After being involved in the publishing of Malaysia Bagus! by Sharon Cheah, I've started to take more interest in our neighbouring country as a potential holiday location for the family.
Road trips were a big part of my family experience when I was growing up, with my dad constantly driving us to Mersing, Port Dickson, Desaru and Malacca for church camps, church retreats, church conferences.
I was very excited about this trip--our first family road trip to KL (which was not a church camp trip). Most of all, I was very excited that I'd be getting to savour the WORLD'S BEST CHAR SIEW once again. See review & pics here. When Husband and I first tried this char siew in April, we were stunned. It has a very unique taste and is addictive. Almost like pork candy! PORK CANDY!!! FWAAAH.
Of course, this family holiday was more than just about char siew. KL is surprisingly family-friendly.
We stayed at the ASCOTT which is a 1 minute walk from KLCC. It's like, you cross the road, and you're there. Plus, they built this air-conditioned bridge 2 minutes from the ASCOTT and walking through it, you cut through all the traffic and end up at the Pavilion along Bukit Bintang. Thanks KL government--how considerate of you! (The bridge had escalators too, good for prams!)
The other thing was how to occupy the kids during the 4 hour drive to and from KL. Well, thanks to our dear friend Rachel, we had that covered--enter "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" audio book!! It was fantastic and we were all kept enraptured, me included. Our other friend Andrew said that his parents used to play Heidi and other classic tales audio books for him during their long drives. That is a FANTASTIC idea, thanks Andrew! We'll keep that one for our next trip!
Of course, this was no beach holiday. There was no sand, surf or blue waters. But for what it was, it was pretty good! Here's a rundown of some family-friendly things to do in KL:
1. KL Aquaria -- a very nice aquarium at KLCC itself. Once again, very convenient given we were living across the road. It's more than an aquarium because it's also got lizards, spiders, snakes, etc., And it's huuge! I'd say it's slightly bigger than Underwater World and on par with it, in terms of the exhibits. Like the Underwater World, it's also got a long travellator and tunnel where you're surrounded by aquatic beings swimming round you.
2. Petrosains Science Centre Also at KLCC! Lagi best! This was one of the most surprising finds. I had seen the website and did not think much of it. But wow! Firstly, the place is huuuuge (everything in KL in huuuge!). 2 hours was NOT enough time. And the exhibits--I did feel they were pitched at just the right level for kids from 5 to 10 years old. The explanations & panels were good. There was everything from dinosaurs, to flight/speed (a real F1 car!), Lego activities, gears/wheels/pulleys, electronic games, stuff about the environment & the future of energy, and, being Petrosains, they actually build a model oil rig on site (it was huuuge!) and talked abt oil rigging & refining. There was also stuff about mirrors (concave/convex), and a 3 D show which we didn't watch. Aiyoh, we'll have to go back man, the kids had so much fun!
3. KL Mega playgrounds. I will write more about these in my next entry.
4. KIDZANIA--I've actually never seen anything like KIDZANIA and I have to say it was very impressive. It's an edutainment centre where there is a town, and kids can go to different places to learn about different occupations. They earn money when they train on the job, and they can spend money, or save it too. We spent 5 hours there, and it was NOT ENOUGH. More on this another time.