Got a bored teen? From game rooms to trampoline parks, pottery painting and more, here’s where your teenagers can hang out over the summer break.
You can practically see the eye roll when you hear the word “teenagers”. Not only are they notoriously hard to please, but they also get into the latest crazes faster than most parents can keep up. They might be older than their years in so many ways (as we’re sure our 13-year-old selves can relate!), but they’re still children at heart. What they want most are fun and engaging activities they can document on Snapchat and Instagram. While we’re busy trying to keep them out of LKF, it’s hard for them to find spots that will both entertain them and appeal to their age group. So we’ve done some research and rounded up the best places your teens can hang out in Hong Kong (you may even be allowed to tag along on rare occasions!).
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Please note the following:
- While all information here was correct at the time of publication, it’s best to call ahead and check before stepping out.
- Book in a slot in advance as most places now offer limited spaces due to social distancing restrictions.
- Remind your children to follow all hygiene and safety precautions while out in a group.
- Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and get your teens to stay home if they have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.
Read more: 50 Things To Do With Kids In Hong Kong
Calling all adrenaline junkies! Laser tag requires teamwork and is perfect for a rainy afternoon or even a birthday party. Offered by Laser Woods and Resalaser, the game uses laser guns and maze-like low light venues decorated with neon lights to transport you to an exciting world of sci-fi.
- Laser Woods, Room 1, 8/F, Front Block, Wah Fat Industrial Building, 10-14 Kung Yip Street, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong, 9341 5660, [email protected], www.laserwoods.com.hk
- Resalaser, Flat C-D, 2/F, Good Year Industrial Building, 119-121 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, 3580 0030, [email protected], www.resalaser.com.hk
Archery Tag & Bubble Soccer
Archery Tag is a cross between paintball, archery and dodgeball and is a growing sport in the city. The exciting, action-packed game features recurve bows and foam-tipped arrows. Because it requires larger groups starting at eight people, this is a great place to keep in mind for birthday parties or special events as well (as social distancing restrictions ease and the situation improves). Bubble Soccer can be played indoors or outdoors. It’s a hilarious game where players are suited up in huge inflatable plastic bubbles before playing against each other. You can safely roll or bounce off each other. Trying not to laugh hysterically may be the hardest part of the game!
- Crossfire Arena, Shop 306-308, 3/F, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, 3461 9023, [email protected], crossfire.hk
Lace up your bowling shoes and try your hand at knocking down some pins at one of the many alleys situated around town. Whether you’re an expert or just hoping to strike lucky, Tikitiki in Sai Kung is one of our faves, with gorgeous island-themed interiors and a restaurant with a generous selection of food and drink. Looking to save some money? Try the SCAA in Causeway Bay, where you can pay $200 for a membership and bowl at $28 to $43 per game. See our list below for other bowling options around town:
- Tikitiki Bowling Bar, 4/F, Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2657 8488, [email protected], www.tikitiki.hk
- South China Athletic Association, 88 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2890 8528, www.scaa.org.hk
- Thunderbowl, Shop 2, Basement, Screen World, Site 8 Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2122 9822, [email protected], www.thunderbowl.com.hk
- Dragon Bowling, 1/F, Melody Garden, 2 Wu Tsui Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2430 0986, [email protected], www.dragonbowling.com
Indoor Play Areas
Looking for an Ocean Park or Disneyland alternative? If the weather isn’t cooperating and you’re in want of something indoors, Hong Kong has everything from indoor rock-climbing arenas to arcades, trampoline parks and themed activity parks to choose from. An easy way to keep the kids (and you!) entertained for the day.
- Ryze, 3/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2337 8191, [email protected], www.ryzehongkong.com
- Superpark, G/F, One Silver Sea, 18 Hoi Fai Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3611 0139, www.superpark.com.hk
- Verm City, Kodak House 1, 4/F, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2560 8128, [email protected], www.vermcity.com
Who wouldn’t want to belt out their favourite jams with friends? The many karaoke rooms dotted around Hong Kong are here to serve that purpose. With no age restrictions, Red MR Karaoke and Music Box are our top picks for their selection of English songs, while Neway remains the most popular in the city among locals.
- Red MR, various locations across Hong Kong, 3125 3125, [email protected], www.redmr.com
- Music Box, 10/F, 10 Prat Building, 10 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2368 1927, [email protected], www.musicbox-hk.com
- Neway, various locations across Hong Kong, [email protected], www.newaykb.com
Got young ones with plenty of creativity? Let them try their hands at Art Jamming, where they can express themselves with paint. Budding Van Goghs and Picassos can create to their hearts’ content at its studio in Wong Chuk Hang. With various grades of canvases on offer, let the paints flow, and expect a pile to start building up at home vying for wall space! You could join your child (if you’d like), as the studio is open for artists of all ages and hang out together for a fun afternoon with your teenager. Just make sure to call ahead to check for slot availability, as it operates on a first-come-first-served basis. See our list below for more art options around town:
- Art Jamming, 4D Yally Industrial Building, 6 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2541 8816, [email protected], www.artjamming.com
- Bonart Workshops (Tai Kwun), Shop 03-204A, 2/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2789 2688
Bonart Workshops (Kwun Tong), 701, Gravity, 29 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2789 0889, [email protected], www.bonart-hk.com/workshops
- Choco L’ART Studio, 2B, Yan King Court, 119-121 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 6695 1161, [email protected], www.chocolart.com.hk
- Muse Art Jam, Room C, 12/F, Kwong On Bank Mong Kok Branch Building, 728 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 9884 8827, www.facebook.com/muse.artjam
Pottery Making & Painting
Let your teens get their hands dirty while making something useful. We love the idea of a space for ceramic makers of all levels, from professionals to hobbyists to join (some of the workshops and classes prefer children to be 15 years and up, so call and check). There are tons of options around Hong Kong, offering wheel-throwing, hand-building, slipcasting and more. If you love the idea of pottery but don’t want to get into the nitty-gritty of it, you can always pick a pre-made piece and paint one! Here are some pottery making and painting options around town where your teenagers can hang out and get creative together:
- LUMP Studio, 11A, Gee Luen Hing Industrial Building, 2 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2116 0865, [email protected], www.lumpstudio.com.hk
- TOUCH Ceramics, Shop 203, 2/F, Block 3, Barrack Block, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2562 9000, [email protected], www.touchceramics.com
- Two Parts Studio, various locations across Hong Kong, 5505 0828, [email protected], www.twopartstudio.com
Going to the movies is a classic summertime activity, but this summer, it may look a bit different. Keep your teens at home and socially distanced and yet very entertained (thank you, Netflix Party!) with these films for teenagers:
- Little Women (now airing on Netflix), watch here
- Johnny English Reborn (now airing on Netflix), watch here
- The Kissing Booth 2 (coming to Netflix on Friday, 24 July), watch the trailer here
Board Games Cafés
There are tons of board game cafés dotted around Hong Kong with most offering a wide range so your teen is bound to find something to suit their fancy. Even parents on the hunt for a family game night activity will like the extensive collections. Jolly Thinkers is a classic and Wheat and Wood offers inclusive and casual games as well as a lot of space to hang out!
- Capstone Boardgame, Unit A, 23/F, Gold Swan Commercial Building, 438-444 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2577 5388, [email protected], www.capstone.hk
- Jolly Thinkers (Prince Edward), 14/F, Capricorn Centre, 155 Sai Yeung Choi Street North, Prince Edward, Hong Kong, 3107 1160
Jolly Thinkers (Wan Chai), 11/F, Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2527 2882, www.jollythinkers.com
- Painkiller Boardgame Café, Room C, 5/F, 2 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3568 3227, www.painkillerboardgamecafe.com
- Wheat and Wood, Shop 6, Ground Floor, Brilliant Court, 28 Praya Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2399 0433, www.wheatandwood.com
Let your smart teenager flex those problem-solving muscles in an escape room! Located in the city’s hotspots like Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, participants are locked in a room with a specific scenario and need to use clues, solve riddles, and complete puzzles to escape. Full of mystery and excitement, these games are at once cognitively challenging and great for building teamwork skills. There are several options to choose from in the 852 – LOST Hong Kong is a great option, with 13 varying scenario rooms all based on historical events at different levels of difficulty. Group sizes can vary from two to 10 people, perfect for teenagers to hang out (or for a party). Lost Juinor is a great option for those below 14 years if you have young teens and tweens itching to have some fun without the parents in tow. For those interested in a more high-tech experience, Freeing HK offers a 360˚ VR escape room (check the language of instruction before booking as most are in Chinese).
- Freeing HK, Shop 1A-1K, 4/F, Pakpolee Commercial Center, Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2711 1785, www.freeinghk.com
- LOST Hong Kong, 1/F, 1-3 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2892 2393
LOST Hong Kong, 8/F, Oriental House, 24-26 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2390 0093, [email protected], www.losthk.com
- LOST Junior, Shop 304, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, 2890 2093
LOST Junior, Shop 201, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2890 3029, [email protected], www.lostjunior.com
- Sandbox VR, 4/F, Tern Plaza, 5 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2311 9995, www.sandboxvr.com
Everyone enjoys music in some way, shape, or form, and if your teenager is interested in making music (and wants to do something different from the traditional piano classes), why not give DJ lessons a shot? This modern twist on classic instrument lessons is becoming increasingly popular in Hong Kong and will provide your next Calvin Harris with a new way to enjoy music.
- Sol Passion Music, 11/F EIB Tower, 4-6 Morrison Hill Rd., Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 9422 0367, www.solpassionmusic.com
Photography and Filmmaking Workshops
If your kid’s got an artistic eye, a photography workshop might be right up their alley. Hong Kong Photography Workshop was founded in 2011, based on the idea that camera manuals simply didn’t measure up, and it’s been running workshops for beginners and amateurs ever since. With classes on basics, street and night photography, and an introduction to Lightroom to help you polish up your photos, it’s got all you need. Private lessons are also on offer, but you’ll have to call ahead and book your place, as class sizes are small and tend to fill up quickly. See our list below for more options around town:
- Hong Kong Photography Workshop, Unit 602, Yue Shing Commercial Building, 15 Queen Victoria Street, Central, Hong Kong, 9172 9101, [email protected], www.hkphotoworkshop.com
- Junior Snappers Film Club, various locations across Hong Kong, 9849 0050, [email protected], www.juniorsnappers.com
- Hong Kong Institute of Photography, Unit 1307, Block B, Ming Pao Industrial Centre, 18 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, 9107 7329, [email protected], www.photoschoolhk.com (Editor’s note: Temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Workshops will resume in August if the situation improves)
Want to spend some time hanging out with your teenager? These all-time favourite activities are perfect for family bonding.
If your teen is looking to enjoy a day out in the sun, Hong Kong has a wealth of beautiful beaches that are only a short hop on public transport away, if you’re not already lucky enough to have one within walking distance! Those seeking a little more privacy on a smaller, more remote beach might prefer a junk boat trip. Most will even do catering packages, so grab your friends and their kids (or your teenager’s friends) and prepare for a little getaway. Just be sure to bring sunscreen and don a swimsuit if you plan to get your feet a little wet!
Hong Kong may be best known for its skyscrapers and closely packed buildings, but there’s also plenty of nature to explore in this concrete jungle. The city has many great hiking paths, with something for everyone, whether you’re an amateur or a professional. Take any of the incredibly convenient public transportation out to a trail and enjoy a day (or night) out reconnecting with Mother Nature and your teenager. There’s no better way to get some exercise than up on a hill, taking in amazing views of the city from up high (not to mention all the Insta-worthy shots!).
The Hong Kong government has invested a good amount of money in creating these welcome breaks from our towering buildings. If your teen is one for animals, Kowloon Park is home to a variety of birds in bright colours, including pink flamingos and blue and yellow macaws. Young naturalists can also pay the Zoological and Botanical Gardens a visit, where they house meerkats, ring-tailed lemurs and elongated tortoises. Make a day of it in Tamar Park with your child (or any of the parks, really) by bringing a hamper and a picnic blanket, and people watch and play card games to your heart’s content. For more information on other parks, you can click here.
- Kowloon Park, 22 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong
- Tamar Park, Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
This is another family favourite! Beat the heat by spending a day by (or in!) the pool! Hong Kong has lots of indoor, outdoor, and even natural pools dotted around the city, with something for any budget.
With 70 static locations and 12 mobile ones, a public library can be just the place for some quiet alone time. Our favourite is the Central Library in Causeway Bay, with a wealth of facilities and the largest collection of books. Wear something comfy and prepare to spend a day immersed in everything from books to audiotapes and DVDs. Be sure to check out the new arrivals rack and if they want to take something home at the end of the day, getting a library card is as easy as filling in a form – you can even register your HKID as a library card. For more information on public libraries, you can click here.
Sassy Mama Tip: To avoid fines, renew your book loan or even request for a book to be transported to the closest library to you, get the public libraries app on your phone. Simply log in and you’ll be sent reminders to renew or return your books – so no more marking calendars.
- Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, various phone numbers, [email protected]
Arguably, one of the best things about Hong Kong is that it really doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived in this city, there’s always something to see. Grab your camera and map app, it’s time to explore. If you’re looking to go full out, we recommend taking a sightseeing bus tour to ensure you cover all the big tourist attractions. Want to be a little more subtle? We’ve got a roundup of free things to do to get you started.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Carrie Johnson on 10, April 2017 , updated by Sakina Abidi on 26, June 2019 and got a further update by Lydia Ching on 13, July 2020. Thank you to Lucia Lau for her help with this article.
Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Laser Woods via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of Crossfire Arena via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of Persnickety Prints via Unsplash, image 4 courtesy of Verm City via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of Forja2 Mx via Unsplash, image 6 courtesy of artjamming via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of Two Parts Studio, image 8 courtesy of Netflix, image 9 courtesy of Wheat and Wood, image 10 courtesy of Julia M Cameron via Pexels, image 11 courtesy of Cesar de Miranda via Pexels, image 12 courtesy of Marco Xu via Unsplash, image 13 courtesy of Prosperity Horizons via Wikimedia Commons, image 14 courtesy of WiNG via Wikimedia Commons, image 15 courtesy of Seader via Wikimedia Commons.