Best science and technology centres for kids in Malaysia

TOM Kids suggests these top places for a fun educational day out
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We’ve rounded up the best places to take the kids to open up their minds to the wonders of science and technology. From being able to discover over 5,000 kinds of marine life at Aquaria KLCC to hands-on engineering, designing and building activities at Bricks4Kidz, these places will get their cognitive wheels turning. Bonus: they’ll also promise a fun day out for the entire family.

KL & Surrounds

Things to do

Aquaria KLCC

icon-location-pin KL City Centre

Aquaria KLCC features some 5,000 aquatic and marine animals. Be sure not to miss the spectacle that is feeding time when sharks, eels and turtles gather to eat. Also check out the Station Aquarius, where kids and teens are invited to participate in a series of four labs highlighting evolution, lifestyles, adaptation and conservation. The centre has also recently upgraded its Shipwreck exhibition: It’s now packed with interesting information about shipwrecks around Malaysia and there are a host of cool critters to admire. 

 

Kids, Play spaces

Bricks4Kidz

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It’s more than just LEGO. At Bricks4Kidz, students are taught science, technology, engineering and mathematics while learning to design and build projects. Designed for kids between four and nine years old, the lessons cover an exciting range of themes including Space, Inventions and Amazing Animals.

 

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Things to do, Cultural centres

Computertots

icon-location-pin Mid Valley City

Computertots has been introducing kids to new technology since 1983. Learn the ins and outs of computers, robotics, programming and graphic arts.

 

Roboticist The School Jaya One
Photo: Hizwan Hamid
Kids

Roboticist

icon-location-pin Petaling Jaya

Roboticist is Malaysia’s only robotics centre that teaches VEX Robotics, a leading kit that allows kids to flex their creative muscles in design and programming. The centre is open to anyone and welcomes all with an interest in this intriguing hobby that is turning up in many curriculums.

 

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Things to do, Schools and universities

Science Bridge Academy

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We wish this place had existed when we were young. At Science Bridge Academy, kids can learn about life sciences, food science, the environment, aroma chemistry and even forensic science through classes, workshops and discovery camps. Lab coats at the ready!

Kiddo Science

With ten locations scattered across Malaysia, this leading education centre for kids teaches science courses, but also throws in art and gym programmes for good measure. Kiddo Science also organises day camps and holiday workshops – the former lets your child learn something new without being tied down to weekly classes, while the latter lets kids get fully immersed in specialised subjects.

 

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Things to do, Event spaces

Petrosains

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An interactive Science Discovery Centre, Petrosains presents science and technology in a fun way. The centre offers a host of interactive educational activities where kids can learn everything they need to know about forensic science, minerals, mathematics and the environment. Petrosains has expanded beyond KL with outlets in Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru and Kuantan, offering the Petrosains Play Smart programmes.

Visit the Petrosains Play Smart website for details on locations outside of KL.

Outside KL

Underwater World Langkawi

Located close by Pantai Cenang, Underwater World Langkawi lets you get up close to the wonders of the ocean. This sprawling marine and freshwater aquarium divides marine life according to habitats. Don’t miss the cute rockhopper penguins with their distinctive bushy, yellow ‘eyebrows’.

The Shore Oceanarium

Located within The Shore Shopping Gallery, this educational centre revolves around aquatic life and marine conservation. The main attractions of this aquarium are the 3D installations that let you experience mangrove forests, rivers and fossils in lifelike simulations. The Shore Oceanarium frequently links arms with the Fisheries Department of Malaysia to combat turtle poaching.

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