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FUN AND EDUCATIONAL: Many events have been lined up for school kids to keep them busy this week

KUALA LUMPUR: PARENTS no longer need to drag their children to their workplaces during the school break as many programmes have been lined up for the school holidays.

At Aquaria KLCC, children can learn about the mysterious snakes in a safe and fun way in a Snakes Workshop.

Participants will get to learn more about snakes through multimedia presentations and observe how snakes are bathed.

Children will also get hands-on experience with the reptiles as they are allowed to hold the snakes and build habitats for them.

A special school holidays rate of RM99 for two adults and two children is available until Sunday.

Children can also learn how to save the world in Petrosains' Our Earth, Our Home programme.

This is Petrosains's first thematic event of the year where participants get to explore the Earth through environmental activities.

The Sultans of Science, Islamic Science Rediscovered exhibition is still on in Petrosains.

Growing up in a hi-tech era where everything is on the tips of their fingers, children will be awed to learn how elaborate and manual technology used to be during the Golden age of the Islamic World (700-1700 CE).

Children and adults alike can engage with the interactive exhibition and be inspired by the amazing ancient Islamic inventions like the combination lock and the beaker water clock.

Back by popular demand, the National Planetarium's Kem Alami is where children aged 10 to 12 learn about the Earth, the outer space and everything in between.

To ensure comfort and full enjoyment of this three-day camp, it is only limited to 60 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Shopping malls are also offering activities that focus on the environment this week.

Sunway Pyramid is paying a tribute to the deaths of the Borneo pygmy elephants in Sabah last month with Elefun Holiday: A Pygmy Elephant Project.

In Colour A Pygmy, children can decorate their own elephant sculptures and those painted by local independent artists will be displayed.

Other workshops and activities include Go Green with Leo and Friends, Pot-a-Plant, Forest Talk and Save Energy workshops.

As they tag along with their parents on a shopping spree at Mid Valley Megamall, children can have some fun by completing a crossword puzzle on maps which are available around the mall.

Clues are located on information boards along the path leading to Beautiful Earth.

Upon completion, participants will take home a plant.

A series of fun-filled art and craft workshops are also available for children aged 5 to 12 at the mall.

Parents who spend RM50 in a single receipt can enrol two children for one of the workshops.

There they will make decorative items and flower pots with papier-mache and other recyclable items.

Parents nowadays also like to expose their children to the culture of performing arts.

A children theatre entitled My So-Called Diary (That You Are Not Supposed To Read) will be played in the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

With 11 young talents, this play tells the story of stumbling upon other people's diaries and reading their deepest and darkest secrets.

At PJ Live Arts, an acclaimed children's theatre company from the United Kingdom, Blunderbus, returns with a funny and gentle stage adaptation of How to Catch a Star.

The story by award-winning Oliver Jeffer tells of a boy who loves stars so much that he decided to try and catch one.

This show comes to life with a combination of music, puppetry and storytelling.

Suitable for children aged 4 to 7 and grown-up stargazers.

Local councils have also lined up a few activities for the children in their communities.

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council has organised cupcakes, pastries and music workshops for the school holidays while the Petaling Jaya City Council, in collaboration with The Japan Foundation of Kuala Lumpur is having The Kokeshi Dolls exhibition at the Petaling Jaya museum in Section 10.

The Selangor Public Library Corporation will be holding Info Hunt today for teenagers from 13 to 18.

In this hunt, participants will test their information-gathering skills through various sources.

The Sultans of Science, Islamic Science Rediscovered exhibition is held in Petrosains to impress its visitors. Pic by Halimaton Saadiah Sulaiman


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