There is an abundance of amazing classes on offer for the 3 and above age group, the problem is there is no central hub where they offer multiple activities. Therefore be prepared to taxi your children around and if you have multiple children wanting different activities…good luck in the traffic!
T&T TIP: Pack lots of snacks for the car journeys, or even take a packed supper or lunch, so if traffic is a nightmare at least the little one has been fed and is one less thing to deal with when you get home.
2nd floor, Business Machines Building, 1 Lake Crescent, Colombo 02 | 011 4 363632
A very welcome addition to the Colombo scene, Little Gym is very professional, has high standards and offer well planned classes. They have classes catering to a wide range of ages; from teeny weeny bubs (4 months) up to 12 year olds. They offer gymnastics, dance and karate. T&T love their classes and their ethos, keep it up.
Opening Hours: Ages 8-12; 4pm-4.45pm (on Tuesday &Thursdays) Ages 13-18: 8.30-9.30am (Sundays) | 50/14 Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo 02 | 011 230 0927
They are not only smashing fitness for grown-ups; they’ve got a fantastic class for kids from 8 years and above. They set up obstacle courses and other games to teach children the fundamentals of movement in a fun and active way. This is brilliant for the teenager, a focused activity which promotes healthy exercise.
TAFA is a highly professional set up with internationally qualified coaches. It gives primary-school aged children the chance to play competitively and to make new friends from outside their school. There are two classes a week and they are held at the Racecourse, which is an equally lovely environment for parents to spectate and socialize in.
[email protected] to find out about available spaces, training session times for your child’s age group, or organizing a trial visit.
30/1 Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha, Gorakapitya, Piliyandala | 076 447 7788
For horses and riding, we love the Ceylon Riding Club; they are about 45 minutes away from Colombo, towards Piliyandala. They have excellent teachers, we particularly love Tek, and they often have international visiting teachers too, which always keeps it fresh. They offer horse riding packages, which are reasonably priced once you look at what they include. They also have pony clubs. Ineke, the founder, is so passionate about sharing her love of horses, and has created a gorgeous environment to teach adults and children.
63, Robert Gunawardena Mawathe, Kirulapona, Colombo 05 |077 720 6228 | 077 572 8286
If your child is looking like the next great engineer or innovator, then this is where you want to go. It is a great maker space with inspiring teachers and fun learning. There isn’t a huge amount of parking but all is forgiven.
141/6A Vauxhall St, Colombo 02 | 0112 314 601
Music Matters is not the prettiest of places, but don’t let that put you off; they’ve got young and dynamic teachers and your child can explore music while trying out lots of different instruments. They also teach adults, which is great if you’re interested in exploring music too.
Maithree Mawatha, Walgama, Gammanpila, Bandaragama | 077 055 5577
This one’s a bit out of Colombo and is in Bandaragama, which is about an hour away. It does brilliantly for a day trip with the whole family. They have a huge 1216m racing track and a 171m kids’ track. Both tracks are designed to international specifications. They’ve also got other things like a pool, to cool down after your laps, and a rifle shooting range. There’s a decent restaurant with a kid-friendly menu too. This place is super clean, very professional and about an hour away from Colombo. It’s also excellent for team building and corporate events.
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 6pm (they close at 4pm on Sundays) | 245c Galle Road, Colombo 05 | 0117 446 609
BIY Lanka has a fantastic studio behind their baking equipment store, where they hold classes on most Saturday afternoons (always check Facebook or Instagram account) for classes. They recently did a workshop for children of 11 years and over, where they learned how to make mac n cheese, chicken cordon bleu and brownies. Yummy! They also do more simple classes for younger children. We really recommend them. It’s run by a very passionate and lovely lady called Aqeelah.
49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 03 |0117521521
This is a brilliant place to take the children. They have a fabulous selection of books and DVDs. There’s something very special about taking your children to the library and letting them select what they want. Their annual membership fees are very reasonable.There are other branches of the library in Orion city IT Park(Colombo),Kandy and Jaffna.
14. Ballet & Dancing
There is a small selection of dancing schools to choose from: Jittabugs , The Dance Lab , the Russian Cultural Center , Deanna School of Dance . They are all good in their own way, it depends what you want you child to get out of it. Jittabugs is geared toward much younger children and the others are for children from 3/4 years old and go all the way up to professional exams.