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!
1. Setia City Mall
Setia City Mall‘s outdoor playground is very well maintained. It has a new playground area with innovative design. The grounds and toilets are clean and there are a lot of benches for parents to rest. In case of an emergency, they also offer a ‘Just In Case’ button that will immediately contact the police. Although the location is quite far from the city of KL and PJ, it’s ideal for those living in Shah Alam.
Address: Persiaran Setia Dagang, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor.
Parking: Weekdays: Free for the first 3 hours, RM1 for every subsequent hour; Weekends & public holidays: RM2 for the first 3 hours, RM1 for every subsequent hour.
2. Pusat Sains Negara
Pusat Sains Negara is fairly large and has more than one playground. The uniqueness of this park is the fact that it incorporates science and learning with play – for example, the ‘whispering dome’. 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) for more learning.
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: Weekdays: RM2 for the first 3 hours, RM2 for every subsequent hour; Weekends & public holidays: RM2 per entry.
KLCC Park is fairly large and includes a kiddie park with a water fountain. They have newly renovated toilets and plenty of benches so you can keep an eye on your children with ease. While their security is strict and alert compared to many other playgrounds, although when we went we found only a few guards on duty.
Address: Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088, KL.
Parking: Monday – Saturday: 1st hour – RM4, 2nd hour – RM3, 3rd hour – RM4 & 4th hour and above – RM4/per hour; Sundays & public holidays: RM4 for first 3 hours and RM4 for every subsequent hour.
5. 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. Toilets are priced at 50 cents per visit and there are a number of benches and huts for families and parents to relax.
Address: Jalan Kuantan, 53200, KL.
6. Taman Jaya
Taman Jaya playground is relatively large and is side by side exercise equipment and a skateboard ramp. The park has plenty of benches and small huts to rest in but unfortunately no security in sight so parents will have to be extra cautious.
Address: Jaya Park, Section 10, Taman Jaya, 46000, PJ.
Parking: RM0.60 per entry.
7. Perdana Botanical Garden Kuala Lumpur
The Perdana Botanical Garden Kuala Lumpur has a range of activities in its park. There are two major playgrounds, a coffee shop, kid-friendly toilets and ample parking space. If you go further into the park, there are other attractions such as boat rides on the lake. There are also security guards on duty, although as always, parents are advised to look after their children.
Address: Jalan Parlimen, 50300, KL.
8. 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.
Address: Taman Metropolitan Kepong, 52100, KL.
9. 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 relatively new. It also consists of quite interesting rides for children who pass the height regulations, and the grounds are monitored by security at all times.
Address: Desa ParkCity, 52200, KL.
Parking: RM1 Monday – Friday (First 2 hours), RM1 every subsequent hour; Weekends & Public holidays RM2 (First 2 hours), RM1 every subsequent hours.
If you know of other great playgrounds that we may have missed, let us know in the comment section below.
By Kathryn Rao & Stephanie Boey
Image Credit: Stephanie Boey