Searching for ways to entertain the whole family? Then look no further!
Chinese New Year has come and gone, but worry not, March is shaping up to be just as packed with places to go. We’re here to provide you with some inspiration about where to take the kids this month. So when you’re not busy with all the Arts Month offerings, why not spend the morning in a giant indoor playground, get up close and personal with marine animals, or even check out flowers in full bloom? Your little ones won’t have time to get bored with these March activities.
Family Playtime Paradise is a dream event for kids. In this 9,000 square foot indoor playground the options are almost endless. They can tackle various obstacle courses, scale towers, and finish off cannonballing into the gigantic ball pit. The Marriott Vacation Club Booth will definitely be a hit too, with its balloon sculptures, glitter tattoos and fun family photo-ops. Parents can sit and enjoy some (much needed) relaxation time and snap cute pics for the ‘gram while the kids are playing. A delicious lunch buffet (which is included in the ticket price) is the perfect way to finish off your fun-filled morning. This event is suitable for children under 10. You can opt for the 10:00am to 12:00pm playtime slot, followed by lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm; or the 11:00am to 1:00pm playtime slot, with lunch from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.
When: Saturday, 9 March, 10am to 2pm
Where: Wellcome Paradise, Shop 302, 3/F, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $375 for foodie club members (2 adults + 1 child); $450 for non-members (2 adults + 1 child); additional child ticket $120
Contact: 3791 2564, [email protected]
Spring has arrived and brought with it the Carnivale of Stars at Hong Kong Disneyland. During the day, watch the fun-filled interactive processional down Main Street, where you’ll be able to get up close and personal with Mickey (and more than 30 other Disney characters). After the parade embark on a Disney egg hunt, where your kids will be able to search for over 100 character-themed eggs hidden throughout the park. Need to relax? Disney Friends Springtime Garden is sure to be a hit, with its tranquil atmosphere and sculptures depicting scenes from Disney movies. Finally, spend the evening at a surprise party for Mickey, where the buildings along Main Street will showcase the milestones throughout his lifetime.
When: Friday, 15 March to mid June
Where: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How much: $458 for children aged 3 to 11, $619 for ages 12 and up
Contact: 3550 3388, www.hongkongdisneyland.com
Art Central is back! There are over 100 international galleries on show, 75% of which are based in the Asia-Pacific. Kids will want to hang out at the Sovereign Art Foundation booth, where they can decorate paper lanterns, colour in canvas tote bags, and create Chinese decorations out of recycled lai see packets. While the little ones are getting creative, you can learn about the important work the foundation does for Hong Kong. Once you’ve seen all the art your heart desires, head outside with a cocktail in hand and take in the beautiful view of the skyline while the kids play.
When: Wednesday, 27 March to Sunday, 31 March
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Various prices; kids under 12 go free with a ticket-holding adult
Contact: 2151 2699, [email protected], www.artcentralhongkong.com
Spring has sprung for flower lovers! This year the theme for “Where Dreams Blossom” is the Chinese Hibiscus. A variety of other potted plants, floral arrangements, and landscape displays will also be on show. If you think there’s no way you’ll be able to convince the kids to come along to a flower show, think again! There are fun (and educational) activities, including drawing and photo competitions, as well as music performances. You can even let the little ones pick their favourites from the flower stalls to brighten up your home.
When: Friday, 15 March to Sunday, 24 March, 9am to 9pm
Where: Victoria Park, 1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $14 for adults and $7 for children and seniors
Contact: 2601 8260, [email protected], www.lcsd.gov.hk
Calling all wildlife lovers! Why not get closer to the animals at Ocean Park this March? Your kids will really enjoy becoming an honorary panda keeper. They’ll get to experience the panda enclosure from the inside and also learn how to prepare the animal’s meals. Or if your child is more of a dolphin lover, how about giving them the opportunity to get in the water to feed them? There’s also the chance to get up close and personal with the penguins and seals. Not only are all these programmes fun and interactive, they’re also great opportunities for the kids to learn all about creatures, big and small.