HK Treasure hunts for the whole family
We love a good puzzle, and what better puzzle is there than a scavenger hunt? Scavenger hunts get you moving and get the old noggin working and promise to be a mega fun-filled alternative to the usual swimming or pizza party. Whatever your style, laid back and logical, or all or nothing glory hunters, there’s something out there for you and your fam. You could have a chill day out hiking, trying to spot elusive geocaches, or you could be racing across the heart of the city as the timer counts down. Or, if you prefer to keep everyone in one spot indoors (especially in the summer months!), then put your combined brain power together as you fight for freedom with only your wits!
Hall of Games
Get to know Hong Kong like never before with Hall of Games! Hall of Games specialises in scavenger hunts and amazing races with fun storylines and unique challenges that are designed for all ages. The private scavenger hunts are best suited for smaller groups and younger kids while the races are more challenging and require a large number of people to participate. Kids who are twelve years and older can play the games independently while kids under twelve will need an adult chaperone to help them along with the navigation.
All you need is your smartphone, a GPS signal, and a group of your fastest family and friends. Each adventure takes around two hours with locations in Central, Sheung Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Lan Kwai Fong, Mong Kok, Repulse Bay and Tai Hang. For more information, check out the list of scavenger hunt challenges here and the amazing race challenges here.
How about stepping it up a notch, and have your team compete against all of Hong Kong. You vs. HK is a scheduled event for two to six people where you can join in a race with challenging tasks and compete against other teams. Hall of Games even has a leaderboard to see where your team stacks up. Check out when the next You vs. HK event is taking place here.
Want to create your own custom event? No problem! Hall of Games will design your own unique adventure for whatever event or party you’re throwing and if you don’t feel like hosting the event yourself, Hall of Games will provide a host for you.
Looking for a full or half-day of events with lots of different activities to choose from? Check out HK Hunter! HK Hunter offers a wide variety of activities from scavenger hunts, to bubble soccer, escape rooms, archery tag, indoor wars games, as well as baking and art activities to make for the best day ever! Scavenger hunt locations include Central, Admiralty and Tsim Sha Tsui and kids under twelve will require an adult on each team. Prices vary depending on what activities you would like to do but you can make a full or half-day out of everything they have to offer.
Geocaching, you may have heard of this weird word before, but what is it exactly? Geocaching started in 2000 in the USA and is now the world’s largest treasure hunt. It combines hiking and real outdoor adventure on the search for items and treasures left by other fellow geocachers. Geocaching has become a worldwide phenomenon, with an estimated 1,000 participants in the 852 and almost 3,000 caches up for grabs! All you need to join in is a smartphone with GPS signal and the geocaching app. With the app you can see where the geocaches are located and can then use the app and map to find the hidden treasures. The items found can be literally anything, though usually nothing lavish, so don’t set your hopes too high! Once you find the item(s), you record your name in the log that is provided within the geocache box, and then you can leave your own items in the same hiding spot and report back to the app. What’s inside the caches isn’t really important, it’s the adventure of finding it!
Bustling City Tours
If you are looking for a fun scavenger hunt that will give your family a real feel of Hong Kong culture, then you should check out Bustling City Tours. The hunts take place on the first Saturday of every month from Tsim Sha Tsui and the adventure will take about four hours. There is a prize at the end for the winners and souvenirs for everyone (it’s the taking part that count, right?). The guide, Wouter, can host the hunt in Dutch, English or German. These scavenger hunts are best suited for older kids but can be adapted for younger kids or whatever your groups needs are (including wheelchair and disability access). The price is $100 per person as well as $30 to $50 that will be spent during the hunt itself. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone and an octopus card!
Lost HK and Lost Junior HK
Test your family’s sleuthing skills in one of Hong Kong’s escape room adventures! Lost HK is a series of reality-based escape rooms that are excellent for groups of two to eight people. With only the elements available in the room, your group must find clues, solve puzzles, and perform certain actions to escape the room in only 45 minutes! Lost HK has 12 different rooms with varying storylines and difficulties. Check out all the rooms on offer here. The Lost HK rooms are suitable for all ages but children under 12 are recommended to have an adult in the group.
Lost Junior HK is specifically created for kids aged 6 to 14 years-old (kids under 6 must be accompanied by an adult). There are nine rooms with storylines based on historical facts in which kids are encouraged to solve the puzzles through role playing, deciphering riddles, and using high-tech gadgets. This is a great option for a kid’s birthday party as Lost HK Junior offers different pricing packages for groups of 10, 20 and 30. Looking for an even more exciting and unique escape room experience? Lost HK does custom games, too!
Lost HK and Lost HK Junior, 1/F, 1-3 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2892 2393;
8/F Oriental House, 24-26 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong 2390 0093, [email protected],
Freeing HK is another mind-boggling escape room with three locations to choose from, two locations in Mong Kok and one in Causeway Bay. The escape rooms are ideal for four to six people in which you are given only 45 minutes to escape. What makes Freeing HK unique is that one of its locations offers two virtual reality escape rooms along with the standard escape room adventures. Kids under 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult and unfortunately toddlers and babies are not allowed to enter the escape rooms and there is no child care provided. You can book ahead up to two weeks ahead of time but be sure to come prepared as they accept cash only. Freeing HK also has rooms that are in offered in English and Cantonese.
The Mong Kok 1 location has ten rooms while the Mong Kok 2 location has three rooms and two virtual reality rooms. Both of these locations are on the same street and are a five minute walk from each other. The Causeway Bay location has eight rooms. Check out all the rooms and the languages offered here.
Freeing HK, Mong Kok 1: 58 Sai Yeung Choi St S, 2711 1743. Mong Kok 2: Pakpolee Commercial Centre, 1A Sai Yeung Choi St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2711 1785; 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2711 1791, freeinghk.com