Things to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids

Kuala Lumpur was the last stop on our trip. In hindsight, this is the only part of the itinerary I would have done differently. It took me a few days to get in sync with KL and at first I thought I didn’t really like it. But after a while I realized I was just in beach-mode after Langkawi and Koh Lipe, and it was taking an effort to get back into city/sightseeing-mode. We didn’t do as much as we could have or thought we would (it’s been stinking hot), but here’s what we enjoyed:

Petronas Towers

We were planning to go up to the skybridge and then to the top, but when we got there, the lines were HUGE. My advice – you really do need to get there early. We skipped that part and wandered the shops for a while, which was fun, then headed to the large park behind the towers. It was lovely here, and there’s a big playground and public pool. The kids were so annoyed they hadn’t worn their swimmers! A word of warning, though – the park attendants watch you like hawks and blow their whistles every time they see a rule being flouted. And there seem to be so many rules! About lying down on the grass, or accidentally walking on the tiled area with your shoes on, or sitting on play equipment if you are too old. We all found it quite funny.

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The pool and park behind the towers. 

Petrosains

The Questacon of Malaysia, Petrosains is funded by oil and gas company Petronas and is a science and discovery centre with loads of interactive exhibits and activities.

The kids LOVED this place. We spent four hours here and didn’t get around to everything. It is a must-do for kids in KL. I have to say, though, the blatant, over-the-top propaganda for the petrol industry kind of sticks in your craw. I felt like a bit of my soul died (although as I drive a car I can’t be too high and mighty!) Also, we caught one of the educational shows, which was all about how the digestive system works – informative, and kind of gross. But then it got quite weird when the educator finally got to the end of process – the rectum – and started explaining in graphic detail how people smuggle drugs in their faeces! The kids were round-eyed with surprise, and Souljourneyboy and I couldn’t stop laughing, it was so absurd.

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Bookworm enjoying one of the interactive exhibits – he’s about to go down the oil rig escape hatch. 

Central Market

A marketplace with airconditioning! We were in heaven and spent way to much money. A hand carved wooden chess set and an antique gong from Borneo were our favourite finds. And we had a foot fish spa! Yes, where the fish suck off your dried skin. I didn’t think I was going to be able to last 15 minutes, it was creepy and ticklish and kind of sandpapery, but I hung in there 🙂

Petaling Street (Chinatown)

Mostly knock-off junk but fun for a morning stroll. I bought converse sneakers for $15, Bookworm bought binoculars for $6 and there are lots of handbags and sunglasses etc if you’re into that sort of thing.

We liked KL but as I said before, I would do it differently next time, and make sure the very last stop was for chilling out and relaxing. I’ve realised as a family we do love our beach/pool/swimming time 🙂

 

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