Ultimate Guide of Things to do in Melaka with Kids
Where is Melaka?
Melaka (Malacca), is located in a southern region of the Malaysian Peninsular. When visiting Melaka, there are many must-see experiences.
Melaka is a UNESCO World Heritage city. It has a beautiful mix of architecture given its colonial history.
Traveling to Melaka with Kids
The great thing about Malaysia is it makes traveling with kids relatively easy. Melaka is fairly touristy so going with kids is super easy in Melaka! We lived near Kuala Lumper for two months. We stayed at an Air BnB in Batu Caves. It was not a touristy area. During our trip, Malaysia was our first stop. During this time we went to Melaka, and in short, we loved it!
The best Family activities in Melaka
St. Pauls Church & Hill
Location: Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir – top of the hill
Open Hours: Always; during the daytime.
The St. Pauls Church sits high on a hill and offers beautiful views of Melaka. Inside the church, there is a glorious yet eerily feeling. There are numerous headstones, and some have pirate symbols. My kids thought it was cool. It is one of the oldest churches in Malaysia.
A’Famosa St. Paul’s Hill (A’Famosa)
Illuminated Trishaw Bike Taxi Tour
Location: Dutch Square or The Melaka Tower
Cost: AUD 8-15 (Price will increase with the number of people)
It is very garish and over the top to get on these illuminated and loud bikes. The kids loved it. The men and women who own the trishaws will congregate around the famous red buildings in The Dutch Square or near the Melaka Tower.
The main tour route goes from Christ Church past the Menara Taming Sari (Melaka Tower), around the A’Famosa area, then back again to Christ Church.
Dutch Square, Christ Church, Melaka Clock Tower & The Stadthuys
Location: Dutch Square Or Red Square, Jalan Gereja
Open Hours: Always open
The Dutch Square is also known as the Red Square. It is a picturesque part of Melaka City. It is a group of historical buildings that are all painted bright brick red. The Stadthuys was the administrative centre for the Dutch and housed the governors. It was built in 1660 and is the oldest surviving Dutch building in Asia.
The Christ Church was established there in 1753 and is the oldest Protestant church in the entire country of Malaysia.
There is a beautiful fountain in the centre of Dutch Square erected by the British in 1904. There is also yet another museum in Dutch Square called the Malaysia Youth Museum. The building was built in 1784 and was formerly a school in the 17th and 18th centuries.
MENARA TAMING SARI | THE MELAKA TOWER
Location: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir
Open Hours: 10am-11pm
The kids loved the excitement of going so high up in the sky. You get a complete 360-degree view of Melaka from 80 meters above the ground as the tower slowly spins.
Flora De La Mar Melaka Maritime Museum
Located: Jalan Quayside, Melaka
Open Hours: 9am-6pm
The museum is built as a replica of a Portuguese ship called the Flor de la Mar, a boat that sank off the Strait of Malacca. The replica ship is an impressive 34 metres high, 36 metres long and 8 metres wide. You get to climb aboard the ship and go to each section of the ship. The museum itself is built below deck and extends into the lower ground.
It is a fascinating place to visit and my son enjoyed it immensely. It is highly educational. You will learn about the different periods of colonisation, from the Portuguese occupation (1509-1641) to the 150-year rule of the Dutch rule (1641-1795) to finally British rule in the 1800s.
The historical significance of Melaka is due to its location. It is halfway between India and China. It formed a critical port in the spice trade.
The museum has many artifacts from each of the distinct eras. There is an extensive collection of pottery, sunken treasure, textiles, and spices.
Although young kids would love the boat, the actual museum would be better suited for families with kids that are at least 6-years old.
Location: Jonker Street, Jalan Hang Jebat
Open Hours: The markets are only Friday-Sunday + public holidays, 6-11pm. Shops and restaurants opening hours will vary
The most famous street in Melaka is Jonker Street. It is in the heart of the old town. There are beautiful narrow streets filled with buildings from the colonisation periods of time. The shops are filled with antiques and souvenirs. There is a Jonker Walk Night Market. Markets are always fun to experience in Asia, and this filled the ticket.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Location: 25, Jalan Tokong, Kampung Dua
Simply put it Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia and beautiful.