Got a bored teen? We’ve created a list that will inspire and excite even the most dubious teenager. From game rooms to trampoline parks to pottery painting and more, we’ve got you and your kids covered.
You can practically see the eye roll when you hear the word “teenagers”. Not only are they notoriously hard to please, they’re onto the latest social media crazes faster than most parents can keep up. And even though they are older than their years in so many ways (as we’re sure our 13-year-old selves can relate!), they are 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 have come up with a list of the coolest places for teens to hang out around Hong Kong.
Read more: 50 Things to Do with Your Kids in Hong Kong
There aren’t a lot of choices, but Ryze provides the ultimate trampoline experience in Hong Kong. From trampoline-lined floors to ball pits and trapezes galore, the park has you covered for hours of active fun. The obstacle course is a great way to get the whole family involved. With a brand new floor and a Ninja course, Ryze is bound to keep the kids – and you! – entertained for the day.
How Much: Age 6 and under start at $95 for one hour, age 7 and over start at $150. Age 2 and under, accompanied by an adult purchasing a ticket receives entry for free
Opening Hours: 9am to 9pm daily
Ryze, 3/F Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2337 8191, www.ryzehongkong.com
Archery tag is a cross between paintball, archery, and dodgeball and is a growing sport in the 852. The exciting, action-packed game features recurve bows and foam-tipped arrows and is suitable for children age 8 and up. Because it requires larger groups starting at eight people, it’s great for when teens want a place where 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, Master Edutainment and HK Battle offer other group activities as well, including Bubble Soccer, Nerf Wars, and Neon Sabre (perfect for Star Wars fans!) for maximum family fun with plenty of adrenaline.
How Much: $2,688 for 12 people, $3,288 for 20 people, $160 per head for drop in
Opening Hours: 12pm to 9pm daily
Crossfire Arena, 306-308, 3/F, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun St., Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong 3461 9023, www.crossfire.hk
How Much: Pricing varies, depending on booking and venue
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm, Monday to Friday (office hours)
Venues vary by booking, 3702 0122, www.edutainment.hk
How Much: Pricing varies by group size and length of booking, each game lasting a minimum of two hours), more information here or through contact form or phone (website in Chinese only)
Opening Hours: Hours vary by appointment
Hong Kong Battle Stadium, Shop C 2/F Success Industrial Building, 17 Sheung Hei Street, San Po Kong, Hong Kong
Calling all adrenaline junkies! Laser tag is a more futuristic option compared to its aforementioned archery counterpart. Offered by Lasermads and Resa Laser, the game requires teamwork and is perfect for a rainy afternoon or even a birthday party. Featuring laser guns and maze-like low light venues decorated with neon lights, prepare to be transported to an exciting world of sci-fi.
How Much: $98 for one game per individual, with student discounts and package deals
Opening Hours: 2pm to 11pm, Monday to Friday, 12pm to11pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
Lasermads, 11/F Ying Kong Mansion, 2-6 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2343 3033, www.lasermads.com
How Much: Starting at $200 per person for two hours Monday to Thursday, $250 per person for two hours Friday to Sunday
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Resa Laser, Units 1/F Gee Luen Factory Building, 316-318 Kwun Tong Road, Hong Kong, 3580 0030, www.resalaser.com.hk
Board game cafes dotted around Hong Kong are a good alternative for the teens who don’t feel like getting sporty. Most cafés offer a wide range of games, so they’ll be bound to find something to suit their fancy. Even parents on the hunt for a family game night activity will like its extensive collection. And now, entertained for hours on end, you won’t even have to leave the table after dinner!
How Much: $69 for two hours per head, inclusive of a $30 drink and $7 per half hour thereafter
Opening Hours: 12pm to 7pm Mondays, 12pm to 11:30pm Wednesday to Friday, 2pm to 11:30pm Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, Closed for events on Tuesdays April to June
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 2
How Much: approximately $60 per person for three hours (
Opening Hours: daily 2pm to 11pm
Painkiller Boardgame Café 2, Carnarvon Rd, 5/F, 2號 Rm C, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 3568 3227
How Much: one session $70 per person for five hours
Opening Hours: daily 2:30pm to 11:30pm
Unit A, 23/F., Golden Swan Commercial Building, 438-444 Hennessy Road, Capstone Boardgame, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2577 5388 www.capstone.hk
The sky’s the limit! Or, at least, the top of the climbing wall is. This family-friendly activity is both intellectually and physically challenging and is great for when teens want to burn off some steam. If you’re just starting out, many offer kids’ and parent/child classes, and when your teen has gained more experience, they can go it alone. Some even have a day pass option, so no commitment is necessary until you’ve decided you like what you’re doing.
How Much: Day passes are $188 for adults, $148 for students, and $338 for families; course pricing varies
Opening Hours: 2pm to 11pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 8pm Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays
Go Nature, Unit C2, G/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3563 7156, www.gonaturehk.com
How Much: (San Po Kong) Day passes are $198 for adults, $168 for children/students (aged 6 to 17 or 22 and under with a valid Hong Kong student ID), $328 for families; course pricing varies; (Paradise Mall) Day passes are $238 for adults, $198 for children/students (aged 6 to 17 or 22 and under with a valid Hong Kong student ID), $468 for families; course pricing varies
Opening Hours: (San Po Kong) 2pm to 11pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays; (Paradise Mall) 10am to 10pm
Just Climb, Room D, G/F, Prince Industrial Building, 106 King Fuk Street, San Po Kong, 3561 7868;
Just Climb, G09, Paradise Mall, Heng Fa Chuen, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, 2416 3668, www.justclimb.hk
Attic V Climbing Gym
How Much: Day passes are $100 for adults, $80 for students aged 12 to 18, course pricing varies
Opening Hours: 11am to 10:30pm Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm Sundays and public holidays
Attic V Climbing Gym, Shop B, G/F, Tin Fung Industrial Mansion, 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong, 3101 2918, www.atticv.com.hk
Creative teens can get their hands dirty while making something useful. Loveramics‘ workshop located in The Pulse lets adults and kids paint their own ceramics. Simply pick a pre-made piece, and leave the rest up to the imagination. All materials are included, so don’t worry about having to purchase or bring extra supplies! And with its great location in Repulse Bay, you can couple your arts and crafts session with a relaxed day at the beach.
Sassy Mama Tip: The Pulse offers two hours of free parking for every $400 spent, perfect for the workshop!
How Much: $400 per piece, two hour session (approximate) with group discounts available
Opening Hours: 11am to 7pm daily
Loveramics Pulse, Shop 207, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2994 1289, www.loveramics.com
Nothing sounds more appealing than spending some time indoors in an icy cold spot when it’s a sweltering, humid day. Cool off at one of the many ice skating rinks located around Hong Kong. Available on both sides of the island, these are all quite popular and tend to fill up quickly, so pick times and dates accordingly. But prices err on the low side for casual visits, and classes for figure skating are available at all rinks, while ice hockey is offered at select rinks. Check the respective websites for more information (prices will vary for classes).
How Much: $60 per two-hour session Monday to Friday, session prices start at $75 Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Opening Hours: 9:30am to 9:30pm, Monday to Friday, 12:30pm to 10pm Saturdays, 12:30pm to 6:30pm Sundays
Ice Palace, 1/F Cityplaza, 18 Tai Koo Shing Rd., Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2844 8688, www.cityplaza.com
How Much: Charges by minute, starting at $0.5/ minute (paid by Octopus)
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
The Rink, G/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2196 8016, www.therinkltd.com
How Much: Sessions vary from 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours, starting at $50 Monday to Friday, $70 Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm (check website for times when closed for ice hockey)
Mega Ice, Unit 1, Level 10, Megabox, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, 2709 4023, www.megaice.com.hk
How Much: $60 per session Monday to Friday, sessions start at $75 Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 1pm to 10pm Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30am to 9pm public holidays
Glacier, UG-21, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, 2844 3588, www.festivalwalk.com.hk
What wouldn’t want to belt out a few of their favourite new jams with a few pals? The many karaoke rooms dotted around Hong Kong are here to serve that purpose. With no age restrictions, Red MR Karoke and Music Box are our top picks for their selection of English songs, while Neway remains the most popular in the city among locals.
How Much: Pricing varies depending on location and time- check the price list for Red MR Karaoke here
Opening Hours: 10am to 6am
Red MR, multiple locations can be found here, 3125 3125, www.redmr.com
How Much: $250 per person for three hours inclusive of one free drink between 1pm to 7pm, $300 per person (groups of three and above only) for all you can drink in two hours after 7pm
Opening Hours: 1pm to 2am daily
Music Box, 10/F 10 Prat Building, 10 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2368 1927, www.musicbox-hk.com
How Much: Pricing depending on location and time. Find the price list here under your selected location
Opening Hours: Hours vary by location and day
Neway, multiple locations can be found here, www.newaykb.com
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, perfect for everyone from amateurs to professionals. Take any of the incredibly convenient public transportation out to any of the trails and enjoy a day out reconnecting with Mother Nature and your teenager. There’s no better way to get some exercise in than up on a hill, taking in amazing views of the city from up high (not to mention all the Insta-worthy shots!).
How Much: It’s FREE!
Tony Hawk fans should check out the skate parks in Hong Kong where they fulfil his or her dreams. Whether they’ve just started skate boarding or have already mastered a few tricks, Lai Chi Kok Skatepark, offers sections for beginners, amateurs, and experts. The Hong Kong Velodrome Park Skatepark in Tseung Kwan O is also a great option, with bowls, park, and plaza terrain and plenty of enclosed space to practice!
How Much: It’s FREE!
Opening Hours: (Lai Chi Kok Skatepark) 7am to 10pm; (Hong Kong Velodrome Skatepark) 8am to 10pm
Lai Chi Kok Skatepark, 1 Lai Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, 2307 0429
Hong Kong Velodrome Park Skatepark, 105-107 Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 2878 8630
The days have long passed since you’ve pinned your child’s artwork to the fridge, so how about showing off your budding designer’s piece on a T-shirt? Pay a visit to Print House if they’d like to try their hand at silk screening some shirts at the workshop, or to its website if you’d like to get a few tops printed and sent to you through the mail. With multiple shirts and printing methods to choose from, everything is taken care of, so you just have to make your choices and they’ll be flying off the printing press in no time. You could even get them in bulk for lower prices if your up-and-coming designer is also a developing entrepreneur, or just really keen to get match-y with his or her Monday through Friday friends.
How Much: Custom designed t-shirts range from $66-260 per shirt; workshops start at $600 for two shirts, lasting around 3 hours
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday
E-Tat Factory Building, 4 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 5332 2955, www.printhou.se
Everyone enjoys music in some way, shape, or form, and if your teenager is interested in making music (and wants to do something different than the traditional piano classes), why not give DJ lessons a shot? This modern twist on classic instrument lessons is becoming more and more popular in Hong Kong, and will provide your next Calvin Harris with a new way to enjoy music. Ready for a little record scratching? With courses tailored for your budding DJ, Sol Passion Music will take your them through the whole process, from choosing music to music theory and ear training.
How Much: Kids’ Intro course package (five 90-minute sessions) start at $4,500, one 90- minute intro DJ course starts at $1,000
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm Monday through Friday, 12pm to 6pm Saturdays
Sol Passion Music, 11/F EIB Tower, 4-6 Morrison Hill Rd., Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 9422 0367, www.solpassionmusic.com
Get ready to 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, the game is at once cognitively challenging and great for building teamwork skills. There are several options to choose from in the 852, and 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 recently came out with a 360˚ VR escape room.
LOST Hong Kong
How Much: $150 per person Monday to Thursday, $180 per person Friday to Sunday and public holidays
Opening Hours: 1pm to 11pm Monday- Friday, 11am to 11pm Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays
LOST Hong Kong, 8/F Oriental House, 24-26 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong 2390 0093
LOST Hong Kong, 1/F 1-3 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 2892 2393, www.losthk.com
How Much: $108 per person Monday to Thursday, $138 per person, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Opening Hours: 12pm to 12am daily
Freeing HK, Shop 1A-1K, 4/F Pakpolee Commercial Center, Sai Yeung Choi St., Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2711 1785
Freeing HK, 10/F Richmond Plaza, 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2711 1791, www.freeinghk.com
Sherlock Holmes Detective Academy
How Much: Packages for private parties of 8 to 15 children, $2250 for the first two hours, $900 per additional hour, more information here
Opening Hours: 2pm to 10pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 11pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
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 (virtual reality escape room)
How Much: $288 per person, with 15 minutes of training and set up, playtime lasting 30 minutes, and 15 minutes of debriefing and video highlight review
Opening Hours: 12pm to 11pm Monday to Thursday, 11am to 11:30pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Sandbox VR, 4/F Tern Plaza, 5 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2311 9995, www.sandboxvr.com/hk/
Fancy a day out at an activity park but bored of Ocean Park or Disneyland? There are plenty of activity parks in Hong Kong designed for families. If the weather is gloomy (or too hot!) and you’re looking for something to do indoors, look no further than SuperPark, which offers a large variety of activities split up into three different arenas. Each activity encourages everyone to get up and get moving, including tube sledding and hot stepping. SuperPark requires online ticket bookings, so make sure to plan ahead!
How Much: Day passes come at $180 Monday to Friday, $250 Saturdays, Sundays and public and school holidays
Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm Saturdays, Sundays and public and school holidays
Superpark, G/F One Silver Sea, 18 Hoi Fai Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.superpark.com.hk
For those with plenty of creativity to spare, let teens try their hands at Art Jamming where they can express themselves with paint. Now offering day passes, budding Van Goghs and Picassos alike 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 of canvases to start piling up at home! And if you’re interested in trying your own hand at creating a masterpiece, the studio is open for artists of all ages. Just make sure to call head to check for slot availability, as it operates on a first-come-first-served basis.
How Much: Eight-hour day passes start at $900 for a small canvas and $1000 for an XL canvas; details for other sessions can be found on the price list here
Opening Hours: 12pm to 8pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 6pm Sundays
Art Jamming, 4D Yally Industrial Building, 6 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2541 8816, www.artjamming.com
Grab your swimsuits and a towel, because we’re beating the heat by spending a day lounging by (or in!) the pool. Whether you’re keen to swim some laps or just want to get a bit of a tan, there’s bound to be a pool for you in Hong Kong. With abundant indoor, outdoor, and even natural pools dotted around the city, you can find something for any budget. Treat yourself and stretch out on a lounge chaise in style on by the rooftop pool at the Kerry Hotel in Hung Hom, or if you’re more inclined to spend a day away from the city, head out to the Silvermine Bay rock pools in Mui Wo and reconnect with Mother Nature.
We’re always searching for unique entertainment spots, and we think Strokes is definitely worth a visit. Located in the Fashion Walk area of trendy Causeway Bay, Strokes is a mini golf club, serving up exciting drinks and interesting eats, funky retro neon vibes and some serious fun! Featuring two 9-hole golf courses, and games room on the weekends, and even a kid’s room for those under 10, its the cool, family-friendly entertainment we all need. With both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on offer and food that caters to all diets from carnivores to vegetarians and even vegans, it offers plenty of choice and is the perfect place both for the family and your teenager and their friends to hang out.
How Much: $128 per 9-hole round, ages 10 and up, $50 entrance fee per session for kids ages 2 through 9 (weekends only)
Opening Hours: 11:30pm to 1am Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 3am Saturdays, 11:30 to 11pm Sundays
Strokes, G2-3 1/F Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2877 1800, www.strokes.com.hk
If you’re looking for more indoor sports activities to avoid the oppressing heat and humidity during the spring and summer months, bowling might be right down your alley. Lace up your bowling shoes and chill out in one of the many alleys situated around town by trying your hand at knocking down some pins. Whether you depend on real skill or you’re just hoping to strike it 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 moolah? Try the SCAA in Causeway Bay, where you can pay $120 for a membership and bowl at only $26 per game. See our list below for other bowling options around town.
Tikitiki Bowling Bar
How Much: $199 per hour, one lane Monday to Thursday (all day), Fridays (11am to 6pm), $299 per hour, one lane Fridays (6pm to 12am), Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (all day), plus 10% service charge
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm Monday to Thursday, 11am to 12am Fridays and public holiday eves, 10am to 12am Saturdays, 10am to 10pm Sundays and public holidays
Tikitiki Bowling Bar, 4/F Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong 2657 8488, www.tikitiki.hk
South China Athletic Association
How Much: Membership fee $120 per person (bring HKID or passport), $26 per game 10am to 6pm, $35 per game 6pm to 12:30am Monday to Friday, $40 per game Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
South China Athletic Association, 88 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2577 6932, www.scaa.org.hk
How Much: Prices begin at $25 for students (age 18 and under) and $33 for adults per game from 10am to 6pm, $44 per game for everyone from 6pm to 1am Monday to Friday, $45 for students (age 18 and under) and $55 for adults per game Saturday, Sunday, public holidays, and public holiday evenings, with shoe rental fees of $10 per student and $15 per adult
Opening Hours: 10am to 1am daily
Thunderbowl, Shop 2, Basement, Screen World, Site 8 Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2122 9822
Opening Hours: Open daily from 10am to 12:30am Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 12:30am Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
How Much: Pricing varies by location and time
Opening Hours: Tuen Mun: 10am to 12am, Mei Lok: 11am to 11pm, Ho Man Tin: 10am to 11pm, Tsuen Wan: 2pm to 1am Monday to Friday, 10am to 1am Saturdays, 10am to 12am Sundays and public holidays
Dragon Bowling, 2/F Yan Oi Tong Centre, 18 Kai Mon Path, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2452 2119,
Dragon Bowling, 1/F Melody Garden, 2 Wu Tsui Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2430 0986,
Dragon Bowling, Shop S1, 2/F Oi Man Shopping Centre, 60 Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2116 1536,
Dragon Bowling, 1/F Tsuen Wan Garden, 15-23 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2494 7383 www.dragonbowling.com
Magic Fun Bowling World
How Much: Pricing starts at $24 for students (local student card holders under 21) and senior citizens (age 65 and over) and $34 for adults per game 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, $33 for students (local student card holders age under 21) and senior citizens (age 65 and over) and $48 adults per game 6pm to 12am/1am Monday to Thursday/Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Opening Hours: 9am to 12am Monday to Thursday, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 9am to 1am Fridays
Magic Fun Bowling World, LG1 Bayview Garden, 633 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2116 1498 www.mfbw.com.hk
Take some time off from your screens and let your eyes take in a little green! From large parks to small, there are a multitude of them nestled between the glass and concrete giants that populate this tiny city. The government has spent a good amount of money investing these welcome breaks from our towering buildings, and each of them have their own unique attractions. If you’re one for animals, Kowloon Park is home to a variety of birds in bright colours, including bubblegum pink flamingos and cheery 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,) and bring a hamper and a picnic blanket, and you can people watch and play card games to your heart’s content.
How Much: It’s FREE!
Opening Hours: Kowloon Park: 5am to 12am; Zoological and Botanical Gardens: 5am to 10pm; Tamar Park, 24 hours daily
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
For more information on other parks, click here
Arguably one of the best things about Hong Kong is that there’s always something to see. No matter if you’ve been living here for two years or 10, we’re almost certain you’ve never seen all of this wonderful city. So why not pack your camera and fire up Google Maps on your phone and explore a little more? If you’re looking to go full out, we recommend taking a sightseeing bus tour to ensure you cover all the big tourist attractions. But if you’re looking to be a little more subtle, whether you’re headed out to Mong Kok to wander down Ladies Market or navigating your way to the stunning Nan Lian Gardens, here some ideas of free things to do to get you started.
Read More: Mong Kok Guide: Where to Go and What to Eat
How Much: Day passes start at $200 per person (Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus), Single Ticket Route starts at $290 per person, age 4 and below ride free (The Big Bus Tour)
Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus – starts at the Central Ferry Pier, 2136 8888, www.rickshawbus.com,
The Big Bus Tour – location varies, 2167 8995, www.discoverhongkong.com
Fancy learning something new? If your kid’s got an artistic eye, a photography workshop might be right his or her 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 since. With two photography basics classes, classes on street and night photography, and an introduction to light room course to help you polish up your photos, it’s got all the basics you need to know covered. Private lessons are also on offer, but you’ll have to call ahead and book your place, as the class sizes are small and they tend to fill up quickly.
How Much: Photography 101 starts at $880 per person
Opening Hours: Class times will vary
Hong Kong Photography Workshop, Unit 602, Yue Shing Commercial Building, 15 Queen Victoria Street, Central, Hong Kong, 9172 9101, www.hkphotoworkshop.com
Sometimes quiet alone time is just what your teen needs, and the public library is a great place to be. With 70 static locations and 12 mobile ones, they’ll be bound to find one nearby (although the bigger ones will have more spacious places to sit). Our favourite is the Central Library, located in Causeway Bay with its wealth of facilities and the largest collection of books. Tell them to wear something comfy and prepare to spend a day immersed in the smell of books both old and new, and the libraries are constantly bringing in new stock, from books to audio tapes to DVDs. Be sure to check out their 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 fill in a form to register your HKID as a library card!
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 and simply log in, and you’ll be sent reminders to renew or return your books – no more marking calendars!
How Much: It’s FREE!
Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm every day except Wednesdays, 1pm to 9pm Wednesdays; Central Library: 10am to 7pm public holidays
Hong Kong Public Library, 66 Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2881 5500, Central Public Library, find other locations here
When the sun’s out, (beach) bums go out, too! For those who’d rather enjoy the heat, Hong Kong has a wealth of beautiful beaches. If your teen is looking to enjoy a day out with the breeze in their hair and sand between their toes, most beaches are only a public transport away (if you’re not already luck enough to have one walking distance away from you)! Those seeking a little more privacy on a smaller, more remote beach might prefer junk boat trips, 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 get away. Most of these destinations also have restaurants nearby, so a picnic or soggy sandwiches aren’t a necessity. Just be sure to bring sunscreen and don a swimsuit if you plan to get your feet a little wet!
This article was originally written by Carrie Johnson on 10 April, 2017 and has been updated. Thank you to Lucia Lau for her help with this article.
Feature image courtesy of Getty Images; Image #2 courtesy of Ryze Hong Kong via Facebook, Image #3 courtesy of Crossfire Arena, Image #4 courtesy of Lasermads via Facebook, Image #5 courtesy of Jolly Thinkers, Image #6 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Image #6 courtesy of Loveramics via Facebook, Image #7 courtesy of Just Climb via Facebook, Image #8 courtesy of MegaIce via Facebook, Image #9 via Pinterest, Image #10 courtesy of Warren R.M. Stuart via Flickr, Image #11 courtesy of Print House via Facebook, Image #12 courtesy of Sol Passion Music via Facebook, Image #13 courtesy of LOST Hong Kong via Facebook, Image #14 courtesy of Superpark Hong Kong, Image #15 courtesy of Art Jamming, Image #16 courtesy of Kerry Hotel, Image #17 courtesy of Strokes via Facebook, Image #18 courtesy of TikiTiki Bowling Bar via Facebook, Image #19 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Image #20 courtesy of The Big Bus Tours, Image #21