Keen to treat junior to a quick jaunt outside Singapore for some fun? Junior will be thrilled with these options!

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If you feel as if you haven’t made the most of the school holiday, don’t fret, there’s still time to make up for it!

Before your munchkins head back to school, why not make a quick jaunt to Johor Bahru to enjoy fantastic indoor play options?


The playscapes we’ve sussed out are spacious with plenty of activities for the little ones at fab value-for-money prices.


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Where: 2nd Floor Aeon Mall Tebrau City (New Wing), No 1, Jalan Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
What: Even if you’re a seasoned indoor playground goer, Fanpekka at Aeon Mall will amaze you. Fanpekka is supposed to be modelled after a small town where a fairy, Tonttu, casts magic spells and helps Santa Claus. It has six play zones, including Lasten Ocean, where there is pirate ship set in the middle of a gigantic ball pit, Lasten Castle, which you can scale via a rock wall, then dress up as a knight or a princess. Also, check out the role-playing area featuring a market place, fire station and post office. If your kiddos like craftwork, you can even purchase art-and-craft kits for them to work on there. The spacious play area is best suited for younger kids, under the age of 7. We also like that you can spend an unlimited time here for the price of admission, plus, re-entry is allowed. (Photos: Fanpekka)
Price: RM55 ($18.15) per child, RM11 per adult, kids under 2 enter free.

Tiram Indoor Water Park

Where: Lower ground floor, Today’s Mall, Jalan Kota Tinggi, 81800 Ulu Tiram, Malaysia
What: If you’re dying to cool off in the heat, but want to avoid sun exposure, make tracks for Tiram Indoor Water Park. With a pool that covers 2,415sq m, you’ll have a splashing good time at the marine-life themed park, which boasts countless slides, inflatables and mini-boats for your peewee’s pleasure. Don’t want to get wet? There’s also a dry park with a two-storey climbing structure, slides and ball pit. (Photos: Tiram Indoor Water Park)
Price: RM20 for kids, RM14 for adults.

Thomas Town

Where: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
What: Your little fella’s favourite blue engine takes centre stage in Thomas Town! Located at Puteri Harbour, this indoor theme park lets you take a ride on Bertie the Bus, take flight on Harold the Helicopter and go on the Colin Crane drop, among other things. The ticket also gives you access to other themed play areas, like Bob the Builder, Barney and Angelina Ballerina. Check out the many stage performances during the day, as well as participate in character meet-and-greet sessions.
Price: RM85 per person.

Sanrio Hello Kitty Town

Where: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
What: Sanrio fans, you’ll gaga at the adorable Sanrio Hello Kitty Town! Catch Hello Kitty and her friends like Bad Badtz-Maru and My Melody at a stage performance, then visit the feline’s pretty home she shares with her sister, and help her complete simple tasks. You can also go spinning on a teacup ride with your brood, then create your own Hello Kitty themed souvenirs you can take home at the Wishful Studio.
Price: R85 per person.

Angry Birds Activity Park

Where: Level 3, Komtar JBCC, Johor Bahru City Centre, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
What: Kids familiar with the mobile phone game will love the Angry Birds Activity Park. You’ll find your favourite Angry Bird characters here, while you make a daring space jump into a large airbag, or take a giant leap into a foam pit. Your little marksman will take a shot at the Piggy shooting gallery, and he can even ride a scooter, a balance bike, or a go kart at different zones. Then, while he burns more energy at Red’s Jungle Run and Chuck’s Obstacle Course, you can