New theme park for ‘kids to be adults’ in Johor

JOHOR BARU: Johor has welcomed its 12th theme park with the introduction of the G-Kids theme park, which lets children experience being adults, in Permas Jaya here.

The 28,000 sq ft park is expected to start operating in November and children will have the opportunity to enjoy all kinds of “careers” through role-playing.

The park includes 29 experiment rooms for activities such as performing magic tricks, cooking and baking, and for sports and games. There is also a candy shop in there.

The theme park allows children to learn about life skills, cultivating their future career direction by giving them a chance to determine the path they want to choose through these experiences.

State Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the new park by Greenland Helios Cove was in line with the Johor Tourism Master Plan (2014-2023), which emphasised family-themed tourism products in the city.

He said the state government would continue to promote the theme parks and stay committed in making Johor Baru a family-friendly travel destination.

Since the opening of Legoland Malaysia in 2012, many family-oriented theme parks had opened to attract not only domestic travellers but also international tourists, he said after a sneak preview of the G-Kids theme park yesterday.

Tee said Johor would have a few more water theme parks, including the one at Desaru Coast that will be the biggest in South-East Asia and expected to begin operations in mid-2018.

Besides that, the Merlin Entertainment Group and Theme Attraction was also planned to introduce a maritime-themed park located at the Iskandar Puteri area, he added.