Here are seven places around the Klang Valley where parents can take a breather from coping with inexhaustible levels of energy, while the children enjoy playtime safely.

Every parent has been through this: taking the family out for a nice meal only to have the kids groaning or throwing a tantrum out of boredom and restlessness. Not to mention those times when catching up with friends or relatives become a dilemma because there’s no one else to take care of the young ones.

Thankfully, there are child-friendly cafes and restaurants that can satisfy your cravings while keeping the kids entertained. Here are seven places around the Klang Valley where parents can take a breather from coping with inexhaustible levels of energy, while the children enjoy playtime safely. No need to thank us.

Out of Africa Restaurant & Kudu Bar

 

Located within the PJ Palms Sports Centre, this restaurant and bar is just the place to let your children enjoy pooltime…or join in the fun yourself. Its safari-themed atmosphere is sure to intrigue the kids as much its big screen would attract football or rugby fans. The pool is easily visible and accessible from the dining area, so you can savour a taste of South Africa or sip on a cocktail while keeping an eye on the kids. W outofsafari.com.my

Marmalade

Marmalade Bangsar Play Area
Photo: HungryGoWhere

 This cosy corner of Bangsar Village II has been a family favourite for over 15 years and it’s not hard to see why. With its colourful play area (complete with books, toys and playhouses) and comfort food with a touch of originality like Salmon Laksa, there’s something to please both parent and child. F @marmalade.kl.my

Wicked Pancake Parlour

Wicked Pancake Parlour Play Area
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If you and your child share a sweet tooth, this pancake parlour whips up some wickedly tempting pancakes such as the Chocoholics Anonymous. Nestled one floor above its sister café, Yellow Brick Road, it offers a cosy play area with a decent variety of toys. Both establishments share their menus, so you can also enjoy a meal before dessert. F @yellowbrickroadcafe

Benbino

Benbino Play Area
Photo: Timeout KL

Think of Benbino is the child-friendly sister to The Big Group’s famed Ben’s Restaurant. It features a menu with balanced meals fit for a growing kid, sweet treats for the occasional indulgence and a playground (with slides, swings and all) for them to burn those calories away. Bonus: there are also colouring and play workshops organised from time to time. W thebiggroup.co

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Ra.Ft Café/Bistro

Ra/Ft Cafe/Bistro @ Binjai 8
Photo: Ra/Ft Cafe/Bistro

Smack in the heart of KL at Binjai 8 is Ra.Ft Café/Bistro, offering hearty Italian cuisine with a child-friendly ethos. There are healthy options on the menu like the vegetarian-loving Botanist as well as sweeter alternatives like Pancakes With Honey & Mixed Berries. After indulging in a wholesome meal, the kids can head to the play area behind the façade of a wall…while you secretly nab an ice-cream. Those nearer to Mont Kiara can enjoy the same perks at its second branch in Arcoris Plaza, too. W ra-ft.com

Antipodean

Antipodean Atria Shopping Gallery
Antipodean Atria Shopping Gallery. (Photo: Makchic)

All Antipodean branches, save for the Mid Valley outlet, provide a play pen that the kids are sure to love. There’s a generous selection of toys on top of failproof cartoon channels on TV to keep your little ones entertained after enjoying a hearty meal. Be warned that the Bangsar outlet, which also serves non-halal options, can pack a crowd on the weekends though. W antipodeancoffee.com

Namoo on the Park

Namoo on the Park
Photo: Namoo on the Park

Fans of Korean fare can try out this dessert café and bistro in Publika, which serves a slightly different take on the cuisine. Expect dishes like Kimchiroll Noodle and desserts like King’s Bingsoo on the menu. Meanwhile, let your toddler’s imagination run wild at the cute wooden playhouses in the children’s corner, whilst your not-so-little ones expend their energy at the outdoor playground. W namoo.com.my

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