We’ve rounded up the best places to take the kids to open up their minds to the wonders of science and technology. From being able to discover the nature of marine life and butterflies to wondering at the marvel of science and space, these places will get their cognitive wheels turning. Bonus: they’ll also promise a fun day out for the entire family.
KL & Surrounds
Aquaria KLCC features some 5,000 aquatic and marine animals. Be sure not to miss the spectacle that is feeding time when sharks, eels and turtles gather to eat. Also check out the Station Aquarius, where kids and teens are invited to participate in a series of four labs highlighting evolution, lifestyles, adaptation and conservation. The centre has also recently upgraded its Shipwreck exhibition: It’s now packed with interesting information about shipwrecks around Malaysia and there are a host of cool critters to admire.
An interactive Science Discovery Centre, Petrosains presents science and technology in a fun way. The centre offers a host of interactive educational activities where kids can learn everything they need to know about forensic science, minerals, mathematics and the environment.
Visit the Petrosains Play Smart website for details on locations outside of KL.
Housed in an architecturally stunning domed building, the National Science Centre (Pusat Sains Negara) aims to promote scientific and technological learning in an informal environment. Kids will have fun learning how things work with the huge variety of interactive exhibitions.
Dedicated to the science of space, the Planetarium is a great place to get the kids learning about our solar system. Browse through the various sections, which include a Space IMAX theatre that screens a range of interesting space shows, interactive exhibitions and an anti-gravity room.
With over 100 exhibits, Tech Dome Penang is the state's premier science centre for kids and adults. Regularly rotating exhibitions keep There are rotating exhibitions alongside permanent galleries that cover topics ranging from Life Tech and Force and Motion to Robotics, Electromagnetism and Optics. Visitors can check out the interactive and immersive exhibitions and activities showcase science and technology, and how it impacts daily life, and the younger kids can head to the Exploration Zone with games and activities specially created for them.
Located within The Shore Shopping Gallery, this educational centre revolves around aquatic life and marine conservation. The main attractions of this aquarium are the 3D installations that let you experience mangrove forests, rivers and fossils in lifelike simulations. The Shore Oceanarium frequently links arms with the Fisheries Department of Malaysia to combat turtle poaching.
Entopia offers a nature (and natural) learning experience with over 150 species of animals and plants within its tropical sanctuary. This discovery hub is separated into two sections – The Natureland and The Cocoon. The Natureland is an outdoor living garden vivarium with free-flying butterflies, various species of plants, waterfalls, caves and more; while the indoor Cocoon features immersive exhibitions and activities. Great to spend a few hours with the family.