The excitement of Christmas may be well and truly over, but we’re certainly not short of fun things to do with our little ones this new year. From racing cars to hairy monsters, and funfair rides to giant ice trains, we’ve got them covered this month.
1. ‘Pixar 30 Years of Animation’ Exhibition
If you’re a big fan of Woody and Buzz, and the whole adorable computer generated gang that Pixar has created for us over the past two decades, then you simply cannot miss the incredible Pixar 30 Years of Animation exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. For a piddly $20 a ticket, this special exhibition invites Hong Kongers to explore the touching personal stories behind some of our favourite movies and characters through a combination of original hand-drawn sketches, paintings, storyboards, and resin sculptures. Be warned though, some of these heart-warming stories may induce tears, so it’s a good idea to bring a pack of tissues with you. The exhibition also features rare behind-the-scenes footage from the Pixar studios where you can learn about the true craftsmanship that brings these beloved characters to the screen. As if that isn’t enough to entice you to the museum, then maybe life-size models of Buzz Lightyear, the Monster, Inc. duo, and Lightning McQueen is. Trust us, this is one set of hot wheels you do not want to miss taking a selfie with.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin
The exhibition runs until March 5, (10am – 6pm)
2. KidsFest! 2018
The wait is finally over as KidsFest! returns with one hell of a lineup for little threatre goers. This year’s programme features some cracking world-class performances running over the course of five weeks at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. From the adorable tale of the Ugly Duckling, to an exciting adventure with Mouse and the terrifying Gruffalo, there’s something for everyone, and adults will certainly be entertained too. The festival aims to provide an interactive platform for the whole family, developing children’s interests in art and literature along the way. Tickets are on sale now, so hurry up and grab them before it’s too late.
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
The festival runs until February 11
Ticket prices range from $195 – $435
3. The AIA Great European Carnival
The AIA European Carnival is back once again to provide us with heaps of family fun down by the harbour. Aside from fun, challenging games with lots of fluffy toys to win, there are also plenty of rides for all ages such as the 360-degrees swinging Altitude, the crazy Bavarian Fun House, and the Inflatable Slides and Assault Course. There’s plenty of tasty food and drink to keep your energy levels up too, with Cali Mex, Mavericks Burgers, and Cafe Siam popping up in the food zone. And don’t miss the heart-pounding Great Circus of Europe show on January 21 where over 25 experienced performers from around the world will put on a thrilling performance. The carnival is open everyday until February 25 so you’ll have plenty of time to visit.
Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central
Open every day until February 25, (11am – 11pm)
Tickets cost $40 – $130 for AIA Carnival / $150 – $400 for Great Circus
4. Hong Kong Ice Carnival
As if it wasn’t cold enough outside, now winter is coming inside at this year’s colourful Ice Carnival at Tai Tong Organic EcoPark. Aside from the mesmerizing 10,000 square-foot Ice World which features various impressive sculptures such as the ice train (pictured), candy house, penguins, dolphins, and giant ice slide, there are also seven other game worlds for little ones to explore, including Drones World, Kart City, Little Animals, and Giant Inflatable Fun Land. With all these interactive goodies on offer, this is definitely one place to take the kids before it melts away at the end of February!
Tai Tong Organic EcoPark, Yuen Long
The carnival runs until February 25
Tickets cost $80 per person
5. Kid’s Movie Screening Weekend at FRITES
If you’re looking for ways to keep your kids entertained during the cold spell then you’re in luck because Belgian beer house FRITES is inviting families to cosy up and watch some heart-warming movies every Saturday and Sunday until the end of February. From 12 noon, viewers at venues in Central, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay can enjoy animated favourites including Frozen, Happy Feet, Mulan, and Penguin of Madagasca as they tuck into hearty portions of great European food and brews (well, maybe not for the kids). Little ones can enjoy a kid’s menu featuring mini portions of Fish n’ Chips, Schnits n’ Strips, and Mini Burgers, all served with colouring and craft activities. Just make sure you book in advance to secure your table as spaces are filling up fast! Click here to see the movie schedule.
FRITES (all locations except for Quarry Bay)
Screenings run until February 25 (12pm onwards)