Hot Off the Press! Summer 2017
By Playtimes Contributor | 21 June 2017
What’s On this July
6-9 July Pizzazz By China National Acrobatic Troupe
Roll up for an action-packed encounter with the China National Acrobatic Troupe. There are dynamic diabolo routines, mind-blowing balancing acts, aerial silk rope stunts, elegant umbrella juggling, and much, much more. Part of the International Arts Carnival. www.hkiac.gov.hk
9 July Museum of Coastal Defence Fun Day
A series of fascinating programmes will be organised for the Fun. For details, visit http://hk.coastaldefence.museum
11 July Cinderella and Rockerfella Musical
Cinderella and Rockerfella the Musical is a modern reworking of the classic tale with a fresh and relevant take on fame, fortune and how true love wins in the end. Performed by Amazzing Voices, it is a must-see musical for children of all ages. https://ticket.urbtix.hk
13-15 July Pride and Glory
Military bands of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and world-class military bands from Europe, United States and Asia, together with the Hong Kong Police Band, will perform a spectacular military tattoo. www.lcsd.gov.hk
13-24 July Summerfest
Organised by Central Venue Management, SummerFest is a summer programme that transforms the Central Harbourfront Event Space into a series of free-to-public summer events. In July the focus is on individual sports activities for the while family. www.cvm.com.hk
20-23 July Slapdash Galaxy
Vividly imaginative and wickedly funny, director/writer Jeff Achtem and puppeteer Hamish Fletcher create an innovative alternative universe out of household junk. Audience members may also be repurposed to become part of the alien landscape! Part of the International Arts Carnival. http://www.hkiac.gov.hk/2017/en/galaxy.html
30 July Yao Ming Charity Basketball
Chinese basketball star Yao Ming will hand-pick stars from China and the NBA to play a charity match at the Hong Kong Coliseum as part of the 20th anniversary handover celebrations. Details to be announced.
28-31 July Ani-Com and Games
One of the biggest fairs in Asia for digital entertainment, comics, animation, video games, toys, and collectibles, it is a treasure trove of limited edition comics, figures and other collectibles. There are stage forums and presentations, model kit competitions and autographs. It takes place at the convention centre.
1-6 August Slava’s Snowshow
Snowshow is a theatrical spectacle that has enchanted and empowered the imagination of audiences worldwide. It is a genre of its own and remains as spontaneous and magical as the first day, systematically catapulting all adults back to childhood.
4-6 August Dim Sum Adventures
The Hong Kong Dance Company Children’s and Youth troupes, along with professional dancers, will perform a heartwarming tale full of laugh-out-loud moments of dancing teacups, saucers and dim sum. www.hkdance.com
25-27 August Don Quixote
This exuberant production of Don Quixote abounds with love, illusion, daring, and adventure. It is a must-see ballet for all the family — a glorious dance spectacle packed with virtuoso dancing, gorgeous costumes, a fanciful storyline and a lively cast of characters. www.hkballet.com
21 September Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande will make her debut appearance in Hong Kong this September as part her Dangerous Woman tour. The concert takes place at the AsiaWorld Expo. www.hkticketing.com.hk
19-24 September William Shakespeare
An irreverent romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their way through Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in a way that will leave you breathless with laughter. www.hkticketing.com
29 September-15 October Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Based on the Oscar-winning hit movie, Priscilla is the heart-warming story of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus named Priscilla, searching for love and friendship. www.hkticketing.com
20-22 October Guess How Much I Love You
Join Little and Big Nutbrown Hare, from the best-selling Guess How Much I Love You and I Love You All Year Round collection, as they leap off the page and onto the stage in this magical journey through the seasons. For children age 3+ and their families. www.hkticketing.com
1-2 December Father Christmas
Based on the book by Raymond Briggs, this heart-warming adaptation is full of merry touches with plenty of live music, songs and playful puppetry. Young children won’t be able to look away as secret doors and hidden hatches are revealed in this beautifully visual show. Suitable for children under six and their families.
Summer of Fun
Maggie & Rose Summer Membership
Looking for something out of the ordinary to do this summer with the kids (and your) time? With an awesome summer calendar of camps and activities to keep the kids stimulated, excited and busy, Maggie & Rose is opening up a special short-term membership for one or two months during the period of July and August only. For more details call 2638 7191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Premiere Performances has been bringing internationally celebrated artists and the world’s brightest rising stars to Hong Kong for solo recitals, chamber music and community outreach programmes for 10 years. To celebrate this special anniversary, a free concert featuring a number of international performers will take place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall on 24 September. Ticket registration begins at 10am on 17 August. www.pphk.org
Exploring Ancient Egypt
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Egyptian mummies between 1,800 and 3,000 years old at the Hong Kong Science Museum. As well as mummies, there will be 200 invaluable artefacts from the British Museum and the latest computerised tomography (CT) scanning technology to reveal the age and gender of Egyptian mummies. Don’t miss the chance to play the Puzzle of the Egyptian Shrine escape game, which challenges you to put together pieces of puzzles, get the tools and find your way out of a shrine in Egypt. Each session lasts 20 minutes.
Want free tickets to the exhibition? If you spend $400 or more at one of the restaurants in the Tsim Sha Tsui Centre or Empire Centre on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday (until 27 August) you can redeem two admission tickets to the exhibition. hk.science.museum
Premier League Asia Trophy
Liverpool, Leicester City, West Brom and Crystal Palace are all heading to Hong Kong to compete in the Premier League Asia Trophy. The four-team knockout competition will take place over two match days on 19 and 22 July, both in the Hong Kong International Stadium.
Up For Grabs! Giveaways
20 Tickets to monkey around at the Monkey Tree Carnival
There will be fun for the whole family at the Monkey Tree Carnival on 30 July and we’ve got 10 pairs of tickets to give away. Taking place at Kitec, the carnival features games, prizes, educational and interactive activities, including handicrafts and sports. For additional information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit www.monkeytree.com.hk. To be in with a chance to win a pair of children’s tickets, visit www.playtimes.com.hk/giveaway
Cool kids wear Shadez!
Children tend to be more exposed to sunlight due to their active daily lifestyles and, as their retinas are still developing, they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of UVA and UVB light. Therefore sunglasses are important. Developed in Switzerland, Shadez sunglasses for children offer 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection. They are BPA free and have stylish, flexible rubber frames (in a variety of colours). They are also available in two size options: age 0-3 and age 3-7. What’s not to love? If you think your child would look cool in a pair of Shadez, visit www.playtimes.com.hk/giveaway to win one of 10 pairs we have to giveaway. www.facebook.com/pg/ShadezHongKong
Add some drama to your life with Faust
Faust is offering one lucky Playtimes reader the opportunity to win an exciting course during the September term. Starting 16 September, there are a number of locations to choose from including Sheung Wan, Wanchai, Stanley, Kowloon Tong, Discovery Bay and Pokfulam. Faust aims to provide a fun-filled learning environment for children aged 3 through to 18 to develop greater self-confidence, teamwork and drama skills. Faust believes the process is just as important as the performance, so your child has the opportunity to flourish every moment of the workshops. www.faustworld.com. www.playtimes.com.hk/giveaway
Roll up, roll up! Some lucky readers are about to win tickets for two fabulous shows coming up later in the year. We have a set of four reserve A tickets (valued at $2,380) for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, running 19-24 September, and also four reserve A tickets (worth $1,740) for Guess How Much I Love You, running 20-22 October. www.hkticketing.com www.playtimes.com.hk/giveaway
Pack Your Bags
Room with a view
The recently opened Kerry Hotel, located on the waterfront at Kowloon’s Hung Hom, is a great option for a Hong Kong staycation. In additional to uninterrupted views over Victoria Harbour, the property has four restaurants, a bar, and a Sports Base Camp (featuring a 24-hour gym, a 25-metre outdoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room, spa treatment rooms), a jogging track at the promenade and extensive landscaped gardens. Until 31 July, guests can enjoy an exclusive opening offer starting at $1,900 + per night, plus a choice of room upgrade, or complimentary breakfast buffet for two, or 20 per cent off the best available rate. Guests will also enjoy two free drinks at Red Sugar per stay. www.thekerryhotels.com
Offering more than just a comfortable room to sleep in, the summer getaway package at The Hyatt Regency Sha Tin also includes one complimentary kid’s activity at Camp Hyatt. The fun activities available are hands-on cooking classes, tennis for beginners, little eco-gardening, a mini-manicure at the spa or, new on the menu this summer, a DIY bath salt workshop. Priced at $1,248 per room, the Family Summer Getaway package includes a spacious guestroom, the choice of one kids activity, a sumptuous breakfast, two refreshing summer drinks at the Pool Bar, the use of bicycles for two hours and complimentary car parking. hongkongshatin.regency.hyatt.com
All at SEA
Swim like a mermaid, go on a space camp under the night skies, meet a real-life NASA astronaut, enjoy spectacular fireworks at sea and create memories of a lifetime with Dream Cruises’ jam-packed lineup of fun-filled, innovative family activities this summer on board the luxurious Genting Dream. In addition, there will be ongoing outdoor sports games, poolside parties and bazaars for the whole family throughout summer. www.dreamcruiseline.com
Enjoy a summer gathering in “YOO Style” with the choice of two experiences at the J Plus Hotel by Yoo. Summer Soiree – Pamper and Summer Soiree – Bliss packages both feature stays in one of the hotel’s impeccable suites, daily breakfast, afternoon cakes and evening wine served in the lobby. Guests can indulge their playful side with access to the hotel’s board games gallery and a plethora of fun photo props to take the perfect selfie. Welcome kits are included in both party plans: Summer Soiree – Pamper includes six colourful ice pops, six éclairs from L’Éclair de Génie, six bottles of JOIY sparkling riesling, popcorn kernels and pancake mix allowing guests to create their one-of-a-kind refreshments. The Summer Soiree – Bliss package presents guests with a welcome snack basket with two bottles of Prosecco. Prices start from $3,300++ for Summer Soiree – Pamper and $2,800++ for Summer Soiree – Bliss. www.jplushongkong.com.
In Other News
Build Hong Kong
Lego and Cityplaza bring the ultimate Lego wonderland to Hong Kong. Fourteen Lego worldwide certified professionals unveil their masterpieces including Hong Kong’s own Andy Hung’s TST clock tower and Peak Team Station. Take part in the ‘Cities of Wonders’ Summer Campaign to build a city entirely with Lego bricks. Pre-register to become part of the ‘Happiness Builders’ team to complete five unique challenges in a special mission and receive an exclusive Lego city passport and ‘Happiness Builder’ certificate. Running until 16 July at Centre Bridge, 2/F, Cityplaza Tai Koo Shing. Also, don’t miss the chance to own a limited edition Lego Hong Kong Landmarks mini build set.
Kid’s play area at Jamie’s Italian
Jamie’s Italian at Soundwill Plaza, Causeway Bay has become even more family friendly with the opening of its new children’s play area. While parents sit and enjoy their food (washed down with a glass of wine, perhaps) children can run amok in the fun filled play area that includes a cinema, games and lots of toys. The restaurant has also launched a new brunch menu. www.jamieoliver.com/italian/hongkong/restaurants/
And the WINNERS are…
Congratulations to the three winners of the Playtimes Helper Appreciation Month competition! Jane Salafrania, Merlyn Fortin and Virgie Macugay will each receive a pair of cinema tickets, a $400 dining voucher for Delaney’s Cyberport and a sterling silver bracelet from Urban Jungle Jewellery.
Dad’s Get Fit for Summer Physio Package
Does your body need some maintenance for the summer? The Round Clinic has developed a new package to get your body in optimal working order. French physiotherapist Magali Salgado will help you to achieve your summer goals by treating everything ranging from musculoskeletal issues, sport injuries to chronic ailments. The package includes three physiotherapy sessions for $2,500 (instead of $3,000). Call 2648 2612 or visit www.theroundclinic.com
Study UK Exhibition
Featuring over 60 independent schools, further education colleges and universities, the British Council’s Study UK Exhibition is a must for those considering the UK for their child’s education. School representatives will be in attendance to answer all your queries about course choices. It takes place at InnoCentre on 15-16 July. email@example.com
The ESF Language & Learning Centre is holding playgroup demo sessions on 8 July and 12 August. Teachers will be available to answer questions about ESF Language & Learning playgroups during an unstructured, free-play session. Children, along with their parents, can explore the centre, climb, run, play and laugh with other children age six months to three years. Socks must be worn.
Calling all bookworms
THE HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, which takes place at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on 19-25 July, is a huge event. Over 600 exhibitors will be selling a wide range of books and publications – for children and adults – multimedia, e-books and e-learning resources. Entrance is $25 per adult and $10 per child. Children under 3 are free of charge. http://hkbookfair.hktdc.com
International Schools Festival
The perfect place to find out about educational opportunities in Hong Kong, this festival on 16 September covers international kindergarten, primary and secondary education options. Many schools will be present and there will be panel discussions and information sessions. www.internationalschoolsfestival.com