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Family Fun Learning and Recreation in the New Normal Era

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Our recommendations ranging from aquarium conservation, historical museum, animal conservation, and Dreamland Park.

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In the midst of this COVID19 global pandemic, we are obliged to adapt to a new normal where even travelling has become a new experience for families all over the world. Due to various restrictions, people are mainly travelling locally, within their own country. But, with social and physical distancing rules being applied, visitor capacities for attractions are limited.

it is therefore a challenge for families, especially with small children, to choose safe and healthy trips. With this in mind, here are some recommendations:


Jakarta Aquarium

The Jakarta Aquarium offers a wide range of activities for families. This in-door aquarium and conservation specialist provides a wonderful ‘touch and feed them’ experience where people of all ages have the ability to interact with the some of the animals. And worry not because the Jakarta Aquarium applies and consistently implements the physical distancing and standard health protocols that ensure your family is safe.

The Jakarta Aquarium is the largest in-door aquarium and conservation unit under the award-winning Taman Safari Indonesia Group. As well as the aquatic specimens, other new animals to be introduced at the Jakarta Aquarium include the African serval cat, the tamarin – a primate from South America, the Australian wallaby which belongs to the same family as kangaroos. We highly recommend that you come and enjoy meeting these and many of the other unique aquatic and non-aquatic creatures that make up more than 3000 species on display.

To make things easier, you can book your ticket prior to the visit since the aquarium is applying a 50% visitor capacity. To ensure the optimum experience for their customers, the aquarium is also offering a ‘private journey’. You can even choose to ‘buy now come later’ with 30% off of a premium ticket.

Info: [email protected]


Taman Safari Bogor

Taman Safari Bogor, the conservation landmark located in Cisarua, West Java, makes for an easy road trip. Situated between Jakarta and Bandung, it covers an area of 170 hectares and houses a collection of 2,500 animals.

Opening to the public for the first time in 1986, the success of Taman Safari Bogor then led to other centres being opened at Prigen in East Java, Gianyar in Bali and the dolphin conservation base at Pekalongan, Central Java and they are now deservedly renowned as places of recreation, education and conservation for everyone.

Adapting to the new normal health and safety protocols, Taman Safari Bogor has reopened and operating at 50% of visitor capacity and ticketing opening hours from 08.30 a.m. – 04.00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets  online through Taman Safari Bogor’s official website.

 On arrival, visitors have to go through several procedures such as a body temperature check, disinfectant spray for vehicles, and must wear a mask at all times. All public areas have been provided with physical distancing lines, hand washing and hand sanitizing spots to ensure safety for all visitors.  

Info: tamansafaribogor.com


The National Museum of Indonesia

The National Museum of Indonesia is located on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat and following the government’s Large-Scale Social Restrictions it reopened in June 2020. The current opening hours are from Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. while Saturday, Sunday and public holidays are closed to the public. Visitor numbers are restricted with maximum of 250 people and visit duration time of no more than 90 minutes. Standard health and safety protocols are implemented consistently plus all exhibits are disinfected and the museum’s staff are regularly tested for COVID-19.

The National Museum of Indonesia is approaching its 241st anniversary and it has undergone some significant revamp projects. These include building construction, adding to the artefact collections and other technical supporting programs. The museum’s long history and background means that the artefact collections are generally those related to the lives of the Dutch or Europeans who resided in Indonesia. Built in 1862 with the original name Koningsplein West and first opened to the public in 1868, in 1871 King Chulalongkorn, or Rama the 5th of Thailand, visited the museum and presented the bronze elephant statue which stands to this day. As of August 2019, the museum has around 183,000 collections that have been registered and categorised into prehistoric, classic Hindu-Buddha archaeology, numismatic and heraldic, ceramic, ethnography, geography, and history, and is divided into 2 buildings – Building A is the original building where Hindu-Buddha Stone Statues are showcased and Building B, which was officially opened in 2007 by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, is for exhibition rooms, storages, library and offices.

Info: museumnasional.or.id


Taman Impian Jaya Ancol

The all-time favorite recreation destination, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland Park) in North Jakarta has also been reopened to the public since June 2020. As you would expect, the Ancol management has been applying health and safety protocols for the amusement park and tourism complexes within its grounds and entry tickets can only be purchased online via the official website. Visitors need to choose which recreation units to visit and the date of visit which is then based on allotment and availability. If the quota has already been exceeded, visitors will need to choose other date on which to visit. For Annual Pass purchases, this can be done through online travel agents with reservations 2 days prior to your visit.

Other strict protocols being applied include the wearing of face masks in public areas. Pregnant women, and children below 9 years old are not allowed within the Ancol grounds. Visitors must also have a valid KTP (ID Card) for DKI Jakarta. Guests are expected to practice all ethical cultural behaviours such as when coughing or sneezing to cover the mouth, dispose of trash in the bins provided, frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizers, avoid touching one’s face, and always maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 – 2 meters from other people.

Considering that beach activities are beneficial to maintaining health, visitors over 60 years old are allowed to visit and excercise in the beach area, Pasar Seni (the Art Market) and in the green open space of the Allianz Ecopark from 6.00 to 10.00 a.m. Meanwhile, children of 9 years and over and adults up to 60 years old can enjoy attractions as normal according to each area’s operational hours.

Some adjustments have also been made for access. During weekdays, visitors can enter through the East Gate and transjakarta (busway), on weekends visitors can use the West, East and Transjakarta (busway) gates.

Info: korporat.ancol.com