Malaysia is one of the most underrated places in Asia for families. When people think of a family getaway, they almost always have Asia’s more tropical spots in mind. However, Malaysia offers a much more exciting alternative. It offers both the distinct hype of the big city and the quiet of secluded spots. It has dozens of fun amenities and adventures for families, catering both to the parents and to the little ones. And you don’t have to go to various places in the country either. Everything can be found in Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia’s capital and the sixth most visited city on Earth.
Indulge your young ones and enjoy the wide variety of entertainment the city offers. Here are some of the best family spots in Kuala Lumpur.
Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon. This is the first Nickelodeon theme park in Asia, and is located in a 10-hectare span of forested land. The Lagoon offers amazing attractions such as water plays, tube rides, and Nickelodeon’s signature slime. Children of all ages will have a blast in the park’s amenities. Of course, trademark Nickelodeon characters will also be there!
Those who want a dash of extreme can try the Lagoon’s Monsoon 360 Vertical Free Fall ride. For a hot day, there’s nothing better for the family than a wet time with Splish Splash’s various exciting water effects. Adventurers of all ages will enjoy a journey throughout the Lagoon, via the Primeval ride.
Where to stay: The Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon is settled right within the property of Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa. The Hotel has been awarded the 2016 Travellers Choice by TripAdvisor, so it’s a perfect family hotel in KL. There’s also an even larger theme park complex between the Lagoon and the Hotel proper, so there’s much more to see.
101 City Mall. Enjoy a cool time at the mall’s Olympic-size skating rink, or have some extreme fun at District 21. The latter is a post-apocalyptic theme park within the mall itself. Active children will have a blast! Since it’s in a mall, there are lots of shopping and entertainment spots all around.
After a day of activity, you can sit down to watch a movie at the mall’s GSC Cinema. For a relaxing evening with the family, you can check out the Lake Symphony around the main entrance’s picturesque fountains.
Where to stay: The Le Meridien Putrajaya is located within walking distance from the 101 City Mall. It has great rates, and an outstanding Family Program. Get up to half off the rates of your second room, and let your kids enjoy the hotel’s specially designed play rooms.
Aquaria KLCC. This is not your average aquarium — you can actually have a sleepover with your kids here! Children six to thirteen can bed right beside the huge walls of water, watching the varied marine life. Those fourteen and above can sign up for the “Cage Rage” where they can go on a close encounter with the sea’s predators. There are more than 5,000 creatures in this aquarium .
The Aquaria also offers feeding shows at different times of the day, with a different creature being fed at each time. This is an excellent educational experience for the kids as well. Of course, don’t forget to take home a shirt or a cool plushie from the gift shop on your way out.
Where to stay: A couple of minutes out from the Aquaria is the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur — a premiere hotel with family rooms and babysitting services. There is also a full slew of recreation options within the hotel itself.
Kuala Lumpur is not your average vacation spot. It’s got feels, thrills, and moments of inimitable serenity. Treat your family to the vacation of a lifetime in this Global City. It’s an experience like no other.