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!
298, Mukim 1, Kuala Sungai Penang, 11010 Balik Pulau, Penang
Open daily; 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!
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
Fri-Sun; 9AM–6PM (Closed on Mon-Thu)
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! Yes, there's a canopy walk in this park, but it’s temporarily closed for maintenance
Penang National Park, Jalan Hassan Abbas, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Pulau Pinang
Open daily; 8AM-5PM
+604 881 3530 / +604 881 3500
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 Colugo 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.
Jalan Stesen, Bukit Bendera, Air Itam, 11500 Penang
Open daily; 9PM-6.30PM
+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 😊
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 sight-seeing. 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!
Bangunan Komtar, 1 Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Penang
- Rainbow Skywalk: Open daily; 12PM-10PM
- Observatory Deck: Open daily; 12PM-9PM
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.