Exploring Family-Friendly Hong Kong: Your Ultimate Guide to Kid-Friendly Holidays



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Hong Kong offers a family-friendly destination for your next family trip with a rich blend of culture, adventure and entertainment for all families! 

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Looking for the perfect holiday destination that caters to the whole family? Look no further than vibrant Hong Kong! With its rich blend of culture, adventure, and entertainment, Hong Kong offers an unforgettable experience for parents and kids alike. Discover why this bustling city is an ideal choice for families with young children.

For the latest happenings in Hong Kong, visit Discover Hong Kong to stay updated!

Getting To Hong Kong

Traveling from Singapore to Hong Kong is a breeze with family-friendly airlines offering direct flights. The 4-hour direct flight will be quite manageable for little ones, just be prepared by packing essentials for your little ones and you will be navigating the airport with ease.

Direct flight options include Singapore Airlines, Cathay and Scoot.

Best Time to Visit Hong Kong with Kids

Photo Credits: Discover Hong Kong Facebook page

Generally, Hong Kong is suitable for families any time of the year. The best time for families to visit Hong Kong is October to February with cooler temperatures and lower humidity. Winter in Hong Kong (December to February) is relatively mild, with cooler temperatures but still comfortable for outdoor activities too! This period also coincides with various festivals and events.

Families should try to avoid the June to August period as it coincides with the rainy season, leading to frequent downpours and occasional typhoons.

Accommodation for Families

Disney's Hollywood Hotel, Photo Credits: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/

The city offers a wide range of family-friendly hotels and resorts, complete with amenities like children's play areas, swimming pools, and babysitting services. From staying next to popular attractions to being in the vibrant city centre, the choices are aplenty, and we are sure that your family will feel right at home during your stay.

Popular family hotels in Hong Kong include.

  • Disney's Hollywood Hotel - one of the most popular options for families where you will be right in the heart of Hong Kong Disneyland! Need we say more!
  • Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong¬†-¬†delight your little ones with the themed room experience that includes¬†an in-room tent, decorations, and an overhead projector. The hotel also offers¬†babysitting and child-care services too!¬†
  • Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel - choose from the nine themed rooms, including Princess, Outer Space, Tram, and more - there's even the Shark and Pirate Adventure Zone for more fun times!¬†
  • Rosewood Hong Kong - located at the popular Victoria Dockside, kids can enjoy¬†a fun time at the hotel's¬†Rosewood Explorer‚Äôs Club playrooms and more!¬†
  • The Peninsular Hong Kong - indulge yourselves in this iconic hotel with spacious family suites and activities like cooking classes and cultural workshops for kids.
  • Stanley Oriental Hotel - we are sold¬†by the¬†rooftop patio jacuzzi¬†that offers¬†a 180 degrees sea view, and equipped with barbecue facilities & deck chairs too!

Family To-Dos in Hong Kong

Families will be familiar with Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park, but did you know that the city offer much more? Come experience a mixture of fun and adventure with attractions like the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and Hong Kong Space Museum, as well as beaches and nature trails suitable for families. 

Here's our list of suggest family fun ideas for your family's next trip to Hong Kong

Attractions

1. Hong Kong Disneyland

Photo Credits: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/

Experience the magic of Disney at Hong Kong Disneyland, where thrilling rides, captivating shows, and beloved characters await to delight kids (and parents) of all ages. Families simply cannot miss the opportunity to explore the world’s first and largest Frozen-themed land, World of Frozen, during their visit to the park.

After a day filled with magical moments, why rush to leave? Stay a little longer and experience the ‚ÄėMomentous‚Äô Nighttime Spectacular at Hong Kong Disneyland. This 20-minute show combines music, fireworks, lasers, 3D projection mapping, choreographed fountains, and theatrical lighting to create an unforgettable journey brimming with heartwarming stories and memorable moments.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Lantau, Hong Kong

2. Ocean Park Hong Kong

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Ocean Park Hong Kong is another fun-filled theme park for families, come dive into adventure with exciting rides, up-close animal encounters, entertaining shows and performances, and educational experiences perfect for curious young minds.

Experience thrilling rides such as the Hair Raiser roller coaster, the Abyss turbo drop, and the Arctic Blast spinning ride. Families can also get up close and personal with a wide variety of animals at Ocean Park. Visit the giant pandas at the Giant Panda Adventure, watch playful dolphins perform at the Ocean Theatre, and explore the South Pole Spectacular to see penguins and other polar animals.

Ocean Park Hong Kong, 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong 

3. Water World Ocean Park

Photo Credits: https://www.discoverhongkong.com/

For families up for a wet adventure, head over to Water World Ocean Park to discover 27 indoor and outdoor attractions across 5 exciting zones! Feel the rush through the twists and turns of the Cyclone Spin and Tropical Twist, not forgetting the freefalls from Bravery Cliff and Daredevil Drop for the most adventurous families! 

Not just for thrill seekers, Water World Ocean Park also offers zones and rides suitable for children and families too. Rides like the Lazy Cruise and the water play area at Whiskers' Splash are haven for the little ones! 

Here's a tip, complimentary shuttle bus service to Water World is available at the Ocean Park Public Bus Interchange located near the Ocean Park entrance. Perhaps something to consider when planning your itinerary! 

Water World Ocean Park, 33 Ocean Drive, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

4. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Hong Kong

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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Hong Kong is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by families seeking a one-of-a-kind experience filled with creativity, fun, and endless possibilities! The attraction offers a variety of activities and attractions, including thrilling rides and attractions inspired by LEGO bricks, a miniature LEGO replica of iconic landmarks and cityscapes from Hong Kong and around the world, an immersive 4D movies featuring your favorite LEGO characters and stories, and more! 

This is¬†the ultimate LEGO indoor playground ‚ÄĒan exhilarating destination filled to the brim with indoor family and kids' activities for an unforgettable day of FUN!

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Hong Kong, Shop B131-133, B1, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

5. Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

Photo Credits: https://www.hkzbg.gov.hk/en/visitPage.html

Explore a variety of animals and interactive exhibits that will delight and educate your little ones at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Explore the zoo's diverse collection of animals, including exotic birds, reptiles, and mammals. There are also 10 thematic gardens for families to learn more about different species of plants. For those looking for play time, you will find a kid's playground for little ones to burn off their energy!

Admission is free, so take a break from the city and mega-attractions, and let the kids busk in nature while having fun and learning about the animals and plants at the gardens. 

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Albany Rd, Central, Hong Kong

6. Hong Kong Space Museum

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Step away from the usual tourist spots and visit the Hong Kong Space Museum. Discover the museum's permanent exhibition, featuring approximately 100 interactive exhibits over a 1,600 sqm space that introduces astronomy and space science in an engaging way that is sure to keep the little ones engaged. 

There will also be special events and activities hosted by the museum, such as stargazing nights, movie screenings, and guest speaker presentations, so look out for them and see if they coincide with your trip too. 

Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

7. Hong Kong Science Museum

Photo Credits: https://hk.science.museum/

Discover the wonders of science at the Hong Kong Science Museum, where interactive exhibits spanning physics, biology, chemistry, and technology await exploration. Engage with exhibits that bring scientific principles to life in entertaining and educational ways.

A highlight of the museum is the Children's Gallery located at the 3rd-floor Exhibition Hall. Here, children are encouraged to play with the exhibits, fostering a hands-on learning experience that allows them to explore and understand the world around them. 

For a truly immersive experience, don't miss out on this chance for your little ones to engage with science in a fun and interactive setting. It's the perfect opportunity to explore museums like a local during your visit to Hong Kong!

Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Outdoor Adventures

1. The Peak

Photo Credits: https://www.thepeak.com.hk/en

No trip to Hong Kong is complete without experiencing a scenic journey to the top of Victoria Peak aboard the historic Peak Tram. Visit Sky Terrace 428, the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong, to get the best family pictures with the breathtaking views of Hong Kong's skyline and harbour as your backdrop! 

For the active families, another way up will be to take a leisurely stroll along Lugard Road and Harlech Road, which encircle Victoria Peak. Enjoy stunning views of the city, lush greenery, and tranquil surroundings as you explore these scenic walking trails.

Here's an extra tip! Experience the magical moment when the sun sets over Hong Kong's skyline from Victoria Peak when you visit in the evenings. Grab a meal at the many restaurants, cafes, or bars while waiting for the perfect picture moment! 

2. Hong Kong Park

Photo Credits: https://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks/hkp/index.html

While we're accustomed to Hong Kong's bustling city life, the island also boasts ample open spaces perfect for families. 

A hidden gem that is often overlooked by visitors to Hong Kong, Hong Kong Park stands out as a must-visit park. Let your kids roam free in the expansive 6-level Children's Playground, admire exotic birds at various elevations along the raised walkway at the Edward Youde Aviary, and relax amidst lush greenery in this urban oasis.

This delightful surprise is the ideal spot for families seeking a tranquil retreat amidst the city's hustle and bustle and to experience a lesser-known side of Hong Kong's charm.

3. Family-friendly Beaches

Repulse Bay Beach, Photo Credits: https://www.discoverhongkong.com/

Enjoy sun, sand, and sea at Hong Kong's pristine beaches, perfect for building sandcastles and splashing in the waves.

Discover the vibrant atmosphere of popular beaches like Repulse Bay and Stanley Beach, where you can swim, sunbathe, and indulge in delicious seaside dining options. For a more laid-back experience, head to the tranquil shores of Shek O Beach or Big Wave Bay, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in nature's beauty.

4. Family Hiking Trails

Lamma Island Family Trail, Photo Credits: https://www.discoverhongkong.com/

With the stunning landscape, Hong Kong offers a variety of family-friendly hiking trails to choose from. This includes the popular family-friendly hiking trail, Dragon's Back Trail, renowned for its breathtaking views of lush green hills, sandy beaches, and sparkling coastline. While it is not as steep or challenging as some of the region's advance trials, it might be more suited for families with older children or teenagers. 

Families with younger members can opt for the Lamma Island Family Trail, offering a gentle to moderate 7km hike suitable for most primary-school aged kids and above. Beginning with a ferry journey, the trail winds through heritage and religious sites, offering glimpses of island life along the way.

Before setting off, it's essential to research the trails and consider the family's fitness levels. Remember to pack essentials like water, snacks, band-aids, and sunscreen for a safe and enjoyable hike. With preparations in place, get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure amidst Hong Kong's stunning natural landscapes with your loved ones.

Cultural Experiences

1. Ngong Ping 360

Photo Credits: https://www.np360.com.hk/en

A popular tourist destination, Ngong Ping 360 offers a scenic cable car ride from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping, offering panoramic views of Lantau Island's lush mountains, coastline, and iconic landmarks like the Tian Tan Buddha statue.

Take some time to marvel at the majestic Tian Tan Buddha and explore Ngong Ping Village too! 

2. Temple Street Night Market

Photo Credits: https://www.discoverhongkong.com/

At Temple Street Night Market, families can immerse in the vibrant atmosphere of one of Hong Kong's most iconic street markets. Go around exploring the bustling stalls and shops selling a wide variety of goods, including clothing, accessories, electronics, souvenirs, and more. 

For a limited time (until Jun 2024), families can expect authentic street food and decorations that serve as must-visit photo spots along Temple Street. Adding to the energetic spirit of Temple Street, you won't want to miss the dazzling light art installations that come alive with every step you take! 

Upcoming Events in Hong Kong for Families

If you are planning to visit Hong Kong in the next couple of months, you don't want to miss the following major events that are happening too! 

teamLab: Continuous | Art@Harbour 2024

Photo Credits: https://www.discoverhongkong.com/

Venue: Tamar Park
Dates: 25 Mar - 2 Jun 2024
Admission: Free with registration

Explore the mesmerizing world of teamLab: Continuous at Tamar Park, part of the Art@Harbour 2024 exhibition. This outdoor art extravaganza features hundreds of vibrant luminous installations spread across Tamar Park and extending to the iconic Victoria Harbour. Interact with these captivating artworks as they transform with changing colours and sounds, promising unforgettable experiences and photo opportunities for visitors.

Admission to teamLab: Continuous is free, but online registration is required.

Also part of Art@Harbour 2024, don't miss 'Voyage with Van Gogh,' an immersive installation blending art, technology, and a sense of place at the city's harborfront and the Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui. Running from 28 Mar to 31 May 2024, families can immerse themselves in this unique art experience, synchronized with the Clock Tower's hourly chimes.

Design District Hong Kong (#ddHK) ‚Äď Ocean Friends by Andy Rementer

Photo Credits: https://www.discoverhongkong.com/

Venue: Kai Tak Cruise Terminal (including Rooftop Park, South Terrace, and Public Colonnade (Area B))
Dates: 25 Nov 2023 ‚Äď 24 May 2024
Admission: Free

A collection of lively and engaging artworks, entitled Ocean Friends, is now on display at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal to welcome arriving cruise visitors.

The Ocean Friends installations are the works of top-rated American contemporary artist Andy Rementer, who is known for his remarkable ability to create whimsical cartoon-like illustrations. Infused with Rementer’s distinct sense of humour and a light-hearted touch, these sculptures were created for the Design District Hong Kong (#ddHK) Creative Tourism Project to bring visitors and locals a refreshing, joyful experience accompanied by the spectacular views of Victoria Harbour.

A-Maze-ing Harbourfront

Photo Credits: https://www.discoverhongkong.com/

Venue: Wan Chai Harbourfront Event Space, 3 Hung Hing Road, next to Wan Chai Sports Ground
Dates:¬†29 Mar ‚Äď 3 Jul 2024
Admission: Free

Fusing elements of creative art and entertainment, A-Maze-ing Harbourfront offers visitors unique photo ops, an immersive adventure and a whole lot of fun in its five themed mazes.

Dining in Hong Kong with Kids

Hong Kong presents a culinary journey at family-friendly restaurants boasting diverse cuisines and kid-friendly menus. Whether you're craving traditional dim sum or international flavours, there's something to tantalize every taste bud.

Families with very young children might opt to skip the bustling atmosphere of traditional dim sum eateries, as it may not be the most conducive environment. However, in a cosmopolitan city like Hong Kong, finding suitable dining options for families should pose no challenge!

 

Let's embark on unforgettable family adventure in Hong Kong and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Start planning your kid-friendly holiday today and experience the magic of Hong Kong with your loved ones.



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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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