There is no lack of indoor playgrounds and soft play gyms in KL – they are a welcome respite from the heat, rain and the haze. This list of best indoor playgrounds are vetted by Sarah, who is behind the fantastic Kuala Lumpur for Kids Facebook page – thanks a lot for writing a guest post for Happy Go KL!
There are plenty of options when it comes to things to do with kids in Kuala Lumpur. When Happy Go KL approached me about writing an overview of the best indoor playgrounds, I was only too happy to compile a list and share it with you all. Since arriving in Malaysia almost a year ago, I (well, when I say “I”, I mean my twins with me as their accompanying adult!) have tried and tested indoor playgrounds all over KL. These are the top 10 Kuala Lumpur indoor playgrounds and soft play areas by Kuala Lumpur Kids:
1. Jungle Gym, Atria Shopping Gallery
The newest Jungle Gym only opened in 2015 and really is the one to beat. They have a massive space suitable for all ages. The impressive main play structure has the usual tunnels, slides, and bridges, but they also have a cinema, football court, sand play stations, arts and crafts area and a section dedicated to the youngest of tots. The whole place is bright and colourful and will literally keep your children occupied for hours!
2. The Kingdom, Sunway Putra Mall
This is another relatively new indoor playground – it has been open since last year but I have only just discovered it! It is still beautifully new and well maintained. The play area here looks like a big castle and is set within the British-style streets of The Parenthood themed shopping arcade. We really like the set-up here: the selection of slides is the most impressive in KL and there is a trampoline, a flying fox, the usual ball pool, and a unique climbing wall, which was a big hit with my two! Not only that, they have set aside a separate area for toddlers with a little library corner and ride-ons. Those looking for a break from running around can have a rest at the PS4 Game Zone.
3. Star Light Kidz at Avenue K
This space-themed playground is perfect for little astronauts: dimmed lighting and fluorescent colours makes this an original addition to the soft play scene in KL. It is a place to discover everything ‘galactic’, from the very popular shoot out court (with sound effects!) to rockets and a nice play structure with all the usual playground elements. They also have a good separate section for toddlers with big blocks, a ball pool, shapes to stack, and ride-on toys.
4. Kid’s E World, IPC
Kids’ E World is located in the IPC mall just next to Ikea. The big inflatable attractions are very eye-catching, and I didn’t first realise that they hid a large play structure behind. There is a fabulous tubular slide that my children couldn’t get enough of. Roundabouts, climbing frames, tubes, a balloon pit and even a colouring station mean that there is a lot to do. The under 4’s have their very own enclosed play space outside in the foyer with a ball pool, ride-ons and a cassia seed sand pit.
5. Jungle Gym & Roller Sports World, Bangsar Shopping Centre
The original Jungle Gym is still a great place for all ages. The large play structure has all the usual tunnels, bridges, and colourful obstacles to maneuver around plus a trampoline, human conveyor belt (as I like to call it) and miniature roundabouts. As a bonus, they also have a roller skating arena just outside in the mall that offers rental and lessons.
6. MegaKidz, Mid Valley MegaMall
MegaKidz boasts the tallest tubular slide in the city. The main climbing structure is very large but I know some parents feel it is better suited for older children, who don’t need constant supervision. However, with a dedicated area for toddlers with smaller play equipment, a bouncy castle and even a cinema room, there is something for everyone and we found it a great place to spend a few hours.
7. The Adventure Maze, The Explorer Gym 1MK
A play are all made of natural materials – not the bright colours we are accustomed to but instead it is wood and ropes that make up the majority of this interesting play maze. Best suited for children over 3 years old, there are ropes to tackle, hideaways in the wooden structure and even a flying fox. It is one of the smaller play areas but the rates are also the most reasonable in KL. We have always found the staff here to be some of the most interactive play friends for the little ones! Note that you need proper closed footwear to play here, so bring your sports shoes as well as your socks.
8. Kid’s E World, The Gardens Mall
When you walk in you will see a mass of inflatable equipment to jump and bounce on, but get past all the giant blow up animals and you‘ll discover another play area behind. It’s got lovely slides, a ball pit, and a fun maze area on the upper level. There’s a basketball court, large foam building bricks to use and a rather fun game of being a human hamster in a giant wheel, which my two little gymnasts thoroughly enjoyed!
9. Kiz Sports and Gym, Great Eastern Mall
Kiz Sports have soft lay areas in several locations (including Bangsar Village II and Subang) but this particular one is well located for us on Jalan Ampang. It’s a good one for younger ones with an array of climbing equipment and slides and multiple ball pools. They also offer a number of classes, such as gymnastics, dance, arts and craft and martial arts. If you sign up for after school classes you get free access to the soft play area before and after your class.
10. J Kids Playground, Publika
A fairly small centre in the ever-popular Publika. I feel it is more suitable for under 5’s but will certainly keep little ones occupied. Their main climbing structure has slides, swings and a big ball pool, but possibly the most popular area here is the cassia seed sand pit. Add to that a separate area for building with big foam blocks and a fun balloon enclosure, and the youngest family members should be happy here.
All of these places require socks, but if you forget they can normally be bought at the counter. For a comprehensive list of indoor playgrounds and other kids’ activities in KL check this post.