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9 Unique Activities Every Malaysian Needs to Try This National Day Weekend

As of today, there are only 5 days left ‘til National Day. 

Which leads to a very important question: What will you be doing during this long weekend? 

While it might be tempting to just sit at home and catch up on your favourite Netflix show, we felt it important to show everyone that there are still lots of activities available. Even with all the new social distancing SOPs, there’s plenty of things to see and do in the Klang Valley during this holiday period. 

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the top nine activities that you can try out this weekend. 

1) Enjoy Some Live Music

Ready to experience some of the best music in KL? Source: klpac Facebook

Now that live performances are available once again, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) and The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat are collaborating with the Young Choral Academy to present the Cabaret Series: Young KL Singers Live on Stage. 

From 27 to 30 August, these singers will be stepping up on stage to show off their vocal abilities in front of a live audience. The programme is meant to be accessible to everyone, with a range of music sourced from major blockbusters, musicals, Disney favourites and other chart-topping hits. Whether you’re a long time fan of their online competition or just an ordinary person interested in a fun evening, the Cabaret Series is sure to be an unforgettable event. 

The performances will be held in klpac. Their usual shows start at 8.30pm, but on Saturday and Sunday there will also be a special Matinee show starting at 3pm. Book your tickets early before they’re all gone!

Cabaret Series: Young Singers Live on Stage

2) Watch a Poolside Movie

Dive in Movie
You’ve heard of Drive-in Theatres, but have you ever tried a Dive-in Theatre? Source: Syok Merdeka Facebook

This weekend, head on over to Gamuda Cove’s Discovery Park to sign up for a thoroughly unique experience. At Malaysia’s first Dive-in Theatre, you’ll have a chance to swim under the starry sky while watching family-friendly movies at Discovery Park’s saltwater diving pool. 

If you’re not a fan of getting wet, make sure to sign up for the Sunday session, where you’ll be able to feast on barbequed treats by the poolside instead of diving in. 

Tickets are going for RM50 per person, with movies being shown this Saturday, Sunday and Monday (29 August to 31 August). Each showing starts at 8pm, but don’t forget to stop by early to explore Discovery Park and try out their special Merdeka Ride (price included in the movie ticket). 

Syok Merdeka Dive-in Cinema

3) Counting Down Together

Muhibbah Merdeka Countdown
Interested in celebrating our 63rd Independence Day in style? Source: Bumbung Facebook

Head over to Bumbung, KL, this Sunday (30 August) to take part in their exclusive countdown party: MUHIBBAH Merdeka 2020 Countdown Night. 

Titled ‘Muhibbah’ (goodwill/unity), this event provides Malaysians with a chance to celebrate their independence in style. Activities include a delicious rooftop BBQ dinner accompanied with entertainment by upcoming local talents. At the end of the night, you can take part in the Merdeka countdown, followed by a breathtaking fireworks show.

If you’re keen on making this year’s Merdeka more special than ever, make sure to sign up early as tickets are limited to the first 50 guests only. 

MUHIBBAH Merdeka 2020 Countdown Night

4) Paint a Masterpiece

Brew N Brush
Time to brush off those old Seni lessons. Source: Eventbrite

If you’ve always wanted to create your own art, look no further. Established as Malaysia’s first social painting organiser, Brew N Brush has been in business since  2016. They organise painting events where ordinary Malaysians can learn how to paint their own masterpieces at some of KL’s hottest rooftop bars. 

These beginner-friendly events are led by an experienced artist who will take you on a step-by-step experience to create your own unique acrylic painting in two hours. This weekend, they’ll be hosting two National Day-themed events at the Marquis Rooftop Bar (Saturday) and Circa Speakeasy Bar (Sunday). You don’t need any painting materials or art experience, so come on by to enjoy a relaxing evening with friendly artists from all over KL. 

Warning: No walk-ins allowed. You’ll need to book a spot before coming in. 

Brew N Brush: Merdeka

5) Shop ‘til You Drop

Art + D
You can find some great bargains this weekend. Source: Artplusd Facebook

While many of us have developed an appreciation for online shopping, there’s still something to be said for an actual shopping experience. This weekend, pay a visit to The LINC KL (on Jalan Tun Razak) to check out the Artplusd Pop-Up Market x Merdeka Slang Showcase. 

You’ll have a chance to browse a range of curated products from local artisans, including Henna Art, vintage clothing and handmade food. If you love finding bargain deals, now’s your chance to discover some real gems while doing your part to support local artisans and entrepreneurs!

Artplusd Pop-Up Market x Merdeka Slang Showcase

6) Get a Hole-in-One

Golf Classic 2020
If you’ve never tried golfing before, now’s your chance. Source: Free Malaysia Today

Whether you’re a golfing pro or a first-time swinger, Selangor Golf Classic 2020 gives you a chance to join a two day tournament across two of the best golf courses in the state. 

Backed by Tourism Selangor, this event is open to all amateur golfers aged 21 and above, providing ordinary Malaysians with a great opportunity to rub shoulders with golf professionals and enthusiasts from all over the nation (metaphorically, not literally. Remember to practice your social distancing!).

For a fee of RM999, you can take part in this amazing event, which includes two competitive rounds of golf with breakfast and lunch as well as an attractive goodie bag from Srixon containing a golf cart bag, polo shirt, cap and golf balls among other items which are worth no less than RM1,200 in value. 

Selangor Golf Classic 2020

7) Visit One of Malaysia’s Best Family-Friendly Theme Parks

In case you weren’t aware, this is roughly a 68% discount compared to their normal prices. Source: KidZania Facebook

Established in 2012, KidZania is an award-winning indoor family themed learning center that offers interactive learning and role-play experiences for kids of all ages. This unique theme park is a functioning, child-sized city, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles, an economy and over 100 job role-play activities across 60 different establishments.

If you’ve never taken your kids to KidZania before, this weekend is the perfect time thanks to their Merdeka GempaKZ offer: valid only until 31 August 2020, all online tickets are entitled to a flat rate of RM31. Simply enter the promo code MYKZ31 while making your purchase to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime offer. 


8) Send Your Kids to Jungle School

Jungle School
The kids are sure to love the freedom of being outside the classroom. Source: Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands Facebook

If you’re a nature lover, Discovery Wetland’s “Jungle School” programme is an exciting opportunity to, well, discover the wetlands. Based in the largest wetlands in the Klang Valley, this unique activity gives your little ones the chance to learn about our country’s amazing biodiversity. 

Located conveniently close to KLIA, Discovery Wetlands takes you on an exciting adventure to uncover all the hidden wonders of the wetlands. On this educational trail, you can ride around in a safari truck, learn more about the flora and fauna of Malaysia’s wetlands and get up close and personal with a range of wild animals such as Nile hippos, crocodiles, porcupines, tortoises and many more!

Jungle School Program

9) Enjoy an Unforgettable Meal

Dining in the Wetlands
While the kids are at jungle school, the parents can enjoy a nice meal. Source: Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands Facebook

Don’t have kids? Don’t worry, there’s still plenty to do in the wetlands. 

Starting 29 August, you can sign up for Wetlands Dining, a unique outdoor dining experience based in Gamuda Cove. During this all-inclusive experience, you can enjoy a 45-minute Insta-Tour with three scenic stops, a specially curated five-course charcoal-grilled meal and a professional photography session to memorialise the beautiful ambience and delicious meals. 

There are two sessions per day (7am and 3pm), with a maximum of 10 people per session. Note that walk-ins are not accepted; you’ll need to book your spot and settle the payment ahead of time. 

Wetlands Dining

So Much to Do, So Little Time

Road Trip
Time for a road trip? Source: Art Markiv, Unsplash

These are just a few of the options available to Malaysians this long weekend. Whether you’re old and grey or single and ready to mingle, there are plenty of activities for you to try out right here in the Klang Valley

But what if you want to get out of the Klang Valley? Well, we’ve got you covered too. Check out our article on travelling around Peninsula Malaysia to discover all sorts of amazing places you can visit on your next out-of-state trip.