KL & Surrounds
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.
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.
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