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50 Things To Do With Kids In Hong Kong Before They Grow Up – Part 2

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We’ve all been there. Kids running up the walls (and down again), and you’re drawing a complete and utter blank about what to do or where to go. The good news? HK is jam packed with super fun adventures and things to do with kids. And since we could all use a little help now and again, we’ve pulled together our second installment of 50 great amazing, memory-making things to do in Hong Kong with kids before they grow upNeed more inspiration? Check out our first 50 here. Yup, 100 things to do, see, play, eat… all kid-friendly and kid-approved and in our own backyard. Have fun!

51. Beat the heat on PLAY’s indoor ski slope

52. …and speaking of ice, learn to figure skate at Megabox’s full-size ice rink.

53. Head to Playright Playscope for some physical fun, and check some new awesome new toys out of their free Toy Library.

54. Make your kids dreams come true and have breakfast with Mickey Mouse – heck, why not just plan a surprise staycation at Hong Kong Disneyland? There’s a great spa

55. Visit the giant pandas and see the dolphin show at Ocean Park.

56. Go to St. Stephens in Stanley at Christmas and watch Santa arrive on a helicopter…in flip-flops (only in Hong Kong…).

57. Watch a lion dance during Chinese New Year.

58. All aboard! The small, picturesque Hong Kong Railway Museum in the restored old Tai Po Market Station is a must for kids who love trains and includes samples of track and a full-size model of an electric train compartment.

59. Hit the Formula One circuit in the super realistic driving simulators at Sideways Driving.

60. Sharpen your haggling skills in HK’s neon jungle at Temple Street Night Market and the nearby Ladies’ Market.

61. Hit up a 3D movie at one of UA Cinema’s 8 3D movie theatres around town (ok, technically one’s in Macau… another fun thing to do in our fellow SAR!) Showing right now: Frozen and The Hobbit – Desolation Of Smaug

62. Brave the climb to the Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery in Shatin.

63. You’ve seen its red sails on the harbour at night – why not hop on the Aqua Luna for a 45-minute harbour tour or a day-trip (that includes a yummy dim sum lunch).

64. Sleep in a teepee at the Palm Beach Teepee Village on Lantau.

65. Hop on the tram… and just ride it for a while.

66. Two words: Foot massage!

67. Let’s go fly a… plane! Flight Experience has two super 737 flight simulators and great kids packages.

68. Har Gow, Sui Mai and Spring Rolls, oh my! Gather the little ones and their friends for a private dim sum cooking class from Kidchen.

69. Sit around a campfire on Lantau’s Pui O beach– Treasure Island has ALL the gear you need for a fun family camping trip.

70.  Channel some serious flower power with some floral jamming  at Tallensia Floral Art in Sheung Wan.

71Get crafty and hit up Sham Shui Po for ribbons, buttons, feathers and all sorts of good stuff.

72. Hike Dragon’s Back then gorge on yummy thai food in Shek-O village.

73. Feed the goats, bunnies and even ostriches at Tai Tong Lychee Valley.

74. Explore Tai Tam Country Park - heck, it covers about 1/5 of Hong Kong Island’s land area!

75. Experience Hong Kong’s biodiversity first-hand at the Mai Po Night Safari.

76. Get dressed up for a swanky brunch at the Verandah in Repulse Bay (afterwards, head across the road to the beach to get sand in your best shoes!).

77. Broaden your mind with a visit to one of the many fab Museums HK has to offer. Truly something for everyone!

78. Listen to some authentic Chinese opera. A great opportunity is during the Hungry Ghost Festival (which runs until September 15th this year so hurry!!) when there are regular performances in parks, playgrounds and plazas HK-wide.

79. Ping Shan Heritage Trail takes you on a guided walk around some of the New Territories’ oldest historical buildings.

80. Drop down a gear to a slower pace of life at Tai O Village, where traditional stilt houses house local craftsmen and plenty of yummy seafood restaurants!

81. Witness sleepy little Cheung Chau transformed into the busiest place in Hong Kong once a year for the Bun Festival. Those scramblers are definitely braver than we are!

82. Where kids end up if they don’t tidy their rooms, right mama?? The Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum is a fascinating insight into HK’s jails throughout the ages.

83. Hit the pool! There are oodles of choices here but Tai Po has HK’s longest water slide, Kennedy Town has a huge kid’s play pool and Victoria Park is the biggest overall complex so why do things by halves?

84. One for the teens: guaranteed success in your love life comes after a visit to Lover’s Rock on Bowen Road! Still, if that doesn’t work then the fabulous view from up there should make you feel at least a little romantic.

85. Make like celebrity shopper Lebron James and spring for some new kicks on Sneaker Street!

86. Problems with the school bully? Exam stress? BFFs no longer? Take their worries down to Canal Road in Wan Chai and hand them over to the Petty Person Beaters who can vanish worries with a swift bash of the shoe!

87. Head to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin temple in Kowloon for a peek into your future. Test out the Kau Cim fortune sticks in the main temple to get your assigned number then head next door to one of the many fortune tellers’ stalls for a full reading.

88. See the other side of the Magic Kingdom. We all know about Hong Kong Disneyland, but there’s so much more than rides at Disney Resort Park. Hire a boat and pedal across Inspiration Lake, take a bike ride around the park before a picnic lunch in the Arboretum and a stroll back along the Promenade to the ferry pier.

89. Head on up to Diamond Hill to the stunning Nan Lian Garden. After a yummy veggie lunch in the park’s restaurant, take a stroll around this oasis of calm before popping across the road to Chi Lin Nunnery for more blissful tranquility!

90. Get right under the skin of our great city and brush up on history with one of Jason Wordie’s famous walking tours.

91. Zoom up in the lift to the 43rd Floor of the Bank of China Tower for a fabulous panoramic view of the Harbour.

92. Slap bang in Central are Li Yuen Streets East and West, aka the Lanes. Browse for cheap and cheerful kids’ clothes then pop into long time Sassy fave Vickie for mama’s custom shoes.

93. For older kids, the YWCA’s Local Culture Heritage introduction is a real eye-opener, covering many aspects of Hong Kong’s unique character.

94. Pop into Sweet Secrets on Graham Street and let them pick out their favourite cupcake flavour. Better still: pick out a selection to share at home.

95. Meet at the Excelsior in Causeway Bay for a half-day Feng Shui Tour that will explain the principles of this fascinating ancient philosophy and how it shaped our city.

96. Commemorate a special family occasion or just unleash your teen’s inner Tyra Banks in a photo shoot with Sassy’s very own style blogger and photographer extraordinaire, Sabrina Sikora.

97. Get artistic at next years’ International Arts Carnival, running from 4th July to 10th August 2014.

98. Want to get serious about healthy eating? Rent your own farming field at Tin Shui Wai Greenfield Garden in Yuen Long for some grow-your-own goodness!

99. Get them throwing a pot (and not in a fit of temper!) at Pottery Workshop’s Clay is Fun Saturday morning kid’s class.

100. And finally, if you managed to get through all 100 ideas, give yourself a big pat on the back, mama! Oh, and maybe celebrate with a fabulous family-friendly brunch or dim sum lunch.

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