School years are one of the formative stages of your life where you absorb more, learn faster and are influenced by your surroundings. The classroom may be the ideal place to expand your academic knowledge, but traveling truly broadens a child’s horizon. Travelling as a family creates an escape from daily routine - tuition, school, after school activities and work. Nothing is more eye-opening than surrounding yourself with various cultures, activities which expose you to indulge in stimulating learnings to break the monotony.
Lessons gained from traveling helps children experience a wide repertoire of insights and knowledge from an early age. You can even make travelling an educational activity by getting your children visual diaries to help them inculcate the habit of jotting down their experiences.
As the March school holidays are just around the corner, OYO Hotels Malaysia has listed some fun adventures and places which you can experience as a family,
If you are travelling within the Klang Valley, here are some school holidays activities that you can consider:
1) 99 Wonderland Park in Tasik Sri Murni, Selayang
The 99 Wonderland Park is an option for you and your family to visit if you want to spend time on a pleasant walk, that is not in a shopping mall. This once abandoned lake has been transformed into a 23-acre recreational park decked with LED lights, the first of its kind in Kuala Lumpur. The view and scenery at the park is visually stimulating during the night, with all the LED lights on the walls, trees, railings and the Sky Fountain. The park also houses a variety of birds and animals - and you can choose to feed, pet or take photos with them while you exploring the place.
2) Sungai Pisang Waterfall Abseiling in Gombak
Families looking to attune themselves to water sports and adventure should certainly pay a visit as this waterfall abseiling activity will definitely get the adrenaline going. On top of that, the waterfall flying fox can be the next challenge to take on after you are done with waterfall abseiling. Even if you are experienced at flying fox rides, this one offers a difference as you will be passing by the waterfall from one end of the ride to the other.
Wondering where to stay for the night? For out-of-town visitors, the OYO 545 Hotel Sahara Inn is located only 5 minutes away from 99 Wonderland Park and 20 minutes away from Sungai Pisang Waterfall by car. Room rates start from only RM67 per night.
3) Hutan Bandar Recreational Park in Johor Bahru
If you’re travelling to Johor Bahru, you can consider visiting the Hutan Bandar Recreational Park
Did you know about the Hutan Bandar Recreational Park within Johor Bahru city? It is a kid-friendly park with facilities such as a children’s playground, swimming pool, jogging track and a lake with trees planted around its perimeter, ideal for a fun time for the whole family.
If you’re on the lookout for a place to spend the night, check out the OYO 519 Domus Hotel located just 10 minutes away from the park by car. A night’s stay costs RM120 for a family of four.
4) Galeri Wayang Kulit Melayu Tradisional Kelantan in Kota Bharu
If you are heading to the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia, why not drop by the Galeri Wayang Kulit Melayu Tradisional Kelantan (GWKMTK) in Tumpat, near Kota Bharu?
If your children have a passion for Arts and Crafts, you can take a drive to Kelantan and participate in a Wayang Kulit Melayu session with Pak Dain near Kota Bharu.
Pak Dain, first started the gallery in 2008 who has been a shadow play master for more than 35 years. He has devoted himself entirely to learning and researching deeper into traditional shadow play. His intention of starting the gallery was to ensure that a Malaysian cultural heritage such as the wayang kulit is preserved for generations to come, as there are fewer and fewer wayang kulit puppeteers in the country.
You can opt to stay at OYO 540 De Viana Hotel & Apartments located 22 minutes from the gallery by car. The price per night starts from RM288 for a family room for six.