With so Much to do Kuala Lumpur for Kids of all ages, you May Just Have to Come Back!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is well known for its culinary delights and its endless shopping. Dig a little deeper however and you’ll be surprised at all the activities and attractions it has to offer kids of all ages. Here are some of the major highlights:
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Petrosains Discovery Center. Petrosains is a Science Discovery Centre that uses a fun and interactive methodology to tell the story of the science and technology of the energy industry. 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 space craft 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! The discovery centre is conveniently located the fourth floor of the Suria shopping center at the base of the Petronas Towers. It’s a great way to escape the heat or if you need to stay indoors if it is a wet day.
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Aquaria KLCC. The KL Aquarium showcases over 5,000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures. One of the many highlights of the aquarium is the impressive oceanarium which is accessible through a 90m long tunnel on a moving travellator. Being able to get up close and personal with magnificent predators such as the shark, giant moray eels and blue spine unicorns, is not only something the kids enjoyed but even I loved it!
For something a little different, the kids can also sleep with the sharks! Their signature program for kids is a fun filled night that includes feeding sessions, hands-on night activities and night educational tours. I’m sure these nocturnal sharks could use a companion or two!
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Petronas Twin Towers. Soaring to a height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel. No matter how many times I see the towers, I am always awed by its structure. The twin towers feature multi-faceted walls of 33,000 stainless steel and 55,000 glass panels. You can scale 170m in an elevator with the door opening at the Skybridge. The Skybridge is the structure that connects the 2 towers and is the world’s highest 2-storey bridge. You can ascend even higher to the 86th floor where you can get breath taking views of Kuala Lumpur. I have seen the views during the day and night and I must admit the night lights are quite spectacular. But if you happen to be in KL during the unfortunate haze due to the burnings in Indonesia, it’s not worth heading up the towers as the visibility will be minimal.
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KLCC Playground. Right next to the towers is the KLCC playground and a must stop for the kids. It is massive and considered to be one of the best playgrounds in SE Asia. The splash park is a great respite from the heat and it doesn’t take long for the kids to dry off afterwards. If you’re there later in the afternoon, the kids can also enjoy the water fountain dancing to the music with its ever changing colours.
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KidZania. KidZania is an indoor family edutainment centre which offers an interactive learning and entertainment experience for kids. KidZania call this edutainment fun as the kids experience real life experiences whilst educating them through role play. This is such a clever concept. Essentially, KidZania is a kid sized or miniature city where they can undertake different activities representing over 90 real life adult careers in a real economy.
Essentially how it works is that the kids will role play jobs and can be anything from pilots, nurses, police officers, etc. Each activity or career lasts for approximately 20 minutes of which each activity usually comes with a costume as well as an appropriate age limit for participation. The educational part of this entertainment centre occurs during each career activity whilst they are busy engaging in their role plays. Real life rewards come in the form of a salary when the career is complete in KidZania cash known as Kidzos. The kids can then use their hard earned money to buy food and drink or you can head to their department store.
The level of detail at KidZania is simple impressive. Heaps of school groups do tend to go through the centre so it’s a good idea to ring ahead and ask if that’s the case. Pick a day when there are fewer pre-bookings. And do be prepared that if you it’s your first time, your child most likely won’t be able to earn as much money to purchase anything from the kid shop. Best to prepare them to avoid disappointment.
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Berjaya Times Square Theme Park. Located in a shopping centre, this theme park is the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia and features 133,000 square feet of wholesome family fun! The younger kids can enjoy attractions in the Fantasy Garden where you can hop on a safari jeep, take a ride on a giant bee or swing on Molly-Cool’s Swing and experience a sailor’s life. The older kids can head to the Galaxy Station and hop on rides such as the DNA Mixer which is a crazy gondola that loops forward and backwards whilst the thrill seekers can get on the Supersonic Odyssey, Asia-Pacific’s longest multiple-inverted roller coaster!
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KL Bird Park. The KL Bird Park is home to more than 3,000 birds of approximately 200 species of local and foreign birds. Sprawling approximately 20.9 acres of verdant valley terrain, the park is divided into 4 zones; Zone 1 and 2 make up the free-flight zone; Zone 3 is the Hornbill Park and Zone 4 is where the birds are placed in separate cages and mini aviaries.
The main highlight of the bird park is the free-flight walk-in aviary which is reputed to be one of the largest in the world. You will find various bird species flying freely in an area that closely resembles their natural habitat. The bird show at the semi-open air amphitheatre is also a must see. The shows are twice daily at 12.30pm and 3.30pm.
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Batu Caves. If you’re looking for an attraction of the natural kind, head to Batu Caves. Batu Caves is a limestone hill, believed to have formed over 400 million years ago, that consists of 3 main caves. Within the high ceilings of the Cathedral Cave, you will find one of the world’s most popular and ornate Hindu shrines. To reach to the top however, it takes 272 steps and can be a harrowing climb in the searing heat. Oh, and beware of the monkeys. They are notorious for stealing food and drink and are certainly not friendly!
Just before you reach the top however, you can veer off to the Dark Cave of which many have touted it to be a highlight. I suggest you join the 45 minute guided tour which takes you along the 800m of surveyed passageways within the complex. The tour runs every 20 minutes and it will show you the intricate limestone formations and beautiful flowstones.
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Chinatown & Little India. If you’re looking for some vibrant street shopping and excellent food, head to either Chinatown or Little India. Both these areas have interesting shops you won’t be able to find in the many department stores in KL and a great place to pick up some souvenirs or a little saree for the little girls! Street food is in abundance or head to a local eatery for some authentic Malaysian or Indian cuisine.
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Sunway Lagoon. This is a must do for all families if visiting Kuala Lumpur! With over 90 attractions spread across 88 acres, Sunway Lagoon provides the ultimate theme park experience in 6 adventure zones including Asia’s 1st Nickelodeon Themed Land. The theme park caters for kids of all ages so if you have a family with toddlers and teenagers, this makes for an awesome day out. Some of the highlights include:
- Nickelodeon themed land – Filled with SpongeBob square pants, Dora the Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rides.
- Water Park – Beat the humidity and heat at the water park. Go for a spin in the loops of the African Pythons, or race your friends in an adrenalin-pumping ride head first down the Congo Challenge.
- Waterplexx 5D – Enjoy a great ride and cinematic experience like no other, as you move through the ultimate multi-sensory journey filled with thrills and spills!
- Surf Beach – Yup, you can get in the water and enjoy the man-made waves or you can sit on the many deck chairs on the beach.
- Captain Kids’ Playland & Candyland – Designed for 5 to 12 year-olds, the themed playgrounds are colourful places for children to have fun and expend their boundless energy.
- Wildlife Park – Get up close and personal with more than 150 species of animals from around the world and it is the first and only fully interactive animal-themed attraction in Malaysia.
- Extreme Park – This is for the adrenalin junkies, thrill seekers and extreme sport fans out there. This zone features Malaysia’s longest Flying Fox, bungy jumping or G-Force X, Asia’s highest slingshot ride.
Kuala Lumpur is an excellent stop over if you’re travelling from the Northern to the Southern hemisphere, or vice versa. And with the close proximities of all the South East Asian cities and home to the far reaching budget airline Air Asia, it should definitely be added onto your itinerary. If anything, just stop over in the country that invented curry laksa and eat to your hearts content!
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