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1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre

1 Le­buh Ban­dar Utama, Ban­dar Utama, PJ (03 7710 8118/www.1utama.com.my). 1 Utama really is the epit­ome of the one-stop shop – in ad­di­tion to its many shops and eater­ies, it also houses bat­ting cages, a scuba div­ing cen­tre, Asia’s big­gest in­door rock climb­ing gym, two cine­plexes, a rooftop gar­den and an in­door rain­for­est which al­lows din­ers to savour their meals amid lush green­ery. Zoned into sec­tions ca­ter­ing to al­most all your needs, 1 Utama’s many ac­co­lades are well jus­ti­fied and it has an abil­ity to thrill even the most jaded shop­per. Mon-Thu & Sun, 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-10.30pm.

Av­enue K

156 Jalan Am­pang, KL (03 2168 7888/ www.av­enuek.com.my). With the slo­gan, ‘Make friends. Cre­ate trends’, a bright fuch­sia colour pal­ette, and a whole host of new restau­rants and fash­ion brands, Av­enue K has made a tri­umphant re­turn to KL’s cat­a­logue of malls. Fash­ion brand H&M, with its ded­i­cated kids’ sec­tion, takes cen­tre stage but you’ll also find Cot­ton On Kids and F.O.S. for trendy threads. Take the kids to Nando’s for a crowd-pleas­ing meal or in­dulge your sweet tooth at Krispy

Bangsar Vil­lage I & II

1 & 2 Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, KL (03 2282 1808/03 2288 1200/ www.bangsarvil­lage.com). Sit­u­ated on the priv­i­leged Telawi stretch, th­ese twin malls draw in yup­pies and the ex­pa­tri­ate crowd with their in­ter­na­tional fash­ion la­bels, quirky cafés and well­stocked Vil­lage Gro­cer. Ser­vice has al­ways been a trade­mark of Bangsar Vil­lage and kids are well-catered for with cloth­ing stores, fam­ily-friendly restau­rants, toy stores and places like Gym­boree Play & Mu­sic, FasTracKids, Baby Dances­teps and Bakelab by Teamo where they can have fun and learn at the same time. Bangsar Vil­lage II is more of a bou­tique shop­ping cen­tre, de­signed pri­mar­ily to ful­fill fash­ion de­sires. (Vil­lage I) Daily, 8.30am-10pm; (Vil­lage II) Daily, 10am-10pm.

Ber­jaya Times Square

1 Jalan Imbi, KL (1 300 888 988/ www.ber­jay­a­timessquarekl.com). Over 1,000 out­lets crowd to­gether in this mas­sive mall but that’s not the high­light – it cer­tainly won’t be for your kids at any rate. Head to the top floor of the mall for the in­door theme park. Don’t be alarmed if you feel the ground be­neath your feet vi­brate and hear dis­tant shrieks while shop­ping; that will be the park’s roller­coaster. Check out the mo­tion sen­sor Grand Mu­si­cal Stairs, which are not only fun but a Malaysian first. Daily, 10am-10pm.

IOI City Mall

IOI City Mall, Le­buh IRC, IOI Re­sort City, Putrajaya, Sepang (03 8328 8899/ www.ioic­i­ty­mall.com.my). IOI City Mall is lo­cated in the gov­ern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tive dis­trict, Putrajaya, but don’t think that makes it dull. Sure, an­chored ten­ants in­clude the usual Golden Screen Cin­ema and a Tesco su­per­mar­ket but the mall also has plenty for kids: to date, Icescape Ice Rink, Dis­trict 21 (an apoc­a­lypse-themed ad­ven­ture theme park that is like cat­nip to bored teens), Gym­boree Play & Mu­sic and Toys ‘R’ Us be­sides a host of shops and restau­rants that are bound to ap­peal to the whole fam­ily. Daily, 10am-10pm.

IPC

2 Jalan PJU 7/2, Mu­tiara Da­mansara, PJ (03 7720 7333/www.ipc.com.my). Fam­ily comes first at IPC – to the ex­tent that pets are wel­come too! Spe­cial paths and es­ca­la­tors have been set aside so that you and the kids can bring along your furry best friend (par­tic­u­larly use­ful if you’re on your way to Pet Sa­fari). There’s a de­cent range of shops and eater­ies in­clud­ing a Sony Cen­tre and Cold Stor­age. There is a free shut­tle bus ser­vice avail­able ev­ery two hours to and from the Ke­lana Jaya LRT sta­tion to IPC. De­signed to be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for chil­dren, the el­derly and the dis­abled, it definitely wouldn’t be a has­sle bring­ing the whole fam­ily here. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Jaya Shop­ping Cen­tre

Jalan 14/17, Seksyen 14, PJ (03 7932 0955/ www.jayashop­ping­cen­tre.my). Jaya Shop­ping Cen­tre has been around PJ for quite some time. It was torn down back in 2009 and af­ter five years of de­vel­op­ment and ren­o­va­tion, it has now re-opened again with the tagline ‘The Heart & Soul of PJ’. The most at­trac­tive thing about Jaya Shop­ping Cen­tre is its restau­rants: Tossed and Good Food & Co serve up some tempt­ing dishes. That said, older kids might enjoy Code Fac­tory (an­other es­cape room game) and Chap­ter One, a

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