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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so take your Jacks and Jills for an awesome time at all the FREE workshops and carnivals in town this holidays. Here is a handy guide to all that’s hot and happening at your local neighbourhood in Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur.

Why pay a ticketing fee when you can get in FREE to educational workshops, fun carnivals, exciting nature retreats and marvellous markets that will have the kids asking for more. Just get ready to clear your diary to attend them all.

Southern City Surprises

Johor Bahru is a city of endless surprises to enthrall all visitors and locals alike.

1. Little Towkay Kids Flea Market

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Organized by Dancing Water, an event specialist in Johor Bahru, this first ever Little Towkay Kids Flea Market is sure to thrill your little “Towkay” and “Towkay-soh” to bits. The best bit is it’s FREE.

Specially created to allow kids to learn, practice and showcase their entrepreneurial skills, together with parents to support them when needed, this unique flea market is the perfect place to spend quality time together.

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What to expect? There will be a mini fun fair, traditional games, goldfish catching, arts and craft sessions, educational wooden toys, mini potted plants corner, kids fashion, creative workshops for hand made soaps, clay art, hand painted cards, hand made pouches and bags plus delicious snacks and pastries from local patisserie.

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Supported by local artisans, art academies and enterprises dedicated to kids’ products and services, this is surely a market not to be missed.

Date: 22 & 23 June 2018 (Sat & Sun), 11am to 6pm

Address: The Yard, Jalan Hijauan, Horizon Hills, 79100 Johor Bahru


2. Edible Container Gardening Workshop with Eats, Shoots & Roots

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Organic gardening is a growing trend and the organizer of this trending workshop knows how to plant the seeds of passion for gardening trees, plants, herbs and more, as well as nurture them to fruition.

Organized by Eats, Shoots and Roots (ESR), a game changer in the “love-all-things-organic” industry, this FREE gardening workshop aims to bring families and kids alike closer to nature.

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What this 3-hour workshop covers is the basics of growing an edible garden in your back yard or balcony. From choosing the right container to preparing the potting mix, and planting the seedlings to keeping your herbs happy, there is no better way to provide the kids a hands-on experience on how to grow plants.

Let their grubby hands get grubbier in the soil, handle all variety of herbs and eventually take home you pride and joy planted by you. With free workshops held across various venues in Malaysia, ESR is taking the science of botanics out from the boring classrooms to the beautiful outdoors.

Date: 1 July 2018 (Sun), 10am to 1pm

Address: AVIRA Sales Gallery, No. 1 Jalan Medini Timur 15, Bandar Medini Timur 15, Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia, 79250 Iskandar Puteri, Johor


3. Musical Fountains at Taman Merdeka

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Love fountains that dance along to music? Then head over to the first ever Musical Fountains at Taman Merdeka to watch water dance sky high in rhythm with classical music and modern classics ranging from Malay to English to Chinese tunes.

Each 30 minutes session have left visitors in awe during the day and in amazement during the night as the fountains light up in a rainbow of colours. Local joggers and exercise enthusiasts can be seen to enjoy their workouts by the musical fountains each day.

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When gym memberships are way out of your means, you can always join the FREE senam-robik sessions held at every weekend at 8am to 9am at the open space next to the musical fountains. Guaranteed to work up a sweat, the kids can enjoy biking, kite flying, playground session or bubble-blowing at the park.

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Date: Daily (4.30pm, 7pm, 8pm & 11pm)

Address: Jalan Kolam Ayer, 80100 Johor Bahru

4. Laman Serene at The Crown of Johor

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The new iconic landmark in Johor Bahru makes a great escape for active kids as the open spaces at Laman Serene, Laman Mahkota and The Crown of Johor enjoy fresh sea breeze and free parking too.

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Not to be missed are the glorious fountains that rise sky high and light up at night. Tourists flock over to see the changing of the guards at the entrance to Istana Bukit Serene. The place is perfect for sunset adventures or after dinner walks when temperatures are cooler and the locals come out to watch the starry skies.

Address: Jalan Straits View, Bukit Serene 80200 Johor Bahru

Central Perks & Pizzazz

When in the capital city, do what the locals do and discover the delights of Kuala Lumpur.

1. Wheelie Sunday at Publika Shopping Gallery

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Sundays just got better at Publika Shopping Gallery. Put the pedal to the metal when you bring the whole family biking at the inner roads around Publika which are closed on Sundays from 7am to 10am.

In an effort to create safe spaces to bike around the city, Wheelie Sundays attract a crowd of families who love to skate, bike, scooter and try anything on wheels. After a great workout, Publika offers plenty of hip cafes and family restaurants to replenish low energies.

Inside the mall are an array of FREE musical performances, art showcases and Raya markets to explore and enjoy. So bike on over and experience the best of the holidays for free.

Address: 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur


2. Art of Wellness Bazaar at The School by Jaya One

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Held in conjunction with International Yoga Day 2018, the Art of Wellness Bazaar by Makers & Co. heralds a weekend of stress-relieving and calm-inducing activities to still your beating hearts and hectic lifestyles.

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Consisting of mind, body and soul workshops for wellness enthusiasts of all ages, guests are treated to a wide range of relaxing and really enjoyable events. Learn yoga breathing techniques, be part of inspired yoga as well as lemang music nature lover performances or join the followgraphy class. Even kids can join in the many workshops together with grownups and learn to be a future yogi in action.

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The ideal stress buster is the basics of meditation demo to help achieve the heights of Zen in your life. Benefit from the sharing on healthy detox class, basic food living and fermented vegetable making demo. Guaranteed to get you feeling happier and healthier, this Bazaar should be tops on your list. Admission is FREE.

Date: 23 & 24 June 2018 (Sat & Sun), 11am to 7pm

Address: Jaya One, Section 72A, Jalan Universiti, PJS 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya


3. Preloved is Reloved Bazaar at APW, Bangsar

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Why buy new when you can relove the old but still fashionably trendy trinkets, toys, books, glad rags and more at the Preloved is Reloved Bazaar at APW, Bangsar. A prime venue in happening Bangsar for all things exciting for the community, this Bazaar brings together the best of vintage and vibrant shopping today.

There are over 60 booths and food vendors to make your weekend extra delightful. Just remember to bring your shopping tote and shop to your hear’s content.

When shopping is not your cup of tea, APW, Bangsar is also the venue for FREE fitness community classes held every Saturday from 7am to 10am. Select from yoga or Zumba classes with a certified instructor and work toward a healthy body and mind. No registration is required but guests are required to bring their own yoga mat.

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Date: Date: 23 & 24 June 2018 (Sat & Sun), 10am to 6pm

Address: 29 Jalan Riong, APW, 59100 Bangsar


4. Petronas Art Gallery

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Inspired by art? Then the best place to ignite artistic creativity would be to visit the Petronas Art Gallery at Suria KLCC Petronas Twin Towers. After sky gazing at the Twin Towers, bring the kids to the Gallery’s latest showcase titled Visual Dialects: Cultural Ties that Binds.

The current exhibit presents rarely seen paintings and photographs depicting artistic sentimentalism and distinctive cultural heritage of Malaysia. The Gallery is home to over 1,000 works of art and it’s conveniently located right in the City Centre. FREE entrance make it even more attractive, a sure-visit when in town.

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Date: Now till 15 July 2018

Address: Lot 341-343, Level 3 Suria KLCC Petronas Twin Towers


5. Cultural Performances at Central Market

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Dancing and singing in the city is now possible. Watch and join the many cultural performances at Central Market held every Saturday at 8pm at the outdoor stage. From traditional dances to musical performances, the love for Malaysia’s cultural heritage is celebrated in every way and it’s FREE.

Date: Every Saturday at 8pm

Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur


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Happy holidays! Tell us more free events you’ve discovered along your way.

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Disclaimer: All event details are correct at time of writing and are subject to change without prior notice.