Kuala Lumpur is a fascinating city, with it’s modern skyscrapers scattering the skyline while nature weaves itself through the city streets. On first impressions we found ourselves believing it to be just like any other city, but as we made our way to local markets, we found rich Malaysian culture embedded into the veins of the city. Kuala Lumpur is not only a city rich in culture, it is also a great destination to visit with children.
During our time in Kuala Lumpur we decided to stay at KLCC Bangsar Suites, which allowed us to rent an apartment in a slightly quieter suburb just outside of the city. We prefer to stay a little out of the hustle and bustle when we visit larger cities in South East Asia, because it allows us the chance to explore in the day and then retreat back and relax in the evenings. The apartment we rented while in Kuala Lumpur came complete with functioning kitchen, an open plan living space, a bedroom, a pull out sofa bed and washing facilities. The apartment also had an amazing view of the city, which was an added bonus. It was the perfect space for us during our time there.
What to do in Kuala Lumpur with young children
Kuala Lumpur is a great place to explore with children because there is so much to do. We did a lot of research before we travelled, but found some great Malaysian websites when we arrived, which had lots of great ideas for things to do in the city with kids that we hadn’t stumbled across before our trip. We try not to overload our itinerary, which allows the boys to have some rest days in-between exciting activities, it also makes it a lot easier on the pocket.
Farm in the City
This was a last minute addition to our itinerary, but we are so glad that we found it and added it on. A large part of our trip is about introducing the boys to the different creatures we share our planet with and Farm in the City was the perfect stop to do just this.
Farm in the City is a large scale petting zoo that allows children to interact with the different animals, as well as being able to watch the animals they can’t get so up close with. We spent our day feeding different animals such as tortoise, sheep and goats, getting up close and personal with different birds in the walk in aviary and stroking a python, before ending our day with Bear having his very first pony ride.
Our only qualm with Farm in the City is that there is an area where children can ‘go fishing’, which means they can use a net and catch goldfish to put in a bucket. Although the children have to release their goldfish back into the pond afterwards, I felt it was a bit of an unnecessary area that seemed a bit cruel.
Aquaria is an absolute must visit for any little one interested in life under the sea. We call Monkey our budding marine biologist, so this was somewhere we made sure to visit during our time in Kuala Lumpur. The whole facility is incredibly interactive, with loads of different areas from touch pools and jellyfish feeding stations to an otters exclosure and underwater walkway. The boys loved being able to touch a horseshoe crab and learn about the lifecycle of a bamboo shark, before walking through the underwater walkway and seeing divers cleaning the tank.
On exiting Aquaria we found ourselves in a beautifully maintained park that sat beneath the iconic Petronas Towers.
Whenever we visit a bustling city, we take the time to find an outdoor space for the boys to run around in and let off a little steam. During our time in Kuala Lumpur, we stumbled across the lake gardens, that are home to some beautiful outdoor spaces and a great children’s playground. It was incredibly quiet and made for a fun afternoon.
Kuala Lumpur markets
We love finding a good market while on our travels and spent some of our time in search of one that enticed the senses and gave the boys a new experience. A lot of places online recommend visiting Petaling Market, but to be honest we found it to be a tourist trap selling tourist souvenirs and cheap knock offs. We did however find a great, authentic market called ‘Chow Kit Market’ ,that offered us a chance to get a glimpse at local market life. There are such a range of stalls selling everything from live fish and caged chickens to an array of colourful fruits and vegetables. It isn’t a place that is ideal for those with a weakened stomach, but it does offer an insight into Malaysian culture.
Our time in Kuala Lumpur with young children
We loved our time in Kuala Lumpur and found it to be a fascinating city to explore with young children in tow. It was amazing exploring the local markets and learning more about the Malaysian culture that runs through the veins of the city. We found Kuala Lumpur a wonderful place to explore and will always hold the memories of our time there close to our hearts.