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Family First: Top Ten Things To Do In Penang With Kids

Paolo
Published Feb 28, 2017

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

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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.

Adventure Zone

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

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2. Go for a swim at Parkroyal

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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

Website: Parkroyal Penang Resort Swimming Pool

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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.

Penang Hill

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

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4. Take a journey through The Canopy Walkway of Penang National Park

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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

Website: Canopy Walkway at Penang National Park

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5. Head to Entopia and take photos of the butterflies

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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.

Entopia

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

Website: Entopia

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6. Experience thrilling moments at Escape Adventure Park

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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

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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.

Snake Temple

Address: Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Contact: +60 4-643 7273

Website: Snake Temple

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8. Be enthralled by the exhibits of Made In Penang Interactive Museum

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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

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9. See a wide collection of toys at The Toy Museum Heritage Garden

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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

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10. Eat at Purrfect Cat Café and bond with the adorable felines

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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

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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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