Hong Kong’s Bucket List for Families
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 activities to do in Hong Kong with kids before they grow up. Being the fabulous parents you are, you’ve no doubt done a few of these, but there’s probably some more 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. Commute to and from a family dinner via the Star Ferry and catch the light show up close and personal on the way home.
3. Glide around the ice rink at The Glacier in Kowloon Tong, The Rink in West Kowloon, MegaIce in Kowloon Bay, Sky Rink in Sham Shui Po or Cityplaza Ice Palace in Quarry Bay.
4. Hop on the tram to the Peak and stroll the Morning Trail or one of the many 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.
7. Do some stargazing at the Sky Show at the Hong Kong Space Museum.
8. Catch some rays and good eats with the whole gang at The Pulse in Repulse Bay.
9. Free-fall on the Abyss ride at Ocean Park.
10. Walk among the tree tops and see more than 600 birds at the Hong Kong Aviary Park’s elevated pathways.
12. Go on a Geopark adventure to the New Territories and check out the extensive mangroves among other natural sights.
13. Go paddle boating in the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park near the Tai Tam Country Park.
14. Search for pink dolphins with a tour by Hong Kong Dolphin Watch.
15. Play with Snoopy and the whole Peanuts Gang at the 40,000 sqf 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. Hop over to the Hong Kong Zoological & 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.
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 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8-9am for a free class.
22. Swim in the South China Sea. Or check out other outdoor pools and beaches in Hong Kong.
23. Wander Hong Kong’s largest museum – the Hong Kong Heritage Museum covers 32,000 square metres! 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. Explore all the exhibitions at the Hong Kong Science Museum – 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.
29. Spend the afternoon at Tai Po Waterfront Park and ride bikes on the promenade.
30. Get your kung fu on at Kowloon Park every Sunday from 2:30-4:30pm. Check out other Kowloon parks and playgrounds here.
32. Go back in time at the beautifully preserved 100-year-old Lei Yuen Mun Fort – Hong Kong’s oldest British coastal fortress dating back to the Victorian period. It is home to the Museum of Coastal Defence. 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 performances 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 along with the Bun Scrambling Competition – and don’t forget to check out the incredible Piu Sik (Floating Colours) parade. Watch our highlights here!
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. Check out our favourite family camping spots here.
37. Cheer on the Oxfam Trailwalkers along the 100km MacLehose Trail. Our favourite spot? Stage 6 with all the monkeys!
38. Head over to the New Territories and check out the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden while taking in the views and animals!
39. When the weather warms up, grab some friends and take a junk ride out for some fun in the sun.
40. Eat meat pies and take in the action at the biggest rugby party in the world at Hong Kong Rugby Sevens in April– 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.
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 (also known as the 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 and then wander over to the Goldfish Markets nearby.
49. Gorge on yummy dim sum (and rub elbows with HK tycoons) at the famous Luk Yu Tea House on Stanley Street.
50. Tap into your creative juices and enjoy some Art Jamming.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2013, and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.