young girl holding chopsticks digging into a bowl of rice and ribs at a hawker centre in kuala lumpur

Destination Guide Kuala Lumpur

Things to do with kids in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur with kids is a fabulous family friendly destination. With all the sights and sounds typical of a Southeast Asia adventure and so much more. There is a huge range of delicious food available, cultural touch points everywhere you turn, modern amenities making it super easy for family travel and a real feel that nature is close by. Check out this Kuala Lumpur destination guide for all you need to know.

Young Girl Getting A Foot Massage In Kuala Lumpur

Petronas towers

Possibly the most iconic building in SE Asia, images of these towers grace most guidebooks and travel sites and really are a good place to start to get to know the city. Until 2004 these were the highest towers in the world (still pretty impressive!). The exterior is steel and glass resembling motifs from Islamic art, and from outside they are truly spectacular. Kids will love the holographic safety demonstration and the views from the observation deck on the 86th floor. Try to time your visit carefully as it can get pretty busy! And book on the website before you go.

Girl Playing On Play Equipment At Clock Park In Kuala Lumpur

The Batu Caves

Just half an hour North of Kuala Lumpur are the Batu Caves, You will be met by a huge, golden statue at the bottom of the steps which you can climb into the limestone cliffs filled with Hindu shrines and temples. There are 272 steps and the monkeys surrounding them can be pretty aggressive so watch your food and think carefully about visiting with really little ones (or maybe just stay at the bottom!) but if you can manage it, it can be fun, educational and breathtaking for the whole family.

Petrosains Science Centre

If your kids enjoy hands on science museums the Petrosains Science Centre is for you! They have so many interactive exhibits and shows, an afternoon spent here out of the sometimes oppressive heat of the city can be thoroughly enjoyable and educational. They have rides, a 3D theatre and exhibits about Space, dinosaurs, music, art and much much more.

Pterosaurs Discovery Centre Live Demonstration In Kuala Lumpur

Berjaya Times Square ThemePark

An amusement park within a shopping centre – wow! This is another great place to get out of the sun in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It has some brilliant rides for preschoolers and a pretty impressive rollercoaster for the grown ups if that’s your thing!

KLCC Park

A 50-acre tropical landscape in the heart of the KLCC with a free water park next to it. There is a huge children’s playground, symphony fountain, wading pool, jogging track, shelters and benches, patterned foot-paths and sculptures, perfect to burn off some steam when the temperatures drop late afternoon.

Girl Playing In The Paddling Pool At Klcc Park In Kuala Lumpur

When to go to Kuala Lumpur with kids

High season : December-February

Low season : March-June

Currency : Ringgits

Language : Malay, English

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur with kids

During our visit to Kuala Lumpur we stayed at the Berjaya Times Square. It’s a great location in a shopping mall and right next to the theme park. Read my review of the Berjaya Times Square hotel.

Fun facts

Kuala Lumpur means ”muddy river confluence?”  in the Malay language – Nice!

Not to miss

Don’t forget to try some of the amazing street food available, food is cheap, freshly prepared and totally delicious – stick to the local vendors with big queues – one of our favourite hawker locations is Lot 10 Huton next to the Bukit Bintang Monorail Station, give it a try, your tummies will thank you for it!

If you love Asia city breaks then make sure you check out this Bangkok Destination guide.

Read Next: our 3 days in Kuala Lumpur

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