New in the city? Staying in town for the holidays? Looking for some new things to do with kids in Kuala Lumpur? Look no further, this is a pretty comprehensive list children’s activities in KL and surroundings! Some of the activities and kids’ attractions are fantastic, some good enough for those rainy/hazy/lazy days – have a look and go explore!
Theme & water parks
Kidzania: Hard to categorize, but Kidzania is one of the best things to do with kids in Kuala Lumpur. It is educational AND fun! Primary school kids are perfect age for it, but younger ones will also enjoy it if they are happy going “to work” on their own. Many professions have age limits.
Sunway Lagoon: Enough fun for a day or two with a theme park and water park. Read our review on Sunway Lagoon here.
Berjaya Times Square: An indoor theme park with two floors, one suitable for little kids and the other for a bit older ones.
Desa Water Park: Desa Water Park has closed down in 2016.
I-city: The winterworld seems to tickle kids’ fancy although it is starting to get a bit worn around the edges. The water park looks suitable for older kids, fairground rides open later in the day.
Indoor playgrounds in KL
Sometimes you need to let them out some fumes and need to escape the heat/rain/haze. There are indoor playgrounds in practically all shopping centres outside the city centre and they can entertain kids up to the age of about five. Remember to bring socks!
Kids’ E World in IPC and Gardens mall.
Jungle Gym in Bangsar Shopping Centre and the newest one in Atria Shopping Centre.
J-Kids in Publika, Tropicana and other locations.
Kizsport & Gym in Bangsar Village II and Great Eastern Mall.
Starship Galactica is great for kids that can go and climb on their own.
Starlight Kids is welcome addition to the play options in KLCC.
Adventure maze at Young Explorer Gym in MK1 in Mont Kiara: a very cool wooden indoor maze is perfect for some serious climbing. A zip line is a bonus and keeps a bit older one entertained, too – my 6-year old happily plays here.
The Parenthood in Sunway Putra Mall is a kids’ theme world with classes, shops and a large indoor play gym, My little kingdom – there is also a branch at Sunway Pyramid.
Dream World Playland in IOI City Mall and the Starling Mall.
Sports in KL
Trampoline parks: Jump Street is the first and biggest trampoline park in Malaysia has a great jumping options and a good café. Read our review here. Amped at 1Utama Club is smaller, but air-conditioned and equally fun.
District21: A different kind of indoor park experience – physical activities in an apocalyptic environment. Read more here.
Skytrex in Shah Alam is the place for flying and swinging. Minimum height is 110 cm. Our review here.
Camp5 indoor rock climbinggGym in 1Utama offers 1-hour introductions to climbing, book ahead. Little ones can climb on a boulder while parents sip coffee at the bright café.
Funtopia is an indoor climbing centre suitable for the youngest climbers.
EnerZ: Obstacle courses and trampolines in Subang Jaya with a bit more challenges! Review here.
Xero Gravity Rock Gym is now closed.
Mad Monkeyz Climbing School
Putrajaya Challenge park has indoor rock climbing complex, a skate park and mountain bike trails.
Wheelie Sundays in Publika: Every Sunday morning the roads around Publika are closed and cyclists take over. Reward yourself with a breakfast in one of the many trendy cafés. Bikes can also be rented at the bike shop in Desa Parkcity.
Bowling is available at least at U-bowl (in various locations including 1Utama), in Berjaya Times Square or Pin Junction at eCurve.
Paint ball: Xtion Paintball Park in Bukit Jalil and Canyon Paintball near Centerpoint have been recommended to us.
Water skiing and Flyboarding can be tested in Putrajaya.
Laser tag is suitable for kids over 7 that are not afraid of dark places! Galactic Laser in Midvalley and Sunway Pyramid is a favourite for birthday parties, but there are others, such as this one in Berjaya Times Square and this in eCurve.
Snookball: A new and pretty cool activity is available at the Evolve Mall. Read our review of Snook here.
Most Fun Gym in Damansara Perdana is the place for want to learn motocross.
Parks in KL
FRIM A fantastic green area just outside KL with picnic places, a waterfall and walking/cycling trails. Read about our visit to the canopy walk here. (The canopy walk is now closed for good.)
KLCC Park is fantastic with a big paddling pool to cool down. Another park in the centre can be found at Titiwangsa. KL Eco Park aka. Bukit Nanas is a small piece of greenery in the city with a nature trail.
Lake Gardens: The green lung of KL is home to the Bird Park and Butterfly park, but also has great playgrounds and shady picnic spots.
Kepong Metropolitan Park: A popular spot for cycling and kite flying, this park now has boats on the lake, too.
TTDI park: Nice park for play and picnics. It has a stream perfect for water and sand play. Watch out for vicious monkeys! Many nice coffee shops and restaurants nearby.
Waterfalls: There are many waterfalls in the outskirts of KL, one the most adventurous are the Chiling Falls. We have also been to the little falls at FRIM and Kanching Falls.
Bukit Gasing: Trails in the jungle in the middle of PJ.
Myniss at Empire City is the latest ice rink with fabulously smooth ice.
Iescape at IOI City mall in Putrajaya is the latest addition to the skating rinks.
Read our “Skate the haze away” post here.
Skateline organises inline and roller blading lessons and group skating events and you can also try it out at Decathlon’s free weekend sessions.
Roller word in Bangsar Shopping Centre has an indoor rollerblading rink.
Arts & Crafts in KL
Islamic Arts Museum is a beautiful place to visit, and it also hosts kids’ craft activities – more info on their website.
Ilham Gallery has exhibitions and kids gallery tours.
Selangor Pewter School of Hard Knocks – try making something out of pewter. For once kids are allowed to bang and make noise!
Kraft Complex is not only great for shopping, but you can often see craftsmen and women at work, and try batik painting. Batik painting can also be done in Central Market, myBatik workshop and Jadi Batek. Batik Boutique arranges classes for groups in Desa Sri Hartamas.
Artis Kids Store in Publika offers drop-in art sessions where the kids can choose to create a clay art piece or a masterpiece out of recycled materials.
Yenji Clay Art: Clay art in Publika, IPC and other locations.
Get Crafty at 1Utama.
Hobby’n Coffee in TTDI offers free sewing classes and a huge selection of board games.
Young Chefs Academy : Cooking classes, including once-off, for kids in Sri Hartamas. Our review here.
Building terrariums at November Culture. Read how we did it here.
Art jamming on Sundays at Refinery in Sentul. Read more here.
Himapan offers fantastic lotus leaf painting workshops.
Zoo Negara: One word: pandas.
Aquaria: Check the feeding times and try to catch a main feeding in the Aquatheatre.
Farm in the City: A great family day out, gets busy on weekends though. Our review of Farm in the city can be read here. Read here where else to find bunnies to pet.
Bird Park: Prepare for a hot outing!
Butterfly Park: Smaller than the bird park and full of fluttering wings! Not very stroller friendly but small enough for even toddlers to walk.
Pony riding: there are a few places to ride ponies in KL.
Science & Technology
Petrosains: Big and beautiful, definitely worth a visit.
Discoveria: A cool dinosaur experience in the city centre.
Planetarium: Some exhibits are getting a bit old, but the entrance is free – you pay extra for the films. Great view of KL from upstairs! See more here.
Breakout: A brain workout suitable for older kids.
Royal airforce museum: Read our review here.
Police museum: A big museum where the kids can get inside some of the police vehicles.
National Science Centre is now open again!
Building workshops like Blokspace: are a hit with both boys and girls. Read our list of more places here, many do walk-ins as well as regular classes.
Sightseeing with Kids in KL
KL Tower: for fantastic views of the city. The new Upside Down House is also located here.
Petronas Towers: If you are lucky, the online ticket shop is operational. If not, pick up your tickets for a given slot a few days in advance from the ticket office in the bottom floor of Suria KLCC.
Hop-on-Hop-off bus: see the sights in comfort. Kids love the top floor!
Monorail: Sounds silly but the kids love riding the monorail!
Batu Caves: Batu caves is impressive for all ages. The adventurous ones can do the Dark Cave tour. It a particularly interesting to visit around Thaipusam.
Muzium Negara: A good introduction to Malaysian history – read about our visit here.
Federal Territory Mosque offers guided tours.
Thean Hou Temple is particularly interesting during Chinese New Year. Kids love the animal statues outside.
Fish spa: The tickling fish may be too much for some kids but it surely makes the brave ones giggle. There is one at Central Market.
Our list of children’s libraries can be found here.
The School at Jaya One is a mall dedicated to “kids enrichment”. They often have activities and fun days in addition to many kiddy businesses located there.
What did we miss? Let us know your favourite kids’ activities in KL!