It’s the best time of the year to head outdoors!
Restrictions are easing and we expect this will be the same for outdoor playgrounds soon. As soon as the tape comes off, parents and kids all over Hong Kong will make a beeline to one of the city’s many fabulous outdoor playgrounds, parks and gardens. After a sunny CNY break, we look set for a few months of glorious sunshine, so make the most of the warm climate by checking out our favourite outdoor spots on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and the New Territories. As a bonus, we’ve also rounded up a couple of our favourite beaches which also have playgrounds or BBQ facilities and are perfect for a family picnic (when beaches reopen which we hope will be soon – check here for updates). And don’t worry, we haven’t left your fur baby behind either with pet-friendly options. So pick a spot with swings, slides, climbing frames or just wide, open spaces and head out with the family to enjoy some fun in the sun!
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.
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Outdoor Playgrounds For Kids On Hong Kong Island
Wan Chai District Playgrounds And Parks
This is the biggest park on Hong Kong Island that’s easily accessible by public transport. It’s a favourite with parents as it has football pitches, basketball courts, a swimming complex and tennis courts as well as plenty of space to wear the kids out! The model-boat lake nestled between five children’s outdoor playground areas is the cherry on top. Check the opening hours before you visit.
If the kids can still keep their eyes open after all the running around, the marvellous and often overlooked Central Library is just across the road – so go and pick out a bedtime story (and a novel for yourself while you’re at it) any time between 10am and 9pm (except on Wednesday, when the library opens at 1pm).
Eastern District Playgrounds And Parks
Quarry Bay Park
Heading further east, Quarry Bay Park has all the usual playground and sports facilities you would expect (open from 9am to 11pm), but the nearby exercise options may be our favourite part about it. Treat yourself to views of the harbour by taking a walk along the lovely waterfront promenade or head over to the cycling track, which might just be the perfect scenic setting for your little ones to ditch those training wheels and get pedalling!
Aldrich Bay Park
The well-designed Aldrich Bay Park has a fishing village as its theme. Located in Sai Wan Ho, this is not to be confused with the Aldrich Bay Playground in Shau Kei Wan. The park has a lovely pool with boats which makes this place stand out from the usual parks. It has a nice children’s playground, but don’t forget to slather on bug spray (the water nearby attracts a lot of mosquitoes).
Aldrich Bay Park, 10 Oi Tak Street, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong, 2967 6975
Other outdoor playgrounds and parks:
Chai Wan Park
Central District Playgrounds And Parks
Hong Kong Park
With its central location, six-level outdoor kids play area, fascinating Museum of Teaware and conservation corner (with rare dragonflies and wild squirrels), what’s not to love about Hong Kong Park? This is the place to spend an afternoon (or even a full day as the outdoor park facilities are open from 6am to 11pm). The park has a fascinating aviary with free guided bird-watching walks every Wednesday morning.
Hong Kong Zoological And Botanical Gardens
Once you’ve exhausted the various delights of Hong Kong Park, head across Cotton Tree Drive and wander around Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. There’s a picturesque fountain, shady walkways and a kiosk if the kids want a quick snack. Budding botanists are sure to love the Green House and the outdoor herb garden, while little zoologists will enjoy observing orangutans, meerkats, and flamingos. Both the Green House and Education/Exhibition Centre are free of charge and open from 9am to 4:30pm. A visit to the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens won’t be complete for the children without visiting the outdoor playground with its climbing frames, toddler swings and slides.
Mount Austin Playground
If the spectacular view, vintage tram ride, yummy food and stunning Sky Terrace up at Victoria Peak aren’t enough to keep the little ones amused, then the Mount Austin Playground is bound to. With swings, slides, tunnels and bars, this classic play area is also one of the greener areas in Hong Kong where you can easily set up a picnic and enjoy a nice lunch with the kids.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
The large Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park in Sai Ying Pun has a children’s playground, one 7-a-side soccer pitch (artificial turf), two basketball courts, a jogging track, a large grassy area and a lovely promenade. It’s a favourite with kids, parents and sports coaches!
Caine Road And Caine Lane Playgrounds
A favourite spot for Mid-Level mamas and their little ones is Caine Road Playground. It’s always packed with playmates and their parents and there’s often a long line for the swings (for toddlers and older kids – great for teaching them patience!). For a smaller and quieter option, head across the road to the Caine Lane Playground.
Caine Road Playground, Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Caine Lane Playground, Caine Lane (off Caine Road), Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Western District Playgrounds And Parks
Central And Western District Promenade
This newly-built facility is becoming a family-favourite. It has a charming playground with lots of benches for tired parents and a lovely harbour view. A word of advice though – it gets very crowded in the evenings and on weekends, so try to sneak your kids in there late in the afternoon before the hordes descend.
Central And Western District Promenade, 8 Fung Mat Rd, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
Belcher’s Bay Park
Close to the fabulous Kennedy Town swimming pool, this park has a small children’s playground, a grassy area, a fitness arena and a jogging path.
Belcher Bay Park, Praya, Kennedy Town, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2853 2575
Southern District Playgrounds And Parks
Stanley Pirate Playground
Just in front of Stanley Plaza (and right in front of Tin Hau Temple) is this gem of a playground. We know the kids will love burning off some energy while mum and dad watch on from one of the nearby alfresco dining options. Keeping with the seaside theme, this kids adventure zone is designed like a pirate ship. It’s sure to capture the imagination of your budding sailors!
Pirate Playground, Stanley Plaza, Stanley, Hong Kong
More outdoor playgrounds and parks:
Cyberport Waterfront Park
Outdoor Playgrounds For Kids In Kowloon
Lai Chi Kok Park
Head to Lai Chi Kok for a full day of family entertainment. For starters, there are three playgrounds along with football, basketball and gateball courts for sporty kids. There is even a roller-skating rink, a skateboarding arena, chessboards and peaceful themed gardens for the more reflective types, jogging trails and an amphitheatre. Last but not least, check out the huge swimming complex just across the road, complete with children’s, diving, and lane swimming pools. Some of these are even heated in the winter, so the family can swim all year round.
Right in the middle of bustling Tsim Sha Tsui is Kowloon Park. Just like the Hong Kong Park on the other side of the harbour, this park has a beautiful lake. It plays host to 18 different species of birds (including some rather fabulous flamingos). Its 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. 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. Check the opening hours and admission fees before you go.
West Kowloon Cultural District
The Art Park and waterfront promenade at the West Kowloon Cultural District offer wide open spaces for families to have a picnic, play games, walk pets, run, or hire and ride a SmartBike. After letting kids run around and blow off some steam, head to one of the new harbour-side restaurants and cafes where you will get a lovely view of the Victoria Harbour. It’s the perfect setting for a family sunset selfie.
West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.westkowloon.hk
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 1,000-seater spectator stand. Also, be sure to check out the 1km-long raised cycling track, or the purpose-built BMX cycling course, which is open from 10am to 10:30pm every day. For the kids, there are three playground areas with lots of fun equipment and a beginners’ cycling area.
Jordan Valley Park
A little harder to reach, but well worth the effort, is Jordan Valley Park in Kwun Tong. The park is beautiful and fun-filled, with its two large children’s playgrounds and extensive gardens. The star attraction of the park has got to be the radio-controlled model car circuits, which are of international standard and can host major racing events. The park is open every day from 5am to 11pm and the model car circuits are open from 9am to 10:30pm.
Ping Shek Playground
Another hidden gem is this dinosaur-themed outdoor playground (scroll down), tucked away in Choi Hung. Open from 6:45am to 11pm every day, it makes for a great day out for the kids, as they explore caves and discover all things dinosaur. The playground also has a 7-a-side soccer pitch, tennis courts and table tennis facilities.
Ping Shek Playground, 20 New Clear Water Bay Road, Kowloon, 2324 4302
Outdoor Playgrounds For Kids In New Territories
Tai Po Waterfront Park
At 22 hectares, Tai Po Waterfront Park is one of the biggest parks in the city. There are playgrounds, a gateball court, a bowling green and a large model boating lake. Kids will love the creepy crawlies at the Insect House, but the best part of the park may be the 1.2km long promenade, which takes advantage of the lovely setting and provides a nice level space for cycling or enjoying a relaxing stroll.
Ma On Shan Park
Ma On Shan Park sits on the waterfront at Tolo Harbour and has a lovely view of the surrounding mountains. It has large playground facilities, a spacious lawn, an adventure maze and an attractive Mediterranean-style plaza area, which can all be accessed between 6:30am and 11pm. There’s also a display detailing Ma On Shan’s mining past, which gives an interesting insight into the area and its development.
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 11am and 7pm.
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, making it 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, so be sure to check the website to make sure it’s open before you set off.
Hong Kong Velodrome Park
Naturally, the Hong Kong Velodrome Park is most known for cycling! The velodrome comprises a 250-metre long, 7-metre wide wooden cycling track. The space within the track is also used for basketball, volleyball, badminton, gymnastics and other sports. The park also has a lovely, large lawn, artificial lakes and a model boat pool. Besides the children’s play areas, families with sporty kids love to head here for the skatepark, jogging track and climbing wall.
Yuen Long Park
Built on a 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 birds and doubles up as a lookout tower. There is a large outdoor children’s playground, two football pitches and a gateball court. You’ll also find a designated conservation corner providing a home for dragonflies, wild birds and butterflies. Aviary timings vary with the seasons, so do check the opening hours before visiting.
Tuen Mun Park
There’s more than enough to keep the kids engaged and happy at the Tuen Mun Park in the New Territories. We love that it has inclusive play facilities for children of different ages and abilities. This barrier-free play space incorporates natural elements – water and sand – in its design. It also has a reptile house for budding herpetologists, a model boat pool, a conservation corner and much more!
When you’re spending a day at the beach, the sprawling sands are usually enough to keep the children occupied. Of course, having a playground close at hand means you could stretch your day out at the seaside that little bit further! A number of our favourite Hong Kong Island and New Territories beaches have small outdoor playgrounds for kids. On Hong Kong Island, check out Shek O and Repulse Bay beach playgrounds if you like having easy access to facilities. If you already have everything you need for the day with you, Chung Hom Kok and Turtle Cove beaches are a little more remote, which is a bonus if you don’t want to referee any arguments about whose turn it is on the slide.
Heading north to the New Territories, Trio Beach in Sai Kung is the perfect place to spend the day. The sparkling white sand is inviting and the playground is ideal if the kids want a break from the beach. There’s also a BBQ pit on-site, so bring your hot dogs (or veggie skewers!) and cook a meal with your little ones by the beach.
One of the nicest beach playgrounds is at Tai Pak Beach at Discovery Bay. It has various types of swings, balance boards and rope ladders to improve the coordination and motor skills of children. Because it’s on the beach, there are also convenient showers and changing facilities close by. The family can enjoy a nice meal at the D’Deck after a day of playing in the sand and sun.
If you have been struggling with places to take your fur baby, some of the parks listed above are known to be dog-friendly and you can also find a complete list of pet-friendly parks and gardens here. Within the city, these spots are often quite small but serve the purpose if you want to have your kids throw a ball for your playful pups. Other places we love include the Cyberport Waterfront Park (be careful though as there have been cases of dog poisoning recently), Discovery Bay and Stanley Plaza, where there are enough activities and more than enough space for the whole family to enjoy.
Editors note: This article was originally published in December 2017, updated in March 2019 with a further update in February 2021.