The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta does not approach many people as a family and kid-friendly destination. Well, these people have not yet explored all corners of Jakarta, because they are entirely wrong. This commercial center in Indonesia offers more than just skyscrapers. Since Jakarta holds the largest economy in the country, the city is also home to various establishments, which cater to the entertainment of adults and children. Jakarta is home to different adventurous places which can give kids a wonderful time, whether it’s a weekend, a long holiday break, or a summer vacation. Check out our compiled list of the things to do in Jakarta with the kids.
Let your kids experience this wonderful activity when you are in Jakarta. The Kite Museum or Museum Layang-Layang is a perfect place to make your kids enjoy a day doing kite-flying activities. The museum is built with an inspiration from the founder’s personal kite collection. Inside the museum, kids can admire the gorgeous kites collected by the owner. They can also attend a kite-making tutorial and a Javanese batik-painting workshop. Of course, the kids can make their very own kites and fly them. For sure, your kids will want to take their kites everywhere! The Museum Layang-Layang opens daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The entrance fee is $1.5.
If your kids are dying for some thrilling activity which will brush up their adrenaline, take them to the Atmosfear in Jakarta. This unconventional slide is located inside the fX Sudirman Mall. With a length of more than 40 meters, the slide twists down from the mall’s 7th floor. Sliding down the Atmosfear will take only 7 seconds, so you can just imagine how thrilling it will be for the kids to get from the top to the bottom of the 40-meter slide in such a short time. The Atmosfear is the first of its kind in Asia, and is designed for kids and adults who crave for the most thrilling physical adventure. The Atmosfear is open daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The ticket costs $10, and it has special discounts for families.
Cost: $5 to $14
If you are a parent who is not a fan of kiddie adventures, which just make the kids tired all day, try visiting the Pinisi Science & Edutainment Park. This place is an ideal spot if you want your kids’ weekend or vacation to be a productive one. At the Pinisi Science & Edutainment Park, kids can have fun and learn from the activities. For example, they can learn to play a traditional musical instrument, drive a pedicab, experience being a puppeteer, learn classical dance, have a recording session, and learn how to paint the Javanese batik art. With three levels of interactive exhibits and workshops, the Pinisi Science & Edutainment Park is your ultimate destination for an edutainment-themed adventure with the kids. The park is open daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekends. Entrance fee is $5 to $11 on weekdays, and $6 to $14 on weekends.
Cost: $1 to $2
Another fun learning activity in Jakarta which you can let your kids experience is a visit to the Planetarium Taman Ismail Marzuki. Located at Jalan Cikini Raya, this planetarium is a fascinating and magical way to teach your kids about science, especially astronomy. The planetarium is named from the Indonesian national composer, Taman Ismail Marzuki. Inside the planetarium, kids can have a great time watching the stars, the heavens, and the solar system. They can also learn all about the constellations inside the dark dome. Plus, they can watch a performance (music, ballet, contemporary art, oriental art, and others) in the art side of the complex. Your whole family can also watch a movie inside the planetarium. You can visit Planetarium Taman Ismail Marzuki daily, except Mondays. Admission costs $1 and another $1 for the planetarium show.
The next activity we recommend is going to The Cat Cabin in Jakarta. This is a fun adventure especially if your kids love cute furry creatures… cats, specifically. Well, who wouldn’t love them anyway? Cats are one of the most huggable and adorable pets we can have. In the Cat Cabin, kids can cuddle with different breeds of cats as long as they want to. Don’t worry, The Cat Cabin is clean and hygienic, so you should not worry about kids getting allergies or anything. Also, the cats receive regular vaccination and are bathed and cleaned daily. The Cat Cabin, more than letting you cuddle and be friends with the adorable cats, also has a café. So as the kids play with the furry creatures, you can enjoy a coffee and some snacks in the corner. The Cat Cabin opens daily, except Mondays, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays). Payment is by the hour. For the first hour, you will play $5. For the following hours, the cost is $4 per hour. Of course, the food and drinks from the café have their separate prices.
Cost: $4 to $20
Do your kids dream of becoming a pilot, an archaeologist, a surgeon, a chef, or a teacher? By all means, you can let them experience playing their dream roles at KidZania. In this edutainment center in Jakarta, kids can assume grownup roles as professionals earning a salary, doing their own groceries, saving for their retirement, or just splurging on the best things in life. KidZania is designed like a mini-city where the kids can enter banks, restaurants, hospitals, and offices. Essentially, they will be able to play a role as an adult. KidZania is open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays until Thursdays, and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. Entrance tickets in KidZania are cheaper during the weekdays.
Cost: $1 to $5
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, literally the Miniature Park of Beautiful Indonesia, has long fascinated locals and tourists alike in Jakarta. This 150-hectare park is home to a miniature version of the archipelago, including the traditional houses, Indonesian provinces, museums, parks, theaters, and amusement rides. There is also a lake inside the pavilion which symbolizes the archipelagic characteristic of Indonesia. Kids can stroll around the park the whole day while checking out miniature versions of attractions and enjoying the amusement rides. There is also a dinosaur park, the Taman Legenda, which they can visit. The Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is open daily, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. However, each attraction’s opening hours varies.
Cost: $15 to $22
Another amusement park famous with kids in Jakarta is the Dunia Fantasi (or DuFan). Located in the northern part of the city, Dunia Fantasi boasts of more than 30 attractions to complete a cranky kid’s day. Inside the park, your kids can enjoy thrilling rides such as the Hysteria, Tornado, and even rides for the whole family. The little girls will also love the Hello Kitty Adventure. Dunia Fantasi is open daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends.
Cost: $8 to $27
Kids are natural climbers. They enjoy the thrill and the physical demands of this activity. In Jakarta, you can take them to the Peak to Peak Indoor Climbing center and let them climb as long and as high as they want. Don’t worry, the facility employs certified instructors to ensure the safe and fun adventure of your children. The Peak to Peak Indoor Climbing is open daily, except Mondays, from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays until Thursdays, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Kids (and even adults) enjoy solving puzzles. It’s probably part of human nature, but we enjoy playing detectives solving a mystery. Remember Sherlock Holmes and how much we want to be like him? At the Escape Game Jakarta, you and the kids can play spies or detectives together. Located around the world, the Escape Game has already thrilled children, teens, and adults. It’s your chance to take part in this mind-boggling and entertaining game. The Escape Game Jakarta is open daily, from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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