Tuesday, September 28, 2010
ParenThots Review of Fun for Kids in Malaysia
27 September 2010
Review by BRIGITTE ROZARIO
FUN FOR KIDS IN MALAYSIA
An essential guide to fun-tastic activities for children
By Lydia Teh
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Author Lydia Teh has really put in a lot of research for this book. It is the guide book for all families.
Often parents are left at a loss as to what to do during the school holidays and how to entertain their kids on the weekend.
The number of places we visit seem to be few and the number of activities we are familiar with are even fewer. You could probably count all of them on one hand. And, often, the kids end up going nowhere and doing nothing or we just keep taking them back to the shopping malls.
Take heart, you need not bring up a mall rat.
That's where this book comes in. It offers stuff to do in all states and that includes Sabah and Sarawak. There's even what to do in Labuan!
The list covers information like how to get there and getting around each state. Included in the list of activities are museums, libraries, nature attractions, adventure activities, sports, performing arts, arts & crafts, festivals and shopping.
You will be pleasantly surprised to find out the kinds of stuff you could do in your state. For example, I didn't know that you could roll down a hill in a giant plastic ball at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa or fly a plane at Subang Skypark.
The author has included info like what the activity/event is, where it can be found, what time the place is open, contact details and how to get there.
Apparently, there are a lot of activities in Malaysia that we may not even be aware of.
I liked that the author included things like where to adopt animals and societies/associations for children with special needs.
In addition to the state by state breakdown and the special needs information, there are also details on festivals that might be celebrated by all states – Chinese New Year, Christmas, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa, Chap Goh Meh, Hungry Ghost, Mooncake, Wesak and Thaipusam.
Then there are the school holiday programmes offered by Club Med, Cambridge English for Life, Children's Technology Workshop, Polgar Chess and Xtreem Adventure.
If your child is into uniformed activities, you might be interested in the contact details for Girl Guides, Cadet Corps, Polis Kadet, Red Crescent Society, Scouts and St John Ambulance.
To top all of that, the author has included right at the back of the book, hiking guidelines and safety at waterfalls tips.
In all, this is a great guide and every family should have one. You will be amazed at what you can do in Malaysia and you probably don't know about any of the libraries near you.
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