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Best things to do with your kids in Kuala Lumpur

Published by SchoolAdvisor on Feb 08, 2019, 03:40 AM

Kuala Lumpur is an amazing city in Malaysia which portrays a cultural melting pot. The city is packed full of attractions and activities for kids which makes it apt to being a family-friendly city to visit for new visitors staying in town for a couple of days or families, looking for activities or wanting to visit somewhere during the weekend or school holidays. 

KL is filled with extensive sightseeing opportunities, provides multitude unique theme parks with exhilarating rides, expansive animal farms, and kid entertainment centres for both outdoors and indoors for those rainy, hazy or lazy days. Nowadays, it is easy to get around with the availability of various train lines and affordable taxis. Fully interactive activities which may be physically demanding or wildlife sanctuaries which are appropriate for families with toddlers, Kuala Lumpur ensures hours of fun for the little ones!

Amongst the countless things to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids, here is a comprehensive list of our favourite child-friendly activities (which will also appeal to adults) in Kuala Lumpur :

1. Petronas Twin Towers

Description: Soaring to a height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel. Majestic by day and dazzling at night, the PETRONAS Twin Towers is an international icon which powerfully captures the nation's ambitions and aspirations. No matter how many times one sees the towers, (s)he will always be wonderstruck by its structure.The Skybridge is the structure that connects the two towers and is the world’s highest 2-storey bridge where families can visit there to get the panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur.The foundation of the Towers is the Suria KLCC which harbours a 1,500,000 sq ft shopping oasis where you can shop for luxury goods and designer labels. Furthermore, an art gallery, the Aquaria KLCC (the underwater world), a philharmonic theater and the Petrosains Center (which are in this list) and diverse food choices.If all the shopping and eating is a lot to handle, you can make way to the KLCC Park which contains jogging and walking paths, wading pools, children's playground and also a fountain with light show, known as the KLCC Lake Symphony Light and Sound Water Fountain. Showtimes are 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm daily. However, KLCC Lake Symphony Water Fountain showtimes (Light only) are 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm daily. There are much more places to visit in the Suria KLCC as well as its surroundings. Do not waste the chance to explore this exciting area because there is just so much happening at the same time. It will definitely be a fun filled day for both your kids and you.

Operating hours: Tuesdays to Sundays: 9:00 - 21:00(CLOSED every Monday, CLOSED on Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Aidiladha)Fridays: 9:00 - 21:00 (CLOSED between 13:00 - 14:30 on Fridays)

Location: Concourse Level, Petronas Twin Tower, Lower Ground, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: +603 2331 8080

2. Aquaria KLCC

Description: Aquaria KLCC is a state-of-the-art aquarium located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on the concourse level of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). It is a world-class aquarium which is home to over 5000 land bound and aquatic creature exhibits spreading over a sprawling 60,000 square-foot space.Besides incredible aquatic and land-bound animals amounting to over 5,000 different species, like otters, water rats, piranhas, giant blotched fantail rays and countless others; the Moon Jellyfish is the scene stealer that floats around like bobbing lava lamps. The most memorable highlights of the aquarium for many might be the breathtaking oceanarium which is accessible through a 90m long tunnel on a moving travelator. You have the option to get up close and personal with magnificent predators such as the shark, giant moray eels and blue spine unicorns or watch divers feed the ferocious Sand Tiger Sharks at the Aquatheatre.Unique activities are available at Aquaria KLCC- You can book a sleepover session for your kids (aged six to 13) where they can sleep next to the sharks, watch feeding sessions, participate in night educational tours or if have teenagers, sign them up (only for 14 years and above) for the Cage Rage experience where they will come face-to-face with the predators. Aquaria KLCC is not only an appropriate place where the kids will enjoy but is a great KL attraction for the family. After a day of exploring Aquaria KLCC, you can enjoy some retail therapy at Suria KLCC shopping centre or gaze at the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, both accessible via a covered walkway situated in the aquarium.

Operating hours: Daily 10:30 – 20:00

Location: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Phone Number: +603 2333 1888

3.  Farm in the City

Description: An Eden of Nature and Animals Farm In The City (FITC) is a unique new concept that combines elements of wildlife and nature set in a designed environment of a conservation park. Drawing upon the values of Malaysia’s multi-racial and multi-cultural population, FITC is designed to resemble a typical Malaysia village or “kampung” setting. FITC plans to become a focal point for tourism in the state by providing educational and entertaining insight into the lifestyle and setting of a Malaysian village, farm and fruit orchard with its natural plants and wildlife. FITC is much more than a viewing exhibit. It encourages visitor-interactions with the animals and plant-life in a comfortable yet authentic environment. FITC also places great importance on education of visitors on the various aspects of farm and animal life as well as wildlife conservation and preservation.Loads of activities are available at  FITC where, your family has the opportunity to feed and interact with Giant Tortoise Species, interact with more than 100 species of tame and exotic animals-more than 300 individual birds for all around the world, be amazed with more than 100 Malaysian birds in free-flight or the summoning of thousands of Koi fish by ringing a bell.Farm in the City also engages in farm based education where they aim to be more than a public farm and petting zoo. FITC actively promotes wildlife and environmental education through its programmes that are carefully designed for local and overseas student groups.

Operating hours: Monday, Wednesday - Friday 10:00 - 18:00Saturday - Sunday 9:30 - 18:00

Location: 40187 & 40188, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat, Bandar Putra Permai, Seri Kembangan

Phone Number: +603 8941 2099

4. Kuala Lumpur National Zoo & Aquarium

Description: Kuala Lumpur National Zoo & Aquarium, or commonly known as Zoo Negara by Malaysians extends over 110 acres of land around a central lake and is located only 5 km from KL city.The zoo has a total of over 5137 specimen from 476 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Over the years, the zoo has transformed itself to an open concept zoo with over 90% of its animals being kept in spacious exhibits with landscape befitting its nature. They are working in making sure that the old zoo concept is changed entirely. Zoo Negara is also home to two highly-endangered giant pandas hailing from Sichuan, where you are able to catch a glimpse of behind a massive glass panel. Other prominent sections within include the Reptile Park, Malaysian Elephants exhibit, Lake Birds display, Bear Complex and Mammal Kingdom. The Zoo also holds animal shows daily at 11:00 and 15:00 respectively, photo booths on weekends, as well as guided tours, talks, seminars and interactive sessions.

Operating hours: Daily 09:00 – 17:00

Location: Hulu Kelang, Ampang, Selangor

Phone Number: +603 4108 3422

5. i-City Theme Park

Description: i-City Theme Park, is located in Shah Alam and is best known for its nightly colourful display of LED-lit attractions and it is home to a range of exciting and family-friendly activities. i-City Theme Park or their official name, i-City Leisure Park is an OPEN theme park. What this means is there's NO entrance fee to i-City. Fees are only applicable for the rides. Resembling a colourful funfair in Coney Island, US, the theme park also has a massive Ferris wheel, a two-tiered carousel, carnival-esque game booths, stalls selling candy floss and other snacks.The Theme-Park is divided into 4 precincts, namely; City of Digital Lights – with amusing outdoor park rides and over 1.0 million LEDs lightscape; Snowalk - a 50, 000 square feet arctic setting maintained below 5 degree Celcius; WaterWorld – a water theme park introducing the first Tornado Ride in Southeast Asia; and FunWorld - offer family-oriented activities and games with Malaysia's first interactive wax museum, The Red Carpet, and Malaysia's first Trick Art Museum.

Operating hours:  Monday – Friday 10:00 – 00:00Saturday, Sunday, Public Holiday & School Holiday 10:00 – 01:00

Location: Jalan Multimedia, 7/AJ City Park, i-City, Shah Alam

Phone Number: +603 5521 8800

6. Skytrex Adventure

Description: Skytrex Adventure provides the first of its kind in Malaysia, a tree to tree ‘sky-trekking’ experience where you can fly, swing, glide and dangle on the various aerial obstacles suspended above the lush tropical Malaysian Rainforest. If your family is up for it, you can take up the challenge  and pump up the adrenaline on the many circuits at the various parks located and experience the best and most exciting forest adventure in Malaysia. Located 3 km inside the 817 hectares forest of Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam, this park is only 40 minutes drive from the city center of Kuala Lumpur and is accessible via the many highways to Shah Alam.Skytrex provides three different circuits with different level of difficulties and picnic areas and venues for functions such as team building, team bonding, birthday parties or just a chill out area for a fun filled day in the forest. The challenges from which participants choose from are the Beginner- Little Adventure, Intermediate- Big Thrill and Advanced- Extreme Challenge.

Operating hours: Tuesday - Sunday & Public Holidays: 08:30 - 17:00

Location: Jalan Liku 8/1, Seksyen 8, Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor

Phone Number: +601 3276 9841

7. Berjaya Times Square Theme Park

Description: Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, the largest indoor theme park in Kuala Lumpur is situated inside the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall. It is structured as classic amusement park style and is divided into two zones. The first one is directed towards adults while the other one for children. They have two different themes in the Park- Fantasy Garden where you can take a leisurely stroll and spend hours of priceless family time with any of the 8 readily available rides and the Galaxy Station for the adrenaline junkies which is equipped with 6 heart stopping rides for thrill-seekers hunting for a blast off to space.To get to the theme park, take up the fifth and seventh floor of the Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall.

Operating hours: Monday - Friday: 12.00 - 22.00,Sunday, eve of Public Holiday, Public Holiday & School Holiday: 11.00 - 21.00

Location: Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall, 1 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: +603 2117 3118

+603 2117 3114

+603 2117 3145

8. KidZania

Description: KidZania Kuala Lumpur is an award-winning indoor family themed learning centre that offers interactive learning and role play experiences for kids since 2012. Inspired by like-minded, spirited kids, the idea of creating a better community that supports positive ideals for kids with endless opportunities was collectively pursued and saw the birth of a unique nation. Governments were formed, nationalistic symbols were created and unity was achieved, all from to their unwavering spirit. Kidzania is an edutainment centre designed to prepare kids for the workplace. Resembling 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. Kids at the simulated News Straits Times Press office 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 while younger 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 between the ages of 4-14 will get to experience these real-life occupations hands-on in a fun yet engaging learning environment. What’s more, they will learn to be independent, know the value of teamwork, develop skills and even financial literacy!

Operating hours: Sunday - Wednesday: 9.00 - 21.00Thursday: 09.00 - 21.00Thursday: 09.00 - 23.00Friday & Saturday: 10.00 - 23.00

Location: Curve NX, 18 Jalan PJU 7/5, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Phone Number: +130088 KIDZ (5439)

9. District 21 Kuala Lumpur

Description: The year is 2066. The world is hostile and toxic. The survival of the human race hangs in the balance. In this future post-apocalyptic world the residents discover District21.Located in a 70, 000 sq.ft indoor atrium the rather unique concept of District 21 is the first of its kind where it is an adventure theme park set within IOI City Mall Putrajaya, where visitors of all ages can enjoy a variety of challenging obstacle courses.It incorporating 10 adventure attractions, many of which have never been seen in Asia and also offers activities for all visitors to get you climbing, jumping, riding, sliding and flying.Visitors will first have to pass through a two-step decontamination chamber, where they are provided with protective gloves and non-slip socks (as shoes are not permitted for certain rides) while staff brief them on the theme park’s rules and safety precautions. Fitted with LED-lit climbing walls, high-speed slides, trampolines, and aerial obstacle courses, District 21 Kuala Lumpur boasts 11 attractions with varying levels of difficulty.

Operating hours: Monday – Friday: 12:00 - 20:00Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00

Location: IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, Selangor

Phone Number: +603 8328 8888

10. Sunway Lagoon

Description: Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is the one-stop place for fun, whether you are aged 8 or 80. The list of fun attractions at this 80-acre park in Petaling Jaya is undoubtedly extensive and includes over 90 attractions, is located 30 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur city centre and is situated next to Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall. Sunway Lagoon provides the ultimate theme park experience in 6 adventure zones — Water Park, Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park, Scream Park & Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon– Asia’s 1st Nickelodeon Themed Land. You can experience all the fun by booking your tickets online.There are various dining options available at the theme park and if you need some place to sleep, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is just next door.

Operating hours:Monday, Wednesday - Friday: 11:00 - 18:00Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00

Location: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Petaling Jaya

Phone Number: +603 5635 8000

11. Petrosains Discovery Centre

Description: Petrosains is a Science Discovery Centre that uses a fun and interactive approach to tell the story of the science and technology of the energy industry. Petrosains Discovery Centre is an interactive science discovery centre located on the fourth floor of the Petronas Twin Towers. The sequence of the exhibits in Petrosains traces the evolution and scientific relevance of the energy industry while also focusing on general science and its application to everyday life. Petrosains puts an emphasis on the fun and excitement of learning rather than on the rigorous memorisation of scientific facts. The centre occupies levels 4 and 5 respectively of both Tower 1 and Tower 2 of the Twin Towers. Good for hours of fun, the spacious 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, Petrosains Discovery Centre is divided into 11 main interactive showcases that can be visited in any order. The hands-on approach puts an emphasis on the excitement of learning by allowing visitors to touch, feel and manipulate the exhibits. They are a hit with the kids as they are incredibly engaging.Some of the fun exhibits include videos of life on a spacecraft showing how to clean your teeth in zero gravity, experiencing a simulated helicopter ride to an oil platform or understanding what it’s like to be caught in a hurricane inside a plastic chamber!

Operating hours: Tuesday - Friday: 09:30 - 17:30Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: 09:30 - 18:30

Location: Level 4, Suria KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers

Phone Number: +603 2331 8181

12. Megakidz Funland & Edutainment

Description: If you’re looking for an affordable fun day out with your children, Megakidz Funland & Edutainment might be the place for your family as it offers fun for kids and parents alike. Located on the third level of Midvalley Megamall, this 27,000sqft centre contains multitude of facilities catering for kids from the age of 1 to 16 where they are free to learn and play. This colourful edutainment centre is filled with fun– it comprises of an aviation play system, a toddlers’ corner, an air bouncer, a small cinema and a 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. The cinema has a capacity to accommodate up to 50 children for small movie screenings. As parental supervision is needed for every child in the Megakidz premises, two adults get in for free per entrance as extra security. For parents who would like to shop without disturbance, there is the ‘Drop & Shop’ program where you have the facility to drop your kids to for a bit of fun under the supervision of professional guardians for a small hourly rate, and come back to fetch them. 

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday :10:00 – 21:30

Location: Lot T-012, North Court, 3rd Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Midvalley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: +603 2282 9300

13. National Science Centre in Kuala Lumpur

Description: If you want to explore and gain knowledge in the world of science and technology, the National Science Center is the place to be. It is an informal educational institution where the Gallery and Exhibition are located on the first and second level of the building and outside is Science Wonderland which is an an educational park. The centre consists of exhibits and activities provided for different age groups and backgrounds or whether the visit is individual or group tours. It is divided into several sections, with exhibits which cover a range of scientific knowledge and you can spend as much time as possible with your family as there is no time limit for gallery tours. If you want to participate in science activities, specially prepared by the PSNCWU’s staff, you can  refer to School Program which is only held on weekdays (Kedah’s working days), that is, from Sunday to Thursday. Reservations can be made by filling out the Booking Form at least two weeks before the date of visit you are planning.

Operating hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (closed on Friday)

Location: Pesiaran Bukit Kiara, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: +603 2089 3400

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