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
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.