The upcoming long weekend has so much going on, we decided to compile a list of family-friendly activities to indulge in while the kids are on holiday. Between the closing ceremony of what looks to be the most successful SEA Games for Malaysia and celebrating 60 years of independence, we suggest planning ahead and most importantly enjoy your days off!
1. Merdeka Day Parade
Head to Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) this Thursday for a day of celebration, royal processions and military demonstrations. This year promises to be quite unique as there are plans to re-enact the original declaration of independence in 1957. Malaysia celebrates 60 years on independence and there’s nothing like a dose of patriotism to make you realise how lucky we are to live here!
Where? Dataran Merdeka
When? Thursday, August 31st from 8am
2. We Are Malaysia at Sunway Lagoon
In conjunction with Merdeka and the school holidays, Sunway Lagoon is running a great event celebrating national pride. Malaysia’s most popular theme park plays host to a series of events including organising classic Malaysian games like congkak and Batu Seremban, batik painting and Chinese calligraphy sessions. If the children want more action, there’s always the rides and slides of the theme park. Don’t forget sunblock!
Where? Sunway Lagoon
When? From now till September 30th
3. Dinosaurs Alive
Animatronic dinosaurs have taken over the centre of KL and the children couldn’t be happier. Not sure the parents will be as ecstatic but it sure makes for a great couple of hours of Jurassic fun! There are over 40 dinosaurs on display, which have been created to apparently look as realistic as possible. There are lots of fun activities for the kids including a dinosaur egg and fossil dig, bone assembling and dino-centric arts and craft – a great way to spend an afternoon in the city.
Where? Malaysia Tourism Centre, Jalan Ampang, KL
When? From now till end of the year. Opens 10am to 10pm
4. Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival
This popular festival features acts from Malaysia and all over the world celebrating theatre, dance, music, visual arts and literature. The festival runs for a month beginning August 31st. During the opening weekend of August 31st to September 3rd, check out dance performances by renowned local groups and Che Malambo, an Argentinean dance troupe celebrating the tradition of the South American gaucho. Check the site for more information on tickets and the month-long performances, many of which are family-friendly, especially for the teenagers. There are free exhibitions and performances as well making this a really affordable arts festival.
Where? Various locations in KL
When? August 31st till October 1st
5. Swiss Dream Circus
Happening at the end of the month, but you can buy your tickets this week. This circus either incites excitement or trepidation in young children – something about clowns being slightly scary. But, when it does come to town, this is the show the whole family will enjoy. Don’t expect a Cirque Du Soleil extravaganza, but an evening of classic circus fun with performers from all over the world in the air-conditioned Big Top.
Where? Desa Park City
When? September 29th till October 22nd