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Originally published by Ngai Yeung. Last updated by Beverly Ngai.
You know that it’s important to stay healthy, to keep fit and do sports, but it’s also way too hot or much too wet outside. You’d hit the gym, but sports is just way more fun with friends—however, you and your friends have already cycled through the usual bowling and badminton. How about a change of pace? Check out the coolest places to duke it out with your friends or family while squeezing in a workout.
Summon your inner ninja warrior at AlphaStep, Hong Kong’s first integrated fitness foundry concept for kids! Taking an immersive and integrative approach to training, this newly opened 6,000-square-foot studio in Tseung Kwan O encourages children and teenagers to swing, climb, and jump their way to fitness in a fun, obstacle-based format!
With the help of international-standard equipment, a scientific and digitalised training strategy, and a professional team of experts, AlphaStep has designed over 20 individual courses to help hone children’s physical abilities, tackling all the key areas of strength, coordination, and flexibility. Fancy a little friendly competition with your fellow peers? AlphaStep also offers group activities and corporate events to get the whole gang active together!
AlphaStep, G20 & G21A, Ground Floor, Monterey Place, 23 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O | (+852) 3791 2626
Be still, our beating hearts—there is a brand-new go-karting arena opening in Hong Kong, and it is something to behold. Spanning 50,000 square feet—making it the largest indoor go-karting venue in the city—18 Challenge Karting offers a total of two driving circuits, with plenty of twists and turns for you to practice your best drifts.
This high-speed fun can be had on all days of the week, with Formula Circuit (starting from $238), Drift Land ($100), and Pro Racing (starting from $38) sessions for you to choose from. Once you’ve had your fill of zooming around the racing tracks, have a go at basketball machines, claw machines, and other e-sports machines!
18 Challenge Karting, S1, 2/F, Oi Man Plaza, 60 Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin
Whether you’re a hardcore tactical veteran or a recreational amateur, Impact Force CQB will have the right gear, instructors, and arenas to prop you up with a thrilling time of wargaming ($230 for two hours with gear included). Dodge and dash through vast indoor maps such as an Arabian market, an Egyptian tomb, and even the haunting maze from the Maze Runner franchise as you and your friends track each other down. Test your reflexes, teamwork, and sharp-shooting skills in this heart-pumping combat game.
Impact Force CQB, Unit A, B2, C3, D1, E1 & E2, 3/F, Kaiser Estate, Phase 1, 41 Man Yue Street, Hung Hom | (+852) 5593 1339
Crave the excitement of a shoot-out but not the pain of real BB bullets? Head over to Resa Laser for a flashy game of laser tag (starting from $148 for one hour). Strengthen your friendships by playing in teams with various game modes, or test your friendship and fight to the death in a wild free-for-all. Immerse yourself in the arena’s dramatic neon ambience and pretend you’re in a futuristic spy film with a cool sniper laser!
Resa Laser, Flat C & D, 2/F, Good Year Industrial Building, 119–121 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong | (+852) 3580 0030
Do you think regular football is confusing and chaotic? Well, bubble soccer takes that to a whole new level. At Crossfire’s low-light indoor arena, run, kick, and smash your way to the goal in glow-in-the-dark bubble football suits (starting from $160 for drop-ins and $3,088 for groups). Bowled someone over? It’s fine—they’re in a bubble, just focus on getting the ball in the goal in this uninhibited, crazy game of football!
Crossfire Arena, Shop 306–308, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok | (+852) 3461 9023
Walking on the streets, you may have had the occasional individual whizz by you on a hoverboard. Well, envy them no more, as you too can now race your friends on the futuristic gadget at Azzita HoverLand. Zoom through their specially designed racing tracks on the hoverboard (starting from $89 for half an hour), or sit down on the sleek HoverFish (starting from $79 for 10 minutes) and steer by leaning left or right. For a final upgrade, take a spin on the HoverMat (starting from $99 for 10 minutes). The experience may be a bit pricey, but where else can you zip along on the cooler version of a luge cart?
Azzita HoverLand, A, 3/F, Block 1, Yip Fat Factory Building, 77 Hoi Yuen Road, Kwun Tong | (+852) 3702 1160
Finally, you can bust out those snazzy moves you’ve been practising in secret in at Mong Kok’s Game Zone. Dance-off against your friends to popular songs on the Danz Base or Dance Evolution arcade machines, equipped with full-body sensors to see who has the more accurate moves! Alternatively, head over to X-Land in Tsuen Wan to duke it out on the more old-timey Dance Dance Revolution machine, or sweat it off by choreographing your own moves on the newer Dancerush Stardom.
Game Zone, B/F, Mong Kok New Town Mall, 65 Argyle Street, Mong Kok
X-Land, 4/F, Kolour, 68 Chung On Street, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 2940 7878
Live out your dreams of being a Jedi (or a Sith, no judgement) from Star Wars in a flashy lightsaber duel at neon sabre ($180 for 90 minutes) at Crossfire Arena. Learn practical self-defence drills, basic sabre techniques, and combat sequences under the guidance of a friendly instructor before challenging your fellow classmates—ahem, Force users—to the most epic lightsaber duel ever. Cue Duel of the Fates blaring in the background. Book in advance to avoid paying the drop-in price; go on, we know you’ve always wanted this…
Crossfire Arena, Shop 306-308, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok | (+852) 3461 9023
With special guns and a floor that vibrates, immerse yourself in an otherworldly experience at VAR Live, Hong Kong’s premier spot for multisensory VR games ($220 for three games). Cooperate with your friends to shoot down zombies, slice down evil samurai as a ninja, and more from their broad selection of 13 games that range from adult-oriented horror games to child-friendly virtual-reality experiences revolving around your worst nightmare—the Baby Shark Dance.
VAR Live, Shop 114–127, 1/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok | (+852) 5744 9907
While this is not a competitive sport unlike the rest of this list, we figured that this indoor sport was fascinating enough to make the list. Besides, you might want some winding-down after an intense day. Pedal away on a stationary “Jacuzzi bike” whilst submerged in water from the torso down at Velocity Aquabike Studio.
Enjoy a soothing hot tub jet massage even as you pump out a solid cardio workout on an Aquabike ($280 for a 30-minute trial session), or extend your workout with a session at their Japanese sauna (starting from $450 for both bike and sauna). Velocity Aquabike Studio brands itself as the first and only solo Aquabike studio in Asia, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity right here in Hong Kong!
Velocity Aquabike Studio, 14/F, Oliv, 15–21 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2110 4460