Kids should be encouraged to play outdoors and what best place to motivate them but outdoor playgrounds?
We searched high and low for the Klang Valley’s best playgrounds. We know you’ll be familiar with a lot of the playgrounds on our list, but we’re hoping you won’t know all of them.
We admit that we’ve left lots of good playgrounds off the list—we had to—but we hope you’ll weigh in to let us know if any of them is a favourite of yours. But as the weekend approaches, we wish you happy exploring and abundant sunny skies to accompany you out the door!
3. KLCC Park
1. Pusat Sains Negara
Access to the playground is free, and visitors are welcome to head over to the Science Centre (fee is RM6 for adults and RM3 for children), or Dinosaur Encounter Exhibition (fee is RM15 for adults and RM12 for children age 4-12) for more learning.
Hours: Saturday to Thursdays 9:00am to 4.30pm, Closed on Fridays
Address: Persiaran Bukit Kiara, Bukit Kiara, 50662, KL.
The Publika park is small and simple. They have basic activities for kids to take part in but the concept and design of the overall playground is interesting as it has a futuristic feel and is quite avant-garde compared to many other playgrounds. Parents are encouraged to watch their children at all times as no kid is allowed to play without the supervision of an adult in this park.
Address: The Park, 3rd floor, Publika Shopping Gallery, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480, KL.
Parking: Normal parking (everyday): RM3 for the first hour, RM2 for every subsequent hour; Premier parking (everyday): RM7 for the first 2 hours, RM3 for every subsequent hour
3. KLCC Park
KLCC Park is fairly large and includes a kiddie park with a water fountain. They have plenty of benches so you can keep an eye on your children with ease. Their security is strict and alert compared to many other playgrounds, however when we went, there were only a few guards on duty.
Address: Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088, KL.
Parking: Normal parking (everyday) RM5 for the first hour, RM4 for every subsequent hour; Premium parking (weekday) Rm15 for the first hour, RM4 for every subsequent hour
4. Taman Tasik Titiwangsa
The Taman Tasik Titiwangsa playground is located right across the lake from the park entrance, hence it’s a bit of a walk to get to. There’s an accompanying water play area, as well. Toilets are priced at 50 cents per visit and there are a number of benches and huts for families and parents to relax. When the kids are done with the playground, everyone can rent a bicycle and have fun safely cycling around the dedicated cycling lane!
Address: Jalan Kuantan, 53200, KL.
5. Perdana Botanical Garden Kuala Lumpur
The Perdana Botanical Garden Kuala Lumpur (previously known as Lake Gardens) was originally created as part of a recreational park but planted with collections of tropical plants. The garden has since been rehabilitated and turned into a Botanical Garden, with botanical collections and house features to give visitors the ambiance of being in a tropical rainforest, despite being in the middle of a bustling metropolis.
The park currently is home to a large playground, as well as a coffee shop serving refreshments. There are also security guards on duty, although as always, parents are advised to look after their children.
Hours: 7.00am to 8.00pm
Address: Jalan Parlimen, 50300, KL.
Parking: Limited free parking. RM4 entry at multi-storey carpark opposite Botanical Gardens.
6. Taman Metropolitan Kepong
Taman Metropolitan Park is easy to access. The entrance and parking is free and the playgrounds are not too far from the entrance. It’s quite a hilly location so it’d be best to go prepared and wear comfortable shoes at all times. There is also no security in sight when we went and so parents will have to be extra cautious. Toilets are located near the side entrance, and cost 20 cents per entry.
Address: Taman Metropolitan Kepong, 52100, KL.
7. Desa Park City
At Desa Park City, visitors can park their cars at the park or Waterfront mall that is located right next to the park. The playground appears to be small as compared to other playgrounds, but it’s clean and well kept. It also consists of quite interesting rides for children who pass the height regulations. Parents can have a bite at nearby Australian-inspired Jibby by The Park, while keeping a watch from afar, as their kids have fun running wild at the playground.
Address: 5, Persiaran Residen, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
Parking: Monday – Friday (First 2 hours- RM2 ), RM1 every subsequent hour; Weekends & Public holidays (First 2 hours- RM3), RM1 every subsequent hour
8. Plaza Arkadia
Just a stone’s throw away from the Desa Park City kids’ playground is Plaza Arkadia’s haven for kids. Their playground is smaller, with a cosy tree house concept and two mini, sunken trampolines- making it suitable for children of all ages to enjoy. When the kids are tired out and would like to rest their little legs, pop over to the Toy World shop for a mini train ride at a price of RM7 (open from 11am to 10pm daily).
Address: Plaza Arkadia, Jalan Residen 3, Desa Parkcity, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Parking: Free for the 1st Hour, RM2 for the second hour, RM1 for every subsequent hour
9. Gamuda Gardens- Xploria’s Adventure Playland
Nestled within the Gamuda Gardens township is the uniquely designed Adventure Playland playground. This playground offers more than just slides and swings, with zipline and rock climbing elements for both residents and visitors to enjoy. Adventure Playland is also part of Xploria, a fun filled park full of Xciting attractions to Xperience! While some attractions are free, others may need payment and/or pre booking.
Address: Persiaran Gamuda Gardens 1, Bandar Gamuda Gardens, 48050, Kuang, Selangor.
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10. Sri Hartamas Park
This newly renovated (and popular) park has everything for the entire family- from shiny new exercise equipment and a busy basketball court for fitness enthusiasts, to a fun playground for little adventurers, plus a large skating rink that’s perfect for a spot of rollerblading or bicycling. After a busy day running about the park’s wide open spaces, families can catch a relaxing breather at the park’s lanai area to take in the cool breeze and some friendly neighbourhood chatter.
Address: Sri Hartamas, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
If you know of other great playgrounds that we may have missed, please email us at email@example.com.
By: Kathryn Rao, Stephanie Boey and Elaine Yeoh
Image Credits: Stephanie Boey
[This article was first published on 27th August 2014 and has been updated as at 23rd March 2022.]