Find yourself asking yourself: What to do in Kuala Lumpur when it rains? We’ve got you covered as we summed up our favorite things do when it’s raining in KL.
If you’re planning on traveling to Kuala Lumpur, you can expect to spend the most of your time under the sun. But, with KL being a tropical country there’s also a high chance of downpour happening almost everyday. The great news is you don’t have to let the rain spoil your day when the weather takes a turn. You and your family can still enjoy Kuala Lumpur on a rainy day! With plenty of indoor attractions and activities for families, you’ll learn to love KL even during stormy weather.
Stay tuned because we’re giving you a complete list of things to do in Kuala Lumpur when it rains.
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When is the Rainy Season in Kuala Lumpur?
Kuala Lumpur’s tropical climate indicates significant rainfall throughout the year. This means you can expect it to rain almost daily, so having an umbrella ready is always a good idea when traveling to Kuala Lumpur. But don’t fret because the rain is predictable in KL and almost always occurs during late afternoon. Also, it doesn’t last much longer than 2 hours, so having a spot where you can lay low for a while is a great idea to pass the rain.
If you want to avoid heavy rainfall during your visit, do not plan your trip from October to January and March to April. This is the time of the year when Kuala Lumpur – and Malaysia’s west coast destinations – experience the monsoon season, with the most frequent rainfall and showers.
Things to Do With Kids in Kuala Lumpur When It Rains
Visit an indoor playground
Indoor playgrounds are one way to let the kids (and adults!) run wild while the rain is pouring down outside. Luckily, Kuala Lumpur has plenty of indoor playgrounds for you and your kids to explore on a rainy day.
Kids can have a blast at SuperPark Malaysia in Avenue K Shopping Mall, Little Pirates Playland in Bukit Jalil, Parenthood Playland in MyTown Shopping Centre, and Kizsports & Gym. Of course, the older kids and adults get to have fun too at indoor playgrounds like Jump Street Asia, Camp5, District 21, and Escape Petaling Jaya! Meanwhile, KidZania Kuala Lumpur, RoboThink, Kidzoona, and Play by Reka combine fun and learning, giving your kids unforgettable, enjoyable, and educational experiences.
Take the kids to Petrosains, the Discovery Centre
Explore the mesmerizing world of science and technology with your kids at Petrosains, the Discovery Centre. Petrosains has science exhibitions to spark your child’s curiosity about the different sciences.
They feature ten interactive exhibits, starting from Energy Capsule, an immersive ride that will take you on a journey through time. The next stop is Sparkz, a fantastic interactive play area delving into scientific wonders. Youngsters have plenty of activities to do, like the Wind Tube with paper helicopters, Robo Soccer, Grain Pit, and more. Space, Speed, and Geotime Diorama are also a few of the exhibitions that our family enjoyed. For a real dose of science, the Oil Platform, Tech Lab, and Science Station provide the perfect learning opportunities for toddlers and kids.
Explore the magical underwater world at Aquaria KLCC
Aquaria KLCC invites you to dive with them in an ocean of discovery. Their exhibitions showcase a variety of aquatic animals, from Red-bellied Piranhas and Brown-banded Bamboo Sharks to Sand Tiger Sharks and Pinecone Fish. They also have a scheduled daily feeding where you can watch professional aquarists feed the marine animals while learning all about their roles in the habitat. You can find Aquaria KLCC in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre near KLCC Park.
Retreat to a local bookstore or the kids library
Rainy days are the best time to cozy up in a corner while reading a good book. Visit a Kuala Lumpur bookstore or a kid’s library and spend time reading a new book that will take you to new places and adventures. Kuala Lumpur has an impressive number of bookstores to go book shopping in. You can find everything from mainstream titles and paperback classics to rare finds and underrated gems with our list of the best bookstores in KL.
There are also exceptional bookstores that offer unique experiences for book lovers, such as the Eslite Spectrum. Meanwhile, cozy bookstores like the Monalisa Bookstore and Tsutaya Bookstore are guaranteed to keep you occupied for hours, not just because of their exquisite book selection but also the delicious beverages offered in their cafes.
Review our list of recommended bookstores in KL by reading our article: Bookworm’s Paradise: Unveiling the Best Bookstores in Kuala Lumpur.
Visit Berjaya Times Square; Kuala Lumpur’s most popular indoor attraction park
Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is at the top of our list of the best indoor playgrounds in KL. There’s a reason why Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park is also the most popular indoor attraction. And that’s because they offer endless hours of fun for families looking for a place to have fun and create new memories.
Starting with their latest attraction, Winter Wonderland Snow Town is a fantastic addition as you experience snow all year. It’s part of their Galaxy Station, along with other thrilling rides such as Bubbles Express, Dizzy Izzy, Robo Crash, Spinning Orbit, and more!
In their Fantasy Garden, you’ll find kid-friendly and fantasy-themed rides that will transport you to fairytale land. Some attractions for kids are The Fantasy Labyrinth, Kidz Playground, Molly’s Cool Swing, Botanic Drive, etc. Lastly, enter the mind-blowing world of virtual reality with their Haunted House VR and PSVR2.
Hang around in one of Kuala Lumpur’s amazing malls
Keep your kids entertained for hours by visiting a shopping center for families in Kuala Lumpur. Most malls in the city offer plenty of activities for kids, from indoor playgrounds and trains that tour them around the mall to fun-filled events catering to youngsters. Malls like Berjaya Times Square, The Intermark Mall, Midvalley Megamall, etc., have indoor playgrounds your kids can enjoy.
Of course, plenty of other entertainment is great for family bonding, like Sunway Pyramid’s ice skating rink, bowling alley, archery, cinema, arcade, or laser tag. For a day of fun and discovery, you can take your kids to Suria KLCC, which houses the Petrosains Discovery Centre and is very close to Aquaria KLCC.
Looking for the best comfort food for your kids? There are plenty of ice cream shops in every mall in KL to satisfy your child’s sweet cravings. Additionally, food courts like Lot 10’s Hutong and Pavillion’s Food Republic offer an extensive selection of local and international cuisines.
Visit a museum in Kuala Lumpur
Get to know the rich history of Kuala Lumpur by taking a trip down memory lane at KL’s best historical museums. Most museums in KL offer free admission, while some require a small fee.
You can enjoy Some museums in KL for free: Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Malaysian Police Museum, and National Textile Museum. However, if you want the real deal and want to take a deep dive into the history of Malaysia, it’s worth paying the price of RM 1.00 to RM 5.00 to get inside the National Museum.
The Islamics Art Museum is also a notable attraction with its display of exhibits and galleries like the China Gallery and Textile Gallery. The Telekom Museum is another interesting place for families to explore. This museum features a display of old telephones with information about the development of telecommunication in KL.
A historical adventure awaits you at Kuala Lumpur’s best museums!
Relax in your hotel’s indoor pool
If you want to let the rain pass by and prefer to stay indoors at your hotel, you can spend a few hours relaxing by the pool instead. Our family had a great time enjoying the covered pool at Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur. It’s perfect for a refreshing dip while enjoying downtime and watch the rain go by.
To know more about our experience, check out our Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur Review.
Traders Hotel KL has a nice indoor pool with a stunning view overlooking KLCC Park.
Take the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus for a spectacular sightseeing tour!
The KL Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour is a smart and convenient way to see the city’s best sights while raining. Sit on the lower deck and listen to the raindrops splatter on the roof while admiring KL’s iconic attractions, including the Merdeka Square, KL Tower, National Mosque, Petronas Twin Towers, etc.
You can get off if the stop includes indoor activities or when it stops raining. You might also be lucky and leave the rain behind you because often it rains in one part of town but not (yet or not anymore) in other parts of the city.
Things to Avoid in Kuala Lumpur When It Rains
Some activities are best enjoyed with dry weather. When planning your itinerary, we recommend planning outdoor activities in the morning and retreat to top indoor activities in the afternoon. Here are some things to avoid when it rains in Kuala Lumpur:
- Don’t visit attractions where you expect grand vistas of the city because you most likely won’t see a thing with the downpour. These include places like KL Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers.
- Don’t go to Kuala Lumpur zoos because most zoos are open areas that can get muddy. You’ll only get wet and dirty.
- Parks are also not a good idea because they don’t offer much roof coverage. Benches, playgrounds, grass areas, and pathways will be wet, so you won’t be able to enjoy your picnic. Rain also often comes with thunder and lightning, and it’s best to stay away from places filled with trees as they attract lightning.
- It’s not the best time to go to water parks due to thunder and lightning, as it can risk your safety.
- Don’t go hiking during or immediately after rain in Kuala Lumpur. Expect the trails to be wet, dirty, and slippery after rain.
Final Words About What to Do in Kuala Lumpur When It Rains
While Kuala Lumpur basks in sunshine most days, rainy afternoons bring charm. Don’t let a wet afternoon or rainy weekend dampen your spirits! From sugary adventures in Candyland Carnival to thrilling rides at Berjaya Times Square and from museum explorations to cozy bookstore havens, your family fun awaits indoors. Embrace the pitter-patter of the rain and discover Kuala Lumpur’s hidden gems, creating memories that echo long after the clouds clear.