Family-friendly activities for everyone
When the weekend comes along, we get excited about the time off but then panicked about what to do, especially when we’ve got kids to entertain. That’s where Sassy Mama comes in. Hong Kong has an abundance of weird and wacky things to do with kids, some you actually may not even know about.
We’ve checked around and found quite a few options that will get you out and about, and possibly having you wanting to go back!
This is one of Sassy Mama’s favourite rainy day activities. Reach new heights at the YMCA Climbing Wall, which offers climbers of all levels (kids and adults) a vast panelled climbing surface to hone your skills. Not only is this a great way to tire the kids out, it is also a fun way to cram your fitness in for the day.
Take it one step further… once you’ve become a pro at bouldering on the indoor walls, pack a bag and head out to Beacon Hill or Lion Rock, two of Hong Kong’s most popular bouldering spots. Warning: this is not for the faint hearted or the littlest in your brood!
Where: YMCA, 41 Salisbury Road, TST, Kowloon, Hong Kong www.ymcahk.org.hk
Bubble Soccer (Bubble Football)
Get ready to climb inside a giant, inflatable bubble and crash your way to victory in this epic sport (in cooler climes, of course!). The bubbles come in different sizes so the whole family can join in the fun. If you are feeling really energetic, combine Bubble Soccer with a game of Archery Tag – cue tired and happy kids at the end of the day.
Where: Crossfire Arena, 13D, Wah Ha Building, 8 Shipyard Lane, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong; or Bubble Football Hong Kong, SFALO Soccer Stadium, 6/F, Grande Building, 398 – 402 Kwun Tong Rd, Kowloon, Hong Kong www.facebook.com/bubblefootball
Strokes, Hong Kong’s premier crazy golf venue is officially one family weekend activity we can’t get enough of. With 9,000 square feet of themed crazy golf (think Palm Springs and Coachella) and a bar serving delicious cocktails, this spot is perfect for a family night out. We recommend sipping on the Pineapple Express cocktail as the kids run amok trying to put the golf ball round the loop-de-loop. If it’s raining outside, you can take the little ones here for the day as well. There is a pretty decent menu with food for all. Fore!
Where: Strokes, G2-3, 1/F Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong www.strokeshk.com
This one’s for the older kids. Spend a day travelling through Hong Kong’s canyons and explore some cool natural areas. Over the course of the day, you’ll use a variety of techniques including hiking, scrambling, climbing, jumping and abseiling. The best part of this day out (for the extreme sport lovers!) is the waterfall abseiling – we have to admit, we were a tad terrified! (Do only at your own risk!)
Get in touch with the Hong Kong Rock Climbing Adventure team to book your day out now. You can even go ziplining and rock climbing if you’re up for even more excitement!
Dodgeball is the perfect sport for both adults and kids and we highly recommend giving it a go. Not only is it a great way to meet new people, but we can also vouch that it’s a great work out and there is some serious strategy involved (or so we like to think). Check out the Hong Kong Dodgeball Association’s website for more info on teams, open sessions and matches.
Where: Click here for a list of spots where you can join.
Hong Kong’s Gaming Arcades
Sometimes it really rains in Hong Kong, and when that happens, the kids need something to do. What about Hong Kong’s arcade scene? Check out Game Centre in Central which is full of classic arcade games, but also has a range of futuristic new ones; or Game Zone in Mong Kok which is a huge space packed with games of every type including racers, classic fighters and futuristic sci fi looking ones.
Where: Game Central and Game Zone
Game Centre, 1 Jubilee Street Central, Hong Kong
Game Zone, 136 Sai Yeung Choi St S, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
We have to confess, we’ve done this a few times with the gals and we love it! Not only is it a great – and rather mad – mums day out, but it’s also perfect for the whole family. Think dramatic music, UV lights, laser sound effects and two weapons of choice, participants can let their minds run wild as they battle to the end.
Where: Lasermads, 11/F Ying Kong Mansion, 2-6 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong www.lasermads.com
This epic – yes, epic – ultimate trampoline park takes family fun to new heights. Ryze has 50 trampolines with giant foam pits and basketball hoops and offers classes for kids of all ages. What more could we ask for?
Sassy Mama tip: We do recommend booking beforehand to avoid disappointment, as it gets very busy.
Where: Ryze, 3/F , 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong www.ryzehongkong.com
Summer not only sees the start of junk season, but also squid fishing season. Pack your kids, the wine, your M&S snacks, and jump aboard the Jubilee along with a crew of 25 friends and hone your fishing skills. If soaking up the sounds of the sea and views of the harbour is more your thing, the friendly Jubilee team will do the fishing for you and cook the catch right away. Easy!
Sassy Mama tip: This experience is BYOB and only takes place at night (7pm to 11pm)
Where: Jubilee, 20/F, Hong Kong Trade Center, 161 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong www.jubilee.com.hk 3355 5555
Hands up, anyone a Snoopy fan? Did you know there is a mini outdoor ‘theme park’ in Sha Tin, packed with Snoopy and the Peanuts’ gang mini figurines? More of a large playground with lots of themed areas, kids can step aboard the life-size replica of Charlie’s school bus or jump on a canoe and cruise along the river. This is a great day out for Snoopy or Peanuts fans!
Sassy Mama tip: Try to visit during the week as it gets super busy during the weekends.
Where: Snoopy World, 3/F, New Town Plaza, 19 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, Hong Kong www.newtownplaza.com.hk/snoopys-world
Tai O: Pink Dolphin Spotting
If, like us, you sometimes find Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle too much, take a trip out to Tai O, one of Hong Kong’s fishing villages. A quaint little fishing village, with houses on stilts, this is a lovely day out for the whole family – or weekend getaway if you want more time. Definitely add this to your Hong Kong bucket list – some people live here for years and don’t stumble upon it.
The main thing to do in Tai O include taking a boat out from the village and heading out to the ocean to try and spot pink dolphins. You can then wander round the village and enjoy island life.
Sassy Mama Tip: We recommend staying at the Tai O Heritage Hotel if you’re going to make a weekend of it.
Tai Po Inflatable Water Park
It’s places like this that make us dream of being a kid again. This is the ideal spot to take the kids, tire them out and also have some fun yourselves. Open seven days a week, this crazy inflatable water park has it all – trampolines, climbing frames, swinging ropes and slip and slides. We are already itching to go back…roll on summer. Be sure to check its website here for times and opening dates.
Where: The Lake Egret Nature Park, Tai Po, Hong Kong
This is one of our firm go-to spots and another great rainy-day activity. Hone your bowling skills against a backdrop of neon lights, retro music videos and delicious cocktails. It’s the perfect blend of family fun. Plus, this spot organises complete packages for children’s birthday parties!
Where: Tikitiki, 4/F Centro, 1A, Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong www.tikitiki.hk
Fed up with public swimming pools? Plot your route and start chasing waterfalls around Hong Kong with the kids. You can find the best ones in the New Territories including Bride’s Pool and Mirror’s Pool and Ng Tung Chai. Or stay a little closer to home and try Silvermine Waterfall and Wong Lung Hang Stream on Lantau. Looking for a challenge? Hike a bit to the one in Sai Kung (it has a great natural pool to swim in as well!) These waterfalls are usually at the end of, or during, the beautiful trails around Hong Kong. Make sure you pack a picnic!
Read more: Hong Kong’s Best Waterfall Hikes
Yes, we promise this is a thing and perfect for older kids. Unicycle Hockey has been played in Hong Kong since 2000. Hong Kong’s Unicycle Sports Club meets every Friday from 8:30pm to 9:30pm at the YMCA King’s Park Centenary Centre in Jordan. The first time is free, and if you don’t have a unicycle, they have spares for beginners.
Where: Hong Kong Unicycle Sports Club (by appointment only), 24D Boldwin Industrial Bld.16-18 Wah Sing St., Kwai Chung, Hong Kong