Grab your scooter, bikes, family and friends and head out to one of Hong Kong’s many playgrounds and parks!
Luckily for us, we live in a city where we can enjoy the sunshine (almost) all year round. So make the most of the warm climate by checking out our favourite playgrounds and parks for kids in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. As a bonus, we’ve also rounded up a couple of our favourite family-friendly beaches, which are perfect spots for a picnic or BBQ.
Hong Kong Island
Not only is the biggest park on Hong Kong Island easily accessible by public transport, it also 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 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).
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’s 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 morning.
Hong Kong Park, 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong Island, 2521 5041, www.lcsd.gov.hk
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 an outdoor playground, a picturesque fountain, shady walkways and a kiosk if the kids want a quick snack. Budding botanists are sure to love the Green House, the Outdoor Herb Garden, and the Bauhinia Garden. As for the little zoologists, they will adore spotting orangutans, lemurs, and flamingos. Both the Green House and Education/Exhibition Centre are free of charge and open from 9am to 4:30pm.
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2530 0154, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Caine Road and Caine Lane Playgrounds
A favourite spot for Mid-Level Mamas and their little ones is Caine Road Playground, which is a great place for socialising, as it’s always packed with playmates and their parents! When opting for a calmer park experience, head across the road to the far quieter Caine Lane Playground and bring a book while the kids let loose with a game of tag in the large outdoor play space.
Caine Road Playground, Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Caine Lane Playground, Caine Lane (off Caine Road), Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
King George V Memorial Park
Fancy kicking a ball around or shooting some hoops? 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. This fab park is now easier to reach than ever since the MTR extended the Island line.
King George V Memorial Park, Eastern Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Mount Austin Playground
If the spectacular view, vintage tram ride, yummy food and stunning Sky Terrace up at Victoria Peak isn’t enough to keep the little ones amused, then the good old-fashioned Mount Austin 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 the cafes nearby?). It’s 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, while they take a break from all the fun.
Mount Austin Playground, Mount Austin Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
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!
Quarry Bay Park, Hoi Tai Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2513 8499, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Lai Chi Kok Park
Head to Lai Chi Kok for a full day of family entertainment. For starters, there are three playgrounds, one of which is specifically designed for toddlers. For the sporty ones, there are football, basketball and gateball courts. There is even a roller-skating rink and a skateboard arena for cultivating (or showing off!) some skills, as well as 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.
Lai Chi Kok Park, 1 Lai Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2307 0429, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Right in the middle of bustling Tsim Sha Tsui is Kowloon Park. The park’s lake 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. The 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. Check the opening hours and admission fees before you go.
Kowloon Park, 22 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2724 3344, www.lcsd.gov.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.
Po Kong Village Road Park, 140 Po Kong Village Road, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2320 6140, www.lcsd.gov.hk
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.
Jordan Valley Park, 71 New Clear Water Bay Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2342 2241, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Ping Shek Playground
Another hidden gem is this dinosaur-themed playground, 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
Read more: Best Outdoor Playgrounds In Kowloon
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.
Tai Po Waterfront Park, Da Hei Street, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2667 5489, www.lcsd.gov.hk
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.
Ma On Shan Park, 12 On Chun Street, Ma On Shan Park, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2643 5320, www.lcsd.gov.hk
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.
Snoopy’s World, New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2697 9898, ww.newtownplaza.com.hk
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.
Penfold Park, Sha Tin Racecourse, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2966 6435, www.charities.hkjc.com
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’s a large children’s playground, two football pitches and a gateball court, as well as 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.
Yuen Long Park, Town Park Road North, Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2473 4959, www.lcsd.gov.hk
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. On Hong Kong Island, check out Shek O, Big Wave Bay 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 very clean for Hong Kong and the small playground is perfect 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.
Read more: Best Outdoor Pools And Beaches In Hong Kong
Editors note: This article was originally published on 20, December 2017 and was updated on 15, March 2019.