Keep your little ones entertained (and safe!) with these adrenaline-pumping activities for adventurous kids!
The temperature is climbing and some kids are already out of school, so if you’re scratching your head trying to come up with things to do this summer, you needn’t worry. Turns out, Hong Kong is home to heaps of fun activities suitable for the whole family (although less adventurous mamas and papas might want to watch from the sidelines!). From surfing and zip-lining to rock climbing and skateboarding, there is something here for every type of adventurer.
If your child is inspired by Hawkeye from the Avengers, there are a few places in Hong Kong that offer child-friendly classes (for the traditional recurve and the more modern composite bows) at both indoor and outdoor ranges. If you’re looking for some party inspiration, there is even a venue to play archery tag!
Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre, 54 Lung Mun Rd, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, 2466 2600, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Golden Trust Archery, 2/F, Block C, Wing Hong Factory Building, 781 Yu Chau West Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, 2370 2250, www.archeryhk.com
ProArchery, Flat J, 4/F, Block 3, Kwun Tong Industrial Centre, 448 – 458 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, 2796 9177, [email protected], www.proarchery.com.hk
Ice skating? In the summer? It may sound like a contradiction but there are actually some great indoor and international-sized skating rinks here in Hong Kong. From acclaimed lessons on figure skating and ice hockey to more leisurely skating with the family, check out these locations (maybe just factor in a few bumps and bruises along the way!).
Mega Ice at Megabox, Unit 1, Level 10, MegaBox, 38 Wang Chiu Rd, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, 2709 4023, www.megaice.com.hk
There’s a variety of great indoor and outdoor venues across the city to go rock climbing, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Most of the indoor spaces offer great programmes for kids and adults too (meaning you can turn this adventure into a full-fledged family affair!). There are even public venues, like the Hong Kong Velodrome Park, offering an inexpensive experience for the family to try rock climbing.
Just Climb, San Po Kong: Flat D, G/F, Prince Industrial Building, 706 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong, Hong Kong, 3561 7868; Chai Wan: Shop G09, Xinghua New City, 100 Shengtai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, 2416 3668, www.justclimb.hk
If you’ve got a kid who loves horses (as many do), there’s an abundance of options for horse riding lessons in the 852. There is a public school in Tuen Mun and one in Lei Yue Mun with very reasonable fees that’s accessible to everyone, as well as an extensive list of private schools that offer lessons to members and non-members for varying fees. Check out these lists of riding schools to get started!
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While there aren’t many options in Hong Kong for zip-lining (also called flying fox in some countries), there are a few spots that offer natural landscape zip wires as well as some artificial constructs. Hong Kong Climbing Adventure has a natural zip-line with additional outdoor excursions for the family, while the artificial zip-line at Po Leung Kuk’s Jockey Club can be enjoyed as part of its summer camp package which offers plenty of outdoor adventures for kids.
I bet you didn’t know that Hong Kong is a great place to learn to surf? Surfing is a great way to gain confidence, get fit, and have fun in the sun. Be warned, it is also highly addictive! Thankfully, the city’s weather allows you to hit the surfboard for most of the year. Get your kids out on the water with lessons and summer camps available at Shek O Beach, Pui O Beach, and Big Wave Bay!
Hong Kong is notorious for being short on space and it’s tough if you’ve got kids who’d love to learn to skateboard. While many outdoor spaces don’t allow skateboarding, there are lots of public skate parks that you can take the family to completely free of charge. You could also head to the Hong Kong Velodrome Park and make use of its skate park as well as its other facilities.
Public Skate Park, various locations
Kayaking is one of the easiest adventures to partake in with the family as it doesn’t require much experience. This city is also an ideal place to kayak, with its dynamic landscapes and natural beauty. Some public beaches in Hong Kong offer cheap kayak rentals but if you want lessons, there are options that are offered through the Leisure and Culture Services Department of Hong Kong as well as at the Water Sports Centres. You could even try exploring the areas of the famous UNESCO Geopark in Hong Kong by kayak!
Public lesson information and details: www.lcsd.gov.hk
Kayak and Hike, Sai Kung New Pier, Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 9300 5197, www.kayak-and-hike.com
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