do remember to phase things out and not overload the kiddos. They certainly will reap the benefits of quality over quantity! 

Here’s to a year of quality learning and enriching experiences ahead, #makchicmumtribe!

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.