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Osaka is the second largest city in Japan with 2.6 million people. As you would expect with a large city there is a

wide variety of child friendly attractions to choose from.

Kaiyukan Aquarium

Kaiyukan Aquarium is a large aquarium with a diverse collection of sea creatures on

display. They have sharks, dolphins, whales, turtles, jellyfishes and penguins. The ticket prices are a little high for an aquarium, but you should expect to spend 2-3 hours

there. The best time to visit the Aquarium is when they are feeding the animals.

There are also a few other nice attractions in the area. You can see the giant Ferris

wheel in the video below or take a cruise in Osaka Bay on the “Santa Maria” a replica of the sailing ship that Columbus sailed to America.

Kids Plaza Osaka

Kids Plaza is a museum where

kids, younger than 12, are encouraged to learn through play. There is a section, for kids to do role-playing. They have costumes for the kids to put on and a supermarket to shop

for plastic groceries in. The Plaza also has climbing areas, water installations and science experiments. Outside is the playground part of the museum and it has big and small

slides.

You should plan on spending at least half a day at Kids Plaza. You can leave to buy food and then come back afterwards.

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Universal Studios Japan

This is a theme park with rides, shows and restaurants based on famous movies like Spider-man, Terminator

and Jaws. Try to catch the day parade and the night shows while you are there. The park is divided into 9 sections with a 10 section Harry Potter world opening in 2014.

The park can get very busy, so go early and don’t go during the weekend.

The only drawback with the park is that they don’t have enough English speaking staff. Most

of their visitors are from Asian countries.

Starlight parade
Starlight parade

Sega Amusement Theme Park

The Sega Theme Park is located on the eighth and ninth floor of a shopping

center. They have many arcade games and 8 entertaining hi-tech rides. The rides vary between movies and simulators and there is a Ferris wheel on the roof.

Osaka Castle

Park

The castle is spectacular and the park is large enough for you to do a lot of walking in. Castle Park is particularly beautiful during the cherry blossom season.

The area has a some interesting history. It was originally the site of a militant temple. In 1583, Toyotomi Hideyoshi destroyed the temple and built Osaka Castle. During

the Second World War the area was used by imperial troops, after which it was turned into a park.

The park also has a large athletic field, a football field, a baseball

field, an open air music theatre and a concert hall.

The interior of the castle is a bit of a let down as it’s not in it’s original shape, but from the top of the tower

you have a great view of Osaka Bay and Mount Ikoma.

Hirakata Park

Hirakate Park is a theme park for kids.The main attraction at Hirakata Park is the wooden roller

coaster. Have a look at the video below to see the roller coaster in action.

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Kuala Lumpur is a large city and large cities are not generally child friendly. Kuala Lumpur however

is an exception to the rule. They have a diverse selection of family friendly attractions.

Firefly watching

Kids on boat

If you would like to go firefly watching Kampung Kuantan is the place to do it. Kampung Kuantan is

about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. The fireflies live in a mangrove forest, to watch them you need to arrive between 8 and 10 pm, then take a boat to the mangroves. It

really is a special experience, the fireflies make the trees look like Christmas trees.

You should also consider eating at the seafood restaurants on the banks where they

moor the boats. The food there is fresh and tasty.

The fireflies are difficult to photograph or video tape. The fact that you are shooting from a moving boat doesn’t

make it any easier.

Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park

The Butterfly Park is one of five parks and gardens that make up the Lake Gardens. The Butterfly

Park features 6,000 butterflies from 120 species. They also have a large collection of bugs from the rainforest. Just one warning: if you don’t like the idea of dead

butterflies being used as decorations, stay out of the gift shop.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

The Bird Park is also part of the Lake Gardens. The park

houses over 3,000 birds from 200 species. 90% of the birds in the park are from the region.

Petronas Towers

The Petronas towers are of course the

iconic buildings that everyone thinks about when Kuala Lumpur is mentioned. There are a few good child friendly attractions around the towers, but let’s first talk about the

towers themselves. To go into the towers you need to buy tickets on the concourse level, which is one of the lower levels. The tour goes to the Skybridge (Level 41) and the

Observation Deck (on Level 86) and the view is definitely spectacular.

Towers from underneath

Petrosains Centre

The centre is run by the same company that owns the Petronas towers. It is a science museum that focuses on the petroleum

industry. Generally I would not recommend science museums for kids, but this one really appeals to children. As you can see from the video below there are many interactive

displays that kids love.

Aquaria

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There are many entertaining aquariums, what makes this one special is the touch pool. In the pool kids can handle bamboo sharks, horseshoe crabs and horned

sea stars. Being able to touch the animals really improves the experience for kids.

Berjaya Times Square

This building is truly enormous, it has

7,500,000 sq ft of built up floor area. Inside you will find a shopping mall with a thousand retail shops, 65 food outlets, 1,200 luxury service suites, the Berjaya Times Square

Theme Park and a 2D & 3D movie theater. There is more inside the Berjaya Times Square than anyone can experience in one day.

To see the indoor roller coaster and

theme park watch the video below.

Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum

There is nothing boys like better than a museum full of planes and helicopters. They can even get into the cockpit of

some of these planes.

The museum isn’t that large, it should take about 1 hour to see everything. On the plus side the air force museum is much cheaper than most

attractions in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

This facility is a sanctuary for elephants that needed to be rescued. At the

sanctuary you can touch, feed, ride and wash the elephants. Some of the elephants are at the sanctuary permanently while others will eventually be returned to the wild. There

are around 25 to 30 elephants at the sanctuary.

If you aren’t going with children I recommend doing the working tour, instead of the standard one.

Riding on elephant

Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon is a water park. They have

quite a large number of rides.The park itself and the food you buy inside is relatively cheap. In my opinion it is well worth spending a refreshing, relaxing day at Sunway

Lagoon.

Do you agree with my list? Is there an attraction that I should add to the list? Leave a comment below.

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Hong Kong is better known for it’s fine dining and shopping  than for it’s child friendly attractions. If however you know where to look, it is easy to keep your family

happily entertained in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong sheltered beach

1. Beach

Hong Kong has a long coastline with many beaches and bays. They tend to be well sheltered with small waves.

2. Ocean Park

This large park

has activities suitable for both children and small children. Ocean Park can be divided into two main areas: the Summit and Waterfront , these areas can be further divided into:

Aqua City, Amazing Asian Animals, Marine World,  Whiskers Harbour, Polar Adventure, Thrill Mountain, Adventure Land and the Rainforest.

There is a lot to do and see at

Ocean Park, but let’s talk about Polar Adventure.  They have king penguins, arctic foxes (very cute), long-tusked Pacific walruses, spotted seals, snow owls and other animals

you won’t run into outside the polar region.

There are a few roller coasters and rides at Ocean Park, so you are sure to find one that you like. Check out the video of

one of the roller coasters below.

3. 10,000 Buddhas Monastery

The 10,000 Buddhas Monastery isn’t a real monastery. It was built by a devout Buddhist layman who spent the last part of

hist life constructing the temple and it’s approximately 13,000 statues of Buddha. One warning, a trip to the monastery involves climbing a lot of stairs.

4. The

Peak

The Peak also known as Victoria Peak is located on Hong Kong’s highest mountain Mount Austin. The best way to get to The Peak is to take a 7 minute tram

ride. At The Peak you will find a Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Victoria Peak Garden. The Garden is a great place to take a walk or have a picnic.

Victoria 

Peak
The view from the observation deck.

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Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

If you walk along the Promenade you go past the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum and the

Avenue of Stars. You can read a bit more about the Avenue of Stars below.

If you are only going to the promenade for the view, I recommend going at dusk. The view can be

a little hazy during the day. The picture below was taken from the Promenade.

There have been reports of bad smells from tourists recently. I hope they sort it out

because the Promenade is a great spot.

promenade

6. Hong Kong Disneyland

Disneyland Hong Kong is western themed, but it has a lot of eastern influence seeping in. Compared to other Disneylands this one is smaller, but no less busy. In my opinion

the best way to enjoy Disneyland Hong Kong is to spend the whole day there. You can round the day off with their nightly fireworks display called Disney in the Stars. I also

recommend not doing it over the weekend, so you can avoid the crowds.

Disney Land Toy Story

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Avenue of Comic Stars

The avenue is a 100 meter path with 24 fiberglass statues of local comic characters. It’s free and your kids will have fun taking their

pictures with the colorful statues.

8. Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Zoo and Gardens are located on the northern slope of The Peak. It

is a larger Zoo making them able to house larger animals like Giraffes.

The part that’s known as the Old Garden has a children’s playground, green house, aviary and

fountain terrace.

9. Ride the Star Ferry

There are a number of rides you can take in the harbor. The Star Ferry is the best known, but it is a

little short. Which ever ride you take, just make sure you are on the top deck of the boat. The view on the top deck is better and it’s better to be further away from the

engine.

10. Avenue of Stars

Hong Kong has been a critical part of the region’s cinema industry over the last 100 years. The avenue features a

life size statue of Bruce Lee and many celebrity plaques and handprints.

If, however you aren’t interested in movie history it’s just a nice place to walk.