Penang is one of Malaysia’s most popular family vacation spots, due to its stunning beaches, popular family resorts, and mouth-watering cuisines.
There’s no shortage of things to do in Penang with your family depending on your children’s age, from museum hopping to outdoor activities, that’ll make the trip worthwhile.
Experience the history and culture of Penang and have some Beary awesome fun in Malaysia’s first and largest collection of Teddy Bears.
Get cuddly with the bears while learning about the cultural history of Penang, and the origins and evolution of the classic teddy bear. You will be greeted by fluffy Teddy Bears from various nations, and eras – dating as far back as the 1900s.
At the TeddyVille Museum, you’ll also find Mini Penang, a collection of miniature bears dressed up and displayed in small settings to depict the different sights and sounds of Penang. It’s a cute and cuddly compilation of the must-see things to do in Penang.
Don’t forget to build your teddy bear to take home as a unique souvenir of your adventure.
Open Daily 9:00am to 6:00pm
Is your tween or teen more of a foodie? Wonderfood Museum Penang is the world’s first creative museum dedicated to food concepts. Kids will learn about Malaysian cuisine’s history and food culture drawn from the nation’s rich multi-racial diversity.
The museum showcases oversized replicas of traditional Malaysian dishes. The replicas are exquisitely detailed, and if you weren’t already hungry upon entering, you will be by the time you leave. The museum is divided into three sections: the Info Zone, Wow Zone, and Educational Zone, with over 100 different varieties of popular street food and local dishes on display.
There’s a map and recommendations for the best locations to eat Penang foods like nasi kandar, Asam laksa, char koey teow, banana leaf rice and more.
Get ready for your picture-perfect food adventure. Along with the oversized replicas of cuisine, the museum includes many posing props that are excellent for creating the best Instagram shoot.
Wonderful Museum Penang
Address: 49, Lebuh Pantai Georgetown 10300 Penang, Malaysia
If you like traditional Nyonya dessert, do visit Moh Teng Pheow Nyonya Koay as best known for their homemade Nyonya kueh.
Serene and Scenic Jogging Trails at Air Itam Dam
While Air Itam Dam is famed for its Assam Laksa, but not known to many, Air Itam offers one of the best spots for a scenic walking trail.
While a dam might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of a relaxing running trail, the Air Itam Dam will convince you otherwise. Surrounded by hills of greenery, this 2.8 km trail offers a beautiful setting for a leisurely stroll with the whole family.
If your kids are feeling adventurous, they can hike up to Penang Hill via the forest reserve trail, which should take about 3 hours. Your family will be treated to a breathtaking panorama of George Town.
You can park your car at the top of the hill (on the same level as the Dam) and walk to the inner forest reserve through the dam’s gate. The hilltop parking area has a capacity of around 20 cars.
As an alternative, you can park at the base of the hill or at the private car park near the Kek Lok Si temple and walk-up.
Air Itam Dam
Address: Jln Balik Pulau, George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
If you enjoy the outdoor, you and your family may enjoy a day at The Habitat Penang Hill, a rainforest adventure for all ages
*Main image from Wonderfood Musuem Penang Facebook.
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