6 Staycation Ideas for School Break

A good holiday usually requires at least three days away from home to really have a break, relax, and get your mind off work. That said, not everyone can afford the time to go on a long vacation abroad, but sometimes a quick getaway is better than nothing. In addition to that, if you’re thinking of planning a family trip during this school break, the cost can certainly add up once you include all members.


So, why not do a staycation?


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If you’re based in Malaysia, this country has a lot to offer when it comes to planning a vacation on home ground. You could spend a day or two in the vibrant and bustling city of Kuala Lumpur where there are plenty of activities that cater to the whole family. There is also Johor Baru which has many amusement parks for kids and you can always hop over to Singapore for a day if you’re there. The historic town of Malacca is perfect for those who want to discover stories and traditions of old Malaya. Don’t forget to consider an escapade to the beautiful green hills and gorgeous beaches of Sabah in East Malaysia too. You could also take a drive up North peninsula and hang out in the quaint town of Ipoh that’s famous for its good food, or drive even further up to get a city, beach, delicious food, and history-appreciation holiday all-in-one on the island of Penang.


To help you plan an amazing staycation for your kids to remember, here are six ideas you could consider for each location including hotels that would be great for you and your family to stay at.


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Kuala Lumpur: A Day With Furry and Feathered Friends


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Your morning could start at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park where everyone in the family can encounter over 3,000 species of birds within one of the world’s largest covered bird parks. If cuddling animals sounds more exciting, head over to the KL Tower Mini Zoo and get acquainted with monkeys, little bunnies, turtles and other small creatures housed in a nice, clean space. Later on if the weather permits, spend your evening strolling around the incredible Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur. There are boat rides available on the lake, well-built jogging and walking paths that lead you around the whole garden, a herbarium, a sunken garden, Kuala Lumpur’s oldest and tallest tree, and a massive playground called Fantasy Planet & Dinosaur Park where your younger kids can run wild.


Make your hotel booking at Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur and see who can make the biggest splash on the curvy water slide at the swimming pool before your head up to your room with a view of the Botanical Gardens. Rooms at Hilton are also equipped with kids channels on TV.

Malacca: Appreciate History and Peranakan Life



If your kids are familiar with the Pirates of the Caribbean series, they’re probably dreaming of sailing the season a real wooden ship. Make their dreams come true at the Maritime Museum & Naval Museum in Malacca! This 34-metre high ship museum doesn’t sail, but it will give you the opportunity to bring them on a historic journey of all things relating to life at sea almost a hundred years ago. The magnificent ship makes for great family photos as well. When you’re done, catch a show at Encore Melaka and watch stories of life in Malacca as told through the performing arts, or explore Jonker Walk and other parts of Malacca to savour delicious Peranakan food that originated in this very city.


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Make your hotel booking at Holiday Inn Melaka where there are activities available at the Kid’s Club and you can request for family rooms that are fitted with playful corners for your little ones.



Johor Bahru: Shopping and Amusement Parks


Did you know that Johor Bahru has up to six theme parks? Yes, you read that right. Notable ones are Legoland, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, and Future Land Fun Zone. That’s enough to keep everyone entertained for a week at least! If man-made theme parks aren’t really your thing and you prefer the great outdoors, sign the whole family up for an exhilarating time at RAF (Relax and Fun) Point in Kampung Lukut. They have everything you can imagine in an outdoor activity park: the flying fox, paintball, ATV rides, archery, and camping grounds where you can pitch your tent for the night.


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Make your hotel booking at KSL Hotel & Resort Johor Bahru. There is a mini water park at the children’s pool of the hotel, rooms that have mini play areas, an arcade room for the older kids, and a convenient grocery store on the premises.



Sabah: Get in Touch with Nature


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There really are so many things you can do in Sabah. The air is fresh, the seafood is good, and the sights on both hilltop and seaside are a wonder to behold. Sabah also has some of the world’s best diving sites teaming marine life and we recommend diving straight into it with a snorkelling excursion and island hopping boat ride! It’s also a good time to get to know your Malaysian wildlife and stay up to watch the fireflies dance at night with a guided trek in Kota Kinabalu. If your kids love train rides, give them an authentic steam engine experience on the North Borneo Railway which includes a Continental breakfast and tiffin lunch - a very British-Malaysian experience.


Make your hotel booking at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa. It’s a number one family choice with its mini water park that has big and small slides at the pool, a Kids Club, tennis court, a beachside restaurant, and even babysitting services if it really comes down to that.



Ipoh: A Mix of Old, New, and Delicious!


Head to the streets of Ipoh Old Town and start your heritage walk at the famed Concubine Lane located among many famous hawker shops, cafes, and restaurants. To know which one to dine at, just look for the shops that have the most people during meal times or do a quick Google search for a list of must-eat food in Ipoh. Once you’ve satisfied your curiosity for culture and your appetite for local food, continue exploring Ipoh with an art mural treasure hunt. You would have noticed many wall murals by this time, and there is a handful that was painted by the Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic, in partnership with Ipoh Old Town Kopitiam. See if you can find them all! Another place worth checking out if you’re in Ipoh with your family is the Lost World of Tambun theme park.

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Make your hotel booking at M Boutique Hotel Ipoh. Your family will love discovering different themes on every floor and enjoy its stylish yet cosy designed rooms. Their Family Suite can fit up to 4 persons with a King-sized bed and a bunk bed. Cribs for babies are provided free of charge and kids below age 10 can stay for free.




Penang: The Best Of Everything In One Island


Every kind of activity we’ve mentioned in each city above can also be found in Penang. It’s a city-island that’s rich in history, food, and nature too. The Habitat on Penang Hill is a great place to start. Bring your family for a guided eco-tour among the peaceful hilltop trees where a percentage of your ticket sales goes to funding their research and ongoing education on nature. This place is also designed to be wheelchair friendly so no one gets left out. Just remember to board the train uphill as early as possible to avoid long queues at the station. A collection of Ernest Zacharevic’s wall art can also be found around the heritage trail of Georgetown, which is also a good place for late night street food. When you’re done with the day in town, enjoy the rest of the evening in the cool breeze of Batu Ferringhi beach where there are plenty of seaside activities available.


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Make your hotel booking at Hard Rock Hotel Penang. The pool features three big water slides that your family will love. There’s also a gaming room, a Kids Club, and spacious Family Suites available. All this in a hotel that has its own allocated part of the beach.


There are plenty of other fun things you could do with your family that may not always involve buying a ticket to a park or walking around on a hot day. You could always bring a set of board games and home movies to play and watch together in your comfortable hotel room. It’s an idea that’s bound to be value for money with our 25% discount offer if you book your hotel between 15 to 24 March 2019. Enjoy another travel perk with Mayflower Online Travel Fair and have a wonderful staycation!




Sarah Lim
Believes travel is more than food and shopping. Slowly becoming a history and architecture geek. Loves the outdoors but struggles to keep plants alive. 
Takes photographs, occasionally writes. Follow her adventures at @justsaytravel or just say hello. sarahlimwrites at gmail.