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Originally published by Sarah Moran. Last updated by Catharina Cheung.
It’s a well-known fact that Hong Kong gets hot and rainy during the summer, which 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.
Editor’s note: Due to the ever-evolving restrictions implemented to combat Covid-19, many businesses are taking extra precautions and reducing their hours and capacity—or are temporarily closed. While all information published was correct at the time of publication, it is best to call ahead and check opening times as recommended by the businesses themselves before heading out to avoid disappointment.
Japanese video game developer Namco—which has brought us classic favourites such as Pac-Man and Tekken—has opened its first overseas indoor digital adventure playground in Hong Kong. Located in Tseung Kwan O, Docodoco The Lohas is a 5,000-square-feet area, which brings playgrounds to the next level, incorporating digital technology able to create immediate and immersive responses to children interacting with it. Kids will be able to engage themselves fully in play that evokes a fantasy adventure as they catch frogs, slip down slides, and even cook virtually, with game elements to amuse even parents!
Docodoco The Lohas, Unit 403–405, 4/F, The Lohas, 1 Lohas Park Road, Tseung Kwan O
As the first and largest indoor Lego playground in Hong Kong, the Legoland Discovery Centre welcomes children and families to explore local landmarks constructed out of Lego bricks, as well as take part in interactive attractions and exhibits that range from brick-building to thrilling rides. From marvelling at iconic local landmarks and street views in miniature to participating in educational experiences suitable for families with children aged three to 10 years old, there’s plenty of fun to be had for the whole gang.
Legoland Discovery Centre, Shop B131–133, B1, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Ask anyone in Hong Kong who boulders regularly and they’ll almost definitely point you towards Verm City. Equipped with a Clip N’ Climb zone, designed as both an amusement park and bouldering facility, Verm City is a veritable playground for all ages, but especially for the little ones who have a lot of energy to burn.
All-day passes for regular climbing sessions are available starting from $250 for rock climbing and $180 for Clip N’ Climb, with memberships starting at $800 per month. Classes start at $250 per lesson. For your little one’s first foray into indoor rock climbing and bouldering, there’s no better place to do it than at Verm City.
Verm City, 4/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay | (+852) 2560 8128
Your little ones will soon be warming up at Ryze, where they get to run riot across 40 trampolines, a basketball and dodgeball court, a tightrope section, and two massive foam pits where they can practice their back-flips. There is 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. Children under two jump for free while standard sessions cost between $105 and $300.
Ryze Hong Kong, 3/F, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay | (+852) 2337 8191
We would not have thought that a high-end shopping mall would offer thrilling activities for the little ones, but K11 Musea has set out to exceed expectations. Featuring two of Hong Kong’s largest slides dreamed up by award-winning Danish playground designers, your kids can zip down these fun tubes in style amidst a stylish environment.
Start off at the Donut Playhouse, an oval-shaped glass structure that houses a slide, an indoor ball pit, and interactive games. If the weather allows and you’d like a quick sojourn outside, journey up to the Peacock Playground afterwards to run wild through peacock-themed play equipment, including a six-metre tubular slide!
Donut Playhouse, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3892 3890
Biggest doesn’t always mean best, but when it comes to playrooms, the 14,000-square-foot indoor playground at EpicLand is a mecca of fun! Its vibrant 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 is a big advocate for learning through experience, and has the well-appointed 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! Entries start from $148 on weekdays and $188 on weekends. Private party packages are also available.
EpicLand, 31 North Plaza, Family Recreation Centre, 96 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay
A rising star in the Hong Kong playhouse scene is none other than E3 Club Playland. 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, it offers all-inclusive party packages, which are sure to provide your kids with a whole day of excitement and fun. Entry for children starts from $120 on weekdays and from $140 on weekends with an accompanying adult.
E3 Club Playland, L12-1, MegaBox, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay | (+852) 2117 1068
Jumpin’ Gym is truly the titan 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, it offers fun suitable for the whole family. Our favourite branch, however, has to be Whampoa—featuring a large ball pit and play area, party facilities, activity classes, and bumper car area alongside arcade games and claw machines, it’s definitely hard to beat.
Jumpin’ 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! Admission is free, while the number of paid tokens required varies per game.
Maggie & Rose, a family membership club from London, has one of the most beautiful play and socialising areas we have seen so far. Designed to accommodate both kids and adults, their two locations in Hong Kong—Causeway Bay and Repulse Bay—feature a rustic-chic space. You will find playing ball pits with pearl white balls, a children’s book corner, plush leather sofas for the parents, and even outdoor sunbeds at its seaside Repulse Bay location. Click here for Maggie & Rose’s membership inquiry form.
This minimalistic indoor playground in Kai Tak Terminal may be harder to get to, but the fun workshops, educational playgrounds, and delicious Chinese food will make up for it. A five-minute drive from Mega Box in Kowloon Bay, Origami Kids Café is designed for children under eight years old, with an open design that invites parents to interact with their little ones as they play, read, and explore their way around the Japanese-inspired playground.
You can also join in on family bonding events, such as a fruit pizza-making workshop and baking classes. A two-hour weekday session starts from $138 per child and a two-hour weekend or public holiday session starts from $198 per child. Children under 12 months and adults go in for free, with a minimum spend of $100 per adult for food and drinks.
Origami Kids Café, North End, Zone B, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, 33 Shing Fung Road, Kowloon Bay | (+852) 6063 7470
Home to a giant bubble ball pit, sandbox, and human-sized bubble maker, Mr Tree is decked out in toys such as slides, role-play outfits, Legos, train tracks, and more. Its themed bubble ball pit is sanitised regularly, with different colours on rotation. From a sea-themed deep-blue ball pit to an all-black ball pit for Halloween, it’s the perfect backdrop for photos. For those hoping to be enveloped inside a human-sized bubble, head over to the Lai Chi Kok location! Minimum spending of $120 is required for children aged above seven years old.
Mr Tree, 1/F, D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok | (+852) 3184 0033
From robotics, web coding, interactive games, and architectural building, Techbob Discovery Centre teaches STEAM education to kids, perfect for children looking for an alternative pastime. With different class levels available, younger students can take the Introduction to Robotics class, a class that explores simple robotics and programming logic using Lego Education WeDo, a software program that allows students to bring Lego figures to life.
Older students could take Gaming Coding with Stencyl, a class that teaches students to build two-dimensional games for the web and smartphones using Stencyl, a game engine that adopts graphical blocks for game coding. Classes start from $190 for the first hour, and unlimited playtime starts from $350 with an additional one-hour workshop included.
Techbob Discovery Centre, Shop 202, 2/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan
Hidden inside Baumhaus, a creative learning centre, the playroom and coffee lounges are open to non-current students aged six months to six years. A birchwood treehouse is the star of the show—a symbolisation of safety, family and imagination, the treehouse was crafted and custom-made in Germany from quality birch wood. The unique shape of the treehouse is based on studies in child development, stimulating children’s physical and motor skill development. Visits cost $120 per child and $60 per additional sibling.
Baumhaus, 1/F, Kar Yau Building, 36–44 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai | (+852) 2321 5898