There are plenty of options in Kuala Lumpur when it comes to finding something to keep the little ones busy. When Happy Go KL very kindly approached me about writing an overview of the best indoor play centres available in the city, I was only too happy to put a list together to share with you all. Since arriving in Malaysia almost a year ago, I (well, when I say “I”, I mean my twins with me as their accompanying adult!) have tried and tested soft play centres all over the city. With summer holidays on the horizon, Kuala Lumpur Kids would like to offer you the top 10 picks of Kuala Lumpur soft play centres:
1) Jungle Gym at Atria Shopping Gallery http://www.junglegym.my 1) This centre only opened in the summer of 2015 and really is the one to beat.
It’s hard to fault the massive space that they have, which is suitable for all ages. The impressive main play structure includes the usual tunnels, slides, and bridges, but they also offer a football court, sand play, a cinema, arts n crafts area and a section dedicated to the youngest of tots. It’s bright, it’s colourful and it will literally keep your children occupied for hours!
2) The Kingdom at Sunway Putra Mall.
2) This is another relatively new centre that opened last year but I have only just discovered it! Still beautifully new and well maintained, their play area looks like a big castle and is set within the British-style streets of ‘The Parenthood’. We really like the set-up here; they have the most impressive selection of slides that I’ve seen here in KL, a flying fox, trampoline, the usual ball pool, and a very nicely original climbing wall, which was a big hit with my two! Not only that, they have set aside a separate area for toddlers with ride-ons and a little library corner, and for those looking for a break from running around, there is also a PS4 Game Zone!
3) Star Light Kidz at Avenue K http://starlightkids.com.my 3) Here you can let your little astronauts relish in this space-themed play centre; with dimmed lighting and fluorescent colours this is an original addition to the soft play scene in KL. It’s a place to discover everything ‘galactic’, from the very popular shoot out court (with sound effects!) to rockets and a nice play structure with all the usual suspects! They also have a nice separate section for toddlers with a ball pool, big blocks and shapes to stack, and ride-ons.
4) Kid’s E World at IPC Mall https://m.facebook.com/kidseworld/?rf=490540797626419
4) We were very nicely surprised with this centre, located in the mall just next to Ikea. While the big inflatable attractions are very eye-catching, I didn’t realise that they hid a large play structure behind which has a fabulous tubular slide that my children couldn’t get enough of! Roundabouts, tubes, climbing frames, a balloon pit and even a colouring station, means that there’s a lot to do. The under 4’s have their very own enclosed play space outside in the foyer with ride-ons, a ball pool and a cassia seed sand pit to name just a few of the attractions.
5) MegaKidz at Mid Valley MegaMall http://www.megakidz.com.my 5) This place boasts the tallest tubular slide in the city and is definitely a key feature here! The main climbing structure really is extremely large but I know some parents who feel it is better suited for older children who don’t need constant supervision. However, with a dedicated area for toddlers with smaller play equipment, a bouncy castle and even a cinema room, there is something for everyone and we found it a great place to spend a few hours.
6) Jungle Gym & Roller Sports World at Bangsar Shopping Centre http://www.junglegym.my
6) This is the original ‘Jungle Gym’ that still offers a great soft play centre for all ages. The large play structure has all the usual tunnels, bridges, and colourful obstacles to maneuver around plus a trampoline, human conveyer belt (as I like to call it!) and miniature roundabouts. As a bonus, they also have a skating arena just outside in the mall that offers rental and lessons…. should you wish to get your skates on!
7) Kid’s E World at The Gardens Mallhttps://m.facebook.com/kidseworld/?rf=490540797626419 7) When you walk in you will see a mass of inflatable equipment to jump and bounce on, but get past all the giant blow up animals and you‘ll discover another play area behind. It’s got lovely slides, a ball pit, and a fun maze area on the upper level. There’s a basketball court, large foam building bricks to use and a rather fun game of being a human hamster in a giant wheel, which my two little gymnasts thoroughly enjoyed!
8) The Adventure Maze at The Explorer Gym (1′ Mont Kiara Shopping Mall) http://www.youngexplorergym.com
8) An original idea in that it is all made of natural materials – not the bright colour schemes we are accustomed to, instead it’s wood and ropes that make up the majority of this interesting play maze. Best suited for children over 3 years old, there are ropes galore to tackle, hidden hideaways in the wooden structure and even a flying fox. It’s one of the smaller play centres but the rates are also the most reasonable in KL and we have always found the staff to be some of the most interactive play friends for the little ones! Note that you’ll need proper ‘closed’ footwear to play here, so bring your sports shoes as well as your socks!
9) Kiz Sports and Gym at Great Eastern Mall https://m.facebook.com/pages/Kizsports-Gym-Great-Eastern-Mall/134832416596754
9) Kiz Sports have several locations (including Desa ParkCity, Bangsar Village II and Subang) but this particular one is well located for us on Jalan Ampang. It’s a good soft play centre for younger ones with an array of slides, climbing equipment and multiple ball pools. They also offer a number of classes from gymnastics and dance, to arts n craft and martial arts which, if you sign up for after school, it gives you free access to the soft play area before and after your class!
10) J Kids Playground at Publika http://my-jkids.com/contents/c-store/s-publika.html
10) This is a fairly small centre in the ever-popular Publika which I feel is more suitable for the under 5’s but will certainly keep little ones occupied! They obviously have a main climbing structure that has slides, swings and a big ball pool, but possibly the most popular area here is the cassia seed sand pit which little ones just love! Add to that a separate area for building with big foam blocks and a fun balloon enclosure, the youngest family members should be happy here!
So there you have it! A few options to go at when the heat, the rain, or dare I say ‘the haze’ gets too much and you need a bit of inside fun for the little ones.
Happy playing, S
(All information is correct at the time of going to print in June 2016)