This Malaysian island has something for everyone, even the young ones. Museums, parks, swimming pools, and temples are only some of the attractions that can provide your family with precious moments. To make things easier for you, we made this list of the ten things to do in Penang with kids. Let the fun begin!
1. Play at The Adventure Zone
Drop slides, mazes, swinging steps, and padded play climbers await the kids and kids-at-heart at Adventure Zone. Located between the Golden Sands Resort and Rasa Sayang, the indoor playground is open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. You can play hide and seek with the little ones or just explore the attractions together. Keep in mind that socks and long sleeve shirts must be worn at all times and swimsuits are prohibited.
Address: Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Kampung Tanjung Huma, 11050 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Price: from 8 USD (children); free of charge for adults accompanying the kids
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Duration: around 2 hours required.
Contact: +60 4-886 1911 ext. 7874
Website: Adventure Zone
2. Go for a swim at Parkroyal
If you and your family would like a fun swimming experience, then head to Parkroyal Resort on the lovely beach of Batu Ferringhi. The resort has two large pools, one is for adults and the other is for kids. Young ones will have a memorable time at the children’s pool thanks to the two giant water slides. Heat wouldn’t be a problem since the pools are surrounded by trees. You can dive, slide, or just relax in this modern paradise. Day passes are available if you’re not staying at the resort.
Parkroyal Penang Resort Swimming Pool
Address: Parkroyal, Penang Resort, Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang 11100, Malaysia
Price: from 11 USD
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM (main pool); 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (children’s pool)
Contact: +60 4-881 1133
3. Ride a train to Penang Hill
Penang Hill offers the perfect escape from the hot climate of the city. Make your way to the 18th-century style funicular station and go for a train ride to the top of the 830-meter-high (2723 feet) hill. Along the way, the cool atmosphere and the lush scenery are sure to give you a relaxing feeling. When you reach the top, let the unobstructed views amaze you to the fullest. You will see Georgetown as a whole, the mainland, and Penang Bridge. To avoid the long lines, it’s advisable for you to visit on a weekday.
Address: Perbadanan Bukit Bendera, Ayer Itam, 11500 Pulua Pinang
Price: from 7 USD (adult); 1 USD (children 4 to 6 years old); 3 USD (student)
Opening Hours: 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM
Contact: 604-8288880; 604-8288839; 604-8288861; 604-8288862
Website: Penang Hill
4. Take a journey through The Canopy Walkway of Penang National Park
Penang National Park’s vast rainforest will certainly capture the imagination of children. Explore the lush scenery through the 150-meter-long Canopy Walkway, which takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. It will give you a bird’s-eye-view of the different exotic trees. Tickets range from 0.67 to 1 USD and can be bought from the park’s registration office. There may also be a few instances where the walkway is closed, so it’s best for you to call the park first before visiting.
Canopy Walkway at Penang National Park
Address: Pejabat Taman Negara P. Pinang, Jalan Hassan Abbas, Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, 11050 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Price: from 1 USD (adult); 0.67 USD (kids)
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Contact: +604 8813530 or +604 8813500
5. Head to Entopia and take photos of the butterflies
Entopia, also known as Penang Butterfly Farm, was founded by insect expert David Goh to provide Malaysia with a deeper understanding of Entomology. Opened in March 1986, the farm is inhabited by over 4,000 colorful butterflies from 120 species. Take pictures of the Indian Leafl, the Yellow Bird Wing, the Rajah Brooke, and many more. It also houses different kinds of insects and reptiles and over 300 species of plants. This tropical attraction is located in Teluk Behang, and is recognized worldwide as a breeding center. You can let the butterflies paw at you, but please be reminded that touching them is prohibited.
Address: No 830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia
Price: from 11 USD (13 years old and above); 7 USD (4 to 12 years old and 60 years old and above); 27 USD (family package of two adults and two children)
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Contact: +60 4 8888 111
6. Experience thrilling moments at Escape Adventure Park
Adjacent to Entopia is a theme park for families who love the great outdoors. Escape Adventure Park is surrounded by lush scenery and features over 20 rides and attractions. You can try out the Aerobat, which will give you a chance to perform acrobatics in the air. At the Jungle Swinger, feel like Tarzan as you move from tree to tree using a rope. If you want something more challenging, then climb up the three levels of the Monkey Business rope course. The Tubby Racer is your opportunity to ride a tube and slide downhill with the whole family. Each activity has the proper equipment, so don’t worry about safety. Escape is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
Escape Adventure Park
Address: 828, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Teluk Bahang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Price: from 17 USD (13 to 60 years old); 12 USD (4 to 12 years old); Free (0 to 3 years old and 60 years old above)
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (closed on Mondays)
Contact: +60 4-881 1106
Website: Escape Adventure Park
7. Visit the Snake Temple
The temple was built by Buddhist priest Chor Soo Kong in 1850. According to legend, the priest used the site as a safe haven for snakes and after his death, more snakes started moving in. Located in Bayang Lepas near Penang Airport, the Snake Temple houses poisonous reptiles such as green tree snakes and Wagler’s pit vipers. Despite their reputation, the snakes in the temple are calm and harmless. It’s been said that the smell of incense keeps them tranquil, but others claim that they are generally from a friendly breed. Still, it’s advisable for you and the young ones to stay cautious while exploring the area. You can take photos of the snakes as they crawl peacefully through fruit trees and plants. The well-preserved Buddhist sculptures and carvings and the 600-pound Manchurian Dynasty bell are worth seeing as well. It’s open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and admission is free.
Address: Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Contact: +60 4-643 7273
Website: Snake Temple
8. Be enthralled by the exhibits of Made In Penang Interactive Museum
Instead of the usual exhibits, Made in Penang Interactive Museum shows enchanting three-dimensional artworks. The 3D images will make you feel like you’re really part of Penang’s history and culture. Be sure to take photos as the trick arts and murals come to life. There’s also a section of miniature figures depicting the island’s traditional way of life. Located in Georgetown, the museum is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. It’s certainly one of the most unique ways to be acquainted with Penang.
Made In Penang Interactive Museum
Address: 3, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Price: from 7 USD
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 AM
Contact: +60 4-262 6119
Website: Made In Penang Interactive Museum
9. See a wide collection of toys at The Toy Museum Heritage Garden
This place is not just for kids, but also for those who want to relive their childhood. Toy Museum Heritage Garden is located in Teluk Behang, and has over 120,000 toys on display. Get ready to be amazed by its collection of dolls, dinosaurs, and famous characters from movies, comics, and video games. If you’re a fan of scary movies, then visit the Chamber of Horror to see Chucky dolls and other horror icons. Nature lovers will also appreciate the garden’s wide array of tropical plants.
Toy Museum Heritage Garden
Address: 1370, MK2, Teluk Bahang, 11050 GeorgeTown, Penang, Malaysia
Price: from 3 USD (adult); 2 USD (child)
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Contact: +60 12-460 2096
Website: Toy Museum Heritage Garden
10. Eat at Purrfect Cat Café and bond with the adorable felines
Nothing is sweeter than seeing children playing with cats. Purrfect Cat Café in Muntri Street can provide that experience. On the first floor, cat-related items such as shirts, key chains, and pillows are available for purchase. The second floor is divided in two parts, namely the Café and the Cat Zone. Upon arrival at the Café, have a taste of its delicious pastries and cakes and quench your thirst with coffee or cold beverages. The Cat Zone is where you will finally meet the cute animals. You are free to pet and play with them, but carrying and feeding them are not allowed. Visit this lovely place right MEOW.
Purrfect Cat Café
Address: 53, Jalan Muntri, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Contact: +60 4-261 1197
Website: Purrfect Cat Café
11. Penang Bird Park
For a feathery escapade, visit Penang Bird Park, which is the first and largest bird park in Malaysia. This place is home to different species of birds for breeding and conservation purposes. Bird species here range from kingfishers and tiny exotic sunbirds to vulturine guineafowl and huge ostriches. This five-acre (two-hectare) park is beautifully landscaped with two walk-in aviaries and two geodesic-domed enclosures that resemble a birds’ natural habitat. Walking around here, you will see free-roaming flamingos, storks, pelicans, swans, mandarin ducks and other kinds of birds. You’ll also feel refreshed strolling around as the park also features a garden with huts by the waterfalls. There are also wooden bridges over natural ponds with fishes, lotus, and water lilies and a variety of flora. Aside from birds, it is also home to several species of deer and an assortment of animals such as crocodiles, giant pythons, soft-shelled turtles and timid leaf monkeys. If strolling around makes you hungry, then you may drop by their restaurant where you can choose local and western food.
Penang Bird Park
Address: 45, Lintang Kurau 7, Chai Leng Park, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Website: Penang Bird Park
Opening hours: 9am - 7pm (daily)
Price: From 10 RM (2.38USD)
12. Mega Kiddies World Center
Let your kids sweat while playing in this indoor theme park. They will surely forget about the outdoor playground as this place houses everything a playground should have. From multi-story playscape to slides, ball pits, and other kid-friendly interactive facilities, this will certainly be a wonderland for your tots. Let them climb, run, slide, swing and jump while feeling ease, knowing that they are in a safe and secure environment.
Mega Kiddies World Center
Address: 3068, Jalan Todak, Pusat Bandar Seberang Jaya, 13700 Seberang Jaya. Pulau Penang
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)
Price: From 12 RM (2.85 USD)
All about good vibes
In addition to the marvelous attractions, the locals of Penang are also known to be friendly. They are more than willing to help you if you’re lost or if you just want to know more about the island. To sum it all up, this Malaysian state will leave a lasting impression on you and the kids. It’s time to start planning your next family vacation.
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