A day in KL: Traveling to Kuala Lumpur with Tweens

Kuala Lumpur – Traveling with Kids & Tweens

Having only one full day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on our first visit, and being on a budget was a fun family challenge. Traveling with kids in Kuala Lumpur was easy! Because we are ‘worldschooling’ our 12 and 13 year old daughters, we focus on finding educational activities that also have a good dose of fun.


Our favorite activity to get to know any new city is just walking around and getting lost. Walking a city with no clear destination in mind means you will inevitably stumble upon hidden treasures here and there, as well as get a glimpse into local life. We found some exciting street art in Kuala Lumpur in the Jalan Alor neighborhood

Street Art in KL - Traveling with Kids & Tweens


The Thean Hou Temple is a Chinese temple dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu, which overlooks the city. Not only are the views dazzling, but the temple itself is beautiful and full of so many details and history that you could easily spend an hour or more exploring the zodiac statues out front and the nooks and crannies inside the temple. Be sure to bring a scarf to cover up if you are wearing shorts!

Thean Hou Temple


The most fun part of our day was spent inside the KL Forest Eco Park. The free park is a rainforest inside the city of Kuala Lumpur with impressive canopy walks throughout. The girls loved climbing up to each canopy walk and exploring from above.

The park begins with an education welcome center, which actively engaged our tween and teen to learn about the local ecosystem, animal life and conservation efforts. If you have a QR reader on your phone, each display will have a code to learn more about each exhibit.

This park is a nice break from the activity of the city, and it’s pretty wild to walk in the treetops while seeing skyscrapers next door! Bring your bug spray!

Walking through KL Forest Eco Park

Traveling with kids and tweens - girls standing on bridge


While our first visit to Kuala Lumpur was filled with the free activities above, we have since visited again to explore two other attractions. A visit to Kuala Lumpur wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the twin Petronas Towers. We visited with friends this time (two more tween girls) and it was a big hit! Full of fascinating information (it takes six months to clean all of the windows!) that kept the kids riveted, the views were as impressive as the education. The tour was about a half-hour long and takes you to the 86th floor of one of the towers.

a day in Kuala Lumpur - looking out window

a day in Kuala Lumpur - tall building in the city


Our last stop, and the cherry on top of our second visit, was Sunway Lagoon. This activity is not budget-friendly, but it was worth every penny and kept all four tween girls (and the parents) happy and active all day long. The park itself is perfect for traveling with kids & tweens – it has over six different sections including a water park, amusement park, extreme park, wildlife park, and more! This park also boasts the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge!

world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge

Kuala Lumpur is one of our favorite destinations with tween and teen kids and has something to suit everyone’s needs and budget. Malaysia also has incredible food and is a very budget-friendly country! Perfect when traveling with kids and tweens! We as parents, were just as engaged and had just as much fun as the kids! Kuala Lumpur is also a hub to easily jump to other SE Asian countries. The last bonus is that while we do learn a few phrases in the local language in our destinations. Just about everyone in Malaysia speaks English, so it’s a very easy country to navigate.

a day in Kuala Lumpur

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Julie Martin

Julie A. Martin began her photography eduction with a Canon AE-1 film camera 26 years ago. She studied fine art and photography at Belhaven College in Mississippi before taking her eduction on the road to Colorado in her early 20’s and then on to Oregon for the last 16 years. Whether through painting, drawing, or photography, Julie’s work has largely focused on children throughout her career. She now focuses on fine art child portraiture and kids commercial photography while wandering the planet full-time with her husband and two girls, Zoe (12) and Delia (10).

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