Stay cool this summer!
Even though Hong Kong is known for being a huge steaming dim sum basket, with the radiating sun causing everyone to sweat in places they didn’t know existed, it’s still hard to ever get accustomed to the intense heat, no matter how long you’ve been here. If you love the sun and getting tanned, this is probably not the post you want to read. But we know many mamas either want to start protecting their still youthful skin or don’t want to bring three changes of clothes for the kiddos. So, we’ve come up with the top 5 ways you can beat the heat with your kids and still have a blast!
1. Go for the chop!
Though haircuts can be a scary experience for kids, it can also be a very refreshing one. You can save the extra 15 minutes spent braiding your little girl’s hair by cutting it to a manageable length. We know… we’ve all had that one bad haircut that we wish would never resurface, but that usually involved a bowl and a pair of kitchen scissors. Don’t worry, you can protect your munchkin from that nightmare by taking them to one of these kid-friendly salons like Magic Mirror, Air Play Blow Dry Bar or Private I Kids Salon. They’ll look like they just walked out of a Burberry advertisement.
2. Stay indoors
This is an obvious one, but you can choose to go the educational, relaxing, or exciting route. What better place is there to learn (besides at school) than a museum? We have many kid-friendly museums that can offer a fun, cultural experience for kids at any age. Sassy Mama has done all the research for you here, we know every minute is of the essence. If you aren’t in the mood to explain everything that’s on display, you can opt for sitting back and enjoying a theatre production, dance or musical concert at any of the following theatre halls listed below. There are countless shows lined up throughout the summer for kids’ enjoyment, so whether you are hiding from the blazing sun or an incoming raincloud, you’ll be covered.
3. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
The hot weather is the best excuse for kids to receive their cold sugar fix. Ice cream never fails to put a smile on anyone’s face, even yours! The sound of the ice cream truck is like the sound of angels playing on their harps. Unfortunately, the only ice cream truck you’ll find here is Mister Softee… but there have been a number of dessert stores that have recently opened around the city to help you cool off temporarily. Some of Sassy’s favourites include Lab Made (they have different flavours every week), Via Tokyo or iCreameria (if you’re following the matcha craze), I See I See (sometimes you want the crunch of a popsicle), Soft Creme, Oddies Foodies, Holly Brown, Yo Mama and Ice Cream Gallery. Check out our other faves here!
4. Dive in
It is a blessing that we live in a city surrounded by water where beaches are only a quick drive away. One of the best ways to beat the heat is to go for a splash. Sign up your kiddos for water sport camps that are offered throughout the summer and you’ll be able to take a break from entertaining them too. There are kayaking camps, paddle-boarding lessons, surfing lessons and week long camps to choose from. An action-packed day will be guaranteed and your kids will love you for it. Let them release all their energy in the big ocean and they’ll come back happily exhausted. There goes one less night of fighting them during bed time!
Unfortunately it is not socially acceptable to be walking around the city topless, but sometimes you just feel like taking it all off to avoid feeling sticky and wet. That being said, there are many ways you can cheat your way around to wearing less and staying cool but still not look like one of the Lost Boys. Uniqlo has an inner-wear line called Airism which dries sweat up instantly leaving the ultra-fine fabric dry and refreshing. With such affordable prices, better pick up a few because with this heat you’ll go through them each week in no time. You can also order similar products from this online Japanese store which offers unisex summer clothes essentials that have the functions of being either UV protected, moisture-absorbing and quick drying, or anti-bacterial and deodorant (some have all three). Remember to stick to light colours!