A family vacation is a great way to bond with your children and spouse. However, engaging everyone’s attention, especially the little ones can be a challenge. Lucky for you, we know all the best places that would be fun for the entire family – adults and kids! So if you’re planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, check out the places we’ve listed below!
Located at Curve NX, KidZania Kuala Lumpur is a renowned indoor children’s theme park where children get to run their own miniature society. Designed to imitate real-life, KidZania caters to your child’s future aspirations by providing all the facilities you can think of! Partnering with real corporations, KidZania provides activities and programmes that simulate real jobs, allowing your kids to role-play as doctors, police officers, photographers and more. Parents can also join in the fun by “working” alongside your children or participating in interactive games, such as the life-sized board games and escape games.
At KidZania, you can also teach your children the value of money. The park offers transactions in the form of kidZos, a currency that children can earn by “working” at the various establishments around the park. They can even manage their own finances with their debit or credit cards and the various “ATMs” in this mini-metropolis. Even more interesting, is KidZania’s very own child-led congress, where the representatives get to lead and express the concerns of tourists and members of the club. It’s a great way for children to make friends while enhancing their individualism and self-expression.
Notorious for their innovative exhibitions, Petrosains KLCC is the place to go for aspiring scientists. This Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Discovery Centre offers more than just scientific literacy; there’s plenty of fun activities to encourage learning as well.
Start your journey at the Dark Ride, which takes you on a tour through Malaysia’s rainforests and rich natural history. You can then wander into the different themed areas of the park. Discover the alien landscape of Mars in Space, or walk amongst 200-million-year-old dinosaur fossils in Geotime Diorama. You can also sign your child up for Maker’s Studio, an innovative workshop where children get to participate and experience science at work. The classes offered depend on the availability of the centre, so make sure to book in advance.
Another key highlight at Petrosains is the 3D Theatre, which screens awe-inspiring three-dimensional short films and takes your child through the wonders of the world. Don’t forget about the miniature replica of an oil platform, where children get to experience the real tools and machines used on Petronas’ oil rigs.
Located just below Petrosains is Aquaria KLCC, a state-of-the-art aquarium with a fascinating showcase of 5,000 creatures. Sprawling over 60,000 square feet, the aquarium is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Aquaria KLCC features a combination of salt-water and fresh-water marine animals and land-dwellers. The variety of creatures include not only iconic Malaysian species, the aquarium is also home to breeds from beyond Asia. From the deep hammerhead sharks to friendly river otters, children will love looking out for the awe-inspiring animals.
Besides the popular insta-worthy underwater tunnel, Aquaria KLCC also features a touch pool, where visitors get to reach out to friendly and harmless animals. Feeding shows are also a sight to behold, as professional trainers and aquarists hand-feed the animals. These feeding shows are available at different hours of the day, so you don’t have to worry about missing out!
Farm in The City
Located in Seri Kembangan, Farm in the City prides themselves as an Eden of nature and animals in the bustling city. Let your children interact with animals in this open-style petting zoo, which is more than just a viewing-only environment. With its interactive setting, this flora and wildlife conservation encourages visitors to touch, interact and learn about conservation and preservation. It’s a safe environment where children get to do what they’re born to do – run wild and free with nature.
A key highlight at Farm in the City is the free-flight bird aviary, which is a large enclosure for birds. Children are encouraged to feed and pet them. Summon thousands of Koi fish for feeding, just by ringing a bell at the Moon Lake, or interact with fluffy rabbits and guinea pigs at the Pet Village. If your child is into reptiles, take them on a journey into Reptile Cavern and experience the world of snakes and alligators up close. Public feedings are also available for viewing during certain hours of the day.
One of the best educational and entertaining sites you can visit is the Zoo Negara. Located just 5 kilometers away from the city centre in Melawati, Zoo Negara is home to over 400 species of animals, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and marine life. Sprawling over 45 hectares of land, a day at the zoo can be an educational tour for both you and your kids.
Hop on the zoo’s tram for a tour that brings you around the zoo. The various displays of hippopotamus, tapirs, pumas and other animals will leave your child clamouring for more! The Multi-Animal Show is available on a daily basis, where professional trainers show off the skills of their street-smart sea lions and macaws. Besides having an amazing array of wildlife, Zoo Negara is also home to resident Giant Pandas Xing Xing and Liang Liang. The Giant Panda Conservation Center is open for visits till 4.30 pm on weekdays and 5.30 pm on weekends.