Indonesian Independence Day for Kids at Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta

Are you looking for a place to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day with your kids on the 17th of August? I took my daughter to Shangri-La’s annual celebration in Jakarta last year and we both had SO much fun! Considering all the food and activities it included, it was such a steal, too! We’ll probably head back to Shangri-La the next time we’re in Indonesia for “Agustusan.”

Cost: 100,000 IDR/child*
Date: August 17, 2016
Time: 11am-2pm
* around 7.50 USD as of this writing



Pony Ride

The cost of admission included a pony ride.



The kids were given flags and paraded around the hotel lobby.

Arts & Crafts

Materials for the kids to make necklaces and bracelets were provided.


Bouncy House

Soft Play Area for Crawlers


There was also an area for kids to play the traditional “congkak” – a game similar to Mancala, but typically with shells.


Cracker Eating

The first person to finish the cracker without touching it wins. This cracker wasn’t quite the right height for Zee, but she made it nearly 5 minutes without touching!

Pencil in the Bottle

Usually, they tie a pencil to each child’s waist, and whomever gets the pencil in the bottle first wins. In this case, everyone who successfully got the pen in was a winner. And Zee “won!”

There were also a few other games that we did not participate in.


Kue Cubit or “Pinched Cake,” a thick, round, pancake-like cake with chocolate sprinkles in the middle that I personally tend to prefer slightly undercooked.

Kue Ape, another pancake-like cake with a soft and fluffy center surrounded by a thin and crispy crepe-like ring, commonly found as a popular street food in Indonesia.

Martabak Mini Tipker [Tipis Kering], a thin, crunchy, and much lighter version of the possible causes of many cardiac arrests – martabak. The classic martabak a butter or margarine soaked pan-fried cake-like snack that is traditionally found stuffed with chocolate sprinkles, cheese, or a combination of both. These days you can find specialty martabak places that offer Toblerone, red velvet, Nutella, and other combinations.

Rambut Nenek or “Grandma’s Hair” is what happens when cotton candy and taffy mates.

This is what it looks like:

Below is a picture of a traditional cart that served Batagor, fried fish dumplings that can be found throughout Indonesia and is often enjoyed with “kecap manis,” a sweet soy sauce, and peanut sauce. Also, Kerak Telor, a Betawi traditional spicy omelette dish made from sticky rice cooked with egg and served with serundeng, fried shallots and dried shrimp.

Siomay, a steamed dumpling similar to the Chinese version of shumai you might find at a dim sum restaurant but with thicker shell and served with peanut sauce in Indonesia + Gorengan or “Fried Foods,” are both very popular. It’s rare to go through more than a week without seeing either of these on the dining table at home.

Obviously, there were a lot of food options. All for 100,000! That’s cheaper than you’d pay if you ACTUALLY bought all this food in the street.

We ended our day with … yep, you guessed it, more food. We had a fabulous and satisfying meal at one of my favorite Jakarta buffets; Satoo. MERDEKA!

For more information, contact:
Shangri-La Jakarta
Kota BNI
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 1
Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Phone: +62 21 29229999


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