Things To Do In Penang With Kids

Seeking out fun things to do in Penang with kids? As a top tourist destination in Malaysia, Penang has a lot up its sleeve to engage all members of the family!

Explore Penang’s rich heritage and throw in some time for eating, shopping, outdoor activities or relaxing at the beach!

A Penang family trip need not be expensive or take up more than a weekend either!

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21 Things To Do In Penang With Kids

We’ve got a line-up of family-friendly activities in Penang to get the ball rolling! There are multiple theme parks, museums, parks, farms and more!

Get The Kids All Tired Out (But In The Best Way)

Kids can easily spend a full day at any of these locations!

1. Adventure Zone Penang

2 hours is enough to have a fantastic time at the 10,000 sq ft indoor air-conditioned complex!

Adventure Zone
Adventure Zone – photo credits to godzng (Instagram)

The wide variety of play equipment and custom-made UK slides will delight kids (and adults)!

Notes:

  • No healthy snacks
  • Friendly staff
  • Get discount if you stay at Golden Sands Resort
  • Children under 4 have free access to toddler play space
  • Suitable for kids aged 5-12
  • Adults can supervise for free – minimum 1 adult for 6 children
  • Good party venue!
  • Long sleeves and stockings required to enter

Location: Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Kampung Tanjung Huma, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 7pm

Contact: +604-886 1911

2. Urban Playz Gurney Paragon

On the 4th floor of Penang shopping mall Gurney Paragon Mall, is an outdoor pedal go-kart course and a indoor rope and obstacle course under Urban Playz.

Adults can ride the double go-karts with their kids!

Outdoor activities:

  • Single and double go-karts cost RM10 and RM20 respectively for 20 minutes

Indoor activities (each at RM15 for 20 minutes except the obstacle course):

  • Climbing gym
  • Snook ball
  • High rope obstacle course (RM15 for 3 rounds of play)
  • Trampoline

Notes:

  • Kids under 120cm have to be accompanied by an adult
  • Suitable for 4-18 years old 
  • Combo packages are available

Location: 163D-4-01 & A1, Persiaran Gurney, George Town, 10250 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: From 4pm to 10pm

Saturday & Sunday: From 12pm to 10pm

Contact: +6012-709 0082

3. ESCAPE Theme Park

Nestled in a natural environment, ESCAPE comprises of a water park as well as an adventure park!

They have plenty of rides and activities to suit young children and adults alike!

Rock Climbing At Escape Theme Park, Penang
Rock Climbing At Escape Theme Park, Penang – photo credits to sunstory_jeju (Instagram)

Adventure Park Highlights:

  • 35m flying fox
  • high elevation rope course
  • trapeze station

Water Park Highlights:

  • world’s longest waterslide
  • Diving show
Escape Theme Park In Penang
Escape Theme Park In Penang – photo credits to encikbuncet (Instagram)

Notes:

  • Swimwear is necessary for the water park (e.g. no shorts and t-shirts)
  • Bring cash
  • No outside food is allowed
  • Children below 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult

Location: 828, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Penang Island

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday: From 10am to 6pm (Closed on Mondays)

Contact: +604-881 1106

Explore Penang With The Kids

If the above suggestions still have you wondering what to do in Penang with kids, these are prominent Penang urban attractions that you can bring your kids to!

4. Visit Penang Museums With Kids

Museums are reliable family-friendly activities in Penang! And Penang has no shortage of interactive or unusual Penang musuems!

TeddyVille Museum At DoubleTree Resort Penang
TeddyVille Museum At DoubleTree Resort Penang – photo credits to booking.com
  • Wonderfoods Museum
  • TeddyVille Museum
  • The Dark Mansion
  • Toy Museum Heritage Garden

5. Penang Street Art

You’ll notice the queues in front of the more notable attractive Penang street art while exploring the heritage zone! These often have a 3D element to them!

One Of The Place To Visit In Penang - Penang Street Mural Of Kids On A Bicycle
Penang Street Mural Of Kids On A Bicycle – photo credits to saifulridzaimi (Instagram)

Notes:

  • Dessert and drink vendors will usually be around
  • Try at Armenian Street and Cannon Street
  • Make sure to protect the kids from the harmful sun rays!

6. Penang Avatar Secret Garden

You might ask what you can do at night in Penang with kids!

Blue Lights In The Trees At Penang Avatar Secret Garden
Blue Lights In The Trees At Penang Avatar Secret Garden – photo credits to maysihijau (Instagram)

With a good view of the city, the nearby beach is good for a stroll until 7:35pm. When the colorful lights in the garden at the back of Thai Pak Koong Temple come on!

Notes:

  • Bring some mosquito repellent
  • If parking your car at the temple premises, be wary of unofficial parking attendants
  • No entrance fee to visit the garden
  • There are stairs in the garden – watch your step in the dark!

Location: 336, Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Koong, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 12am

7. The Top Penang

For a one-stop location, The Top Penang has numerous entertainment facilities and activities in store for families!

You can buy tickets individually per attraction. Or buy a full-day pass!

Attractions (the main ones!):

  1. Rainbow Skywalk – An open-air glass bridge that you can walk on to see Penang below your feet!
Rainbow Skywalk At The Top Komtar Penang
Rainbow Skywalk At The Top Komtar Penang – photo credits to raghav3134 (Instagram)
  1. 7D Discovery Motion Theater – Immersive movie experience using virtual reality simulators
  2. Penang Boutique Aquarium – A collection of different live fish to learn about their ecosystems
Children Can See Different Fish At The Top Boutique Aquarium In Penang
Children Can See Different Fish At The Top Boutique Aquarium In Penang – photo credits to gitaellanda (Instagram)
  1. Ocean Explorer – Feel like you’re in the ocean through the use of high-resolution projectors!
  2. Durian Museum – Fascinating exhibits
  3. Tech-Dome –Over 100 well-executed science exhibits and informative staff
Interactive Set Up At The Tech Dome Penang
Interactive Set Up At The Tech Dome Penang – photo credits to azeemhakime (Instagram)
  1. Jurassic Research Center – Outdoors; Has some life-size replicas.
  2. Dino Gym – Play area for children under 10
  3. The Gravityz – In case you ever wanted to hang off a building without compromising your safety!

Notes:

  • Prepare to spend at least half a day here
  • Not much else is for sale except souvenirs
  • Amazing New Years Eve fireworks show
  • You need socks to enter the Dino Gym
  • Seniors over 60 get discount with proof of ID
  • Indoor Penang street food court on the third floor
  • Alternative parking next door at Prangin Mall for RM2 on a weekday!
  • Call beforehand to check if attractions are under maintenance!
  • Top floor will not be open on a rainy day!

Location: 1, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 11am to 8pm

Saturday & Sunday: From 11am to 9pm

Contact: +604-262 3800

8. Stroll Down Beach Street On Car-free Sundays

A weekly car-free event, Occupy Beach Street allows families to safely wander Beach Street.

Giant Boardgame At Occupy Beach Street In Penang
Giant Boardgame At Occupy Beach Street In Penang – photo credits to ewchuah (Instagram)

Where there will be performances, food stalls, bicycle rentals, roadside car boot sales and adoption drives!

Notes:

  • Most shops close around 12-12:30pm
  • Allocate some time to find parking

Location: 10200, 8-16, Beach St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Sunday from 7am to 1pm

Bring Your Kids Out To The Parks, Playgrounds And Hiking Trails in Penang

Get the kids off their screens and out of their comfort zone once in a while! Nothing says family bonding time quite like being outdoors together!

Note: Bring sun protection, comfortable walking shoes and mosquito repellent

9. Penang Hill And Funicular Tram Ride

Riding a tram will thrill the kids! And Penang Hill has nature walks and The Habitat!

View Of The Railway And Penang From Penang Hill
View Of The Railway And Penang From Penang Hill – photo credits to zishanwashere (Instagram)

Which has a canopy walkway and a sunset package including Curtis Crest and a guided night jungle walk!

Visitors Walking On Curtis Crest At The Habitat
Visitors Walking On Curtis Crest At The Habitat – photo credits to azren.karim (Instagram)

Notes:

  • Last train goes down at 11pm
  • Always best to visit Penang Hill on a weekday!
  • Entrance to Penang Hill is free
  • Fees apply for the funicular and The Habitat

10. Penang Botanic Gardens

Penang Hill hiking trails like the Moon Gate trail (1 hour one-way) typically start here.

Plant Houses At Penang Botanic Gardens
Plant Houses At Penang Botanic Gardens – photo credits to anglerspole (Instagram)

See manicured gardens, local wildlife (e.g. dusky leaf monkeys), exotic plants and walking trails!

Note: Which older kids can participate in as these usually involve a lot of stairs!

11. Penang National Park

At Penang National Park, trek through the jungle to remote white sand beaches!

Beautiful Day At Pantai Keracut Of Penang National Park
Beautiful Day At Pantai Keracut Of Penang National Park – photo credits to vronerl_aus_muc (Instagram)

See an unusual salt water and fresh water lake, a lighthouse and a turtle sanctuary (Pantai Kerachut). Camp overnight!

Notes:

  • If you don’t want to hike, take a boat from the entrance of the park to and from Monkey Beach or Pantai Kerachut.
  • 30 minutes’ drive from George Town
  • Hiking trails may not be suitable for the little ones

12. Penang Municipal Park (Also Formerly Known As Penang Youth Park)

It costs nothing to use the facilities at the 40-acre park.

Kid Enjoying The Playground At Penang Municipal Park (Youth Park)
Kid Enjoying The Playground At Penang Municipal Park (Youth Park) – photo credits to _ayie_smile_keke (Instagram)

There is a wonderful playground, shaded jogging tracks, a skate park and gym equipment! And swimming pools with shower facilities too!

It's Free To Splash At The Swimming Pools In Penang Youth Park
It’s Free To Splash At The Swimming Pools In Penang Youth Park – photo credits to noormj288 (Instagram)

Notes:

  • Not easy to get a Grab driver from this location
  • 10 minutes’ walk from Penang Botanic Gardens
  • Free parking (usually full on weekends)
  • Food outlets at the park
  • If you bring food, just watch for the monkeys!

Location: Persiaran Kuari, 10450 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Contact: +604-227 0618

Penang Temples & Historical Landmarks – History Lesson For The Kids (And You!)

Let your kids realize the wonder of history by taking them to see some historical attractions in Penang!

History is infinitely more interesting in physical form than from descriptions and photos in books!

Note: Bring some drinking water to keep everyone hydrated!

13. Kek Lok Si Temple

Few  temples in Malaysia can match the majesty of Penang’s hilltop Kek Lok Si Temple!  It’ll take 1-2 hours to stroll around the temple complex!

Must-do Penang Attraction - Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si Temple In Penang – photo credits to cherkho (Instagram)

From the main pavilion, go right to see the 9-storey pagoda!

Stairs Up To Kek Lok Si Temple In Penang
Stairs Up To Kek Lok Si Temple In Penang – photo credits to _ancher (Instagram)

Or go left for the giant Guan Yin statue with its own pavilion! In between are lovely prayer halls and gardens!

Notes:

  • The inclined lift costs RM16 (return trip) to get to the top where the Guan Yin statue is
  • In front of the temple are souvenir and food stalls (Look for Air Itam Penang Assam Laksa and Sister Curry Mee!)
  • It costs RM2 to enter the Pagoda (or RM1 for kids)
  • Temple looks best during Chinese New Year (very crowded)

Location: Jalan Balik Pulau, Pekan Ayer Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm

Contact: +604-828 3317

14. Clan Jetties Of Penang

Hailing from the 19th century, these floating villages of Penang are still home to many Chinese families.

Clan Jetties Of Penang (姓氏桥)
Clan Jetties Of Penang (姓氏桥) – photo credits to njhollandx (Instagram)

Of these, the majority of tourists will visit the vibrant Chew Jetty and calmer Tan Jetty.

Note: To escape the crowds at Chew Jetty, visit early in the morning or after 8pm when most of the shops are closed!

Location: Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm

Contact: +6019-593 5333

15. Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis is where Captain Francis Light of the British East India Company first came ashore to form a settlement!

Regal Statue Of Francis Light In The Fort Cornwallis Compound
Regal Statue Of Francis Light In The Fort Cornwallis Compound – photo credits to uwais_xiii (Instagram)

See the surviving cannons, gunpowder storerooms, a flagstaff and a lighthouse!

Canon In The Direction Of The Flagstaff At The Fort Cornwallis
Canon In The Direction Of The Flagstaff At The Fort Cornwallis – photo credits to uwais_xiii (Instagram)

Notes:

  • The old British fort is currently under renovation.
  • It’s possible to see part of the fort from the outside perimeter.
  • There is an on-site air-conditioned cafe

Location: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 10pm

Contact: +604-263 9855

Entrance Fees:

  • Malaysian – RM10 (Adult), RM 5 (Child)
  • Non-Malaysian – RM20 (Adult), RM 10 (Child)

Other Historical Places:

Let The Kids Interact With And Learn About Animals

It’s rare that city kids have an opportunity to interact with animals other than common household pets.

Give them this chance by visiting some of these animal-friendly places in Penang!

16. Entopia By Penang Butterfly Farm

Entopia is a research and education center with a strong drive to introduce the public to the world of insects!

The Exterior Of Entopia Butterfly Farm In Teluk Bahang, Penang
The Exterior Of Entopia Butterfly Farm In Teluk Bahang, Penang – photo credits to kj_liew (Instagram)

The center is larger than it looks and houses thousands of butterflies and other small critters!

Leopard Lacewing Butterfly Spotted At Entopia Penang Butterfly Farm
Leopard Lacewing Butterfly Spotted At Entopia Penang Butterfly Farm – photo credits to liv_at_large (Instagram)

Notes:

  • Don’t worry about rain as there is an indoor section
  • Not far from the ESCAPE theme park
  • The target audience is children but adults can still pick up some interesting facts!
  • There is a gift shop
  • Wheelchair-friendly
  • On-site café
  • Can easily spend hours here!

Location: No.830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm (Last ticket sale and entry is at 5pm)

Contact: +604-888 8111

17. Penang Bird Park (At Mainland)

Observe over 300 species (including ostriches) at this 5-acre bird park in Butterworth – the largest in Malaysia!

The bigger birds are kept in free-roaming enclosures but most are caged.

Notes:

  • There is an on-site restaurant
  • Allocate 1-2 hours to visit
  • Free parking

Location: 45, Lintang Kurau 7, Chai Leng Park, 13700 Perai, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm

Contact: +604-399 1899

Entrance Fee:

  • Malaysian: RM 25 (Adult), RM15 (Child)
  • Non-Malaysian: RM 38 (Adult), RM20 (Child)

18. Penang Aquarium Batu Maung

Batu Maung is a fishing village with an aquarium (Akuarium Tunku Abdul Rahman) that has 25 tanks containing marine life like eels, stingray, coconut crabs, jelly fish, sea turtles and snappers!

Spectators At Akuarium, Batu Maung, Penang
Spectators At Akuarium, Batu Maung, Penang – photo credits to tadikanurhafeez (Instagram)

Notes:

  • Some of the tanks are too high for kids to see
  • Free parking
  • Allow an hour for a visit

Location: Jalan Batu Maung, 11960 Bayan Lepas, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Contact: +604-626 3925

Entrance Fee: RM5 (Adult), RM2 (Child)

19. Saanen Dairy Goat Farm

It’s free to visit the Saanen Dairy Goat Farm and see the milking process.

Feed The Goats At Saanen Goat Farm At Balik Pulau, Penang
Feed The Goats At Saanen Goat Farm At Balik Pulau, Penang – photo credits to izatiehashim1 (Instagram)

Visitors can also pet and feed the well-kept goats and other friendly domestic animals at the small farm in a rural area of Penang!

Notes:

  • There are guided tours for more than 20 pax at RM8 per head
  • They sell homemade products like ice cream, soap, yoghurt and even kefir (by order)

Location: 298, Mukim 1, Kuala Sungai Pinang, 11010 Balik Pulau, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm

Contact: +6019-516 3017

Read more: 13 Best Things To Do In Georgetown Penang

20. Countryside Stables

Like the goat farm, Countryside Stables is in Balik Pulau.

Countryside Stables Penang
Countryside Stables Penang – photo credits to wrawos (Instagram)

Other than the riding horses, you can bring your kids here to see and feed many types of horses! They have donkeys and deer too!

Note:

  • The stables and horses are in excellent condition with hardly any smell!

Location: Lot 10050, Jalan Sungai Burung, Kampung Sungai Burung, 11000 Balik Pulau, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 12pm, and again from 2pm to 7pm

Contact: +6012-408 0678

Entrance Fee: RM5 (Adult), RM 3 (Child)

Fees for guided rides: RM20 (Adult), RM17 (Child)

Try Arts And Craft With The Kids

Encourage your kids to discover their creative side with some hands-on activities! Penang has all sorts of workshops and classes!

21. Batik Painting At Rozana’s Batik

An hour of this class allows you to attempt a hand at this difficult craft!

Participants can make their own design or follow a template to bring back as a one-of-a-kind souvenir painting!

Note:

  • You don’t need to be a born artist to do this!
  • Some of the teacher’s paintings are exhibited at the Batik Painting Museum

Location: 81 B, Lebuh Acheh, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 6pm (Closed on Sundays)

Contact: +6014-247 5347

Read more: 13 Best Penang Souvenirs – What To Buy In Penang

Best Places To Eat In Penang (Kid-friendly)

Eating out with the entire family doesn’t have to cost much if you stick to local fare! And you should, Penang food is delicious!

Don’t forget to treat yourself to a Penang cafe too!

1. Cocoon Kids Café

Somewhere in George Town is a café that caters just to kids and their parents!

Play Facilities At Cocoon Kids Cafe In Penang
Play Facilities At Cocoon Kids Cafe In Penang – photo credits to karen.wang.94 (Instagram)

There are quality toys, a play area with a trampoline, slide and a sandbox!

Fun At The Sandbox At Cocoon Kids Cafe In Penang
Fun At The Sandbox At Cocoon Kids Cafe In Penang – photo credits to willlimliyew_babyofmamajoyce (Instagram)

Notes:

  • No worries with parking or hygiene
  • Western food
  • You have to pay RM30 for 2 hours’ worth of playtime and a complimentary kids meal

Location: Vantage Desiran Tanjung, Jalan Desiran Tanjung, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 George Town, Penang Island

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 11am to 9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11am to 10pm
  • Closed on Thursdays

Contact: +6017-558 3340

2. Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

Delegate an adult in your group to keep a watchful eye on your kids as you meander through the stalls of Gurney Drive Hawker Centre!

Gurney Drive Hawker Food Centre Before Nightfall In Penang
Gurney Drive Hawker Food Centre Before Nightfall In Penang – photo credits to juliana_franzizca (Instagram)

A Penang food haven you should not skip!

Location: 172, Solok Gurney 1, Pulau Tikus, 10250 Jelutong, Penang Island

Opening Hours: Daily from 4:30pm to 11pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Contact: +6016-497 3907

Read more: Things To Do At Gurney Drive Penang (Complete Guide) – What To Eat, Hotels Nearby & Malls

3. Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls

From evening onwards, Chulia Street transforms into a roadside hawker center!

Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls
Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls – photo credits to len_j_p (Instagram)

With stalls selling popiah, apom, wanton mee, muah chee, chee cheong fun, lor bak, satay and more!

Note: Peak hours are around 8pm

Location: Chulia St, Georgetown, 10450 George Town, Penang

Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 12am

Read more: 11 Best Night Market In Penang – Monday To Sunday (Especially #5)

Best Place To Stay In Penang With Kids

Accommodation is not an aspect you want to overlook for your family trip!

We are recommending the following hotels for their family-friendly rooms and facilities! In order of value-for money to luxury!

1. Tropicana 218 X Airlevate Suites

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10 minutes’ drive from George Town, this modern apartment has everything you need!

Comfortable Apartment Setting At Tropicana 218 X Airlevate Suites
Comfortable Apartment Setting At Tropicana 218 X Airlevate Suites – photo credits to booking.com

A kitchenette, dining and living space too! Facilities include a pool with city views and a children’s playground!

2. The Bayview Beach Resort

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Get an attractive quality-price ratio at this hotel with its expansive family rooms and almost seaside location!

Family Highlights At The Bayview Beach Resort
Family Highlights At The Bayview Beach Resort – photo credits to booking.com

You can walk to the beach where there are many water activities to try!

3. Holiday Inn Resort Penang

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Big families will love the multi-level pools, spacious rooms and breakfast!

Family Activities At Holiday Inn Resort Penang
Family Activities At Holiday Inn Resort Penang – photo credits to booking.com
Family-friendly Facilities At Holiday Inn Resort Penang
Family-friendly Facilities At Holiday Inn Resort Penang – photo credits to booking.com

The hotel is close to the beach with eateries around as well as the Batu Ferringhi night market!

Note: Most of the pool is more than 1m deep!

Read more: 13 Best Breakfast In Penang – With Local, Western Cafe & Halal Options

4. Hard Rock Hotel Penang

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Luxurious kid-friendly suites, beautiful surroundings, multiple swimming pools with slides, evening live performances and a tasty breakfast buffet at Hard Rock Hotel will win your family over!

Facilities At Hard Rock Hotel In Penang
Facilities At Hard Rock Hotel In Penang – photo credits to booking.com
Fun Activities At Hard Rock Hotel Penang
Fun Activities At Hard Rock Hotel Penang – photo credits to booking.com

5. Shangri-la’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

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Family rooms at Rasa Sayang are huge with comfortable beds and a bath tub!

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang – photo credits to booking.com

The pool and breakfast spread will certainly please your family too! And the beach is next door!

Notes:

  • More convenient to have your own car for sight-seeing in George Town
  • Adventure Zone is close to this hotel (1 min drive or 4 minutes’ walk)

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Getting Around Penang With A Local Tour Guide

It’s a bit of a hassle to arrange public transport when you’re travelling with kids! And safety can be a concern too!

A private tour service like RayTheTour will ensure that the family travels together!

Penang Tour - RayTheTour & Travelswithsun

Having a flexible itinerary gives you free reign to travel at your convenience too!

Other pros of our service:

  • Comfortable transport – we use MPVs and vans
  • Friendly local guides who can speak English or Chinese
  • Pick up and drop off anywhere in Penang during your tour
  • We arrange tours in Ipoh, Cameron Highlands and Taiping too!
  • No hidden costs

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Conclusion

Have a fun day with the family by adding a few of these things to do in Penang with kids to your ever-growing Penang itinerary!

There are outdoor and indoor activities to suit every age!

Planning ahead will help contribute to a smooth-sailing family trip! Better still with a private tour service to handle the logistics!

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