Some of the ladies in the SG/MY chat group visited the Kite Museum in Jakarta (Museum Layang-Layang Indonesia) recently, and said it was quite fun, so we thought it might be worth a visit. N loves kites, and has made a few of his own so far, but unfortunately, he has never actually flown a kite properly before.
The drive there was pretty smooth, and although the museum is hidden in one of the small lanes, we just followed the instructions on Google Maps, and had no trouble finding it. It’s a pretty small museum, and can be covered in about 15 minutes, including the time taken by our guide to tell us about the different types of kites. Most are really old, but still very impressive-looking, and it was interesting to learn that some kites were made of leaves, while others were made of recycled plastic bags.
Kites in the main hall
Entering the museum
Listening to the guide
This kite is a mini replica of the museum!
Kites from around Indonesia
Kites made of leaves
The twins loved the owl kite
Huge fish kite
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a kite!
More kites inside
The smallest kite is 2cm, and made out of tissue paper
Kites from around the world
After the tour, we went back to the main hall, where the kids waited patiently to make their own kites. Because our kid were relatively young, they were given colouring sheets and crayons, which the guide later helped to make into kites. I saw some older kids and adults working on a different type of kite, which required them to come up with their own designs, and to do some pasting and gluing.
Waiting to make their kites
Making their kites
The twins’ kites
There wasn’t any wind at the museum that day, so we couldn’t test out their kites. N was extremely disappointed, but we promised that we would let him try flying his kite at the open space downstairs, on a windy day. We hung out for a while at the main hall and open courtyard, before making our way back.
With Grandpa and Grandma
All in all, I think it was a pretty enjoyable morning, and a change from our usual routine. Hopefully, we will get to explore more of Jakarta and Indonesia, while we are based here.
Museum Layang-Layang Indonesia Address: Jalan Haji Kamang No.38 RT.08/RW.10, Pondok Labu, Cilandak, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12450 Tel: (021) 7658075 Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 9am to 4pm Tickets: IDR15,000 (including kite-making activity)