Struggling to think of things to do with the kids in Hong Kong? Tired of visiting the same old places? Give Disneyland and Ocean Park a swerve next time around and check out these 10 places for some family fun – there’s everything from a ship simulator to a ninja obstacle course!
#1 Lost Hong Kong
Ready to get lost? This reality escape game – with two Hong Kong locations at Causeway Bay and Mong Kok – sees participants locked inside a ‘scenario room’, with 45 minutes on the clock to find a way out. Work as a team to solve puzzles and perform actions and you’ll soon see the light of day! Newly opened in both locations is Lost Junior, designed specifically for ages six to 14.
Cost: Prices start from around HK$150 per person.
#2 Hong Kong Science Museum
Need a break from shopping? While you’re in Tsim Sha Tsui, head to this popular museum that boasts over 500 exhibits, many of which are interactive and great for kids. The hands-on displays cover everything from ancient Egyptian history to modern technology.
Cost: HK$20 per person.
Whether it’s the indoor or outdoor variety, climbing is growing in popularity as a pastime for kids and adults alike, and GoNature is one place where everyone can get their fix. It has a wide range of climbing and bouldering routes, with activities including parent-child climbs; plus, you can book birthday parties and social gatherings here. If you’re on the island side, you can try Verm City, near the Quarry Bay MTR station.
Cost: HK$338 for a family pass (one adult, one child, plus climbing shoes).
#4 Tai Kwun
Take the kids and explore this unique heritage site. There are courtyards to run around in and storytelling spaces to explore (check out the jail cells in the Barrack Block). There’s often a special exhibition on too; check the website.
Cost: Free (special events are ticketed)
#5 Inspiration Lake
If the weather’s fine, enjoy an outing at this picturesque public park near Disneyland. Pack a picnic, go for a stroll and take in the water views. Pedal boats and bikes are available for rent from 10am to 5pm.
#6 Dream Come True Education Park
Got a long wait for a flight? Keep the kids happy at this edu-tainment centre at Hong Kong International Airport. They’ll have the chance to role-play various occupations including pilot, doctor and astronaut, with little outfits to boot!
Cost: Kids HK$320, adults half price.
#7 The Rink @ Elements HK
Escape the heat at one of the many ice-skating rinks in the city. Catering to a variety of ages and abilities, The Rink allows first-time skaters and learners to rent “penguin” balancing devices (there are seals, bears and dolphins too) to help with moving around. Payment can be made by the minute using your Octopus card.
Cost: HK$20 per person.
#8 Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park
Release a bit of energy at this mega park in Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island. Great for active kids, it features more than 40 trampolines, including foam pits, trapezes and angled-wall trampolines – even a ninja obstacle course for a dose of stealthy fun.
Cost: From HK$95 per child for a one-hour session.
#9 Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Located at Pier 8, close to the Star Ferry dock, this museum is a good one for the whole family with more than a dozen galleries, including a simulator that gives kids the chance to experience what it’s like to drive a ship right into Victoria Harbour!
Cost: Adults HK$30, children half price.
#10 Hong Kong Wetland Park
If you love nature, visit this interactive educational centre that showcases wetland flora and fauna. Check out the butterfly garden, visit Pui Pui the saltwater crocodile and spot other creatures along the mangrove boardwalk.
Cost: HK$30 adult, HK$15 child (free for under threes).
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