With school holidays just starting, parents with young kids have lot to plan for places to visit.

Here are some suggestions for both children and parents. To start with, most urban kids may not have taken the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).

One mother, Victoria Cheng said it was a great time to bring her two children, 9-year-old Elvie and 6-year-old Emmanuel Lee to visit places like the Central Market.

“We took the MRT from Bandar Utama,” she said. “It was fun. After visiting the Central Market, we walked around Petaling Street. Usually these places are hard to get a good carpark.”

Near to the Central Market, there is a well-known beef noodle stall, Lai Foong, which has been operating there since 1956. It is one of the oldest beef noodles stall in Kuala Lumpur.

Using the MRT, one can also get to the National Museum especially for children who will be introduced to History (Sejarah) as a subject from Primary 4.

People living in Ipoh can also now come down to Kuala Lumpur for a weekend using the KTM electrified train. Getting around the federal capital is also easy using the monorail, MRT and KTM trains (especially to the suburban areas). To get around using public transport, suggest that you download two useful Applications – MeterOn and My Journey App.

From November 29, another interesting infrastructure is the Rawang bypass which is an elevated four-lane dual carriageway which cuts across Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor touted to be third largest park in Peninsular Malaysia.

Since it is right here in Selangor, what interests me is the fact that one can be

“driving alongside treetops or above them on the elevated stretch!” Read more about it here.


If you are making a day’s visit to the National Zoo, make sure that you also drop by one of my favourite tea house for now. Miss Ellie Tea House, which is located at Taman Melawati, is a cosy little place for Western meals, desserts and pastries.
For others who like a relaxing morning going for some fishing, you can visit Kundang Tasik Biru to check out the fish farm there. For lunch, check out the grilled patin at Mamimia Patin Champion in Laman Melati Kuang, which is just a short distance away from Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh.

Day trippers from the Klang Valley can spend a day’s outing in Seremban. Despite having only a few ostrich compared to the early years when it first started with 70 ostriches back in 1997, Jelita Ostrich Farm in Pantai, Negeri Sembilan is still an attraction to young children. To find the place, use either Google Map or Waze.

The visit is educational as children get to learn about these ostriches which were imported from South Africa. For example, did you know that the ostrich egg can easily take the weight of 200kg?

On the way to Jelita Ostrich farm, there is also a good idea to stop by Ayam Panggang Kenyalang for lunch, then just before returning home, check out either Lucky King Bun Restaurant or if you prefer seafood, try out Seremban Seafood Village.

If you stay overnight in Seremban, on your way back to Kuala Lumpur, you should check out Putrajaya’s latest theme park – the Putrajaya Skyrides Festivals Park, touted to be the country’s first and biggest tethered helium balloon theme park.

Another place worth checking out is the MyFarm Outlet which is located at Jalan P9, Presint 9, 62250 Putrajaya. (Location on Google Map or Waze). This is where you get fresh meat and vegetables.

Another new addition in Cyberjaya is the Dash Box Hotel, which I understand from some parents, is also a great place to visit. It is a fusion of industrial chic and street art.

We have not visited Dash Box Hotel yet, but according to Kung Fu Restaurant manager, Winnie Chan during the school holidays many families who read about their food in Malaysiakini’s Voiz Asia, also come by for either lunch or dinner.

Families who will be having children going for their pre-university programmes should also check the Open Days at both Sunway University to check out their “spacecraft” futuristic style auditorium and Taylor’s fabulous Lakeside Campus.