Cool off at one of these pools this summer.
With most Hongkongers staying in the city over the summer and air-conditioners whirring non-stop, we’re set to have a scorcher of a season this year (can we hear some groans?). The only way to keep the whole family cool and stop the moaning is by jumping into some of the city’s fabulous pools. We are spoiled for choice with some great kid-friendly pools in Hong Kong (both indoor and outdoor). If you want to splash around on a budget, head to one of Hong Kong’s 44 public swimming pools (22 in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and 22 in the New Territories). Or if you’re looking for something a little more extravagant, there are plenty of luxurious hotel pools – that will be a great hit with mamas, papas and kids alike – and clubs that allow you to buy passes for swimming pools and gym facilities. No matter what you are looking for, there is something for everyone! Without further ado, here are some of our favourite kid-friendly swimming pools in Hong Kong.
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Though public pools have now opened, the leisure and toddler pools remain closed for now and many places have restrictions on numbers and certain areas (such as spectator stands and jacuzzis), so do check before visiting them. Private pools, hotels and clubhouses are open but are often allowing members only or restricting the number of guests, so please do call and check their policies before heading out.
Kid-Friendly Public Pools In Hong Kong
All public swimming pools in Hong Kong are easily accessible and affordable. The fixed price at all these pools is $17 per person on weekdays and $19 on weekends and public holidays. For children (aged 3 to 13 years) and seniors, it’s $8 on weekdays and $9 on weekends and public holidays. Toddlers under 3 years go free. Click here for more information on prices.
With leisure and toddler pools being closed, it may be a while before your little ones get to enjoy the many water slides, tunnels and floating animals that many of Hong Kong’s public pools offer. But don’t let that stop you from having a splash this summer! You can still jump into the main indoor or outdoor pools (and training pools) that reopened in May this year. With social distancing measures strictly in place, only alternate shower cubicles are being used and are disinfected hourly, all swimmers must wear masks while entering the premises until they go into the changing rooms or pools, so you can rest assured that there is a high emphasis on hygiene and safety standards. And as Hong Kong slowly but surely gets back to normal (was your little one chomping at the bit to get onto the swings when playgrounds opened?), you’ll see all these fabulous child-friendly attractions back in action.
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With two large kid-friendly swimming pools to cool off and splash around in, the public pool at Chai Wan is always a hit with the family. There’s plenty of space for the serious swimmers and the beginners. If you have a bub who is just crawling or walking, he or she is sure to love the shallow fountain area which springs up on you unexpectedly with pleasantly warm water (you wouldn’t want your little one shivering!). Go at dusk to take in the sunset.
Opening times: Closed for cleaning on Tuesday, click here for opening hours and schedule
Sassy Mama tip: Staying on the east side of the island? We also highly recommend the Island East Swimming Pool for the little ones. It’s not quite as far as the Chai Wan one and it’s indoors with slides and water blasters, making it a good option for when it’s raining.
Hong Kong Island’s biggest public swimming pool complex is the place to go if you have a kid who loves to dive, as the deep end is an impressive 5m (whoa!). There is even a dedicated diving pool and while you have to be in a class to use the big boards, anyone can bounce themselves off the 1m springboard. Victoria Park is conveniently located in Causeway Bay, close to the Central Public Library, plenty of restaurants and of course, there’s an abundance of playgrounds in the park itself.
Opening times: Closed Mondays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule
This kid-friendly pool is simply known as the Aberdeen Pool and is always a big hit with youngsters and adults alike. It comes complete with tunnel slides for the more active guests and sun loungers for those who want to chill out. Thankfully, this child-friendly pool complex is large enough to not get overcrowded. The toddler area has crocodile slides and big fountains to splash around in.
Opening times: Closed on Tuesdays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule
Conveniently located and easy to get to from Central (which is why it attracts families from all over Hong Kong!), the indoor swimming facility here has a newly installed indoor heating system and a Jacuzzi so you don’t have to worry about cooler temps. What’s more, there are two outdoor swimming pools – one for the kids with slides, animals and the works, and the other for mamas, papas and big kids! It’s right opposite Belcher’s Bay Park, so if your kids haven’t expended all their energy swimming, you can always hop across to the park for some more playtime, while you get your daily run.
Opening times: Closed on Wednesdays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule
Sassy Mama tip: Staying close to Central? We like the all-weather, ever-reliable Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool as well. It’s indoors, has a viewing gallery, is close to a children’s playground, jogging trail, the waterfront promenade and plenty of other sports facilities as well. Ideal for when you’re playing a game of basketball or squash with your budding sports star and want to pop into the pool to cool down afterwards.
This is a fab little-kid-friendly pool in Hong Kong, ideal for preschoolers, kindergarteners and little swimmers under 10 years old. In addition to a pool for laps only, you’ll find an area with lots of fun stuff for the kids – water slides (including baby slides…yay!), water-squirting dolphins and sharks, floating mini aquatic animals to sit on, a water fountain to dance under and lots more.
Opening times: Closed for cleaning on Tuesdays, click here for opening hours and schedule
Sassy Mama tip: The Morse Park Swimming Pool, also in Wong Tai Sin, is partially open. The secondary pool is in the process of being converted into an indoor heated pool (it will take till 2022, so you’ll have quite a wait!), making it ideal all year round.
A great pool for families (and one of our faves), this complex has connected indoor and outdoor pool areas and loads of kid-centric features. The big draw here? Are you ready…a pirate ship! With waterslides. And not-to-be-missed water cannons. That’s not all! There are fountains and floating animals – including a massive sea serpent (or is it a dragon?) that you can climb all over. Need we say more?
Opening times: Closed Mondays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule*
*Editor’s note: This pool has not reopened yet after the coronavirus closure.
The indoor main pool here is perfect for when you need an escape from the sun, heat and humidity, whereas the outside secondary pool, two teaching swimming pools and a sunbathing area is the perfect place to sit back with a good book. But stay sun smart, and don’t forget the hats, sunnies and sunscreen!
Opening times: Closed Wednesdays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule
Sassy Mama tip: Kowloon Park also houses a large family-friendly pool complex. There are four heated indoor pools, three outdoor leisure pools linked together by waterfalls, one circular paddling pool and a sunbathing area. Make it a complete day out by enjoying the lovely playground, take your little ones to see a flock of flamingoes and then cooling off by jumping into the pool.
Do laps in the main pool or lie back and chill in the leisure pool – whatever you’re after, Sai Kung Swimming Pool has got you covered. There are two slides as well, making this venue perfect for a family outing.
Opening times: Closed Wednesdays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule
Sassy Mama tip: If you live in the area, you probably will have already checked out the Tseung Kwan O pool. We love that it has all the usual facilities plus a babycare room!
Ever travelled on the Airport Express and looked longingly at this pool? A quick walk from the MTR, this pool is a hit with the older kids mainly because it has bigger slides.
Opening times: Closed on Thursdays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule
This one would require you making your way to Tai Po but when you get there, you’ll know exactly why it makes the cut. The three-storey high twisty water slides are well worth the trek and your bigger kids are sure to love this one. The lines are long but what would you expect for the longest water slides in Hong Kong?
Opening times: Closed on Mondays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule
Hotels, Clubhouses And Other Private Kid-Friendly Pools In Hong Kong
Hong Kong is full of amazing hotels, clubs and residential complexes with great pools. These are great locations for pool parties to celebrate your summer child’s birthday. While many of these are strictly only for members or residents, some places allow guests or pool-and-gym access to their clubhouse facilities for a more reasonable charge.
Editor’s note: Many hotels are currently restricting the use of facilities like steam and sauna rooms for hotel guests only and almost all have more frequent cleaning intervals. The information in this article was correct at the time of publication but could change depending on the coronavirus situation in Hong Kong and the subsequent social distancing restrictions.
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Hotels In Hong Kong
With unbeatable harbourside views, the Grand Hyatt’s 50-metre heated swimming pool is housed within a tropical-feeling patio oasis, famed for its outdoor appeal. The lush garden comes complete with outdoor dining and bar options, a 400-metre jogging path and even its own waterfall! There’s a gym, spa and sauna, so make a day of it and truly take some time to relax. Let your kids splash about and burn off some energy while you relax on the sun loungers. Plateau Spa Fitness day passes allow you to access all of these.
How much: $600 for weekday adult day pass (includes access to the pool, sauna and gym), $800 at weekends, monthly fitness centre memberships start at $5,000; $350 for a weekday child (aged 3 to 11 years) day pass, $400 at weekends, free access for babies and toddlers
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, sunrise to sunset (typically 6am to 7pm)
The truly relaxing atmosphere at Le Meridien, Cyberport features an outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor whirlpool to ease your aching muscles after trying to keep up with the kids. It’s great for little ones, too! The area near the changing rooms even has a sauna and steam room to make sure you get the full VIP treatment every time.
How much: $350 on weekdays, day passes 50% off for kids (ages 3 to 6 years), free for babies; passes on weekends ($450) are reserved for hotel guests and Marriott members
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6:30am to 9pm
This hotel in North Point has a beautiful outdoor swimming pool overlooking Victoria Harbour. It allows outside guests to access the pool, Jacuzzi, children’s pool and gym at a very reasonable rate. You could spend the evening splashing about in the pool and take the kids up to the 42nd floor at 8pm to watch the Symphony of Lights with a unique view of the lights on both sides of Victoria Harbour.
How much: $3oo on all days, for adults and children
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6:30am to 9pm
While this hotel doesn’t usually offer day passes, this year it has a great limited time offer for families staying in Hong Kong. You can opt for a Day Retreat and enjoy eight hours of access to the infinity and lap outdoor pools, fitness centre and also use the Deluxe Peak View room from 10am to 6pm. The price includes two adults and two children, making it ideal for a mini-getaway for the family.
How much: $2,068
Opening times: Monday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm. Offer ends Monday, 31 August 2020
There are more great options to consider when you are looking for kid-friendly swimming pools. The Conrad Hotel in Admiralty offers pool admission with or without sauna facilities at its outdoor heated pool while the Island Shangri-La takes in limited day pass guests, so there’s no fear of overcrowding. With the current COVID-19 situation, both these hotels are only allowing hotel guests to use the pools and have temporarily stopped the day pass option, so you’ll only be able to enjoy their luxurious pools if you are staying there for a summer break. Talking about staycations, Ocean Park Marriott has one of the best child-friendly pools in the city with slides and a “shark” that kids will love to swim around.
Clubs And Other Kid-Friendly Private Pools In Hong Kong
This sprawling residential complex has some of the most enviable facilities on Hong Kong Island. Luckily for non-residents, it is possible to opt for a platinum family membership. This will allow two adults and three children the indoor pool (called and designed like The Roman Baths, if you’d like to throw in a history lesson for your children), the beautiful outdoor Oasis Pool and three children’s playrooms. Sassy parents will also love the three-storeyed gym access! At the moment, there are no guest day passes available.
This is actually Hong Kong’s first indoor pool and is definitely one to check out if you’re looking for a bit of history (the first YMCA swimming team was formed here!). Best of all, this is a fab budget-friendly option in a convenient, centrally-located space. Annual membership for adults is $30 per year and for children, it’s $20 per year (no, we didn’t miss out any zeroes!).
How much: $40 per ticket (adults and children), $160 for a package of five tickets*
*Editor’s note: Currently only open for limited-number swimming classes, so day-use tickets and packages are not available
The South China Athletic Association has an affordable membership option in Hong Kong for those who want access to a variety of sporting facilities. It has a large indoor pool, a training pool and a diving pool. It also has a wide variety of swimming classes conducted by Harry Wright International.
Hotels In Kowloon And New Territories
Located in Kowloon, the Kerry Hotel’s infinity pool has a view of Hong Kong Island that is simply ahhhh-mazing. A day pass includes full access to the gym, Jacuzzi and steam rooms. Health Club membership could get you a 50% discount on day passes. You don’t need to buy the day pass in advance. Just land up on the day and head to the Base Camp fitness centre and purchase it directly.
How much: $500 on weekdays, $700 at weekends for adult day passes; $250 on weekdays, $350 at the weekends for children’s day passes (under 16 years)
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 10pm (for the pool), 6am to 11pm (for other health club facilities)
W Hong Kong’s kid-friendly rooftop infinity pool is where you can head if your family wants a day of indulgence! Facilities include the stunning pool, blissful Jacuzzi and a refreshing cocktail bar serving up delicious cosmos and daiquiris for the parents.
How much: $988 for an unlimited day pass (if you’re going as a family, a child under 5 years will be allowed in free with two paying adults, to find out prices for children above 5 years or accompanied by a single adult, please contact the hotel directly), price is subject to a 10% service charge
Opening times: 6am to 10pm
Indulge in a rejuvenating experience at The Mira with its complete spa package including a fitness centre, massage, beauty and hair services, along with a top-notch infinity pool. One of its unique features is the floatation lounges with heated waterbeds, which provide the perfect atmosphere for rest and relaxation.
How much: $500 for a MiraSpa day pass (includes all-day access to the fitness centre)
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 11pm (kids are welcome until 8pm)
These are not the only great pool options on the Kowloon side of town for the family. Cordis’ heated outdoor rooftop swimming pool attracts a lot of people so it’s best to call ahead and reserve your spot, Ritz-Carlton’s indoor infinity swimming pool comes with a ceiling-mounted LED screen and an there’s an outdoor whirlpool as well and the Sheraton‘s outdoor pool is temperature-controlled all year-round and faces the harbour, so you get to take in that iconic skyline while you paddle around. All three hotels have fixed-price day passes on weekdays and weekends, for adults and children, so be prepared for an extravagant family outing! Day passes at Cordis are $500, $750 at the Ritz-Carlton and $300 at the Sheraton. Hotels in the New Territories, such as Gold Coast Hotel and Auberge Discovery Bay has pools that children are sure to love but they are only accessible to hotel guests. Good to know for when you plan your family staycation!
Clubs And Other Kid-Friendly Private Pools In Kowloon And New Territories
YMCA of Hong Kong, located on Salisbury Road branch, allows members to join the association and access its facilities at very affordable rates for the whole family. You could also choose to join as only a Fitness Centre member, but that is only open to those above 16 years, so you may prefer to opt for YMCA membership.
Chinese YMCA (Kowloon Centre and New Territories)
Like the one on Bridges Street, these branches of the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong are also extremely budget-friendly. After taking annual membership of the association, you can access any of their facilities easily for a nominal fee.
How much: $35 per ticket (adults) $20 (children)
If you live in Discovery Bay or are headed there for a day outing with the family but would rather splash about in a pool than the sea, make your way to Club Siena and the Discovery Bay Recreational Centre. Both clubs have great swimming pools that are perfect for all ages. The Recreation Centre has an open-air swimming pool with lap lanes, a free form pool for fun and a covered baby pool, while Club Siena has a huge swimming pool complex including an indoor heated pool with 25m lap lanes, a free-form pool, a splash pool and a baby pool. The recreation centre is a short walk from the pier and plaza, while Club Siena is further north (view map here).
Kid-Friendly Natural Pools in Hong Kong
Discovery Bay Rock Pools
When looking for kid-friendly pools in Hong Kong, get out and enjoy the great outdoors by heading over to the Discovery Bay rock pools – perfect for older children who don’t mind a hike. It’s a beautiful place to come for a day out and you won’t regret taking a dip in this sweltering heat.
How to get there: Walk 10 minutes from the Discovery Bay ferry pier (towards Discovery Bay golf club) and when you hit the main road, turn right onto the hill. The pool should be halfway up the hill.
Silvermine Bay Rock Pools
If you’re looking for more sizeable rock pools to swim in, then the Silvermine Bay rock pools are the perfect alternative. Boasting a larger pool for swimming and epic waterfalls, this is worth the trip to Mui Wo for. The advantage of taking a dip in these pools is that they’re really easy to get to. Simply get the ferry to Mui Wo and then take a leisurely stroll past the beach and through the fields until you arrive at the tranquil setting.
How to get there: For detailed directions to the Silvermine Bay rock pools, click here
Sassy Mama tip: Depending on how adventurous (and old) your kids are, consider taking them to the Sai Kung rock pools, the Bride’s pool and the Yellow Dragon stream. Think about booking a tour with guides who know their way around.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 7, June 2018 and updated by Anita Balagopalan on 29, June 2020.
Feature image courtesy of Stocksy, image 1 courtesy of Edneil Jocusol via Pexels, images 2, 3, 4 and 5 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, image 6 courtesy of Johan Bos via Pexels, image 7 courtesy of Le Meridien, image 8 courtesy of Ocean Park Marriott, image 9 courtesy of Hong Kong Parkview via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Kerry Hotel, image 11 courtesy of DBRC, image 12 courtesy of Jeremy Thompson via Flickr.