This week for our family field trip we found ourselves at Elements playground, above the Elements shopping centre in Kowloon. If you missed last week, the lovely Jackie of The Amateur Explorer visited Cheung Chau, and you can read about her experience here.
This week, the intrepid field-trippers were: one lone parent (yep hubby was working yet another weekend… don’t get me started!) and Gracie, nearly 3, full of beans and raring to go as usual.
Ok, ok! I know it’s not so much of a field trip visiting a playground, but sometimes it’s the simple pleasures in life that reap the greatest reward! And as you’ll know if you’re a parent, they do love a playground! Although we might find them “deathly boring” in the words of one recent That Mama, there’s no getting away from the fact that the playground is a toddler crowd-pleaser whether we like it or not!
We’ve visited the Elements playground on quite a few occasions and Gracie loves it because, as playground structures go, it’s a little different from the run of the mill.
Hits: By Hong Kong standards it’s reasonably big, nestled in amongst the skyscrapers surrounding Elements shopping centre; lots of stuff to do and different to your average playground. It’s easy to get to with exit D2 of Kowloon MTR practically on the doorstep; Civic Square restaurants are also on your doorstep if you fancy grabbing lunch. It’s free – which may sound obvious but don’t knock it, they charge for some very basic playgrounds in Beijing! It’s on top of Elements shopping centre, meaning you can not only stop for food, but do a bit of shoppa-shop at favourites H&M and Zara if so inclined, go ice skating if your kids are old enough, or go to the cinema (if you time it right and your kids are at the age where they sit still for long enough.)
Misses: Not a rainy day activity… so you’ll have to duck in and out of our current frequent showers, but if you get caught out you can duck into Elements shopping centre. It gets very busy on the weekend, so might be best to go in the week.
If you’re hungry: Your best bet is heading to the restaurants in Civic Square, including a good Italian called Joia which does delicious pizza, and Stormies to name but a couple. Then there’s ThreeSixty supermarket, WildFire pizza near the ice rink inside Elements, and Pret a Manger – all child friendly options.
How to get there:
By MTR: Take the Tung Chung line (orange one) and get off at Kowloon Station, take Exit D2 and turn left, head up big flight of wooden stairs and turn right at top of stairs, walk past basketball court and you’ll come to the playground.
And if you’re in need of other transport options this link pretty much nails how to get there: http://www.elementshk.com/eng/road/riders.htm
Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong