The month of December is here.
Which means school days, tests and exams are over for the year!
(Read: a good break for all of us! * YAY!*)
Now, the next challenge is : What do we do? Where can the kids and I go?
At times like this, I admit I secretly miss the going out and about that we used to have back in Singapore : hopping on the trains and buses to check out the many free live children shows at malls, free beach plays, free water-plays at playgrounds and malls, libraries and their many wonderful books, or just … walking around the city.
Having said that, I told myself, I must not feel all mellow for for missing out on the nice Singapore holiday programmes.
And at the same time, we can choose NOT to be stuck at home, right?
(Anyway, I sure don’t want the kids to be watching TV or playing computer games all day)
We started our school holiday with this: we went out and check out this place called ‘Museum Rekor-Dunia Indonesia’ (MURI)
It basically means The World Record of Indonesia Museum.
(ie. World records that were done and achieved by Indonesians, in Indonesia)
Informative and educational, and everything was written in English.
Mall of Indonesia, Kelapa Gading
(Ground Floor, near ACE Outlet)
Adult : Rp10,000
Children / Students : Rp5,000
Below 5 yeas old : Free
What I personally think of this place:
For such an affordable admission fee, it’s a good place to bring your older kids. The place is well maintained, air-conditioned and clean. Lots of interesting information and photos to see, but the adults / parents need to excite the kids too and re-tell the stories and explain the displays so that the kids can understand and appreciate them better.
(ie. If the adult goes in, looks around and says, ‘Gee, this is IT? What’s there to see?’, the kids would want to leave the place soon too)
What I hope can be done better:
- Better publicity and signages to inform that there’s a Museum there at the Mall, and let them know where the Museum is (The four of us were the only ones there, but perhaps there are more visitors in the weekends?)
- Since there’s no one else around, it’ll be nice if the staff can explain a little bit more or take us around (there were two people around, and they’re at the staff counter)
This is our favourite part of the Museum : The Interactive Wall! =)
We used this special stick (I don’t know what it’s called =), tapped on one of the categories, then on one of the cities on the map of Indonesia.
eg. Tap on the category of ‘Bahasa Daerah’ (Local Dialect), and tap on ‘Madura’ or ‘Bandung’, then we can hear the sound of someone speaking in that local accent! =)
Or, tap on the category of ‘Local Population’, and tap on ‘West Kalimantan’, then we hear the sound telling us that there are 4.4 million people there in the area.
Anya and Vai were on this spot for very long (till Brie fell asleep on the pram, haha).
I’ll share more places to visit soon!