Sights and Sounds: The Bird Park

I took Gavin to visit the Bird Park on Wednesday with SM and M.  It was the first of our play-date cum home-school excursions together.  From the looks of it, the boys enjoyed themselves and we’re planning to schedule more activities.

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Entry into the bird park cost me RM15, while Gavin went in free of charge.  It is open daily from 9am-6pm.  It was surprisingly pram friendly with alternative ramp access.  Unfortunately, they forgot when it came to the ascent to the gift shop and the restaurant after exiting the park.  Check out the long walk up to the gift shop in the photo below (and this doesn’t include the two extra flight of steps to the Hornbill Restaurant and Cafe).

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There is an alternate access to the Hornbill Restaurant and Cafe that doesn’t require you to ascend quite as many steps but it means exiting the Bird Park from the way you get in and walking back to the car park.  Even then, you still need to negotiate at least five or so steps up.

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Here is Gavin at the Love Aviary – where the colourful Love Birds are.

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There were also some colourful blue and green parakeets.  The green ones were a little shy and kept flying away when I tried to take photos of them.

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All over the park, you will see peafowl.

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There’s enough of them to ensure that you’ll at least get one majestic display from a peacock showing off his pretty feathers.

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Gavin sees some birds flying above and points excitedly at them.

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The walkway down to the flamingos can get pretty slippery if the weather is wet.  Even with my Merrells I had a bit of trouble keeping my grip.

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M displays a fascination for Gavin’s pram.

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SM, M, and Gavin watching the erm… where they ibises?  I forget the name.

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Thanks SM for one of the few photos I ever get to take with Gavin since I’m usually behind the camera.

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After a while, Gavin wanted to walk.  As always, he was also eager to lend a hand and tried pushing the pram on his own.

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It was hot and humid in the bird park, so Gavin found a drink of water from his Kleen Kanteen water bottle to be heaven sent.

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Gavin looking rather fatigued after wandering around the park.

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SM and M’s taking the photo opportunity from the bird man who comes around with a polaroid camera.  I think it’s RM10 for the photo memory.

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After our long hike up the stairs to the souvenir shop and the Hornbill cafe, we had lunch and then took pictures with the friendly Hornbills that frequented the balcony of the cafe.

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Here is Gavin with another bird which looks suspiciously like a baby version of a Hornbill.

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Tips for Parents visiting the Bird Park with kids:

  • It gets pretty hot so dress lightly and comfortably.
  • A pair of sturdy shoes with good grip as it can get pretty slippery on the some of the pathways inside the park.
  • Keep your kids close, especially the younger ones who can walk, as there are a few precarious areas.
  • There are mosquitos so insect repellent is helpful.
  • Although it says it is the largest undercover Bird Park, there are plenty of exposed areas so bring some sunscreen, too.
  • Prams are fine but make sure you exit through the entrance near the ticket booth unless you want to make an exercise out of carrying your pram up the long and steep steps to the souvenir shop and Hornbill Cafe.  It is rather ironic that they have ramps everywhere else but forgot about this one little section.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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