What’s On in February
What’s On and what’s happening around town this February. Concerts, carnivals, international cricket and more! Read all about it in Hot Off the Press! February 2017 issue.
16th to 18th February
Anyone for Cricket?
The Netherlands are coming to face Hong Kong in fixtures crucial to both the ICC Intercontinental Cup and ICC World Cricket League Championship standings. It’s a massive few days for cricket in Hong Kong. www.ticketflap.com
James Taylor and his All-Star Band
With his distinctive style of guitar-playing and warm baritone voice, James Taylor has become one of the most recognised voices of popular music. www.hkticketing.com.hk
Beware the T-Rex!
Dinosaur lovers won’t want to miss T-Rex Revealed – The Augmented + Virtual Reality Experience at the Hong Kong Science Museum from 2nd February to 1st March. Thanks to technology, visitors will be immersed in a virtual prehistoric world and will be able to interact with elements of the exhibition – flying through the sky looking at footprints while avoiding the scary T-Rex. hk.science.museum
Family Day at India by the Bay
India by the Bay (17th–25th February, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre) brings India’s rich cultural diversity to Hong Kong through a programme of music, theatre, dance, food, film, and literature. The Family day on the 18th is specially curated for children and parents and will feature storytelling, theatre, crafts, cuisine, yoga, and dance to fire up the imagination of children of all ages. asiasociety.org/hong-kong
Dragonland Music Festival
The Dragonland Music Festival brings electronic, dance and pop music to Hong Kong in a unique three-day outdoor festival. Leon’s Penguins will perform a full concert on 24th February, the 25th will see ‘One Night of Dance’ and 27th is ‘One night of Pop’ featuring Black Eyed Peas, Iggy Azalea and Carly Rae Jepsen. www.dragonlandmusicfestival.com
Calling all Lego lovers!
Children between six and 12 years are invited to let their imagination run wild creating a new social hangout for Heartlake City in the Lego Friends Designer Competition. The Hong Kong winner gets a three-day, two-night trip to Legoland Malaysia (with one adult family member), while the worldwide winner gets to turn their design into a Lego Friends product. Closing date is 28th February, so get building! friendsdesignerapp.lego.com/zh-hk
Food Glorious Food !
Making mealtimes fun
Perfect for keeping little ones amused at the dinner table (but without resorting to gadgets) Let’s Make More Great Placemat Art, available from Mirth for $175, features 36 generously sized mats printed on art activity paper. Kids can draw birds in a tree, create their own comic strip or sketch their favourite meal. www.mirthhome.com
A Cantonese love story at Duddell’s
What better way to start the evening than with a glass of Ruinart Rosé Champagne? Follow this with sumptuous Cantonese delicacies including roasted duck broth; fried king prawn; and mushroom dumpling in pumpkin soup, enjoyed in the stylish surrounds of Duddell’s, and you’ve got a pretty perfect Valentine’s meal. The cost is $1,380 plus service per couple. http://www.duddells.co/
A recent Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) allergy study monitored over 600 children age four to 11 months with high risk of peanut allergy. Divided into two groups, one group consumed peanut while the other avoided peanut until age five. Of the children who avoided peanut, 17 per cent developed a peanut allergy by age five, while just three per cent of the children who consumed peanut developed an allergy by age five. “For decades allergists have been recommending young infants avoid consuming allergenic foods such as peanut to prevent food allergies,” notes Professor Lack, the lead investigator for the LEAP study. “Our findings suggest that this advice was incorrect.” www.leapstudy.co.uk
From the heart
Hong Kong’s only chef-driven pizzeria, Motorino, invites guests to share their hearts one slice at a time with the return of its heart-shaped Neapolitan pizza this month. From 11th to 17th, all Motorino’s pizzas can be made heart-shaped (upon request) in-restaurant, for takeaway or delivery to your door. Motorino restaurants are located in Ship Street Wan Chai and Shelley Street Central. www.motorinopizza.com
Full of beans
Meet the SofaSale Kids Beanbag – perfect for reading, watching TV, cuddling and generally relaxing. The best part, it’s child-resistant! Unlike many toys, the beanbag will endure tantrums thrown by even the most ruthless child. Available in four colours (red, blue, green and grey) it is easy to clean using a damp cloth and mild soap. We have five to give away for Playtimes readers, simply visit www.playtimes.com.hk/giveaway. For more great home furnishings visit SofaSale at www.sofasale.com.hk.
Looking Good !
CIGOGNE BéBé celebrates its new address with a GIVEAWAY
Cigogne BeBe’s range of children’s clothes are stylish, comfortable and created with a conscience. Products are made with organic, naturally coloured cotton. Fabric dyes contain only gentle, eco-friendly chemicals, while the resin buttons are recyclable and the packaging is made out of 100 per cent recycled paper. To celebrate the new store at 69 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, four lucky Playtimes readers will each receive $500 worth of vouchers to spend in the store. www.playtimes.com.hk/giveaways
She’s a Doll! China Doll Special Offer
Throughout the month of February, Playtimes readers can purchase one of China Doll’s stunning oriental inspired girl’s dresses with a 20 per cent discount. Orders can be placed via www.chinadollkids.com using the promotion code CDKPLAY. The tough part is deciding which of the eye-catching dresses to choose!
Fairy Fantasy Ballet Theatre Camp
Sign ups have opened for HK Ballet’s Easter Ballet Theatre camp on 14 – 15th April. The three-day camp is suitable for children age four to 10 years and will introduce many aspects of theatrical ballet productions. Children will learn about the background and themes of various stories and act and dance the roles of enchanted characters. The application deadline is 6th March and places are limited. firstname.lastname@example.org
Take to the Ice
Learn to play the world’s ‘coolest’ sport, Ice Hockey, at Mega Ice. The professionally designed courses are suitable for beginners to advanced students and focuses on skating skills, stick handling, passing and shooting. For absolute beginners, enroll on the How to Hockey Skate course, first. The classes are suitable for children aged three upwards. And if your little one takes to it, they can join the Penguins Hockey Club. www.megaice.com.hk
Legends On Ice, 24–26th February
For inspiration on how figure skating should be done, Legends On Ice features a creative mix of figure skating and circus performance. You’ll be amazed by the graceful movement of figure skating, exciting jaw-dropping acrobatics, and laugh-out-loud clown routines. The performance also features video projection and lighting effects. https://ticket.urbtix.hk
Hong Kong Ice Rinks
Mega Ice in MegaBox is Hong Kong’s largest, only international sized, rink. It offers lessons and hosts the Hockey 5s tournament, it also boasts stunning harbour views. Opening hours are:
10:00–19:00 Monday – Wednesday, 10:00–15:30 Thursday, 10:00–20:00 Friday and 12:00–19:00 Saturday and Sunday. The price is $50–$80 per session. www.megaice.com.hk
The Rink at Elements Mall is ideal for those looking for a more flexible option; there are no fixed time sessions and the cost is calculated at a rate of $0.5–$1 per minute, payable by Octopus. Rent a penguin skating aid to help young beginner skaters get round the rink safely. www.rink.com.hk
Cityplaza Ice Palace in Tai Koo Shing is open 09:30–21:30 Monday and Thursday, 09:30–22:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 12:30–22:00 Saturday and 12:30– 18:30 on Sunday. Per session cost is $60–$85. There is a well equipped shop and multi-level skating classes are available. www.cityplaza.com
Boosting social skills, and speech and language development
Bebegarten continues to offer its Bebeplus programmes for children who require a helping hand. Social Plus is a weekly social skills group for three to five year olds. The group aims to develop the play and interaction skills of younger children, with a ratio of two staff to six children in the group. It offers children a great opportunity to practice skills directly with their peers, in realistic activities. Speech Plus is designed to support children who have a specific difficulty with their speech sound development. These children typically have good language development, but find saying the words a bit tricky. Both sessions are run by a UK trained Speech and Language Therapist. For enquiries, please email email@example.com or call at 3487 2255.
Nurturing young minds to follow their passions
One of the most valuable benefits of the IB curriculum is that it challenges students to think critically. At Galilee International School (GIS) the children learn through exploration, hands-on experiences and play based activities. By doing purposeful inquiry, they find out answers and learn new concepts revolving around the transdisciplinary themes. Join Galilee at their open day on 18th February and experience the IB PYP first hand. Meet Galilee’s experienced staff and get to know more about the school’s curriculum and innovative teaching approaches. www.gis.edu.hk
UK Boarding Schools Festival
18th February will see the inaugural UK Boarding School Festival at the JW Marriott hotel. Bringing together a selection of UK primary and secondary boarding schools, it will provide the perfect opportunity for families to meet with schools for guidance on the best boarding options for each child.
Looking to the future?
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016–2017 list is the only global university performance table to judge world-class universities across their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. It can’t hurt to keep university in mind, can it?
1: University of Oxford
2: California Institute of Technology
3: Stanford University
4: University of Cambridge
5: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6: Harvard University
7: Princeton University
8: Imperial College of London
The University of Hong Kong comes in at 43, while Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is placed at 49. Information is courtesy of www.timeshighereducation.com