Got a bored teen? From game rooms to trampoline parks to pottery painting and more, we’ve got you and your teenagers covered.
You can practically see the eye roll when you hear the word “teenagers”. Not only are they notoriously hard to please, but they also get into the latest crazes faster than most parents can keep up. They might be older than their years in so many ways (as we’re sure our 13-year-old selves can relate!), but they’re still children at heart. What they want most are fun and engaging activities they can document on Snapchat and Instagram. While we’re busy trying to keep them out of LKF, it’s hard for them to find spots that will both entertain them and appeal to their age group. So we’ve done some research and rounded up the best places your teens can hang out in Hong Kong.
Calling all adrenaline junkies! Laser tag requires teamwork and is perfect for a rainy afternoon or even a birthday party. Offered by Lasermads and Resalaser, the game uses laser guns and maze-like low light venues decorated with neon lights to transport you to an exciting world of sci-fi.
- Lasermads, 11/F, Ying Kong Mansion, 2-6 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2343 3033, www.lasermads.com
- Resalaser, Room A, 3/F, Jumbo Industrial Building, 189 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3580 0030, [email protected], www.resalaser.com.hk
Archery Tag & Bubble Soccer
Archery Tag is a cross between paintball, archery and dodgeball, and is a growing sport in the city. The exciting, action-packed game features recurve bows and foam-tipped arrows. Because it requires larger groups starting at eight people, this is a great option when your teen wants a place for the whole squad to hang out (and it’s a good idea for birthday parties or special events). Bubble Soccer can be played indoors or outdoors. It’s a hilarious game where players are suited up in huge inflatable plastic bubbles before playing against each other. You can safely roll or bounce off each other. Trying not to laugh hysterically may be the hardest part of the game!
Sassy Mama Tip: Crossfire Arena and Master Edutainment offer other group activities as well, including Nerf Wars and Neon Sabre (perfect for Star Wars fans!) for maximum family fun with plenty of adrenaline.
- Crossfire Arena, Shop 306-308, 3/F, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3461 9023, [email protected], www.crossfire.hk
- Master Edutainment, various venues across Hong Kong, 3702 0122, [email protected], www.edutainment.hk
Lace up your bowling shoes and try your hand at knocking down some pins at one of the many alleys situated around town. Whether you’re an expert or just hoping to strike lucky, Tikitiki in Sai Kung is one of our faves, with gorgeous island-themed interiors and a restaurant with a generous selection of food and drink. Looking to save some money? Try the SCAA in Causeway Bay, where you can pay $120 for a membership and bowl at $28 to $43 per game. See our list below for other bowling options around town:
- Tikitiki Bowling Bar, 4/F, Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, [email protected], 2657 8488, www.tikitiki.hk
- South China Athletic Association, 88 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2577 6932, www.scaa.org.hk
- Thunderbowl, Shop 2, Basement, Screen World, Site 8 Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2122 9822, www.thunderbowl.com.hk
- Dragon Bowling, various locations across Kowloon and New Territories, various numbers according to location, www.dragonbowling.com
- Magic Fun Bowling World, LG1 Bayview Garden, 633 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2116 1498 www.mfbw.com.hk
Indoor Play Areas
Looking for an Ocean Park or Disneyland alternative? If the weather isn’t cooperating and you’re in want of something indoors, Hong Kong has everything from urban mini-golf clubs to arcades, trampoline parks and themed activity parks to choose from. An easy way to keep the kids (and you!) entertained for the day.
- Ryze, 3/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2337 8191, [email protected], www.ryzehongkong.com
- Strokes, G2-3, 1/F, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2877 1800, [email protected], www.strokeshk.com
- Superpark, G/F, One Silver Sea, 18 Hoi Fai Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3611 0139, www.superpark.com.hk
What wouldn’t want to belt out their favourite jams with friends? The many karaoke rooms dotted around Hong Kong are here to serve that purpose. With no age restrictions, Red MR Karaoke and Music Box are our top picks for their selection of English songs, while Neway remains the most popular in the city among locals.
- Red MR, various locations across Hong Kong, 3125 3125, [email protected], www.redmr.com
- Music Box, 10/F, 10 Prat Building, 10 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2368 1927, [email protected], www.musicbox-hk.com
- Neway, various locations across Hong Kong, 2721 1190, [email protected], www.newaykb.com
Got teens with plenty of creativity? Let them try their hands at Art Jamming, where they can express themselves with paint. Budding Van Goghs and Picassos can create to their hearts’ content at its studio in Wong Chuk Hang. With various grades of canvases on offer, let the paints flow, and expect a pile to start building up at home vying for wall space! You could join your child, if you’d like, as the studio is open for artists of all ages. Just make sure to call ahead to check for slot availability, as it operates on a first-come-first-served basis. See our list below for more art options around town:
- Art Jamming, 4D Yally Industrial Building, 6 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2541 8816, [email protected], www.artjamming.com
- Bonart Workshops, Shop 03-204A, 2/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2789 2688
Bonart Workshops, 701, Gravity, 29 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2789 0889, [email protected], www.bonart-hk.com/workshops
- Choco L’ART Studio, 2B, Yan King Court, 119-121 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 6695 1161, [email protected], www.chocolart.com.hk
- Muse Art Jam, Room C, 12/F, Kwong On Bank Mong Kok Branch Building, 728 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 9884 8827, www.facebook.com/muse.artjam
Pottery Making & Painting
Let your teens get their hands dirty while making something useful. We love the idea of a space for ceramic makers of all levels, from professionals to hobbyists to join (some of the workshops and classes prefer children to be 15 years and up, so call and check). There are tons of options around Hong Kong, offering wheel-throwing, hand-building, slipcasting and more. If you love the idea of pottery but don’t want to get into the nitty-gritty of it, you can always pick a pre-made piece and paint one! Here are some pottery making and painting options around town:
- Cobo Ceramic Workshop, 1/F Fortune Court, 33 Morrison Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2528 0672, [email protected], www.coboworkshop.com
- LUMP Studio, 11A, Gee Luen Hing Industrial Building, 2 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2116 0865, [email protected], www.lumpstudio.com.hk
- TOUCH Ceramics, Shop 203, 2/F, Block 3, Barrack Block, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2562 9000, [email protected], www.touchceramics.com
- Two Parts Studio, Unit 2, 3/F, Max Trade Centre, 23 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 5505 0828 [email protected], www.twopartstudio.com
Going to the movies (or staying in, thank you Netflix!) is a classic summertime activity and this summer is no different. Here are just some of the most anticipated upcoming films for teenagers:
- Spider-Man: Far From Home, (Hong Kong Release: Thursday, 4 July), watch the trailer here
- The Lion King, (Hong Kong Release: Tuesday, 25 July), watch the trailer here
- Dora and the Lost City of Gold, (Hong Kong Release: Monday, 1 August), watch the trailer here
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark*, (Hong Kong Release: Thursday, 29 August), watch the trailer here
*not yet rated
Board Games Cafés
There are tons of board game cafés dotted around Hong Kong with most offering a wide range so your teen is bound to find something to suit their fancy. Even parents on the hunt for a family game night activity will like the extensive collections. Jolly Thinkers is a classic, and newcomer Wheat and Wood offers inclusive and casual games as well as a lot of space to hang out!
- Capstone Boardgame, Unit A, 23/F, Gold Swan Commercial Building, 438-444 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2577 5388, [email protected], www.capstone.hk
- Jolly Thinkers, 14/F, Capricorn Centre, 155 Sai Yeung Choi Street North, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 3107 1160
Jolly Thinkers, 11/F, Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2527 2882, www.jollythinkers.com
- Painkiller Boardgame Café, Room C, 5/F, 2 Carnarvon Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3568 3227, www.painkillerboardgamecafe.com
- Wheat and Wood, Shop 6, Ground Floor, Brilliant Court, 28 Praya Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2399 0433, www.wheatandwood.com
Flex those problem-solving muscles in an escape room! Located in the city’s hotspots like Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, participants are locked in a room with a specific scenario and need to use clues, solve riddles, and complete puzzles to escape. Full of mystery and excitement, these games are at once cognitively challenging and great for building teamwork skills. There are several options to choose from in the 852 – LOST Hong Kong is a great option, with 13 varying scenario rooms all based on historical events at different levels of difficulty. Group sizes can vary from two to 10 people, perfect for a group of friends or a party. For those interested in a more high-tech experience, Freeing HK offers a 360˚ VR escape room (check the language of instruction before booking as most are in Chinese).
- Freeing HK, 10/F, Richmond Plaza, 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2711 1791
Freeing HK, Shop 1A-1K, 4/F, Pakpolee Commercial Center, Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2711 1785, www.freeinghk.com
- LOST Hong Kong, 1/F, 1-3 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2892 2393
LOST Hong Kong, 8/F, Oriental House, 24-26 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2390 0093, [email protected], www.losthk.com
- Sherlock Holmes Detective Academy, Shop 5, 5/F, Everest Industrial Centre, 396 Kwon Tong Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3594 6609, www.shdahk-en.simplesite.com
- Sandbox VR, 4/F, Tern Plaza, 5 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2311 9995, www.sandboxvr.com
Everyone enjoys music in some way, shape, or form, and if your teenager is interested in making music (and wants to do something different from the traditional piano classes), why not give DJ lessons a shot? This modern twist on classic instrument lessons is becoming increasingly popular in Hong Kong and will provide your next Calvin Harris with a new way to enjoy music.
- Sol Passion Music, 11/F EIB Tower, 4-6 Morrison Hill Rd., Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 9422 0367, www.solpassionmusic.com
If your kid’s got an artistic eye, a photography workshop might be right up their alley. Hong Kong Photography Workshop was founded in 2011, based on the idea that camera manuals simply didn’t measure up, and it’s been running workshops for beginners and amateurs ever since. With classes on basics, street and night photography, and an introduction to Lightroom to help you polish up your photos, it’s got all you need. Private lessons are also on offer, but you’ll have to call ahead and book your place, as class sizes are small and tend to fill up quickly. See our list below for more options around town:
- Hong Kong Photography Workshop, Unit 602, Yue Shing Commercial Building, 15 Queen Victoria Street, Central, Hong Kong, 9172 9101, [email protected], www.hkphotoworkshop.com
- Junior Snappers, various locations across Hong Kong, 9849 0050, [email protected], www.juniorsnappers.com
- Hong Kong Institute of Photography, Unit 1307, Block B, Ming Pao Industrial Centre, 18 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, 9107 7329, [email protected], www.photoschoolhk.com
If your teen is looking to enjoy a day out in the sun, Hong Kong has a wealth of beautiful beaches that are only a short hop on public transport away, if you’re not already lucky enough to have one within walking distance! Those seeking a little more privacy on a smaller, more remote beach might prefer a junk boat trip, as they are incredibly easy to throw together. Most will even do catering packages, so grab your friends and their kids (or your teenager’s friends) and prepare for a little getaway. Just be sure to bring sunscreen and don a swimsuit if you plan to get your feet a little wet!
Hong Kong may be best known for its skyscrapers and closely packed buildings, but there’s also plenty of nature to explore in this concrete jungle. The city has many great hiking paths, with something for everyone, whether you’re an amateur or a professional. Take any of the incredibly convenient public transportation out to a trail and enjoy a day (or night) out reconnecting with Mother Nature and your teenager. There’s no better way to get some exercise than up on a hill, taking in amazing views of the city from up high (not to mention all the Insta-worthy shots!).
The Hong Kong government has invested a good amount of money in creating these welcome breaks from our towering buildings. If you’re one for animals, Kowloon Park is home to a variety of birds in bright colours, including pink flamingos and blue and yellow macaws. Animal lovers can also pay the Zoological and Botanical Gardens a visit, where they house meerkats, ring-tailed lemurs and elongated tortoises. Make a day of it in Tamar Park (or any of the parks, really) by bringing a hamper and a picnic blanket, and people watch and play card games to your heart’s content. For more information on other parks, you can click here.
- Kowloon Park, 22 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong
- Tamar Park, Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Beat the heat by spending a day by (or in!) the pool! Hong Kong has lots of indoor, outdoor, and even natural pools dotted around the city, with something for any budget.
With 70 static locations and 12 mobile ones, a public library can be just the place for some quiet alone time. Our favourite is the Central Library in Causeway Bay, with a wealth of facilities and the largest collection of books. Wear something comfy and prepare to spend a day immersed in everything from books to audiotapes and DVDs. Be sure to check out the new arrivals rack and if they want to take something home at the end of the day, getting a library card is as easy as filling in a form – you can even register your HKID as a library card. For more information on public libraries, you can click here.
Sassy Mama Tip: To avoid fines, renew your book loan or even request for a book to be transported to the closest library to you, get the public libraries app on your phone. Simply log in and you’ll be sent reminders to renew or return your books – so no more marking calendars.
- Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, various phone numbers, [email protected]
Arguably, one of the best things about Hong Kong is that it really doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived in this city, there’s always something to see. Grab your camera and map app, it’s time to explore. If you’re looking to go full out, we recommend taking a sightseeing bus tour to ensure you cover all the big tourist attractions. Want to be a little more subtle? We’ve got a roundup of free things to do to get you started.
- Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus, starts at the Central Ferry Pier, 2136 8888, www.rickshawbus.com,
- The Big Bus Tour, various location points, 2167 8995, www.discoverhongkong.com
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Carrie Johnson on 10, April 2017 and was updated by Sakina Abidi on 26, June 2019. Thank you to Lucia Lau for her help with this article.
Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Lasermads via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of Crossfire Arena, image 3 courtesy of Karla Rivera via Unsplash, image 4 courtesy of Strokes via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of Jorge Flores via Unsplash, image 6 courtesy of Art Jamming, image 7 courtesy of TOUCH Ceramics via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Jake Hills via Unsplash, image 9 courtesy of Ylanite Koppens via Pexels, image 10 courtesy of Pixabay via Pexels, image 11 courtesy of Sol Passion Music via Facebook, image 12 courtesy of Marco Xu via Unsplash, image 13 courtesy of Prosperity Horizons via Wikimedia Commons, image 14 courtesy of WiNG via Wikimedia Commons, image 15 courtesy of Seader via Wikimedia Commons.