Unfortunately KiddyVillage has now closed but stay tuned for more great Family Field Trips!
This week for our family field trip we found ourselves at KiddyVillage, in Tai Koo. If you missed the last Family Field Trip, guest blogger Jamie was discovering one of the less-trodden gems of Hong Kong: the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin and you can read about her experience here.
This week the intrepid field-trippers were: three thirty-something mums and three very busy toddlers, also known as The 3 Musketeers (and believe me, they often do bring tears to our eyes, *groan*) Gracie and Ollie, both 2 ½ years and Charlie, 3 years.
What with all our recent rain, we’ve been on the look-out for more indoor activities, and we recently discovered KiddyVillage – a great indoor space for toddlers and young kids at Kornhill Plaza in Tai Koo. By Hong Kong standards it’s pretty spacious, and there’s plenty to keep the most energetic of tots entertained from an indoor obstacle course with all the favourites. There’s tunnels to crawl through, a suspended bridge to walk across, 2 fast slides into a mini ball pit, a mini trampoline, ride-on cars, climbing wall and a little more unusual, a machine that shoots balls into the air, complete with 2 sets of guns on either side, from which you can fire balls at each other another room filled with balloons blown around by air machines.
Hits: it’s indoors which makes it a great option for when it rains or gets too hot with our fast-approaching summer on the horizon; not too busy on a weekday; cheap at $70 for an all-day pass on a weekday which also allows you re-entry if you want to make a day of it and have lunch outside; tots love it with all their favourite things to do plus ride-on cars to fight over, and – when they get fed up of the usual activities – they can collect balls to either fill up the big ball machine which fires them up into the air, or load up the ball guns to aim at each other; nice enough seated area where you can rest your weary legs while the kids play; supervised by friendly staff but you are of course expected to keep an eye on your wee appendage; it’s open 7 days a week; it has a baby changing area and toilets are close by for those who have to consider emergency toilet training exits.
Misses: it’s easy enough to find Kornhill Plaza, but once inside it’s badly signposted so proceed with patience (not always possible with a tot in tow). I’ve got lost both times I’ve been, (of course not helped by the fact I have no sense of direction whatsoever!), but the key is to head for the office tower lift shaft.
Need to know before you go: weekends are busy especially Sundays 3-6pm. Don’t forget your cotton socks! Socks must be worn by both adults and kids.
Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm
Weekends and public holidays 10am to 8pm
Cost: $70 per child per adult and $35 for an extra adult Monday to Friday and $90 per child per adult and $45 for an extra adult on weekends and public holidays.
Age: suitable for up to 12 years (but I would say more appropriate for toddlers and younger kids).
How to get there:
Take the Island MTR Line (blue one) to Tai Koo, take exit A2, and the entrance to Kornhill Plaza is directly adjacent to where you pop out. Now comes the tricky part – once inside follow signs to M/F to get to the bank of lifts that serves the office tower. The key is to aim for the office tower! Alight at 8F, and KiddyVillage is located at room 809.
Address: Room 809, 8/F Kornhill Plaza, Office Tower, 1 Kornhill Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.
Tel: 2560 9493