For some people, especially the locals, the hectic city life in Jakarta has already become their daily activities. And they are fine just hanging out at the bar and restaurant, or cinemas, to refresh their weary mind. But for some foreign and local tourists, maybe those things are not good enough to have as refreshment. So here are 11 interesting things to do in Jakarta and nearby cities to refresh while also gaining new skills!
1 | Making Kites at Museum Layang – Layang
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Located in Jalan Haji Kamang, South Jakarta, this one is the first kite museum in Indonesia. Open from 9 a.m to 4 p.m, this museum has more than 600 collections of different varieties of kites. And the numbers are still increasing as the new collections keep coming from all over the world. And if you are visiting this place with your kids and family, you can also watch the video about kites and learn how to make one and paint them! Even better, you can bring home your own handmade kite.
2 | Ceramic Creation at Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik
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This museum in Kota Tua, West Jakarta, is dedicated especially to the display of traditional fine arts and ceramics of Indonesia. This fine arts and ceramics museum building was once used as the court of justice back in the Dutch colonial days. It was officially inaugurated as The Fine Arts and Ceramics Museum by president Soeharto on August 20, 1976. The museum displays the traditional handicrafts of Indonesia. It also displays paintings by Indonesian famous painters, as well as traditional and contemporary ceramics from various areas of Indonesia. The best thing is, you can learn how to paint the ceramics and/or make handcrafts while you take a visit here!
3 | Batik Art at Museum Tekstil
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Open from Tuesday to Sunday at 9 o’clock to 16 o’clock, this museum in Palmerah, West Jakarta, is also an institution of culture and education. Textile has always been one of the most important parts in life as it gives us clothes, even for the ritual and ceremonial objects, here in Indonesia. It has a very rich aspect of Indonesian culture and it shows you that the artists themselves have a very high level of technological expertise and artistic skills. This museum always tries to inform and educate people on exhibitions, seminars, workshops, researches, and publications. And when you visit this place, you can learn how to make Batik art with guidance from the expert!
4 | Reconnect with Nature at Kebun Kumara
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Thinking of spending the weekend in Jakarta with some unique activities? Try some gardening at Kebun Kumara! The site devotes itself as a learning farm where you can learn to begin a sustainable lifestyle. Here you can join different workshops, including gardening, composting, and eco-bricks. Explore the site’s 1.5 of land, just located in Pulau Situ Gintung, an area in Ciputat, South Tangerang. It’s easily accessible from Jakarta, as it is a 33-minute drive from South Jakarta. Get a feel of nature amidst the city’s hustle and bustle in Kebun Kumara!
5 | Paint and Sip at Bartega Studio
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Founded in spring of 2017, Bartega wanted to change the way people spend their day by bringing both the calmness of painting and the excitement a glass of wine can do. They are dedicated to inspire and influence the community of artists and individuals alike to come together in the form of art and unleash their inner artists in a common space. This art-space cherishes and values the experience of painting on an empty canvas, using colors as an idea, stroking it in a motion shaped by your hands. You can easily join these fun and stress-relieving painting workshops at any time!
6 | Learn Printmaking at Ganara Art-space
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Founded by a couple of husband and wife, Ranald Indra and Tita Djumaryo, this art studio in Sekolah Kembang Kemang, South Jakarta, is a place where you can develop your art skills and learn more about it, especially in the field of pottery and printmaking. The reason why they made this art space is because one of their children experienced what so-called ‘speech delay’ because he spent more time playing with gadgets. So they decided to create something that can develop sensory-motor processing for the children. Here, they also have classes for children, beginners and even for those who have more experience in it. This is the best choice for you and your children to spend time in Jakarta if you are bored with the usual entertainment.
7 | Various Handcraft Ideas at Wewo Lab
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Wewo stands for “Weekend Workshop”. This ground supports creative and productive weekend activities for everybody through craft and soft skill workshops. With 40 workshops available spread to three other major cities; Bandung, Tangerang and Bogor, Wewo Lab encourages its participants to adopt a self-made spirit in daily lives. They also conduct several humanitarian activities in collaboration with prominent communities in Indonesia. So if you are looking for a fun yet productive weekend, this is the right place for you to go!
8 | Cook Something Great at Almond Zucchini Cooking Studio
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Located in Prapanca, South Jakarta, this establishment creates innovative programs and keeps the dream alive for food enthusiasts. This cooking studio is an intensive hands-on program that normally runs between 1- 2 full days depending on the topics. Occasionally, they also do shorter duration cooking class. Whether you are taking your first steps into the culinary world, looking to fine tune your existing skills or wanting to expand your cooking and baking repertoire, Almond Zucchini’s workshops are just the thing for you!
9 | Learn to Make Jewelry at Indoestri Makerspace
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Learn a new skill or move ahead with advanced education from their weekly scheduled classes and workshops. Professionals, including our own members, will provide you with new knowledge and abilities to bring your ideas to life. In this place, you can register for kinds of handicrafts lessons. Not only for jewelry making, you can also learn about the making of leatherworks, metal, and woodworking, bookbinding techniques, indigo batik techniques, even vertical garden farming. They also provide seminars about social branding occasionally.
10 | Make Your Signature Latte at ABCD School of Coffee
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Located in Menteng, Central Jakarta, this coffee school will give you so much information about the coffee itself. Started with appreciation about the coffee origins and history, to its agriculture, brewing cupping, and definitive espresso. If you have no experience in the coffee industry, you can join their beginner class. The class is also popular among those who plan to be in the coffee business and students who wish to work as part-time baristas while studying abroad.
11 | Choose What to Master at Mau Belajar Apa
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MauBelajarApa.com is an online marketplace platform which allows learners to search & register for offline vocational classes or workshops published by educators. Established in 2015, this site now has evolved to become the largest workshop marketplace in Indonesia. Some of their most popular class categories are Watercolor, Calligraphy, Digital Marketing and Fashion. Partnering with more than 100 educators, more than 1,000 different workshops annually, serving more than 20,000 students, pretty sure this site will teach you a lot!
With all those references about some things to do in Jakarta, you will not need to worry about how you will spend your weekends. These joyful sites will give you fun times as well as educate you about the things u want to know about Jakarta. So, what are you waiting for? Come to these places and enjoy your time learning new things!
Whichever place you choose to learn new skills in Jakarta, it is also important to prioritize CHSE health protocols. This means wearing your mask, keeping your distance, and washing your hands.
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