We’re showing off some of Kowloon’s best playgrounds this week and you can bet we’ll be bringing our tiny tykes to burn off some energy there.
Calling all mamas! Before the weather starts warming up (aka when our hair turns into a frizz ball monster) and when we’re constantly walking in and out of air conditioned stores just to make it down the block…take your kiddos out to some of Kowloon’s best playgrounds for some energy-burning fun. Dotted all around Kowloon, there is definitely something for everyone no matter where you live (that’s right HK mamas, we’re talking to you!).
1. Nam Cheong Park
Nestled between the Olympic and Nam Cheong MTR stops lies this lush park that has plenty of grassy areas that make this a popular picnic spot with the locals. From flying kites to scootering around the well paved paths, there is definitely plenty of space to get your play on! The lovely playground has everything from baby friendly swings to fun climbing apparatus.
How to get there: A short walk 10 minute walk from Olympic MTR or a hop, skip away from Nam Cheong MTR Exit D1.
2. West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade Park
A popular spot for festivals, the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade is a great space among locals (especially those that live above Elements Mall!) who love to get in a workout while making sure their little ones get some fresh air too. Put your littles in your jogging stroller and run along the beautiful waterfront. If running isn’t your thing, pack a snack and enjoy some quality time with your kiddo in the quaint play house or send them flying in the swings!
How to get there: Exit from Kowloon MTR Exit E4 or E5, walk through Nga Cheung Road and cross the footbridge, you will reach West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade Park within ten minutes.
3. Kowloon Park
Comparable to New York’s Central Park, this oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui is a welcomed break from the crowds. Besides enjoying the lovely playground, take your kiddos to see a flock of flamingoes (one of 18 different species of our feathered friends inside the park!). Play “I spy with my little eye” in the aviary and explore the many different parts of the park that include lush gardens, football pitches, an indoor and outdoor pool along with a fun maze to boot!
How to get there: Exit from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Exit A1 or Jordan MTR Exit C1.
4. King George V Memorial Park
Situated along Canton Road, this lovely memorial park is home to a fairly large playground that is perfect for all ages. The large trees that line the paths along this park give a welcome shade during the warmer months. There are a few quaint pagodas that make for a great break from the sun for a quick snack for the littles. There is a football pitch as well as basketball courts that keep this park lively with activity throughout the week.
How to get there: A quick walk from Austin MTR Exit A to Canton Road.
5. Lai Chi Kok Park
One of the most loved playgrounds in Kowloon, the Lai Chi Kok Park is in the heart of the Mei Foo Sun Chuen apartment complexes. There’s a reason why many families from all over Kowloon make it out to this beautiful park. There is not just one playground but 3 incredible ones that are suitable for all ages. If your older kiddo is into skate boarding, check out the skate park that includes half pipes and quarter pies, single rails and ramps up to 6 feet! For those who prefer something a little tamer, a walk through the traditional Chinese garden is relaxing as well as the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot!
How to get there: A short walk from Mei Foo MTR Exit F.
6. Jordan Valley Park
Touted as the largest park in Kwun Tong, there’s plenty of space for a fun day out with your family. Bring the scooter, helmet and plenty of water as you watch your kiddo scoot around the large grounds. The highlight of this park is definitely the model car circuit. Your littles will be glued to the races as the cars zoom by on the international standard track. If racing isn’t your thing, there are two large playgrounds that will keep everyone having a blast.
How to get there: Not the easiest to get to, but definitely worth the trek! The closest MTR is Kowloon Bay. From there, you can take a short taxi ride or bus #27 or #29M to the park.
7. Kowloon Walled City Park
Infamous for it’s dodgy past, this park has been changed into a gorgeous sanctuary that pays tribute to all those who have helped transform the neighbourhood as well as beautifully documents this historical location. There is an awesome fenced bike circuit that allows your little ones to learn how to bike or zoom along the bridges and hills. Don’t have a bicycle? There is a small shop that rents the bikes out by the hour. Immerse them into the history of Kowloon City and then let them run wild in the playground.
How to get there: A short ten minute walk from Lok Fu MTR.
8. Tung Chau Street Park
Check out Tung Chau Street Park that happens to be another sizeable park on the Kowloon side. Spanning 5.5 hectares, there is definitely something for everyone in the family. From the Indoor games hall that houses five squash courts to a mini football pitch for your littles to kick around a football. There is a lovely playground as well as basketball courts for your older ones. Located near the MTR, this is great for a quick jaunt with your littles!
How to get there: Take the orange line to Nam Cheong MTR Exit C.
9. Po Kong Village Road Park
Located in Diamond Hill, this park truly is a jewel in the middle of this busy area of Kowloon. Packed full of a variety of facilities, that include an awesome elevated cycling track and a designated area for beginners! There is a sweet jogging trail as well as fitness corners fitted with exercise apparatus. Your kiddos will love the playgrounds (there are three!) and if they’ve had enough sliding and climbing around, take them to watch cricketers practicing for their next game by the practice turfs.
How to get there: A short walk away from Diamond Hill MTR Exit C2.
10. Elements Rooftop Park
Conveniently located right above the post Elements Mall, is a fantastic playground that is frequented by all those living in the complexes that surround the area as well as PIPS Kindergarten. The playground equipment is suited for all ages, from little ones learning to walk, to older kiddos learning to scale the climbing apparatus. There are lovely patches of grass that is great for picnics or kicking a ball around. A hub for mamas and papas, this is also an excellent place to meet fellow parents and set up playdates!
How to get there: Located right above Elements Mall that is connected to Kowloon MTR.