“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man”  ― T.S. Eliot

Today when we’re constantly surrounded by a whirlwind of digital noise and social media frenzy, retreating to a book, a tangible book made of ink and paper that is, seems to serve beyond educating oneself but also a therapy to the mind. Even more so for the young minds. How about taking your kids to a fun and educational activities this weekend? Here are some kids friendly libraries in Jakarta that you can start with.

1. The Learning Castle

Photo: thelearningcastle.co.id

The Learning Castle is a pre-school that also has a library that offers a fun time for your kids while reading their big collection of book. The place is as cozy as home, with comfortable couches, bean bags, and grass mat. The bookshelves are designed uniquely to make the kids more interested grabbing the book from them. And what makes reading more fun here is there are costumes your kids can wear. They can have a simple play with those costumes based on the book they read. Price: Rp 20.000/person for 2 hours.

Jl. Kerinci Raya III No. 9, Gunung, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Phone: +6221- 7221584
WA: 0877 81392763
IG: @thelearningcastle_readingisfun

2. Jakarta Public Library at Cikini

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The library is provided by the government, so no charge needed. This place also has big collection of book with a spacious and comfortable area for the kids. Best part of Jakarta Public Library is the mini playground corner, so there would be no boring time in the library.

Taman Ismail Marzuki
Jl.Cikini Raya No. 73, Menteng Jakarta
Phone: +6221-31928107
Hours: 9am-10pm, Monday-Sunday

3. Rimba Baca

Photo: Rimba Baca Facebook

Even though the place is not big, Rimba Baca is still a cozy and comfortable place to read with your kids. Combined with supporting facilities such as computers, snack corner and activities corner that make reading even more fun and enjoyable. The place also offers good collection of book and other educational activities, such as making simple craft and art.

Jl. RSPP No. 21B, Cilandak, Jakarta
Phone: +6221-7664517
FB: rimbabaca

4. National Library

This library is the newest and the biggest in Indonesia, towering high at 27 floors. On the 7th floor, you can find an area dedicated for kids. The collection is not yet the biggest, but we’re hoping for more books coming in the future and this expansive library still makes a great option for an alternative family excursion. Entrance is free for all but to borrow a book home, you will need to make a membership card that is very fast and easy to make but limited to Indonesian citizens.

Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan 11 Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone: (021) 3154864
Hours: Mon – Sat: 08:30 – 16:00 Sun: CLOSED