Things to do in Kuala Lumpur with Kids

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There are countless things to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids! Whether you are new in the city, staying in town for the holidays or just looking for something different to do on the weekend or school holidays, you will this comprehensive list of children’s activities in KL and surroundings helpful. 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 in KL

In the heat of the tropics a water park is a perfect activity with children. On the other hand, the indoor venues tend to be air-conditioned and provide equally good respite from the heat and afternoon rain.

  • Kidzania: Hard to categorize, but Kidzania is one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids. 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.
  • SuperPark is a new concept in KL: a purpose-built indoor activity park for all ages and sizes to move and have fun. Opening in December, SuperPark promises jumping, swinging, climbing, sliding and racing – looks like it will be one of the coolest things to do with kids in KL!
  • Beast Park is the latest indoor attraction in the city centre. It has Camp5 climbing gym, Beast Junior active playground with a ninja course, floating nets and Artisan Roast café. Read our review here.

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 and they can entertain kids up to the age of about five. Remember to bring socks!

  • Kids’ E World in 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 ones entertained, too.
  • 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 had a cool icy theme and has an area in the front where parents can keep an eye out for the playing kids.
  • Kiddomo Universe in the Starling mall is a new kind of interactive playland – read our review here.
  • Jurassica is a combo of a dinosaur museum and indoor playground – read our review here.
  • Milky Way Play Space is a galaxy-themed play area at Paradigm mall with extra fun stuff like a climbing wall and VR games.
  • We Rock the Spectrum is a play area for children across all spectrums and has unique equipment for children with different needs.
  • Reka Zone is geared towards the tiny ones, at IOI Mall Puchong and KL Gateway Mall.
  • Kid’z Paradise has a few locations in the Klang Valley, including The Mines and Quill City Mall.
  • Blokke at Citta mall is a Lego-themed playland.
  • Espace Ekocheras is a new indoor playground with a very cool velcro wall! Read more here.

Sports in KL

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  • 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. EnerZ has obstacle courses and trampolines in Subang Jaya – our review here.
  • District21: A different kind of indoor park experience – physical activities in an apocalyptic environment. Read more here.
  • Air rider is great for those who are looking for an adrenaline-packed experience!
  • Flow rider in 1Utama is the closes place you can go surfing here!
  • Skytrex in is the place for flying and swinging. Minimum height is 110 cm. Note that they have a new location – our review here.
  • Camp5 indoor rock climbing gym 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.
  • 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.
  • Indoor Archery
  • 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.
  • SuperPark is a new concept in KL: a purpose-built indoor activity park for all ages and sizes to move and have fun. Opening in December, SuperPark promises jumping, swinging, climbing, sliding and racing – looks like it will be one of the coolest things to do with kids in KL!

Parks and walks in KL

KL has surprisingly many green spaces, many great places to visit with kids. Explore a bit further, and there are lovely jungle walks and walking trails within a short drive from KL.

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  • 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. Read more about the many wonderful things to do at the Lake Gardens here.
  • 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.
  • 99 Wonderland park is a large park area near Batu caves, open only during the evenings. More info here.
  • Kota Damansara Community Forest is actually a forest reserve, and has some family-friendly walks.

Skating

It may come as a surprise but there are quite a few places in KL to take the kids skating. Read our “Skate the haze away” post here.

  • Sunway Pyramid  ice rink is located in the shopping mall, making it an easy day out.
  • Myniss at Empire City is the latest ice rink with fabulously smooth ice. Check the re-icing times before heading out to avoid waiting them to finish.
  • Royale Chulan’s ice rink is easily accessible at the E-Curve.
  • Iescape at IOI City mall in Putrajaya is the latest addition to the skating rinks.
  • 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

There are a few established institutions in KL, that offer cultural experiences for families. In addition to these (listed below), there are numerous little art workshops in most shopping centres and neighbourhood malls – the often offer drop-off classes of few hours.

  • 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 has a gift shop, 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.

Get to see animals in KL

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Science & Technology

  • Petrosains: Big and beautiful, definitely worth a visit: one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur for science buffs. Easily accessible at Suria KLCC.
  • 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. *CURRENTLY CLOSED
  • Police museum: A big museum where the kids can get inside some of the police vehicles.
  • National Science Centre is open again! Read about our visit to Pusat Sains Negara here.
  • Building workshops like Blokspace: are a hit with both boys and girls.

Sightseeing with Kids in KL

Even if you live here, there are wonderful attractions in KL that don’t get old. We love exploring Chinatown, but often return to experience these favourites:

  • KL Tower: for fantastic views of the city and the glass balcony experience. 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.
  • Museum of Illusions in Bukit Bintang has loads of great photo opportunities.
  • Bank Negara Museum has a small kids’ section, read our review here.

Culture

Libraries

Our list of children’s libraries can be found here.

Other

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.

For day trips from KL have a look at this post. We also have a post on what to do in Melaka and things to do in Penang.

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    1. Thanks for the tip! The list is on activities that anyone can do at any time rather than camps/courses/classes. I am guessing it’s more like a regular class? We’ll have to do a post on sports classes for kids soon!

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