15 Family-Friendly Things To Do In JB For A Memorable Day Trip With Your Fam Bam

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Sometimes all you need is a short getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life for some quality family time. There’s no better place for that than Johor Bahru (JB), thanks to its plethora of delicious food and cheap shopping. But that’s not all! With its myriad of theme parks, attractions and hiking trails, there are certainly plenty of things to do in JB.  

Regardless of whether you want to sweat it out or scream it out, this neighbouring city promises a memorable day out with your loved ones! Here’s a guide of things to do in JB for an unforgettable day trip with your family.  

Things to do in JB if your family wants to thrill out

1. Angry Birds Activity Park

Start your JB trip with a visit to the Angry Birds Activity Park. Conveniently located within Komtar JBCC Mall, opposite the immigration checkpoint, this giant playground will definitely delight younger fans. Let your kids run, jump and climb around the Angry Birds-inspired obstacles.

Parents won’t be left out of the action too! There are a whole host of activities you can partake in with your kids! Race your children around the go-kart track or try your hand at shooting Piggies ala Angry Birds style.

Address: KOMTAR JBCC, Menara KOMTAR, Level 3, 80000 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 10am – 10pm
Fri – Sun and PH: 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm, 6pm – 10pm

2. Legoland

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Legoland isn’t one of the most popular theme parks in Malaysia without good reason! Marvel at the lego reconstructions of Asian monuments and cities in Miniland like Angkor Wat and even Singapore. Thrill seekers can go on The Dragon — a new roller coaster which takes the experience to another level with its VR technology. Those who prefer to chill out can enjoy the panoramic overview of the park from the 60m-tall Observation Tower instead.

With eight themed areas, an adjacent water park and an aquarium for you to explore, there are tons of things to do in one of JB’s largest theme parks. A day trip here is certainly not enough.

Address: 7 Jalan Legoland, 79250 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri, Sun: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 10am – 7pm

3. Fanpekka

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Fanpekka is a Finnish conceptual theme park that introduces an educational twist to traditional theme parks. Designed based on the Finnish concept of ‘learning by playing’, the activities within Fanpekka emphasize life skills such as problem-solving, innovation and communication.

Wondering what are some things to do in this JB theme park? Well, kids can look forward to building a house from plastic blocks, creating handicraft work or participating in role-playing and dress up activities. Of course, there’s also a gigantic ball pit in the middle of the park for some old fashioned fun. Who said learning had to be boring?

Address: AEON Mall Tebrau City, 1 Jalan Desa Tebrau, Level 2, 81100 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm

4. MCM Studio Theme Park

Touted as the largest indoor theme park in Southeast Asia, MCM Studios spans two floors in JB’s Capital City Mall. The theme park is split into three zones — Movie Planet, Music Planet and Cartoon Planet — although only Cartoon Planet is open as of now. Nevertheless, this kid-friendly area is definitely enough to entertain your children! Featuring familiar faces like Garfield and Dino Core, attractions include bumper cars ride, a trampoline park and a themed playground.

Keep an eye out for the opening of the other two areas, Movie Planet and Music Planet, as they’re slated to include thrilling, movie-themed rides geared towards the older crowd.

Address: Capital City Mall, Jalan Tampoi, Levels 3 & 4, 81200 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm

5. Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park

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Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park is a haven for adventurous families! Nestled within its compounds are a water park, outdoor obstacle course and a sports and leisure complex. There’s even a go-kart circuit! So not to worry, you won’t run out of things to do in this JB theme park. Challenge your kids down the Supersurf, an epic 6 lane water slide or pull off some figure eights at the ice-skating rink.

Make sure you’ve got the perfect camera to catch your little ones in action — otherwise read this guide on selecting the best action camera! Best of all, the adventure park has plenty of space to move around, so you don’t have to jostle with others for your turn on the rides.

Address: 71 Jalan Austin Heights, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours:
Water Park: Daily, 10am – 7pm
Adventure Park: Daily, 10am – 6pm
Sports & Leisure Park:
Weekdays: 1pm – 9pm
Weekends: 10am – 10pm

Things to do in JB if your family loves exploring nature

6. Have a picnic at Taman Merdeka

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JB might be known as a commercial hub, but there are many things for nature lovers to do here as well! For one, Taman Merdeka recreational park is a pleasant place for a day out with your family. Its well-maintained landscape also provides a picturesque setting for a cosy family picnic as well as some beautiful family photos.

At night, the lake lights up with a musical light show, complete with pop music and dancing fountains — a nice spectacle to end off a nice day at the park. As the park was established to commemorate Malaysia’s struggle for independence, there are also many plaques about the country’s history erected within it for visitors to read.

Address: Jalan Datin Halimah, 80200 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Daily, 7am – 7pm

7. Hike up Gunung Pulai

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Bring your adventurous little ones on a hiking trip up Gunung Pulai, a 700m high peak that’s about an hour’s drive away from the JB city centre. A round trip along this hike is approximately 10km but don’t be daunted by the distance! The route is paved and there are rest stops along the way. It’s suitable and safe for children and novice hikers, although fitter and more adventurous families can opt to trek the unpaved trail that takes you through the jungle. After your hike, stop by the cafes in Kampung Pulai to refuel and mingle with the friendly locals!

Address: Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest, 81000 Kulai
Opening Hours: 24/7

8. Bask in nature at Hutan Bandar

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Nature lovers, rejoice! Hutan Bandar (“city forest”) is a hidden respite from the hustle of city life. Take a relaxing stroll among the lush greenery in the park or work off calories with a jog along its many trails. With seven scenic lakes, children’s playgrounds and a bevy of beautiful wildlife, Hutan Bandar is the perfect place to kickback, relax and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.

Address: Jalan Tasek Utara, Kolam Ayer, 80100 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Daily, 7am – 11pm

9. Be awed by the beautiful Tasik Biru Kangkar Pulai

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Marvel at the stunning sapphire waters of the Tasik Biru Kangkar Pulai, also famously known as the Blue Lake of Johor. However, you’d first have to hike a short — albeit rather steep — distance up to the vantage point to fully bask in the view. The hike might be rather challenging for families with younger kids but the view from the top is highly satisfying. Reward your efforts by having a nice picnic at the top and don’t forget to take loads of pictures! Always remember to clear out your trash before leaving though — regrettably, the lake was briefly closed in 2017 due to an accumulation of rubbish.

Address: Kangkar Pulai, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 24/7

Things to do in JB if your family wants to chill out

10. Shop til you drop at JB Premium Outlets

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Ever wanted to get your hands on a pair of Bottega Veneta pumps at 50% off? Here’s your chance! Enjoy year-long discounts of up to 80% at famous brands (including high fashion retailers like Coach, Versace and Gucci) and take advantage of the favourable exchange rate at the Johor Bahru Premium Outlets. The first of its kind in the region, this shopping complex houses 150 renowned brands throughout its 45 acres space. From Cotton On Kids to Tommy Hilfiger, all shopaholics (and budding ones) will certainly have a field day here!

Address: Jalan Premium Outlets Indahpura, 81000 Kulai
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm

11. Watch a movie or play in the arcade at JB City Square Mall

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If screaming your lungs out on a water roller coaster isn’t your family’s thing, fret not, there are tons of other things you can do in JB! A mere five minutes’ walk from Woodlands Checkpoint, City Square Mall is a favourite hangout spot for many day-tripping Singaporeans.  

Catch the latest blockbuster in the cinemas here, duet with your kids in a karaoke session or challenge them to an arcade game! With a variety of other things to do (such as exploring Jalan Tan Hiok Nee) in its vicinity, City Square Mall is a great spot to begin your family’s JB day trip at.

Address: 106 – 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm

12. Take a walk down memory lane at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee

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Rich in heritage and culture, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee boasts a charming mix of vintage shophouses and modern, hipster cafes. Take a walk down memory lane and introduce your kids to traditional delights like herbal tea and Salahuddin’s curry puffs or cafe hop along the various cafes lining the streets!

Furthermore, there’s also a Chinese Heritage museum that details the vibrant history of the area’s first Chinese traders. Regardless of whether you want to enjoy old-school cuisine or indulge in modern cafe offerings, definitely make sure you head here on an empty stomach!

Address: Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, 80000 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Varied timings. Check online before heading over.  

13. Indulge in local street food at Meldrum Night Market

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Gone are the days when pasar malams populated the Singaporean heartlands, hawking cheap goods and piping hot street food. If you miss the familiarity and nostalgia of these night markets, don’t fret, JB is also home to a bustling scene of night markets with many things to do!  However, most pasar malams only open on certain days of the week so do a quick check online before heading down.

One of the few pasar malams open every night is Meldrum Night Market, situated just five minutes away from City Square Mall. It’s a small back alley populated by street hawkers whipping up mouth-watering plates of oyster omelette and satay while promising an authentic local dining experience for your family.

Address: 23 Jalan Meldrum, 80000 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Daily, 5pm – 12am

14. Explore Danga Bay

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Danga Bay certainly lives up to its name as the largest recreational park in Malaysia. With a night theme park (Danga World Theme Park), a free public pool and seafood restaurants with beautiful oceanfront views, there’s something for the entire family at Danga Bay.

We love the Danga World Theme Park that comes alive upon sunset. Indulge in the carnivalesque vibes of the park and have a go at the rides and games. Although you won’t find any intense, high-speed roller coasters here, your kids are nevertheless bound to enjoy the 20 milder, child-friendly rides.

Address: Skudai, 80200 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours:
Danga World Theme Park
Mon – Fri, Sun: 7.30pm – 2am
Sat: 7.30pm – 12am  

15. Escape to Europe in Little Paris

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If there’s one unique thing to do in JB, it’s to experience a slice of European life at a fraction of the cost. Tucked away in Taman Mount Austin, Little Paris is a Parisian-themed enclave with  European-inspired streets lined with fashion stores and bakeries — just like its namesake. At night, the area livens up with a whimsical display of lights and music that’ll make you go oui.

Address: Jalan Jaya Putra 1/1, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Varied timings. Check online before heading over.  

Have a ball of a time with your family in JB!

You know what they say — the grass is greener on the other side (of the causeway). Engage in some quality family bonding time over yummy food, exploring historic streets and exhilarating theme parks. With a bustling entertainment and cultural scene, there isn’t any shortage of things to do in JB with your family! Yearning for a longer trip? Check out this guide to planning getaways over long weekends or go for an island getaway near Singapore!


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