While hanging out at malls during the school holiday is a great way to escape the heat, there’s nothing like outdoor fun to bring the family closer ­together. But chances are the usual popular haunts will be packed during this period.

OYO Hotels Malaysia has come up with some relatively hidden gem suggestions for both parents and kids. Whether you’re looking to rough it out at the waterfall or cool down at a waterpark, it’s all about fun with the family during the school holidays.

99 Wonderland Park, Selangor

This once abandoned lake has been transformed into a 9.3ha recreational park decked with LED lights. From the walls and trees to the railings and fountains, you can be sure there’s plenty of glittering lights here.

The view and scenery at the park at night will stimulate your imagination. The park also houses a variety of birds and animals. Kids will be delighted at the chance to feed, pet and take photos with some furry friends.

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Families looking for adventure should certainly pay a visit to the Sungai Pisang Waterfall. – OYO Hotels Malaysia

Sungai Pisang Waterfall, Selangor

Located in Gombak, this cascading waterfall offers a refreshing environment for some abseiling. The flying fox can be the next challenge to take on after you are done with waterfall abseiling.

For seasoned adrenaline junkies, the flying fox here offers a different spin as you will be passing by the waterfall from one end of the ride to the other. The area here also offers a relatively easy hiking trail for visitors. The trail will lead you past lush foliage as well as clear rivers.

Hutan Bandar Recreational Park, Johor

Within the vicinity of Johor Baru is a space that can be regarded as a one-stop recreational centre. Here’s where you can find a swimming pool, jogging tracks, playground, cycling lane, a lake and water games – all within the perimeter!

The kid-friendly park is also well landscaped with a great selection of beautiful flowers. So if you ever need a family photo with a floral backdrop, you know where to go.

Galeri Wayang Kulit Melayu Tradisional Kelantan, Kelantan

Immerse yourself in a wayang kulit performance in Kelantan. – OYO Hotels Malaysia

Ditch the mobile devices and introduce some traditional art to the kids at this gallery. Located in Tumpat, the venue highlights the history and practice of the wayang kulit (puppet shadow play).

Pak Dain, who started the gallery in 2008, is a wayang kulit master with over three decades of experience. Children will be enthralled by this performance. The gallery also offers visitors a chance to delve deeper into the history and art form of this uniquely Malaysian cultural heritage.