We’re the first to admit that there are days when we can’t think of a single thing to do or place to go with the kids. But the reality is that Hong Kong is positively teeming with things to do as a family. Here’s a list of 50 amazing, memory-making things to do in Hong Kong with kids before they grow up. Being the super fabulous parents that you are, you’ve no doubt done a few of these, but there’s probably more than a few on our list (which is in no particular order, by the way) that you haven’t gotten to yet. Why not start this weekend?
1. Let’s start with an obvious one: Commute to and from a family dinner via the Star Ferry and catch the light show up close and personal on the way home.
2. Hike up 200 steps to see the Giant Buddha then eat at the fabulous vegetarian restaurant at Po Lin Monastery.
3. Go ice-skating at The Glacier at Festival Walk or Cityplaza Ice Palace in Quarry Bay.
4. Take the tram to the Peak and stroll the Morning Trail or one of other great family-friendly walks up there.
5. Eat the famous egg tarts at Tai Cheong Bakery on Lyndhurst Terrace. The fluffy sugar donuts are also a super yummy treat here.
6. Hike around Lamma Island, an island with 6,000 years of fishing history, and enjoy a seafood lunch at one of the open-air restaurants on the docks.
7. Do some stargazing at the Sky Show at the Hong Kong Space Museum.
8. See what the unseen world is like at the Space Museum and take in an Omnimax movie.
9. Free-fall on the Abyss ride at Ocean Park.
10. Walk among the treetrops and see more than 600 birds at the Hong Kong Aviary Park’s elevated pathways.
11. Get your picture taken with Jackie Chan and loads of stars at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum on the Peak.
12. Enjoy family brunch at the Top Deck on the Jumbo.
13. Go paddleboating in the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park near the Tai Tam Country Park.
14. Search for pink dolphins with a tour by HK Dolphinwatch.
15. Play with Snoopy and the whole Peanuts Gang at the 40,000sqf Snoopy World playground in Shatin. It’s a bit of a trek so why not bring a picnic lunch?
16. Boogie board or even learn to surf at Big Wave Bay.
17. Make a wish and bang the drum at Man Mo Temple.
18. Bop over to the Zoological and Botanical Gardens and pay a visit to the monkeys, birds, snakes, and other animals. Finish up by picking up an ice cream (and some cool bubble blowing toys) at the snack bar and relax by the fountain.
19. Do the bridge simulator and check out the cool boat models at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
20. Stroll the boardwalk through the wetland habitats at the Hong Kong Wetland Park.
21. Start the day with some morning tai chi – head to the Sculpture Court, in front of Hong Kong Museum of Art each Mon, Wed, and Friday from 8-9am for a free class.
22. Swim in the South China Sea.
23. Wander HK’s largest museum – the Hong Kong Heritage Museum covers 32,000 square meters (!). The Children’s Discovery Gallery has eight play zones just for kids 4-10 years old.
24. Visit the Hong Kong Monetary Museum – read up on the history of Hong Kong’s currency while enjoying a stellar view!
25. Get hands on with learning at Hong Kong Science Musuem – more than three-quarters of the museum’s 500 exhibitions over 4 floors is interactive and great for kids.
26. Create lanterns to light and release (we love either Stanley beach or the Peak) for the Moon Festival … and eat lots of moon cakes!
27. Plan ahead and book a session at the Toy Library at the Hong Kong Central Library.
28. Take in a mega view at sky100 at the ICC, the highest indoor observation deck in HK.
29. Spend the afternoon at Tai Po Waterfront Park and ride bikes on the promenande.
30. Get your kung fu on at Kowloon Park where free classes on the traditional Chinese martial arts takes place every Sunday from 2:30-4:30pm
31. Be on your best behavior and nibble finger sandwiches at high tea at the Peninsula Hotel or the Mandarin Oriental.
32. Go back in time at the beautifully preserved 100-year-old Lei Yue Mun fort – HK’s oldest British coastal fortress dating to the Victorian period – that is home to the Museum of Coastal Defense. Spend the day on the site’s historical trail complete with tunnels, cannons, and observation posts.
33. Experience the magic of the art of xiqu and take in performance during the Chinese Opera Festival held all summer.
34. Head to the little island of Cheung Chau for the Bun Festival in April and see the huge tower of buns erected outside the Pak Tai Temple and the Bun Scrambling Competition – and don’t miss the incredible Piu Sik (‘Floating Colours’) parade.
35. Do your grocery shopping for the week at the Graham Street Wet Market.
36. Up for an adventure? Walk from Tai Tam to China – camping out along the way – on the Wilson Trail.
37. Cheer on the Oxfam Trailwalkers along the 100km Machleose Trail. Our favorite spot? Stage 6 with all the monkeys!
38. Cheer on the Hong Kong Marathon since no one else does (why is that??).
39. Sweep an ancestor’s grave during Ching Ming Festival.
40. Eat meat pies and take in the action at the biggest rugby party in the world at Hong Kong Rugby Sevens – and don’t miss New Zealand’s famous pre-match – and seriously intimidating – Haka!
41. Head to Noah’s Ark at Ma Wan Park with its 67 pairs of life-size wild or endangered animal sculptures.
42. Take a junk to lunch – Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant on Po Toi can’t be beat.
43. Wake up early (which, let’s be honest…we all sorta do every day, right?) and wander the Flower Market.
44. Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival (or Tuen Ng Festival) in Stanley and take in all the boats, drums and gongs.
45. Look for treasures at the Jade Market.
46. Eat at some of the last remaining dai pai dong at the Temple Street Night Market (and get your palm read too!).
47. Listen to some prized songbirds do their thing at the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden then wander over to the Goldfish Markets nearby.
48. Most museums are free on Wednesday – whatcha waiting for?!
49. Gorge on yummy dim sum (and rub elbows with HK tycoons) at the famous Luk Yu Tea House on Stanley Street.
50. Jam on with some Art Jamming.
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