Budget family fun at KLCC

As a parent living in KLCC, I can attest that there are so many fun things to do with kids in this area. There’s always something new to discover, from paid attractions to budget-friendly activities.

As a mother of three small kids aged five, three and one, I know that sometimes you just want to have a fun day out without breaking the bank. Here are some ideas for a fun-filled budget day out at KLCC with small kids!

First up: KLCC park

We started our day at the KLCC Park. The park is a beautiful green space with plenty of shade, playgrounds for small and bigger children, and a swimming pool which is perfect for a quick dip in the water. Good to know: the pool is closed on Mondays for maintenance. If Monday is a public holiday, the pool will be closed on the following day.

While the kids were having fun at the playground we snapped some photos of the KL Twin Towers and enjoyed the beautiful views. I have seen the Twin Towers many times already, but they still take my breath away.

If you are lucky you can even spot some colourful birds sitting on the trees. Overall, the park is the perfect place to spend a few hours with the kids, and the best part: it’s free!

Lunch break

At some point the kids got hungry (as kids do) and all of us needed a break from the sun as well. If you don’t want to spend any money, bring your own sandwiches, fruits and snacks. There are covered picnic tables in the park to enjoy your food. Tip: cool off in the pool before having your lunch outside. But even with covered tables, it can be pretty hot.

If you really need to cool off, then you can pick up some inexpensive food from the food court in Suria Mall on the second level. This mall is conveniently located next to KLCC Park. There is plenty of choice from local to Western dishes, so everybody will be happy. Tip: pick a table in the back area near the windows, where you can eat and enjoy beautiful views of the KLCC Park.

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Lego fun

As small kids can get tired and moody after all these activities, they might need some relaxed playtime. You can go to the upper floor of Isetan, which is also located in Suria Mall. In the children’s section on the highest floor there is a small Lego table: the perfect way for kids to recharge their batteries. My kids can spend a good hour building and playing, while the one-year-old can have some sleep time in the stroller. By the time we were ready to leave, the kids were eager again to explore some more.

GO KL City Bus

After our park, lunch and Lego play adventure, we hopped on the GO KL City Bus to further explore the city centre as we went to Bukit Bintang, which is the famous KL tourist area. The bus stop is just a few minutes away from the park and Suria Mall. The GO KL City Bus is a free bus service that operates in the city centre, making it a great budget option for getting around.

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The kids loved the bus ride, as it is a fun way to explore the city. If you decide to make a stop at Bukit Bintang as we did, be prepared for crowdy streets and lots of traffic. But it can also be fun. There are plenty of different malls where you could do some window shopping. Or just take a small walk around to get a feel of the hustle and bustle of the area.

Need a small break with fun? Grab a 32cm tall ice cream or yogurt ice cream at 32Parfait (you will find it in Lot 10). Kids will love it! Tip: one ice cream is RM16, but as they are so big and melt very fast, we bought two for the whole family.

Call it a day?

We would have loved to continue exploring KLCC, but with small kids, it’s important to know when to call it a day. From the beautiful park to the lunch with a view at Suria Mall and Lego play fun to the convenient GO KL bus and eating what felt like the tallest ice cream ever, the kids were getting tired.

If you feel like kids are still happy and ready to continue for more fun, take the Bukit Bintang to KLCC pedestrian walkway back to Suria KLCC. You can enjoy a stunning vista of Kuala Lumpur and its contemporary buildings during a leisurely 15-minute stroll – this might take longer with smaller kids, if you know what I mean…

If you’re looking for a fun day out with your family in KLCC, don’t be afraid to explore on a budget. With a little planning and creativity, you can have an amazing time without breaking the bank. And who knows, you might just create some unforgettable memories along the way.

This post is written by Viktorija van Zijp.

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