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8 Amazing (And Family-Friendly!) Things To Do If You’re Stuck In Malaysia This December


Nasreen Nasir •  Dec 07, 2018


With the festive season and school holidays in full speed, everyone's looking for things to do in Malaysia. If you're not travelling this month and still want to have fun, fret not, we've rounded up the best activities and events throughout the month of December, from KL all the way to Johor! Credit: Giphy
1. Fuyoh! Collectors Market
For serious collectors, the Fuyoh! Collectors Market has acquired a level of fame for being one of the local markets where you can find the most sought-after collectible items. Antique professionals and flea market enthusiasts around KL and even further would join this market to see the new treasured goods on offer.
Credit: Collectors Market on FacebookWhat better way to end the year than by joining the fun and add some antiques and memorabilia collection at the market this 29th and 30th December at Publika. You can expect over 60 booths selling all sorts of antiques, music records, collectibles and other knick-knacks!
Credit: Collectors Market on FacebookAddress: Publika Shopping Gallery, 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala LumpurDates: 29 and 30 DecemberOpening Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pmAdmission Fee: FREE Website
2. Big Bad Wolf Book Sale
The largest book expo is here once again, with over 4.5 MILLION books available! Covering every single genre you can possibly think of and living up to the belief that language breaks barriers, books are even available in English, Malay and Chinese ?
Credit: The Lemon Mom on FacebookThis is for you, bookworms! For all the hours in a day from 7th December to 17th December, you’ll be able to read, eat and sleep with the books! The 24-hour book sale is truly every book lover’s dream come true ? And what’s more – the books are available in various genres at 75% to 95% off its retail prices!
Credit: Thanika Sing on Facebook Whether you wish to escape into an alternate reality, improve your cooking game or grow your success and drive your personal growth, nothing beats the feel and smell of a good book that you can call yours ?Address: Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC), Seri KembanganDates: 7 December to 17 DecemberOpening Hours: 24 hoursWebsite
3. Our Sanrio Times
Hello Kitty fans, this one’s for you! Come to Quill City Mall NOW till January 6th to enter the world of Sanrio’s most loved characters - Hello Kitty and friends. Touted as the largest Sanrio event of the year, this extensive exhibition features 100 classic characters and over 300 vintage items collected since the 60s.
Credit: Our Sanrio Times Malaysia on FacebookVisitors can also expect 13 Sanrio-themed zones where they can take photos around the brightly-coloured collage of 100 adorable Sanrio characters. You can even check out the replica of the very first Hello Kitty merchandise on a display! Talk about nostalgia ;)
Credit: Our Sanrio Times Malaysia on FacebookParents with kids will surely love the larger-than-life Hello Kitty plush toy where they can squeeze in for a hug! The event director even joked that the 3.5 metre tall plush couldn’t even fit the cargo lift and walls had to be dismantled to bring in the crane! Address: Hall 5, Level 5, Quill City Mall Kuala LumpurDates: NOW till 6 January 2019.Operating hours: 11:00am - 9:00pm, daily.Admission Fee: From RM20. Purchase your tickets here.Facebook
4. Themepaktu Dinosaur Kingdom (Johor Bahru)
If you’re heading to Johor Bahru, a visit to Puteri Harbour is a MUST for a dinosaur kingdom awaits! Opened recently in November, the Themepaktu Dinosaur Kingdom is themed around prehistoric creatures where visitors can check out the various replicas of ancient animals like dinosaurs!
Credit: Themepaktu on FacebookAmong the attractions that visitors can enjoy include live wild park dinosaur shows, animatronic dinosaurs, raptor shows, dino fossils and inflatable dino island! A day out at the Dinosaur Kingdom will guarantee to make your kid’s day!
Credit: Themepaktu on FacebookAddress: Puteri Harbour, Iskandar PuteriDate: 20 November 2018 - 1 January 2019 (Closes every Monday, except Dec 24 & Dec 31)Time: 12:00pm - 10:30pmAdmission Fee: From RM30. Purchase your tickets here. Website
5. Pokemon Parade (Pahang)
Still having the Pokémon fever? Well, time to treat that with a real adventure at Resorts World Genting this month! From December 1st to February 28th, be among the first to catch 32 first-generation Pokémon figurines around SkyAvenue from Pikachu to Bulbasaur and Charmander!
Credit: Pokemon Malaysia on FacebookGrab your friends and family and look out for the tallest Pokémon-themed Christmas tree in the world and catch Malaysia’s first ever Pikachu parade that will steal your heart! If that’s not enough, there’s a giant 6-metre Pikachu inflatable you can take photos with, surrounded by over 50 tiny Pikachu plushies.
Credit: Kiannon Law on FacebookThe pop-up store also offers official Pokémon merchandise imported from Japan and kids can be part of special activities like Trainer Program where they can collect 8 limited-edition Pokémon stickers by completing their tasks. Sounds fun? Time to head over there now!
Credit: Pokemon Malaysia on FacebookAddress: Resorts World Genting, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang Date: 1st December 2018 - 28th February 2019. Time: 9:00am - 9:00pm. Admission Fee: Free
6. Festival of Light and Motion Putrajaya (LAMPU)
It looks like Putrajaya may be the new city that never sleeps ? The bustling city will turn into a massive screen and visitors can be part of the annual light and motion festival. In its sixth year running, the festival’s situated at the Palace of Justice, and you’ll catch sight of the entire building being transformed into a light
Credit: Omedia Fotografi on Facebook Don’t miss this chance to catch the highlight of the event, Projection Mapping, where the exterior of the Palace of Justice will transport you into a sci-fi blockbuster movie thanks to the plethora of colourful rays, images and sounds!
Credit: Perbadanan Putrajaya on Facebook All 23 programmes throughout the 4 nights will paint the town in beautiful colours! It’s the perfect place to spend your last month of the year and celebrate with your loved ones in the open-air setting. And what’s a better way to end the year with a bang than with digital fireworks on New Year’s Eve! ?Address: Dataran Putrajaya, Precinct 3, PutrajayaDates: 28 December 2018 to 1 January 2019Operating hours: 7.30pm to 12.30AMAdmission: Free
7. Selfie Museum KL
You’ve probably seen social influencers or even celebrities (like Awal Ashaari, Scha Al Yahyaand heartthrob Mark O Dea!) who made their way to this state-of-the-art museum, so you’re itchy to know what’s in store! ? This newest addition to KL’s entertainment hub is brought to you by Samsung Galaxy and it features nine-themed rooms for visitors to live out their wildest photo fantasies while savouring Malaysian-inspired desserts (yes, real ones!) along the way. ?
Credit: Kelly Sashimi on FacebookLocated at Fahrenheit 88 Kuala Lumpur (just beside Pavilion), this museum covers approximately 7,000 square feet that’s dedicated to the art of selfies.
Credit: Selfie Museum KL on FacebookWhile you’re happily taking selfies, don’t forget to take a break and enjoy desserts like sirap cupcakes, marshmallows, Baskin Robbins ice cream, Tealive signature drinks and some tarts! These are some pretty legit stuffs here so don’t miss out on that. ?
Credit: Selfie Museum KL on FacebookTime to gather your photogenic friends and make your way to this aesthetic place and start your quest for that perfect picture to post on social media.

Address: Unit 2.28, Level 2, Fahrenheit88, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours: 10am–10pm, Monday to Sunday

Ticket Prices: From RM25. Purchase your tickets here.

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8. Pesta Penang
They say you can't leave Penang without joining the fun at Pesta Penang in December! This time around, visitors can expect boxing and Muay Thai shows, Keris exhibition and even International Cat Show! ?
Credit: @Ayie Unique Way on Facebook There will also be lights display around the premise where visitors can snap Instagrammable photos! ? For thrill enthusiasts, rides such as Vortex, Sky Rider and Top Gun will make a comeback.
Credit: @anissacarolinasirait_ on Instagram Refuel at the food stalls where you can expect around 300 vendors selling popular Penang street food and snacks. You can get souvenirs there too! Address: Tapak Pesta Sungai Nibong Pulau Pinang, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Kampung Dua Bukit, 11700 Sungai Nibong, Penang.Dates: NOW till 1 January 2019Operating hours: 6:00pm to 12:00AMAdmission: Free Excited already? Time to drop everything and plan a fun-filled day for you and your loved ones! ?