Penang – an island stay at the strait of Malacca, Malaysia, also the name of a state in northwest Malaysia with Georgetown is capital comprising Penang Island and a neighboring portion of the mainland. Traveling to Penang is a good idea for the family since this small island has many things to do for kids from the tropical garden, 3D museums to the theme parks and the heritage streets with many art pictures along the streets.
The weather in Penang is quite comfortable for traveling for the whole year. This island only has 2 seasons with the dry season from December to July and the rainy season from August to November. However, the best time to visit Penang should be from December to March since this is the springtime with temperature is quite pleasant from 24 – 30 degrees, and this is the peak season with many tourists are here since there are many events were held, while the period time from April to July is hotter from 30 – 32 degrees and your family can travel this time for a short trip along Batu Ferringhi beach or some outdoors activities at tropical garden. Whatever time that your family would like to visit, Penang always has so many exciting things are waiting for you. Let’s check it out!
1. Tropical garden and butterfly park
Penang has tropical weather that bringing to this state the lush vegetation with many nature gardens was created to filter the air and increase the green pieces around the state. Therefore, if you are traveling to Penang with kids, you should bring them to visit the Tropical Spice Garden, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, with over 500 species of flora and fauna for your kids to see! You will have a chance to learn more about nature with your kids and explore how wonderful the vegetation world around the Earth with a live guided tour or an audio tour that depends on your selection. On the other hand, your family can make a trip to Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm to discover the magical world where butterflies and insects are free to come out and play. This is also an educational trip with a lot of knowledge for parent and kids to learn about more than 15,000 free-flying bugs and over 200 species of plants with waterfalls, ponds, caves, and other artistic garden features such as The Natureland living outdoor gardens, and The Cocoon indoor discover the center. They also have a free Nature Learning course with many sections that you should join in with your kids to improve the knowledge about this world, you can check the schedule for each section onsite.
2. Kek Lok Si Temple
It will be an omission if you are traveling to Penang without passing by to visit Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. The temple has stayed on the hill with many steps lead to the top where the tallest Guanyin statue in the world is standing. On the other hand, the Kek Lok Si Temple has 7 Tier with 10,000 statues of Buddha, apart from a statue of 12 Zodiac Animal Signs of the Chinese Calendar. The best time to visit this place is from January to February which is the Lunar New Year time that the temple will be decorated with a hundred lanterns at night and a lot of Buddhists from over the world to come here.
3. Penang Hills
It distances one bus stop from Kek Lok Si temple is Penang Hill – one of Penang’s best-known tourist attractions due to its fresher climate compared to the center Georgetown. You should buy a ticket Penang Hill Railway to go on the top of the hill, a funicular railway from Air Itam to the top of Flagstaff Hill approximately 15 – 20 minutes to arrive at the station on top of the hill. This is the best place in Penang to see the spectacular view of Georgetown and the forest on the Southeast of the island. On the top of Penang hill, visiting The Habitat Penang Hill is one of the things that your family should not skip. You can learn about the rich biodiversity that grows and lives within the rainforest as you explore the reserve area with your kids. Be braver with you and the kids thrilling yet exciting walk on the Langur Way Canopy Walk to see a spectacular view of Penang, and a rare view of the forest valleys and the Andaman Sea.
4. ESCAPE Theme Park
How could you imagine that the theme park in the middle of the forest either the water park also is covered by the lush vegetation to bringing the cool experience for everyone? You should come to ESCAPE Theme Park in Penang for this exciting experience with your children. It is not like other theme parks, ESCAPE Theme Park has many adventures to challenge participant with over 30 thrilling activities including ziplining, water slides, rides, games, and more. ESCAPE demonstrates there’s no age limit to having fun as the rides and games are designed for a wide range of age groups, abilities, and energy levels. Adults can have fun together with kids and enjoy a full day with the backdrop of Malaysia’s stunning natural environment.
5. The 3D Museums in Penang
Don’t know the reason why there are many 3D museums in Penang with different topics and this is an exciting place for art lovers. If your family is fans of 3D museums, you should come here for capturing a lot of photos of your album. There are many concepts that you can choose from Penang 3D Trick Art Museum with the topic mostly about history, films, and social life to Wonderfood Museum with the topic is about foods – an exciting topic that most people be like. This 2 museum is quite popular in Penang since the location also convenience when they are not far from the center, you can choose which one you prefer or visit both for a day with a full album for your kids.
6. TeddyVille Museum
We can call Penang is a state of museums with another kind of museum that is popular here is TeddyVille Museum. This is the best place for the family with daughters, and get ready to be greeted by Malaysia’s first and largest collection of Teddy Bears from various nations and eras – dating as far back as the 1900s. Definitely, your daughter will surprise when you bring her to this museum to see various displays of adorable teddy bears in all shapes and sizes from miniature bears to ones as tall as a human person! Don’t forget to purchase a cuties bear for your kids as a gift to take home as a memorable souvenir!
7. Adventure Zone at Golden Sands Resort
If you only need a small zone for your kids to entertain while you are relaxing, you can consider Adventure Zone at Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La Penang. This is not really a theme park but it just a playing zone with slides, rope bridges, ball pits, game zones, and kids club, designed especially for children of all ages. If you feel tired and want to relax in a short time, you can think about this place and spend 2 hours exploring all 10,300 sq ft of the facility, complete with a snack counter, toddler zone, and more. It just located near Batu Ferringhi beach, you can easy to come here by car or bus.
8. Old Georgetown Streets at Penang
Probably you ever have seen the heritage streets in Penang with many art pictures on the wall. Therefore, you should make a trip along Georgetown to see all the picture was recognized is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with your family because this is the best way to grab many photos on the street with your loved ones. Besides that, you can explore the culture when walking along the street with different zones such as the Chinese zone, Little India, and the city’s most popular landmarks, including Fort Cornwallis. Strolling along the streets with your kids to marvel the architecture style was changed from Chinese style to Indian style among the Western-style because of the colonial past of this state.
9. Dark Mansion Penang
If the normal 3D museums are not really satisfied you, Dark Mansion may be the place for your next exploring. This is the first and only 3D glow in the dark museum in Malaysia – one of the most popular attractions in the area! The pictures will transform before your very eyes – from 2D paintings to 3D optical illusions! You should bring a camera and use the video to record how the light changes as the background for your family photos or video. Let’s surprise your kids since this 3D museum is not like others.
10. THE TOP Komtar Penang
One of the things that most tourists prefer to do in Penang is climbing up to the top of the tallest building in Penang – Komtar. You can bring your family to visit this place, buy a ticket to The Window of The Top – the skywalk open deck on the 68th floor that offers you a truly stunning view of Penang’s urbanscapes and challenge the fear when stroll down the Rainbow Skywalk, a true walk-on-air experience as you step onto a glass walkway that seems to be just floating in the air. The best time to visit Komtar is from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm for the sunset with breathtaking views of Penang. Don’t forget to take photos of Penang city from above the sky in Komtar!
Penang is the island full of lush vegetation covered around with hill on this side and Batu Ferringhi beach on the other side. This state has everything for a family trip with a beach, hills, tropical garden and theme park that bringing your kids the best moments vacation. You have many things to do with your kids in Penang and also enjoy your trip since most of the activities are quite suitable for everyone.