Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Quack-Tastic Sunway Lagoon Trip - A Guide for Toddlers and Small Kids

Hi:)

The 4 of us had Quack-tastic trip to Sunway Lagoon today. Recently, we noticed this deal online and thought hey lets go! it's a really good deal.  This promo only happens on 1 particular Tuesday of each month so you might want to check out the dates as follows:

Children under 90cm of height goes in for free so yeay for Riz! Tia on the other hand...didn't meet the criteria. hehe..big girl now!

We bought 3 tickets for RM42.40 each plus GST. On normal days an adult ticket will cost RM150 and a child costs RM120. All you have to do is take leave on a tuesday and have some fun here. Daddy Radzli did just that (also because KKM made him work all weekend) and we're happy and not guilty that we finally get a little bit of quality family time. Of course handling 2 kids wouldn't be as easy but it's still family time. everyone present for each other.

Ok lets start with the map of Sunway Lagoon:



Basically there are 5 parks altogether: Waterpark, Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Scream Park and Extreme Park. 

I've read before that Sunway Lagoon isn't very kid or toddler friendly but i think it's not really bad...the kids still have a lot to do at this park.

With 2 toddlers in tow, we spent the most time at the Water park. The easiest, and they had fun playing in the water. We didn't have the chance to try out those cool Vuvuzela slides and Water rapids and all because there must be 2 parents present at 1 time to control the kids...but it's okay. making the tickets even worth it:)

We started off at the Surf Beach. Quite impressed with this man made beach because it really looks like the real one! oh and there are big fan generators all around too to..i guess, make the beach breeze a bit more real. hehe. We finally bought Riz a pair of arm bands because he  tends to just throw himself into the water or put his face in. it was a good step because he was really kept afloat and his head is always above the water! We loved the umbrella like structures with pouring water. I mean, Tia did. Riz was pretty overwhelmed by that, he clung to me real tight.
 Tia posing on the 'beach'
one with the monopod!

We brought the kids to Little Zimbabwe and Kalahari Kids, an interactive water playground with lots of mini slides and water guns and water showers. is that what you call it? Riz looves the slides, and tia loves to just splash about. There were 2 of these playgrounds that we explored in.  We also tried the Zambezi River where we guided the kids in swimming position all the way through. We didnt rent the tubes because in Legoland and Singapore Water Park the tubes just ended up floating without a passenger in. the baby always wants to swimmmm.

After 2 hours plus at the water park, we changed the kids and headed off to the Wildlife Park. There were tigers, lions, hedgehogs, sun bears, ducks and an aviary in there as well. pretty impressive for a mini zoo. Although i really wanted to check out the petting zoo, we didn't because we brought the stroller along and the kids didn't like to sit in it so it was pretty difficult to push or carry it down the steps.



Then off we go to the amusement park. For toddlers like Tia and riz, they have this newly opened Captain Kids' Playland and Captain Kids' Candyland playgrounds that they can play in. nothing out of the ordinary though, a few slides down the slides and they're like...we're done.

 
Captain Kids' Playland
Captain Kids' Candyland

Rides that Tia the almost 4 year old can go on at the Amusement Park are :
1. Carousel/ Merry go round

2. Wagon Wheel -Ferris Wheel



3. Apache Pots - The spinning pots
4.  Vultures 


5. Butch Cassidy Trail - The boots go round and round pretty fast ! I told Tia if she's scared she can close her eyes. she said "I'm not scared! I'm happyyyyy!!"

Here are some tips for bringing toddlers and babies to Sunway Lagoon: 
1. Change of clothes: Dress your toddlers in their swimwears the moment you arrive. bring 1 set of extra clothes for change later. don't forget swim diaper for the baby because you'll never know when they need to poopooo. I like Huggies Swim Diapers. got mine at Jaya Supermarket.

2.  Snacks - you're not allowed to bring any food including snacks. supposed to buy everything from the theme park vendors. however, we sneaked in the Ikea alphabet biscuits for emergency snacks. Riz attacked them like a hungry lion after coming up from the pool.so sneak, jangan tak sneak for your baby. just make sure you don't eat openly and don't litter. There are a lot of fastfoods restaurants along the beach; I saw Hotroll, Marrybrown, Burger King, Fish & Co, and also stalls selling hotdogs and cotton candies. 

3.  Towels - I havent see the rental ones or did I miss it? anyway I brought 1 adult towel and 1 kiddie one. and a thin bathrobe to wrap your kids in if you have one.

4.  Strollers - If possible....no need to bring. cuz there are some parts whereby the strollers can't pass through. they don't have official stroller parks like in Legoland and Universal Studios. So pakai redah je park. bring as minimal barang berharga as possible. In our case, we do need the stroller cuz tia doesn't really like walking but will sit in the the stroller. otherwise she'll demand to be carried and she's like...15kg already!

5.  Car park. Unfortunately there are no special theme park car park. you have to park in sunway pyramid and walk over to Sunway Lagoon. for those without kids...the distance is quite okay.. but with kids...it can be a bt inconvenient. So make sure not to leave anything cuz it'll be difficult to return and get it.. you know lah, you tend to be forgetful with kids.

6.  Floaties - Again, I think it's worth it to buy arm bands for your toddlers. peace of mind. better arm bands than nothing at all, if they don't swim very well yet.

That's about it! Hope it helps you mommies daddies:) I'm really sorry for the lack of pictures...we were busy handling the kids that I could only get a few...these are the best I manage to take!
Til then, thanks for reading.. Have funnnnn!

Sunway Lagoon
Address:      3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 
                    47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Contact No:  03-5639 0000 
Online ticketing here
Website:  www.sunwaylagoon.com


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Langkawi Family Trip - Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa and Kids Activities

This is an overdued post again..but I have to post it up! All family occasions needta be compiled here. This was our family vacation a few months ago to Langkawi. My sister was back home for the holidays and since we have everyone we decided to go for a quick 3 days 2 nights beach holiday.

We travelled by Air Asia and it was really nice flying in a big group:) We rented an Estima to fit all 7 adults and 3 toddlers to travel around in Langkawi.

Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi
We chose Holiday Villa because I have stayed there before with Tia when my husband had a conference there. It's affordable, kids friendly, nice swimming pool and it has a big and clean private beach.

-Rooms and Amenities
The rooms are spacious enough. There are two single beds joint together into a queen or kingsized bed which we decided to share with Tia. We requested for a playpen for Riz. The playpen didn't look very clean though. However, he did sleep in it for naps during the day. The 4 of us ended up squeezing on the big bed to sleep at night in the end!oh well..
view from our room

-Kettle, check. clean, ok. needed that to boil water for the kids' milk. Complimentary drinking water was provided, but we bought big mineral bottles to mix the formula and for us to drink.

-Bathroom looks a bit run down, perhaps need a bit of refurbishment. can be used well, so no complaints on that.

-Balcony has nice pool and beach view, but the gaps are a little bit wide so parents, must take care of your kids if they're out there.

Breakfast buffet spread was aplenty. Didn't manage to snap pics of the spread but here we are!
As usual we will pack some snacks from the buffet just in case we had to delay lunch for the kids while sightseeing and where we can't find food to feed them. So we took mini croissants, sausages, hash browns and cupcakes. oh and banana as well.

Kids Activities Around the Hotel
-Private beach
This is one of the reason we chose this hotel. private beach. peaceful, and the sand is super soft. loved it! and the sea is clean. The kids had a lot of fun playing in the sand. Riz being a water baby, loves the water. kept on blowing bubbles in the water. we made sure he wears a rashguard and a sun protectant cap to protect that sensitive soft baby skin of his. oh and also sunblock!





walkway from the swimming pool to the beach






The swimming pool is huge. especially the kids waddling pool. we spent a lot of our time at the beach and then the pool. They've opened up a new bar and pool facing the sea but that's only for adults.

Address : Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa, Langkawi,
                 Jalan Pantai Tengah, Pantai Tengah,
                 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Contact no : +60 4-952 9999

Pia's the Padi Restaurant, Jalan Ulu Melaka, Langkawi
We found this restaurant by googling and found the concept quite unique. it is a bungalow house turned restaurant, and located smack in the middle of a paddy field. It was very peaceful out there, and we love the deco. food is good, western, northern indian, malay, chinese cuisine. a but a bit too pricey though for local food. 











Address : Pia's The Padi Restaurant,
                 Jalan Ulu Melaka,
                 07000 Langkawi
Contact no: 012-493 3713
Business Hours : 12.00noon -11.00pm daily
Facebook link

Family Portraits by the beach
The Beach was really very beautiful that we decided to have a mini family photoshoot. we had some trouble with the lighting because we're amateurs (haha) but we love the product nonetheless! My family does not get together very often, so it's nice to have everyone in the picture. my sister flew back to the US for studies after this vacation.







Langkawi 3D Museum, Langkawi shopping




 We didn't get in this one but my parents and my sister did. we just hung around outside the museum taking pictures:) From the pictures from my parents camera...it was pretty fascinating in there!

We also bought our stock of chocolates and some gifts for family back home. The kids were a little bit handful but it was alright.

Finally, here are some tips when bringing kids for a Langkawi beach holiday:
1. Make sure you have enough diapers (duh)
2.  Sunblock - a must! because kids skin are as sensitive as can be.
3.  Rash guards for swimming - Like i said before, I am the newest fan of rash guards. at least, after this langkawi holidays. when the sun is too bright, its important to cover up the kids. those cute mini bikinis exposes a lot of skin...ouch!
4.  Snacks - always, always have snacks in hand to prevent cranky children (cranky children = cranky and tired parents)and water to keep hydrated, especially after swimming (tips: breakfast buffet. hehe)

Okay! hope you find this post useful if you're travelling there with the kids. beach holidays are simple and my favourite- i think we don't get tired very fast unlike city travels.

Til then, bye!

Sabby



Saturday, August 29, 2015

Pony and Carriage Rides at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa


Haluuu.
So what is everybody doing this long merdeka weekend? despite the Bersih rally. parents with kids must be wondering what to do. Tia and Riz's daddy has back to back blood drive so I guess we're stuck at home till he finishes at 5pm. boring. but should you have all your family members today with no plans...here's an idea of what to do today or any of the weekends and public holidays:)

Bring your kids for a pony joy ride and carriage ride at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa.

A few spots in KL do offer pony rides for kids but this park is the closest to us so I brought Tia one Saturday morning. Here's a tip though. be there early. Both of us had a quick breakfast fix before coming. 10.00am is just nice because the crowd builds up at around 10.30am onwards.

The stables and services are managed by DBKL. Clean. not much horse poop smell. or is it because we were there early?

They're open only on the weekends, public holidays and school holidays. And super affordable too. Pony rides are for kids above 4 year old only, RM1 for 1 round. For above 12yo (adult)-RM1.50 per round. tapi malu sikit kot nak naik. hehe

Here's Tia riding her white pony for the first time:



I know I know! her face looked so worried. biasa lah, first timer. I told her whoaa does the pony look like Rarity from My Little Pony? she came down and did a lil victory dance. good job girlie!


Carriage rides are also available within the same area. the rounds are bigger and there are usually 3 carriages operating so the waiting time isn't very long.

This was when Riz J came along:)
Carriage rides are more suitable for babies and smaller kids although they might not know what's going on! But it's a good family activity nonetheless. Family time does not need to be expensive. Go have fun horseriding and have a good weekend everyone!

Address: Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours :  Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays and School Holidays
(Morning session 9.00am-11.00am, Evening Session 4.00pm-6.00pm)
Fees (Per round):
1. Pony Rides - Kids (4 years old and above) RM1.00
                          Adults RM1.50
2. Carriage Rides -Kids RM0.50
                              Adults RM1.00


Cheers,
Sabby

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