I’m a very ourdoorsie kind of person. I’m in love with nature and i hope to bring my children up to love nature too. For many, the weather is always pretty hot in Kuala Lumpur which makes us all dread to wanna take our kids anywhere the sun shines. We tend to go to places with air-conditioning ie; the mall. Those there may be may places which provide things to do for your littles, children do need fresh air and lots of sunshine for their development.
Having a day out with more than one child requires planning. While planning, here are a number of things to be considered in to making sure your day goes well.
- Weather – The weather in KL is usually hot and humid. Outdoor fun is usually best done either early in the morning or late afternoon. Make sure you bring enough water (although water is sold everywhere) and sunscreen.
- Location – Most attractions are located in Kuala Lumpur city centre. Although there are many in the suburbs as well. Peak hours are madness making traffic insane between 7am-9am and 5pm-8pm. Public transport isn’t too pricey. Trains take you all around town and the Klang Valley but a taxi would usually be necessary from the station to your destination.
- Children Age/height – The activities you choose should suitable with childs age or else there would be someone left out of all the fun. Some attractions for children required a minimum age and/height. Kindly visit the respective theme park official website for aged and height recommendations.
- Cost – Find an activity which fits your budget. For tourists, some out of town activities would require chartering a taxi/car. If possible, book all inclusive packages which include meals, entry tickets and transportation. This would be perfect for budgeting your holiday/outing.
Here are a few of my favourite places to take my girls outdoors.
- KL BIRD PARK
The bird park has always been one of our favourite places to go. Located just 5 minutes from the city centre in the serene and scenic famous Lake Gardens, the KL Bird park is also well known as the “World’s Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary”. Birds fly freely as you walk about and peacocks flaunting their trains during mating or lekking season on the very paths you walk on. There are bird shows twice a day, bird feeding throughout the day (but at certain times) and there are also opportunities to take a picture with the birds in many corners of the park. Have a birthday coming up? You can even throw a birthday party with a package which provides a private tour of the park! Too cool!
The park is open daily from 9am-6pm.
Which child does not like going to the zoo? The KL zoo may not be the best zoo to go to as many may say, I personally feel that it’s because the lack of funds and manpower, however, it’s always nice to go anyway. Ariana is in love with all animals great and small. The zoo is always a place to allow her to explore and appreciate both the flora and fauna. There is a sea-lion and bird show which happens twice a day daily where you can also take pictures with the animals which is great fun! There is a tram ride, at a small charge, for those who cant be bothered walking. Best part of all, there are food stop located all around the zoo which are AIR CONDITIONED! :p If you and your family would like, you can even adopt an animal. Visit here for more info. We’ve just got some panda’s in too!!
The zoo is open daily from 9am-5pm and local entry fee differ from tourist entry fees.
Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur
Playgrounds, boat rides and horseback riding. This is one place where your child will fall in love with the outdoors. We take Ariana to this park so she can ride the horses almost every weekend and it is super duper cheap! She adores horses and already has her favourite horse she insists on riding every time we take her. After riding, there are little stalls you can hang out at for a drink and snack or if you want, pack some food and have a picnic by the lake. Maybe bring a kite and you could fly them about at the empty spaces around. Horseback riding sessions are available every weekend, public holidays and school holidays twice a day from 9am-12pm and 3pm-6pm. For horse riding, charges are RM1.50 for adults and RM1.00 for children for 1 round. A trainer is at hand to walk the horse with the rider. Horse drawn carriage rides are also available at RM1.00 for adults and RM0.50 for children for 1 round for groups of 4-5 people. Parking is full almost all the time so be ready for some traffic and time in the car hunting for a space unless you decide to take public transport.If you don’t mind the travel, there are a few fun places to go out of town which you could take account. Traveling will take no more than 2 hours either place and worth every second of the journey.
- FIRE FLY PARK, Kuala Selangor
We have yet to make it to the firefly park as a family because of my
“skema”strict sleeping schedule but its definately on our to-do list as I have been there as a child. Fireflies (also known as kelip-kelip in malay meaning ‘blink-blink’) all are found along the river on the mangrove tree species called berembang. It is said that Kuala Selangor has one of the largest firefly colonies in the world.
Operating hours are usually between 7pm – 10.30pm daily (except for rainy days).
TANAH AINA, Raub, Pahang
For a more exciting weekend adventure, Tanah Aina has always been our number one jungle retreat. Located just over an hour away from the city centre, there is no place better than an ultimate 5 star camping trip in the worlds oldest tropical rain forest to take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Prices are all inclusive of food, accommodation (tents, dorms and chalets), jungle tracking and morning walk to watch the sun rise. However, there are additional charges for the flying fox and other extra activities. For the mummy’s who want to relax while daddy takes over, there is a spa which will just do the trick!