Aside from lofty skyscrapers, there’s plenty of things to do in Kuala Lumpur, ranging from heart-pumping thrills and realistic virtual experiences to green havens and architectural marvels!
Here’s our pick of top 10 things to do and places to visit in Kuala Lumpur with your family!
1. Walk with the Butterflies at KL Butterfly Park
Location: Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, Jalan Cenderasari, Taman Botani Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Malaysia
Operating hours: Daily/9 am – 6 pm
Admission: RM 25/adult | RM 13/child
Situated at the edge of the scenic Perdana Botanical Gardens is the KL Butterfly Park, another scenic garden. Amidst the lush vegetation, koi pond and mini waterfall, vibrant and exotic butterflies take flight, making it quite a sight to behold. Aside from the butterflies, there is also an exhibit showcasing insects such as beetles and camouflaged stick insects, where you can learn more about the insects.
2. Go Wild at Berjaya Times Square Theme Park
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Location: Berjaya Times Square, No. 09-103, 9th Floor, No.1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating hours: Daily/12 pm – 10 pm
Admission: RM 70/adult | RM 65/child
Pop into Berjaya Times Square Theme Park to get away from the humdrum of daily life. The theme park is divided into three different play areas—the Galaxy Station with dizzying rides and arcade games; the Fantasy Garden where there are soft rides and mini games for the kiddos; and Virtual Reality featuring immersive ride and gaming experiences.
3. Play at Kidorealm
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Location: Sunway Geo Avenue, B1-03-02, Level 3,Block B1, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, 47500, Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia
Operating hours: Daily/10 am – 9 pm
Admission: From RM 45
Kidorealm takes a turn from the usual plastic slides and sand pits with its wooden play elements. Most of the playthings in this ocean-themed playground is made of wood, from the main play structure, which looks like a tower bridge, to the ‘sand’ pit that’s actually filled with wood chips instead of sand. Aside from the slides, pretend-play area with kitchen and dollhouse sets, puzzles, books and mini-rides, this indoor playground also has an aquarium. And after a good play session, you can shop for toys, games and educational books at Kidorealm.
4. Scale the Walls at Funtopia Courtyard
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Location: Funtopia Courtyard Mall, Jalan SS15/4G, SS15, 47500 Subang Jaya
Operating hours: Daily/10 am – 8 pm
Admission: From RM 15
Funtopia Courtyard is a bright little climbing room with a variety of colorful walls. It’s an ideal place to introduce your little ones to the world of climbing. This indoor adventure park has a ropes obstacle course for the tots to challenge and an array of themed interactive walls, ranging from medieval castles to dark chimneys. To add to the thrill-course, little adventurers can also zipline down a giant slide.
For the younger ones not ready for the thrills and walls, there’s The Magic Maze, an indoor playground, to keep them entertained.
5. Visit KLCC Park for a Green Respite
Location: Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating hours: Daily/7 am – 10 pm
Sitting in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, is KLCC Park, a green lung of the city. Amid flourishing tropical greenery, the park features lakes, fountains, benches, winding footpaths, a big children’s playground and a wading pool. If you’re visiting at night, be sure to drop by Lake Symphony to catch the water show, a popular attraction in the park.
6. Explore Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery
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Location: Sasana Kijang, 2 Jalan Dato’ Onn, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating hours: Daily/10 am – 6 pm
Here’s an interesting museum to check out with the little ones. The Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery is dedicated to banking and finance. Learning about economic, its history and importance in Malaysia is made much more fun, even for kids, due to its interactive exhibits. Showcases include a long tunnel made up of RM 1 million, a huge display of banknotes from around the world, and a mountain of (most probably fake) gold ingots and cash.
7. Witness the Beauty of Thean Hou Temple
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Location: 65, Persiaran Endah, Off Jalan Syed Putra, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating hours: Daily/8 am – 10 pm
Thean Hou Temple is dedicated to Mazu, the Sea Goddess. The six-tiered grand structure made up of imposing pillars, impressive roofs and ornate embellishments, has over the years become more than a place of worship, attracting tourists in the hordes. Also, inside the temple, you can get a splendid view of Kuala Lumpur and outside the temple, there is a garden, a wishing well and a tortoise pond that you can explore.
8. Learn Your Dinosaurs at Jurassica
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Location: The Gardens Mall, Lot T216C, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 3rd Floor, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating hours: Daily/11 am – 7 pm
Admission: RM 29/adult | RM 49/child
If you have some free time, why not take a walk in a dinosaur park? While the real ones might be extinct, you can meet the replicas at Jurassica. Featuring animatronic dinosaurs like the notorious T-Rex, the indoor theme park provides interesting information about these prehistoric creatures through fun interactive activities such as wall climbing. They also have an excavation-style sand pit and Jurassic-themed playground.
9. Get Your Fun from Virtual Reality at The Rift
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Location: 3rd Floor, North Court, MidValley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating hours: Daily/10 am – 10 pm
Admission: From RM 20
Sometimes a walk in the park is not enough downtime from our hectic reality. On those days, you should just go ahead and take a jump into a different reality, a virtual one. The Rift is a digital playground offering over 20 immersive augmented and virtual reality experiences, from interactive wall climbing and intense river rafting to high-tension car race and action-packed shootouts.
While The Rift is open to all 7 years old and above, little ones, 3 years old and above, have got The Rift Junior, complete with slides and a big ball pit.
10. Go Shopping at the Central Market
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Location: Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating hours: Daily/10.00 am – 9.30 pm
First built in 1888 to serve as a wet market, the Central Market today is an iconic landmark in Malaysia. After undergoing several revamps, the Central Market has been transformed into a vibrant hub for Malaysian culture, arts and crafts.
On the ground floor, the market is divided into different sections, such as Lorong India, Lorong Melayu and Straits Chinese, offering an insight into the different cultures in Malaysia and their features. You can find local handicrafts, textiles, souvenirs, collectibles and more on sale here. On the second floor, there is a food court serving a variety of Asian delights.
This list was compiled with information available from various sources. While we try to maintain accuracy, we do advise you to check with the respective establishment/merchant before making a trip to the above-mentioned places.
This article was originally published on BYKidO's blog.