Hangin’ with Dad
Our contributor, Eric, who last wrote about taking special trips with his son, is back with fun ideas on how to parent with intention. Having taken both his kids on fun Dad Dates*, he shares his top ten favourite activities to do with his kiddos around Hong Kong.
Ok dads (or moms, aunties, uncles!), here’s a quick top ten list of fun things you can do with your kiddos inside and outside this urban jungle of ours! Hopefully these ideas will be the spark of inspiration you need to carve out time to help your youngsters feel loved. Whether you know it or not, you are already a hero in their eyes. So claim that place of privilege in their life and pick out one of these ideas to try out together this weekend!
Read more: 50 Things to Do With Your Kids in Hong Kong
*Needless to say, these date ideas are great for mums, aunties, uncles, grandparents et al as well!
Looking for great ways to be active with your kids no matter what the weather’s like? Well, Hong Kong has got you covered with an amazing indoor rock climbing gym and trampoline park that will help you rise to the occasion and score you points as Super Dad!
Head over to Verm City where you can introduce climbing to your kids as young as 4, and experience 19 different adventures in the Clip N’ Climb park that’ll keep all ages entertained. At Ryze, your whole family can jump, flip or try your hand at conquering the Ninja Course.
We’re lucky to live in Hong Kong where it boasts of, arguably, two world-class theme parks. If it’s been a while since your last magical experience at Hong Kong Disneyland or joyfully screaming your head off at Ocean Park, surprise the kids with a surefire win. What’s more, both theme parks have annual passes available which makes regular visits a more economical option.
Make boardroom meetings and bored kids a thing of the past (well, at least for a day) with boards that are way more fun! We’re talking about surfboards, bodyboards and skimboards. Big Wave Bay beach has vendors that rent all kinds of boards at very reasonable costs. A quick peek at surf report sites like magicseaweed.com can help ensure you head out on a day with endless waves.
Read more: 7 Water Sports to Try in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a lot of amazing public pools and playgrounds, but why not make a day of it when you can find two of the best just steps away from each other?! Po Hung Park is a sprawling web of connected playgrounds, offering something for kids of all ages. And just across the street is the Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool that is equipped with an amazing water playground for the little ones, and water slides and diving boards for the older adrenaline junkies.
Escape rooms: if we’re honest, this is what we feel like we do every morning trying to get out of the house! So why not take our multitasking superpowers to a place like Freeing HK or Lost HK where we can gain glory for what we do. Spend an hour (or hopefully less!) problem solving with your kiddo as you race the clock. If you escape you’ll be a hero in their eyes, and if not, you can always go out for ice cream after.
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Definitely an option for your older thrill seekers, MX Club provides you a chance to go off the beaten path with your kids. You’ll venture outside the city to get dirty on the track riding the motocross bike, bmx or quad bike of your choice. And don’t worry, all the necessary gear is available to rent to ensure a safe, adrenaline-filled day
There are seemingly millions of incredible things to push, pull, build and learn, the Hong Kong Science Museum has about 500 exhibits spread across its four floors to explore. Utilise this phenomenal resource to play scientist alongside your little one for a day and leverage the bonding that awe and wonder creates. A side benefit, it’s free on Wednesdays and for full-time students every day.
Hong Kong is one of the best hiking cities in the world, so it’d be a shame not to share that with the next generation. One of my personal faves with my kiddos is Trio Beach in Sai Kung. You can choose your own adventure to get to this “lesser” known beach with an easy 30-minute hike, or a relaxing sampan ride before spending a day soaking in the sun and waves.
Read more: 6 Family-Friendly Hikes in Hong Kong
Potato Tornados, paddle boarding, biking, beaches and exploring the cave of an 18th century pirate… need I say anymore? Jump on a ferry from Central for a day-trip to the island of Cheung Chau where you can find something to scratch the itch of any kid or adult.
Looking for a relaxing day together, how about fishing along a pier or renting your own sampan to cruise in the bay? Popular pier fishing spots can be found in Stanley or the Tai Koo Shing Waterfront. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can hire your own sampan in Tseung Kwan O for around $300/day for two people. Grab some friends and a few boats and make a day of it.
Dad pro tip: make sure you bring some food and your kids go number two beforehand!
Featured image, image #4, #7 and #8 taken by Eric Farmer, #1 sourced via Verm City Facebook, image #2 taken by Kat Lau, image #3 sourced via Treasure Island Group Facebook, image #5 sourced via Lost HK Facebook, image #6 sourced via MX Club HK Facebook, image #9 sourced via Pinterest, image #10 taken by Clark Young sourced via Unsplash