When Malaysia government announced border opening up, my hubby is one of the many Singaporeans that can’t wait to go Malaysia. So I arranged a 3D2N Legoland Malaysia with legoland hotel stay and 3D2N in KSL apartment to do some exploring of indoor playground in JB.
Highlights of our 5D4N JB trip! *Tips along the way!*
3D2N in Legoland Malaysia
We left house at 545am to avoid the jam and went via woodlands as we want to have breakfast at JB 皇后明记猪肠粉- Its really good and lots of locals are having their breakfast over there. We even went back again for breakfast on our 4th day. The Q started forming around 9am so better to head there early!
We had Curry chee cheong fun*, fried onion ccf, anson char siew ccf*, Char siew ccf and dark sweet sauce ccf* and fried YTF*.
It’s about 20mins drive to Legoland.
皇后明记猪肠粉G. Cheong Fun Restaurant
新山, 176, Jalan Pahlawan 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, 81300 Skudai, Johor
Note: Legoland Malaysia is about 50mins from Tuas Checkpoint but because we wanted to have breakfast and get SIM card in JB so we went through woodlands checkpoint.
Legoland Hotel – Checking in & Tips
I booked both the annual pass and hotel directly as annual pass holder have 20% discount! Because I want all my 4 kids and helper to stay with us in a room, I booked their biggest room – Kingdom Theme Suite. It comes with a king size bed, 2 bunk beds (sleep 6) and 2 toilets. I paid about RM3360 for 3 days 2 nights.
If you do not want to buy annual pass, you can buy your day pass tickets or book Legoland hotel from Klook and convert your single day pass to annual pass if you find that you like to go back to Legoland again!
When we reached, the kids are welcome with 2 big lego playarea at the lobby! We are also served with orange juice while doing the checking in. Our check in time is 3pm, but we arrived early to do check in and put our luggage with them. After that we went to the theme park to do our annual pass card.
Since our breakfast is already provided by the hotel, we just need to settle our lunch and dinner. Our lunch we had it inside the theme park which you can read below. 1st day of our dinner, we had it in the hotel. Annual pass member have 10% discount, below 5 eat for free. So we spent about SGD130 for 3 adults and 4 kids. Although no sashimi but they have prawns and shellfish. Cooked food are pretty good. Their dessert which is the durian chendol is the best!
On the 2nd night, we had our dinner outside legoland. It’s about mins drive from legoland. It’s a seafood place, I wouldn’t say it’s the cheapest but definitely cheaper than Singapore. We spent about SGD$180+
Yi Jia Seafood
21 & 23, Jalan Indah 25/1, Taman Bukit Indah 2,
81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Leogland Malaysia Theme park
The theme park is super kids friendly, so you no need to worry about your toddler not able to play any of the rides. Some of the rides like driving station, they divide into 2, 1 for older kids and 1 for toddlers! Very thoughtful.
We didn’t manage to finish all the rides in the theme park, but I suggest if you have toddlers, you should head to Lego city first! Which is on your right if you are facing the entrance stage.
Food at Legoland theme park is not bad. We had our lunch at Market restaurant. They have kids meal with fries in lego shape! Their chicken rice is nice but don’t order baked mac and cheese because the portion is quite small, unless you are a small eater.
The theme park opening hours 10am – 6pm, and it’s closed on Wednesday.
It’s a very small area but very suitable for kids to explore. The aquarium are designed specially for kids to explore and learn more about their ocean. I bought the explorer kit (RM10) for the girls to learn and engage more.
We went to the waterpark after Sea life and only spent about 3hrs there, as hubby are more interested to continue the theme park. Their waterpark is like a mini wild wild wet. So all rides are really meant for kids.
We also had our lunch at Waterpark Beach Grill. Heard their fried chicken is nice, but I didn’t get to try because hubby was having slight cough. The wanton and charcoal burger is equally good.
Thoughts on Legoland Malaysia
It’s really very kids friendly, staffs are friendly too. All their designs are really meant for kids like toilet seats are at kids height. Nursing room and changing room is easily accessible. The rides are not as exciting as USS, but it’s very good for toddlers and maybe kids below 13 years old.
- Book your breakfast with the staff when you do your check in.
- Best to arrange your breakfast before 8am, the Q will start forming at 830am. Warning: It’s going to be a very long q!
- Print out your annual membership pass and take a headshot of the members for faster processing time!
- If you had purchased your tickets through 3rd party vendor, make sure u have barcode on your ticket, if not you got to Q to process your entrance tickets.
- Remember to bring along mosquito repellent, small first aid kit and sunscreen!
3D2N In JB
To be honest, I was pretty excited to stay in KSL apartment and looking forward to tell Dinosaur theme water park, but the experienced left me some bitterness. When I book the hotel, I always try to see if it can accommodate my whole family in a room, especially my kids are still young and there is always no guarantee that I can get a connecting room (or side by side). So I was pretty happy to see that KSL auto generate a 4 bedroom serviced apartment. The photos looks ok, and in actual fact it does looks ok in real life.
Although the check in lobby is very crowded but it’s still smooth and good. Only thing is I didn’t received my luggage (after my shopping) few hours later, until I called them.
Here comes the safety issues,
1. The lock of the sliding door to the balcony is spoiled, the rooms windows can be easily open and it’s within reach. It’s very dangerous if you have young kids.
2. Even though there is private lift to your own apartment, but there is a door to go to the corridor to all the rest of the apartment. The door lock is not very secure, and the corridor looks eerier. Lucky thing is, the door to your own apartment uses digital lock.
3. Their utensils are moldy and dirty. Not that I’m going to use, but it does feel uncomfortable and disgusting.
Lucky thing is the room, mattress, pillow and blanket is still clean. Toilets are clean with towels provided and aircon is working fine. There is no night light or small light in the room, it gets real dark. So we just on the toilet light and leave the door open.
The dinosaur water theme park was not what I have expected, looks a bit run down for me. It’s not free entry, you have to pay RM20 per pax (hotel guest) for 1 hr play only. So we skipped that and decided to go indoor playground hopping instead.
Sunway Big Box
I wanted to go Sunway Big Box for Bookxcess and Energ X Park but I realized Energ X park is not suitable for my 2 toddlers. Their cinema is not open yet, but just Bookxcess alone is worth going! It’s a 7 mins drive to Legoland.
The Bookxcess is so instagramable, most importantly they really have ALOT of books for you to choose from.
JB Indoor Playground
We went to 3 different playgrounds in 3 different locations.
- KSL City – Go and Play Indoor Playground
It’s just below our apartment and located at LG level, it’s hidden in one corner. Very spacious. It’s also the cheapest among the 3 indoor playground we went.
You can do some cheap grocery shopping at Lotus’s (formerly Tesco Extra)!
- Paradigm Mall – Utopia Jungle
It’s a very big indoor playground, that comes with a REAL sand pit, very big lego bricks inspired play area. You can purchase their tickets through klook. We bought the 10 credits membership (valid for 1 year) instead of single play because single play only allow 1hr of play, while membership is unlimited play time.
There is another small indoor playground located at LG level.
In Paradigm Mall, you can go to this stall to buy char siew bun and egg tarts. Egg tarts is nice, but comparable to Singapore, just that it’s cheap. Char siew bun is worth trying, outside is crispy and inside is juicy.
- Midvalley Southkey – Kiddytopia
My girls favorite playground. The shopping mall is very new, so worth shopping around with new eateries and luxury brand.
If you have time, you can go to LGK level and look for Hazukido. Hubby was attracted to the store because of long q and his sweet tooth. He wanted to buy but it was sold out, so the staff told him to come back again at 7pm to buy. So when you reach there, go to the store and ask what time is their next batch and go early to Q!
The croissant is not cheap but worth the price, it range about RM6-11.30 for 1. The fillings is generous and tasty! You got to eat it hot and when it’s fresh. So I don’t think its a good idea to bring it back to SG. If you want, it’s better to manage your expectations.
Must try: Chocolate, Durian, Custard Pudding and slated egg. If can, try all!
Last Day – Breakfast and Early Dinner
This time round we didn’t really explore JB food much as we have 4 young kids around. So we mainly eat food in the mall. Breakfast we had Dim Sum right inside KSL City Mall, located at level 2. They are open at 11am. Serve decent dim sum and of course at great price.
As for dinner, we had it very early like around 4pm. We went to Restoran Ya Wang (鸭皇药材烧腊大王). They are very famous for their dang gui roast duck. Environment also kids friendly. My hubby said our kids are very noisy, the lady boss said kids are like that. Haha.. nice boss.
They are quite near to Hiap Joo Bakery, the famous banana cake.
28, Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru,
80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: *am to 6pm
That’s all about my 5D4N trip to Legoland Malaysia and indoor playground in JB. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions or take a look at my IGS highlights!