City week­ends

Once you be­come a par­ent week­ends will no longer be the same – no lazy lie-ins or re­lax­ing brunches. TOM Kids put to­gether a list of fun things to check out with the fam­ily in and around KL, from canopy walks to cul­tural af­ter­noons

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In­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily in the city

For­est Re­search In­sti­tute Malaysia (FRIM)

It’s very easy to spend an en­tire day at FRIM. If it’s your first time, a good way to ex­plore the area is by bi­cy­cle. You can ei­ther bring your own or rent one at the park for RM8 for the first hour. For more rugged ac­tiv­i­ties, FRIM has a num­ber of hik­ing trails that are clearly marked out. Be­fore start­ing, grab a map at the One-Stop- Cen­tre (OSC) or re­fer to sev­eral lay­out maps of FRIM placed all over the park.

Some of the pop­u­lar trails among hik­ers are Engk­a­bang, Salleh Na­ture Trail and Se­basah Trail. It’s best to hike early in the morn­ing when there are less peo­ple and the air is cooler. The in­sect house and Eth­nob­otan­i­cal Gar­den (herbs) are also in­ter­est­ing stops.

A visit to FRIM must in­clude the park’s fa­mous Canopy Walk, which is worth the ar­du­ous climb. This walk­way sys­tem spans 150m and is sus­pended between trees ap­prox­i­mately 30m above ground. En­joy the panoramic views of the for­est as well as glimpses of the KL sky­line in the dis­tance as you walk among the tree­tops.

There are also a num­ber of pic­nic spots near Sun­gai Kroh and even a wa­ter­fall for chil­dren to splash in. Ke­pong, Se­lan­gor (03 6279 7000/www.frim.gov.my). Daily, 7am-7pm. (NonMyKad hold­ers), RM5.30; (MyKad hold­ers), RM1.60.

KL For­est Eco Park

There are a sur­pris­ing amount of green spa­ces in KL and you’re never too far away from a park. In fact, the KL For­est Eco Park lo­cated smack in the mid­dle of the city is a pleas­ant way to spend an af­ter­noon. For­merly known as the Bukit Nanas For­est Re­serve, this ur­ban park is one of the re­main­ing patches of trop­i­cal rain­for­est in the city. It’s per­fect for fam­i­lies liv­ing in the city and those who want to ven­ture out­side the ‘burbs.

The nine-hectare park has a newly opened 200-me­tre canopy walk which as­cends every 50 me­tres. From the top, you’ll have a fan­tas­tic aerial view of the city, tree­tops and the rest of the park, and is a good place for fam­ily pho­tos. If you fancy a jog or hike, there are paths and nat­u­ral trails such as the Mer­awan, Suboh and Pe­nara­han that wind through the for­est. Al­though not par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing, the trails can be en­ergy-sap­ping, be­cause of the heat and hu­mid­ity, so bring plenty of wa­ter.

You can also opt for a guided tour with the park rangers who can teach the kids about the va­ri­ety of trop­i­cal species re­sid­ing in the jun­gle in­clud­ing long-tailed macaques, squir­rels and silver leaf mon­keys. KL Lot 240, Bukit Nanas, Jalan Raya Chu­lan, KL (03 2070 6342). Daily, 8am-5pm. Free en­try.

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