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Hong Kong’s weather is absolutely unpredictable. We often, unexpectedly, have to cancel outdoor plans with the kids when it suddenly starts to pour buckets out of nowhere! Indoor playgrounds are an excellent back-up plan to keep the kids entertained and the parents relieved. Because these spaces are so vital to our sanity, we’ve rounded up some of the best indoor play centres in Hong Kong to bring some sunshine to duller days!
When the weather is horrible, it can feel as if our apartment walls are closing in on us. That’s why KidsKiss Kingdom in Sha Tin is such a welcome new addition to HK! Its is 9,000 square-feet of pure family-focused fun. There is an adventure park (with a touch area and interactive areas!), creative workshops, ball pits and more. And because hours of indoor fun makes kids very hungry, its KidsKiss Café (featuring all types of Western food, including snacks, salads, mains and even vegetarian dishes!) is a restaurant and play area in one – finally, your kids are allowed to run around during a meal! Best of all, its games (which are cleaned often with Japanese anti-bacterial solutions) were designed by experts to enhance learning. Oh, and if you’re a nursing mum, it takes your privacy in mind and has set up private changing rooms and nursing areas just for you.
This massive indoor play centre is worth the trek out to Discovery Bay, mamas! As Hong Kong’s largest indoor playground with over 14,000 square feet of glorious fun, a trip to this one is every child’s dream come true. Not only are they great advocates of the ‘learning through play’ method (160 educational programmes?!), they also have excellent facilities including a vibrant toddler area, mini gold course, air trek and even a room for laser tag parties that you can book out for birthday parties! Amazing or what?
Where: Epicland, G/F, 31 North Plaza, Family Recreation Centre, 96 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay North, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2441 0098, epiclandhk.com
How much: Weekday daily passes for 1-12 year olds cost $148 with an accompanying adult (each additional adult pays $50). Weekend passes for children cost $188 with an accompanying adult.
Perfect for all children up to the age of 12, Fun Zone has three locations across Hong Kong with toddler areas, a jungle gym and a cafe with WiFi for bummed out parents! They also offer playgroups from different partners such as Minisport and Pitterpainter . All playgroup students get free access to the Fun Zone! They even have great party packages that includes a private party area, all-day admission and birthday stationary. Your kids are bound to go wild…
We didn’t have video games when we were growing up mamas, and to be honest, we’re a little nostalgic for a good old board game. Luckily, we found Jolly Thinkers, a quirky cool board game café with over 350 games for you and your family to enjoy! You can even choose to buy whatever your kids have fallen in love with and bring the fun back home. Charging per hour rather than per board game means that you can play as many games as you want! For something a little different, try out Match the Penguins – a colour coordination game that develops your kids’ reflexes in no time flat!
Where: 11/F Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 2527 2882, www.jollythinkers.com
How much: $69 for two hours per person, incl. drink and unlimited board game access. Every 30 minutes afterwards is $7.
With three indoor playgrounds in Hong Kong, they’re all sure to put a grin on any child’s face, with 11,000 square feet of fun for your kids to run around in and ten different areas for them to flex their brain muscles while having the time of their lives. This indoor playground has a number of thoughtful and exciting facilities like a soft playground just for toddlers, an antibacterial ball pit, car racing zone and of course, a princess playroom amongst others. Check out their North Point location for the Playhouse Sky City, a massive airplane themed centre, or the Angry Bird themed one in Tsuen Wan!
Where: Shop 1, G/F, Metro City Building, 416-426 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong, 2151 0400, info for two more locations in Yau Tong and Kowloon here, www.playhouse.com.hk
How much: Weekdays cost $80 for non-members and $70 for members (one child and one adult). Weekends cost $105 for non-members and $95 for members (one child and adult costs), 10:00am-8:30am.
As much as we love fun and games, it just becomes more time-worthy when learning’s involved! The playtime gurus over at Playtent have created a number of fun playgroups such as English, Mandarin, culinary, storytelling and even dance sessions to challenge children in the best way possible (all under the supervision of their capable crew). Catering to a number of age ranges beginning with Little Explorers (12-18 month olds) up to 7 year olds, each experience with Playtent is sure to be a rewarding one!
With a space stretching over 7,000 square feet with 40 interconnecting trampolines, your little ones are sure to be on a high of adrenaline! Ryze’s innovative team have created special areas for children to play dodgeball, basketball and even a series of fun foam pits to dive into. Open to people of all ages (including you mamas), we won’t judge you at all if you kicked off your heels and had a cheeky bounce yourself! Ryze ‘flights’ are scheduled every half hour, so call ahead and make sure your family gets a slot.
Where: 3/F, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2337 8191, www.ryze.info
How much: $95 per child with one adult, children under 2 jump for free and standard sessions cost $150 per hour
This internationally recognised play centre embraces a holistic learning approach to creative arts for toddlers and kids and is everything families in Hong Kong could wish for. They have an impressive space of 2,700 square feet offering plenty of room for learn and play, including a specially crafted and custom-made treehouse (only every child’s fantasy) all the way from Germany. Come watch your little ones mark their milestones with this fully immersive and completely entertaining yet educational playrooms.
Where: 1F, Kar Yau Building, 36-44 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong and 614 World Commerce Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Hong Kong, 2321 5898, www.baumhaus.com.hk
How much: $100 per child, $60 per additional sibling with no time limit!
The renowned toy brand’s impressive playroom is every mama’s vision, with nine play areas to help develop your child’s emotional and cognitive abilities! Your children will be launching into outer space in the Little Explorers Play Zone or unleashing their inner diva at the Super Star Dressing Room in no time. Unfortunately, the Cyberport location is no longer open but they have moved to a space in Aberdeen – super convenient if you live on the Southside!
Where: G/F, Genesis, 33-35 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong, 2989 6298, www.wisekidstoys.com/playroom
How much: $198 per child with free admission for two adults (1 hour 30 mins). Monthly passes are $1,980; weekday monthly passes are $1,780.
Little Beetles certainly stands by its ‘learning is fun’ attitude, with 90% of its playroom material made by HABA, making them the official retailer of the quality German toy brand! This definitely builds the playroom into a toy fantasy for the little ones, as it promises to keep kids busy and entertained with a wide range of educational and fun toys/games to pick from. Even though it is part of a larger shop, this cute little space will not disappoint!
Where: G/F, 7 Yuen Yuen St, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, 2512 6353, www.facebook.com/littlebeetleshk
How much: $60 for a 30-minute play session, $120 for one hour
We all know how costly living in Hong Kong can get… so if you’re looking for a safe and comfortable play area for the little ones but don’t want to join a membership or pay admission fees, check out these indoor playrooms that are sponsored by the Leisure and Culture Department of the Hong Kong Government! They’re completely free and cleaned regularly so you won’t have to worry about hygiene issues (nothing worse than a playground that smells like socks!).
Multiple locations across Hong Kong, check here