Big Day Out – Part III
If you’re stuck for things to do with the kids, why not head to one of the museums around town? Your littlies are sure to learn a thing or two about kites, batik, puppets, and all things old.
There’s no better place to learn about the popular pastime of kite flying, than at the Kite Museum. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be ushered to a mini theatre to watch a short documentary on the history of kites. Then it’s through to a room filled with kites of all shapes, sizes, and colours. It truly is a remarkable collection! Your friendly guide will explain the story behind each kite. There are also plenty of activities; have a go at making a kite, ceramics, batik printing, or decorating umbrellas.
Museum Layang Layang, (Kite Museum), Jl. Haji Kamang No. 38, Pondok Labu, p. +62 21 765 8075.
A must see if you’re interested in learning more about Indonesia’s wayang kulit (two-dimensional puppets used in the ancient art of Javanese storytelling). We recommend you hire a guide as there are no English descriptions in the museum. Not only will the kids find puppets from Indonesian stories but also puppets that have been donated to the museum from the Netherlands, China, and India. Observe the art of making puppets or make your own at one of the museum’s workshops.
Museum Wayang, Jl. Pintu Besar Utara No. 27, Jakarta Barat, p. +62 21 62929 560 or contact our English speaking guide Aldy Sanjaya p. +62 818 922 489.
Set in an impressive cultural heritage building and a great example of French architecture, The Textile Museum houses all things Batik. You’ll learn the history and methods of traditional batik from around the archipelago. Once you’ve become an expert, it’s time to create your own batik, be it a handkerchief, t-shirt or anything your heart desires. Explore the museum’s natural dye garden for something unique; you’ll find various plants that produce natural colors for textiles.
Museum Textil, Jl. Aipda Tubun No. KS. 2-4, Jakarta, p. +62 21 560 6613.
Taman Mini Indonesia
There are lots of museums to tick off your list at Taman Mini Indonesia. Make it a little easier on the littlies and bring your own car to discover the massive park. There’s something for everyone…Transport Museum, Heirloom Museum, Army Museum, Komodo Museum, Stamp Museum, Museum of Energy and Electricity, and Oil and Gas Museum. Just take your pick!
Taman Mini Indonesia, Jl. Taman Mini, Jakarta, p. +62 21 2937 8593.
Top image: Puppet Museum