The ultimate bucket list for families in Hong Kong.
We all have days where we just can’t think of a single activity or place to go with the kids. Never fear! Hong Kong is absolutely teeming with things to do with kids, 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’s a couple more on our list (which is in no particular order, by the way) that you haven’t done yet. So why not start this weekend?
2. Hike up 268 steps to see the Big Buddha and then eat at the fabulous vegetarian restaurant at Po Lin Monastery.
3. Glide around the ice rink at The Glacier in Kowloon Tong, The Rink in West Kowloon, MegaIce in Kowloon Bay, Sky Rink in Sham Shui Po or Cityplaza Ice Palace in Quarry Bay. Check out more options around the city here.
4. Take the tram to the Peak and stroll the Morning Trail or one of the many other great family-friendly walks up there.
5. Eat the famous egg tarts at Tai Cheong Bakery on Lyndhurst Terrace. The fluffy sugar doughnuts are also a super yummy treat here.
6. 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.
7. Do some stargazing at the Sky Show at the Hong Kong Space Museum.
8. Catch some rays and good eats with the whole gang at The Pulse in Repulse Bay.
9. Free-fall on the Abyss ride at Ocean Park.
10. Walk among the treetops and see more than 600 birds at Hong Kong Park’s Edward Youde Aviary’s elevated pathways.
11. Take a photo with Jackie Chan, Taylor Swift and even more stars and celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum on the Peak.
12. Go on a Geopark adventure to the New Territories and check out the extensive mangroves among other natural sights.
13. Go paddle boating in the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park near Tai Tam Country Park.
14. Search for pink dolphins by taking a tour with Hong Kong Dolphin Watch.
15. Play with Snoopy and the whole Peanuts Gang at the 40,000 square foot Snoopy World Playground in Sha Tin.
16. Make a wish and bang the drum at the beautiful Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan.
17. Boogie board or even learn to surf at Big Wave Bay.
18. 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.
20. Stroll the boardwalk through the wetland habitats at Hong Kong Wetland Park
21. Wander around Hong Kong’s largest museum! The Hong Kong Heritage Museum covers 32,000 square metres! The Children’s Discovery Gallery has eight play zones just for kids aged 4 to 10 years old.
22. Start the day with some morning tai chi by heading to the Sculpture Court, in front of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, for a free class.
24. Visit the Hong Kong Monetary Museum and read up on the history of Hong Kong’s currency while enjoying a stellar view!
25. Explore all the exhibitions at the Hong Kong Science Museum. More than three-quarters of the museum’s 500 exhibitions over four floors are interactive making it perfect for kids.
26. Pick up some lanterns, candles and glowsticks and head somewhere to gaze at the moon for the Mid Autumn Festival.
27. Plan ahead and book a session at one of the four play corners at the Toy Library at the Hong Kong Central Library.
28. Take in a mega view at sky100 at the ICC, the highest indoor observation deck in Hong Kong.
29. Spend the afternoon at Tai Po Waterfront Park and ride bikes on the promenade.
30. Get in some Kung Fu at Kowloon Park every Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
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32. Go back in time at the beautifully preserved 100-year-old Lei Yuen Mun Fort, Hong Kong’s oldest British coastal fortress dating back to the Victorian Period. Home to the Museum of Coastal Defence, spend the day on the site’s historical trail complete with tunnels, cannons, and observation posts.
33. Experience the magic of the art of Xiqu and take in performances during the Chinese Opera Festival held all summer.
34. 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. Watch our highlights here!
35. Do your grocery shopping for the week at the Graham Street Wet Market.
36. Head over to the New Territories and check out the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden while taking in the views and spotting animals.
37. Up for an adventure? Walk from Tai Tam to China – camping out along the way – on the Wilson Trail. Check out more of our favourite camping spots here.
38. Cheer on the Oxfam Trailwalkers along the 100km MacLehose Trail. Our favourite spot? Stage 6 with all the monkeys!
39. When the weather warms up, grab some friends and the family and take a junk ride for some fun in the sun.
40. Eat meat pies and take part in the action at the biggest rugby party in the world at Hong Kong Rugby Sevens in April. Don’t miss New Zealand’s famous pre-match haka!
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. Head to Noah’s Ark at Ma Wan Park with its 67 pairs of life-size wild or endangered animal sculptures.
44. Wake up early and wander around the Flower Market! It’s especially lovely during the Lunar New Year.
45. Look for treasures at the Jade Market in Jordan.
46. Eat at some of the last remaining Dai Pai Dongs at Temple Street Night Market (and get your palm read too!).
49. Gorge on yummy dim sum (and rub elbows with the city’s tycoons) at the famous Luk Yu Tea House on Stanley Street.
50. Tap into your creative juices and enjoy some art jamming.
Editor’s note: This post was most recently updated on 3, July 2019.
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