Grab your scooter, bikes, family and friends and head out to one of many Hong Kong playgrounds and parks!
As the humid heat is long past us, we’re loving spending our time outdoors with family and friends. Here are a few of our favourite playgrounds and parks to bring the kids to on Hong Kong island, Kowloon and the New Territories. As a bonus, we’ve also rounded up some of our favourite family-friendly beaches, perfect for those winter picnics.
Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong Park
We love Hong Kong Park, with its six-level outdoor kids play area, fascinating Museum of Teaware and conservation corner with rare dragonflies and wild squirrels. This is the place to spend an afternoon (or even a full day as the outdoor park facilities are open from 6:00am-11:00pm)! Sassy Mama tried and tested tip: the aviary is pretty much watertight, making it a viable escape-the-apartment option even on the wettest and windiest of days. The aviary also offers free guided bird watching walks every Wednesday! For more information on park details, click here.
Hong Kong Park, 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong Island, 2521 5041,www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Once you’ve exhausted the various delights of Hong Kong Park, skip across Cotton Tree Drive to wander around Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. There’s an outdoor playground, a lovely fountain, shady walkways and a kiosk for grabbing a quick snack. For budding botanists, the green house with its exotic blooms, the outdoor herb garden and native Bauhinia garden will amuse your tiny tykes. Little zoologists will adore the furry and feathered fascination of orangutangs, lemurs, and flamingos. Both the Green House and Education/Exhibition Centre are open from 9:00am to 4:30pm and free of charge!
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2530 0154www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
Caine Road and Caine Lane Playgrounds
A favourite spot for Mid-Level mamas and their wee ones is Caine Road Playground, which is a great spot for socialising as it’s always packed with playmates and parents! And when opting for a calmer park experience, head across the road to the far quieter Caine Lane Playground with a book and let them loose with a ball in the large outdoor play space.
Caine Lane Playground, Mid-levels, Hong Kong
King George V Memorial Park, Sai Ying Pun
Fancy a kick about or time to shoot some hoops? If your wild beasts are bored of being holed in and you live out West, head to King George V Memorial Park, just off Hospital Road in Sai Ying Pun. There’s a hard surface football pitch, which is free of charge to use, as well as a basketball court.
King George V Memorial Park, Eastern Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Mount Austin Playground, The Peak
If the spectacular view, vintage tram ride, yummy food and stunning Sky Terrace aren’t enough to keep them amused *sigh*, then Mount Austin’s good old-fashioned playground is bound to. With swings, slides, tunnels and bars, this classic play area should buy you some view-gazing time(perhaps with a takeout latte from nearby Pacific Coffee?) It’s also one of the greener areas in Hong Kong where you can easily set up a picnic and enjoy a nice lunch in addition to the playground happenings.
Mount Austin Playground, Mount Austin Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
The biggest park on Hong Kong Island rules them all, being easily accessible by public transport, having football pitches, basketball courts, a swimming complex and tennis courts as well as plenty of space to wear the kiddies out in! An awesome model boat lake and five children’s playground areas dotted around the park is the cherry on top of Victoria Park! If they can still keep their eyes open after all that, the marvellous and underused Central Library is just across the road – so go and pick out a bedtime story any time between 10:00am and 9:00pm except on Wednesday, when you’ll have to wait until 1:00pm.
Victoria Park, 1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2890 5824 www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 3150 1234, www.hkpl.gov.hk/en/locations/central-library/central.html
Quarry Bay Park
Heading further east, Quarry Bay Park has all of the usual playground and sports facilities, open from 9:00am to 11:00pm, plus a lovely waterfront promenade along the harbour and a cycling track to explore. This is the perfect scenic setting for your littles to ditch those training wheels and get pedalling!
Quarry Bay Park, Hoi Tai Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2513 8499, www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
Lai Chi Kok Park
Head up to Lai Chi Kok for a full day of family entertainment. For starters, the three playgrounds, one of which is specifically designed for toddlers, will let them blow off steam and that’s before you get started on the football, basketball and gate-ball courts. There is even a roller-skating rink and a skateboard arena for showing off some skills, as well as chessboards and peaceful themed gardens for the more reflective types. We nearly forgot to mention the jogging trails, snack kiosk and Amphitheatre. And last but not least, the huge swimming complex just across the road with children’s, diving and lane swimming pools, some of which are heated in the winter for use all year round. For opening hours on all these facilities click here.
Lai Chi Kok Park, 1 Lai Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2307 0429,www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
Right in the middle of bustling Tsim Sha Tsui is Kowloon Park. The park’s lake plays host to 18 different species of feathered friends including some rather fabulous flamingos, the nicely landscaped aviary contains colourful parrots and macaws, and the conservation corner is designed to promote the habitat of Hong Kong’s indigenous wild birds. Other than ornithology, facilities include football pitches, extensive gardens, an ornamental maze, and a playground. Discovery Playground is suitable for those up to age 13. Also on site is Kowloon Park’s huge aquatic centre with several indoor and outdoor pools and Kowloon Park Sports Centre with sports halls and courts galore. For opening hours and admission fees click here.
Kowloon Park, 22 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2724 3344, www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
Po Kong Village Road Park
A short hop from Diamond Hill MTR station is Po Kong Village Road Park, one of the very few public spaces with enough room for budding cricketers in Hong Kong. With a huge artificial turf pitch that can also host rugby and 11-a-side football, the park boasts two batting practice areas and a 1000-seater spectator stand. Also be sure to check out the 1km-long raised cycling track, or the purpose-built BMX cycling course. For littlies, there are three playground areas with lots of fun equipment, and a beginners’ cycling area.
Po Kong Village Road Park, 140 Po Kong Village Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2320 6140, www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
Jordan Valley Park
A little harder to reach, but well worth the effort is Jordan Valley Park in Kwun Tong. There are two large children’s playgrounds, extensive gardens including a rare large central lawn, although the star attraction here is the racetrack. Two, to be precise, but these aren’t run by the Jockey Club, instead they are radio-controlled car circuits with an international-standard and can host major racing events.
Jordan Valley Park, 71 New Clear Water Bay Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2342 2241,www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
Read more: Best Outdoor Playgrounds in Kowloon
Ma On Shan Park
Ma On Shan Park sits on the waterfront at Tolo Harbour and has a lovely view of the surrounding mountains. There are large playground facilities here, a spacious lawn, an adventure maze and an attractive Mediterranean-style Plaza area, which can all be accessed between 6:30am and 11:00pm. There’s also a display detailing Ma On Shan’s mining past, which gives an interesting insight into the area and its development.
Ma On Shan Park, 12 On Chun Street, Ma On Shan Park, Shatin, New Territory, Hong Kong, 2643 5320, www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
Tai Po Waterfront Park
At 22 hectares (in other words: HUGE), Tai Po Waterfront Park is one of the biggest parks in our SAR. There are playgrounds, a gate-ball court, bowing green and a large model boating lake. Kids will love the creepy crawlies at the Insect House and the best part is the 1.2 km long promenade, which takes advantage of the lovely setting and provides a nice level space for cycling.
Tai Po Waterfront Park, Da Hei Street, Tai Po, New Territory, Hong Kong, 2664 2107,www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
Snoopy’s World, New Town Plaza
Sitting atop New Town Plaza is Asia’s only Peanuts-themed playground, Snoopy’s World. There are giant models of all the familiar characters, a canoe ride and six fun zones to explore! It’s entertaining, it’s quirky and it’s open between 11:00am and 7:00pm!
Snoopy’s World, New Town Plaza, Shatin, New Territory, Hong Kong, www.newtownplaza.com.hk/snoopys-world
Penfold Park, Sha Tin Racecourse
A park with a twist! Penfold Park is situated right in the middle of Sha Tin Racecourse and offers an interesting new perspective on the track. There’s greenery aplenty and a super pet-friendly destination for all the furry friends in your life. Due to its unique location, the park is closed on race days.
Penfold Park, Sha Tin Racecourse, Sha Tin, New Territory, Hong Kong, 2966 6435,charities.hkjc.com
Yuen Long Park
Built on natural woodland, this is a beautiful park with over 800 trees and landscaped gardens. A 7-storey pagoda at the top of Yuen Long Park houses an aviary with over 30 species of bird, and doubles as a lookout tower. There’s a large children’s playground, two football pitches and a gate-ball court, as well as a designated conservation corner providing a home for dragonflies, wild birds and butterflies.
Yuen Long Park, Town Park Road North, Yuen Long, New Territory, Hong Kong, 2473 4959www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
A number of our favourite HK Island and New Territories beaches have small playgrounds, stretching your day out at the seaside that little bit further. We like to think of it as value-added fun for all the family; once you’ve slathered them with SPF 50 and bought a round of ice creams you’re free to have a little snooze. Bonus!
On Hong Kong island, check out Shek O, Big Wave Bay and Repulse Bay beach playgrounds if you prefer plenty of facilities around. Chung Hom Kok and Turtle Cove beaches are a little quieter so you won’t have to referee any arguments about whose turn it is on the slide.
Heading north to the New Territories, Trio Beach in Sai Kung is as good as it gets. The sparkling white sand is pretty clean for Hong Kong and the small playground is a fun diversion if the beach gets boring. Although we think a BBQ at one of the on-site pits might prove to be even more of a draw.
Read more: Best Outdoor Pools and Beaches in Hong Kong
**This article was originally posted in March 2017 and has been updated by our team.
Feature image courtesy of Pexels, image #1 courtesy of Victoria Park – Leisure and Cultural Services Department, image #2 courtesy of Lai Chi Kok Park – Leisure and Cultural Services Department, image #3 courtesy of Ma On Shan Park – Leisure and Cultural Services Department, image #4 courtesy of Beaches and Swimming Pools – Leisure and Cultural Services Department