With classic attractions such as Sunway Lagoon, Aquaria and Zoo Negara having re-opened their doors this month, families are spoiled for choice when it comes to fun places to spend the weekend at! Looking for alternative options you may not have considered before? Here are some new favourites on our list that we can’t wait to explore with our families – safely and responsibly, of course!
For Nature Lovers
1. 99 Wonderland Park
Animal-loving kids will be fascinated feeding wildlife at the park’s Deer Yard, Ostrich Farm, Bird Square, Peacock House, Duck Lagoon and 99 Wild Island. Pick up fish, bird and animal food at the ticket counter and hop on their 99 Train Rides and Madagascar Carousel Ride, as ostriches roam freely around. Don’t forget to take a family photo too, in front of the stunning 12 Chinese Zodiac sculptures and dynamic dinosaur display (don’t miss their two Tyrannosauruses, standing at a height of 3.5 meters)). If you can, try and stay until night time to catch the park’s magnificent 99 Musical Dancing Fountain show that’s sure to be hit!
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 11pm
Friday: 5pm – 12am
Saturday, Sunday, School Holidays, Public Holidays: 9am – 4pm and 5pm -12am
[Sunday: Closed at 11pm]
Address: Jalan 1/3A, Pusat Bandar Utara, 68100, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
2. Aves World
Take your little ones to the cutest petting zoo in front of Broga Hill this weekend. They’ll be making new friends with baby farm animals in no time! The farmhouse is packed with baby goats, rabbits, ducklings, chicks and ponies for your kids to hold and feed. Kids can experience net fishing in the pools provided, and swing by the Stingless Bee farm to taste the fresh honey from the bee hives. Your little farmers can also collect and plant organic sweetcorn there, too. You can start or end your trip by catching the hot air balloon ride (running from 7am to 10pm) for an adventurous and unforgettable experience.
Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Address: Lot PT, 1351, Jalan Sungai Lalang, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor
Contact: 010-528 6118
3. Kebun-Kebun Bangsar
Only a two-minute drive from Bangsar Village, and you’ll discover a green haven and wondrous community city farm. Explore this little gem, which houses chicken, geese, ducks, rabbits and turkeys (not to mention a sheep and a cow!), as you soak in the stunning panoramic views of KL’s skyline at the hill top. Kids can hang out at the duck pond and adorable rabbit corner, where their hungry inhabitants are always happy for a treat! This nice pocket of countryside also has sprouting vegetables and fruits, which are donated to soup kitchens and the underprivileged.
Tuesday – Sunday: 8.30am – 7pm
Closed on Monday
Address: Lorong Bukit Pantai, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 016-414 1620
For Active Adventurers
4. Escape Challenge Theme Park
Take up this exciting challenge and bring those active little feet to the only indoor adventure park in PJ! The Monkey School is filled with obstacles, including miniature installations and rope courses, to get your kids up and running. For kids who love the thrill of racing, try out the Zoom Bug to make hi-speed turns on the tracks with low three-wheeled bicycles. Parents are welcome to ride with them and join in the fun as well!
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 8pm
Closed on Monday
Address: No.1, Jalan SS7/ 26A GB-07, Boulevard, Level G, Paradigm Mall, Ss 7, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-7665 1106
5. Blue Ice Skating Rink, 163 Retail Park
Escape the rainy season, and pretend it’s snowing outside by ice skating away indoors at 163 Retail Park in Mont Kiara. The rink may be smaller, but it is a perfect size for our small kiddies to learn and practice a new skill. Look out for their bright neon light signages on the walls to snap pictures, capturing precious memories with your family.
Opening Hours: Open everyday from 10am – 10pm
Address: 3F-03, 163 Retail Park, 8, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 018-377 4033
6. Kids Nation, 163 Retail Park
Also located at 163 Retail Park, this colourful indoor soft play area that spans over three levels with slides, trampolines, webbing bridges, crawling tunnels and a ball pit that will thrill mini explorers for hours on end! There is also a lovely library corner for the bookworms of the family to read and relax, after a tiring day of playing.
Opening Hours: Open everyday from 10am – 8pm
Address: 163 Retail Park, 3F – 06, 07 & 08, 8, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-6419 4976 / 0127881843 (WhatsApp)
7. Beast Park
Let your kids unleash their inner beasts and conquer great heights at the 15-meter high indoor space in Jumpa, Sungei Wang. The Lil’ Beast Park has a mini-sized rope course, easy rock climbing walls guided by LED bulbs and fun caves to explore. The more daring kids over 120cm can try out the obstacle course at their Ninja Park and chill five floors up at the Beast Net. Weary parents can take rest with a well-deserved cuppa and some healthy snacks at their café, located in the midst of all the action.
Monday – Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 8pm
Address: Level 3, JUMPA @ Sungei Wang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan.
Contact: 03-2713 7128
8. Skytrex Sg Congkak, Hulu Langat
Adrenaline junkies will love embarking on an exhilarating jungle canopy and zipline outdoor adventure, set in the cool and hilly area of Hulu Langat. The River Thrill circuit will have kids climbing and flying high above the river rapids, amidst breaths of fresh forest air. This intermediate level requires participants to be at a minimum height of 110cm. Kids below 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Opening Hours: Open everyday from 9am – 6pm
Address: Batu 20, 1/2, Jalan Sungai Congkak, Kampung Padang, 43100 Hulu Langat, Selangor
Contact: 013-276 9841
For Lovers of the Creative Arts
9. BookXcess, MyTOWN
Spend a quiet day with the kids curled up at BookXcess’ spectacular (and newly opened) bookstore in MyTOWN Shopping Center. Your little bookworms will enjoy the waterproof books displayed in a bathtub, hand-painted mouse characters on the walls, and a life-sized baby Elephant Parade statue. The contemporary space is filled with books of all genres, set within high shelves that line Zen-like stone pathways, and features a deck overlooking the scenic city skyline. After a day of good books, dine in at Umi Tei, the Japanese restaurant housed within the premises, or grab a coffee at Whisk Coffee Bar and Cakes (also located within the store). Make sure to check every corner, as there is a hidden art gallery and a piano for anyone who wishes to play a tune.
Opening Hours: Open everyday from 10am – 10pm
Address: Lot No. L1-012, Level 1, MyTOWN Shopping Centre, 6, Jalan Cochrane, Seksyen 90, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-9286 5200
10. Ilham Gallery
Wander through modern and contemporary art paintings and sculptures to awaken the creative minds of your little ones. Kids who are accompanied by a vaccinated adult can explore the gallery’s latest exhibition, Kok Yew Puah: Portrait of a Malaysian Artist, which is running from now until 3rd April 2022. Keep an eye out as well for the gallery’s fantastic llham Kids: Art Discovery Tours, which will hopefully resume again next year, with special tours to help tots cultivate a greater appreciation for the arts.
Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 7pm
Closed on Monday
Address: Levels 3 and 5, Ilham Tower, 8, Jln Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2181 3003
by Aliaa Baharudin
Aliaa is a mummy to a high spirited little boy. When she’s not cooking his favourite meals and reading story books before his bedtime, she enjoys watching Netflix and makeup videos.