It’s a well known fact that Hong Kong gets chilly during the winter months, and that can be troublesome for energetic kids looking to let loose. Nevertheless they still need to stay active, so we’ve selected the best indoor play areas around the city to keep them entertained when the weather outside is too harsh to handle. From trampoline parks to jungle gyms, and mini golf to laser tag, there’s something for everyone.
Who said only kids get to have all the fun? Branded “the friendliest all-in-one indoor activity park in the world”, SuperPark is the newest kid on the block when it comes to activity centres for kids – and big kids. Originating in Finland, the 45,000 square-foot park aims to promote joyful play, friendship, and better health for all ages by inviting Hongkongers large and small to go wild in three fun areas including an Adventure Area, which features a Flying Fox, Sliding Mountains climbing wall, and Kids Gym; a Game Arena, where kids and adults can shoot some hoops in Street Basketball, try out SuperPinball, or try their luck on the Golf Range; and a Freestyle Hall, where teens get to test their skills in the Skate and Scoot World, bounce on a Trampoline Platform, or tackle an Augmented Climbing Wall. Now there’s no excuse for parents not to act like big kids and get in on the action too!
SuperPark, Shop G03, G/F One SilverSea, No 18 Hoi Fai Road, Kowloon, (near Olympian City)
How much: Day pass ticket costs $180 on weekdays and $240 on weekends (includes all equipment rental)
Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park
Your little ones will soon be warming up at Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park where they get to run riot across 40 trampolines, a basketball and dodgeball court, tightrope section, and two massive foam pits where they can practice their back-flips. There’s so much to do here that they might just find themselves completely wiped out before their session even ends. Open to people of all ages, Ryze has something for everyone, just be mindful of your younger children around over-excited teens doing backflips in every direction. The facility is minded by a great team of skilled young staff who are always on hand to assist anyone in need of some help, or to provide some tips on how to get the most out of their bouncing experience. The park can get quite full, especially on weekends, so call ahead or visit their website ahead of time to ensure a spot.
Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park, 3/F, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, (+852) 2337 8191
How much: Kid Jump sessions cost $95 per child with one adult, children under 2 jump for free and standard sessions cost $150 per hour
Staying active is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally, and Electric Bunny know this well. This is why they focus on developing all aspects of your child through exercise and creative fun, in a stimulating and safe environment. Getting them used to participating in group physical activity encourages them to develop good co-ordination, sports skills, and well as social skills. Under close supervision, kids will have all sorts of exciting equipment to experiment with such as walking beams, swings bouncy balls, bowling sets and much, much more. Electric Bunny is best suited for children aged between 6 months and 4 years old.
Electric Bunny, Room 2203, 22/F Fortress Tower, 250 King’s Road, Fortress Hill, (+852) 2882 3661
How much: Contact them for more information
Biggest doesn’t always mean best, but when it comes to playrooms, EpicLand’s 14,000 square foot indoor playground is a mecca of fun! The vibrantly coloured setting has it all – slides, obstacle courses, mini golf, and even a dedicated laser tag room for the big kids. It’s not just all fun and games though, as EpicLand are big advocates for learning through experience, and have the facilities to back it up. With over 150 fun learning programmes, your kids will be coming home having learned something new every day. The only catch is that you’ll have to make your way over to Discovery Bay if you want to experience this incredible playroom – definitely worth it though!
EpicLand G/F, 31 North Plaza, Family Recreation Centre, 96 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay North, Lantau, (+852) 2441 0098
How much: $148-168 on weekdays (with an accompanying adult), $188-$200 on weekends (with an accompanying adult), contact them for quotes on party packages
If your kids are below the age of thirteen, then Fun Zone’s indoor playgrounds are some of the best places to take them for a day full of excitement and enjoyment. Their exceptionally large jungle gym has all the attractions that you’d expect to find, and even has an awesome foam room where kids can mess around with soft balls, collecting them, and putting them into all sorts of contraptions that can launch them into the air and make them levitate. If you’re keen on helping your child make new friends or develop their social skills, then playgroups are offered in collaboration with trusted partners such as RugBees, Kindermusik, and Gecko Yoga. Fun Zone also has a relaxing cafe complete with WiFi, so parents can kick back and enjoy a nice cuppa while their kids play their heart out. Fun Zone also offers a variety of great party packages that include admittance, a private party area, and lots of fun birthday items to play with.
Top Tip: Take advantage of their Happy Hours (2 hours prior to closing) for slightly cheaper admission.
Fun Zone, Shop 121, Level 1, The Westwood, 8 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, (additional Ma On Shan location), (+852) 2558 9558
How much: Weekdays: $130-$140 (with an accompanying adult), Weekends: $165-$180 (with an accompanying adult), Party packages start at $2,800
Some of the best times a kid can ever have is when bonding with their parents over a good old-fashioned board game. Be it a friendly game of Guess Who, or an inexplicably tense game of Monopoly, face-to-face, real world interaction is a great way to get down with the kids and actually have them enjoy it. With over 350 different games from all around the world, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Jolly Thinkers. Of course, so much choice can be a little intimidating, so if you’re unsure of where to start, their lovely, child-friendly (and bilingual) staff are also a great resource for finding the perfect age-appropriate games for your little ones.
Jolly Thinkers, 11/F Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2527 2882
How much: $69 per person for two hours (including a drink of your choice, and unlimited access to any game you want), each additional 30 minutes will cost you a further $7
E Cube Club
A rising star in the Hong Kong playhouse scene is none other than E Cube Club. With 11,000 square feet of space, their flagship location in Megabox is a labyrinth of fun. Almost a dozen separate play areas, such as a driving zone and ball pit, offer almost too much choice of fun for your little ones. There is even a dedicated Angry Birds Zone where children use massive slingshots to play a life-sized version of the modern classic video game. And as with most playhouses, they offer all-inclusive party packages which are sure to provide your kids with a whole day of excitement and fun – well worth the investment in our opinion.
E Cube Club, L12-1, MegaBox, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay (+852) 2117 1068
How much: Weekdays: $120-$140 (with an accompanying adult), Weekends: $140-$180 (with an accompanying adult)
Jumpin’ Gym are truly the Titans of the Hong Kong playhouse market, and it’s no wonder why. With a whopping 37 individual locations, each littered with games, rides, and attractions, they offer fun suitable for the whole family. From mechanical rocking boats to bumper cars and basketball, they boast the most elaborate and engaging activities for kids to partake in out of any market competitors. The gym is best known for its token system, which encourages kids to play games and collect tokens that are exchangeable for all sorts of prizes including playfully plush toys and RC cars!
Angry Birds Playroom
Perhaps the most unique and topical playroom out there is the Angry Birds Playroom. Complete with just about every brand-related item you can think of, from real life iterations of the mobile game and slides, to inflatables and even a flash wave pool, it’s a great way to encourage your kids to switch off the multitude of ‘electronic’ playgrounds they seem to spend too much time in and get some exercise. It also just so happens to be located in the D Park Mall which is extremely child-friendly, so why not make a day of it and enjoy the surrounding area before or after your play session?
Angry Birds Play Center, D Park Mall, Tsuen Wan, (+852) 2151 9662
How much: $100
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