From water parks to the perennial classic Disneyland, these playgrounds are perfect for the young and young at heart to let their hair down
Enchanted Kingdom, Philippines
Located about 29km away from Manila, this theme park showcases a dizzying amount of rides and attractions. With seven exciting themed zones (with names like Jungle Outpost and Spaceport), countless shows and programs, and an array of dining and shopping options, you and your little ones are bound to find something to suit your fancy.
San Lorenzo Rd, Laguna, Santa Rosa; +63 2 584 3535; enchantedkingdom.ph
Luna Park, Sydney, Australia
A short ferry ride from Circular Quay will take you and the family to Luna Park. This iconic amusement park, which has been entertaining the masses since 1935, features over 20 classic rides and attractions including Wild Mouse, an exhilarating 61-second rollercoaster ride, and Hair Raiser, a 50m-high drop tower that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.
1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point, NSW; +61 2 9922 6644; lunaparksydney.com
Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia
You’ll be spoilt for choice at Sunway Lagoon — a sprawling, multi-park destination that’s perfect for all walks of life. It’s divided into six sections and consists of a water park, amusement park, wildlife park, “extreme” park (where you’ll find all the intense rides) and a scream park (where spooky attractions await). Then there’s the new Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon, where the young ones can meet familiar characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.
3 Jln PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, Selangor; +60 3 5639 0000; sunwaylagoon.com
Siam Park City, Thailand
Depending on traffic, it can take up to an hour from Bangkok to get to this well-loved theme park. There are five zones: the X-Zone, Family World, Fantasy World, Small World and — inarguably the most popular — the Water Park. The latter is one of the largest water theme parks in Asia, with thrilling slides, a wave pool and a lazy river that runs throughout the entire complex.
203 Suan Siam Rd, Kannayao; +66 2 919 7200; siamparkcity.com
Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong
If you’re in Hong Kong for the holidays, don’t miss out on Disneyland. There’s so much to see and do – you can visit Tarzan’s treehouse, join Buzz Lightyear in the shooting gallery to defeat the evil Zurg and watch a live-action Festival of the Lion King show, just to name a few. Of course, don’t forget to gather the whole family for photo opportunities with famous Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh and lots more.
Lantau Island; +852 3550 3388; hongkongdisneyland.com
Universal Studios, Singapore
Get your fill of movie magic at the Hollywood-themed Universal Studios Singapore. For starters, you can step into a movie set and experience special effects produced by the great Steven Spielberg, or hop on movie-themed rides for some rip-roaring action. If you’ve got young ones with you, be sure to take them to watch Shrek in 4D in the Far Far Away zone, where they’ll get to experience synchronized physical effects like wind and rain.
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, +65 6577 8888; rwsentosa.com