School holiday has come again, which means the kids can take a break from school and have the much-needed restful sleep. Fill the day with fun activities at these places to nurture and develop their physical and mental wellbeing.
1. ESCAPE Theme Park, Penang
ESCAPE Theme Park in Georgetown is one of the best theme parks in Malaysia, featuring exciting outdoor rides and attractions in lush natural greenery. This kid-friendly park features attractions including water slides, bungee jumping, and flying fox, built for all ages, energy levels, and abilities. You can also find the New Guinness World Record longest tube water slide here to view — or ride.
2. Legoland, Johor Bahru
Another theme park in our list is the renowned Legoland in Johor Bahru. It is another theme park designed for family outings, with most of the attractions built for children aged 2 to 12. You are going to need one whole day to spend here because the park is big, filled with various exciting activities such as the self-pedal monorail on a track above the park, where you can enjoy the view of the entire park during the ride. Don’t forget to check out their Lego shop before you leave.
Bring your kids to KidZania — an interactive edutainment park — for them to try over 100 real-life jobs hands-on, boosting their self-confidence and instilling a sense of responsibility. The kids can work in all sorts of professions including as a doctor, a pilot, a journalist, a fashion model, and so many more in this make-belief city. There are child-sized replicas of office buildings, cars, and more, just like in the real world. In each career, they will get to earn kidZos, the official currency of KidZania, to buy services and goods.
4. A’Famosa Safari Wonderland, Melaka
Don’t fret if you can’t afford the Safari experience in Africa. A’Famosa Safari Wonderland in Melaka can offer you a safari experience right in Malaysia. Get on a secure truck of the ‘Safari Adventure Ride’ while going around the safari looking at various wild animals. There are over 100 species here, including flamingos, raccoons, emus, and ostriches. The children can see for themselves the ferocious fangs of wild animals and try petting and feeding the others. Also ride on the scenic River Cruise to Monkey Island where you can see various species in nature such as capuchins, lemurs, squirrels and gibbons.
5. Cameron Highlands
Bring the kids to the most popular highland retreat in Malaysia for its fresh air, rich green vegetation, and wholesome foods. The kids will love the chance to take a break from the stifling lowland heat here in Cameron Highlands. There are many activities for them to do here, such as learn about the butterfly at the butterfly farms, and enjoy afternoon tea at the tea plantations. Also, don’t miss strawberry-picking and before you leave, stop for fresh fruits and vegetables to take home!
6. The Historical City of Melaka
Why don’t you bring the kids to see an old city — one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites — where many important events had happened in the past? There are many historic spots scattered around, such as the Maritime Museum & Naval Museum (Flora de la Mar recreation) and A’Famosa (Porta de’ Santiago ruins). Also, take the Melaka River Cruise that passes through the central waterway of trade and commerce during the ancient Melaka Sultanate.
7. Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
See the lovely elephants at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, located about 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur. Many orphaned elephants are being raised and given shelter here. Not only that you get to learn about elephants conservation, but you can also directly help feed and bathe them — a once of a lifetime experience. Just don’t forget to book in advance because the centre has a strict daily visitor quota.
8. Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Wake up to the chirping birds and squeaking monkeys at the hillside chalet of the resort in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, located in Lahad Datu, Sabah. The wildlife reserve is hosting wide ranges of flora and fauna, some of which are highly endangered such as elephants and clouded leopard. Try the mud volcano that is said to make your skin smooth, and see for yourself the salt lick as seen in the Geography textbook. Or you can relax on the balcony while soaking the sound from the jungle. Do not worry, the stay will be cosy, as the resort has air conditioning, hot showers and private balconies for the family to have a comfortable stay.
9. Kelantan Malay Traditional Shadow Play Gallery
Get away from the theme parks for a while to introduce your kids to the dying art of shadow play (wayang kulit). A programme called The House of Knocking at Kelantan Malay Traditional Shadow Play Gallery (Galeri Wayang Kulit Melayu Tradisional Kelantan) allows visitors to spend a fully immersive 3 days 2 nights to learn more of the wayang kulit art. This gallery, located in Tumpat, Kelantan, was built to preserve wayang kulit art for generations to come.
10. Farm In The City
This well-known zoo is where you can pet animals and pose for pictures with animals on your arms. These animals such as prairie dogs, meerkats, ponies, raccoons, llamas and deers walk freely among the visitors in a farm designed to resemble a typical Malaysian village. Try Longkang Fishing, an activity the kids at kampung would do in their free time, and others such as Free-Flight Bird Aviary and Pet Village.
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