Don’t miss these May activities!
Spring has most definitely sprung and Mother’s Day is just around the corner. This month there are plenty of activities to keep you and your family entertained. Whether you want to get back to nature, take in some theatre (with productions the whole family will enjoy), or embrace Hong Kong’s culture at the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, there is something everyone will enjoy. So get that diary out and schedule in some quality family adventures.
If the fast-paced city life is getting a bit too much then it’s time to take it down a notch and get back to nature. This Mothers Day, Kembali is hosting a nature walk at Victoria Peak. Start off with an easy stroll and finish up with a tea ceremony (with tea made from foraged wild leaves) and homemade organic snacks.
When: Sunday, 12 May, 10am to 12:30pm
Where: Victoria Peak Gardens, The Peak, Hong Kong
How much: $300 individual, $500 pair, $850 family (up to four people)
Head out for a day on Cheung Chau to experience the legendary Bun Festival. Every year thousands of people converge on the island to witness the paper-maché effigies, elaborate costumes and the centrepiece – a bamboo tower covered in buns! Festivities kick off with lion dances, music and drum beating starting in the morning, the Floating Colours parade in the afternoon, culminating in the annual Bun Scrambling Competition around midnight.
You’ll need to eat while you’re there, so do as the locals do and go vegetarian. Cheung Chau is famous for its street food so you won’t go hungry. This event has been inscribed on Hong Kong’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage and needs to be experienced at least once!
When: Sunday, 12 May
Where: Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
How much: Free
Contact: For more information see the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Kidsfest continues to celebrate world-class theatre for young people, so why not introduce your kids to the wonderful world of performance by taking them to see Elmer The Elephant. This 50-minute production (perfect for kiddie attention spans) is based on the children’s book series by David McKee. Follow the adventures of Elmer, the bright and colourful patchwork elephant as his fun-loving, cheerful attitude gets everyone laughing.
When: Friday, 17 May to Sunday, 19 May, various times.
Where: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: From $335
Contact: HK Ticketing
After eight years on London’s West End, critically acclaimed War Horse is finally making its way to Hong Kong. Set at the outbreak of World War One, the story follows the journey of horse Joey, who is sold to the military and sent to serve on the French Battlefields. His young owner Albert is desperate to be reunited with him and undergoes the dangerous mission to bring him home. It is a beautiful and moving production that shouldn’t be missed.
When: Friday, 10 May to Sunday, 2 June, various times.
Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: From $395
Contact: HK Ticketing
Calling all May and June babies! Ocean Park is celebrating the birth of its second golden snub-nosed monkey by offering Hong Kong residents, born in May and June free entry until 16 June. As an added bonus you can bring up to four friends along and they’ll receive a 40% discount. On entry, you’ll get a special edition birthday badge – flash this for some special treats around the park (including priority access and freebies!).
When: Wednesday, 1 May to Thursday, 16 June.
Where: Ocean Park, 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
How much: Free for HK Residents born in May or June; regular tickets $480 adults, $240 children.
Contact: Ocean Park Hong Kong
Featured image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Kembali, image 2 courtesy of Getty, image 3 courtesy of Kidsfest Hong Kong, image4 courtesy of War Horse On Stage, image 5 courtesy of Ocean Park via Instagram.