Keeping the children happy in Malacca isn’t hard at all. The town is bright, colourful and filled with interesting sights, tastes and smells. There are forts and canons to climb on, great museums and great shops. If you need more to keep the kids busy, we found a few play opportunities that you may like to know about, particularly if you are travelling with toddlers. All of these are within easy walking ( or pushing) distance of the Old Town, or you could really give the kids a treat and take a musical trishaw ( see Malacca, first impressions post)
Playgrounds in Malacca
It’s right in front of the St Paul’s steps and the Islamic Museum, next to the police station. There are more play facilities as you walk further around into the park. The open air swimming pool is next door, we didn’t try it.
There are Go Karts
The whole area in front of the St Paul’s steps has lots for children to do. I’m not sure if you’d call these things go-karts or recumbents or what. The kids called them fun. My 7 year old was big enough, I think you could probably go younger, the carts are adjustable.
On the weekend we payed 5 MYR for 5 mins. During the week we got longer for our money.
The kids pedal around under a disused aeroplane and beside an old train.
Some guy had a python there when we visited, you paid to hold it for a photo, there was also a tiny archery facility.
Malacca Indoor Playground or Play Centre
This place is in the Dataran Pahlawan Mega Mall. The whole of the top floor is designated as Kids Zone. There is the play centre along with sand art, pedal cars and Toys R Us. My 9 year old loved the play centre, it would also be fine for toddlers.
We payed 6 MYR ($2 AU) for 20 mins.
Health and safety maybe isn’t all it should be. This gap was in one of the slides.
Other Family Attractions in Melaka
Melaka Maritime Museum is superb for kids and hugely educational.
Children may enjoy the Birds’ Nest Soup Facility at Jonker Bird House, they can see the little swiftles darting in and out and learn how the nests are collected and processed.
There is a 3D art museum, these are springing up all over Asia and they are good. See the one in Chiang Mai here.
Where we Stayed in Malacca With Kids
We found some good child friendly accommodation in Malacca at Kawan Kawan Guest House, Casa Blanca and Casa Del Rio. You can go back to our main Malaysia Travel Blog page here, or visit our Malacca, first impressions page.