[This article was first published on 3rd December 2018, and has been updated as at 14th July 2023 by Elaine Yeoh and Hemala Devaraj]
In Malaysia, the heat and humidity of the daytime may be very stifling for families! If you’re looking for some opportunities to spend time with the kids on a cool, breezy evening, here are some options around the country to consider.
Lights, lights and more lights to make your little ones go ‘wow’. The City of Digital Lights at i-City opens at 5:30pm but the glittery magic begins when the sun goes down. Recognized by CNN as one the Top 25 Brightest Places in the World, be dazzled by many attractions in its outdoor spaces, with amusing outdoor park rides and over 1.0 million LEDs lightscape. With the City of Digital lights being split into two zones, it may take more than a visit to cover it all, unless you are willing to stay till closing time!
If you’re feeling like something cold and snowy instead, visit the Winter Wonderland at SnoWalk Aurora, and catch the aurora lights at this 50,000 square feet theme park featuring a below 5 degrees snow space.
Hours (City of Digital Lights): 5.30pm to 12.00am (Monday to Friday); 5.00pm to 12.00am (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays); Zone B is closed on Tuesdays
Hours (SnoWalk Aurora): 3.30pm to 11.00pm (Monday to Friday); 1.00pm to 11.00pm (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday); Closed on Tuesdays
Price: RM25 to RM80 (Depending on age, day and time)
Contact: 03-5521 8800
Address: I-City, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
2. Pasar Malam – Klang Valley’s Night Markets
A beloved fixture in Malaysian life, the pasar malam or night market is a must-do for families. It’s something that is truly Malaysian and a wonderful memory for children – from authentic street food to little bargains here and there. For a good introduction to the pasar malam, families can try the ones at TTDI or Bangsar on Sundays, or just check out your local pasar malam – it’s the best bet for proximity and convenience!
Within KLCC Park are two musical fountains, where the Lake Symphony Light and Sound Water Fountain shows display over 150 unique programmed animations in a magical performance of sound and water. Showtimes are at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm daily. However, the fountains start lighting up (lights only) at 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm. Totally free and a nice highlight after walking around the park or shopping in the KLCC mall, the fountains are nice but it can be a little crowded considering the location!
From the opportunity to look at a variety of animals to relaxing in a park with various landscapes, the 99 Wonderland Park is open all the way till 11pm or 12am. The park includes a T-Rex Ring, 12 Zodiac Zone, Golden Waterfall, and Sky Fountain. People have described it as a ‘farm in a city, surrounded by a lake’.
Hours: 5:00pm to 11:00pm (Monday to Thursday, Sunday); 9:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays); 5:00pm to 12:00am (Friday, Saturday, Eve and Public Holidays)
Contact: 012-995 5399
Address: 99 WONDERLAND PARK, Jalan 1/3A, Pusat Bandar Utara, 68100, Kuala Lumpur
The fun continues at Sunway Lagoon after the sun sets. The cowboy themed night park will be featuring countless thrills after hours, including iconic fire performances and Wild Wild West attractions. Yee-Haw!
Price: RM55 (Adult); RM60 (Child)
Contact: 03-5639 0000
Hours: Every day (6:00pm to 11:00pm), Closed on Tuesdays (except during School Holidays and Public Holidays)
Address: 3 Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya
6. Putrajaya Secret Garden
It’s a secret garden that’s not-so-secret anymore ever since it went viral last year during its launch. Visit this beautifully illuminated space tucked within Putrajaya for an ethereal Avatar-like experience. Walk through the green pathways after the sun sets, and be captivated by colourful, neon lights draped around trees, bushes and pillars all around the garden.
Hours: 24 hours
Address: In front of Hotel Pulse Grande, Taman Putra Perdana, Presint 1 Putrajaya
Play tourist in your own country and bring the kids on a double decker bus to watch the dazzling lights light up the city at night! Little ones will get a whole different perspective of KL on the KL City of Lights tour, where they will be able to witness iconic national buildings in a different light and even get to take photos at selected stops.
Price: RM35 (Malaysian adult); RM20 (Malaysian child); RM65 (Non-Malaysian adult); RM30 (Non-Malaysian child)
Contact: 011-1230 5350
Hours: Every day (8:00pm Departure time)
Starting Point: Kiosk Stop 01, Bukit Bintang (next to Sungei Wang Plaza)
8. Saloma Link Bridge
Functionally it is a 69-metre covered walkway linking the area of Kampung Baru to the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. But come night, this popular night spot transforms into a myriad of LED lights, illuminating the bridge and providing Insta-worthy photo opportunities for you and the kids! The unique bridge architecture was inspired by the Sirih Junjung (betel nut leaf arrangements) that is traditionally offered in ceremonies, and serves as a symbol of unity. The colourful patterns on the bridge change on and off, so keep your eyes peeled and best look out for the Malaysian Flag design beautifully surrounding it.
Hours: 5.00am-1.00am (Monday – Saturday), 5.00am-12.00am (Sunday and Public Holiday) – recommended viewing from 7pm-11pm, when the bridge lights up.
Address: Lorong Raja Muda Musa 3, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
When in Putrajaya with the young ones, be sure to stop by this latest attraction, where visitors can learn the importance of the ecosystem, as well as the surrounding flora and fauna – all presented using animatronics, replicas, holograms, augmented reality (AR) and digital content featuring various animated characters. The attraction is currently operational, with sections such as the Dinosaur Encounter, Jungle Jive, Flamingo Parade, Aviary Archive, EduPlay Centre and more.
Come September 2023, there will be more attractive and exciting attractions added. You can purchase tickets on the spot, or online at their website.
Price: RM25 (Malaysian adults), RM15 (Malaysian child), RM40 (Non-Malaysian adult), RM20 (Non-Malaysian child)
Hours: 10.00am-7.00pm (Daily) Last admission: 6.00pm
Address: Persiaran Persekutuan, Precint 13, 62300 Putrajaya
Book a Kuala Selangor Firefly Tour and see how the little ones react when they spot these tiny insects (kelip-kelip) emitting bioluminescent light from their bodies creating a breathtaking display – all along a dark mangrove swamp. Kuala Selangor, some 70km from Kuala Lumpur is a small coastal town famous for delicious fresh seafood and …yes you guessed it fireflies!
Some of these tours are paired with additional charming attractions nearby, a chance to spot some eagles and a seafood dinner. Instead of booking a tour, you can also drive directly to the Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park and get to the jetty there to book your boat ticket. Please check prices online as different boat operators offer different packages. Most boat tours operate from 7.00pm to 10.00pm.
Price: RM50 per traditional boat (run by the district council at the Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park)
Contact: 03-3289 1439
Hours: 7.45pm to 10.30pm
Address: Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park, Jalan Rawang 45000, Kuala Selangor, Selangor
If it’s a night attraction you’re looking for in Langkawi, then the newly opened Dream Forest Langkawi is it! Set within the lush Lubuk Semilang rainforest at the foot of Gunung Raya, the 7.2-acre park, which officially launched in May 2023, offers a nocturnal journey through mystical stories of Langkawi legends, such as Puteri Dayang Bunting, Tun Teja, Merong Mahawangsa and the Giants of Langkawi.
Explorers of all ages can enjoy a 1.2km trail in a pre-historic forest, while enjoying an immersive experience interacting with tales told through projection-mapping on the trees and surroundings. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for the walk and to give themselves enough time to explore the park.
Price: Opening promo ticket prices are available on Klook for RM68 (Malaysian adult); RM48 (Malaysian child); RM98 (Non-Malaysian adult) and RM68 (Non-Malaysian child)
Contact: 013-487 3277
Hours: 7.00pm to 12.00am (daily), Closed on Wednesdays (except for Public Holidays and School Holidays)
Address: Lubuk Semilang, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah
Enjoy a 45-minute boat ride along the Melaka River, where you can set your eyes upon interesting sights such as Jonker Street (popular as a street food hub), the Church of St. Francis Xavier, Stadthuys – the famous historical structure in the heart of the city centre, as well as about six bridges, each with its own historical significance. Tickets can be bought either at Spice Garden Jetty or Melaka River Square Jetty. Alternatively, you can get your tickets online here.
Price: RM25 (Malaysian adult); RM15 (Malaysian child); RM30 (Non-Malaysian adult); RM25 (Non-Malaysian child)
Contact: 06-281 4322
Hours: 9.00am to 11.00pm (Daily)
Address: Dataran Pengkalan Rama, Pengkalan Rama Pantai, 75100 Melaka
Head over to this family-friendly park at night to enjoy exciting attractions and fun performances, such as the Flaming Percussion and Tales of the Tribe. Take a dip in one of the 12 hot springs pools and relax the night away, before heading out to the petting zoo, where your kids will love seeing crocodiles, bearcats and other forest friends. Those without any fear of creepy crawlies would also appreciate Tarantula Alley, where you can get up close and personal with the park’s hairy spiders!
Hours: 6.00pm -11.00pm (Daily)
Price: RM85 (Adult); RM76 (Child)
Contact: 05-542 8888
Address: 1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150, Ipoh, Perak
What’s better than a day out at the zoo? A night out at the zoo, instead! Little ones will remain wide awake as they spot owls, flamingos, crocodiles, zebras and more. You can opt to walk the grounds, or take a tram or buggy. Zoo Taiping is the oldest zoo in Malaysia, and is located in the greater area of the sprawling Taiping Lake Gardens.
Hours: 8.00pm-11.00pm (Daily)
Price: RM20 (Adult); RM10 (Child)
Contact: 05-808 6577
Address: Jalan Pekeliling, Taman Tasik Taiping, 34000, Taiping, Perak
If you’re in Port Dickson, looking for somewhere to take the kids to at night, here’s a fun option! The mini zoo at this park will keep the little ones entertained, while parents can take photos of the well lit-up surroundings, adorned with designs of different structures such as the Eiffel Tower and Mount Fuji.
Price: RM25 (Adults); RM18 (Children)
Contact: 017 566 5911
Address: Lot 3636, Batu 9, Jalan Pantai, Kampung Sungai Menyala, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Enjoy your cooler evenings and late-night activities with the kids, #makchicmumsquad!