Kuala Lumpur was the first destination of our trip around the world. The Malaysian capital had been on our bucket list for quite some time so we were really looking forward to this visit. We know a lot of you are only in KL for a stopover, so here are our top 4 Things to do in Kuala Lumpur with Kids if you are short on time.
1. Kuala Lumpur with Kids – Batu Caves
The first day in KL we decided to visit the Batu Caves first as the weather was nice. Batu Caves is a limestone hill comprising of a series of caves and one of the most popular Hindu temples outside India. The drive from the city center takes around 40 minutes and the Uber driver dropped us just in front of the main entrance.
As we weren’t sure about the appropriate dress code, we asked the hotel Concierge if shorts were ok. He stated that it shouldn’t be a problem, but thankfully I had a sarong with me because actually it was a problem. Ladies are required to cover their legs below the knees and they are really strict about this! So make sure to have your legs covered before accessing the site. However, should you forget to take a cover, you’ll be able to borrow a Sari at the bottom of the stairs.
Outside Batu caves stands the impressive 42,7m high statue of Murugan. To reach the Temple cave, you have to climb the 272 steps and deal with some territorial monkeys. If you have food or even a bottle of water they’ll steal it from you, so beware! Before reaching the top, you’ll see the Dark Cave on your left. Here, you can take a guided 45 minutes tour to visit and learn about the flora and fauna present in the caves. Unfortunately, the tickets were sold out so we had to skip the visit.
Up up, we go…
Entrance to the Batu Caves is free but donations are appreciated. The site can be easily reached by train from KL Sentral or with Uber. We paid 30 MYR (6$) from the Shangri-La hotel.
2. Kuala Lumpur with Kids – Petronas Towers and Skybridge
The most famous landmark in Kuala Lumpur are the Petronas twin Towers and the main reason for our stop in the Malaysian capital city. Towering 452 meters above the ground, this masterpiece of architecture is definitely a must visit. It is recommended to buy the tickets well in advance as the daily visitors number is very limited and also to get your preferred timeslot. To buy the tickets online, click here. The visit starts at the Concourse level of the Suria KLCC shopping centre, where you are assigned to a group for the entire tour.
Mandatory family picture
First, you are taken via high speed elevator to level 41, the skybridge at 170m above the ground. This double- deck bridge links both towers and contributes to the structural support of the twin towers. You have around 10 minutes to take pictures and walk the skybridge before the journey to the top continues.
In the skybridge
Next, you board another elevator up to an intermediate level and then the highest accessible level 86, the observation deck. From here you can enjoy breathtaking (unfortunately cloudy the day of our visit) views of Kuala Lumpur, 370 meters above the ground. The visitors center also offers interesting visual displays and exhibits. The visit ends at the gift shop where you can buy the souvenir picture that has been taken at the beginning of the tour.
Taking in the views
The smooth visit process, helpful staff and the fact that the groups are kept small make the Petronas Twin Towers a memorable experience when in Kuala Lumpur. Don’t miss it!
Admission rates: Adult: RM 85.00, Child (3-12): RM 35.00
Opening days: Tuesday – Sunday (Closed on Monday)
Opening hours: 9.00 am- 9.00 pm
3. Kuala Lumpur with Kids – Petrosains Discovery Center
Located inside the Suria KLCC mall, Petrosains is a Science Discovery Center. You enter the actual exhibition via a dark ride…We won’t say more 🙂 The first themes are energy and space, where visitors learn about the solar system, the planets, the weather and the space exploration. There are a lot of hands on experiments making the Petrosains interesting for the entire family.
The staff is very friendly and eager to teach and challenge the kids about scientific subjects. The displays are well laid out and have explanations in English.
At the end of the visit there is a 15 minutes 3D movie about either Robinson Crusoe or Dinausaurs. Should you be hungry or thirsty, you can take a break at the Molecule Café.
When we asked Alexandre and Chloé what they liked best, they both answered everything. We spent almost three hours discovering, touching and experiencing everything Petrosains had to offer. We really recommend a visit for an educational and interesting day out.
So many cool experiences
Once you are inside the Suria shopping mall, take the elevator to Level 4 and you’ll be at the entrance of Petrosains.
Admission rates: Adults: RM 30.00, Children (3-12 years): RM 18.00
Opening days: Tuesday – Sundays (closed on Monday)
Opening hours: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm (6.30 pm Sat & Sun)
4. Kuala Lumpur with Kids – KLCC Park
Right next to the Petronas towers you’ll find this lovely park. Whether you want to picnic, have a stroll or take the kids to a huge playground, this is the place to go in the city center. There’s also a big wading pool and water play area for the kids to cool down. Every night at 8pm a 15- minutes light and music show (Lake Symphony) takes place in front of the shopping centre entrance.
A stroll with a view
That’s it for a quick stop in Kuala Lumpur. Our next destination is Siem Reap in Cambodia. What is yours?