What to see and do when visiting the 852 – with kids!
Visitors are the best and worst part about living in Hong Kong. Let’s face it, pulling together the ultimate visitors itinerary can be like pulling teeth. Add kids to that mix, and life just got a little tougher.
Never fear, Sassy Mama has you covered. We’ve pulled together a hefty list of activities for visitors of all sizes.
But first up, a few Hong Kong packing tips for your guests.
- Bring a carrier. Hong Kong is a whole new city if you’re pram-less. If your guests don’t have a carrier, suggest they beg, borrow or steal one for their trip.
- Down-size that baby bag. Get them to be brave and down-size their baby bag into a large tote. Hong Kong is ultra-convenient. If they run out of wipes, drop a pacifier or need more snacks there’s a 7/11 or Watson’s on every block.
- Invest in a water bottle. Rehydration is key for little sweaty bettys. A water bottle with a filter will keep little tummies safe without buying lots of plastic.
Now they’re ready to get out and explore our fab city.
Get your adventure on and tire those kids out!
1. Escape the city and show your guests Hong Kong’s natural side at Palm Beach – camp in a Teepee, try standup paddle boarding and cook your own bonfire.
3. For those that like a thrill, spend the day at Ocean Park – great for both the little ones and older kids. Not only do they have rides and the usual theme park suspects, but they also have pandas and an aquarium! Alternatively Hong Kong Disneyland is the happiest place in Hong Kong/on earth. It’s also very busy, so pack your patience and a good attitude.
4. The Big Buddha offers 200 steps for little feet to conquer and a delicious vegetarian lunch at Po Lin Monastery. The cable car ride to Ngong Ping 360 can be breathtaking on a clear day. It really gives guests an idea of how vast Hong Kong’s national parks are.
5. Get up early and head out to spot Pink Dolphins with Hong Kong Dolphin Watch.
Fun & learning – Hong Kong educational outings
Are the kids skipping school to be here? Give them a good time and some historical fodder with these educational outings. Don’t forget most museums are free on a Wednesday.
1. Was Hong Kong ever a Pirate Port? Find out all this and more at the Maritime Museum. Do your little guests loves canons? Take them to the Museum of Coastal Defence and they can even touch one – boom!
2. The Hong Kong Space Museum is the perfect place for astronauts-in-training and rainy day adventures.
3. Grab an ice cream and monkey around through Hong Kong’s Zoo and Botanical Gardens. There’s loads of animals and plants from all over the world to learn about.
4. Hong Kong’s Heritage Museum is a hands-on extravaganza and perfect for primary school kids. Kung Fu fans can check out the Bruce Lee exhibition.
5. Bugs and birds abound at Hong Kong Wetland Park. Bring your mozzie spray, hat and sunscreen.
1. Disneyland’s Character Dinner is a beautiful experience for little ones that love Disney. Mickey, Minnie and friends circulate to each table to meet their fans and have photos taken. Head out early and chase the kids around in the sizeable hedge maze, or stay after your meal and burn off some of those desserts. You’ll need to book a table. Check out the details here.
2. Give your guests a true Hong Kong experience and take them for a Sunday brunch. There are loads of family-friendly options. Check out Sassy Mama’s recommended list here.
3. Bookmark our comprehensive list of kid-friendly eats across the city and you’ll never go hungry again!
Some space and a break
Hong Kong homes are tiny and if we’re brutally honest, nerves start to fray when visitors come to stay. Consider planning a break where you each get your own space.
1. Macau is the ultimate overnighter. Stay on the strip or in one of the many kid-friendly hotels recommended by Sassy Mama.
2. The Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin is a Hong Kong staycation go-to.
3. Why not spend the night at Disney rather than schlepping all the way home after a day at the Park.
4. You can also stay the night in Discovery Bay at the Auberge Hotel. They have a great spa for mamas who are looking for a place to recharge.
Sassy Mama Cheat Sheet: Full Day Itineraries
1. First day fun.
Hong Kong’s retro trams and the Star Ferry are great photo opps for tourists and a super cheap activity kids will love. Hop on a tram at Central and ride all the way to Quarry Bay for a jump at Ryze trampoline park. When the kids are all jumped out, you could explore Quarry Bay Park or just get the tram (or a cab) back to Central for a Yum Cha lunch at Maxim’s Place. Maxim’s Place is old-school Yum Cha that ticks off another iconic Hong Kong experience. After lunch, wander down to Central Ferry Pier and catch the Star Ferry across the harbour – the kids will love the old-school ferry, and your guests can snap some shots of our famous city skyline. Take the kids for a star studded photo session down the Avenue of Stars and then jump on a bus or the MTR and explore the ladies markets. By the time you’ve grabbed a few bargains everyone should be ready to head back home.
2. A day in Discovery Bay.
A day trip to Discovery Bay is an easy one and a nice break from hectic Hong Kong. Catch the ferry from Central Pier. Once you arrive in DB head straight up to the North Plaza on the free bus shuttle or catch the C4, C9 or 9S. Let the kids go crazy at Discovery Land, a huge indoor playroom that caters to all kids from toddlers to teens. Once everyone has burnt off some energy, head back down to the main plaza for lunch at one of the water-side restaurants and a post-lunch swim at the beach. If it’s cool, the kids can play on the beachside playground in the sand. Once you’re done at the beach, you’re a short stroll back to the ferry. Make sure to pack some bug spray and sunscreen for your DB adventures.
4. Lamma hike.
Little explorers will love Lamma Island! Kick off the day with a ferry ride and spend hours exploring Lamma’s beaches, temples and walks. Reward your adventurers with a delicious fresh seafood lunch and an ice cream before you cruise back home on a ferry. Lamma is stroller friendly, you’ll face a few steps here and there but in general, this is a good day out for the smallest adventurers who can’t walk very far.
5. Tourist trail.
The city’s hop-on hop-off buses are a great way to see all the tourist sites in one day. It’s also an easy day for guests to manage alone if you’re at work/school. Try the Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus or the Big Bus Tour. These buses each have different passes and routes. Ask your guests to finish their day by riding the Peak Tram and meet them for a post-work dinner at The Peak Lookout.