20 Best Outdoor Play Experiences

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School holidays are here again! Many of us would be looking for fun things to do to keep our kids occupied.

Here we give you our top 20 picks for the best outdoor play experiences you can enjoy as a family.

1. Taman Tun Dr. Ismail  (TTDI) Park

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TTDI Park is a public park located next to a quiet neighbourhood, about 10-15 minutes from 1 Utama Shopping Center It is clean and well maintained with lush greenery, lots of benches and gazebos. It’s walking paths are baby friendly as it is easily manoeuvrable with a stroller. The park is also equipped with exercise equipment and outdoor play areas for the kids. 

Although most of the park patrons use the facilities to exercise, many also enjoy the park for picnics, or just for a casual stroll. The stream is very popular amongst the kids to play and splash around in. Sometimes you might see visitors feeding the fishes, turtles and even monkeys. All in all, it’s a very pretty, fun park for the whole family.

Address: Jalan Abang Haji Openg, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

2. Skytrex Adventure

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Those looking for an adventure should head on over to Skytrex Adventure. This challenge circuit is located inside the Shah Alam National Botanical Park. There are three different circuits with different levels of difficulties. Each circuit comes with a list of challenges you need to complete. For those who would like to just enjoy nature, you can set up a picnic, relax and watch others rough it out to complete their challenges.

Address: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Shah Alam.

Facebook: Skytrex Adventure

Phone: +601 3276 9841

3. i-City Theme Park

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This is a theme park not to be missed if you’re in Klang Valley. There’s a Water World, a Snowalk, an amusement park, a City of Digital Lights, a trick art museum, a wax museum, a Ferris wheel, a 5D cinema, and the list goes on! The different attractions open and close at varied times. Check out their website for more information. 

AddressJalan Multimedia 7/AJ, I-city, Shah Alam.

Facebook: I-City Leisure 

Phone: +603 5521 8866/+603 5521 8800

4. KL Tower Mini Zoo

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You can find a wide range of exotic animals here, ranging from a massive python to cheeky squirrel monkeys and cuddly rabbits. The area is not very stroller friendly so be prepared to do some lifting if you are dependent on one. Suitable for families who’d like to see animals in a cosier environment, as compared to Farm in the City.

Address: Ground Floor, Menara Kuala Lumpur

Facebook: KL Tower Mini Zoo

Phone: +603 2022 3943

5. Free Tree Society

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Want to do something different with your kids and family? The Free Tree Society opens it’s beautiful garden in Bangsar on Tuesdays and Saturdays to volunteers. They are always in need of volunteers to help them plant and pot trees that will be used for their giveaway projects. You and your kids will be taught the correct way to plant trees, and about sustainable practices. It’s a fun way to spend a morning with family and to make new friends while helping to green the earth. 

Address: 91, Jalan Limau Purut, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

Facebook: Free Tree Society

6. KLCC Park

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This park is a nice place to wind down once you’re done shopping at the Suria KLCC mall. The park’s lush greenery spans across 50-acres. You can let your kids roam free at the children’s playground which takes up about 2-acres, or have a splash in the wading pool. Alternatively, you can go for a  jog along the 1.3km track or simply enjoy the views and do some bird watching.

Address: Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur

7. FlowRider, 1 Utama

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Want to wave surf? Find your way to FlowRider where you can learn the basic skills and tricks in a safe environment. It’s the ultimate watersport experience!

Children need to have a minimum height of 107cm in order to be able to enjoy this facility. However, there is also a wading pool for the little ones who can’t surf yet. There are cafes around for parents to dine al fresco while watching the kids learn how to surf.

Address: LG Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.

Facebook: FlowRider

Phone: +603 7710 0833

8. Putrajaya Lake Cruise

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A nice way to sightsee Malaysia’s administrative capital, Putrajaya, is via the lake cruise. One can opt for a cruise by day or night. There are two types of boats available. The first is the air-conditioned, glass covered catamarans similar to Paris’s ‘Bateaux Mouches‘. These can hold up to 76 people for sightseeing or dining cruises.

The second option is the traditional hand-crafted Terengganu wooden perahu. These are the Malaysian equivalent of gondolas. These can hold up to seven passengers per boat.

The cruise runs hourly and lasts for 20 to 45 minutes depending on your boat selection. The route passes the Putra Mosque, the Istana Darul Ehsan, the Millennium Monument, ministry buildings and more. 

Discounted fares are available for children, senior citizens and families.

Address: Jeti Putra, Jambatan Putra, Presint 1, Putrajaya

Facebook: Cruise Tasik Putrajaya 

Phone:  +603 8888 5539

9. Kepong Metropolitan Park

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The Kepong Metropolitan Park is famous among the locals for kite flying activities. You can see people flying kites of all shapes and sizes on a daily basis. This park covers an area of 95-hectares and about 100m of it has been cleared of all trees and barriers for kites to take off. There is a lake, a remote control car track, a cycling track, a  football field, a boathouse, a viewing tower, and a playground. It promises to be a fun day out for the family.

Address: Jalan Lingkaran Tengah 2, Kepong Metropolitan Lake-garden.

10. Eats, Shoots and Roots

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Want to start growing edible food in your backyards and balconies? You can check this community out as they’ll be able to design and build your edible garden. The best part is, there are educational programmes for kids and adults to help grow green fingers, thumbs and more! They also organise school holiday programs like Plant Play, An Insect Life and so on. Follow this link for information on their upcoming activities.

Facebook: Eat, Shoots and Roots

11. Kota Damansara Community Forest

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The Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve (KDCFR), or Hutan Simpan Komuniti Kota Damansara, covers 320-hectares. There are 11 km of trails in the forest which are divided into seven interconnected routes. They are the Petaling Trail, Scout’s Trail, Temuan Trail, Sahabat Trail, Unity Trail, Harmony Trail and Aunty Sipew’s Garden. There are plenty of signage’s to help guide you through the trails and the forest is very well maintained.

Address: Jalan Merbah 10/1, Seksyen 10 Kota Damansara.

Facebook: Kota Damansara Community Forest Society

12. The Central Park @ Desa Park City

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This is a park for outdoor play not just for adults and kids, but for dogs too.  It’s a sprawling park with beautiful scenery and a huge lake. Weekends are the busiest. 

There is a dog park area where you can see dogs roaming freely, playing fetch and just ‘socialising’. If that’s not your thing then you can always take your kids to the playground. Their playground equipment is unique and unlike the usual ones you see around. 

If you enjoy biking, the park is very popular with cyclists too. There are plenty of rental options at the nearby Waterfront.

Address: Desa Park City, Kuala Lumpur.

13. Lake Gardens

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Known to some as the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park, the Lake Gardens covers 227-acres. The plus point for this park is that it’s accessible via bus, KTM and light rail services. There’s actually so much to do and see around Lake Gardens itself. You can do a tour by foot or even hop onto the tram (for a small fee) to get around. If you’d like to just stay put; plan for a picnic, allow the kids to roam freely at the huge play area or bird watch and simply enjoy nature. You could also park yourself at the Bamboo Playhouse nearby.

The park is open from 7.00am to 8.00pm, Mondays to Sundays.

Address: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Taman Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur.

Facebook: Perdana Botanical Garden

14. Shah Alam National Botanical Park

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Also known as Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam, this is Malaysia’s first agriculture park. It was opened in 1986 to the public and is one of the largest in the world. It has an animal park, an ornamental garden, a four seasons temperate house, a spice & beverages garden, a cactus garden,  a tropical food garden, a paddy field, and a herbs and medicinal garden.

Aside from this, the park also houses the Skytrek Adventure Park, flyfishing facilities, a swimming pool, and cycling facilities.

Plan well as there are so many things to do here. In fact, it may require several visits to attempt all the different activities. The Skytrek challenge itself can take up a whole morning. Operating hours for the whole park are 7.30am to 5.00pm from Tuesdays to Sundays.

Address: Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam, Shah Alam

Facebook: Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam 

Phone: +603 5510 7048

15. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

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Birds flying around, birds walking on the ground and even birds sitting on your head – what better way to experience the KL Bird Park! Located in the Lake Gardens, the Bird Park covers about 20.9-acres. The birds are categorised into 4 zones – Zone 1 and 2 make up the free-flight zone; Zone 3 is the Hornbill Park and Zone 4 is where the birds are placed in separate cages and mini aviaries. You can play with the free-roaming birds, feed them and pose with them. You can also dine at their famous Hornbill Restaurant. The park is open daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm including public holidays and school holidays.

Address:  920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur.

Facebook: KL Bird Park

Phone: +603 2272 1010

16. Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park

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The largest butterfly garden in the world is on our home soil! It spans over 80,000 square feet of landscaped garden and houses over 5,000 butterflies, plants, ferns and more. The park is also home to koi fishes, turtles and there’s also an indoor display of various insects. 

Address: Taman Tasik Perdana, Jalan Cendarasari, Kuala Lumpur.

Phone: +603 26934799/ +603 2693 4907

17. Zoo Negara

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Life will never be complete for a child without a trip to the zoo. Our national zoo, Zoo Negara is located in Ulu Klang, Gombak, and has been open since 1963. It has seen a lot of expansions and upgrades since. Today it has over 5,137 specimens from 476 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. At the zoo, you can also watch the multi-animal shows and enjoy the animal appearances. Don’t forget to check out the giant pandas too!

Address: Jalan Ulu Kelang, Kemensah Heights, Ampang.

Facebook: Zoo Negara Malaysia

Phone: +603 4108 3422

18. Farm In The City 

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This animal farm is like a mini zoo, however, you get to be a lot closer to the animals. You can feed and touch the animals which include birds, reptiles, rabbits and guinea pigs.

After visiting the animals you can go for a jungle walk and even longkang fishing! Not only that, there is a vegetable farm and an orchard of fruit trees. Be sure to bring your sunblock, sunnies, umbrellas and a little fan if you’re not a fan of the heat.

Address: Lot 40187-40788, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat, Bandar Putra Permai, Seri Kembangan.

Facebook: Farm In The City

Phone: +603 8941 3099

19. KL Forest Eco Park

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This park is one of the oldest permanent forest reserves in Malaysia. It is famous for its 200m canopy walk. Once you reach the top, you’ll be able to see the aerial view of our beautiful Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy the fresh air whilst walking through the trail, have a picnic or visit the Timber Product Gallery and Herbal Garden.

Address: Jalan Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +603 2020 1606

20. Sunway Lagoon

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Who hasn’t heard of Sunway Lagoon? If you haven’t, you better head on over as it has everything for everyone in the family. It is the ultimate place to take your kids! There’s an amusement park, a wet park, a petting zoo, extreme park, surf pool and a whole lot more. One day there is probably not enough. 

Address: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya

Facebook: Sunway Lagoon Malaysia

Phone: +603 5639 0000

Anne Aeria was all about 9-to-6 workdays until she gained a new boss, her son Isa Alexander Ruffin. Now a freelance writer and NirvanaFitness instructor, she spends her days chasing her toddler around and being wrapped around his little finger.