Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
When it comes to children, one thing parents can be sure of is that Kuala Lumpur has a sufficient range of delights to keep them occupied for weeks on end. There is never a glum face in sight at the Times Square and Sunway Lagoon water and amusement parks. The only real challenge seems be to deciding which exhilarating feature to try next.
Sunway Lagoon’s Surf Beach is ideal for hot days or there is always the option of a trip to the beach at Port Dickson. Recently added to Kuala Lumpur’s child-friendly venues, Kidzania is an educational theme park designed for kids between four and fourteen years old. They get the chance of role-playing a job such as a firefighter, a police officer or a magician.
Zoo Negara hosts almost 500 species of animals, birds and fish with a total of 5,000-plus inmates. The Humboldt penguin centre, Amphibian World, the Australian Plain and the Bird Aviary are a selection of the more than 10 themed zones which represent all corners of the planet.
Two giant pandas from China’s Sichuan Province were a recent addition to Zoo Negara’s creatures. Pademelons are one of the Australian marsupial collections which also include wallabies and kangaroos. Farm in the City at Seri Kembangan is another zoo featuring aviaries, turtles, peacocks, iguanas, marmosets and other animals which are not fierce.
In the huge Lake Gardens complex to the west of Merdeka Square, bird and butterfly parks are always a hit with youngsters. Bird Park Tours go through four different zones. Two of these are aviaries where the birds are left to roam and fly at will. On their tour around the Bird Park, visitors will espy parrots, red lories, rainbow lorikeets, peacocks, long-legged wading birds and birds of prey including brahminy kites.
Some of the operators of jungle treks tailor their packages for little legs. Short walks have frequent stops to admire waterfalls and the diverse wildlife Selangor is renowned for. As it is a mere 70kms, Bukit Kutu is one of the preferred locations for family-friendly trekking. The journey rarely lasts longer than 90 minutes. At Skytrex Adventure, the Little Adventure allows children to take the same odyssey through the treetops their parents do.
Aquaria KLCC and Petrosains Discovery Centre are two of the Petronas Twin Towers’ string of attractions. The aquarium is adjacent to the Towers and houses 5,000 land and sea creatures native to Malaysia as well as other regions of the globe. Petrosains Discovery Centre takes youngsters on a voyage from pre-historic times to the space-age with interactive exhibits and displays.