Looking for things to do for kids in Macau? Just a ferry or bus ride away, it’s no surprise that Macau is a go-to quick break for Hong Kong families!
There are countless things to do with kids in Macau. From amazing hotel and resort swimming pools to parks, and playrooms, exploring nature and, of course, learning about another city and its history and culture. While you might have already been to Macau, venturing over with a family can be a different experience. We’ve lined up a step-by-step guide so that you know all the best places to play and stay in Macau…
Things To Do In Macau With Kids
Sight Seeing In The Historic Centre Of Macau
Take the kids for a stroll and take in the sites of the Ruins of St. Paul, Senado Square, St Dominic’s Church and Mount Fortress.
One of the best ways to get a panoramic view of the city of Macau is by walking up this historic hill. It is home to the UNESCO heritage site—the Guia Fortress and Guia Lighthouse. There are two ways to reach the top, either by walking up the paths that start near the Guia Hotel or taking the short cable car up. Guia Hill is the highest point on the Macau peninsula and it offers a unique way to see some of the Old Portuguese influence left on this amazing city.
Guia Hill, Guia Fortress, Estrada do Engenheiro Trigo, Macau Guia Fortress, Macau
Macao Science Centre
A favourite for kids and adults alike (we’re all young at heart!). The huge museum is home to 12 permanent exhibitions, covering everything from space science, kids’ science, robotics, eco-conservation and more. Entry to the general exhibitions costs MOP$50 and it’s well worth adding on the 3D and 2D shows in the Planetarium (MOP $80/MOP $60).
Sassy Mama Tip: Let the kids run off some energy at the nearby Kun Lam Statue Waterfront Park!
Macao Science Centre, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Macau, www.msc.org.mo
Macao Giant Panda Pavillion
Tucked away on a hillside in Seac Pai Van Park, is the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion. Endearingly known as the Panda park, this pavilion is home to two rare giant pandas from China. There is also an aviary, a small zoo and an exotic plant garden to keep you busy. Entry is free.
Sassy Mama Tip: The Macao Giant Panda Pavilion is closed on Mondays.
Macao Giant Panda Pavillion, Seac Pai Van Park, Av.de Seac Pai Van, Coloane, Macau www.macaupanda.iam.gov.mo
Grand Resort Deck At The Galaxy
Boasting the world’s largest wave pool and the world’s longest adventure rapid river ride as well as waterslides, geysers, waterfalls and a dedicated kids’ zone the Grand Resort Deck is reason alone to plan a visit to Macau with the kids!
Fly between the buildings at Macau’s newest family attraction, ZIPCITY. The world’s first immersive zipline, it combines all the fun of flight with a spectacular audio-visual experience.
ZIPCITY, Lisboeta Macau, Rua da Patinagem, Cotai, Macau, www.zipcity.com
Londoner Light And Sound Spectacular
Let the kids be dazzled by the choreographed light and sound spectacular at the Londoner. You can catch it every night, with shows hourly between 7:30pm and 11:30pm
Sassy Mama Tip: There is lots more English-themed fun here including a life-sized Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament façade, an iconic black cab adventure a magical ride on a red double-decker bus and the theatrical Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea at Churchill’s Table restaurant.
Get arty with a visit to the interactive art space, teamLab. Slide through the fruit fields, throw giant balloons and immerse your family in the colourful lights.
Sassy Mama Tip: teamLab Macau is closed on Wednesdays.
teamLab, The Venetian Macao, Cotai Expo Hall F, Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, Taipa, Macau, www.teamlab.art
Super Fun Zone — Macau’s biggest kids’ playroom
Covering four levels and themed around five zones — Mountain, Forest, Under The Sea, Outer Space and Space Station — Super Fun Zone is a must-visit for kids of all ages in Macau!
Super Fun Zone, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau, www.studiocity-macau.com
Where To Stay In Macau
There’s no shortage of hotels in Macau! Your biggest challenge will be deciding exactly which area of Macau to stay in, and that will largely be determined by the activities you are looking to do with your family. There are four areas to choose from, the Macau Peninsula, attached to mainland China, the islands Taipa and Coloane, as well as the land reclamation between the two islands, known as Cotai.
You’ll find most attractions, sites and casinos in Macau, Taipa and Cotai. Coloane, however, offers more of a cultural experience. You’ll find colonial buildings running along the sides of the cobblestone streets giving visitors a glimpse into the city’s Portuguese past.
Check out Sassy Mama’s guide to hotels in Macau for our recommendations of the top places to stay with kids in each of these areas.
Read More: Hong Kong Staycation Packages For Families
How To Get To Macau
Hong Kong Macau Ferry
The Macau ferry is back up and running! With regular sailings, the ferry has long been one of the most popular ways to travel to Macau. Ferries depart from the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan, the Kowloon China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong International Airport’s SkyPier. There are two ferry operators to choose from:
- TurboJet – Takes you to Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal. www.turbojet.com.hk
- Cotai Water Jet – Takes you to the Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal. www.cotaiwaterjet.com
Take The Bus From Hong Kong To Macau
Mamas across Hong Kong were super excited about the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge back in 2018 giving us a whole new transport option for Macau. This one is especially great for Discovery Bay, Tung Chung and New Territory families.
Make your way by public transport, taxi or private car to the Hong Kong Port. Here you’ll clear immigration before taking a shuttle bus across the bridge. Buses to Macau run 24 hours a day and tickets cost between $35 to $70 (which is a fraction of the price of the ferry tickets!).
Sassy Mama Tip: You can book a parking spot at the Hong Kong Port here.
There are also a number of cross-border coaches that operate bus services directly to Macau casinos.
- One Bus – Starting from Jordan, the route passes through Sands Macao, Venetian Macao and Parisian Macao. www.onebus.hk
- Hong Kong Shared Bus Transfers – Direct busses from Hong Kong with drop-off points at Venetian Macao, Galaxy Macau, MGM Cotai, Grand Lisboa Macau and more. www.klook.com
Editor’s Note: “Things To Do In Macau With Kids” was originally written by Sally Victoria Benson and updated most recently by Jess Mizzi in March 2023.