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February’s here! Check out our list of activities around the Klang Valley and for you and your family to explore.

1. Transparent Fish Exhibition

Science meets art in this exhibition at the education corner of Aquaria KLCC. More info here.

Dates: January – March 2019
Venue: Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

2. Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us at Genting

Screenings of the latest Pokémon film up at Genting Highlands! More info here.

Dates: 2nd – 24th February 2019 (selected dates) at 4.30pm and 8.00pm.
Venue: Genting International Showroom, Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands

3. In the cinema: Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Picking up from the events of Taco Tuesday, the new Lego movie takes us back to Bricksburg, now a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Emmet still pretends that everything is awesome – but new adventures await!

Dates: In cinemas 7th February 2019

4. Puja Pantai with the Mah Meri

Celebrate the ancient ritual with the Mah Meri and be part of their mysterious tradition. Puja Pantai is the last of the important rituals still practiced by the Mah Meri. More information and bookings here.

Date and time: 9th February 2019 at 9.00am to 3.00pm
Venue: Mah Meri Cultural Village, Carey Island, Selangor

5. Activities at Taman Tugu

Taman Tugu at Lake Gardens has loads of kid-friendly events happening in February, including jungle activities, guided walks, and workshops. Full schedule here.

Dates: Every weekend
Venue: Taman Tugu, Kuala Lumpur

6. Mechanical engineering for kids

During these maker workshops, kids can explore the field of mechanical engineering and discover what engineers do. They will learn all about machines and will work together to design and produce innovative projects. More info here.

Dates: 10th, 17th and 24th February 2019
Time slots: 12.00pm – 1.30pm / 3.00pm – 4.30pm / 4.00pm – 5.30 pm

7. Theatre: Twelfth Night

The HandleBards, the world’s only cycling theatre company, return to Malaysia with their riotous all-male version of Shakespeare’s hilarious and heart-breaking comedy. The production promises an array of inventive props and costumes, physical theatre and some clever improv theatre. More info here.

Dates: 14th – 20th February 2019, various showtimes
Venue: PJ Live Arts, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya

8. Once upon a time – Story Telling with arts and crafts

Storytelling of A Knit and A Knot, a story about determination, helpfulness and kindness, followed by an art activity and playtime. More info here.

Date and time: 15th February 2019, 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Noriter café, 1Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur

9. The Weekend Japanese Film Show

Rudolf the black cat is based on a popular children’s book series by Hiroshi Saito. It is a story of a naive stay-at-home kitten, Rudolf, and a seasoned stray cat and their common adventures. Admission is free, more info and bookings here.

Date and time: 16th February 2019, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Venue: Golden Screen Cinemas (Level 5), Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur

10. Storytelling in French – Raconte-moi une histoire: Les monstres

Listen to the stories in French read by the monstrous Grégory. Recommended for children aged 3 to 7 but everyone is welcome. More information here.

Date and time: 16th February 2019 at 9.30am and 11.15am
Venue: Alliance Française, 15 Lorong Gurney, Kuala Lumpur

11. Chinese New Year workshops with Play x Bond

Kids can make a Chinese dragon puppet, dance with it and dive into the story of the Chinese Zodiac. Recommended for children aged 3 to 6. More info here.

Date: 16th February 2019
Time: 11.30am – 1.00pm
Venue: Jam Factory Restaurant, Bandar Puchong Jaya

Date: 17th February 2019
Time: 11.30am – 1.00pm
Venue: Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro On The Park, Publika

12. Snow white

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the fairest one of all? Storytelling and a costume party based on Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. For families with kids aged 3 to 10. More info here.

Date and time: 16th February 2019 at 10.30am -12.00pm
Venue: The Story Book, Plaza Arkadia, Desa Parkcity

13. Night walk at FRIM

FRIM’s popular night walk programme is back. A great opportunity for families (minimum age 13) to witness the nocturnal species. More info here.

Date and time: 23th February 2019 at 8.00pm – 11.00pm
Venue: FRIM-MNS Nature Education Centre, FRIM, Kepong

14. KL Highland Games 2019

The Highland games offer a rare chance to admire marching bands with bagpipes and drums, marvel at the kilted heavy athletes competing in traditional Scottish sporting events and follow an international junior rugby tournament. There will also be a Kids’ Village with fun rides and activities, as well as food stalls. More info here.

Date and time: 23th February 2019 at 8.00am – 8.00pm
Venue: Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort, Kuala Lumpur

15. Harry Potter: Imperium Musicus at MPO

MPO’s Family Fun Day will be full of mesmerising melodies and tricks galore when conductor Naohisa Furusawa and the MPO conjure up the sounds of Harry Potter films. For kids aged 4 and above. Dress code applies. Full details here.

Date and time: 24th February 2019 at 2.30pm and 4.30pm
Venue: MPO, Tower 2, PETRONAS Twin Towers, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

16. Workshop on Dyslexia

Dyslexia Malaysia: Altuz Academy – Orton-Gillingham Reading Specialist offers a workshop for anyone looking for expert help with their children’s reading, spelling, and writing. More info here.

Date and time: 23rd February 2019 at 9.00am
Venue: ELM Business School, HELP University, Damansara Heights

17. Theatre: The Gruffalo

Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark woods in this stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s award-winning children’s book. Performance is suitable for ages 4 and up. More info here.

Dates and times: 25th February – 24th March 2019, various showtimes
Venue: PJ Live Arts, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya 

18. The Spartan Kids Race

Although in March, anyone hoping to attend should sign up early for the Spartan Kids Race. This is a race for kids who want to jump, run, get muddy, help each other, and have a good time while conquering obstacles. Full details here.

Date and time: 2nd March 2019, 9.00am onwards
Venue: Semenyih, Selangor

19. Lion dances in Kuala Lumpur

This month lions roam around KL! For a list of best places to see lion dances, head over here.

 

 

This post is a collaboration between Makchic and Happy Go KL.
Happy Go KL is the go-to site for fun family activities in KL and kid-friendly travel in Asia. It is written by a bunch of KL parents who want to share what they know and love about their hometown and this beautiful region.

With a new government installed after the 14th General Election, it is natural to expect massive overhauls and changes from bottom up. The Education Ministry, led by Dr. Maszlee Malik, is one of the most-scrutinised portfolios that will undergo substantial changes, starting from schools.

Here are some of the policy changes that are set to take place from 2019 onwards:

1. No more exams for Standard One to Standard Three students

Yes, you heard us right. The little ones will be spared from exam stress this year, much to the relief of parents. The decision to abolish mid-year and final exams was purportedly to allow schools to focus more on teaching and help pupils discover the joy of learning. Parents who are fretting about the method schools will use for monitoring their children’s progress in place of exams should not worry. This is because the exams will be replaced with objective assessments in 2019. Education director-general Datuk Dr. Amin Senin said continuous assessments will take place as part of teaching and learning through Classroom-Based Assessment (PBD).

2. No more class streaming

Primary schools will no longer be segregating students based on their academic performance.  This is a big change as streaming has been practised for a long time, and this will mean pupils with mixed abilities will be put in the same class. Proponents say this will allow children of different abilities to help each other. Opponents say this will be tougher on lower-ability children, and is a challenge for teachers, who will have to vary their teaching methods in class and may not be able to focus on progressing the higher-ability children to the best of their potential.

3. No more LINUS programme

Beginning this academic year, there will be no more Literacy and Numeracy Screening programme (LINUS). The LINUS programme was first introduced in 2009 under the Education National Key Results Area (NKRA) to tackle the problem of primary school pupils who are weak in reading, arithmetic and writing skills (3Rs).

Education Ministry Director-General Datuk Dr. Amin Senin has said in place of LINUS, schools will now determine their own ways to tackle learning difficulties faced by their students.

4. Black shoes

The Education Ministry is implementing a gradual transition from the traditional white school shoes to the black version beginning 2019. What that means for parents who send their children to national schools is they can opt to buy black shoes for them or remain loyal to the white version. Well, at least until 2021, when the ministry is expected to fully enforce the policy.

5. Civics subject back in schools

If you remember, Civics was one of the subjects used to be taught in schools but it was removed from the school syllabus in November 2014. However, Dr. Maszlee reportedly said that the Civics and Citizenship Education (CCE) will be reintroduced in all primary and secondary schools in the middle of 2019 as a compulsory subject. He had also said that anti-graft related education will also be introduced through the CCE subject.

6. Lighter school bags

A study by the Education Ministry found that 28 percent of a school bag’s weight consists of textbooks, while the remaining 72 percent consists of stationery, uniforms and food, among others. Following the study, the Education Ministry had issued guidelines last year to help pupils lighten their school bags. The guidelines include rearranging the timetable so that there are between three and four subjects a day and setting up lockers in schools for books storage purposes. Teachers are also instructed to tell students clearly about the books they need to bring each day, as well as to reduce the number of exercise books for each subject.

7. Stateless or no documents? No problem!

Beginning this year, all stateless and undocumented children will be able to go to school just like any other school going children. There will be a move to simplify the registration process for children without citizenship into government schools. Parents with these children only need to provide relevant documents such as the child’s birth certificate, adoption papers or court orders.

 

Are you a parent with government school-going children? What are your thoughts on these new policies? Share your thoughts by writing to [email protected]

Kick off the year with fun activities for you and the family. Check out our list below for the month of January.

1. My Baby Expo 2019

My Baby Expo 2019 (MBE’19) caters to the needs of parents, with baby and kids’ products and services, as well as talks and presentations.

Dates and time: 4 – 6 January, 10AM-9PM
Venue: Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC), Setia Alam, Shah Alam

2. Our Sanrio Times

Hello Kitty and her friends are at Quill City Mall. The exhibition features 13 Sanrio-themed zones where visitors can take photos of 100 adorable Sanrio characters in a variety of colourful settings. More information here.

Dates: Until January 6
Venue: Quill City Mall

3. Mandarin for Kids

Mandarin for kids at the library at the School. For ages 5 to 12. Limited to 15 kids, call to book: 017 613 7787, 012 324 8018. Details here.

Date and time: 5 January, 2.30PM
Venue: PPAS, Jaya One

4. Nostalgia of Anak Kampung exhibition

Highlights of collections from Department of Museums Malaysia will bring back nostalgic memories of the life in the kampung from the 1960s to 1980s. Details here.

Date and time: Until 10 January
Venue: Central Hall, Muzium Negara

5. Coleman Bring Your Own Tent

Bring your Coleman tent and your family to enjoy camping and outdoor activities in Batang Kali. Registration required by 5 January here. Only 10 tent spots available, first come first served! Details here.

Dates: 19 and 20 January
Venue: Ontok-Ontok Chalet & Camp, Batang Kali

6. Backyard Birding for Kids

To-be ornithologists and other avid birdwatchers should join this event at FRIM. A bird expert from Malaysian Nature Society will guide the participants in the use of binoculars and identifying bird species. More info here.

Date and time: 19 January, 6.30 – 11.30AM
Venue: FRIM-MNS Nature Education Centre, FRIM Kepong

7. Little Ms. Qipao & Mr. Samfu Contest

Mark your calendar and watch these kids rocking the runway in our traditional costumes! Exciting prizes to be won. Get your dress ready, be bold and register now! Event info here.

Date and times: 19 January, 11AM to 3PM
Venue: Main Place Mall, USJ

8. A Chinese New Year Story

A pre-Chinese New Year celebration and storytelling session on some of the legends behind CNY – Nian the monster and the animals in the Chinese zodiac. A family activity for parents and kids aged 3 to 12. Details here.

Date and time: 26 January, 5PM
Venue: The Story Book, Arkadia, Desa Parkcity


Photo credits: My Baby Expo, Quill City Mall, PPAS, Muzium Negara, Coleman, Nature Education Centre FRIM, Main Place Mall and The Story Book.

This post is a collaboration between makchic and Happy Go KL.
Happy Go KL is the go-to site for fun family activities in KL and kid-friendly travel in Asia. It is written by a bunch of KL parents who want to share what they know and love about their hometown and this beautiful region.