Summer’s in the air and we can’t wait to get out and about!
After months of social distancing, we couldn’t be happier to see Hong Kong opening up once again for all sorts of kids activities. This June, some of our favourites are returning, like the Discovery Bay Markets by Handmade Hong Kong, along with the reopening of City Hall and with it the Good Music For Kids performances. If you want to stay out of the heat you can head indoors to the cinema (for a ballet fix), or if it’s the fresh outdoor air you crave why not hire a SmartBike at the West Kowloon Cultural District. While we’re not likely to travel this summer, why don’t you take the kids to rediscover the city we call home with a special resident’s tour from the team at Hello Hong Kong. There’s certainly plenty to keep everyone entertained!
Experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece with your kids. This production by the Bolshoi Ballet returns to Broadway Circut Cinemas with a new cast to tell the most beloved classical ballet. The family will be in awe by the perfect timing and technique of the professional ballerinas as they bring this legendary love story to life.
When: 4:20pm, Saturday 13 (Pacific Place) and Sunday 20, June 2020 (Elements)
Where: MOViE MOViE, 1/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong Kong Island; PREMIERE ELEMENTS, 2/F ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
How much: $210 – Pacific Place; $190 – Elements
Contact: Broadway Circut Cinema
After months of being cancelled, we’re so excited to see the Discovery Bay Sunday market return to our events calendar. Head over to the bay for a day at the beach and a spot of shopping as you browse the local, independent vendors selling handmade or self-designed wares. You’ll find everything from jewellery, homeware, fine art and children’s accessories.
When: Sunday 14, June 2020, 11am to 6pm
Where: Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How much: Free (but be sure to take some cash to support these local businesses!)
Contact: Handmade Hong Kong
Introduce your little ones (especially those aged 3 to 6 years) into the wonderful world of music, culture and performance with Hong Kong Sinfonietta. The 75-minute performance includes everything from classics by Tchaikovksy and Vivaldi to the more modern scores from Jurassic Park and Pirates Of The Caribbean. Join conductor Ray Chan and violinist James Cuddeford as you immerse your kids in a sound sensation and invigorate their passion for music.
When: 4pm, Thursday 25, June; 7:30pm, Friday 26, June; 2:30pm and 5:30pm, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28, June 2020
Where: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $260 and $360
Contact: Hong Kong Sinfonietta for tickets. For more information e-mail: [email protected] or phone: 2836 3336
You think you know Hong Kong? Take the family on a tour with one of the local guides from Hello Hong Kong and rediscover the fabulous and vibrant city you call home. While these tours are normally for tourists, they’ve been adapted especially for Hong Kong residents.
Delve into Hong Kong’s past with a tour across Kowloon where you’ll learn the history of the notorious Kowloon Walled City before tasting a selection of Hong Kong’s favourite street food in Sham Shui Po.
The kids will love eating their way around Hong Kong Island with a classic food tour that includes everything from a traditional dim sum breakfast to everyone’s favourite – char sui or BBQ pork! Along the way, you’ll learn all about traditional Chinese medicine, the uses of all that dried seafood and call in at some family-run speciality stores to see a unique side of Hong Kong life that exists right on our doorstep.
Everyone loves a day out on the islands and while it’s easy enough to jump on a ferry yourself, the family is sure to learn a thing or two on a guided tour of Cheung Chau. You’ll hear all about a history filled with smuggling and piracy, try local delicacies (mango mochi – yum!) and finish off with a fun sampan ride.
All tours are small group tours with a maximum of six guests (seven guests for Cheung Chau tour). Private tours can be run on demand.
When: Hong Kong History and Street Food Tour runs every Sunday from 9:30am; Food Tours run every Saturday at 9:30am; Cheung Chau tour runs every Wednesday at 9:30am
How much: Kowloon Tour and Hong Kong Island Food Tour: adults: $750, kids: $500 (6 to 11 years); Cheung Chau Tour: adults: $675, kids: $450 (6 to 11 years). Use promo code RESIDENTS for 10% off
Contact and bookings: Hello Hong Kong
Have you taken the family out to explore the West Kowloon Cultural District yet? With wide-open spaces and panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, it makes an ideal adventure with the kids in tow. While your there, pick up one of the SmartBikes and explore the paved waterfront paths. There are even bikes with training wheels for little ones aged 3 to 5 years old (or below 90cm in height) so no one will miss out!
When: 2pm to 7pm, Tuesday to Friday; 10am to 7pm, weekends and public holidays
Where: West Kowloon Cultural District, the SmartBike hire is just past the Pet Zone after you have come through the main entrance.
How much: $20 per hour, helmets available for $15 per session (or bring your own)
Contact: West Kowloon Cultural District for full details