Cool off at one of these kid-friendly swimming pools this summer in Hong Kong. From affordable public swimming pools to luxurious hotel pools with day passes and natural pools, there are plenty of options for the whole family.
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 swimming 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 (perfect for staycations!). There are also clubs and residential complexes that allow you to take membership for swimming pools and gym facilities. Lastly, if you are looking for a “natural” swimming pool, head outdoors to one of the rock pools you find on hikes. 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 Swimming Pools In Hong Kong
While many activities in Hong Kong are expensive, it’s a great relief that all public swimming pools in the city are easily accessible and affordable.
Important Information About Public Swimming Pools
Cost: 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.
Monthly passes: For our swimming enthusiasts out there, monthly passes are also available at $300 per adult and $150 per child, full-time student, disabled person (and their minder) or senior. Click here for more information on prices.
Child-friendly facilities: Some of the most popular public swimming pools in Hong Kong has leisure and toddler pools with water slides, tunnels and floating animals.
Closure of some facilities: Leisure and toddler pools are closed (so there’s no access to the child-friendly facilities mentioned above) but main indoor or outdoor pools (and training pools) reopened earlier this year. We have mentioned what facilities are open at each of the public swimming pools, but call ahead to check, as Hong Kong is slowly but surely getting back to normal (remember the excitement when playgrounds opened?) and you’ll see all these fabulous child-friendly attractions back in action.
Safety & Hygiene: With social distancing measures strictly in place, shower and changing facilities 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.
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Public Swimming Pools On Hong Kong Island
Chai Wan Swimming Pool
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
*Editor’s note: Leisure Pools and the Fountain Pool are temporarily closed until further notice.
Sai Wan Ho or Island East Swimming Pool
Staying on the east side of the island? We also highly recommend the Sai Wan Ho or 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 (though it is currently closed), making it a good option for when it’s raining.
Opening times: Closed for cleaning on Wednesday, click here for opening hours and schedule
*Editor’s note: The Leisure Pool and Toddler’s Pool are temporarily closed until further notice.
Victoria Park Swimming Pool
Hong Kong Island’s biggest public swimming pool complex in Causeway Bay 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 situated, close to the Central Public Library, with plenty of restaurants and of course, there’s an abundance of playgrounds in the park itself. This convenient location makes this one of the most popular public swimming pools in the city and ideal for parents who don’t want to stay in an expat bubble and would like to pack in a day of fun (and mostly) free activities.
Opening times: Closed Mondays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule
Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool
This kid-friendly pool (which you may also know as the Aberdeen Pool) 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 (don’t forget to pack those sunnies, mama!). Thankfully, this child-friendly pool complex is large enough for everyone. 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
*Editor’s note: The Teaching Pool, Diving Pool, Children’s Pool and Toddlers’ Pool are temporarily closed until further notice.
Kennedy Town Swimming Pool
Conveniently located and easy to get to from Central (which is why it attracts families from all over Hong Kong!), the Kennedy Town Swimming Pool is always a favourite with kids! 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
*Editor’s note: The Leisure Pool and Jacuzzi are temporarily closed until further notice.
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.
Public Swimming Pools In Kowloon
Jordan Valley Swimming Pool
Jordan Valley is a fab little-kid-friendly swimming 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
*Editor’s note: The Leisure Pools are temporarily closed until further notice.
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 the end of this year, so you’ll have quite a wait!), making it ideal all year round.
Kwun Tong Swimming Pool
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
Kowloon Park Swimming Pool
You cannot miss this 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.
Opening times: Closed for cleaning on Tuesdays, click here for opening hours and schedule
*Editor’s note: The three Leisure Pools and Toddler Pool are temporarily closed until further notice.
Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool
A great swimming 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 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: The Leisure Pools, Toddlers’ Pool and Participatory Fountain are temporarily closed until further notice.
Public Swimming Pools In The New Territories
Sha Tin Jockey Club Swimming Pool
This is a favourite public swimming pool with everyone in and around the Sha Tin area. This large pool complex has training pools, a children’s pool, a toddlers’ pool and more.
Opening times: Closed Fridays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule
*Editor’s note: The Secondary Pool, Diving Pool, Children’s Pool, Toddlers’ Pool are temporarily closed until further notice.
Sai Kung Swimming Pool
Do laps in the main pool or lie back and chill in the leisure pool – whatever you’re after, the Sai Kung Swimming Pool has got you covered. There are two slides as well, making this venue perfect for a family outing in an already lovely neighbourhood.
Opening times: Closed Wednesdays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule
*Editor’s note: The Leisure Pool and Water Slides are temporarily closed until further notice.
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!
Hin Tin Swimming Pool
Looking for a refreshing family activity after a shopping spree at Hin Keng Shopping Centre? With an area designed for toddlers and multiple water slides, rest assured you and the kids will have plenty of fun while staying safe. On top of the fun slides and Jacuzzis, the area also offers lots of local restaurants from Dai Pai Dong to seafood restaurants — food adventure, anyone?
Opening times: Closed Thursdays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule
*Editor’s note: The Leisure Pool, Toddlers’ Zone, Jacuzzi and Water Slides are temporarily closed until further notice.
Tsing Yi Swimming Pool
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
Tai Po Swimming Pool
This public pool complex requires you making the trek to Tai Po, but once you see it you know exactly why it’s a hit with the kids! 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 Swimming Pools
Hong Kong is full of amazing hotels, clubs and residential complexes with great swimming 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 and swimming pools 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.
Hotel Pools On Hong Kong Island
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. 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, 6:45am to 7:15pm
*Editor’s note: The swimming pool is currently available to hotel guests only, and day passes are unavailable until further notice.
Le Meridien, Cyberport
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!
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
*Editor’s note: The hotel is currently closed for renovations and will reopen in November 2021.
Harbour Grand Hong Kong
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 Thursday, 8am to 8:15pm
*Editor’s note: The children’s swimming pool is temporarily closed until further notice.
While this hotel doesn’t offer day passes, you may become a member and enjoy its array of spa services and wellness facilities — including the swimming pool! Whether you’re looking for a fun splash with the kids or simply to cool down on a sweaty summer day, the pool’s offerings (which includes a lap pool, infinity pool, Jacuzzi and Plunge pool) will surely not disappoint. With underwater speakers and a breath-taking view of the city (aka “the million-dollar view”), who would say no to a day in the pool?
How much: $3,700 per month
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 9pm.
Other Family-Friendly Hotel Pools On Hong Kong Island
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. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental as well as the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong are currently offering day passes for their spa facilities, which also includes the swimming pool. 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 Swimming Pools In Hong Kong
Hong Kong Parkview
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 admission to the indoor pool, the beautiful outdoor Oasis Pool, three children’s playrooms and the gym. At the moment, there are no guest day passes available.
Chinese YMCA Swimming Pool (Bridges Street)
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 place marks the birth of the first YMCA swimming team!). 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, while for the whole family, the membership cost is $50 per year (no, we didn’t miss out on 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 will not be available until mid-September, where the pool will re-open to the public from Monday to Friday (12pm to 3pm).
South China Athletic Association (SCAA)
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.
Hotel Pools 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, along with the swimming pool. 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. Click here to learn more!
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, 9am to 6pm
W Hong Kong
W Hong Kong’s kid-friendly rooftop infinity swimming pool is where you can head if your family wants a day of indulgence!
How much: $988 for a four-hour 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: 12pm to 9pm
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 must be accompanied by an adult)
*Editor’s note: The swimming pool is open at 50% capacity as per the government guidelines, and the Jacuzzi is temporarily closed until further notice.
Other Family-Friendly Hotel Pools in Kowloon and New Territories
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 the child-friendly Gold Coast Hotel and Auberge Discovery Bay have pools that kids will love (only accessible to hotel guests). Good to know when you plan your family staycation!
Clubs And Other Kid-Friendly Private Swimming Pools In Kowloon And New Territories
YMCA of Hong Kong (Salisbury Road)
YMCA of Hong Kong allows members to join the association and access its facilities at affordable rates for the 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.
How much: $200 per day pass (adult non-member), $120 per day pass (adult member)
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. With annual membership of the association, you can access any of their facilities, including the swimming pool, for a nominal fee.
How much: $35 per ticket (adults) $20 (children)
Club Siena and Discovery Bay Recreational Centre
If you live in Discovery Bay or are planning to head there for a day outing with the family (you must read our neighbourhood guide!) but would rather splash about in a pool than the sea, make your way to Club Siena and Discovery Bay Recreational Centre. Both clubs have great swimming pools that are perfect for all ages. 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. 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 most recently updated on 12, July 2021.
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