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Family Day Ideas: 8 Things to Do With Your Kids in Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur is not just about the world-class cuisine, wonderful shopping, and iconic landmarks. Lucky for those with a family, Kuala Lumpur offers a plethora of exciting activities and day trips that are not only family-friendly but guarantee an unforgettable bonding experience and long-lasting memories. Here are 8 things to do with your family in the Kuala Lumpur area. 

1) Petrosains, The Discovery Centre

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Bursting with interactive, experiential, and hands-on exhibits and activities, the Petrosains, The Discovery Centre nurtures the inner scientist in both children and adults. Go back in time and walk side-by-side with the dinosaurs. Explore Malaysia’s rainforests, mountains, and underwater habitat. Travel to outer space. Visit an oil platform and see how it is done. With 11 exhibitions in the 7,000 square metre venue, there is sure to be something for every member of your family. Dive into the fascinating world of science at this discovery centre right on the 4th floor of the Suria KLCC shopping mall. Convenient, immersive, and imaginative. Everything you want for a fun-filled family day activity.

2) Sunway Lagoon

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Channel your inner child with your family at Sunway Lagoon. This expansive one-stop destination is the ultimate theme park. Slide down daring water rides or try your hand at surfing. The water park is the perfect way to beat the scorching Malaysia heat. Get the blood pumping when exploring the Extreme Park zone. Fly through the air by bungee jumping or propelling from 0 to 120km per hour in two seconds on Asia’s highest slingshot ride. For families with younger children, the Wildlife Park is a must-see. Hand-feed rabbits, tortoises, and guinea pigs. Pet the pony. Slip in a learning section by visiting different types of animals. With 6 different Adventure Zones, there are so many things to do with your family at Sunway Lagoon.

3) Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur

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Channel your innerWitness nature’s flying creation at Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur, the world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary. Spot iridescent blue peacocks, statuesque flamingos, spectacular hornbills, and so much more. There are over 3,000 local and foreign birds within the 4 different zones that you can explore with your family. Stroll through the free-flight zone, designed to resemble the birds’ natural habitat. The beautifully landscaped scenery offers visitors sceneries and experiences that can only be found in tropical rainforests while ensuring the survival and species continuity of these birds. This is truly a tropical paradise that cannot be missed.

4) Batu Caves

The magnificent Batu Caves is a sight to behold for all those who lay eyes on it. The towering statue of the Hindu God, Lord Murugan, guards the 272 brightly-coloured steps leading up the limestone caves, temples, and Hindu shrines. The multiple steps might deter families to explore, but on the contrary, the Batu Caves are a great way to let children expend their energy while exposing them to other cultures and religions. Once at the very top, you can have a glimpse at sacred temple procedures while admiring the stunning geological landforms. The Batu Caves can get crowded so be sure to come early to avoid the crowds.

5) Kuala Lumpur National Planetarium

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Another science gem is the Kuala Lumpur National Planetarium. Teach your children everything they might want to know about the planets and the universe. Meander through interactive exhibitions like the Space Ball, a gyroscopic device that spins visitors around. Enter the Space theatre and watch captivating science and space films, including clips from Star Wars. Go up to the minaret-like tower to the Viewing Gallery using the UV-lit lift for the best views of Lake Gardens and the rest of downtown. The highlight of this planetarium is the Observatory Park, where models of Chinese and Indian astronomy systems are displayed and distant planets can be seen through a telescope. Compete with your family to see who can spot the furthest planet. With so many attractions, you can easily spend hours at this family day activity.

6) Aquaria KLCC

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Stand in awe of impressive marine creatures at Aquaria KLCC. As one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia, you and your family can journey through the different waterscapes the world has to offer, from the highlands and flooded jungles of Malaysia to the Amazon basin. Marvel at the glorious sea creatures like the massive Shark Catfish, the regal Giant Pacific Octopus, the elegant Stingrays, or the cheeky Sea Turtles. There are also opportunities to learn all about the marine ecosystem and the importance of conservation at this conveniently located aquarium. 

7) Skytrex Adventure

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Nothing bonds a family more than fun-filled activities suitable for everyone. With lush tropical orchards, rivers, and waterfalls as the backdrop, Skytrex Adventure promises a fun day out in the sun where your children can run wild and free. Take part in the zipline obstacle courses of varying difficulties. The easiest course includes a 70m flying fox structure that takes you across two lakes while the second level features crazy zig-zag plank wood crossings that test your balancing skills. Some of these courses can take a few hours so be prepared. Upon achieving victory and completion of the course, you and your family can head to the sky deck, an elevated wooden platform, to calm the adrenaline and have a nice bbq meal. Although it is 45 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, it is worth it. 

8) Berjaya Times Square Theme Park

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Encompassing 133,000 square feet spanning four floors, Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia. If you have children of different ages, this is the place to go. The park is split into different sections. Young ones can head to the Fantasy station. Challenge friends and family to escape amidst various obstacles at Ooort’s super run. Ride on the flying bumble bee or the buddy go around. Slightly older thrill seekers may take a ride on the Supersonic Odyssey or the Spinning Orbit in the Galaxy station. There is also a section for virtual reality games like X Fighter. Defend your base against your enemies! With so many different options, Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is really for the whole family.

After a long day of running around and exploring the different things to do with your family, all you want to do is find a place of rest. Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon is not only conveniently located to many of the family day activities, it provides a spacious home with all the home-like comfort, even a kid’s playground right on site for some last minute entertainment.

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