places to visit in kuala lumpur

9 Places to visit in Kuala Lumpur with the kids

Looking for a quick break in Asia with the kids? Sometimes you just want somewhere that is easy to travel around and not too much hassle. Dragging the family on a trip around some countries can be a bit stressful. Malaysia is one country where traveling with the kids is a cinch. To get you started, here are some places to visit in Kuala Lumpur with kids.


Places to visit in Kuala Lumpur with kids

Kuala Lumpur is an easy city to explore if you’re traveling with the family.  Once a sleepy city, the capital of Malaysia has grown quickly over the past decade and is now buzzing with hotels, restaurants and attractions.  If you’ve never visited Kuala Lumpur (or KL as the locals call it), you’ll find lots of places to keep the kids happy. In fact, KL is one of the best places in Asia for kids if you’re keen on cities.

Whether you’re just passing through for a few hours, 1 day or even 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, this is one Asian city that is a fun place to visit and the good news is it’s great for families on a budget too.

One day is probably not enough, especially if you’re jet lagged. Spending 2 days in Kuala Lumpur will give you just enough time to see the main sights. 

Here are our top places to visit in Kuala Lumpur with kids but if you need more, check out this complete guide to visiting KL with kids.

1- Petronas Twin Towers

Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is packed with family-friendly attractions. If you’re travelling with a brood, head to the Aquaria KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers and Discovery Centre.

Petronas Twin Towers are the iconic twin buildings you see in the brochures. It’s a fantastic place for kids to see the city from a birds’-eye view. Sky Bridge connects the two towers and the observation deck on the 86th floor.

Also in the building, the kids will love Petronas Discovery Centre. This hands-on science museum will keep kids of all ages entertained for hours. while Aquaria KLCC Aquarium has a daily feeding schedule and an impressive underwater tunnel.

If you only have one or 2 days in Kuala Lumpur make sure you visit Petronas Towers.

2- Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon is a theme park that is about 20 minutes from KL The reason the kids will love it is it has more than 80 rides. The six sections of the park will easily fill up an entire day and it’s the perfect spot to cool down in the water.

3- KL Bird Park

The Lake Gardens is home to the “World’s Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary”. This bird park is a lush green space that will enchant the kids in the middle of the city.

4- Kuala Lumpur Zoo

13km northeast of Kuala Lumpur, this zoo houses hundreds of mammals, birds and reptiles, including many tropical species found in the jungles of Malaysia. Next to it is the aquarium, where the kids will marvel at the collection of marine animals.

5- Petaling Street

Petaling Street was Kuala Lumpur’s original Chinatown. For both adults and kids, it offers amazing sights and sounds. You feel like you’re exploring Asia here and Petaling Street comes alive at night when loval vendors put up their stalls, with everything from toys to fake designer handbags for sale.

6- Little India

Little India is the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Indian community. Located on Jalan Masjid, this enclave is a vibrant spot to do some shopping and eating. Street stalls sell coloured fabrics and the local shops dish up Indian food galore.

7- Mid Valley Megamall

You can’t go to Kuala Lumpur without going shopping! There are heaps of malls but my favorite is Mid Valley Megamall on Jalan Syed Putera. It’s a huge retail, food and entertainment complex and a great place to fill up your bags!

8- Genting Highlands

If you have a little more time, another place you may want to put on your list is Genting Highlands, which is a fun day trip from KL. Here are some Genting Highlands attractions you can expect.

9- Batu Caves

Batu Caves is a popular tourist destination and if you’re visiting with the kids, they will love the mystery of exploring these cool caves, the 100-year-old temple and 400 million year old limestone formations. An amazing time to visit is during the Thaipusam Festival.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a city with lots of good hotels. The great news is hotel prices are very reasonable. Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur? Here are some hotels in KL with amazing views.

Once considered a poorer cousin to neighboring Singapore, Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant metropolis with an impressive international airport, which has lots of activities for kids too while on a layover at Kuala Lumpur airport.

Do you have more suggestions on what to do in Kuala Lumpur? We’d love to hear them so leave a comment and let us know!

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