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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.