Your little ghouls and ghosties may have been put to rest for another year, but there’s still plenty happening in HK to keep all your babas – and all you mamas – amused! Here’s our Weekender round-up of what to do next week…
Picnic In The Park
If you’re looking for a great family day out, look no further! Picnic In The Park is Hong Kong’s largest live music and dance festival… and with two stages this year, it’s just got even larger! There will be bands, singers, dance troupes and entertainers a-plenty, market stalls from local businesses, restaurant booths dishing up yummy nibbles, a special Kids Zone to keep the littlies amused – and, the best bit (!), Sassy Mama will have our own table too! We look forward to meeting you all there!
Where: Siena Park, Discovery Bay
When: 5 November, 11am-9.30pm
How much: Free!
The Vietnamese Thang Long Puppet Troupe is bringing its very special blend of outdoor puppet magic to Hong Kong’s shores as part of the Enchanting Arts Of Asia festival. Set against the stunning backdrop of Victoria Harbour, a waist-deep pool has been specially built in front of the Cultural Centre for the show, which sees traditional puppets re-enact legends and scenes from Vietnamese life to live music and folk songs. You’ll be just as enthralled as your little ones!
Where: Piazza C, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: 4 November, 8.15pm; 5 November, 3pm
How much: $180, www.urbtix.hk, 2111 5999
Ho ho ho!
We guess it really does come round quicker every year – Santa’s Sports Day, part of the SCMP’s Operation Santa Claus charity-fundraising efforts, promises to be a day of fun for the whole family. Featuring crowd favourites like three-legged races, a tug-of-war and a reindeer chair race, you can expect lots of silly costumes, multiple appearances from reindeers, elves and even Santa himself and lots of money to be raised for the good cause.
Where: Ma On Shan Sports Ground (free shuttle buses from Admiralty & Kowloon Tong MTR stations)
When: 6 November, 10am-1pm
How much: Free entry
Soak up the last of the season’s sun with these al fresco arts and crafts fairs – perfect for picking up a few early items off your Christmas shopping lists!Cyberport Weekend Market is a long-time Sassy Mama favourite and this time features a children’s painting workshop as well as the usual market stalls and opportunity for the kids to run amok in the grounds, whilst Re Do We Do will have craft demonstrations from many of the talented local artists and designers who are selling their wares on The Peak.
Where: The Podium, Cyberport 2, 100 Cyberport Road; Green Terrace, L3 The Peak Galleria, The Peak
When: 5-6 November, 11am-6pm
How much: Free entry
Linguini Fini is the latest culinary talk of the town, and they’ve just added a fantastic new section to their already delicious menus – the Beast Feast! A seven-dish mammoth menu served Italian family style and featuring huge portions of wholesome favourites like a Salumi Platter, Slow-Roasted Duck, homemade pasta, roasted veggies and pies and ice-cream to finish things off, this is the perfect dinner party solution – for when you have plenty of hungry mouths to feed and can’t be bothered to do the cooking (and washing up!) yourself!
Where: Linguini Fini, 1/F The L Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, 2857 1333
When: Whenever – but give 72 hours notice
How much: $350 per head (minimum of 6 diners)