|Relax and Have Fun|
Once you have settled in to the regular activities of your new life in Jakarta, you will also be wondering how to fill in your leisure time. There is quite a variety of recreation and sports activities available in Jakarta that will appeal to all the family.
Most expatriate homes have their own swimming pool and housing complexes and apartments often have other facilities such as fitness centers, tennis courts, etc. Sometimes it's nice to go out for a change of atmosphere and to socialize, and the ideal place is one of the family oriented sports clubs.
International Sports Club of Indonesia or ISCI (749 0540, www.isci-jakarta.com) is a long established club located on the southwest outskirts of the city at Ciputat. Its spacious grounds provide plenty of space for a jogging track and sports including soccer, rugby, cricket, hockey, basketball, tennis, squash, and badminton. The open-air restaurant in the clubhouse overlooks the large swimming pool, children’s pool and nearby children’s playground.
The American Club (726 4560, http://amclubjakarta.org) is very popular and centrally located in Kebayoran Baru. Membership is open to Americans and limited numbers of some other nationalities. The facilities include an open-air restaurant and air-conditioned bar/restaurant, teen recreation room, children’s playroom, a very well equipped fitness center, large swimming pool and small pool and play area for young children, as well as basketball, squash and tennis courts. The club offers a variety of classes and activities and monthly celebrations of special events.
Bimasena Club (725 8668, www.the-dharmawangsa.com/bimasenaclub) associated with the Mines and Energy Society is an exclusive private club in the Dharmawangsa Hotel complex with a luxurious spa, swimming pool, fitness center and squash court, and private dining room and lounge.
A wonderful place to relax and pamper oneself! Other private clubs in Jakarta include The Executive Club Jakarta (570 7111, www.theexecutiveclub-jakarta.com) and Mercantile Athletic Club (521 1320, http://web.macjakarta.com).
Another popular venue for tennis and squash is Club 25 (799 6131) in Kemang. Cilandak Sports Center (750 1960, 750 3075), behind Cilandak Town Square, has two swimming pools as well as tennis courts and a fitness center, and Kemang Sports Center (799 5839) in the Loka Indah housing complex has a golf driving range in addition to tennis courts and swimming pool. Tennis, golf and swimming lessons are available for children and adults.
For family fun outings here are a few suggestions:
- 10 pin bowling at Millenium Bowling Alley (5790 0151, www.senayanbowling.com) in Plaza Senayan with 30 lanes, Spin City in Plaza Indonesia Entertainment X’nter with 22 lanes or Star Lane Bowling Center (7278 0408) in Pasaraya Grande Theater building with 20 lanes.
- Go-carting at Speedy Karting (7918 4674) in Jl. Gatot Subroto, Pancoran.
- Paintball at Bogor Paintballing (867 3234) or Combat Battle Fields (8794 3864) both located in Citeureup, Bogor, or Patriot Paintball Sport (539 7777, 5312 2525) at Alam Sutra housing complex in Serpong.
- Mini golf at Putt-Putt in Senayan (573 4973, 573 2409).
- Horse riding at Athena Stables (921 7795/97, 779 3462) in the countryside south of the city at Sawangan or at Jakarta Perkumpulan Equestrian Centre (JPEC) (8796 1569) at Sentul on the road to Bogor.
- Ice skating at Skyrink (564 2888, www.skyrinkjakarta.com) in Taman Anggrek Mall.
There are several water parks where children can enjoy swimming in various kinds of pools with water slides, etc. The most conveniently located is Pondok Indah Water Park (750 6750) adjacent to Pondok Indah Mall, and it’s also worth going out to Lippo Cikarang in Bekasi, to spend a day at Water Boom (8990 7814, www.waterboomlippocikarang.com), a beautifully landscaped park. Waterbom Jakarta is a huge water recreational facility in the northern part of the city at Pantai Indah Kapuk which is easily accessible from the toll road (5596 6666, www.waterbom.com). Located at Bumi Serpong Damai, southwest of Jakarta, Ocean Park Water Adventure claims to be the largest water park in Southeast Asia and features a huge wave pool, a 500-meter-long lazy river and a pirate ship for children to play in (www.bsdcity.com).
Young children can enjoy fun outdoors at The Playground (719 6962), a clean and well-maintained little park in Kemang Dalam with modern play equipment including a flying fox and a water play area. There is also a tennis court here where children can have lessons. Not far away in Kemang Timur is another playground that is suitable for slightly older kids, Prefere 72 Playground (9827 0825, www.prefere72.com).
Jakarta also has numerous indoor play centers for children:
- Bondies (7884 7437) – a large café and lounge area with a library as well as a play area and kids’ craft activities. Located in Jalan Ampera, Kemang.
- Circuz Party and Play (7592 0540) – a small play center inside Pondok Indah Mall 2.
- Citaku (8792 3970) – a little ways out of town at Bellanova Country Mall, Sentul City, Bogor, this playground has a large ball pit for the little ones to play in.
- Fun Place (5793 2007) – in STC Senayan offers a large soft-play area for babies and toddlers with a ball pit and a little book area. There is also Little Tikes play equipment, a drum kit, basketball hoops and other ball games.
- Jungle Jump (4585 3835) – an indoor play center for children aged 4 through 12 created to look like a jungle. You can find it at Mall 3 Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta.
- Kidsport (751 2403, 766 5028, 766 5029) – conveniently located at Pondok Indah Golf & Country Club, this is a great center for children’s activities on three levels and features the Adventure Challenge area with soft play toys, a café at the second level and on the top floor the Wee Village for little ones with a small ball pool, slides, playhouses and rideon toys.
- Kidzania (515 4888, www.kidzania.co.id) – this unique combination of entertainment and education for kids aged 4 to 16 in Pacific Place Shopping Mall is a kid-sized replica of a real city, with buildings, shops and vehicles going around the streets. Children role play various professions and occupations.
- Lollipop’s Playland & Café (7278 1639, www.indonesia.lollipopsplayland.com) - a large, multi-level indoor adventure playground franchised from Australia and New Zealand, designed to be a safe, secure and fun center where kids can have hours of fun playing while parents relax over a cup of coffee and snack from the on-site cafe.
- My Playmall (7278 1501, www.myplaymall.com) – another play center in Senayan, this time in Senayan City Mall, with a second location in Mall of Indonesia, Kelapa Gading. Here you will find a large play area with fun equipment and toys. The center offers an early childhood educational program for children aged 18 months to 5 years as well as after-school activities.
- Tamani Kids Adventure Land (719 8077) – this popular venue above Tamani Kafe in Jl. Kemang Raya, has soft tunnels and slides that will keep children happy and entertained for an unlimited time. The cost includes an ice-cream at the end of the play session.
To learn a little more about Indonesia as a whole it's well worth a visit to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah or the Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (840 9210, 840 9214, 840 9270, www.tamanmini.com), however it's advisable to go on a weekday as Sundays in particular can be extremely crowded. The park features full size replicas of traditional houses from all parts of the Indonesian archipelago with displays of clothing, arts and handicrafts, numerous museums with different themes, an IMAX theater, aviary, orchid garden, a man-made lake with the islands of Indonesia, as well as a monorail and cable cars.
In Central Jakarta there is a planetarium (230 5147, http://planetarium.jakarta.go.id) with shows once a day on Tuesdays to Fridays and 4 times a day on weekends and national holidays. A presentation in English can be arranged in advance.
The Ragunan Zoo (780 5280, 780 6975, www.jakarta.go.id/ragunan/zoo.htm) in South Jakarta not far from popular expatriate residential areas is home to over 260 species from Indonesia and throughout the world and is set in over 135 hectares of parklands. This is a relatively green and shady place where you can enjoy walking or cycling and a picnic lunch. Once again it's best to avoid Sundays and public holidays. The Schmutzer Primate Center located within the zoo is well worth a visit to see the collection of gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, gibbons, monkeys and macaques.
Taman Impian Jaya Ancol or Ancol Dreamland (www.ancol.com) is a huge oceanfront recreational facility in North Jakarta featuring a water park, a marina for boating, a golf course, as well as the following theme parks and attractions:
- Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World) – rides include roller coasters, bumper cars, flume ride, carousel, boat ride, etc.
- Gelanggang Samudra (Oceanarium) – variety animal show, birds and orang utan show, sea lion show, dolphin show, as well as a boat ride through tropical gardens.
- Sea World – large tanks with all sorts of sea creatures, touching pool with starfish, anemones, etc. and walk-through underwater tunnel where you are surrounded by sharks, turtles, manta rays and all sorts of marine life.
- Pasar Seni (Art Market) – Art objects and handicrafts from thoughout the country, cultural events and performances.
Widayanto Ceramic House (775 7685/86, www.fwidayanto.com/fwidayanto/rtb.htm) is a nice place to visit for a family outing. The Javanese style house and studio of ceramic artist F. Widayanto is open to the public on weekends or on weekdays by appointment. The house with it's pleasant garden is located on the southern outskirts of the city in Depok. You and your children can have fun and express your creativity by making something from the clay and glaze provided, and your items will be ready to collect in two weeks after firing.
Ceramic making, as well as kite making and decorating, is also available at the Museum Layang-layang (Kite Museum) (765 8075, 7590 4863, www.museum-layang.com) in Pondok Labu. The small museum displays all kinds of traditional and modern Indonesian kites.
Many shopping centers and malls have indoor recreation facilities such as rides and arcade games, as well as multiplex cinemas. Many of the latest movies are screened in Jakarta not too long after their international release, with English soundtracks and Indonesian subtitles. Most cinemas belong to the Cinema 21 chain and movie schedules can be found at the website www.21cineplex.com that gives a complete listing of theatres, movies and playing times. Blitzmegaplex has 4 cinemas in Jakarta with details shown at www.blitzmegaplex.com. There is also a diamond class theater seating 24, and 5 gold class studios seating up to 236 in the MPX Grande multiplex at Pasaraya Grande, 10th Floor Parking Building (726 4679).
There are also many attractive art galleries and interesting museums in Jakarta and cultural performances are held regularly at Taman Ismail Marzuki and Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, the city's main fine arts center. Local and foreign performances are held here, including ballet, theatre, symphony orchestras and choirs, chamber music and the traditional Indonesian Wayang Orang, among others. A monthly schedule is available by subscription, or at various community centers.
It can also be very enjoyable to spend your leisure time exploring some of the older parts of the city. One of the most interesting places to visit is Sunda Kelapa Harbor with its fleet of pinisi sailing boats, the old Dutch lookout tower and Maritime Museum in a former Dutch East Indies company warehouse, Pasar Ikan or the fish market and nearby Fatahillah Square where you can enjoy lunch at the Batavia Restaurant.
There certainly is something for everyone right here in Jakarta! Next month we’ll explore some of the possibilities for weekend getaways and holiday destinations within easy reach of the city.
Provided by: Colliers International