The Hong Kong summer is in full swing!
Running out of school holiday activities yet? At Sassy Mama we hear you! We’ve hunted around for activities to suit all ages, interests and budgets so you can keep the kids occupied over the next few weeks until school is back in session. Whether you want to inspire your little green fingers at an urban gardening workshop or keep things highbrow at the HK Ballet, visit a pre-loved book fair or a museum just for kids, there’s a lot going on this August in this wonderful city we call home.
Embrace your inner lost boy with a visit to the ballet! Introduce your kids (aged three and over) to the wonderful world of dance by taking a high-flying adventure to Neverland. There are cheeky pirates, princesses, pixies and boys who don’t want to grow up! The whole family will be swept up into Peter Pan’s epic adventure with just a sprinkle of Tinkerbell’s fairy dust.
When: Friday, 16 to Sunday, 18 August (Hong Kong Cultural Centre) and Friday, 25 to Sunday, 25 August (Sha Tin Town Hall)
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Grand Theatre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Sha Tin Town Hall, 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong
How Much: VIP, $1000; B, $630; C, $480; D, $280; E, $140
Contact: HK Ballet, tickets available through URBTIX
Head onto the ferry and catch the sea breeze at Discovery Bay’s Funtastic Summer programme. Offering great bang for your buck, when you spend $180 dining at D’Deck, DB Plaza, DB North Plaza or Auberge Discovery Bay, you can redeem a voucher for you and the kids to take part in a range of special weekend activities. There’s everything from beach float rentals to body painting.
When: Weekend activities will take place every weekend this month; 12pm to 6pm
Where: Tai Pak Beach and DB North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How Much: Free upon a minimum spending of $180
Contact: Visit Discovery Bay, 2238 1188, [email protected]
Visit the Hong Kong Children’s Discovery Museum this summer to check out its new Amazing Bugs! exhibition. It aims to teach kids about the diversity of bugs and their vital role in nature. Little ones will love the story stage where they can dress up as their favourite bug and be transported into their natural habitats (via a green screen!).
The Tinkering Lab exhibit, where children are encouraged to design a new big species with survival skills, will also be a favourite. They’ll be able to view bug X-rays in the Light It! lab too and join a demonstration with live bugs at the videomicroscope (don’t worry – the bugs are harmless and behind protective enclosures).
When: Now until Thursday, 31 October
Where: Hong Kong Children’s Discovery Museum, 1/F, China United Centre, 28 Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
How Much: Tuesday to Friday, infants (under 1), $60; children (1 to 12 years), $80; teens and adults (13+), $60. Weekends and public holidays, infants (under 1), $80; children (1 to 12 years), $110; teens and adults (13+), $70
Contact: Hong Kong Children’s Discovery Museum, [email protected]
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Little bookworms unite! Looking for some new reads this month? Head on over to PPO Library where over 20,000 quality English and Chinese used books are waiting to meet their new owners. All books will be sold at a third of the original price or lower and all proceeds will go towards supporting the work of Read-Cycling and PPO Library. Remember to bring cash (change will not be provided) and, of course, your own bag in which to carry home your haul!
When: Friday, 2 August, 12pm to 7pm; Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 4 August, 11am to 6pm
Where: 19A, Success Industrial Building, 17 Sheung Hei St, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How Much: Free entry
Contact: Read-Cycling, [email protected]
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Combining food education with some good old-fashioned fun in the sun, Rooftop Republic’s urban farming workshop will teach mamas and kids alike how to grow their own food through a series of hands-on farming activities.
Dive into learning all about planting seeds and potting, the seasonality of veggies, composting and how to make natural pesticides and fertilisers. End the day with a “Good or Bad” insect identification game which will have you hunting around the farm for these little pests. A word of warning – your kid will get dirty, so don’t send them in their Sunday best! All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
When: Saturday, 3 August; 4pm to 5:30pm
Where: Urban Garden at Cafe 8, Central Pier 8, Central, Hong Kong
How Much: One adult and one child, $300; two adults and two children, $500
Contact: Rooftop Republic, [email protected]