11 kid-friendly things to do in Hong Kong

May 14, 2018
  • Learn all about pandas
    1 / 11 Learn all about pandas

    Ocean Park hosts all kinds of exotic mega-fauna, including the world’s largest amphibian, the Chinese giant salamander. Its most popular residents by far are two adorable giant pandas. Kids will also love watching the fox-faced red pandas at play.

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  • Watch a dazzling light show
    2 / 11 Watch a dazzling light show

    Every evening, a stunning light display illuminates the skies around Victoria Harbour. The 13-minute Symphony of Lights is free of charge and guaranteed to entertain everyone from tots to teens. To listen to live narration alongside the spectacle, head to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront by the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

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  • Meet your favourite Disney characters
    3 / 11 Meet your favourite Disney characters

    A family vacation to Hong Kong wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Disneyland to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the gang. It may not quite match its Floridian counterpart in terms of size, but kids can still ride Space Mountain while parents indulge in a bit of nostalgia. Both young and old will also enjoy the spectacular daily and nightly shows.

    Related: 12 ways to survive theme parks with kids

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  • Build a “house” from scratch
    4 / 11 Build a “house” from scratch

    The Children’s Gallery at the Hong Kong Science Museum features a number of interactive exhibits, including the Big Kids’ Work Site. Here, Junior can pretend to be a construction worker and build a small house, using bricks and equipment such as a crane, a wheelbarrow and a conveyor belt.

    The role-playing work site accommodates up to 25 children, so your little one will also get to “work” with other kids. This exhibit is only open to children who are 80cm to 120cm tall.     

    Tickets are HK$20 (S$3.35). Admission is free for kids under four years old.

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  • Burn energy in countless ways
    5 / 11 Burn energy in countless ways

    Superpark in Kowloon is every child’s dream come true. Designed by a Finnish dad, and with locations all over the world, this indoor activity park has three zones, each built for a specific purpose.

    The Adventure Area features obstacle walls, trampolines, zip wires, slides, play towers, and a pedal car racing track. Over at the Game Arena, kids play sports like baseball, basketball and golf.

    In the Freestyle Hall, kids can skate and scoot, play in a foam pit, climb a wall, and do gymnastics on the special floor. The best part is, you’re welcome to join your little ones. There is no minimum age to enter the venue.

    A one-day ticket costs HK$180 (S$30) per person on weekdays, and HK$250 per person on holidays. Cheaper tickets are available if you only plan to stay in the venue for a few hours.

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  • Spend an afternoon in the park
    6 / 11 Spend an afternoon in the park

    Despite being one of the most densely packed metropolises on Earth, Hong Kong boasts some surprisingly verdant urban oases. One of the best of these for kids is the sprawling 13ha Kowloon Park.

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  • Delve into Hong Kong’s past
    7 / 11 Delve into Hong Kong’s past

    Endlessly fascinating, the story of Hong Kong’s rise to power as a global trading centre is worth teaching your children. Interactive exhibits and toy displays at the Hong Kong Museum Of History will keep their attention.

    Related: Travelling with kids: What you should really plan for

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  • Spot dolphins
    8 / 11 Spot dolphins

    Sadly, the distinctive pink dolphins that were once commonly seen in the seas surrounding Hong Kong are an increasingly rare sight these days. The Hong Kong Dolphinwatch Ltd boat cruises are still good family fun, though, whether or not you manage to spy one of the elusive marine mammals.

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  • Admire views from the top
    9 / 11 Admire views from the top

    Though hazy skies may make this one tricky, when the weather clears, grab your family and make a beeline for The Peak. Ride the Peak Tram up from the Central Station MRT for a jaw-dropping panorama of the whole city.

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  • Create original ceramic art
    10 / 11 Create original ceramic art

    If your kids are artistically inclined, they will enjoy the workshop at Loveramics at The Pulse in Repulse Bay. First, they get to pick one item from a range of unglazed ceramic mugs, bowls and owls.

    Then, they can decorate their item any way they want, using the paints, stamps and stencils provided. The decorated item is left with the store to be glazed, polished and fired. No experience is necessary.

    The workshop is open to all ages, but kids under three years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Each session lasts about two hours and costs HK$400 (S$67), including one ceramic item and all tools and brushes.

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  • Try figure skating
    11 / 11 Try figure skating

    With an area of 1,482 square metres, Mega Ice in Kowloon Bay is said to be the largest ice rink in Hong Kong. If your kids already know how to ice skate, they can rent a pair of skates and have a go by themselves on the ice.

    But if they want to learn how to glide like a professional figure skater then Mega Ice also offers lessons. Choose from three types of skating coaches – a regular, a senior or a
    star coach. A private, 30-minute lesson starts from HK$280 (S$46.90).

    Related: Super kids in Singapore: 10-year-old speed skater Amelia Chua

    A version of this article first appeared on SilverKris, additional reporting by Young Parents

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