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Things To Do in January 2023

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Usher in 2023 and kick-start the new year this January with exciting family events. Whether your new year’s commitment is to raise conscious children, nurture creativity, spend more time in nature (or if you’re just up for fun things to do!), here’s a list of exciting events to get you started: 

Top Pick of the Month

Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

  • Weekend Kids’ Dining

Rise and shine, little champs; here’s an exciting buffet spread that’s fit for all the little foodies in town! The Lemon Garden Cafe at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur will be offering a delightful morning feast for the littles, with a dedicated kids’ counter, healthy a la carte options and engaging DIY breakfast activities. Not only does the a la carte menu consist of adorable, creatively presented plates, it’s also all been vetted through by nutritionists.

Take a morning drive over, or book a Family Premier Suite, Family Executive Room, or Family Fun Getaway Package (extended until 31st March 2023, due to popular demand!) and wake up to this ultimate breakfast as you enjoy a staycation that’s curated for families with young children. On top of the delightful breakfast treat, guests will also be entitled to complimentary weekend family activities, an in-room children’s tent, special amenities for adults and kids, and more.

Age: Guests below 12 years old

Days: Saturday and Sunday

Time: 8:00am to 10:30am

  • Chinese New Year Activities

Gong xi gong xi! Special festive kids activities will be available during the Chinese New Year weekend at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, for families who have have booked their kid-friendly Family Executive Rooms and Family Premier Suites. Have a memorable stay and bond with your family during this reunion period, over a maze garden treasure hunt, Junior Chef workshop, bingo games and other exciting activities.

Age: 3 to 11 years old

Date: 20th January to 23rd January 2023

(*Terms and conditions apply)


1. OUTSIDE Nature Programs, D Jungle Juniors

2. Nature Play Program, MAE

3. Eco Warrior Gardening Workshop + Jungle Walk, IBU

1. Van Gogh Alive, The Immersive Experience Exhibition

2. Art Rocks Us, Menara KEN TTDI

3. Paint Your Family Members by Pablo Picasso, Art & Bonding

4. Art Competition, Students Not Brides

Chinese New Year Activities

1. Lion Dances, Klang Valley

2. Hometown Happiness, Chinese New Year 2023, Publika

3. Spring Reminiscence, The Starling 

4. Chinese New Year Messy Play, Mini Magic Messy Play

1. Malaysia Open (Badminton)


1. Approaches to building student Social and Emotional Learning for Academic Success, Balance, and Community, ISKL


1. OUTSIDE Nature ProgramsD Jungle Juniors

Source: Outside

From learning about the wind and zodiac animals, to problem solving with teammates to expose the deceiver, these programmes will get your kids out the house and learning within nature! 

Contact: 012- 728 1227 (Azrul)

Venue: 15, Jalan SS 1/39, Kampung Tunku, 47310 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan

  • Blowing Wind
Source: Outside

Date: 7th January 2023

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Age: 5 to 7 years old

Price: RM150 (Normal price); RM135 (Member price)

  • The Explorers’ Quest
Source: Outside

Date: 14th January 2023

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Age: 8 to 12 years old

Price: RM240 (Normal price); RM215 (Member price)

  • Animals of the Great Race
Source: Outside

Date:  28th and 29th January 2023

Time:  9:00am to 12:00pm

Age: 5 to 7 years old

Price: RM300 (Normal price); RM240 (Member price)

2. Nature Play Program, MAE 

Source: Mad About Education

The MAE 2023 nature play programmes will bring about brand new themes in new locations, alongside tried-and-tested favourites. Join the first programme of the month at Taman Saujana Hijau, learn all about the different species of trees, and have a go at measuring a tree’s height and predicting its age.

Date: 14th January 2023

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm

Age: 2 to 6 years old

Price: RM90 (child) – (10% discount for siblings; free for adults)

Contact: 012-209 4262 

Venue: Taman Saujana Hijau Putrajaya, Jalan P11, Presint 11, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

3. Eco Warrior Gardening Workshop + Jungle Walk, IBU

Source: IBU Family Resources

Go on a toddler-friendly hike and get those little hands dirty, as kids pitch in as an eco-volunteer in an interactive gardening experience. The fun extends back home, where little ones will be bringing back their own mini planting kit. A portion of the ticket sales will also be donated to Free Tree Society.

Date: 27th January 2023

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Age:  Up to 6 years old 

Price: RM30, Parent accompanied event (Ticket required for participating adult) 

Venue: Taman Tugu Nursery, Taman Tugu Nursery, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, Kuala Lumpur


1. Van Gogh Alive, The Immersive Experience Exhibition

Source: Van Gogh Alive The Experience

Van Gogh Alive is here in Malaysia! It’s the world’s most visited multi-sensory experience, where visitors will get to immerse themselves in the life and works of famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh. Enjoy the multimedia art experience where high definition projections of his paintings will be combined with digital sounds, so details of Van Gogh’s work can be seen like never before.

Date: 17th December 2022 to 16th March 2023

Time: Every day (10:00am to 10:00pm, last admission at 9:00pm)

Price: RM46 (persons with disabilities and registered with JKM); RM68 (6 to 12 years old, seniors above 60 years old); RM75 (13 to 60 years old); RM110 (Non Malaysian); Free for children below 6 years old

Contact: 012- 476 7911

Venue: Pavilion Bukit Jalil, Malaysia Lot 3.29.00 (Level 3 Orange Zone), No.2 Persiaran Jalil 8, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur

2.  Art Rocks Us, Menara KEN TTDI

Source: Art Rocks Us

A vibrant collaboration between educational non-profit organisations FugeeAngsanacare and profit-making agency  Brand Me Happy and Tea Bird Tea, ART ROCKS US features visual paintings and art installations by Sharon Abdullah, Ashleigh Cotterill and talented refugee students. Profits from art and products sold will go towards art and music therapies for terminally ill children and the Fugee School, founded by Deborah Henry, to provide much-needed educational opportunities for refugee children and youth.

Date: 5th January to 2nd February 2023

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Price: Free

Contact: 011-3340 3179

Venue: KEN Gallery, Level M, Menara KEN TTDI, 37, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

3. Paint Your Family Members by Pablo Picasso, Art & Bonding

Source: Art & Bonding

No painting experience needed for this kid-friendly art and bonding session; just head over with your kids and be guided through the entire process of painting each other.  All materials will be provided, along with free-flow of non-alcoholic drinks. Just turn up, sip, paint and have fun!

Date: 29th January 2023 

Time: 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Price: RM220 for 2 pax

Contact: 010- 650 1212

Venue: 22-3, Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur (Right above Starbucks 3F)

4. Art Competition, Students Not Brides

Source: Students Not Brides

Support Students Not Brides, a member of the Pelajar Bukan Penantin (PBP) coalition, who will be spearheading an advocacy campaign among Malaysian youths to raise awareness on child marriages.  If you have kids above 13 years old, encourage them to learn more about child marriage issues,  and join their MyArt2EndChildMarriage competition with prizes up to RM500 up for grabs!

Register here.

Date: 15th December 2022 to 31st January 2023

Age: 13 to 17 years old; 18 to 22 years old

Chinese New Year Activities

1. Lion Dances, Klang Valley

Chinese New Year would not be complete without the festive, noisy lion dances! Look forward to the acrobatic lion dances,  Chinese drums and dance performances, happening around town this year.  If your kids are fans of these traditional shows, you’re going to find this list by Lion Dance Freak super useful!

Date:  Over the Chinese New Year period ( the list will be updated as and when new information is received)

Price:  Free

Venue: Klang Valley

2. Hometown Happiness, Chinese New Year 2023, Publika

Bring back childhood nostalgia and joy with a ‘Back to Hometown’ theme in Publika this Chinese New Year. 

Source: Publika

Get your hands on Chinese New Year delicacies, traditional clothes, gift hampers, and more at Publika’s bustling market. 

Date: 29th December 2022 to 30th January 2023

Time: 10:00am to 10:00pm

Venue: The Gallery, Level G2, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Source: Publika

Get ready for some (very loud) noise and festive performances with lion dances, drums and Chinese fans at the Publika performance lineup. Kids will also be able to take part in the festivities with hands-on fun, family workshops that will be held in conjunction with Chinese New Year. 

Date: 31st December 2022 to 15th January 2023

Time:  1:00pm to 8:00pm 

Price: Free

Venue: West Entrance, Level G2, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 50480 Kuala Lumpur

3. Spring Reminiscence, The Starling 

Source: The Starling

There’s a 21st century-styled lion dance hopping its way over to you in the Year of the Rabbit! Catch the brightly lit LED lion dance at The Starling Mall, along with other special performances, activities, and a festive bazaar. It’s a month of abundance, so shop to your heart’s content, and redeem the limited-edition gifts that will be up for grabs.

Date: 30th December 2022 to 29th January 2023

Time:  10:00am to 10:00pm 

Venue: Level G, Concourse, The Starling Mall 6, Jalan ss21/37, Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

4. Chinese New Year Messy Play, Mini Magic Messy Play

Source: Mini Magic Messy Play
What better way for the kids to start the year but to be given the green light to have fun getting dirty and messy? Join this messy specialist for fun-filled festive Chinese New Year-themed play sessions.

Date: 15th and 28th January 2023

Time:  9:00pm to 10:00pm (15th January); 5:00pm to 6:00pm (28th January)

Price:  RM60 per child

Contact: 016-831 1407

Venue: OUTSIDE Learning Centre, 15, Jalan SS 1/39, Kampung Tunku, 47310 Petaling Jaya, Selangor


1. Malaysia Open (Badminton)

Source: Malaysia Open

World Cup fever is over – but now it’s time for the Malaysia Open in our badminton-crazy nation, with participants from around the world. Bring your kids along to experience the excitement of watching sports live at this annual badminton tournament,  which has been held all the way from the 1930s. 

Book your tickets here.

Date: 10th to 15th January 2023

Time: 10:00am (10th, 11th and 12th January); 9:00am (13th January); 1:00pm (14th January); 11:00am (15th January)

Price: Free (3 years old and under, required to sit on an adult’s lap); RM44 onwards (For all other tickets)

Venue: Axiata Arena, L2-E-10, Enterprise 4, Technology Park Malaysia, Lebuhraya Bukit Jalil, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur


1. Approaches to Building Student Social and Emotional Learning for Academic Success, Balance, and Community, ISKL

Source: ISKL

Would you like some practical strategies for regulating your own emotions, plus ways on how to help your children better manage theirs? Join the experts from The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning for an informative and experiential session in the very first month of 2023. Uncover a range of  tools, gain insights, and walk out of the session with tips on how to improve the social and emotional well-being of your entire family.

Register by 19th January 2023.

Date: 25th January 2023

Time: 9:30am to 11:00am

Price: Free (Open to all ISKL community spaces, limited places available for non-ISKL community members)

Venue: No. 2, Lorong Kelab Polo Di Raja, Ampang Hilir, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Here’s to a wonderful start to 2023, #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.