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In Malaysia, the heat and humidity of the daytime may be very stiffling for families! If you’re looking for some opportunities to spend time with the kids on a cool, breezy evening, here are some options in the Klang Valley to consider.

1. 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/

2.  Pasar Malam – Klang Valley’s Night Markets

Image Credit: @kennychuastudio Instagram

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 SS2 on Mondays, Taman Connaught on Wednesdays or Seksyen 3 Kota Damansara on Fridays.  Or just check out your local pasar malam – it’s the best bet for proximity and convenience!

3. KLCC Lake Symphony

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!

4. 99 Wonderland Park

From the opportunity to look at a variety of animals to relaxing in a park with various landscapes, the 99 Wonderland Park is open from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 9am to 11pm. 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’.

5. Family Nocturnal Walk by Nature Education Centre

This one is a wonderful opportunity for families to discover and experience the FRIM forest at night. A lovely night walk for families with children (minimum age 7) to learn about nocturnal animals that only come out in the dark! This programme is organised by the Nature Education Centre and experts from the MNS SIG Herp group. Usually limited to around 15 places and only held once every so often (the last one was held on the 17th of November), parents should follow the NEC Facebook site or the Malaysian Nature Society for more night walks and register quick!

Night Time Fun Without Bites

If you’re out and about with the children in the evenings, it’s best to keep them protected from mosquito bites. After all, dengue fever brought by Aedes mosquitoes is, unfortunately, still listed as the most prevalent disease in the country. Parents can try the Mosquito Repellent Range by Tiger Balm, one of the most trusted and recognised Asian brands in the world.

Tiger Balm’s anti-mosquito patches and aerosol spray provide hours of effective protection from mosquitoes on treated skin and clothing, giving you ease of mind when it comes to protecting your children. Just spray the mist on your little one’s skin before going out. Stick the anti-mosquito patches on your child’s tee-shirt or trousers, or put them on baby prams or buggies. Best of all, theirs is a unique and natural mosquito repellent formulation that is DEET free.

With such peace of mind, enjoy the time with your children outdoors and let them play safer, for longer!

 

For more information on the Tiger Balm Mosquito Repellent Range, click here. The range can be purchased from all major pharmacies in Malaysia.

This is a sponsored post presented by Tiger Balm.

In a flash, we are now in October! Here’s what is happening this month, so bookmark this page as we may be updating with new information. Enjoy planning the month with your little ones!

 

Taman Tugu trails open

2 km of trails are now open to the public at Taman Tugu, located to the north of Taman Botani Perdana. Suitable for everyone!

More info can be obtained from Friends of Taman Tugu.


Cinema: Smallfoot

This film turns the Bigfoot legend upside down. A bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News bring uproar to the Yeti community, as well as adventure and laugh-out moments for the audience.

Date: In cinemas 27 September


Nights of Fright 6

Sunway Lagoon’s Festival of Fear returns scarier than ever for this Halloween. The theme park will have extra, haunted attractions during this period. Not for the faint hearted! Read more here.

Dates & times: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 28 September – 31 October, 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm


The Cooler Lumpur Festival

Head on over to Kuala Lumpur’s ever fascinating multidisciplinary festival this year. If you want to introduce your older children to important issues such as children’s rights and gender equality – this is the place to be! There will be posters on #NoBridesUnder18, completed works by Fahmi Reza and the Girl Guides Association Malaysia, as well as the special panel on women’s and children’s rights called ‘Who Run The World?’  Speakers include Thammy Chong from the Girl Guides Association of Malaysia, Marianne Clark-Hattingh of Unicef Malaysia and Hannah Ellis-Petersen from The Guardian.

From terrarium-making to woodwork to IoT workshops, there will also be something for everyone in the collaboration ME.REKA at the ME.REKA Makerspace. Some workshops are open to children aged 6 and above, and some others are open to children aged 12 and above. Click here for the list of workshops!

Dates: 1 – 7 th October, 2018

Venue: Map @ Publika

More information here.


DIY Terrarium Workshop

Create your own terrarium to take home. Suitable for adults, teens and kids. Details here.

Date: 6 October
Time: 11 am – 12.30 pm
Venue: Good Times DIY Baking & Lifestyle Cafe, MyTOWN Shopping Centre


Short+ Sweet Junior Dance

Local dance troupes put on their best performance at klpac, with short 5-minute pieces. All dancers are 16 & below. More info here.

Dates: 6 to 7 October (Sat & Sun)
Time: 3pm (2 shows only)
Venue: Pentas 2, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac)


 

The Man Who Planted Trees

Puppet theatre for kids! An inspiring story of a shepherd and his dog who plant a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland into living forest. This hilarious, award-winning production shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. Suitable for children aged 6 and above. More info here.

Dates: Kuala Lumpur 8-13 October
Venue: PJ Live Arts


 

Mix It Up!: Making Reading Fun by Racheal Kwacz

A morning of fun for the kids and parents: tips from a parenting coach on how to make the most out of story times, interactive storytelling and hands-on activities. Participants get to take home their very own copy of the book! More info here.

Date: 13 October
Time: 10 – 11.30 AM
Venue: Me Books @ UBSM, The School, Jaya One


River Scientist Programme by NEC

During the day the kids will get to know about freshwater ecosystems. Participants will be given water monitoring kits and they will examine the water quality. They will also be catching things that live in water! For kids aged 5-12. Full details here.

Date: 7 October
Time: 9 AM – 1.30 PM
Venue: FRIM-MNS Nature Education Centre, FRIM Kepong



Upin & Ipin at MPO

Malaysia’s favourite twins make their very first appearance at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. Screening of colourful animations with ‘live’ music by the MPO. Tickets can be bought here.

Date: 14 October
Times: 2.30 PM & 4.30 PM
Venue: MPO, KLCC


Art Expo Malaysia 2018

This huge art expo is a great place to admire art from different countries, even with kids. More info here.

Dates: 12-14 October
Venue: MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC)


The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival

The KLEFF has loads of great documentaries perfect for teens, and a few interesting workshops suitable for younger ones, too. See the full programme here.

Dates: 22-28 October
Venue: Publika


Kid’s Halloween Diving Night Camp

For kids 8 and up, this Halloween themed camp includes 2-hour scuba diving training, 1-hour Halloween-themed cooking class and dinner. Full details here.

Date: 26 October
Time: 5 PM – 8.30 PM
Venue: Scuba Mike’s


Storytelling Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet

Last year they did a great job with Macbeth, and now the KL Shakespeare Players move on to Romeo & Juliet. The 60-minute interactive storytelling is meant for 7-12 year-olds. It includes some of Shakespeare’s language and is designed for the young audiences to sing, dance and chant along. Full details here.

Dates and times: 27 October at 11 AM and 28 October at 15 PM
Venue: Menara Ken, TTDI


Spooktacular & Fun Halloween Camping in the Woods

A 2D1N camping trip to Janda Baik. Suitable for kids over 4 years old. Participants need to bring their own tents and other equipment. More information here.

Dates: 27-28 October
Time: Check in at 2 PM, check out at 12 noon the next day


Mushroom Detective

Who knows what a mycologist does? This workshop is all about mushrooms! The kids will go for a mushroom walk in forest, identify and get to know the mushrooms found on the trail, and learn how to grow their own mushrooms! For kids aged 5-12. Full details here.

Date: 28 October
Time: 9 AM – 1.30 PM
Venue : FRIM-MNS Nature Education Centre, FRIM Kepong


This post is a collaboration between makchic and Happy Go KL. 
Happy Go KL is the go-to site for fun family activities in KL and kid-friendly travel in Asia. It is written by a bunch of KL parents who want to share what they know and love about their hometown and this beautiful region.

Let’s face it, keeping our children entertained these days can leave a pretty deep dent on the wallet. We are here to help ease the pain by presenting to you a list of free activities (yes you read it right) for families in the Klang Valley.

You can thank us later moms and dads!

1. Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery

Who knew finance could be so much fun? This museum is all about Malaysia’s economy and economic history – and everything is entertainingly presented indeed. There are six different galleries filled with interactive exhibitions, fascinating artifacts, and fun games.  End your visit with a little shopping at the gift shop or grab a bite at the cafe.

Website: http://www.museumbnm.gov.my/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BNM.MAG/

Opening hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm daily

Address: Sasana Kijang, 2 Jalan Dato’ Onn, 50480, Kuala Lumpur


2. Royal Malaysian Police Museum

Find everything you need to know about our police force! Take your time here as there’s plenty to see and learn; from the history of policing in the country which dates back to the Malaccan Sultanate, the progression of uniforms, mode of transportations and also weapons used. Wander around the museum compound and check out the armoured cars, police plane and boat.

Phone: 03-2272 5689

Opening hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm (Tuesday – Thursday), 10.00am – 12.30pm, 2.30pm – 6.00pm (Friday). Closed on Monday.

Address: 5, Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480, Kuala Lumpur.


3. National Planetarium

Learn about our planet and the universe through interactive displays such as the Space Lab and the Anti Gravity Room. There’s also a section where you can follow the journey of Dato Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar, Malaysia’s first astronaut to outer space. For a small fee, you can catch a 20-minute (space related) movie at the theatre. Unfortunately, several exhibits were out of order during our visit. Hopefully, they will be fixed soon!

Website: http://www.planetariumnegara.gov.my

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/planetariumnegara/

Opening hours: 9.00am – 4.30pm, Tuesday – Sunday

Closed on Monday

Address: 53, Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480, Kuala Lumpur


4. Secret Garden, 1 Utama

Are your children feeling overwhelmed by the weekend crowds in 1Utama? Seek refuge in this beautiful garden on the rooftop of the mall. It is a treasure trove of more than 500 species of plants; some with very amusing names like Do-Re-Mi! Free tours are conducted every first weekend of the month, keep a lookout for more info on their Facebook page.

Website: http://www.1utama.com.my

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1Utama/

Opening hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays only)

Address: Rooftop of 1Utama, No 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama City Centre, Bandar Utama, 47800, Petaling Jaya.


5. National Textile Museum

The museum showcases colourful textiles from the diverse people of  Malaysia.  Learn about materials such as songket and sari and embellishment methods such as embroidery and beading. There is also a charming display of jewelry and costumes from varying cultures. If you have a son or daughter who is aspiring to be the next Rizalman or even Coco Chanel, this place would be a good source of design inspiration.

Website: http://www.muziumtekstilnegara.gov.my

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/muziumtekstilnegara

Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm daily

Address: 26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50050, Kuala Lumpur


6. Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

Delve into the history behind one of Malaysia’s most well-known brands and uncover the secrets of pewtersmithing. A personal tour guide will accompany you around this awesomely curated centre which is suitable for children of all ages. You will get to see up close how pewter is crafted and even get to try your hand at it. For a fee, you could also make a personalised pewter bowl to take home.

Website: https://my.royalselangor.com/visitor-centre

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalSelangor.VisitorCentre/

Opening hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm daily

Address: 4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya, 53300 Kuala Lumpur


7. National Art Gallery

Bring your kids here and ask their interpretations of the artworks displayed. You will be surprised with some very amusing answers! If talking is not their thing, bring out the pen and paper and get them to draw their own masterpiece based on what they see. The gallery rotates its exhibits on a regular basis, so there’s always something new to check out. Visit their website or Facebook page for the latest updates.

Website: http://www.artgallery.gov.my

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationalartgallerymalaysia/

Opening hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm daily

Address: No 2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur


8. GO KL (Kuala Lumpur City Bus)

Photo credit: GO KL (Kuala Lumpur City Bus)

Hop onto the purple bus for a free ride around Kuala Lumpur’s City Centre! The bus stops at most major tourist attractions in town so the family can easily hop on and off if there’s a location that is of interest. For the comfort of its passengers, all buses come with free WiFi and are designed to be disabled-friendly.  It can get very packed during peak hours so do plan your journey beforehand.

Website: http://www.gokl.com.my

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goklcitybus/

Operation hours: 6.00am – 11.00pm (Monday to Friday), 7.00am – 11.00pm (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)

Frequency: Every 10 mins


9. Free Tree Society

Photo credit: Free Tree Society Kuala Lumpur (Facebook page)

This is an environmental NGO that gives out free plants to encourage a love for nature amongst urbanites. Get your family to join their Volunteer  Gardening Sessions where you will help care for the plants and also learn about composting, propagating and so much more. Children will love playing by the pond or in their Fairy Garden; however adult supervision is necessary at all times.

Website: http://www.freetreesociety.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreeTreeSociety/

Volunteering hours: 9.30am – 11.30am (Tuesday), and 9.00am – 12.00pm (Saturday)

(Bookings are required via FB Messenger or email: [email protected])

Address: Jalan Limau Purut, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur


10.  Cultural Dance Show at MaTiC (Malaysia Tourism Centre)

Photo credit: Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC)

Play tourist for the day and catch the GO KL bus to MaTiC. Watch this hour-long cultural dance show representing the colourful cultures of  Malaysia. The dancers’ enthusiasm is infectious and their costumes, just beautiful!

Website: http://www.matic.gov.my/en/services/facilities-at-matic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PPMMaTiC/

Performance hours: 3.00pm – 4.00pm (Monday – Saturday)

Address: Amphitheatre, 109, Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur

 

Have plenty of fun, and let us know if you know of any free and cool activities to go to with the family!

By Liyana Taff and Anne Aeria