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Keeping the children happy in Malacca isn’t hard at all. Malacca with kids is a great destination with plenty for them to see and do. 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, plus indoor and outdoor playgrounds. If you need more to keep the kids busy, we found plenty of things to do in Malacca with kids.

Malacca With Kids
There is loads to see and do in Malacca (Melaka) Malaysia with kids. It’s a fun place to visit as a family. There are historic sites, museums, boat rides, trishaw rides, plus kids play facilities, and of course kid-friendly foods to try!

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There were 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

Malacca with kids playground

This playground was 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.



The whole area in front of the St Paul’s steps had lots for children to do. I’m not sure if you’d call these things go-karts or recumbents. The kids called them fun.  

My 7-year-old was big enough. I think you could probably go younger as the carts are adjustable.

At the weekend we paid 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 Centres

Indoor play malacca for kids

This place was in the Dataran Pahlawan Mega Mall. The whole of the top floor was designated as Kids Zone.

There was 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.

Malacca Malaysia indoor play for kids

NEW- Jumpers Land Indoor Playground for Kids

Elements mall houses this new large indoor play facility which claims to be the biggest in Melaka.

Expect ball-pits, trampolines and all the usual climbing and adventure playground equipment.

This one is on level 3 of the mall and should be open from 10am to 10pm daily. Check local restrictions and closures.

Melaka Maritime Museum with Kids

Malysia's Giant Ship Melacca With Kids - Malacca Maritime Museum
The giant ship of Melacca, inside you’ll find a fantastic maritime museum, sensational and educational for kids.

This beautiful maritime museum is superb for kids and hugely educational.

This has to be our top thing to do in Malacca with kids.

Learn about the spice trade, shipping history and the multicultural origins of Malaysia.

Jonker Bird House for Kids

Swiftlets and bird nest production Things to do in Malacca With Kids Jonker Bird House

Children may enjoy the Birds’ Nest Soup Facility at Jonker Bird House.

They can see the little swiftlets darting in and out and learn how the nests are collected and processed.

There was a small, fun walk-through area detailing the incredible feat of collecting the nests from caves and the building itself is beautiful and historic.

The Walking Streets and Night Markets

Night market malacca with kids
Sweet treats at Malacca Night Market r Walking Street. Endless new flavours for the kids to enjoy at the many street food stalls. Toy shops, novelties and interesting stalls will keep the kids amused.

Jonker Walk, the weekend walking street or night market is normally held on Friday and Saturday nights.

Expect a big influx of local tourists. The fun starts around sunset and you’ll find unlimited food, trinkets, toys, crafts and souvenirs.

If you’re visiting the Malacca night markets with kids, hold on to them. You don’t want to lose your children in the crowds.

Malacca 3D Art Museum

There is a 3D art museum, these are springing up all over Asia and they are good. Also see the 3D Art museum in Chiang Mai here.

Take A Trishaw Ride

Trishawas Malacca with kids Trishaw Rides
Themed, decorated, musical trishaws will give you and the kids a fun ride around Malacca.

They’re noisy, they blare music into the night (Think Gangnam Style) and they’re so bright they sock you in the eye, but they’re fun.

Undoubtedly your younger kids will enjoy a trishaw ride. Try to find one themed around their favourite characters.

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Malacca Wonderland Water Park

There is a waterpark in Malacca (or near) it’s nowhere near as big as the Legoland Malaysia Water Park nor the new Sunways Lagoons near KL, but if you need some fin cooling down, go ahead.

Find the Melaka Wonderland website here.

Family and Kid-Friendly Hotels in Malacca

Malacca has plenty of child-friendly hotels, apartments, and guest houses with family rooms or suites. Our top picks for your stay in Malacca with kids are the following.

Prices for accommodation are really good in Malacca, nothing below will break the bank.

  • The Atlantis by The Bliss apartments has room for even large families. It’s conveniently close to Jonker Street and is stylishly furnished. This one is very budget-friendly. Check it out on Agoda or
  • Sojourn Guest House Melaka has affordable family suites with 2 single beds for the children. A stylish, boutique-style hotel, 10 minutes drive from Jonker St. and within walking distance of the old Portuguese settlement. See this one on Agoda here.
  • For a special treat for the kids, check out Lagoon Park Resort, this one is a little way out of town, but offers a kids’ club, a pool and water slides. It also has 3 bedroom family apartments and is very affordable. This one even has room for extended families. It’s on here, and on Agoda here.

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Where we Stayed in Malacca With Kids

We found some good child-friendly accommodations 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.

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

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