I took Gavin to the Royal Selangor Pewter School of Hard Knocks today. When Gavin was nearly 2, my MIL and I took him for a tour of the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory. It was always my intention to take him back to the School of Hard Knocks when he was old enough. Somewhere along the way, it got forgotten and we never went back there until today.
The School of Hard Knocks is located within the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory. Here are the details:
The Royal Selangor Visitor Center is open 9am to 5pm daily. Entry is free and you can also request a guided tour. At the School of Hard Knocks, you can learn how to make a pewter bowl with your name engraved from a sheet of pewter. The class is 20 minutes and costs RM60. You get to take home your bowl, an apron, and a certificate. You need to call a day in advance to make a booking for the School of Hard Knocks. If you want your own private class, you need a mininum of 5 pax. The minimum age is 3 years old and children under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
This is Gavin’s bowl…
…with name engraved,
…and certificate of authentification:
Gavin was pretty excited about going but all his enthusiasm faded as soon as he discovered how noisy the class was with all the hammering and banging. Halfway through the class he wanted to leave so I ended up polishing up his bowl for him. Regrettably, I think I enjoyed the class a lot more than he did. When asked, he said it was “no good” so I don’t think he will be going back in a hurry.
In retrospect, I should have brought along some ear plugs for him. I’m not sure if it would have helped, but perhaps he would not have protested quite as much.
Halfway through the class, he needed to use the restroom. While I was taking him to the toilet, he said, “The noise is driving me crazy!”
Oh well, at least now he can say: “Been there, done that.”
The original idea for letting Gavin trial a variety of classes was so that he could:
- broaden his experiences
- add some variety in his daily routine (while he was on extended school holidays)
- discover his passion
The intention is to let him sign up for the one class that he enjoyed most out of all the trial classes he attended. Secondly, even if he decides he doesn’t like these activities now, he may come to enjoy them later in life when he encounters them again. Thirdly, it might also help him open up to the idea of trying new things.
If you would like to follow us on this journey, this is the list of extra-curricular activities that have been planned so far (click the links to read about the activities we have tried so far; more links will be added as we get through the list):
- Gymnastics (alternative Gym class with Adventure Maze)
- Rock Climbing
- Metalwork – Royal Selangor Pewter School of Hard Knocks
- CT Workshop
- Speech and Drama
If you know of any other activities that might be fun for a child to experience, please leave a comment – thank you!
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