You’re on the hunt for exciting things to do with your kids in Hong Kong, you know Ocean Park like the back of your hand, and lord knows how many times you’ve walked around Disneyland. So what now? Luckily, our city is bursting with fun attractions – and many of them free – so we say help your little ones beat the boredom and take them to one of these great family spots.
Let your little ones (and you) let off some steam at “the friendliest all-in-one indoor activity park in the world”. Originating in Finland, SuperPark is the newest activity centre on the block and invites Hong Kongers of all ages to let loose in three separate fun areas within a 45,000 square-foot space. The Adventure Area features a Flying Fox, Sliding Mountains climbing wall, and Kids Gym, while the Game Arena invites kids and adults to shoot some hoops in Street Basketball, play SuperPinball, or try their luck on the Golf Range. Teenagers will no doubt enjoy exploring the Freestyle Hall and testing their skills in the Skate and Scoot World, bouncing on a giant Trampoline Platform, or tackling an Augmented Climbing Wall. And the best part is, parents have no excuse 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)
Get competitive on the lanes at Hong Kong’s coolest bowling alley, Tikitiki Bowling Bar. This surprisingly spacious Sai Kung venue is like a world of its own and absolutely perfect for a day of fun with your youngsters. Slip on your bowling shoes and bowl your way to victory under the flashing lights of the impressive video wall. Hitting all those strikes is hungry work, but luckily there are small bites, gourmet restaurant spreads, and a dedicated kids menu to tuck into. A banana split with 3 colour ice cream? Count us in! Plus, there are tons of family-friendly deals and packages to choose from, with an hour on the lanes setting you back as little as $100 per hour! Check out the weekly Under The Sea Carnival Brunch and Secret Daily Specials.
Where: 4/F, Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, (+852) 2657 8488
How much: Standard prices start at $300 per hour (plus $10 per person for shoe rental); Packages start at $100 per hour
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Calling all Disney fans! Want to jump on a magic flying carpet with Aladdin, ride in a pumpkin carriage to meet Prince Charming, and chase Princess Anna and Elsa down the snowy slopes? Well now you can at Hong Kong’s first Disney-themed 4D photo studio, Magical World. Featuring 12 cartoon zones and 70 photography spots, the 10,000-square-foot studio mixes paintings, statues, props, lighting effects, and even smells, to create a magical experience for guests. Whether you want to share a pot of honey with Winnie the Pooh in the ‘Disney Classic Characters’ zone, join Olaf in a giant snow globe in the ‘Frozen’ zone, or battle it out with Darth Vader in the ‘Star Wars’ zone, you’re sure to have an absolute blast!
Where: 1F, Hilton Place, 96 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, (+852) 2721 9318
How much: $168 for adults and $120 for kids and senior citizens
Sideways Driving Club
Your little ones might not be old enough to drive, but that doesn’t mean they can’t practice. Take the kids to Hong Kong’s premier virtual racing centre and let them unleash their inner Hamilton on 15 networked simulators at Sideways Driving Club. Designed to let you experience what it feels like to be in a real race car on the circuit, this hidden gem has more thrills and high-speed action than you can shake a (gear) stick at. Has your kid got what it takes to become a Formula One champion? Turn off their Playstation, get them over there, and find out.
Where: 1/F, 65 – 65A Peel Street, Central, (+852) 2523 0983
How much: Prices start from $300 per hour, but make sure you book ahead
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Are your little ones still running around the house at night, full of energy? Want to tire them out and tuck them in early so you can finally get some time to yourself? Set off for Lake Egret in Tai O, an ideal spot for families to enjoy a full day out, and let them get back to nature by strolling around the surrounding areas, working up an appetite, and enjoying the site’s barbecue pits! Once the waters warm up, the inflatable water park, CORE Hong Kong, will remain open seven days a week – complete with trampolines, slip and slides, climbing frames, and a Tarzan-style swinging rope. There’s even a wakeboarding course!
Where: The Lake Egret Nature Park, Tai Po, (take a shuttle bus from Tai Po MTR station)
How much: $138 per hour session (or $108 with online early bird discount)
Scorching Hong Kong temperatures getting you and your little ones down? We know one fun way to cool down — get your icy fix at one of Hong Kong’s indoor rinks! Glide over to Ice Palace in CityPlaza, The Rink at Elements, Glacier at Festival Walk, or Mega Ice at MegaBox, and let them show off their skills on the skates. Prices range from $1 per minute to $75 per session, making this a super affordable option for the whole family.
Where: Ice Palace, 1/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, (+852) 2844 8688; Opening hours, 9.30am – 10.00pm daily
The Rink, G/F, Elements, No. 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 2196 8016; Opening hours vary
Glacier, Shop UG-21, Festival Walk, (+852) 2844 3588; Opening hours, 10.30am – 9.30pm daily
Mega Ice, MegaBox, 38 Wang Chiu Road, (+852) 2709 4023; Opening hours vary
How much: Prices range from $1 per minute to $75 per session
Candy Park Cinema
Fed up of the limited selections of PG films screening at your local cinema? Then head over to Candy Park, Hong Kong’s newly-opened kid friendly cinema, and enjoy heaps of kid-friendly films on show as you settle comfortably in the fun multi-coloured plush leather seats that even Goldilocks would be happy with. There’s also a kid’s play area in front to tire out those restless legs before the film starts, and a range of arcade games to keep everyone entertained. The perfect place to go on those rainy Hong Kong days.
Where: Shop 1036, 1/F, DPark, 398 Castle Peak, Tsuen Wan (+852) 2360 0910
How much: $80 – 90 for adults and $65 – 75 for kids
Ryze Trampoline Park
Add a spring in their step and take your kids to Hong Kong’s much-loved trampoline park Ryze Hong Kong. Let them dare to conquer the Ultimate Ninja Course or become a “Circus Extraordinaire” on the trapeze. If they don’t fancy that, they can just fling themselves into the giant Foam Pit – you can rest assured they will always have a soft landing. Happy bouncing!
Where: Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park, 3/F, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, (+852) 2337 8191
How much: Prices start $150 per person for one-hour sessions
What could be more fun than climbing inside a giant, inflatable bubble and wreaking havoc in a 4,000 square-foot arena? Head to Crossfire Arena, bubble up, and let the madness begin as you and your loved ones bump and crash your way to victory in this quirky team sport. Each session lasts around 1.5 hours and includes eight different games to get you (quite literally) bouncing off the walls! The bubbles come in three different sizes so all the family can find the perfect fit, and there’s also the option to dim the lights for a neon adventure. With party bookings available (where you can bring your own food and drink) and a large lounge area to relax in between games, this is the perfect family activity – just make sure you hide the Xbox from the boys! If you’re feeling brave, combine Bubble Soccer with a game of Archery Tag to really get the adrenaline pumping.
Where: Crossfire Arena, 13D, Wah Ha Building, 8 Shipyard Lane, Quarry Bay, (+852) 5808 9681
How much: Kids Package – $4,600 for up to 20 people (2 hours)
Party Package – $6,900 for up to 30 people (3 hours)
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Take your little monkeys to see the monkeys. That’s right, orangutans, gibbons, macaques, and lemurs await at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Nestled among the lush greenery on the northern slope of Victoria Peak, this 5.6-hectare garden is one of the oldest zoological and botanical centres in the world, and also home to racoons, flamingos, tortoise, and turtles. All creatures here are free to watch, as long as you come between the opening hours of 6am to 7pm, and don’t mind trekking up the steep hill to get there. The Green House Education Centre closes at 4.30pm and is definitely worth a visit while you’re there.
Where: Albany Road, Central, (+852) 2530 0154
How much: Free entry
Trick Eye Museum
(Currently closed for renovation)
Grab your kids and your camera and create your own hilarious optical illusion photos at the 3D Trick Eye Museum. Perched atop The Peak Galleria Mall, this quirky attraction, which originated in South Korea, invites you to immerse yourself in a wacky world of 3D art as you climb, swing, and pose your way to the perfect picture. Featuring five different zones, including ‘Secret Garden’, ‘Great Adventures’, and ‘Neverland’, and more than 70 photo points, you’re never short of action here. Where else can you escape the jaws of a killer white shark, learn the art of levitation with the Big Buddha, jump across a pit of molten larva, or lose you head all in one afternoon?
Where:Shop 1, 3/F, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, (+852) 2813 1686
How much: $150 for adults and $100 for kids and senior citizens
UPDATE: The Trick Eye Museum is currently closed for renovation and no re-open date has been confirmed yet.
Join Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang at this figurine-filled outdoor theme park located in Shatin’s New Town Plaza. Snoop through the famous pup’s doghouse and snap photos with all the folks, jump on a canoe and cruise along the mini river, or sing your heart out aboard the life-size replica of Charlie Brown’s school bus. With no entry fee, Snoopy’s World is a cute family attraction that is definitely worth checking out if you have smaller kids — it won’t take long to explore, but they’ll definitely cherish their play date with Snoopy and friends.
Where: 3/F, New Town Plaza, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, (+852) 2684 9175
How much: Free entry
If you’ve never spent the afternoon with 67 pairs of life-sized animal statues, then you’ve got a real treat coming your way. Located on Ma Wan Island, Noah’s Ark is a truly unique experience for the whole family and a great photo spot. Where else could you snap a selfie with a polar bear and a giant tortoise? To get the most out of your visit, you can download Noah’s Ark Animal App and use your in-App QR-code reader to scan the code on the animal information signs throughout the park. Aside from the animals, you can also enjoy the beautiful and relaxing Nature Garden which combines greenery and art, a high rope course challenge in Adventureland, and a Treasure House of wisdom where science, history, and music come to life. There’s also an outdoor tightrope adventure course available for reservation if you’re on the hunt for an alternative day out or a celebration venue. If you want to extend the fun for your little ones, then why not book the family into the Noah’s Ark Hotel and enjoy another day?
Where: 33 Pak Yan Road, Ma Wan, (+852) 3411 8888
How much: Tickets cost $168 for adults and $138 for kids
If you’re looking for an educational activity to enjoy with your family, then you certainly won’t fall short on options in Hong Kong. With 19 Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) museums to explore, your general knowledge will go through the roof. Aside from favourites such as the Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and Hong Kong Science Museum, there are also some excellent niche museums which cater to all sorts of interests. Perhaps you fancy traveling back to 1910 to see the Tai Po train station as it once stood and explore fifty years of vintage trains at the Hong Kong Railway Museum, or having a totally mind-opening experience at Dialogue in the Dark, where you will discover first-hand what it’s like to live as a blind person with the help of a guide and a walking cane. Schedule your visit for a Wednesday when many of Hong Kong’s museums offer free admission.
Where: Dialogue in the Dark, Shop 215, 2/F, Nob Hill Square, 8 King Lai Path, Mei Foo, (+852) 2310 0833
How much: Tickets cost $160 – $180 for adults, and $80 – $90 for senior citizens
Recreate your own sci-fi battle scene at Hong Kong’s first spaceship themed laser tag station, Lasermads. With dramatic music blaring out across the space station, epic laser sound effects, and two weapons of choice to play with (the Blaster or Phaser), you’re sure to get the adrenaline pumping and the family competition fired up. Let your imagination run wild as you duck, dive, and zap your friends (or enemies) with the most advanced laser equipment this planet has to offer. Who will emerge the sci-fi hero and send the scoreboard through the roof? There’s only one way to find out! Book ahead to guarantee your place in the space adventure, and note that team bookings are available for eight to 20 players.
Where: 11/F Ying Kong Mansion, 2–6 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2343 3033
How much: Each game lasts 30 minutes and costs $118 per person
Harry Houdini broke out of a suspended straitjacket, David Copperfield escaped from an exploding building, but have your little ones got what it takes to mastermind their own perfect escape? Find out at Hong Kong’s first ever real-life room escape game, Freeing HK. Throw the whole family into a mysterious world of intrigue, puzzles, and codes as you work together to engineer an escape in a tight race against the clock. Can you wake yourself up from the Horror Dream, escape from the traps of The Lost Chamber, or find the missing informer in The Prison Chaos – all in under 45 minutes? Book now and find out.
Where: 10/F, Richmond Plaza, 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2711 1791
4/F, Pakpolee Commercial Center, 1A – 1K Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok (+852) 2711 1785
How much: Games start from $98 per person, requires 4 or 6 players
Is your little one a budding Picasso? Find out and book them a slot at one of the city’s art jam studios. Head to charming and cosy boutique painting studio, KA Atelier and let them enjoy a 2.5-hour workshop in either teapot painting or bottle art with the studio’s artist herself, Carole Leung. Alternatively, let them get messy at Messy Jam in Sheung Wan (pictured above) or Causeway Bay studios Paint Palette or AURA ART. Kids can choose a canvas of their preferred size, grab all the acrylic paints they need, and enjoy complimentary soft drinks to keep their creative juices flowing.
KA Atelier, 2D, Moonstar Court, 2A – 2G Star Street, Wan Chai, (+852) 3484 2919
How much: Bottle Art Workshop costs $250 / Teapot Painting Workshop costs $300 (call at least 2 hours in advance on the day to see if there is an available slot)
Messy Jam, Flat D, 2/F, Tai Fat Building, 37 Ko Shing Street, Sheung Wan, (852) 9366 9836
How much: $600 for 1 adult and 1 child (2-hour session). Other packages are available
Paint Palette, 3/F, 532 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2575 8830
How much: $220 per person (from Monday to Thursday) and $280 (Friday to Sunday and public holidays)
AURA ART, 2/F, 18 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2886 2359
How much: $240 – 280 per person
Forget fancy gadgets, a hookless fishing rod is all you need to keep little hands happy and busy at Fisherfolk’s Village. Situated at the beautiful Sok Kwu Wan Bay on Lamma Island, this natural setting combines local history with hands-on activities for kids and adults. Occupying an area of over 20,000 square foot, the Village comprises authentic fishing junk, traditional dragon boats, an exhibition hall, themed folklore booths, fishing rafts, and dwellings. Please note the Fisherfolk Village is closed every Wednesday.
Where: Sok Kwu Wan Fish Raft, (+852) 2982 8585
How much: Full day tickets cost $80 for adults and $60 for kids
Themed Cafes and Restaurants
Whether your little one is an animal lover, board game geek, or mad about Harry Potter, they are quite literally spoiled for choice when it comes to novelty cafes in Hong Kong. If they want to while away a rainy afternoon with some furry companions, take them to Cat Store Cafe or Rabbitland Cafe. If they love cartoons, they’ll appreciate the character themed drinks and nibbles on offer at the Hello Kitty Secret Garden and Charlie Brown Cafe. Feeling peckish? Head to Yum Cha for some adorable animal-shaped dim sum – the cheeky BBQ Piggy Buns are the best! Little fans of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world will no doubt be spellbound by the magical potions, props, and memorabilia on offer at 9¾ Cafe. Or perhaps they love nothing more than getting stuck into a game of Monopoly, in which case they’ll enjoy the huge selection of board games on the shelves at Jolly Thinkers. It’s game on in Hong Kong!
Cat Store Cafe, 3D Po Ming Building, Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, (+852) 2710 9953
Rabbitland, 3/F, 530 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 5281 0280
Hello Kitty Secret Garden, 19 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang, (+852) 2808 2868
Charlie Brown Cafe, G/F-1/F, Fortuna House, 58-60 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 2366 6315
Yum Cha, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, (+852) 3708 8081
3/F, 20-22 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 2751 1666
9¾ Cafe, 4/F, Prosper Commercial Building, 9 Yin Chong Street, Mong Kok, (+852) 9432 6555
Jolly Thinkers, 11/F Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2527 2882
Read more! Check out the Top 10 Themed Cafes in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Park Aviary
Nothing beats a breath of fresh air and sights of nature. Just minutes away from the bustling Central district, well hidden by tall buildings on Hennessy Road and Kennedy Road, Hong Kong Park is a beautiful oasis of exotic birds, plants, and plenty of space for children to play and run around. Enjoy a family walk over the wooden paths perched high among the trees and see how many colourful birds you can spot. Not only a fun area to explore, but a great spot to take lovely photos with your nearest and dearest. The park is free to enter and open every day between 9am to 5pm, making it an absolute must on our list of fun activities.
Where: 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, (+852) 2521 5041
How much: Free entry
360 Ngong Ping Tours
For a full day of fun, head over to Lantau Island and embark on an outdoor adventure with one of the 360 Ngong Ping tours. Kids looking to discover the most delicious treats might enjoy jumping in a boat and riding through the waterways of Tai O on the four-hour 360 Fishing Village Insight Tour, as they feast on local delicacies such as doughnuts, big fish balls, and tofu puddings. Or perhaps they will enjoy learning about spirituality and Buddhism as they join a two-hour 360 Buddhist Walk which takes them to see The Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, The Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and the Wisdom Path. Movie buffs can enjoy the 3D Motion 360 experience and watch professional stuntmen perform classic action sequences from Hong Kong movies in the Stage 360 attraction, which both come as part of the 360 Fun Pass.
Where: 11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, (+852) 3666 0606
How much: Package prices vary
Looking to revamp your kitchenware? Why not give it a personal touch and take the kids to a Loveramics Workshop where they can use their artistic flair to decorate mugs, bowls, and other ceramic goodies with paint. Let them splash, splatter, doodle, and dab their designs before they watch the team glaze their creations and polish them to perfection. All materials are provided, and a selection of locally roasted coffee and organic tea is on hand to keep the creative juices flowing during the two-hour session. Functional, fun, and affordable, this is a great activity for budding little artists.
Where: Shop 207, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, (+852) 2994 1289
Shop 21, Ground Floor, Eslite Bookstore, City Plaza 1, Taikoo Shing, (+852) 3419 1139
How much: $400 per ceramic piece (includes one coffee or tea)
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