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Free Things To Do: Where To Take The Kids In September, 2018

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There are loads of free things for the whole family to do this month!

The fun continues in Hong Kong during the month of September! From Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations and carnivals to very unique art installations, we’ve found heaps of free things for the whole family to enjoy. Whether your jam is music, dance, or sports festivities, we think you’ll find something for everyone. Check out our list of free things to do with the family this September in Hong Kong and enjoy!


 WISE Start With Sports: Mothers and Daughters Sports Day

WISE, or Women in Sports Empowered HK, highlights how sport can empower both women and girls to not only to live active lives but to also help them to grow in confidence and in their communities. It also provides them the opportunities to reach their full potential through sport.

Now that your children are back in school, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for mother-daughter bonding times through sport. Mothers and Daughters Sports Day happens on 9 September and is a fun, active day out lead by experienced coaches who will get you and your daughter acquainted with Netball. It is also a perfect opportunity to make new friends, and learn about and support this awesome organisation!

When: Sunday, 9 September, 9am to 11am
Where: AIA Vitality Park at Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Central Harbourfront (near Pier 10), Central, Hong Kong
How much: FREE!
How to register: Get your tickets here. Minimum of two tickets (assuming one for mother and one for daughter).

Coffee with Jill

Animals Asia’s Founder & CEO, Jill Robinson, will be leading an inspiring talk about Animals Asia’s work in supporting cat and dog welfare, ending bear bile farming, and sharing the organisation’s campaign to improve animal wellbeing across Asia. This is a great way to educate your children about caring for animals, and to teach them compassion at an early age. This event will be held at Whiskers N Paws where you can visit Asher and Jill, the resident puppies up for adoption, and get all your pet shopping done as well!

When: Saturday, 8 September, 2pm to 3pm
Where: Whiskers N Paws, Horizon Plaza 10/F, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
How much: FREE! For more information, click here & RSVP here.

Freespace Happening 2018

Join the festivities at Freespace happening in West Kowloon Art Park.  Freespace Happening is a free outdoor music and arts event happening in September featuring music, dance, and literature-themed activities, a handicraft market, and creative workshops for your family to enjoy –  bring the pets as well! Check out “Reading on the Grass”, “Literature Gachapon”, and “A Nice Market” at Freespace Happening. The market is on a green mission; showcasing green alternatives and original, sustainable local design.

Download the Freespace Happening App here to check out what’s on at the handicraft market, you can also listen to great music on the new Music Player anytime.

When: Saturday, 8 September to Sunday, 9 September, 2pm to 9pm
Where: Art Park, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: FREE! For more information, click here.

We Dance

WE Dance

Join in on the dancing with WE Dance! WE Dance is a series of performances and workshops which explore traditional dance, and this year the focus will be on “Dance in Asia”. Enjoy workshops, demonstrations, and creative sessions hosted by various dance groups and artists from all over Asia like Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, and China. You will get a taste of the rich traditions of Asia fused with contemporary interpretations.

When: Sunday, 9 September, 2018 to Sunday, 10 March, 2019. The workshop is from 3pm to 3:45pm and the workshop plus performance 5:15pm to 6:20pm.
Where: Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: FREE! For more information, click here.

Tai Kwun free things

Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts Continues

The Fun continues at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts this September. If you haven’t already been, be sure to stroll the grounds and learn about the heritage of the recently restored historic central police station. Check out the 100 Faces of Tai Kwun, enjoy the delicious dining selection, check out the “Sunday Movie Series”, and enjoy some afternoon comedy and music with their “Lunchtime Series”. Check out our recommendations below!

Sunday Movie
Join the outdoor “Sunday Movie Series” event happening every Sunday at the Laundry Steps. This collaboration with Hong Kong International Film Festival continues in September with heart-warming animated films such as Your Name, Wolf Children, and Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

When: Sunday, 9 September, and Monday, 23 September,  11am to 3pm
Where: Laundry Steps, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: FREE! For the schedule, click here.

Lunchtime Series
Enjoy the  Lunchtime Series, which is an exciting line-up of stand-up comedy, street performances, and mini-concerts. What a better time to enjoy lunch or downtime with the kids!

When: Every Monday and Wednesday, starting at 12:45pm
Where: Prison Yard and Laundry Steps, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: FREE! For the schedule, click here.

Discovery Bay Sunday Market Continues

The Discovery Bay Sunday Market is back again in September. If you missed out on the last market due to the rain make sure you get out there and snag those handmade goods and get in on some good ol’ fashioned neighbourly love next Sunday. The market space is located near some great eats as well, we highly recommend getting some plant-based comfort food at Hemmingway’s before heading back home!

When: Sunday, 9 September, 11am to 6pm
Where: Discovery Bay, Lantau Hong Kong. For directions, click here.
How much: FREE!

Lee Tung Avenue free things

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations

There are many free Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations happening around Hong Kong this September, it is a great way to spend time with your family while exploring the culture and traditions of Asia. Below are a few of the events happening around town:

Mid-Autumn Urban Carnival at Victoria Park
At the Urban Carnival, you will enjoy lantern displays, Fire Dragon parade and dances, Kung Fu demonstrations, folk songs and crafts, acrobatics, exhibitions, and workshops.

When: Main Carnival – Monday, 24 September, from 8pm to 11pm (approx.); Youth Night: Sunday, 23 September, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The Fire Dragon is expected to arrive at Victoria Park between 10:45 pm and 11:30 pm on Tuesday, 24 September.
Where: 1 Hing Fat St, Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: FREE!

Mid-Autumn Celebratory Fair
It’s not September without a Mid-Autumn Celebratory Fair, and this year’s event is hosted by Lee Tung Avenue. Featuring traditional crafts such as lantern-making, puppetry, and sugar candy blowing – all perfect for the kids – don’t miss the LED eco-friendly Fire Dragon showcasing the ancient custom of the fire dragon dance. Bring your own lanterns and join the party with the lion and dragon dance masters.

When: 23 to 25 September
Where: Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: FREE!

Tsim Sha Tsui “To The Moon” Interactive Lighting Installation
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza by the Clocktower is setting up some spectacular displays this September to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival. This year’s theme is “To The Moon”, an interactive lighting installation.

When: Saturday, 15 September to Monday, 1 October. Opening hours are Saturday to Monday from 6:30pm ­­to 11pm, and on Monday, 24 September, open until midnight.
Where: 10 Salisbury Rd, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza (near the Waterfront), Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: FREE!

The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parade
The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parade showcases the 67-metre Fire Dragon which will make its way down the streets of Tai Hang.

When: Sunday, 23 September to Tuesday, 25 September, 8:15pm
Where: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay along Lily Street, Ormsby Street to Tung Lo Wan Road (best vantage point is Wun Sha Street)
How much: FREE!

New Territories East & West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival
Enjoy beautiful lantern displays and a range of cultural activities at the New Territories East and West Mid- Autumn Lantern Carnivals.

New Territories East
When: Carnival Night: Sunday, 23 September, 7:30pm to 10 pm; Youth Night: Saturday, 22 September, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Dai Hei St, Waterfront Park, Tai Po, Hong Kong
How much: FREE!

New Territories West
When: Carnival Night: Tuesday, 25 September, 7:30pm to 10:00pm; Youth Night: Monday, 24 September, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Rd, Tuen Mun Park, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
How much: FREE!

Illuminated Moon Rabbits, Avenue of Lights, and Mid-Autumn Festival

Oversized art installations are creating quite a buzz around HK this month, so be sure to check out the Illuminated Moon Rabbits at China Hong Kong City. This installation is a collaboration with Lee Tung Avenue in celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. You can enjoy 10 giant “Moon Rabbits” which have made appearances in over 80 cities and 40 international arts festivals and event spaces.

Don’t miss the “Avenue of Lights” located at Lee Tung Avenue as well! Shop the delightfully decorated avenue with these unique radiant lanterns which use impressive lighting technology called iBeacon transmission. This part is super cool for the kids – visitors can control the lighting of the lanterns through the Lee Tung Avenue mobile app to create a personalised and interactive “Avenue of Lights” for your family (prior registration is required)!

When: Wednesday, 19 September to Wednesday, 17 October, 6am to 11pm
Where: Podium Level, China Hong Kong City & Along Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: FREE!

Feature image  by Tarik Haiga via Unsplash; image 2 courtesy of WISE Women HK via Facebook; image 3 courtesy of; image 4 by Daniel Murray, courtesy of Daniel Murray Studio; image 5 courtesy of Sino Group; image 6 courtesy of Lee Tung Avenue;  

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