We’ve all been there before. For once you have a free afternoon and you want to do something with it but…what is there to do? A shopping mall won’t satiate the itch you’re feeling.

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But you also don’t want to go too far away from KL because you’ve only got so much time and you’d rather spend more of it actually doing something than traveling there.

Well no need to fret because your favorite travel publication (😉) has got you covered! There are plenty of things to do in the Klang Valley—something for every budget, age, and interest. Here are some of the most interesting among them!

1. Say hello to the feathered fellows at the KL Bird Park 🦅

Hey did you know KL is home to the world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary? If you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth a visit whether you’re a bird lover or not! The 20 acre park is filled with all sorts of tropical birds of all sizes and colors and characteristics, many of them milling about minding their own business! (Seriously, you’d just be walking and suddenly a peacock would cross your path 😂 It’s part of the charm.)

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There’s also a bird show everyday in which some very impressive tricks are performed (*spoiler alert* one of the parrots can do math 😱) and feedings for the lories, ostriches, free flying birds, hornbills, eagles, and milky storks! I personally recommend the lory feedings. They’re adorable, colorful, and full of personality ❤️

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Address: KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 9AM-6PM daily

Fees for MyKad holders:

Adult: MYR 27

Child: MYR 13

Fees for Standard Admission:

Adult: MYR 67

Child: MYR 45

Contact: +603 2272 1010 or info@klbirdpark.com

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2. Get your game face on and play some quidditch 🤾🏽‍♀️

Ever wondered what the brainchild of dodgeball, handball, and rugby would be? The answer is quidditch. This exciting, fast-paced sport is currently played in just under 40 countries in the world and lucky for you, Malaysia is one of them!

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If you’re wondering why it sounds familiar, it’s because it originated from the Harry Potter books. But in the irl version, the snitch is only worth 30 points, the quaffle is a deflated volleyball, and you can’t fly. It’s great fun and bonus: it’s completely free 😜

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Address: Jalan BU 4/1, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya

Session Hours: Sunday 8:30AM-10:30AM (this may change with the weather and it is best to get in touch with them to check)

Admission: Free

Contact: Message them on their Facebook page or email them at damansaradementors@gmail.com

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3. Release all that restless energy at EnerZ Indoor Extreme Park 🌪

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You know all those things you were told not to do when you were a kid? Don’t climb that, never jump on the bed, stop beating each other with the pillows, etc etc. Well at EnerZ you can (are encouraged, even!) to let your inner child out and break every single one of those rules. Yep. Every. Single. One.

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It’s actually ridiculous how much there is to do 😱 Jump to your heart’s content at the free jump trampolines! Get creative with your trick shots at the slam dunk basketball station! Live out your action movie fantasies with the air bag! Backflip into the foam pit! Brave their 3 level obstacle course! Enjoy your own game of Wipeout with gladiator and their mechanical, inflatable game Meltdown! There’s no way you can ever get bored here. Who said that cardio had to be dull? 😜

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Address: 791, Persiaran Subang Indah, Usj 14, 47630 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Operating Hours: 1PM-9PM Monday-Friday, 10AM-9PM Saturday, 10AM-8PM Sunday (Saturday hours apply for public/school holidays)

Admission Fees

3-Hour Universal Pass (peak)*: 46 MYR

1-Hour Universal Pass (off-peak): 22 MYR

2-Hour Universal Pass (off-peak): 28 MYR

*peak hours would be weekends, public holidays, and school holidays

Contact: +6 011-1500 0066 or info@enerz.my

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4. Reignite your love for marine wildlife at Aquaria 🐠

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You can probably remember the first time you went to Aquaria as a kid. Be it for a birthday or a school trip, there was this feeling of awe and wonder that’s just hard to forget. Well I’ll let you in on a secret: that feeling is still there when you go as an adult ✨

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Spend several hours mesmerized by the beauty of the diverse creatures showcased at this 60,000 square foot oceanarium. Immerse yourself in the learning experience all over again. Or, if you’re feeling up for something exciting, you can even go diving with the sharks!🦈 Check the website for more details.

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Address: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 10AM-8PM daily, last admission at 7PM

Fees for standard admission:

Adult: 69 MYR

Child (3-12 years old): 59 MYR

Senior Citizen (60 years old and above): 49 MYR

Fees for MyKad holders:

Adult: 49 MYR

Child (3-12 years old): 39 MYR

Senior Citizen (60 years old and above): 39 MYR

Contact: +6 03 2333 1888 or sales@aquawalk.com

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5. Have a park day at Taman Layang-Layang Kepong 🎏

There’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned day at the park so pack yourself a picnic and head on over to Kepong Metropolitan Lake Garden! This park offers some wonderful views (the sunsets really are something else 😍), has designated cycling and jogging paths, and is known for its kites.

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Due to the great wind there, it is one of the few parks in Malaysia which has a section dedicated to kite-flying so if you look up in the late afternoon you’ll see kites of every size, shape and color dotting the skies. There are plenty of vendors who sell kites at the park, so don’t worry if you don’t have one (in this day and age, I’d honestly be more surprised if you did!). If you want to play with the wind a little closer to the ground, then bubbles may be more to your speed. Lucky for you, there are people selling just that there too, so you’re guaranteed a good time either way!

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Address: Jalan Lingkaran Tengah 2, Kepong Metropolitan Lake-garden, 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 6AM-8PM daily

Contact: +6 03-6259 4270

6. Enjoy some interactive science at Petrosains 🔬

Ah, Petrosains. I remember going here as a kid and being asked afterwards what I learned. I stumbled and stuttered because though I had a lot of fun, I didn’t remember much of the science behind the things I was playing with 🙈 But when you go as an adult, it’s both fun and educational!

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There are so many cool interactive exhibits on biology, space science, and physics that you’re bound to leave vowing to dedicate your life to science and feeling inspired to become an engineer or astronaut (even if you are more an arts stream person 😅). It’s all part of the Petrosains magic.

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Address: Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 9:30AM-5:30PM Tuesday-Friday, 9:30AM-6:30PM Saturday-Sunday, closed Mondays

Fees for standard admission:

Adult (13-60 years old): 30 MYR

Child (3-12 years old): 18 MYR

Senior Citizen (61 years old and above): 15 MYR

Fees for MyKad holders:

Adult (13-60 years old): 20 MYR

Child (3-12 years old): 8 MYR

Senior Citizen (61 years old and above): MYR 10

Contact: +6 03-2331 8181 or infopetrosains@petronas.com

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7. Make some furry friends at Farm in the City 🐰

If you want to get up close and personal with some animals without having to leave the city, then this is the place for you! This farm offers a wide range of friendly animals from bunnies to snakes to mouse deer—many of whom you are allowed to pet and feed! (So for once, the no-touching rule does not apply 😅).

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The list of animals boasted here is quite impressive, the cutest and most unique among them being alpacas, Dusky Wallabies, Crested Porcupines, Dik Dik, fennec foxes, marmosets, and Himalayan Striped Squirrels. Suffice it to say that there are plenty of photo ops and little critters to keep you entertained for hours!

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Address: Jalan Prima Tropika Barat 1, Pusat Bandar Putra Permai, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor

Operating Hours: 10AM-6PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 9:30AM-6PM Saturday and Sunday. Closed on Tuesday

Fees for standard admission:

Adult (11 years old and above): 58 MYR

Child (10 years old and below): 48 MYR

Senior Citizen (61 years old and above): 48 MYR

Fees for MyKad holders:

Adult (11 years old and above): 39 MYR

Child (10 years old and below): 32 MYR

Senior Citizen (61 years old and above): 32 MYR

Family package (2 adults and 2 children): 132 MYR

*Children below 90cm in height do not have to pay admission

Contact: +6 03 89412099

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8. Scale the walls at Camp 5

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Camp 5 offers rock climbing facilities for all abilities. Whether you’re a novice who is scared of heights (bouldering), someone with experience and there with a buddy (top rope climbing) or an absolute pro (alpine climbing), this place is sure to give you an upper body workout while you’re distracted trying to figure out which hold to grab onto next!

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Address: 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 5th Floor, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Operating Hours: 2PM-11PM Monday-Friday, 10AM-8PM Saturday and Sunday

Adult Day Pass: 36 MYR

Junior Day Pass: 25 MYR

Youth Day Pass: 16 MYR

*Kids under 8 years old are free. Note that all prices are exclusive of equipment costs.

Contact: +6 03 7726 0410 or climb@camp5.com

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9. Grab your friends and go to Arena 51 🏹

Live out your Hunger Games fantasies with archery tag at Arena 51! It’s paintball with a bow and foam-tipped arrow, promising to be a good time for all.

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And if your aim isn’t that great and you never really were a fan of Katniss anyway then try out their bubble sports! It’s the human equivalent of bumper cars. Hilarity ensues.

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Address: No. 2, Jalan 19/1, Petaling Jaya, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Operating Hours: By booking only

Pricing for Archery Tag

10 pax and 45 min playtime: 420 MYR (10 bows)

25 pax and 1 hr playtime: 720 MYR (20 bows)

40 pax and 2 hrs playtime: 1250 MYR (20 bows)

Pricing for Bubble Sports

25 pax and 1 hr playtime: 620 MYR (10 bubbles)

40 pax and 2 hrs playtime: 1150 MYR (10 bubbles)

Pricing for Combined:

40 pax and 2 hrs playtime: 1340 MYR (20 bows and 10 bubbles)

Contact: +6 018 282 2012 or info@arena51.my

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10. Swing (or zipline) from tree to tree at Skytrex 🌳

Did you used to grab onto a vine and use it as transport every chance you got to try and master the Tarzan swing when you were a kid? (I know I did 😂) Here at Skytrex, you get to do that (with a guarantee of safety, this time 😜) and more at their canopy ropes course!

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There are 3 different levels so you get to choose the height and difficulty of your course. And if you’re concerned about safety, rest assured because they give you a very thorough lesson on how to use the equipment and have you do a test run on a mini course beforehand to ensure that you’ve nailed it.

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Address: Jalan Liku 8/1, Seksyen 8, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor

Operating Hours: 8:30AM-6PM Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday

Ticket Prices:

Little Adventure: 38 MYR

Big Thrill: 48 MYR

Extreme Challenge: 59 MYR

Contact: +601 3276 9841 or skytrex@skytrex-adventure.com

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11. Practice for your F1 career at Blastacars Sungei Wang 🚧

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Have you ever watched F1 and gone:

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Well you can test out that theory at Blastacars! This go karting race track built for drifting promises a thrill for everyone who goes. And best of all? It’s indoors so rain or shine, no problem! You can still go drifting.

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Address: 5F- 001, 5th Floor, Sungei Wang Plaza, 50250 Wilayah Persekutuan, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Admission fees (10 minutes):

Novice: 60 MYR

Advance: 90 MYR

Pro (black card needed): 100 MYR

Contact: +6 012 887 8485 or info@blastacars.my

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12. Absorb some culture and visit one of the many museums and galleries 🎨

There are quite a number of museums and galleries worth a visit in the Klang Valley, the top among them being the Islamic Arts Museum and the National Museum. Tickets are cheap and they house incredible exhibits that make you truly appreciate history, art, and culture.

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And if those are not your style then not to worry because there are plenty more! There’s the national textile museum, the KL City Gallery (which hosts a stunning 360 diagram light show of the Klang Valley), and the national gallery.

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Muzium Kesenian Islam

Address: Perdana, Jalan Lembah, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 10AM-6PM

Adult: 14 MYR

Student (with ID): 7 MYR

Senior Citizen (Malaysians who are 60 years old and above): 7 MYR

Children (6 years old and below): Free

Contact: +603 2092 7070 or info@iamm.org.my

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Muzium Negara

Address: Jabatan Muzium Malaysia, Jalan Damansara, Tasik Perdana, 50566 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 9AM-6PM daily

Fees for standard admission:

Adult (13 years old and above): 5 MYR

Child (6-12 years old): 2 MYR

Children below the age of 6: Free

Fees for MyKad holders:

Adult (12 years old and above): MYR

Senior Citizen/Disabled Person: 1 MYR

Child (under 12 years old): Free

Students wearing school uniform: Free

Contact: +6 (03) 2267-1111 or prmuziumnegara@jmm.gov.my

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13. Relive your childhood at Sunway Lagoon 🌊

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Some places lose their appeal as you get older but not the timeless Sunway Lagoon. Where else can you find a vuvuzela waterslide, man-made surfing beach, and bungee jump all in the same park? Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or more the river cruise type, Sunway Lagoon rarely disappoints.

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They’re constantly adding new things and changing up the haunted house theme at the dry park so no two visits are ever the same! Plus in this weather, doesn’t a trip to a water park sound absolutely perfect?

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Address: Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

Operating Hours: 10AM-6PM daily

Fees for standard admission:

Adult (13 years old and above): 180 MYR

Child (12 years old and below): 150 MYR

Senior Citizen (60 years old and above): 150 MYR

Fees for MyKad holders:

Adult (13 years old and above): 120 MYR

Child (12 years old and below): 96 MYR

Senior Citizen (60 years old and above): 96MYR

*Note that these ticket prices are only for the parks and do not cover the pay-per-ride activities.

Contact: +603 5639 0000 or ask_lagoon@sunway.com.my

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14. Enjoy the rainforest at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) 🍃

One of the many fantastic things about living in a tropical country is that an escape from city life is never far from the city itself. Take KL for example. You can easily trade in traffic, buildings, and haze for streams, trees and chirping birds with just a half hour drive to the beautiful FRIM!

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FRIM is a one-stop shop for every recreational activities you can possibly do in a rainforest. This research and development facility is perfect for hiking, jogging, mountain biking, bird watching, going on a picnic and photography too! They also offer packages for weddings, family days, treasure hunts and amazing races. You can also hire a nature guide—something we’d recommend if you’re looking for the breathtaking crown shyness phenomenon pictured below.

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#HHWT Tip: Be sure to read the visitor’s guide before you go! It has plenty of helpful information as well as behavioural guidelines so that neither the ecosystem nor the research are disrupted.

Address: Jalan Frim, Kepong, 52109 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor

Operating Hours: 5:30AM-7PM (last entrance at 6PM)

Fees for standard admission:

Adult (13 years old and above): 1.05 MYR

Child (12 years old and below): Free

Fees for MyKad holders:

Adult (13 years old and above): 5.30 MYR

Child (12 years old and below): 1 MYR

Car without sticker (per entry)

Main campus: 5.30 MYR

Kepong Botanical Gardens 2.10 MYR

Motorbike without sticker 3.20 MYR

Bicycle (mountain bike) per entry/per bicycle: 3.20 MYR

DSLR Camera: 5.30 MYR

Contact: +6 03 6279 7649 or frim_enquiry@frim.gov.my

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You see friends, a mall isn’t the only thing you can do on a Saturday afternoon! Not even when it’s raining ⛈ And hey:

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Klang Valley is home to SO MANY places to eat so you can just map them all out and go on a food adventure! I mean, that counts as an activity, right? 😉

Regardless, let’s shake things up! Next weekend, challenge yourself to do something you haven’t done before that doesn’t involve a mall. You won’t regret it.

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