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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

It’s Malaysia Day! On this day of national unity and diversity, and this very significant year, we celebrate the very best of what Malaysia represents.

But what do parents wish for when it comes to Malaysia’s future? We ask some mothers and fathers about their hopes and dreams.

Tricia Yeoh :

I hope for a Malaysia in which parents (especially mums) can choose both to work and care for their families if they so desire, and receive the necessary recognition, value and accommodation by their employers to make sure that they can.

I hope for a Malaysia in which my daughter can go to a government school as I did, and receive high quality education while mingling with children of all backgrounds.

I hope for a Malaysia in which my child will grow up free to be who she chooses to be, without any systemic discrimination.


Daphne Iking :

I pray new Malaysia will be committed in ending child marriages and making quality education and basic medical needs accessible to all children, regardless if they are Malaysians or refugees.

I would like there to be harsher punishment for sexual grooming and child rape. My hope is for a brigher future for our children.


M.T. :

Malaysia Day will eternally remain a special day for me because, quite simply, my firstborn son was born on that day. To feel an overwhelming sense of patriotism and national identity for my boy would be an understatement. It would be fun for him to know that his birthday will always be a public holiday as long as he stays in Malaysia.

But staying in Malaysia throughout his life isn’t necessarily a predestined future. As the world grows smaller, our boundaries become less of a barrier than the lines drawn on a map. My hopes for him is to be a globalised individual – one who is not constrained or defined by his nationality and yet, bring his Malaysianness to the world. Oh, the places he will go.

My hopes for Malaysia Day is that he grows as we, as country, continue to grow – with eternal hope and steadfast ideals. I remember giving him his first flag when he was nearly three, and he loved waving it around. This lasted for months. May he carry that flag for his many years ahead.


Sereni Linggi:

I hope for a strong and stable Malaysia for my children. One that is peaceful, fair and with many opportunities. As much as I hope for a more modern society, I also hope for one that will continue to preserve its multi-cultural traditions and heritage so that our children can truly appreciate our colourful past.


Dessy Barnaby :

It has been 12 years since I first call Malaysia home. My hope for this country is to see more effort put into action for the betterment of its children; its extremely diverse, uniquely well-versed, multi-talented, mostly multi-linguistic children. (Mine are no exception)

As parents, we hope to have more well-kept and safe communal parks. A place for our children to have more outdoor activities, to play and be children; a place for parents and family to set up picnics and have a nice morning brunch or playdates; a place for many adults to simply lie down and unfold a book to read the afternoon away.

Happy Birthday Malaysia, better-cared children will make a better future. Happy Malaysia Day!


Azura Rahman :

I wish for a Malaysia for my children that is more inclusive. Where people of different backgrounds, abilities, cultures, political affiliations can come together and work things out. I wish for a Malaysia for them that is even better than mine.


Desiree Hersham Kaur :

I hope for a more inclusive Malaysia – regardless of race, religion, abilities and sexuality. The change starts with us. As a mother to a child with autism, I hope for a country that embraces the fact that he is different. And in turn, I hope, when my son is old enough to understand, that he will be proud to be Malaysian!


Lina Esa :

I wish for a more progressive, open-minded and safe (physically safe, and safe to express oneself) Malaysia for the future and for the younger generation. While there are amazing organisations and initiatives for early learning, they do cost a lot more. So it would reshape our future if every child had access to the same opportunities.

Better childcare and a public school framework that is not restricted entirely to academic performance would set the wheels in motion. This takes cues from countries with wildly successful outcomes and fulfilled families. This can only translate to happier workers and a healthier economy.

I think sex education is a must within this firmament, as well as freedoms for people to express themselves. I think certain laws that are too arcane also hinder us from moving forward, so they should be looked at. I also wish for a more fluid public transport system — does that sound weird? But it’s only because the most advanced countries have them in place, as it facilitates a better life and living environment.


A.M. :

Ever since I moved back to Malaysia over a decade and a half ago, I’ve heard the term “Malaysia Boleh”, but more often than not it’s peppered with a smirk or even outright disdain. Boleh je speed because there will be no consequences or you can always, you know, give the authorities some ‘duit kopi‘. Boleh je segregate based on race because “that’s the way it’s always been and maintains the harmony”. Boleh je allow men to marry children because of their “religious beliefs and because their families allow it”. Boleh je have billions change hands in the name of donations…you get where this is going. That being said, we’ve recently experienced a renewed bout of optimism (to some extent) after the most recent elections, and what I hope for Malaysia is for the ‘boleh’ to truly harness empowerment.

Empowerment to learn: constant self-improvement and knowledge-seeking. Empowerment to be accountable: no more lawlessness and consequences for your actions. Empowerment for humanity: to stand up for human rights, regardless of race, sex, orientation or creed. And all this to be instilled within our children from the start, building a culture that is not lackadaisical and instead something to be proud of. Malaysia is already culturally rich but at times it feels lost. Let’s get back on track. Boleh je… 


Ayuni Ayatillah :

I hope Malaysia progresses to become a family-centric society that believes in the holistic nurturing of our young ones, a society that supports parents’ efforts. The role of parents are of the utmost importance in bringing up a generation that is more compassionate, diverse, inclusive, responsible and patriotic.

Let’s celebrate and support the role of every mother and father in making Malaysia a safe and happy place for our children to call home.


Amanda Sura :

As a new parent, I hope that with a new Malaysia, people continue to have hope for a better future. That Malaysians will continue to fight and work hard for what they want to achieve and change. Let deams be made a reality for many. I yearn to see a Malaysia that values unity and respect amongst its people, with leaders who accept challenges without losing their empathy and steadfastness.


Jasbir Singh:

Our country is going through a period of change, which presents both opportunities and risks.
I hope the spirit of nationhood that we have seen this year will translate into meaningful change over the long term that will strengthen our institutions and mature our politics, so that our children live in a country where every citizen has a voice, access to a fair justice system and opportunities to achieve their full potential.


Sarah Sabaratnam :

My hope for Malaysia and Malaysians is that we will all learn to dream and take ownership of our nation and its future. We need to take a leaf out of the likes of people like young Heidy Quah who founded Refuge for Refugees or John-son Oei who founded Epic Homes or Tengku Zatasha Idris who started a #sayno2plastic social media campaign that changed attitudes towards single use plastics. Like them, we need to think, “How can I contribute to my community, to the needy and to the gaps I see around me?”

Rather than just criticise or complain, I hope we will think about volunteering, or pironeering or contributing resources towards making Malaysia the country of our dreams. It’s time to be vested and invested, emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically. The time for apathy and thinking only about ourselves has passed. A new dawn has risen in Malaysia. I hope we will be proactive and arise with it.

 


Do you have something to say as well? Write us at [email protected], or message us on Instagram!

Happy Malaysia Day! May all our dreams and hopes for our country come true. x

September is here, and there’s plenty to do with your kids! Check out our list of activities for families and mark your calendars now.


SmartKids Asia Malaysia

Touted as Malaysia’s largest kids’ education fair, SmartKids Asia is a family event for parents and children aged 1 – 12. More info here.
Dates: 7-11 September
Venue: MidValley Megamall

Storytelling & STEM Workshops on Roald Dahl’s Stories

Storytelling and science activities for kids aged 7 to 11 years old. More info here.
Dates & times: 8 September and 15 September, 1.30-3 PM
Venue: The Story Book, Desa Parkcity

Children Music Concert: The Magic Fiddler

Loosely based on the famous Grimm brothers fairy-tale, the Pied Piper, the concert retells the story of a young lad named Pip and how he saves the town of Hamelin from a horrible catastrophe with his music. More info here.
Dates & times:
8 September, 3 PM and 8 PM
9 September, 3 PM
Venue: The Play Haus 声活小戏场, Pearl Shopping Gallery

Swiss Dream Circus 2018

Swiss Dream Circus returns to Desa Park City with new performances. The new location is across Plaza Arkadia and the tent has air-conditioning, making sure you are comfortable even in the afternoon shows! Full details here.
Dates & times: Until September 9, different showtimes
Venue: Desa Parkcity

Petrosains Science Festival

Exhibitions, workshops and performances take over KLCC during the Petrosains Science Festival. Expect a great science experience but be prepared for a crowd of science fans! Full details here.

Dates & times: 14-16 September, 10 AM – 10 PM
Venue: Petrosains, Concourse Suria and Esplanade, KLCC park.

Rimba Walk: Munch & Move

Explore Rimba Ilmu Botanical Garden, University of Malaya with kids and learn to identify various plant species. During the walk, kids will get involve in interactive activities. To register or for more info, please call NEC at 03-6277 1703 or email [email protected] More info here.

Date: 15 September
Time: 9 AM – 1 PM
Venue: Rimba Ilmu Botanical Garden, University of Malaya

Theatre for babies: Journey of a Baby Butterfly

This performance is for the littlest ones! A combination of performers, art installation and music allow the young audience to watch and feel the show. Apparently, this is the very first baby theatre in Malaysia!
Dates & times: 19-23 September, different showtimes
Venue: The Play Haus @ Pearl Shopping Gallery (Old Klang Road)

Desa Parkcity kids’ football tournament

Gather a team and join the 7-A-Side Football Tournament at Desa ParkCity. Registration by 20 September 2018 at The ParkCity Club. There are 2 categories: under 8 and under 12. Full details here.

Date & time: 29 September 2018, 8 AM
Venue: Desa Parkcity

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 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

Dinosaur Kingdom by Themepaktu

The Dinosaur Kingdom is back, now at Gamuda Gardens (Gamuda Land) in Sungai Buloh. Catch the Dinosaur Wildpark Live Show, meet and interact with the life-like dinosaurs or take part in activities. More info here.

Dates and times: Friday – Sunday, 12.30-10 PM. Closed Mon-Thu, except on public and school holidays
Venue: Gamuda Land in Sungai Buloh

Events at the Mari House

Fun Play Farming is a morning full of gardening for the little ones, followed by a lunch. The afternoon High Tea in Garden is a relaxed affair in the garden with a nibbles and an activity for the kids. Both sessions are happening on all July weekends. Bookings required! See all events here.

 

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.