How To Make Most Of Your Time During The School Holidays

Malaysia is full of great activities for kids. Why not let us help you plan and make the best out of it!

Get out and explore the country’s best theme parks, natural wonders, and cultural highlights for families. Round up the brood and go on a sea safari tour, cycling tour, mangrove tour, or even jungle trekking and explore the natural beauty of Langkawi.  

Between kayaking and bird watching, families can learn more about the archipelago and its rich flora and fauna. Best of all, kids below four years old join for free.  

Redang Island is surrounded by around 30 dive sites with something for every level of diver.  Little Planet runs summer camps on Tioman Island for kids aged nine to 16. Held in June and July, the camps have kids out jungle trekking, kayaking, putting on plays, or creating art and jewelry all in the lush surrounds of beach and jungle. Little Planet also organizes programs for schools and small groups like families and friends. So if you’ve always dreamed of taking the family on a surf camp, these might be the guys to ask.

An attraction for the whole family with beautiful gardens, delicious food, and relaxing trails to follow, the eco-friendly Tropical Spice Garden has one more trick: a 3D Snakes and Ladders game. Covering six levels, the game is made from recycled timber with platforms linked by plastic tube slides. Landing on a ‘snake’ is not such a big deal in this life-sized version of the game; most kids would court defeat to have a go on those slides.

A beautiful area of lowland dipterocarp forest with squelchy mud volcanoes that kids tend to love, the Tabin Wildlife Reserve is home to many endangered animals such as the Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros, and Orangutan.

We’re not suggesting camping out with kids in the jungle though: stay at the well-equipped Tabin Wildlife Resort where your little adventurers will be more than comfortable.  

Still relatively new, LEGOLAND is set to make another splash with its Water Park. Featuring over 20 rides and attractions like the Build-A-Raft River (attach floatable LEGO pieces to your raft), Slide Racers, Wave Pool as well as 70 Lego models, this park will be a hit for primary school-age kids.

‘Ki!’ This greeting in KidZania language welcomes you to a theme park with a difference. There aren’t any rollercoasters at this place, rather, interactive edutainment experiences that teach kids through role-playing. At around 60 different ‘workplaces’, kids can undertake over 100 quite diverse professions including the pilot, police officer, dentist, and secret agent. Work earns them KidZos which they can spend as they please. It’s also about learning to make decisions while having fun.

The brick-red Stadhuys was built in 1650 by the Dutch to serve as their administrative headquarters. These days the square outside is a bustling affair with festively decorated trishaws offering tours to passers-by. At night, the trishaws are lit up colorfully and many drivers play music as they give a running commentary on the city’s sights and history.

A wonderfully kitsch ode to felines, Kuching’s Cat Museum celebrates the city’s favorite animal with artifacts from all over the world. Find mummified Egyptian cats and accounts of the feline’s role in Chinese, Malay, and Japanese societies, including displays of the famous Maneki-Neko beckoning cats. There’s also lots of porcelain knick-knacks, collections of stamps and posters, and even an exhibition of felines in music. If your kid’s a fan of these imperious beasts, he’ll be delighted at this museum’s unusual displays.

In the midst of limestone cliffs and green jungle, the Lost World of Tambun has something to appeal to everyone.

Water babies should go for the tube rides and wave pool at the Water Park while little adrenalin junkies take a rollercoaster ride at the Amusement Park. For nature lovers, Tiger Valley and the Petting Zoo are recommended. Frazzled parents will be pleased to hear that the park has a Hot Springs Spa.