From swimming lessons, to music classes and playgroups, the Big Durian offers tons of fabulous things to do and enjoy with your tiny tot
Mums of Jakarta, rejoice! The Big Durian may be many things, but boring for babies it is not. There are myriad mum-and-baby classes, groups and activities on offer in the city, just waiting for you and bubs to enjoy. No more empty mornings rattling round the house – get out there and meet other mums, shoot the breeze, treat yourself to decent coffee, and kick-start baby’s social life – it’ll soon be more hectic than yours!
British Women’s Association Playgroup
Think the BWA is all gin, card games and linen dresses? Perish the thought. Every Thursday morning from 9:30am onwards at the BWA House in South Jakarta, a diverse group of mums get together for good, old-fashioned fun: singing songs, reading books, and letting the kids roam free in the spacious play and living rooms. Good chance for mum to eat lots of cake and get free advice from long-term expat mums! IDR 80,000 for non-members and a super-cheap IDR 30,000 for members.
British Women’s Association Playgroup. +62 21 719 3607.
Movers and Shakers Music Together
Baby got rhythm? Find out at this internationally-recognised music and movement education programme. Bubba can bang the drums, sway to the beat and sing along to the music – which mum can learn at home with a handy CD. You pay upfront for a term, with discounts for those under six months. Lots of times available, including Thursday mornings in South Jakarta.
Movers and Shakers Music Together. e: firstname.lastname@example.org
The much-loved Australian early-childhood education programme has three branches in Jakarta: Pluit, Kemang and Gading, as well as one in Batam. You can take babies from as young as six weeks old, as they tailor programmes to developmental stages. The idea is to stimulate baby’s senses to encourage movement, language development and much more. Start grooming your Einstein today!
Kindyroo Indonesia. Three locations in Jakarta, check website for details.
Australia and New Zealand Association Playgroup
Get your little wallabies together at another more-fun-for-mum playgroup in South Jakarta by the Australia and New Zealand Association. Toys, sing-songs and craft sessions abound to keep the little ones amused, and best of all, there’s amazing Merdeka coffee and homemade cakes at the House for mum. Rp.70,000 for non-members and Rp.20,000 for members.
Australia and New Zealand Association Playgroup.
South Jakarta Swim Coach
Ready to chuck bubs in at the deep end? This AustSwim-certified teacher will show you how to do it safely, coaching the all-important basics, from blowing bubbles to kicking their little legs. Let your little darling discover their inner Flipper in this thirty-minute class. A range of age-appropriate sessions available at schools and private pools in South Jakarta – and for babies it starts with songs to help them learn water safety.
For more information on swimming lessons, call South Jakarta Swim Coach at +62 813 8277 1622.
By: Annali Hayward
Annali Hayward is a freelance writer and editor. English by way of Hong Kong, India and Indonesia, she’s usually to be found eating her way around her latest locale. Read more on her blog: My Corners of the World.