More than meets the eye, Malaysia is a popular holiday destination boasting beautiful islands, lush hinterland, and a dynamic capital city in Kuala Lumpur. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find is a great family destination, housing some of Asia’s best theme parks. With winter approaching and the kids begging for a warm break away from the chill, why not consider a family fun trip to Malaysia and check out our favourite theme parks:
Spread over 76 acres in the southern state of Johor – just across the waterway from Singapore - Legoland is a full-day family theme park that features more than 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions. Legoland Malaysia is divided into seven sections such as "Lego Kingdom", "Lego City" and "Lego Technic".
Most rides are for children under the age of 12, but the theme park also has a variety of attractions for the whole family like the "4D Lego Studios" and the "Miniland" -- featuring recreated Asian landmarks like Cambodia's Angkor Wat and Petronas Towers, the world's tallest twin towers. All models are recreated in painstaking detail using LEGO bricks.
Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park
A mere 10 minutes from Legoland, the Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park is four levels of indoor amusements, rides, activities and shows. Within the complex are Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, The Little Big Club – think Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, Pingu, Angelina Ballerina – and LAT’s Village, a themed restaurant with live animation.
Sanrio Hello Kitty town consists of walk-through attractions, play areas, interactive activities, a Hello Kitty themed ride, a hi-tech themed experience called Black Wonder, an iconic Hello Kitty House, and the “Purrfect” stage featuring live performances by Hello Kitty and friends. Visitors can also enjoy jewellery making, a costume party, nail painting or baking cookies at Wishful Studio. The tea cup ride is popular for families with young children, and there are many photo opportunities with Hello Kitty and friends throughout the park.
The Little Big Club is a combination of rides, play areas, and interactive activities featuring HIT characters popular around the world. Key features include an interactive and engaging ride for young children, Bob the Builder Play Structure - an interactive Play House where children can help build houses in Bobsville and the activities include brick-laying, door and window framing, kitchen and bath assembly and dry-walling just like Bob does. The Little Big Club also features Barney™ and friends where they will have live performances, and our favourite non-talking penguin Pingu's Igloo attraction with customised games. There’s also Angelina's Dance Studio - featuring interactive games and touch play screens and a dance class led by Angelina Ballerina™ and her friends where children will be taught fun dance moves.
Level 3 features the famous Thomas & Friends™ characters that offer multiple rides which include classic bumper cars themed on Percy™, Mavis™ and Troublesome Trucks™ characters, Berti Crazy Bus Ride, a mini Ferris wheel ride and Mini Hopper Ride. There are also Harry the Helicopter Ride, Model Train Set and Thomas & Friends Party rooms for kids to celebrate their exciting themed birthday party.
Lat’s Village is the complex’s themed restaurant, where Lat the Kampung Boy and his LAToon friends come to life through animation while you dine on cuisines from around the world.
A great way to introduce your kids to the ‘real’ world, Kuala Lumpur’s KidZania is a unique theme park offering 90 real-like jobs where children aged 4-14 are educated through entertainment. Kids are able to ‘work’ as a fireman, chef, painter, actor, pilot, or even a magician. With a vision to inspire kids through interactive play rooms, KidZania allows kids to enter the ‘corporate world’ where they are given a boarding pass, map and a cheque of 50 KidZos (KidZania currency) with which they can pick an occupation and learn and perform the tasks dressed in uniform and equipped with essential gear.
Children can expect to be putting out a fire should they wish to be a fireman, perform surgery on a patient if they desire to be a surgeon or pilot an airplane if flying is what they want. Creating an interior design piece or even hosting a television or radio program is possible too; as mentioned, almost possible occupation thought of is available for role-playing at KidZania.