If you’ve been looking for things to do to keep the kids entertained for the upcoming Year-End holidays, Jeniati Tampubolon writing for Tempo has some advice for those looking to explore Java. Some of the following kids-friendly attractions are worth looking at:
1. Scientia Square Park
This urban park is great for the family and has a large collection of unique animals that are rarely found in Indonesia. There are also interesting attractions such as wall climbing, meet and greet furry fellas, the buffalo, owl shows and many more, says Tampubolon.
The park also provides many interesting photo spots, and some spots are not only fun for kids, but also adults. Scientia Square Park is located in Gading Serpong. Open every weekday from 08:00-19:00 and weekends from 07:00-19:00.
2. Farmhouse Lembang
Located in Bandung, this tourist destination is a good place for kids and is quite crowded with visitors almost every weekend. There are various fun activities for children, such as interacting directly with various adorable farm animals like sheep and goats.
Children and parents can also visit and play together in Hobbiton, a tiny house inspired by the Hollywood film “The Hobbit”. There are other exciting experiences to spend time in various other interesting spots. One of which is enjoying pure milk from a cow that is processed directly at the farm, suggests Tampubolon.
3. Tronggolasi Hill Tour
The place offers the charm and beauty of a pine forest with a breezing mountain atmosphere. Tronggolasi Hill is often visited by residents who bring their children on vacation.
Several rides and facilities can be enjoyed by all groups. The most interesting one is the two-story reading garden made of bamboo. Photo spots are also widely available such as viewing spots, love-shaped frames, and bridges that span across the road. This tourist spot is located on Raya Kambangan-Bandar at Blado, Batang Regency, Central Java.
4. Taman Pintar Yogyakarta
The science museum is not only a fun vacation spot but also a learning spot to increase children’s knowledge, says Tampubolon. As the name itself means Smart Park, the place is provided with a playing area and educational facilities in several zones added with interactive props.
The zones include a playground, East and West Building of early childhood education (PAUD), the oval building, the box building, the memorabilia building, the planetarium, and a place for crafting. Besides being good for the development of children’s imagination, this literacy tourist destination has a unique way of building your little one’s interest in digital technology.
5. Jatim Park Malang
This tourist destination is a very magnificent recreational park complex. Officially opened in 2001, Jatim Park has three sub-complexes, namely Jatim Park 1, Jatim Park 2, and Jatim Park 3.
Each complex offers different types of recreational rides, ranging from amusement parks, and zoos to historical museums that can be enjoyed with the family. Just like Disneyland, Jatim Park 1 offers lots of exciting rides, including the Superman Coaster, Waterboom, Science Center, Volcano Coaster, Sky Ride, Flying Tornado and Dragon Coaster.
Meanwhile, in Jatim Park 2 and Jatim Park 3, visitors can enjoy fauna such as the aquarium zone (a collection of reptiles, freshwater and seawater), the savanna zone (typical desert animals), and the animal museum.
6. Gravity Indoor Trampoline Park
Located in Semarang, The place is not only suitable for children but for all ages. Visitors can play on trampolines with a variety of exciting rides.
There, visitors can do activities such as playing basketball, jumping into a foam pit, wall climbing and passing through obstacle courses like in Ninja Warrior shows. The children have a separate area, namely the kids’ arena and freestyle. The entry ticket price is around IDR 90,000-IDR 125,000 per person.
Those were some of the recommendations for child-friendly destinations for alternative holidays at the end of the coming year. Before even attending to visit, make sure to always be healthy and fully equipped for the journey so the vacation will be enjoyable.