Yogyakarta is known as an education city in Indonesia, with all levels of education from preschool all the way up to university. The special things about Yogyakarta as an education city is that Yogyakarta still maintains its cultural wealth and has an environment conducive to studying and learning. One place that supports kids by creating a pleasant and enjoyable learning environment is Taman Pintar (in English it can be translated to Smart Park).
Located at Panembahan Senopati street 1-3, near the well-known hangout place Malioboro, Taman Pintar was first built in 2004 with the motto “educating and fun.” To get to the destination, you can either take a taxi, becak (pedicab) or delman (wagon or dogcart) from Yogyakarta’s train station through Malioboro street, Bringharjo Market and passing the Vredeburg Fort.
Taman Pintar has several buildings full of educational displays to teach visitors about science, culture and Indonesian history. Read on to learn the must-visit attractions within Taman Pintar.
Playground that’s full of simple scientific tools
Several interesting and educational games can be found in the outdoor Playground Arena. In the middle of the playground, you can find Dancing Water, which is a splash pad. Around the playground, there are Whispering Parabolic Dishes (distanced twin parabolic dishes that you can talk into and hear your friend at other parabolic dish), Singing Walls (a blue wall with various sized drums on it and when you hit the drum, you can hear a different tone), Storytelling Pipe (you can speak through one end and someone on the other side can hear it), Spectrum Color Disc, My Beautiful Craft Village, Tree House, Shaking Bridge, and many more.
Enter the building to learn more about science
Admission for the indoor exhibits is 20,000 IDR (approximately 1.5 USD) for adults and 15,000 IDR (approximately 1.13 USD) for students. After buying a ticket, you can walk through an underwater tunnel where you can see various kinds of fishes. At the end of tunnel, you can hear the roaring of dinosaurs, welcoming you to the dome area.
Leaving the dome area, you enter a huge room and walk through a swirling path with pictures of famous scientists from all over the world as you walk up to the second floor.
In the next room, there are simple technologies such as, a Van de Graaff generator, water tracks, automatic fire, flood detector, tsunami detector, electrical display among others.
Join the creativity program to learn about Indonesian handicrafts & other workshops
Taman Pintar not only provides information about science, but also offers creativity workshops for kids to learn more about Indonesian culture through activities such as batik and pottery making. Workshops teaching shirt painting, pottery painting, broadcast or robotics are also popular. Activities cost between 5,000 IDR (approximately 0.38 USD) to 13,000 IDR (approximately 0.98 USD).
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Learning science the easy way at Taman Pintar, Yogyakarta
Taman Pintar is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 AM until 4 PM. In addition to the entrance ticket, there are several attractions, such as the Planetarium or 4D movies, that require additional fees. You can finish your journey in the food court or stop by the bookstores near Taman Pintar’s exit. These bookstores provide textbooks with up to 35% discount and are most popular among college students. You will have an exciting experience when you visit Taman Pintar!
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