Hello summer! Here are some exciting new activities to keep the kids entertained this July.
For mamas who have missed out on booking summer camps (although there are some that still have availability!), here are some fun activities! Looking for a breath of fresh air? This month there are fun outdoor markets in Tung Chung and entertainment and activities by the water at Central Harbourfront. If you’d prefer to stay cool indoors there are art workshops at the Hong Kong Museum of Art (did we mention they’re free!) as well as yoga and environmental workshops. Let’s make the most of those school holidays!
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving, so please call to check for any changes. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but 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.
If you’re looking for some vitamin sea this summer, head over to Tung Chung as you check out some local goodies with the kids! As the outlet’s first-ever weekend outdoor market, Citygate Outlet has prepared an array of activities for you and the little ones this month. To truly immerse in the relaxing outdoor experience, the “Echoes of the Forest” features three gigantic botanical-inspired wooden megaphones, which will allow you and the kids to feel as if you’re a part of nature. For a more hands-on experience, check out the Grow Green Workshops for an afternoon of bands, handbell performances and acapella shows.
When: 12pm to 7pm, every Friday to Sunday, until Sunday, 4 July
Where: Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Outlying Islands
How much: Free entry
Contact: Citygate Outlet
Coming up with summer activities for the kids can be a headache, and Summer Fest is here with a cure. With balance bike charity tournaments, light music live performances and other activities, the possibilities are truly endless. In particular, the Monet Garden is a wonderful opportunity for our mini artists to delve into the world of Claude Monet and impressionism. If you also happen to be a proud paw-rent and would like to bring your pooch along, the Home Sweet Woof! Festival is a great way to spend some quality time with the kids and pets.
When: Until Friday, 6 August (opening hours vary depending on the programme lineup, see the special event schedule to learn more)
Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
How much: Free entry
Contact: Summer Fest, 3929 9500, [email protected]
In a world that encourages logic and order, it is especially important for the little ones to ignite their creativity and think outside the box. In this workshop, the little ones will learn to deconstruct stories and reimagine a mythological new world through art and games. Since the kids will be creating their unique three-dimensional artwork at the workshop, be sure to select a few toys with them prior to the event, which they can bring with them (along with their creativity!). Suitable for children aged 9 to 12.
When: 3pm to 5pm, from Sunday, 4 July to Sunday, 22 August
Where: Activity Room, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
How much: Free entry
Contact: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2721 0116, [email protected], tickets available here
If you’ve got a kid who never seem to run out of energy, The Yoga Room is here to help! Featuring yoga exercises and a small class size, the workshops will allow the little ones to explore anti-gravity hammock postures and mat yoga in a fun, supportive and (most importantly) safe environment. Following the yoga exercises, children will also learn how to relax and calm emotions through mindfulness and self-regulation strategies. Suitable for children aged 8 to 14 years.
When: 2:30pm to 3:30pm, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from Monday, 12 July to Friday, 23 July
Where: The Yoga Room, 3/F, Xiu Ping Commercial Building, 104 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
How much: $1,500 for 6 classes, $840 for 3 classes
Contact: The Yoga Room, 2544 8398, [email protected], tickets available here
Looking for something that’s as exciting as it is educational? Through board games and interactive learning activities, this workshop is here to help the little ones investigate problems wild animals in nature are facing. By the end of the lesson, kids will find simple, everyday cures to help the animals and better the environment. Apart from broadening their ecological knowledge, the activities are also perfect for developing children’s visual memory, hand-eye coordination and social skills. Suitable for kids aged 5 to 8 years.
When: 10:30am to 12pm, every Tuesday and Thursday throughout July
Where: S414, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
How much: Free admission
Contact: Tickets available here