Travelling with kids is a great way to spark a sense of adventure within them. Perfect for family vacations, one of the best destinations to visit in Malaysia is Penang because there are many things to eat, see and do! There are many activities parents can include in their itinerary to make it a super fun trip for their kids. From immersing yourself in nature to having a fun-filled day in an indoor theme park, here are some fun things to do in Penang with your kids!
1. Meet the adorable animals at Dairy Goat Farm
Kids love farm animals! Situated in Balik Pulau, there's a small farm called Saneen Dairy Goat Farm that let visitors pet, feed and take pictures with the animals on this farm. It’s a great way for the whole family to learn and explore farm life. After the feeding and photo-taking sessions, treat your kids to some homemade dairy products like pudding and ice-cream!
Address: 298, Mukim 1, Kuala Sungai Penang, 11010 Balik Pulau, Penang
Opening hours: Mon-Sun (10AM – 5PM)
2. Spot the butterflies at Entopia
Besides visiting farm animals, your family can explore the world of butterflies at Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm. Imagine walking around in a huge dome with butterflies roaming freely!
Kids can also get up close with other creatures like reptile animals, insects and bugs. Entopia features two exhibitions, The Natureland, an outdoor living garden where butterflies and insects come out to play, and The Cocoon which is an indoor centre where you can discover hundreds of flora and fauna. If you're hungry, make sure to dine at the halal-certified Tapestree Restaurant.
Address: 830 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Fri-Sun (9AM – 6PM)
Contact: +604 888 8111
3. Visit the smallest national park in Malaysia
Ah, there’s nothing like spending time outdoors and bonding with nature, especially if you’re a city folk! If you have time, head to the Penang National Park and spend a whole day exploring what the place has to offer - and the best part is, the entrance is free! There are many things to do at Penang National Park and that includes trekking to Pantai Kerachut or Pantai Teluk Kampi while checking out the flora and fauna, visiting the Turtle Conservation Centre, admiring the Meromictic Lake and more! The canopy walk is still temporarily closed for maintenance.
Address: Penang National Park, Jalan Hassan Abbas, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Pulau Pinang
Opening hours: Open daily; 8AM-5PM
Contact: +604 881 3530 / +604 881 3500 Website
4. Stroll on a treetop walk at The Habitat Penang Hill
Come and reconnect with mother nature at The Habitat, a super cool eco-park that lets you discover a 130-million-year-old rainforest. To get here, you have to get up Penang Hill!
If there's an unmissable attraction at The Habitat, it's the zip line course called The Flight of The Coluo where you can ‘fly’ through the rainforest! Of course, this would be more suitable if you are travelling with older kids. Not a fan of ziplines? Head to The Curtis Crest, the famous treetop walk where you can admire a 360-degree view of Penang.
Address: Jalan Stesen, Bukit Bendera, Air Itam, 11500 Penang
Opening hours: Mon-Sun (9PM - 6.30PM)
Contact: +604 827 2677
5. Ride on Penang's famous transport
As a kid, I would always get excited to ride any kind of transportation like the public bus, trams, and the ferry! The ferry ride to the Penang island from Butterworth is quite a short distance but if you have the chance, bring the kids for the slow 20-minute ride. They would surely enjoy the view along the way. Island
Another cool way to get around central George Town is to ride the trishaw! It’s a slow ride too, but it’s a fun way to go sightseeing. Most trishaw riders offer a heritage tour where they'll take you to several main attractions in Penang.
If your kids love to cycle, there are many places to rent bikes in Penang, especially in George Town. The best part is, you can stop wherever you’d like to take photos and even take a short cendol break to quench your thirst. Yum!
6. Explore the attractions at The Top Penang
With 18 themed attractions available, there are many things to do at The Top, the largest indoor theme park in Penang. Located at the Komtar building, it offers something for kids and adults like the Jurassic Research Centre, Rainbow Skywalk, Penang Boutique Aquarium, Jelly Bump (bumper car ride), and many more!
Address: Bangunan Komtar, 1 Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang
- Rainbow Skywalk: Open daily; 12PM-10PM
- Observatory Deck: Open daily; 12PM-9PM
7. Make a splash at ESCAPE Penang
ESCAPE Penang is the holder of 2 Guinness World records for their Longest Tube Water Slide and their Longest Zip Coaster. An interesting attraction would be the tropical skiing experience, where you can go down a ski slope in this hot weather! You don't have to travel far to experience this winter sport! Float around in the Dead Sea pool and experience the buoyancy of the salty Dead Sea lake! From go-karts to mini ziplines for kids, this thrilling adrenaline-pumping theme park has attractions for all ages! Pack your swimming gear and a change of clothes as you enjoy the wet and dry attractions at ESCAPE Penang!
Address: 828, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Tues-Sun (10AM - 6PM)
8. Defy physics in the Penang 3D Trick Art Museum
Located right in the UNESCO World Heritage site, Georgetown, Penang 3D Trick Art Museum aims to bring you and your family delight with their 'physics-defying' scenes, which you can capture on your phone! Have fun taking wacky photos in impossible scenarios with you and your family! It might make a nice new family portrait.
Address: 10, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon-Sun (9AM - 6PM)
Contact: +60 4-263 1628
9. Pet camels at the Audi Dream Farm
Audi Dream Farm has a ton of different animals that you can pet, feed and take a ride on. They have camels on their property where your child will be able to experience riding on it without having to go to the Middle East to try it! Besides that, there are also deer and rabbits that you can feed. The mini farm prides itself on their hands-on activities such as batik painting and planting vegetables in order to be one with nature and appreciate the natural world around us. Fishing fanatics can also do a bit of fishing at the farm as well.
Address: Audi Dream Farm 145, MK B, Sg.Rusa, 11010 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon-Sun (9AM - 6PM)
10. Birds of a feather, flock together at Penang Bird Park
Just like in the title, bird-lovers can flock to Penang Bird Park to view and appreciate the wide variety of birds that they have. It is the first and largest bird park of its kind with walk-in aviaries and free-roaming birds, there is a ton to see at Penang Bird Park! The environment is also littered with traditional buildings that you can find in Malaysia too. There are also other wildlife that call the bird park home such as one of the smallest deers in the world, the Mouse-deer. Reptiles like crocodiles and tortoises can be seen too! It's a fun time for the whole family!
Address: Jalan Todak Seberang Jaya, 13700 Perai, Penang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mon-Sun (9AM - 6PM)
11. Run around in the many Indoor Playgrounds
From Cocomelon Indoor Playground to Kids CEO Playland and Pinkfong Baby Shark Adventure Ville, there are so many indoor playgrounds that you and your kids can play at. Kid-famous brands such as Cocomelon and Baby shark will (maybe) entice your kids and keep them entertained for hours as you sit back and unwind after the day's activities. With ball pits, large jungle gyms, merry-go-rounds, slides and even a sand pit, your kids will be having a blast and shake out the remaining energy left in them (guaranteeing a good night's sleep!). YOu can also visit the largest standalone indoor playground in Malaysia, Kids CEO Playland too!
- Pinkfong Baby Shark Adventure Ville: Queensbay Mall, 100, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
- CoComelon Indoor Playground: 733, Jalan Cassia Barat 2, Bandar Cassia, 14110 Simpang Ampat, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
- Kids CEO Playland: 3, Jalan Perda Jaya, Kawasan Perniagaan Perda Jaya, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
- Pinkfong Baby Shark Adventure Ville: Mon-Sun (10AM - 10PM)
- CoComelon Indoor Playground: Mon-Sun (11AM - 10PM)
- Kids CEO Playland: Wed-Fri (12PM - 2.30PM, 3PM - 5,30PM, 7PM - 9.30PM) | Sat-Sun (10AM - 12.30PM, 1PM - 3.30PM, 4PM - 6.30PM, 7PM - 9.30PM)
- Kids CEO Playland: +60 18-988 9433 | Instagram
There are many things to do in Penang for some endless fun! Whether you're visiting the butterfly farm or riding a trishaw in George Town with your kids, you'll definitely have a memorable getaway with your family.