10 Things To Do With Kids

Favourite Things to Do with the little ones

Spending some time in Kuala Lumpur and wondering what you are going to do with the kids? We’ve picked our top 10 favourite things to do with the little ones when we’re in KL, offering you the choice to stay in air-conditioned comfort or to don your sunglasses, apply some sunscreen and make it an outdoor day.

Our guide is a great source of information and ideas for families with kids between the ages of three and 18 and most of our choices are fully-interactive, making them perfect for active kids. Some of these activities like SkyTrex and G Force X at Sunway Lagoon, are quite physically demanding and require nerves of steel, but they are sure to be a hit with your teens, or you could stick to milder activities like i-City and Aquaria KLCC for families with tots.

1. Aquaria KLCC

Located on the concourse level of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the 5000sqft Aquaria KLCC is the world’s largest aquarium: home to over 150 species of marine life, its star attractions include scary tiger sharks, lethal sea snakes, blue rays, bright coral fish, seahorses and more.

This well-stocked aquarium is just begging to be explored, and after a few hours here you'll have seen over 5,000 freshwater and marine creatures, including massive arapaimas, giant groupers, gar fish and more. Some people write it off as a tourist trap, but they’re sorely missing out – beyond the big tanks, with gallons of water, filled with necklaces of kelp, coral and mysterious and sometimes menacing sea creatures, is one of the country’s foremost sightseeing attractions with real depth and complexity. Read More...

2. Sunway Lagoon

There are few more fun ways to spend a day than cooling down at Sunway Lagoon. Though Cosmo’s World Theme Park in Berjaya Times Square has a more convenient location in the heart of the city, Sunway Lagoon has tons more attractions, including a sprawling water park.

Located in Petaling Jaya (about 15km southwest of KL), the list of fun attractions at the 80-acre park is extensive and includes water slides that whirl and twirl, a manmade ‘river’ ride, surf beach, wave pool, 360° revolving pirate ship and much more. Built on the site of a former tin mine and quarry, when it first opened the highlights of this multi-zone theme park were its water slides and the world’s largest manmade surf beach. These days, it has expanded and encompasses a total of five different zones – the Water Park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park (where you can interact with over 90 species of animals, including civets, gibbons, hornbills and more). Read More...

 

3. KidZania Kuala Lumpur

An edutainment centre that is designed to prepare kids for the workplace, Kidzania is a pretty fun place for kids who love to role play. It looks a lot like a mini-city, with child-sized replicas of office buildings and cars. Kids get to take turns ‘working’ in over 90 different types of jobs, including pretending to be a surgeon, pilot, secret agent, lawyer, news anchor and fire fighter.

We especially loved the News Straits Times Press office, where kiddies are given the task of roaming the ‘city’ to find news to write and publish or deliver copies of the paper around the city or collect them for recycling. Little girls will particularly love Chika's Locker Fashion Boutique where they’ll get the chance to pose and model on a fashion parade catwalk. Kids earn KidZos (Kidzania’s money-equivalent) and they can spend it in the gift shop later on. Read More...

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00 Sunday – Wednesday; 09:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 10:00 – 23:00 Friday & Saturday
Address: Curve NX, 18 Jalan PJU 7/5, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +1300 88 KIDZ (5439)

4. Skytrex Adventure

An educational adventure activity for all ages, Skytrex Adventure is a tree canopy tour which sees you zipping through the forest on flying fox ziplines (over two lakes), balancing on tree logs high in the air and taking in the views of the forest canopy from platforms nestled in the trees.  

Taking place in the Shah Alam National Agricultural Park, it is a great way to get your blood pumping and also test your balance and strength. There are 15 challenges on offer (with different degrees of difficulty) and the Little Adventure is perfect for kids. There is a minimum height requirement of 1.1m and your little ones will love this safe, fun and fully-guided escapade. No experience is necessary and prices for the Little Adventure start at just RM35. Read More...

Address: Jalan Liku 8/1, Seksyen 8, Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
Tel: +6013 276 9841

5. Cosmo’s World Theme Park

If you don’t want to head all the way to Petaling Jaya for the watery attractions at Sunway Lagoon, then keep boredom at bay with a visit to the city’s largest indoor theme park – Cosmo’s World. Found in Berjaya Times Square shopping centre, it is laid out in classic amusement park style and divided into two zones: one for adults and one for kids. If you are in the mood for a hair-raising roller coaster experience, then thrilling rides such as the Supersonic Odyssey and DNA Mixer come highly recommended. Read More...

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 22:00 Monday-Friday; 11:00 – 22:00 Saturday, Sunday, eve of public holidays, public holidays and school holidays
Address: Berjaya Times Square mall, 1 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2117 3118 or +603 2117 3114 or +603 2117 3145

6. i-City

Known as the City of Digital Lights, i-City is a theme park in Shah Alam best known for its nightly colourful display of LED-lit attractions. A family-friendly place, it is home to a range of exciting activities such as a water park, 3-D museum and snow park. Popular with shutterbugs, one of its major highlights is a ‘forest’ of artificial maple and pine trees with branches of millions of LED lights.   

A real crowd pleaser, it has a funfair-like atmosphere with a Ferris Wheel, a two-tiered carousel, booths set up where you can play carnival-esque games (and win stuffed toys), plus stalls selling candy floss and other snacks. Besides the ‘forest’, other displays at the park include quirky, plastic figures such as peacocks, flamingos, giraffes and swans fitted with LED lights. Read More...

7. KLCC Park

Since we love freebies as much as the next person, we decided that this listing had to go into our guide. The perfect way to get back to Nature, this 50-acre green lung (located just beside Suria KLCC mall) is a great place to take a walk: there’s a 1.3km jogging track that runs past the park’s 1,900 indigenous trees. Or let the kids run wild in the kiddie pool and the huge playground that is sure to supply them with hours of rampant fun. Alternatively you could pack a hat, bring a picnic basket and grab some asphalt beside the Symphony Lake. At noon and during the early evening, there is a synchronised water show that lasts about 20 minutes – it’s pretty spectacular!

8. Megakidz

Megakidz is an edutainment centre perfect for kids aged one to 16. Located in Mid Valley Megamall on the third floor, the entrance fee is reasonable (two adults get in for free with each kid), making it a great place for large families.

The 27,000sqft centre’s facilities include an aviation play system, air bouncer, a toddlers’ corner, cinema and cafeteria. The state-of-the-art aviation play system is the biggest in Asia, with its tall slides and pop-up play helicopter, and the toddlers’ corner houses a small-scale play system that is designed to help with development and growth. Meanwhile, the cinema can accommodate up to 50 children, making it the ideal spot small movie screenings. Read More...

9. Petrosains Discovery Centre

The futuristic Petrosains is a 7,000sqm interactive science discovery centre located on the fourth floor of the Petronas Twin Towers. Good for hours of fun-filled activity, the complex is largely dedicated to the field of petroleum science and presents science and technology in a fun and entertaining way.

Arranged in an easy to navigate ‘museum-style’ concept with a collection ranging from space age exhibits to fossils, it is also a great place to learn more about other scientific issues. Since its opening in 1999, this hands-on interactive science museum has been extremely popular. Petrosains is divided into 11 main interactive showcases, which can be visited in any order. Read More...

10. National Science Centre

The National Science Centre is a crowd puller with its vivacious, educational and just plain fun, hands-on science and technology exhibits. Shaped like a futuristic, green mosque topped off with a large dome, it is divided into several sections, with exhibits covering the scope of scientific knowledge. The centre’s numerous play areas include a ‘moon walking’ experience and kids can even take part in science-themed experiments.

Also known as the Pusat Sains Negara, it is home to Malaysia's first overhead freshwater aquarium with 32 species of local freshwater fish but the real highlight here is the hall where you can watch a science show beamed straight into the interior of the main dome. Popular displays include the interactive ones on dinosaurs and optical illusion: the centre frequently hosts special exhibits. Read More...

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