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Activities: Royal Selangor Pewter – School of Hard Knocks

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:

Address: 4, Jalan Ushawan 6, Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, 53300, Malaysia.
Telephone: +603-4145-6000
Fax: +603-4022-3000
(How to get there)

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.”


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

9 thoughts on “Activities: Royal Selangor Pewter – School of Hard Knocks

  1. Hi Parents,

    Appreciate if any parents have ideas of where to find astronomy /star gazing club for young children in Klang Valley ?


  2. Hi Shenli,

    Thanks. I stumbled this site before, activity had already past due, V had no interest to read because all instructions were in Chinese, difficult to engage her interest with different language especially with terms that she knew in English instead.

    Do you have any biological metal microscope to recommend for young children, that perhaps completes with up to 1000 magnifications with various functions ? If yes, where do you get it and its flexibility to use ? Which brand ? As well as telescope for young children ?


  3. FZ – check out Toys ‘R’ Us. EduScience sells functional toy telescopes. There were three different magnifications depending on which model – 800, 1000 and 1600, I think. I can’t remember exactly. I saw them at Hartamas Toys ‘R’ Us, but I’m sure most of them will have it.


  4. Thanks fro your reference…. Only skeptical when I read the word “toy”, that said, at least I have an option open. Had checked also other website this year round, some with big sale and high function, the setback was on delivery as well as warranty issues…….

    I recalled buying one gemstone magnifier with multiple functions from Germany, paid through the nose, the silly thing was it stopped function the moment stepping into Malaysia due to warmer climate back here, the same happened to barometer from New Zealand….so now both have become an eyesore-antique in my house.

    So, still finding good source, otherwise my life partner is likely to cut my credit card soon……… Hopefully can find one good local supplier with reasonable good price, higher function and excellent after sale service…. once get it, will leave my comment here.


  5. Hi Shen Li,
    Children under 6 need an adult accompany (school of hard knock), so do the adult need to pay another RM60?


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