Originally published by Sophie Pettit. Last updated by Catharina Cheung.
They say that “when it rains, it pours”, and that sure seems to be the case in Hong Kong. But luckily for us, we have loads of fun indoor entertainment to keep us occupied on those dark and drizzly days. So let’s find the silver lining in those grumpy, grey clouds and try out one of these exciting activities instead of moping on the couch!
Invite some friends, pull up bath bomb tutorials on YouTube, take out the jade roller, and get cosy for a DIY spa day at home. On rainy days like these, the best thing to do is treat yourself. Head over to Lush to pick up one of their many skincare products, from handmade bath bombs to face masks and soaps of all kinds.
You don’t need sunshine to feel high when you can fly through the air and bounce off the walls at the awesome Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park. Add a spring in your step and dare to conquer the Ultimate Ninja Course (pictured above) or become a “Circus Extraordinaire” on the trapeze. If not, you can simply fling yourself through the air into the giant foam pit—you know you’ll always have a soft landing!
Alternatively, let off some steam at SuperPark, which invites Hongkongers of all ages to let loose in three separate fun areas within the 45,000 square-foot space. Park-goers can jump on the Flying Fox and Sliding Mountains climbing wall in the Adventure Area, or enjoy a game of Street Basketball or SuperPinball in the Game Arena. Older kids and teens will no doubt enjoy the Freestyle Hall, where they can test their skills in the Skate and Scoot World, bounce on a giant Trampoline Platform, or tackle an Augmented Climbing Wall.
Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park, 3/F, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay | (+852) 2337 8191
How much: Prices start at $150 per person for one-hour sessions
SuperPark, Shop G03, G/F, One SilverSea, 18 Hoi Fai Road, Kowloon
How much: Day pass ticket costs $180 on weekdays and $240 on weekends (includes all equipment rental)
Seek shelter from the drizzle at Hong Kong’s premier virtual racing centre, Sideways Driving Club. With 15 networked simulators, 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 brolly at. Why not become a Formula One champion for the day or, if you're feeling really competitive, race your friends against the clock? Turn off your Playstation or Xbox and get yourself down there for a more immersive gaming experience.
Sideways Driving Club, 1/F, 65–65A Peel Street, Central | (+852) 2523 0983
How much: Prices start from $300 per hour, but make sure you book ahead
Why stay cooped up on the couch watching sci-fi movies when you can recreate your own at Hong Kong's first spaceship-themed laser tag station, Lasermads? With dramatic music blaring 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 your adrenaline pumping and the competition fired up. Let your imagination run wild as you duck, dive, and zap your opponents with the most advanced laser equipment and systems this planet has to offer.
Lasermads, 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 (min. 8 players, max. 30 players)
Are you a budding artist just dying to get creative and show off your artistic side? If so, why not spend a rainy day at one of Hong Kong’s quirky art studios? Head to charming and cosy boutique painting studio, Ka Atelier, and enjoy a 2.5-hour workshop in either teapot painting or bottle art with the studio’s artist herself, Carole Leung. Alternatively, head to Oscary Art in PMQ (pictured) or Causeway Bay studios Paint Palette or AURA ART.
Choose a canvas of your preferred size, grab all the acrylic paints you need, and enjoy complimentary soft drinks to keep your creative juices flowing. If you fancy something a little stronger (champagne, darling?), some of these venues will allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks, and even let you play your own music.
KA Atelier, 2D, Moonstar Court, 2A–2G Star Street, Wan Chai | (+852) 3484 2919
How much: Prices start from $320 for a two-hour Chinese tea cup painting session
Oscary Art, S511, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central | (+852) 9588 1514
How much: Prices start from $150 for a three- to four-hour class
Paint Palette, 3/F, 514 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 9196 1128
How much: $220 per person (from Monday to Thursday) and $280 (Friday to Sunday and public holidays)
AURA ART, 1/F, 16 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2886 2359
How much: Prices start from $210 per person
Unleash your domestic goddess or god at one of the city’s top bakery schools. Whip up some gorgeous cupcakes, masker the skill of creating beautiful floral decorations with icing, or create your very own couture handbag cake (yes, you read that right), with the sweet treat maestros at Complete Deelite. There are several workshops to choose from which cater to both adults and kids, so you can bring your little ones along too. Alternatively, head to The Mixing Bowl and bring out the baker in you with enjoyable classes in bread making and traditional Hong Kong goodies.
Complete Deelite, 3/F, On Lan Centre, 11–15 On Lan Street, Central | (+852) 3167 7022
How much: Prices start from $580 for children's workshops
The Mixing Bowl, 23/F, The Pemberton, 22–26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2524 0001
How much: Prices start from $550 per person
Escape the reality of grey skies and wet socks completely at Zero Latency, a multiplayer virtual reality gaming centre. The centre uses state-of-the-art wireless technology and motion tracking to take players into the next level of social gaming. Equipped with VR headsets, headphones, military-style backpacks, and weapons, players get to talk, strategise, call for help, and banter while battling zombies, robots, and drones. Although the graphics are very much computer game-like rather than IRL, once you’re playing, you’re quickly immersed and it’s easy to forget where you really are. Some of the team have tried it out, and we can confirm that this is more than enough to tire you out.
Zero Latency, Unit ABC, 11/F, Montery Plaza, 15 Chong Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon | (+852) 2762 0108
Harry Houdini broke out of a suspended straitjacket, David Copperfield escaped from an exploding building, but have you got what it takes to mastermind a perfect escape? Find out at Hong Kong's first ever real-life room escape centre, Freeing HK. Throw yourself into a mysterious world of intrigue, puzzles, and codes as you 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? Gather your wits about you, because there’s only one way to find out!
Freeing HK, 4/F, Pakpolee Commercial Centre, 1A–1K Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok | (+852) 2711 1785
How much: Sessions start from $138 per adult
With 19 Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) museums to explore in Hong Kong, you are certainly not short of educational activities to enjoy when the heavens have opened. Aside from favourites such as the Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and Hong Kong Science Museum, there are 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 at the Hong Kong Railway Museum, or having a totally mind-opening experience at Dialogue in the Dark (pictured) 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. If it happens to be raining on a Wednesday then even better, as many of Hong Kong’s museums open their doors for free.
Hong Kong Railway Museum, 13 Shung Tak Street, Tai Po Market, Tai Po | (+852) 2653 3455
How much: Free admission
Dialogue in the Dark, Unit B, 7/F, D2 Place ONE, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Cheung Sha Wan | (+852) 2310 0833
How much: Prices start at $160 for adults, with discounts and group tickets available
When the rain is falling, the alley is calling! Get competitive on the lanes at one of Hong Kong’s coolest bowling alleys, Tikitiki Bowling Bar. This surprisingly spacious Saikung venue is like a world of its own and absolutely perfect for a rainy day. Slip on your bowling shoes and roll 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 and gourmet restaurant spreads to tuck into. There are also tonnes of family-friendly deals and packages to choose from, with an hour on the lanes setting you back as little as $100 per hour!
Tikitiki Bowling Bar, 4/F, Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung | (+852) 2657 8488
How much: Standard prices start at $299 per hour (plus $10 per person for shoe rental); packages start at $100 per hour
You’ll soon forget the rain when you’re climbing inside a giant, inflatable bubble and wreaking havoc in a 4,000 square-foot arena. Bubble up and let the madness begin as you and your buddies bump and crash your way to victory in the quirky Crossfire Arena. Each session lasts around 1.5 hours and includes approximately eight different games to get you—quite literally—bouncing off the walls!
The bubbles come in three different sizes so everyone 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 rainy day activity. If you’re feeling particularly brave, why not combine Bubble Soccer with a game of Archery Tag to really get the heart rate going?
Crossfire Arena, Shop 306–308, 3/F, D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok | (+852) 3461 9023
How much: Drop in costs $160 per person (1 hour); party package for up to 12 people costs $3,088 (1.5 hours); party package for up to 20 people costs $3,788 (1.5 hours)
There’s nothing quite like whiling away the afternoon with your friends over a lovely cup of tea in the cosy indoors—especially when you’re in luxurious surroundings. Afternoon tea will never go out of style in Hong Kong, and it’s hardly surprising with so many delicious offers around the city. For the quintessentially English experience, head to the iconic lobby of The Peninsula and delve into a tower of savoury, sweet, and creamy delights (not to mention a glass of bubbly if you're feeling cheeky).
Alternatively, relax in the elegant Lobby Lounge of the Island Shangri-La and enjoy the view of the hotel’s tropical gardens and ancient Banyan Tree as you sip from your teacup. You could also take your cuppa to dazzling new heights and enjoy stunning views of Victoria Harbour at Rosewood Hong Kong. Check out more choices for amazing afternoon tea spots.
The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2696 6772
How much: $398 for one person, $718 for two
Island Shangri-La, 6/F, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central | (+852) 2877 3838 (ext. 8224)
How much: $338 for one person, $558 for two
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon | (+852) 3891 8732
How much: $380 for one person, $758 for two
If all else fails, you can simply default to catching up with your buddies over a drink (or three), and luckily our city is overflowing with amazing happy hours deals to keep us warm and smiling on those rainy days. From buy-one-get-one-frees (BOGOFs) to all-you-can-drink (and eat if you’re lucky), there are deals to satisfy all tastes—and wallets.
Even better news is that there’s one on offer every single day of the week at some generous venues such as Wahtiki Island Lounge and Mr. Wolf. Going one step further is popular Vietnamese restaurant Chôm Chôm with its “when it rains, we pour” motto—order a bottle of wine while it’s raining outside and you can enjoy 50 percent off! Cheers to that!
Wahtiki Island Lounge, 3/F, Seabird House, 22–28 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2793 0308
Mr Wolf, 5/F, Crawford House, 70 Queen's Road Central | (+852) 2526 0838
Chôm Chôm, 58–60 Peel Street, SoHo | (+852) 2810 0850