Although some of these water parks may be a bit of a drive out of the city, all are worth a visit if you’re looking for a splish-splashing time to beat the tropical heat in KL. Here are our top picks of the Best Waterparks for Kids in KL and the surrounding region. Time to pack the swim bag, don some swimmers, grab the sunnies, slather on sunblock, and head out for some aqua play!
This is actually the closest waterpark to the city, situated as in Bandar Sunway in Subang Jaya. There is plenty to keep the little (and big) ones going for hours including the adrenalien-inducing Congo Challenge, loopy African Pythons, thrilling Pirates Revenge and exciting Vuvuzela. As an added bonus, when the kiddos have exhausted all the slides, they can try out some drier fun at the adjacent theme park.
Sunway Lagoon Waterpark, 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, +60 3-5639 0000, sunwaylagoon.com/attractions/water-park
Johor Bahru has loads to offer in terms of shopping and theme parks, but if it's water fun you’re after then hop in the car and head down to the Legoland waterpark. Get ready to slide, splash and weave your way around some seriously aqua-tastic fun here. Kids will love building their own raft to float down the lazy river and also enjoy the awesome Lego wave pool. The slides are fab as are the Joker Soaker and the Duplo safari. Book yourselves into the Legoland Hotel for some themed bedroom fun, but be warned, a single day pass won’t be enough!
Legoland, 7, Jalan Legoland, Medini, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malysia, +607 597 8888, www.legoland.com.my
Grab the snacks and shove the family into the car for a road trip down to the historic town of Ipoh where you will also find one of the country’s most awesome waterparks! The Lost World of Tambun plays host to an impressive six theme parks, one of which is the legendary Lost World Water Park. An adventure river and jungle wave pool plus cliff racer and rube raider rides make this a thrill-seeker's paradise.
The Lost World of Tambun, 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway, Sunway City, 31150, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, +605 540 8888, sunwaylostworldoftambun.com
Shah Alam isn’t far away at all, so if you want to cool off, get your adrenaline pumping and your little people don’t fancy a long car ride, Wet World Waterpark is a great option. Featuring loads of thrilling water rides including the Pirate Challenge, Kiddy Typhoon Lagoon, Pirate Cove, the Bermuda Triangle and Treasure Island. The tropical jungle theme also adds to the adventure. The park’s highlight? Definitely the Monsoon Buster Ride, a 225-metre long water slide where riders are propelled upwards by powerful water jets – fun!
Wet World Waterpark, Persiaran Dato Menteri, Seksyen 14, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, +60 3-5510 2588, wetworld.my/shah-alam
Melaka is a fabulous place to visit and at just over an hour drive from KL, it's pretty easy to get to for a day trip – although we recommend you make a weekend of it. On the outskirts of Melaka you will find Malaysia’s largest water park at the A’Famosa Resort. With cool pools, spine-tingling slides, awesome attractions and tantalizing treats, there's something to keep even the fussiest thrill-seeker entertained.
A’Famosa Water Theme Park, Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, Melaka, 78000 Alor Gajah, Malaysia, +60 6-552 0888, www.afamosa.com
Get ready for some adrenaline-pumping, heart-stopping, high-octane action down in JB. There’s something for everyone, from the Hola-Flora Tots play area for the little tots, to the more exhilarating rides such as the G-Force Alley and Uphill Battle for the bigger kids. The lazy river is a great place to chill out and keep cool. Entry is a bargain too with a day pass for a tot at RM12, RM98 for kids aged 3 to 12 and RM118 for adults. Besides the Water Park, Austin Heights also houses a Forest Adventure Rope Course, Trampoline Park, Ice Skating Rink and Drift Karting all conveniently located under one roof.
Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park, 71, Jalan Austin Heights 8/1, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, +601 9716 3183, www.funtime.my