3 Days in Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for Families

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Happy family taking a picture with Petronas Twin Towers

Wondering what to do in 3 days in Kuala Lumpur? We have composed a three day Kuala Lumpur itinerary for families, so keep on reading and start planning your trip today.

Visit the most spectacular sights and attractions in Kuala Lumpur and create lasting memories for your family. Our three-day, kid-friendly Kuala Lumpur itinerary gives you access to the best sights in town for an unforgettable family vacay.

Our family-friendly itinerary consists of activities that provide cultural and educational opportunities everyone can enjoy! Join us on this three-day journey to the multicultural gem that is Kuala Lumpur and explore the wonders this popular destination has to offer.

KLCC Park with the Twin Towers in the background

Getting Around in Kuala Lumpur

Before we dive into the day’s adventures, let’s talk logistics. Getting around Kuala Lumpur is a breeze, and we have options to suit every budget and family size.

If you’re looking for the utmost convenience, GrabCar is your best friend. With the Grab app, you can call a ride right to your doorstep, and it’s perfect for families traveling with kids. Click here to read our ultimate guide to using Grab in Kuala Lumpur.

Or, explore KL’s top attractions at your own pace with the KL Hop-on Hop-off bus tour. You can get on and off as much as you like. Click here to read our guide to the KL Hop-on Hop-off bus tour.

For those budget-conscious travelers, public transport is the way to go. Kuala Lumpur’s LRT and Monorail systems are efficient, clean, and easy to use. Plus, kids under the age of six travel for free! It’s a win-win for families looking to save a bit while still getting around comfortably.

Another option is to rent a car with a private driver for the day. This is highly recommended if you travel with very young children. This way, you don’t depend on schedules or applications, but you can discuss your itinerary in advance and leave your stuff in the car when exploring the city’s top attractions.

Now that we’ve sorted our transportation, let’s explore our exciting, family-friendly adventure in Kuala Lumpur!

Getting around by public transport in Kuala Lumpur

3 Days in Kuala Lumpur Itinerary: Day 1

Morning: Discover the Batu Caves

The famous Batu Caves is one of the biggest attractions in the city, especially during Thaipusam, where millions of tourists and Hindu people swarm to pay respect to Lord Murugan. It’s easily accessible via the KTM Komuter train at the KL Sentral Station. This cultural attraction is widely known as one of the most influential Hindu shrines outside of India.

One of its more prominent attractions is the 140-foot (42.7 meters) golden statue of Lord Murugan at the entrance. You can’t miss it! You’d have to climb the steep stairs of 272 colorful steps to reach the limestone caves.

And be prepared to encounter some wild monkeys and pigeons along the way! It is best to not bring food because they will try to grab it from you.

It’s quite a climb to the top, but as soon as you enter the Batu Cave temples, you’ll be taken aback by the beautiful limestone formations. You can explore the Cathedral Cave for free and admire the Sri Valli Deivanai temple at the upper cavern. That very Hindu temple was built for Lord Murugan’s wife, Deivanai.

Other attractions are the Ramayana Cave, Dark Cave, and Cave Villa, all with a fee. When visiting the Batu Caves, it’s best to dress comfortably and wear shoes that are fit for climbing or hiking. We recommend visiting the caves early in the morning so you won’t have to deal with the afternoon heat and too many crowds.

TIP: Click here to read our Batu Caves review

Lord Murugan statue at the Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

Eat Your Heart Out at Malaysia Food Village by Yong Kee

All that climbing and exploring will make you hungry. We recommend returning to the city center and dining at Malaysia Food Village by Yong Kee for a delicious lunch. This is the ultimate go-to spot for visitors looking for non-halal Malaysian or Chinese food. They offer generous servings at a cheap price. And if you want a taste of local Malaysia, go for the most recommended dishes, including the roast pork curry mee, char keuy teow, Hokkien mee, and cendol.

We come here at least once a month to enjoy our favorites: the pork char siew with rice and the porridge.

Malaysia Food Village by Yong Kee

Afternoon: Reach for the Skies at the Iconic Petronas Towers

Your visit to Kuala Lumpur wouldn’t be complete without Malaysia’s pride and joy, the Petronas Twin Towers. The world’s tallest twin towers, harboring 1,483 feet (452 meters), is still one of the most marvelous structures in KL. And so it only makes sense to visit this great place on the first day of your 3 days in Kuala Lumpur.

The Skybridge experience is what most people enjoy most. Admire the city skyline while sitting on a double-deck bridge that connects the Twin Towers at 558 feet high (170 meters).

If you enjoyed that view, you’re in for a treat because the view from the Observation Deck is even more unbeatable. Standing at the Observation Deck at 86 floors above was a once-in-lifetime experience as you get a 360-degree view of the city and the second tower.

We recommend booking your tickets in advance because they get sold out quickly, and you’ll have less chance of securing a slot if you buy them on-site. The ticket will give you 10-20 minutes to enjoy the breathtaking best views and take pictures. It’s a plus if you catch the beautiful sunset view during your visit, but when visiting with kids we recommend proceeding the KLCC Park (one of the best parks for families in Kuala Lumpur) next.

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur

Kids’ Galore at KLCC Park

Let’s face it: parents don’t have as much energy as kids, so there’s no shame if you need a little downtime from this point. Go for a relaxing stroll at KLCC Park and bring your kids to play at the playground or wading pool, suitable for kids of all ages. The KLCC Park offers plenty of space for kids to run around. There are also plenty of spots to do some photo ops, especially by the Arch Bridge, where you can get a fabulous view of the Petronas Twin Towers.

TIP: Click here for our ultimate guide to KLCC Park

KLCC Park playground

Savor Malaysian Food in Madam Kwan’s @ Suria KLCC

Madam Kwan’s serves authentic Malaysian cuisine, including various Malaysian favorites and classic dishes such as the nasi lemak, satay, and char kway teow. It’s one of our favorite restaurants to dine at near KLCC Park, and let’s just say there’s a reason why Madam Kwan’s is always crowded. 

Madam Kwan's Resaturant in Suria KLCC.jpeg

Evening: Experience a Spectacle in the Symphony Fountain Lightshow

Our last stop for day one is the Symphony Fountain Water and Light Show. The show takes place at the edge of the man-made esplanade opposite the Suria KLCC entrance. Arrive early to get the best viewing spots.

Every 8 pm., 9 pm, and 10 pm, the Symphony Fountain holds a special sound and light water show that lights up the entire park. Music fills the air, and the fountain dance to the rhythm along with beautiful displays of colorful lights with water jets that reach up to 350 feet (107 meters). Witnessing the Symphony Water Fountains Lightshow is a magical way to end the day with your family in KLCC. 

KLCC Park Light & Music Show

Day 2 of the 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

Morning: Getting to Know the Exotic Birdlife at KL Bird Park

Following a jam-packed first day of this 3 days in Kuala Lumpur itinerary, we suggest you start your morning on the second day by getting acquainted with over 3,000 foreign and local birds at the KL Bird Park.

Discover approximately 200 bird species in this free-flight walk-in aviary and watch the birds roam freely. There are four zones to explore, including one that houses Malaysia’s national bird, the Rhinoceros Hornbill. Have a great time admiring the various birdlife and participate in programs like feeding free-flying birds, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, etc., watching the bird show, and photography with birds.

little girl and walking with the birds in kl bird park

TIP: Click here to read our review of the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

A Peculiar Dining Experience at Hornbill Restaurant

Enjoy a delicious lunch with your family at the Hornbill Restaurant & Cafe at Zone 3 of the KL Bird Park. The three-tier restaurant boasts nature and KL skyline views, which adds to the fantastic dining experience. The restaurant’s ambiance is nice, with a great selection of Asian and Western cuisines. And while you’re enjoying your food, you might get a surprise visit from some of our feathered friends, such as the magnificent Rhinoceros Hornbill.

Hornbill Restaurant at KL Bird Park

Afternoon: Explore Culture and Heritage at Dataran Merdeka, Guan Di Temple, and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

A quick drive from the KL Bird Park, and you’ll reach Kuala Lumpur’s historical district, Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square). Dataran Merdeka is a vast green space surrounded by significant historical landmarks, including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Royal Selangor Club, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and more.

Dataran Merdeka also has a rich history. It is where Malaysia first declared its independence on August 31, 1957, by raising the Malaysian flag. There are plenty of things to do around Merdeka Square, including having a family picnic, taking memorable pictures, and visiting the historical buildings.

TIP: Click here to read our blog featuring must-see historical places in Kuala Lumpur

Girl in front of the Sultan Abdul Building at Merdeka Square

Once you’ve seen everything in Dataran Merdeka, you can take a 10-minute short walk into Chinatown. Here, you’ll find two of Kuala Lumpur’s oldest temples, the Guan Di Temple and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.

The Guan Di Temple is a well-preserved Taoist temple near the heart of Chinatown. Stepping inside the temple, you’ll see many people praying to the God of War, Guan Di, for his blessing and protection. It’s also home to the legendary Guan Dao, made from 59 kg of pure copper. People believe that upon touching the weapon, they will receive luck and blessings.

Meanwhile, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple boasts a five-tier high gopuram with South Indian architecture style. One of the many reasons this temple gained popularity is its impressive sculptures of different Hindu deities adorned in each tier of the temple. Its intricate carvings and unique architecture deserve to be studied and admired individually for its perfectly designed structure. Inside, you’ll see the shrine of Sri Maha Mariamman, along with other shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha and Lord Muruga.

Newly Renovated Sri Mahamariamman Temple Kuala Lumpur

Petaling Street Market, KL’s Street and Local Food Haven

Petaling Street is right in the heart of Chinatown and is famous for its diverse cuisine. You’ll find hundreds of vendors selling the most savory local dishes. If you’re looking for a trendy spot to dine in, our most recommended places are the Wildflowers and Merchant’s Lane restaurants.

Wildflowers offers contemporary Asian cuisine with inventive fusion dishes and creative cocktails. The crowd favorites are the chili crab pasta, Assam unagi, and mapo tofu nachos. While their food is decent, they also have an exquisite selection of cocktails.

Looking for an instagrammable cafe? Merchant’s Lane is one of the best-hidden gems in Petaling Street. Everything from the interior up to the atmosphere of the cafe screams insta-ready photo ops. They serve Asian fusion, European, Malaysian, and vegetarian options.

Merchants Lane Restaurant in Chinatown
The entrance to Merchant’s Lane. The restaurant is on the first floor, so look for this door when you want to dine here. We missed it the first time around.

Evening: Wander the Streets of Petaling Street and Central Market

If you didn’t know already, Petaling Street is famous for more than its food. This is also the go-to place for locals and visitors looking to score imitated goods, from bags, jewelry, and accessories to imitation designer watches, shoes, and more. It’s a fantastic place to visit, especially at night, as you glimpse Chinatown’s vibrant and lively nightlife.

Central Market is one of the most outstanding tourist sites in Malaysia. It’s classified as a cultural heritage site, known for showcasing Malaysia’s culture through its local handicrafts, traditional goods, art, and cultural performances. This is the best place to buy souvenirs to have something to remember your trip to Kuala Lumpur. Visit various art galleries, and you might even watch local artists at work creating their masterpieces. If you’re visiting during the weekend, don’t miss the free multi-cultural performances on the outdoor stage, where you can learn more about Malaysian culture.

TIP: Click here to read our blog about Top Free Things to Do With Kids in Kuala Lumpur

Souvenir shops at Central Market

3 Days in Kuala Lumpur Itinerary – Day 3

Morning: Thean Hou Temple Exploration

Situated on Robinson Hill southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the Thean Hou Temple is a must-visit destination you can’t pass on. The Thean Hou Temple is a beautiful Buddhist temple dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu. Its structure boasts contemporary architecture with mixed elements from Taoism and Confucianism spread across its six tiers.

Exploring the top stories will give you a remarkable view of the KL skyline. The temple has various attractions, starting from the Guan Yin statue at the entrance dedicated to the God of Mercy, Guan Yin. There’s also a Chinese Zodiac Garden, home to sculptures of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. Admire the intricate ceiling art at the main temple, including the illuminated pillars made from lined-up mini Buddha idols. For the perfect photo op, you can head to the garden, where you’ll also learn about different Chinese herbal plants and their use in medicine.

If you have the chance, and if you want to see the temple light up with color and filled with music, consider visiting during one of their widely celebrated Chinese festivals, Lunar New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Vesak Day. Experience the beauty of Chinese culture in any of these festivals.

Thean Hou Temple by Night
Photo courtesy to Nicole Janssen-van Liempt

Savory Delights at Siu Siu

Grab lunch at a nearby restaurant of the Thean Hou Temple. Enjoy a hearty meal of authentic Chinese food amidst a lush forest in the Siu Siu Restaurant. This restaurant is a favorite spot for locals, so expect it to get booked and busy most times. You need to book a reservation, so call ahead if you don’t want the hassle of waiting in the queue. Also, a friendly tip: bring cash, or expect to pay a little extra, because they charge a 6% fee for credit cards. They also have a fantastic seafood selection, including curry prawns, chili crab, salted egg squid, and steamed fish.

Afternoon: Retail Therapy at Pavilion & Lot 10 Bukit Bintang

Shop to your heart’s content at two of Kuala Lumpur’s premier shopping destinations, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Lot 10 Bukit Bintang. With over 700 stores in Pavilion, you’ll find yourself in a shopping bonanza for all brands under the sun. 

Meanwhile, Lot 10 is also a beloved shopper’s paradise for many locals and tourists. It’s home to many first international flagship stores, including H&M, ZARA, and Isetan Japan Store. The food courts from both malls are also a must-dine if you’re looking for variety, whether local or international restaurants.

TIP: Click here to read our blog about the best shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur

Lot 10 Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur
Lot10 Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur

Alternative Afternoon Activity: Embark on a Family Adventure at Superpark Malaysia at Avenue K

Don’t feel like shopping? Head to Superpark Malaysia, your ultimate stop for the best indoor activities, perfect for families looking for a thrill! Let loose in the Adventure Area and take on kid-friendly obstacles like the Flying Fox, Ninja Track, Tube Slide, and Pedal Car Track. Sharpen your kids’ mental, physical, and motor skills at the Kid’s Gym, Kid’s Freestyle Area, and Kid’s Adventure City.

The Game Arena prepares your kids for the sports field with physically engaging activities like Baseball, Street Basketball, Superball, Street Soccer Court, etc. And lastly, the Freestyle Hall, where you’ll encounter different obstacles with various difficulty levels. Activities include the Augmented Climbing Wall, Trampoline Platform, Clip and Climb, Air Bag, IWall, and Gymnastic Area.

TIP: Click here to check out our list of Kuala Lumpur’s Best Indoor Playgrounds

Superpark Malaysia toddler playground

Savor Street Eats on Jalan Alor

Take your family on a street food tour in one of the most vibrant food streets in Kuala Lumpur. Jalan Alor attracts budget travelers because of the affordable street food stalls and restaurants lining the streets. It’s one of the top places you’ll find genuine Malaysian street food with a mix of Southeast Asian cuisine and seafood.

Trying street foods in a foreign place is not enough if you sit down and stay in one place. You can get the most out of your street food experience by trying various dishes from different vendors. When wandering the streets of Jalan Alor, make sure you have a big appetite ready because you’ll be venturing into Malaysia’s culinary delights.

Evening: Discover the Vibrant Charms of Bukit Bintang by Night

When night comes, Bukit Bintang comes alive with a vibrant energy that’s hard to resist. 

If you’re an adventure seeker, you’re in for a real treat at the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park. Imagine heart-pounding rides and games that will leave you grinning from ear to ear – it’s a thrill-seeker’s paradise!

Now, for those who can (and want) to enjoy an evening without the kids and looking to spice up their night, Changkat Bukit Bintang is the place to be. This bustling street is home to lively bars and clubs, making it the ultimate destination to dance the night away or kick back with a refreshing drink. The night is young, and so are you!

Remember to take a leisurely walk along the famous Bintang Walk. The streets are lined with hip boutiques and street performers, creating a magical atmosphere. You’ll capture the essence of Kuala Lumpur’s nightlife right here.

But if you want to end your evening peacefully, the KL Forest Eco Park has you covered. Wander through the lush greenery and relish the tranquil beauty of the forest at night. It’s a peaceful escape where the sounds of nature serenade you, providing a delightful contrast to the bustling city.

Bukit Bintang at night is like a treasure chest of adventures waiting to be opened. Whether you’re craving excitement, delicious food, lively entertainment, or just longing for a peaceful retreat, this lively district has it all.

Where to Stay In KL for Families

Kuala Lumpur boasts many family-friendly accommodation options conveniently situated near the city centre. Here are our top picks for the ideal places to stay in KL when traveling with your family.

Four Points by Sheraton Chinatown

Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, Four Points by Sheraton beckons families with its inviting Family Suite, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay for parents and kids. Guests can enjoy various amenities, including a spacious outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and an outdoor adventure zone.

Pro Tip: Be sure to check out our in-depth review of the Four Points by Sheraton Chinatown Hotel!

Click here to check rates and availability.

Four Points by Sheraton Chinatown Pool with a view

Aloft KL

For those seeking accommodations close to KL Sentral, the city’s primary transportation hub with easy access to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Aloft KL comes highly recommended. This establishment offers chic rooms and loft-inspired floor plans, perfect for families. Take advantage of the on-site restaurant and bar, an outdoor pool boasting picturesque city vistas, and a well-equipped fitness center during your stay.

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Bukit Bintang or KLCC

Explore the accommodations available in the Bukit Bintang or KLCC areas for even more lodging options. For further recommendations, don’t miss our comprehensive blog post, The Ultimate Guide to Hotels in Kuala Lumpur with KLCC View.

TIP: Click here for our review of Hotels in Kuala Lumpur with Family Rooms

How Long Should You Stay in Kuala Lumpur for a Great Trip?

Well, you can have a fantastic time in three days, seeing all the must-visit spots in KL. But Kuala Lumpur has so much to offer that you could easily hang around for a whole week and never feel bored. If you’re traveling with little ones, you can skip an outing now and then and kick back by the hotel pool.

There are plenty of other top things to do in this city, like checking out Aquaria KLCC, taking in the incredible views from the Kuala Lumpur Tower (also known as Menara KL or the KL Tower), or strolling through the lovely Perdana Botanical Gardens where you can find the National Monument.  

And if you’re up for it, you can take cool day trips, like spending a thrilling day at Sunway Lagoon or a cultural day trip to Melaka.

Read our comprehensive blog on the best Kuala Lumpur day trips for families for more short trip recommendations. In Kuala Lumpur, the possibilities are endless, catering to all kinds of interests and making it a place to make the most of your time.

Vuvuzela at Sunway Lagoon Kuala Lumpur
Vuvuzela at Sunway Lagoon Kuala Lumpur

What’s Next?

For three days, we explored many of the best attractions Kuala Lumpur offers. From day one to day three, we captured the beauty of Malaysia’s cultures and traditions in places like the Batu Caves, Thean Hou Temple, Dataran Merdeka, etc. Meanwhile, you get a delicious taste of Malaysia’s cuisine from the streets of Jalan Alor and Petaling Street to restaurants like Malaysia Food Village by Yong Kee, Siu Siu, and Hornbill Restaurant. With tourist attractions like the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Park, KL Bird Park, and Superpark Malaysia, a series of family adventures and discovery awaits you.

Now that you’ve reached the end of our three-day itinerary in Kuala Lumpur, we hope our kid-friendly itinerary provides helpful insights that will make your family trip more meaningful and memorable.

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About Marlieke Kemp-Janssen:

Marlieke is the mom of a four-year-old girl and, together with daddy, they love living in and exploring Kuala Lumpur. As well as being the founder of Kuala Lumpur with Kids, Marlieke is a digital marketing consultant who has helped small businesses grow through her company Aureum Hospitality Advisers.

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