Planning kids’ activities for weekends in November may be a little awkward. With Halloween behind us and Christmas approaching soon, we have a little gap to fill. But as always, Hong Kong never falls short of things to do with kids!
Autumn is in full swing and we’re loving outdoor activities without being drenched in sweat and having our kids wanting to go back home! While we’re out and about trekking family-friendly hiking trails, camping out to watch the starry sky and taking our bikes for a run, we’re also spotlighting weekend markets to support local businesses, fun workshops and booking our tickets early for The Grounds’ latest movie round-up! We’re also planning ahead for Christmas by ordering the turkey and ham and booking those staycations!
Featured Hong Kong Kids’ Activities
Hong Kong’s well-loved entertainment space is back at AIA Vitality Park for a second season and is in full swing. Chances are you’ve booked yourself some tickets for your family or you’ve already been to one this year. The Grounds recently dropped more movies to the line-up so if you haven’t had the chance to book your tickets yet, now’s the time! From classics like Titanic for parents to get nostalgic and hits amongst kids like Frozen 2, Raya and the Last Dragon and more, check the latest line-up here.
When: From Thursday, 13 October 2022
Where: Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $230 for a classic pod; $330 for a prime pod; $900 for a luxe pod
NotTooBig Mega Baby Expo
Whether you are a mama-to-be and need to prepare for your little one’s arrival or bubba is already here and you need to stock up, the NotTooBig Mega Baby Expo is the place to go for a day of family fun and shopping! There are big discounts and exclusive offers to be found from premium global brands such as Stokke, Cybex and Babyzen so you want to be ready. Over the years Sassy Mamas have headed to the expo and snagged bargains on everything from baby carriers and travel cots, to essentials like breast pumps, strollers and more.
What: NotTooBig Mega Baby Expo
Where: 3/F, Star Hall, Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre (KITEC)
When: Thursday, 3 to Saturday, 5 November 2022, 12pm to 8pm; Sunday, 6 November, 11am to 6pm
How much: $15 (free for children under 12 years old); $25 four-day pass (only availably at HK01Space)
Contact: Book now
The Trip By Treasure Chest Theatre
Treasure Chest Theatre’s latest show will follow five intrepid space explorers finding their way home. Captain Nah Nah and her space cohorts land on an odd planet and they need to find Poweranium in order to charge their space ship and get home in a race against time (and space, see what we did there?). The puppet show will be filled with mindfulness exercises, music and laughs for all the family.
Use code SASSY10 when booking to get 10% off tickets.
When: Friday, 11 November and Saturday, 12 November, 2022; 10.30am, 4pm and 7.30pm
Where: Hong Kong Arts Centre, McAulay Studio, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $350 (Early bird tickets cost $250 until Saturday, 15 October, 2022)
Booking: Eventbrite or PayMe to 9135 5152
Contact: 9135 5152, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.treasurechesttheatre.com
Free Things To Do With Kids In Hong Kong
Hong Kong Cleanup #TeamSeas Community Cleanup Challenge
Make the most of this cool weather by doing your part to lower your family’s carbon footprint. Hong Kong Cleanup has released its schedule for the month with cleanups on multiple weekends. All options are suitable for the whole family and if you’re looking for a short hike finishing at the beach on Lamma Island, mark Sunday, 20 November on your cal!
When: Various dates in November
Where: Silverstrand Beach, Lamma Island, Stanely Beach and Shek O Beach (on various dates)
How much: Free
Booking: Hong Kong Cleanup
Contact: info@HKcleanup.org, www.hkcleanup.org
Nature Hikeathon & Treasure Hunt At Kadoorie Farm And Botanic Garden
Kadoorie Farm And Botanic Garden (KFBG)‘s first-ever hikeathon on Sunday, 13 November follows an 8km route along its expansive farm, passing by some of the most scenic parts whilst learning about different wildlife in Hong Kong. Families can also make their way on Monday, 14 November for a treasure hunt with 20 checkpoints to navigate!
Sassy Mama Tip: Stop by the Nature Bazaar happening on both days featuring fun-filled activities and natural products for sale.
Lee Garden Skateboard Festival 2022
The annual skateboard festival is back this year, in collaboration with All Hong Kong Skateboards Association (AHKSA) and the non-profit organisation KELY Support Group. This year’s theme is focused on tricks and techniques and you can expect a series of street skateboarding performances and hands-on workshops for beginners.
Sai Kung Hoi Arts Festival
Appreciate the rich natural resources of Hong Kong and the long and deep history as well as culture of the four isles in Sai Kung Hoi through art. It’s no surpise that Hong Kong is home to villages that go way back and this tour allows us to see the village through different angles; through the voice of the villagers and a highlight on nature conservation.
A total of nine artworks – six in Yim Tin Tsai and three in Sharp Island – will be installed at different scenic spots for visitors.
When: 16 November 2022 to 15 January 2023
Where: Yim Tin Tsai and Sharp Island, Sai Kung
The Bay Market, New Flea Market In Hong Kong
Don’t miss this flea market that’ll bring second-hand, pre-loved items sold from one home to another. The team at The Bay Market will also be inviting carefully selected boutique vendors to sell locally made products.
Seven Football Challenges And Free Coaching At TKO Spot-field
The FIFA World Cup is almost here and football fans (we know you’re reading this with a grin!) can rejoice and countdown to kick start the celebration of the most beautiful game at TKO Spot-field. Have a football face-off at the seven themed football challenges. Also, don’t forget to head to the Decathlon store inside the mall for a free try-out of its eFootball™ 2023 game and A&S Football Center will provide one-hour free professional football training for little ones throughout the event period!
Christmas Markets Around Town
There are one too many things we love about Christmas markets and holiday fairs in Hong Kong. We get to support local businesses, shop hand-picked products for our family and friends and get in the festive spirit! Christmas markets are only on for a limited time so you’ll want to mark your diaries!
Envisioning Beyond Legacy Exhibition
Jointly presented by the Development Bureau and the Planning Department, the indoor and outdoor exhibition explores Hong Kong’s land, sea and air infrastructures and makes it fun and engaging for families. Kids can play a virtual chessboard game, become town planners for the day and explore the exhibition using AR technology.
Things To Do With Kids In Hong Kong
En Voyage With Claude Monet Art Exhibition
Whether you’re a fan of Claude Monet or not (and whether your little ones know of his paintings yet or not!) this art exhibition is not one to miss. Making its Asian debut in Hong Kong from Thursday, 27 October, 2022 to Sunday, 15 January 2023, the immersive exhibition brings to life the Impressionism artist’s timeless paintings through music and lights. Visitors will also be able to enter a thrilling Virtual Reality (VR) tour of Monet’s house in Giverny through dedicated headset.
When: Thursday, 27 October, 2022 to Sunday, 15 January, 2023
Where: Cultural Plaza, West Kowloon Cultural District (Next to Xiqu Centre)
How much: $288 for adults; $238 per child; $692 for family tickets (two adult tickets and one child ticket); free for children under 4
Miller Performing Arts: “I’mperfect” By Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation
This one’s a good one for the tweens and teens! I’mperfect follows three teenage girls and their journey to self-esteem, with very relevant every-day issues faced by youngsters nowadays (especially in the online world). While it remains light-hearted and the 2-hour show blasts with performances, it also highlights serious topics (that need to be addressed more often) like eating disorders, bullying and gender dysphoria.
When: Thursday, 10 to Saturday, 12 November
Where: Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $220 to $300
Contact: 2877 2625, email@example.com, www.hkyaf.com
Arte M Hong Kong Exhibition
Make your way to K11 Atelier at Quarry Bay for one of the most immersive art exhibition experiences in Hong Kong. Coupled with breathtaking visuals, sensuous sounds and even elegant fragrances, let all your senses mingle to experience stunning light installations. Some of those that’ll be on display are Beach Aurora, Jungle Glow, Flower Camellia and Wave and we can’t pick which one is our favourite!
When: Open daily from 11am to 7pm
Where: 2C, K11 HACC, K11 Atelier, King’s Road, Hong Kong
How much: $128 for adults and $98 for children during weekdays; $148 for adults and $108 for children during weekends
Booking: ATRE M
Contact: 2788 3238, www.artem-hk-en.artemuseum.com
Neverland By Kids’ Gallery
Relive the story of Peter Pan on stage in a dazzling musical adventure filled with hi-flying song and dance routines, elaborate costumes, and spectacular scenery!
When: Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 November, 2022; 11am or 3pm
Where: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre
How much: From $480 for adults; $380 for full-time students
Booking: HK Ticketing
Contact: 9682 5082, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kidsgallery.com
Santa’s Secret Kingdom: The Factory
Do your kids wonder what actually happens after you post your letter to Santa? Take them to Santa’s Secret Factory and find out! Parents and their excited little ones will be guided around the factory and during the magical one hour experience, families will be transported into a multi-sensory world of wonder, meeting a whole bunch of entertaining and fun characters.
Sassy Mama Tip: You can also book separate tickets for Santa’s Cookie Workshop (learn tips from the Cookie Fairy and decorate cookies of your own) or a Reggio Emilia sensory play with Little Wanderlust (and meet Santa for a special photo op!)
When: Sunday, 26 November to Monday, 4 December, 2022; open 9am to 4.30pm
Where: Santa’s Secret Kingdom, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $450 per person; free for kids under 3
Plastic Bag Upcycling Workshop At The Mills
You’re not alone if you have a plastic bag full of plastic bags at home and we’ll be honest, we’re not quite sure what to do with them either! Fabrica X at The Mills is hosting a workshop to upcycle plastic bags and make beautiful lamps. All you’ll need to bring is at least 10 plastic bags and book your slots in advance as the sessions are small with a maximum of four per group. The workshops will include all other materials required to make the lamps, just bring your creative juices!
When: Various dates across November; 1pm to 3pm or 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Where: Fabrica X, Shop 108, 1/F, The Mills, Tsuen Wan
How much: $450 per pax; $850 for two
Contact: 3979 2337, email@example.com, www.themillsfabrica.com
Places To Visit In Hong Kong With Kids
Family-Friendly Hikes To Do In Hong Kong
With the weather cooling down, we’ve got our scout of little hikers trekking around Hong Kong. If you’re on the hunt for family-friendly hikes, check our list of where to hike in Hong Kong, some of the trails are stroller-friendly (rarely but we’d suggest avoiding strollers as much as possible!) and we’ve listed all the well-paved tracks suitable for feet of all ages!
Peng Chau Day Trip
A quick ferry ride away from Central, Peng Chau is a relatively untouched island (city life wise) with laid-back vibes, vintage shops and traditional Chinese restaurants. It’s a great family day out if you’re looking for somewhere new to explore. An insider tip, bring your own bikes if you have, there’s plenty of space to cycle around and given it’s not the most “touristy” outlying island, you can roam around freely!
Family-Friendly Cycling Routes In Hong Kong
When the weather cooperates, the first thing we parents like to do is get the kids outside. Cycling is a great option for a day out with the whole family. Not only is it fun, but there is the added bonus of fresh air and exercise. We also know Hong Kong offers up some fantastic scenery, and bike riding is a lovely way to take in some new places you may not have already visited.
Museums To Go To With Kids
Not only a great rainy day activity, but also educational and interactive, museums in Hong Kong are one of our favourite things to do with kids. There isn’t a shortage here when it comes to culture, art and history. Many of these great museums have minimal entry fees (in fact, lots are free!) and can be visited time and time again!
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