Kuala Lumpur, by virtue of being the capital of Malaysia is home to all sorts of everything. From entertainment to heritage, food to nature parks, you can find all of them here. Having said that, such activities can sometimes be quite costly. If you are on a budget, you can surely enjoy some of the best sights around KL for free too.
What you need really is to be a bit creative and maybe have your own equipment and you are then set for a good time. Below are some free and fun activities.
Head out to the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in the city centre. there is a free programme every weekend that involves arts and crafts as well as storytelling. This is meant for children between 4 and 12 years of age and the adults can check out the exhibitions in the museum.
There are many places you can go for a picnic. One such place is at Lake Gardens or you can try out the KLCC Park. The former is where you can be up and close to nature while the latter, you have the majestic Petronas Twin Towers as your backdrop. What else could you ask for? Entering the park is free!
This is the leading pewter companies in Malaysia. Besides marvelling at the products for sale (which you might not buy), you can check out how these products are made. This is possible at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre.
The temple in the cave is where about a million devotees come every Thaipusam (around end of January). Leading to the temple, you need to climb the 272-step staircase and that would be enough exercise for a weekend (or two!).
If reading is your forte, then you are in luck. Along Jalan Tun Razak is the National Library where there are hundreds of thousands of books you can read for free. You will be surprise with how many people you will see there. Next to the library is the National Visual Arts Gallery where you can view exhibitions of Malaysian art.
If you are around town, head to Central Market. This is where you will see a myriad of arts and crafts on show. They are for sale and you get to see how they are produced as well. Besides that, there are cultural performances as well which come about at 8.00pm on Saturdays. Better still, this is free without needing to buy a ticket. If you are here during festivities like Chinese New Year or Eid-Mubarak, you get to watch more performances.