Sick of shopping malls? There is nothing like the outdoors for our children, where they can breathe some fresh air, explore nature or just look at the sky! If you’re not too sure where to head to with your active toddler, here are some of our picks for outdoor spaces in Klang Valley.
I-City Theme Park
Lights, lights and more lights to make your little ones go ‘wow’. This theme park opens at 5pm but the glittery magic begins when the sun goes down. There are many attractions in its outdoor spaces, such as the Mist Fountain and Dancing Waters display, as well as a variety of food stores available for the whole family. It may take more than a visit to cover it all, unless you are willing to stay till closing time!
Get more info at: http://themepark.i-city.my/
A playgroup activity held at various open-air locations in the Klang Valley. These sessions allow babies and toddlers to play with all their senses, exploring different textures and materials such as clay, paint, sand. And yes, Messy Play lives up to its name – your babies and toddlers will be making a big mess, so bring an extra change of clothes for both you and your tots. Bring them over in clothes you would not mind them getting dirty in! To learn more or to book a spot, check out https://www.instagram.com/playgroup_nestkl/.
Shah Alam Botanical Park
This park has been around since 1986 and has changed its name many times. There are various attractions such as an animal park, the Four Season Temperate House, a camp site, dams, lakes, a swimming pool and much more. It is best to rent a bicycle at the entrance or to drive as the park is huge and the shuttle only drops you off at one stop – the animal park. If you’re bringing a baby, the toilets in this park are not baby-friendly, so bring your changing mat. For the opening hours and rates, go to the park’s website at http://www.tbnsa.gov.my/en/web/guest/home.
Farm in the City
Located in Seri Kembangan, this public farm is also a mini petting zoo that encourages children and adults to interact with and feed its animals. Completely free of cages, the animals roam free in special enclosures that mimic their natural habit as closely as possible. With a fruit orchard, plenty of greenery, friendly caretakers and a chance for your toddler to indulge in fun outdoor activities, the Farm in the City is a big hit with many families.
Head over to https://www.facebook.com/FarmInTheCityMalaysia/ for more info.
Denai Alam Recreational and Riding Club (DARC)
If your kids love horses, this is exactly where you need to go. Its owners call it a ‘kindergarten’ for horse riding, and the club is known for is affordable lessons and membership. With joyrides on ponies for little ones and horses for older children and adults, DARC also offers outdoor activities like archery, swimming and fish feeding. Parents can find out more by visiting their website at http://darchorse.com.my/
Wildlife Adventure & Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon @ Sunway Lagoon
We’re pretty sure a lot of parents out there know of good ol’ Sunway Lagoon. However, these two toddler-friendly spots are a must try the next time you think of Sunway Lagoon. The Wildlife Adventure has more than 150 species of animals from around the world – children can see, touch and learn about its animals. The Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon features many water rides and playgrounds, canopy walks, beautiful waterfalls and recreational camp sites. Click on the website for more information: https://sunwaylagoon.com/
By Brianne Aeria
Brianne 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.
Image credits: I-City Theme Park, Playgroup Nest KL, WHOA! Adventures, Farm in the City, Denai Alam Recreational and Riding Club, Sunway Lagoon.