Blurring the line between childhood and adolescence…
Teenagers are notoriously hard to please. They speed their way toward adolescence faster than most parents can get a handle on the latest social media hype. They’re older than their years in so many ways (as we’re sure our 13-year-old selves can relate!). But deep at heart they’re still children… and what kids need most is fun and engaging activities they can document on Snapchat and Instagram! So here’s a rundown of some of the “coolest” possible places to hang with your 13-going-on-30 year old in Hong Kong.
Read more: 50 Things to Do with Your Kids in Hong Kong
Ryze and Bounce Inc.
Ryze is a great place for all ages – parents and children alike are going to love bouncing on the trampolines, diving into ball pits and swinging from the trapeze. There’s even an obstacle course to get the family competing. This is great way to be active and have hours of fun.
How Much: $95 an hour for children aged 6 and under, $150 for children aged 7+
Ryze, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Rd, Quarry Bay, 2337 8191, www.ryzehongkong.com
Situated in Kowloon, Bounce Inc. offers a range of trampolines and even provides a FREE bounce on your birthday (when accompanied by a fee paying bouncer).
How Much: General admission starts at $140 but there are a range of options for students and families
Bounce Inc., G/F, EMAX, KITEC, No.1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, www.bounceinc.com.hk
Crossfire Arena in Taikoo offers a range of games for adults and children. From laser tag (fun for all ages!) to Bubble Soccer and, of course, Archery Tag (a combination of paintball, archery, and dodgeball). Ideal for children aged 8+ (the arrows are made of foam) this activity requires a group of around 12, so it may be best reserved for a birthday party or special event.
How Much: $2,688 for 12 people
Crossfire Arena, Wah Ha Factory Building, 13D Building, 8 Shipyard Lane, www.crossfire.hk
If you’re looking for a laser tag on the island, then Lasermads in Causeway Bay is the best place to go. Perfect for a teen’s birthday party or even a weekend activity, laser tag is as fun as ever. As few as four people can play, and it’ll definitely get the heart racing and the blood pumping.
How Much: $98 per game
Lasermads, Ying Kong Mansion, 11/F, 2-6 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, www.lasermads.com
Jolly Thinkers in Wan Chai has a whole range of board games for all ages to enjoy. For a cheaper day out (which we all could use!) this a great place to go. Children will love the HUGE selection of games on offer – and there’s even cake!
How Much: $69 for 2 hours and includes a drink
Jolly Thinkers, 11/F, Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, www.jollythinkers.com
There is nothing better for your teens than to get out into the great outdoors. Hiking isn’t always met with rapturous applause, however, the activity itself is always a great opportunity to reconnect with your teenager. There is no better place to bond with your family, get some exercise and relax than up on a hill.
Read more: Best Family Hikes in Hong Kong
How much: It’s FREE!
Not all older children want to bounce around or get active, and there is a lot to be said for a relaxing afternoon engaging in arts and crafts. Since most kids don’t have access to pottery on a daily basis, this definitely scores some cool points as something new and exciting to try. Loveramics at The Pulse in Repulse Bay is great day out as it’s situated right on the beach and can easily be combined with a swim or lazing on the sand.
How Much: $400 per piece (approximately 2 hours). Group discounts available.
Loveramics, Shop 207, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, www.loveramics.com
Climbing is a great activity that the tweens will love. Again, it lends itself to all ages making it a great outing for families. Go Nature in Kwun Tong offers kids classes and parent/child classes so the whole family can learn together. Once you’ve built up your confidence you can then go it alone. With no fixed-term memberships, it’s easy to pay as you go, and you can turn up at any time. Climbing walls can also be found in Aberdeen at Attic V Climbing Gym and Just Climb near Diamond Hill.
How Much: Just Climb – Day passes are $168 for kids, $198 for adults, $328 for a family, courses prices vary; Go Nature – Day passes are $188 for adults, $148 for kids and $338 for a family, course prices vary; Attic V Climbing Gym – Day passes are $100 for adults, $80 for students under 18, course prices vary.
Just Climb, Room D, G/F, Prince Industrial Building, 106 King Fuk Street, (706 Prince Edward Road East), San Po Kong, www.justclimb.hk
Go Nature, Unit C2, G/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building,14 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.gonaturehk.com
Attic V Climbing Gym, 4A Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.atticv.com.hk
It might be baking outside (most of the time) but you can cool off and dream of cooler climes at one of Hong Kong’s ice skating rinks. With locations on the island and Kowloon, these places can get busy so it’s wise to pick your times and days accordingly. But prices are low and it’s easy to turn up without planning in advance. If your teenagers are looking to try their hand at ice hockey, more information can be found on the respective rinks’ websites (prices vary).
How Much: Cityplaza $60; The Rink, $20 per person; Mega Ice $50-$55
Cityplaza, Cityplaza Two, 1111 King’s Road, Taikoo Shing, www.cityplaza.com
The Rink, G/F, Elements, No. 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, www.therinkltd.com
Mega Ice, 38 Wang Chit Road, Kowloon Bay, www.megaice.com.hk
Sometimes teenagers need to hide in a room, let their hair down and not worry about the rest of the world (same can be said for mamas!). Or, they want to belt out their favourite new songs with a pal. Karaoke rooms give them the chance to do just that. Sing to their hearts content and giggle with their friends through it all (although they’ll post it to Snapchat all the same). Red MR Karaoke has four branches in Hong Kong and with no age restrictions this is another great choice for older children.
How Much: From $50 per person
Multiple locations found here.
If you have a teenager aspiring to be like Tony Hawk on your hands, take him or her to one of the many skate parks in Hong Kong. Whether they are just starting off or have been flipping through the air, Hong Kong has great skateparks to let your wilds ones fulfil all their skateboarding aspirations. Mei Foo Skatepark is the perfect option for beginners or if you have kids of varying levels – the park has three different sections divided into beginner, intermediate and expert! Another great option is the Chai Wan Poolside Garden skate park that has ramps, pipes, boxes and poles along with plenty space to practice in an enclosed area!
Mei Foo Skatepark, Lei Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong
Chai Wan Poolside Garden, Sun Ha Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
Budding artist on your hands? Is there something that your tween created that would look great on a t-shirt? Print House can take that artwork and make it wearable. If you want just one shirt printed or many, this is the perfect place to transform art on to t-shirts. Having the choice to choose from different t-shirt styles, colours and printing methods – the options are endless! Print House also offers children’s workshops that consists of a three hour class where your children will get to let their creative juices flow and design a shirt and have it printed within the allotted time.
How Much: Custom designed shirts range from $66-$260, the Children’s Workshop is $600
Print House, 4 Heung Yip Street, Wang Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.printhou.se
Music can be the most relaxing and most exciting part of a teen’s day. Many listen to it while going to school, while others release pent up energy by dancing to music. Whichever way your teen chooses to use music, they probably haven’t done much DJing. DJ lessons are becoming more and more popular in Hong Kong with classes that can give your teens a new way to love, express and enjoy music! Sol Passion Music is one studio that offers a kid-friendly hands-on course from the very beginning of choosing songs all the way to music theory and ear training. Here comes the record scratching!
Sol Passion Music, 11/F, EIB Tower, 4-6 Morrison Hill Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.solpassionmusic.com
Locking your angsty teen in a room where they have to solve a puzzle to get out doesn’t sound so bad, huh? Well, now you can do this at Escape Rooms, an activity that stimulates the brain and is fun for kids! Escape Rooms consists of going into a locked room and having to find and solve clues within a certain amount of time to get out. LOST offers 7 different themed rooms to escape from and allows 8-10 people in each room. You can even throw a party here to let all the teens work together to escape!
How Much: Weekday price is $150 per person, Weekend price is $180 per person
LOST, 15 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.losthk.com
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