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The best attractions and activities Kuala Lumpur has to offer for kids, teens and families

The best child-friendly restaurants and cafés
Kids

The best child-friendly restaurants and cafés

Frazzled parents out for dinner with your kids, this list should give you some peace of mind.

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The best venues for kids' parties in KL
Kids

The best venues for kids' parties in KL

Kids' parties are big business: cakes are getting fancier, entertainment louder, and venues ever more colourfully decorated. And this is good news for parents. It's now easy to pull together a cracking party to impress even the fussiest of kids. Of course, if you'd prefer to leave it to the professionals (less cleaning up after all), check out our list of the best kids' party venues in KL.

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Malaysia’s newest child-friendly learning centres
Kids

Malaysia’s newest child-friendly learning centres

Fun is the key to effective learning, especially at these new art and discovery centres. We pick the latest places in the country to have a laugh and learn something new with your children

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The best climbing centres for kids
Kids

The best climbing centres for kids

We seek out child-friendly climbing centres and organisations in town where kids can channel their inner Tarzan

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Family-friendly boutique hotels in Malaysia
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Family-friendly boutique hotels in Malaysia

For a dose of cultural charm, these family-friendly boutique hotels around Malaysia offer bucket-loads of Chinese history lessons behind their walls

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Latest kids’ features

Malaysia’s newest child-friendly learning centres
Kids

Malaysia’s newest child-friendly learning centres

Fun is the key to effective learning, especially at these new art and discovery centres. We pick the latest places in the country to have a laugh and learn something new with your children.

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The best climbing centres for kids
Kids

The best climbing centres for kids

In addition to keeping the kids trim, climbing boosts brainpower and fosters new friendships. We seek out child-friendly climbing centres and organisations where kids can channel their inner Tarzan.

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The best dim sum for kids in KL
Kids

The best dim sum for kids in KL

Dim sum was the typical weekend brunch for many a Malaysian family before Western cuisine swooped in and stole the spotlight. However, food styling is giving Chinese-style 'tapas' a comeback. Feast those eyes and little tummies with this list.

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How to make your own story sacks
Kids

How to make your own story sacks

Having been a long-standing favourite in preschools, story sacks involve using various supporting props as accompaniments to a book in order to make reading even more memorable. While there are plenty of ready-made packages out there, there really is no need to invest in any fancy and elaborate pre-made sets, chances are you already have everything you require to make some of the most classic tales jump off the page. Here are some examples of story sacks and activities and how they can jazz up any story. Remember, there are no rights or wrongs when it comes to reading to your little one or using props to make story sacks. Let your imagination run wild with all your favourite tales and watch your child become engrossed in a world of books. All books featured can be found at Kinokuniya (malaysia.kinokuniya.com).

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The best child-friendly restaurants in KL

Botanica Deli
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Botanica Deli

This Bangsar South eatery– with its high ceilings, wood panelling and indoor greenery – makes for a very cool breakfast, brunch and lunch venue. There’s lots of space (ideal for manoeuvring strollers), and the concept of indoor park dining is at work here with a Ficus tree encircled by a picnic table. The self-service menu is healthy and hearty – sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and coffee.There’s outdoor seating as well, which is ideal for a family brunch if the weather permits. Sandwiches are made with doorstop slices of house-baked sourdough bread with the roast beef (medium-rare, caramelised onions, mustard) being the popular choice. Sandwich and soup options are regularly changed to keep it interesting.Crafted salads are also available, and the salad bar gets top marks where you can create your own from their medley of fresh ingredients including beetroot, quinoa, cous cous, asparagus, tuna chunks, lean chicken, chickpeas, mushroom, spinach; topped with a selection of homemade dressings to make a very substantial meal.

Users say
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Goodness Greens Café
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Goodness Greens Café

This minimalist café is the latest addition to the La Juiceria chain and focuses not only on their trademark juices, but expands on the menu by adding smoothie bowls, dips, soups and an extensive salad bar catering to health-conscious ladies who lunch and mums slinging sleeping babies.And while salads and kids aren’t necessarily a good combination, there are options like the GG Spinach Dip, which is a creamy spinach and mozzarella dip served with baguette slices that will appeal to the little ones. The Super Soups are another option and come in delicious flavours like pumpkin, mushroom and rosemary carrot.Smoothie bowls, wraps, brown rice bowls and an extensive selection of their famous juices are all available; and the kids’ play corner is a very welcome addition to the café.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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RGB & The Bean Hive
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RGB & The Bean Hive

Vegetarian restaurants aren’t at the top of the list for family dining, but there are some very interesting venues popping up, which even the most carnivorous child will succumb to. The uniquely named RGB & The Bean Hive is one of these and being in a house with ample parking means strollers, bags and kids can be easily brought into cafe.You’ll be greeted by the aroma of coffee and a counter of cakes; it almost feels like walking into a friend’s house especially the kids’ play area, reading corner and a selection of board games. With an emphasis on ‘vegetarian food for meat eaters’, this is a terrific way to introduce your child to meat-free dishes like the eggplant pesto pasta or the McBroccoli, a burger patty made with cheese and broccoli.There isn’t a dedicated kid’s menu at the moment but portions are decent enough to share. End the meal with their signature coffee while the kids hang out at the play area.

Users say
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Good Friends Café
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Good Friends Café

This is a restaurant which prides itself in offering wholesome, delicious comfort food while making a great effort to be health without sacrificing taste. Brown rice, organic soya sauce (also available for sale), free-range chicken, chia seeds, good cuts of beef and homemade bread feature prominently on the menu with chef/owner emphasising how he prepares food he would feed his own family. There’s a kids’ play corner and space where you can have a party. It’s all very family-orientated and friendly; and a great place for hearty weekend breakfasts. 

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Antipodean Café
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Antipodean Café

Simple and unpretentious, with its menu handwritten on the chalkboard wall of the café, Antipodean serves up delicious food with a touch of home. Choose from the mains or the luscious cakes or indulge in their all-day breakfast menu.Despite not having a children’s menu, the café does have a range of items that should appeal to kids: the porridge with honey and banana and the banana pancakes will definitely please finicky young palates. If the portions are too big, just talk to the staff and they will shrink them accordingly.The café has recently grown to include four outlets (with new premises at Mid Valley and Atria Damansara) but we’re confining our recommendation to the Bangsar and Menara Tan & Tan outlets. These have cosy kiddie areas, equipped with toys, little tables and a television showing cartoons. At the Bangsar café, even Fido is welcome to join the family’s brunch.

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Benbino
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Benbino

With stroller parking, an ample number of highchairs and a cute kids' playground adjoining, Benbino is a welcome addition to KL's selection of family-friendly cafes. Look for the giant yellow giraffe and head up the spiral staircase to this compact and comfy spot. If you can get the kids past the magical display of sweets, there's a whole menu of meals, created and portioned for small tummies. The menu is just what you'd expect from the BIG Group and it includes crowd pleasers like mac 'n' cheese, pizzas, salads and pastas. We were happy to see that many dishes sneak in a few healthy vegetables, such as the cauliflower tater tots and the cauliflower base margherita pizza.We even tried the build-your-own tacos and were surprised to find that the accompanying chicken tenders were crumbed with quinoa, which gives a satisfying crunch. If you’re not into the tapas style portions for yourself, some dishes are also available in adult portions.

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