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 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 while surrounded by lush greenery. Divided into zones that fulfill all your needs, 1 Utama’s many accolades are well-justified. Mon-Thu & Sun, 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-10.30pm.
156 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2168 7888/ www.avenuek.com.my). Though not sprawling, this mall is relatively spacious and boasts of several outlets including an Escape Room, a bowling alley and a ping pong table open to the public. 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 Kreme. With family-friendly amenities such as two parents’ rooms, a children’s activity centre and a nursery, a day at Avenue K is a pleasurable means of spending time with the family. Daily, 10am-10pm.
Bangsar Shopping Centre
285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, KL (03 2094 7700/www.bsc.com.my). BSC moves at a more leisurely pace compared to other malls, but all its conveniences keep the mall buzzing. The mall houses mostly local designer brands and lifestyle stores. With brands such as Mothercare, Gingersnaps and Château de Sable, BSC is a good place to shop for the little ones. The gourmet Jason’s Food Hall stocks a wide range of (expensive) imported ingredients, confectionery and party ware. Fresh flowers, Middle Eastern dates and French cheeses are other items of indulgence found here. Daily, 10am-10pm.
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 an expatriate crowd with their international fashion labels, quirky cafés and well-stocked Village Grocer. Service has always been a trademark of Bangsar Village and kids are well-catered for with clothing stores, familyfriendly restaurants, toy stores and places like Gymboree Play & Music, FasTracKids, Baby Dancesteps and Bakelab by Teamo. Bangsar Village I houses Cold Storage, a post office, an alteration shop and other practical services. Bangsar Village II, on the other hand, is more of a boutique shopping centre with a spa, several nail salons and various fashion outlets. (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 this massive mall but shopping isn’t 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 would be the park’s rollercoaster. Check out the motion sensor Grand Musical Stairs, which are not only fun, but a first in Malaysia. 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 of Putrajaya, but don’t think that makes it dull. Sure, anchored tenants include the usual Golden Screen Cinemas and a Tesco supermarket, but the mall also has plenty for the kids: to date, Icescape Ice Rink, District 21 (an apocalypsethemed 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 elevators have been set up so that you and the kids can bring your furry friend along (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’s even 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 isn’t 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 a mainstay in PJ for quite some time. It was torn down back in 2009, but after five years of development and renovation, re-opened with the tagline ‘The Heart & Soul of PJ’. The most attractive thing about Jaya Shopping Centre is its restaurants: Bari-Uma Ramen and Caffe Bene. Older kids ought to check out Code Factory (another escape room game) while younger kids can visit Chapter One, a bookshop with a play area, Lil’ Monsters, a comic and toy shop, or Toys ‘R’ Us. Daily, 10am-10pm.
Publika Shopping Gallery
1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL (03 6211 7877/www.publika.com.my). Publika’s strength is its creative, artsy vibe. International fashion brands, independent boutiques as well as pet-friendly cafés with playgrounds vie for your attention as you admire attention-grabbing sculptures that dot the mall. The mall’s innovative programme of events such as markets and music performances are perfect for families. Come on Wheelie Sundays when the inner roads of the shopping gallery are closed to cars in the morning. Families can hang out, jog, cycle or simply stroll around Publika without the fear of traffic and oncoming cars. Daily, 10am-10pm.
The School by Jaya One
72A Jalan Universiti, PJ (www.theschool.my). Malaysia’s first enrichment mall is dedicated to fostering the healthy development of youngsters. Perfect for parents with young children, more than a third of the establishments here are learning centres, but there are also family-friendly fashion brands, restaurants and speciality stores. Designed for families, there’s a Mom’s Room, a Dad’s Room, play areas and designated parking for mums with extra space for strollers and jockey services. Daily, 10am-10pm.
3 Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, PJ (03 7494 3100/www.sunwaypyramid.com). With its Egyptian styling, it’s a little kooky, but Sunway Pyramid has a large variety of shops, all divided into individually decorated zones like Oasis Boulevard (alfresco dining), Marrakesh (bazaarinspired stores) and Asian Avenue (the latest Asian high street fashion). Kids will love the bowling alley, ice skating rink and T&T Kidzpark while parents will be even happier with the range of facilities on offer. Hit up the concierge for use of a beeper or wristband to help keep track of your child, or (for a small refundable deposit) rent a stroller. When nature calls, Sunway Pyramid excels with well equipped baby rooms – expect nursing rooms, diaper changing stations, and clean amenities. Daily, 10am-10pm.
NEW Sunway Putra Mall
100 Jalan Putra, KL (03 2786 9300/ www.sunwayputramall.com). Strategically located right next to Putra Komuter station and across the road from PWTC, this new mall isn’t yet packed but has all the conveniences one needs, such as TGV Cineplex, Cold Storage, a moneychanger, photo processing services, etc. It’s also home to The Parenthood London Street Family Park, which is featured in the Malaysian Book of Records for being the first London-esque family park in the country. The Parenthood opened in December 2015 much to the relief of parents who like to multitask. Leave your kids at the jungle gym while you shop for household essentials or get a new hairdo at the in-house salon. When little tummies start to growl, snag a table at lillipilli, a café serving local and international favourites. Daily, 10am-10pm.
KL City Centre (03 2382 2828/ www.suriaklcc.com.my). Suria KLCC is no mere shopping mall. Located at the base of the Twin Towers, it houses a concert hall (Dewan Filharmonik Petronas), an art gallery (Galeri Petronas) and a science discovery centre (Petrosains) that makes learning fun. With a park right outside its doors, your typical trip to the mall just got a lot more interesting. Aquaria KLCC is also a short stroll away. Daily, 10am-10pm.
Lower ground floor, Lebuh Putra Utama, Bandar Putra, Kulaijaya (07 599 9929/ www.ioimall.com.my). The first shopping mall in Kulai is a three level, one-stop shopping destination. You’ll find Giant Superstore, an amusement centre, fast food outlets, and popular pharmacies such as Watsons and Guardian. The main attraction is the one-of-a-kind indoor carousel that’s often crowded, especially on weekends. Also a community mall, IOI hosts myriad events and shows; register the kids (four- to 12-year-olds) as ‘Junior i-Card’ members for free and enjoy access to the kids’ club providing activities and games. Daily, 10am-10pm.
Jalan Wong Ah Fook, JB (07 267 9900/ www.komtarjbcc.com.my). A redevelopment project has transformed the iconic KOMTAR building into a new mall. With brands such as The North Face, Tony Roma’s, Sephora and Kiehl’s, KOMTAR JBCC is one of the most frequented malls among youngsters. Younger kids are bound to enjoy the Angry Birds Activity Park on the third floor. Most individual dining outlets are located on the second floor, but the food court can be found on the third floor. Daily, 10am-10pm.
Freeport A’ Famosa Outlet Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, Alor Gajah (06 5528 958/freeportafamosa.com). A newcomer to Malacca’s mall scene is
Freeport A’ Famosa, where you’ll find over 60 international fashion brands offering goods up to 70 percent discount. The mall’s lovely cobblestoned walkway seems to be the highlight of many an Instagram photo. You’ll find a range of dining options and bars as well as an exhibition and event hall. Daily, 10am-10pm.
Jalan Merdeka (06 282 6151/www. mahkotaparade.com.my). Malacca’s largest shopping mall has shops aplenty as well as entertainment and dining outlets. There’s also a shuttle bus service that runs to and from Philea Resort & Spa. Check out the Hockhua Tonic on the ground floor for traditional health needs. Daily, 10am-10pm.
The Shore Shopping Gallery
193 Pinggiran @Sungai Melaka, Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya (06 282 2666/www. facebook.com/TheShoreShoppingGallery). Home to 500 stores and an oceanarium, this lifestyle mall is ideal for families and kids. Find your favourite brands and F&B outlets here. Last we heard, a toy museum is set to open in the mall in 2016. Daily, 10am-10pm Penang
Gurney Paragon Mall
Persiaran Gurney, George Town (04 282 2666/www.gurneyparagon.com). The beautiful heritage architecture of St Joseph’s Novitiate, built in 1925 and now rechristened St Jo’s, forms the heart of this dining, shopping and entertainment complex. Penang’s premier luxury address bursts at the seams with up-market restaurants and shops catering to its well-heeled residents, but there are also attractions for little shoppers like Kidstyle and a TGI Friday’s and TGV Cinemas. Daily, 10am-10pm.
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong (04 899 5228/www.straitsquay.com). The island’s first retail marina enclave, Straits Quay provides a comprehensive mix of outlets and attractions from boutiques to bistros, seafood restaurants to seaside cafés, and bars to boat rides. Admire the spectacular views of the Andaman Sea while shopping for everything you could need. Take the time to check out the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre for a free tour or a paid workshop, and then visit penangpac to catch a family-friendly live performance. Daily, 10am-10.30pm. Perak
105 Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, Ipoh (05 241 0885/ 05 241 0886/www.ipoh. parade.com.my). Bored teenagers can kill time here for a couple of hours –cinemas and cyber cafés aside, there’s an amusement park (Molly Fantasy on the third floor) and a karaoke joint. Parkson is Ipoh Parade’s anchor tenant. Located a stone’s throw away from Syuen Hotel, you can’t miss this mall. Daily, 10am-10pm. Sabah
Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
1 Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu (08 848 7087/www.suriasabah.com.my). Suria Sabah is home to a wide range of local and international brands such as Rip Curl, Mango, Cotton On, L’Occitane, BarangBarang and Padini. It’s also where you’ll find the Sabah State Library. Surprised? This comprehensive, modern mall has plenty of surprises in store with regular events such as the Primitive Bond Art Festival and a good selection of restaurants and entertainment options. Daily, 10am-10pm.
Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching (08 223 8111/www.thespring.com.my). The largest shopping mall in Sarawak, the Spring Mall has revamped the shopping experience in Sarawak. The Spring aims to create lively and memorable experiences for shoppers. After supping at the gardenthemed food court, take the kids to the arcade for a game of air hockey and then catch a family-friendly movie at the cineplex. Daily, 10am-10pm.