KL has plenty of modern and fun playgrounds for younger kids, but where to go when they reach teen years and want something more challenging? Here are our favourite things to do with teens in KL – we would love to know which place your teen enjoys best! Hang in there folks, we may still be in lockdown, but do know that these places are still there when we can go out and about again…
This article was first posted on 2 January 2020
SportsZone at 1 Utama shopping centre is a true teenager’s paradise. We think that 1 Utama shopping centre offers more thrilling activities and fun options than any other place in KL. Besides two cinemas, a karaoke place, an arcade center and even a diving center, 1 Utama offers also some of the best activities for older kids and teenagers.
1. Camp5 Indoor Climbing
This gym is located at the new wing of the mall and is one of Asia’s largest indoor climbing centres that offers different levels of challenge, from beginners to experts. For those up for a challenge, the 1 Utama branch offers Malaysia’s tallest indoor wall. The staff is friendly and available to offer assistance and to make sure the safety equipment is used properly. They also have packages to host birthday parties combining climbing, games and food. Opening hours and more details on their FB page here.
2. It’s a Hit, Batting Cages
This rooftop baseball area, located at the new wing of 1 Utama mall, is for those who love baseball and softball or just want to hit a few balls for fun. Suitable for both newbies and experts, you just need to keep your eyes on the ball and hit a home run. First, you need to get a token and then you can choose to play baseball or softball (the balls are different sizes). Although the place is shaded, it can be very humid on hot days. Don’t forget to bring a big water bottle. Opening hours and more details on their page here.
AirRider (located between the old and new wing) is an indoor skydiving simulator that can fulfill anyone’s dream of flying. Experience the sensation of free-falling from a plane without wearing a parachute. Safety is top priority and the place has trained instructors who are with you at all times, before and during your flight, to give you guidance and reassurance. Each flight within the wind tunnel lasts for 50 secs, but once you’re inside it feels a lot longer than that. The only problem is that the kids want to go again and again, so potentially this could be a pricey activity. Read our full review here.
4. U Bowl
At this bowling centre (located at the new wing of 1 Utama) kids can not only bowl, but also challenge a friend to a pool game. The bowling alley is quite big, with many lanes (including a few for beginners with bumpers along the lanes).
FlowRider (located at the old wing) is a simulated wave generator. The best place for surf lovers and those who would like to learn before facing the real waves. Suitable for both beginners and experts. The staff will teach the kids how to use the board in order to be able to stand and simulate real life surfing. It’s done in real water, where a jet pump generates waves. Our kids loved it and the adults who were there seemed to be having lots of fun as well.
6. The Party Room at Atria Shopping Gallery
The Party Room at Atria Shopping Gallery is an interactive party space, divided by areas (Kids zone, Sports zone, Puzzle zone and Leisure zone) with many different activities for individuals as well as for groups. Although its main purpose is to host parties, walk-ins are also welcome. The majority of the games and group activities, like the Rainy Bike (my kids’ favorite), Human Whack-A-Mole, the 3D Twister and Giant Jenga are designed for older kids and adults. Although the space is not big, the games are great and fun is guaranteed.
7. Laser OPS at NU Sentral
Laser OPS is a modern laser tag playground for both older kids and adults. It was one of the funniest options we had seen for teenagers (and adults) where they are surrounded by glowing pillars tagging other people using lasers to score points. You can go either as a group (better) or alone and join other players to make a mixed team. Before the game starts, players have to register their guns so that they can follow their progress on the scoreboard. There is also a viewing deck available upstairs for parties and non-players who would just like to watch. Laser OPS also offers birthday party packages.
8. Jump Street Trampoline Park
A perfect place for energetic teens to have non-stop exercise – it is one our favourite family activities in Kuala Lumpur. It’s located at a big warehouse in PJ, with lots of different jumping pits for different levels. The best place to start is the main area with a big field of trampolines. There you can practice jumping, parkour tricks or running around before venturing to the area with tougher trampolines, like ‘The Wall’. A bit of practice and you can jump on top of the walls that are set up there for tricks. Fun guaranteed bouncing around with friends, family or even alone. Opening hours and more details on their page here.
9. A segway tour
In Putrajaya you can ride around on a ecofriendly device, called a segway. Check out our review here!
These Kuala Lumpur attractions offer a great opportunity to spend quality time as a family, even with grown-up kids.
We hope there will be soon as many options for teenagers in KL as there are for younger kids to have fun, play in groups and enjoy exciting outdoor and indoor activities. Check out our list of all kids’ activities in Kuala Lumpur here – many of them are well suited for teenagers, too!