The ultimate bucket list of Hong Kong activities to enjoy with the kids.
We all have days where we just can’t think of any things to do in Hong Kong with kids. Never fear! The city is absolutely teeming with kids’ activities and adventure outings, which is why we’ve rounded up 50 amazing, memory-making things to do in the city as a family. Being the incredible parents that you are, there’s no doubt you’ve already ticked off a few — but we’re sure there are some on our list (in no particular order) that you haven’t done yet. So why not start this weekend?
10 Must-Visit Places In Hong Kong To Take The Kids
10 Free Things To Do In Hong Kong With Kids
Nature And Animal Experiences
Family-Friendly Foodie Experiences
Outdoor Kids’ Activities
Unique Hong Kong Cultural Experiences
Even More Kids’ Activities In Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.
Must Visit Places In Hong Kong To Take The Kids
2. Hike up 268 steps to see the Big Buddha and then eat at the fabulous vegetarian restaurant at Po Lin Monastery.
3. Take the tram to the Peak* and stroll the Morning Trail or one of the many other great family-friendly walks.
*Editor’s Note: The Peak tram will be closed for upgrades from 28 June 2021 for approximately six months.
4. Head to AIA Vitality Park and ride the Observation Wheel or the carousel.
5. Have a family day out at Repulse Bay beach and eat in some great seaside restaurants at The Pulse.
6. Start the day with some morning tai chi. Wander the many parks and you’re sure to find a crowd. Popular spots include the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, Victoria Park and Sun Yat Sen Park.
7. Take in a mega view at sky100 at the ICC, the highest indoor observation deck in Hong Kong.
8. Go island-hopping on a day out on the water in Sai Kung.
9. Hop aboard the iconic, red-sailed Aqua Luna for a sail around Victoria Harbour.
10. Head to West Kowloon and rent a SmartBike to explore the waterfront precinct.
10 Free Things To Do In Hong Kong With Kids
11. Hike around Lamma Island, an island with 6,000 years of fishing history, and enjoy a seafood lunch at one of the open-air restaurants on the docks.
12. Take in the view, splash in the fountains and reflect on what it would have been like to fly into one of the most dangerous (but spectacular!) airports in the world at the Kai Tak Sky Garden.
14. Make a wish and bang the drum at the beautiful Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan.
15. Wake up early and wander around the Flower Market! It’s especially lovely during the Lunar New Year.
16. Spend the afternoon at Tai Po Waterfront Park and ride bikes on the promenade.
17. Visit a new playground! If you’re tired of your local set of swings then it’s time to look further afield. Our favourites include the giant slide in Hong Kong Park, the Pirate Ship at Stanley and the little known Po Hong Park (with eight different play areas!) tucked away in Tseung Kwan O.
18. Hit the beach — with 262 islands there sure are a lot of coastal stretches to explore!
19. Plan ahead and book a session at one of the four play corners at the Toy Library at the Hong Kong Central Library.
20. Ride the ding ding the length of Hong Kong island — ok so it’s not technically free, but at $2.60 for an adult, it may as well be!
Nature And Animal Experiences With Kids In Hong Kong
21. Look for pink dolphins by taking a tour with Hong Kong Dolphin Watch.
22. Visit the Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens and marvel at the monkeys, birds, snakes, and other animals. Finish off by picking up ice cream (and some cool bubble blowing toys) at the snack bar and relax by the fountain.
23. Walk among the treetops and see more than 600 birds at Hong Kong Park’s Edward Youde Aviary’s elevated pathways.
24. Stroll the boardwalk through the wetland habitats at Hong Kong Wetland Park.
25. Head over to the New Territories and check out the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden while taking in the views and spotting animals.
26. Go on a Geopark adventure to the New Territories and check out the extensive mangroves among other natural sights.
Outdoor Kids’ Activities In Hong Kong
27. Boogie board or even learn to surf at Big Wave Bay.
28. Go paddle boating in the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park near Tai Tam Country Park.
29. Pack up the bikes and hit the Hong Kong cycling trails.
30. Want to sleep under the stars? Get in a night of camping with the kids.
31. When the weather warms up, grab some friends and the family and take a junk ride for some fun in the sun.
32. Take a family hike – there are plenty of long and short hiking trails for all abilities. Pack the swimmers and choose one that ends in a natural swimming hole or waterfall. Have older kids who are up for a real challenge? Walk from Tai Tam and traverse 78kms through Hong Kong on the Wilson Trail. Our That Papa, Stewart Ross, will be able to help with useful tips.
Best Adventures For Little Foodies In Hong Kong
33. Eat the famous egg tarts at Tai Cheong Bakery on Lyndhurst Terrace. The fluffy sugar doughnuts are also a super yummy treat here.
36. Join a food tour and taste unique local bites.
37. Gorge on char sui bao, har gao and spring rolls at a yummy dim sum lunch.
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Not-to-be-missed Cultural Experiences And Places To Visit In Hong Kong
38. Catch the legendary Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance or pick up some lanterns, candles and glowsticks and head somewhere open to gaze at the moon for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
39. Experience the magic of the art of Xiqu and take in performances during the Chinese Opera Festival held all summer.
40. Head to the little island of Cheung Chau for the Bun Festival in April and see the huge tower of buns erected outside the Pak Tai Temple along with the Bun Scrambling Competition – and don’t forget to check out the incredible Piu Sik (Floating Colours) parade.
41. Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival (also known as the Tuen Ng Festival) in Stanley and take in all the racing action and sounds of drums and gongs.
42. Watch a Lion Dance during the annual Chinese New Year celebrations.
More Activities For Kids In Hong Kong
43. Check out the best ice rinks in Hong Kong! Glide around at The Glacier in Kowloon Tong, The Rink in West Kowloon, MegaIce in Kowloon Bay, Cityplaza Ice Palace in Quarry Bay or the newly opened rinks in Discovery Bay and LOHAS Park.
45. Take a photo with Jackie Chan, Taylor Swift and even more stars and celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum on the Peak.
46. Jump and bounce to your heart’s content at Ryze trampoline park.
48. Test out those driving skills on a go-karting track.
49. Pick your own fruit and veggies or pet alpacas at one of these Hong Kong farms.
Editor’s note: This post was most recently updated on 22, June 2021.