The Habi­tat, Pe­nang Hill

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Learning -

Bukit Ben­dera, Pe­nang (04 826 7677 /the­habi­tat.my). This new na­ture re­serve atop Pe­nang Hill serves as a re­fresh­ing get­away from the is­land’s hec­tic neigh­bour­hoods (think Ge­orge Town and Gur­ney). If your kids’ only knowl­edge of the wilder­ness is via Na­tional Ge­o­graphic, lead them through this lush rain­for­est seem­ingly un­touched by man. All of The Habi­tat’s at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing the Na­ture Trail, the Canopy Walk, the Tree­top Walk and the But­ter­fly Bank, were con­structed us­ing eco­log­i­cally sound and en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly meth­ods to en­sure min­i­mal dis­tur­bance to the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ex­otic flora and fauna loom around ev­ery cor­ner with the Red, Pur­ple and Yel­low Gar­dens hous­ing flow­er­ing plants of the said vi­brant colours. Kids with keen eye­sight are likely to get lucky spot­ting the Pa­per Kite But­ter­fly, Asian Fairy-Blue­bird, Dusky Leaf Lan­gur and other wildlife.

En­cour­age your chil­dren to fully utilise their five senses by sign­ing them up for the Kid’s Walk @ The Habi­tat, a pro­gramme for two- to 12-year-olds de­vel­oped by Ms Suzane, the in-house nat­u­ral­ist. Par­tic­i­pants are handed wild fruit and ed­i­ble leaves to taste, tree bark and crushed leaves to smell, and prickly or hairy leaves to feel while tak­ing in the sights and sounds of the rain­for­est. A craft and colour­ing ses­sion caps the ex­pe­ri­ence, so your lit­tle ones have sou­venirs to re­mem­ber their walk on the wild side.

Open daily save for Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, The Habi­tat’s hours of oper­a­tion will ex­tend to seven days a week af­ter its of­fi­cial launch in Au­gust 2016. Mon & Thu-Sun, 10am-5.30pm. Adults, RM20; Chil­dren (aged 3-13 years); Stu­dents (with valid ID) and Se­nior cit­i­zens (above 60 years), RM10; Chil­dren (aged un­der 3 years old), free. Fam­ily pack­age (2 adults and 2 chil­dren aged un­der 13 years old), RM50; (My Kad hold­ers) 25 per­cent off ticket prices. Re­serve a spot for the kids’ walk by email­ing info@the­habi­tat.my.

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