Christmas is only two sleeps away, and if you STILL haven't done your Christmas gift shopping, fret not, here are a few options that are not only great for kids, but can also be enjoyed by adults as well. After all, the best gifts are those you can enjoy as a family, right? Best of all, these are gifts that are easily obtainable either online or in the relevant stores.
Know someone, whether a kid or a kid at heart, who is a fan of DC Comics superheroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman? Get them tickets to the The World of DC Exhibition, currently going on at Tropicana Gardens Mall, Tropicana Indah.
The exhibition, which will run until April 1, 2023, features movie props, concept art, costumes, life-size exhibits and interactive elements, displayed across seven themed zones, each focusing on specific characters and themes.
These range from the Dawn of Justice, featuring Superman and Batman, to the Rise of Super-Villains, highlighting the Birds of Prey and Suicide Squad, as well as a retail merchandise area.
The themed zones include fan-favourite vehicles, gadgets and more from the DC Universe, including Superman's emblematic blue and red suit, Batman's Batmobile, Knight Crawler, Bat-Signal, and Wonder Woman's costumes.
There are also interactive showcases such as Wonder Woman's Training Field, Aquaman's Aquarium and more.
Tickets are priced at RM38 for children aged three to 12 years, RM55 for MyKad holders, RM65 for non-Mykad holders and RM150 for Express tickets. Admission is complimentary for children below three years old. To learn more and for ticket sales, go here.
Graphic novels make for great gifts as well, and here’s one that is actually quite suitable for both young readers and grown-ups as well. And best of all, it’s by a Malaysian comics creator!!
Reimena Yee’s latest graphic novel for middle grade readers is a fun-filled fantasy adventure about Safia, a blind girl who goes to live with a distant and mysterious aunt, who turns out to be a monster.
This is Yee’s second graphic novel for children, the first being 2020’s Seance Tea Party, about a lonely 12-year-old girl, Lora who is afraid of growing up, and ends up making friends with a ghost.
Part of Lego’s popular Winter Village collection, the Holiday Main Street set is a cool playset that both parents and kids can build together.
It features the shopping street of a Christmas village, complete with a toy store, music store and shoppers, plus the store owners and their cozy apartments. There’s also a festive streetcar that seats four minifigures that you can motorise by adding one of Lego’s Powered Up sets (though these are sold separately).
Speaking of minifigures, the set has six in total, two shoppers, two shop owners, a streetcar driver, and best of all, a little child mailing a letter to Santa.
Another good comic to get it the Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma (Volumes 1 and 2), written by Melanie Lee, a Crystal Kite Award recipient from Singapore, and illustrated by Arif Rafhan, a prominent comic artist, illustrator and pre-production artist from Malaysia.
This comic book series was first launched in 2020, and revolves around Ash, a young Singaporean girl who discovers that she has superpowers, and that her grandmother, Ah Ma, is also a former superhero, who is unfortunately suffering from dimentia.
Book 2 was recently released this year, and sees Ash dealing with changes in her life as she grapples with Ah Ma’s worsening dementia, along with her new superhero responsibilities and additional team members.
What sets this series apart from many middle-grade comic books is the focus on dementia and helping young ones learn to connect with affected elderly family members and loved ones.
Here's another event that you can get tickets for friends or family of all ages, especially is you want to immerse them in something a bit more artsy and cultured. Check out the multimedia exhibition Van Gogh Alive, which is currently running at Pavilion Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur.
The immersive multi-sensory exhibition, displays floor-to-ceiling projections of Van Gogh's beloved art, including The Starry Night and Sunflowers, will run daily until March 16, 2023.
You can get more details of the exhibition here.