Kids’ indoor playground or a soft play gym is a welcome respite from the heat, rain and the haze. This list of best indoor playgrounds is 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!
Since arriving in Malaysia, I (well, when I say “I”, I mean my twins with me as their accompanying adult!) have tried and tested almost every indoor playground for kids in KL. These are my top 10 Kuala Lumpur indoor playgrounds and soft play areas:
1. Jungle Gym, Atria Shopping Gallery
The newest Jungle Gym only opened in 2015 and is possibly our favourite indoor playground in Kuala Lumpur. It has 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 for a few years 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. Definitely one of the best indoor playgrounds in KL!
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. 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.
5. The Adventure Maze, The Explorer Gym 1MK
An indoor playground 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.
6. Kid’s E World Indoor Playground, 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!
7. KizSports and Gym, Great Eastern Mall
KizSports indoor playgrounds 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.
8. Space Joe, Mont Kiara
A small, new neighbourhood joint in Mont Kiara, Space Joe has slides, climbing frames and a mini flying fox.
Photo: Space Joe
9. 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.
9. Dreamworld Playlands at the Starling Mall
That’s not all, there are many more indoor playgrounds in KL
- Kids Nation at 163 Retail Park; a brand new playground in the newest Mont Kiara shopping mall.
- WakaWaka is a new indoor playground with a medieval theme at Furama Bukit Bintang.
- Starship Galactica at 1U is a high climbing structure, suitable for older, confident kids.
- Kiddomo Universe in the Starling mall has lots of interactive activities – read our review here.
- Jurassica at The Gardens Mall is more like a dinosaur discovery centre, but has a play-area too – read our review here.
- Milky Way Play Space at Paradigm mall has extras like a climbing wall and VR games.
- We Rock the Spectrum is a playground for children across all spectrums and has unique equipment for children with different needs.
- Reka Zone is suitable for the tiny ones, at IOI Mall Puchong and KL Gateway Mall.
- Kid’z Paradise in a few locations in the Klang Valley, including The Mines and Quill City Mall.
- Blokke at Citta mall is a Lego-themed playland with café.
- Kidorealm at Sunway Geo Avenue.
The kids need to wear socks to play at all of the indoor playgrounds. They can normally be bought at the counter if you forget.
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The original post was updated in January 2018 by Happy Go KL. All photos without credits: Kuala Lumpur Kids by Sarah.S