Looking for things to do this summer with kids? Here are 80 of our picks on the best and most unique things to do in Hong Kong this summer with kids.
(Note: With COVID-19, businesses may have specific measures in place so be sure to phone ahead!)
1. Top of the list surely has to be a visit to Ocean Park’s Water World. Boasting exhilarating rides such as Rainbow Rush, Cavern Chase and Daredevil Drop to get the adrenalin pumping, there are also more sedate options such as the Lazy Cruise. Younger visitors will have a blast in Whiskers’ Splash, and lucky parents may be able to escape to a VIP Cabana. Water World’s design makes it suitable for all weather. If visiting before 30th June you can enjoy up to 50% discount on tickets. Ticketing information. Read more about Water World.
2. A visit to Hong Kong Disneyland offers even more magic this summer thanks to the nighttime spectacular taking place at the new Castle of Magical Dreams. “Momentous” will take guests on a journey through Disney stories. Featuring images of 150 Disney characters, water projections, theatrical lighting, lasers, choreographed water fountains, flames, pyrotechnics and firework effects, it promises to light up the sky of Hong Kong Disneyland.
3. Visit Goofy Waves Watersports Club and Academy. Located on the waterfront at Sa Ha Village in Sai Kung, Goofy Waves offers wakeboarding and wakesurfing lessons alongside a range of watersport activities – boat rental, sunset cruises. The 8,000 sq ft clubhouse has a private docking pier and training equipment including a trampoline and swimming pool. Outdoor movie nights are often held and the venue can also be hired for events.
4. Take pictures with the sunflowers at San Tin Farm in Yuen Long, which can grow up to 10 feet tall! The farm is open daily throughout the summer months, from 8am to 6pm. Entry into the farm is $10, and access to the flower field is $60. Be sure to bring cash!
5. For something fun and unique to do that will also get the kids out of the house, check out The Lion Rock Press’ “Creeped Out in Wan Chai” quest, created in collaboration with Hong Kong Greeters. It will take you on a tour around the most supernatural spots of the city, and is carefully planned to allow for comfort breaks and snack stops along the way. This game can take anywhere from an hour to all day and you can do it at your own pace.
6. Learn more about Hong Kong’s history with Hong Kong a La Carte Tours. Our favourites include the “Hong Kong in Three Hours” and “Tai Po Exploration” tours!
7. Ahoy matey! Hop aboard the Aqua Luna this summer for their Pirate Adventure Cruise! Dress up like pirates, search for long-lost treasure and learn how to tie knots fit for a sailor. Tickets are $260 for children and $150 for adults.
8. The amazingly cool M+ museum, one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world, is open Tuesday to Sunday in the West Kowloon Cultural District. Experience the best of modern Eastern art as well as Western art at M+. As this is a hot new museum, booking your visit reservation is required and allows for timed entry to the museum on the reserved date.
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9. Feed alpacas at Go Green Organic Farm in Yuen Long. The farm is also known for its locally-grown pineapples, so make sure to try the fresh pineapple ice cream! Entry to the farm costs $150 and an extra $80 if you want to feed the alpacas.
10. Create your own flavour of cup noodles at the CUPNOODLES Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui. For $60, you can design your own cup and fill it with your favourite soup base and toppings!
12. For chocolate lovers, check out The Chocolate Museum of Hong Kong in Ngong Ping Village. Do some chocolate tasting, watch performances and take part in DIY workshops.
13. Spend a day on Cheung Chau island where you can bike around the island, relax on the beach and taste some local delicacies.
14. Show off your green fingers at 448 Farm in Yuen Long, where you can plant and arrange flowers, care for animals, have a BBQ and get involved with lots of other family activities.
15. Too sunny? Too rainy? Hide from the weather with a workshop at Loveramics in Repulse Bay.
16. Send your children into the forest for an outdoor explorer camp experience they will never forget with Hong Kong Forest Adventures.
17. Head to the Maritime Museum to explore, learn and get involved with the history of Hong Kong’s extensive maritime trade routes of the past. *currently undergoing construction so opening hours may be altered.
18. Visit H.A.N.D.S., a brand new skate park atop a shopping mall in Tuen Mun and a whopping 38,000 square feet. There are three levels to accommodate roller skating, skateboarding and bicycling/balance biking. Kids and adults alike can enjoy this bright, cheerfully coloured space together and get a good dose of fresh air too.
19. Saffron Cruises make spending a night on the water possible with many overnight boat options. You can visit remote places such as North Sai Kung or the Soko Islands where you can relax in peace and quiet.
20. Get out the burger patties, sausages, buns and s’mores for a BBQ on the beach. Big Wave Bay, Long Ke in Sai Kung, Repulse Bay and Shek O beaches all offer free BBQ pits.
21. Take a trip out to High Island – a ride away from Sai Kung by sampan – where you can enjoy a pristine beach, hiking trails and a seafood restaurant run by a family.
22. Hike around the Peak (stroller friendly).
23. While you’re up at The Peak Tower, check out the dazzling array of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues with a fabulous view.
24. Grab yourself a gelato from Messina.
25. Pretend it’s winter by ice skating at The Rink in Elements.
26. Have a family night at TikiTiki Bowling Bar in Sai Kung.
27. Go rock-pooling in Sai Wan for some great photo opportunities.
29. Get away from the concrete and hike to Shui Lo Cho Waterfall on Lantau Island.
30. Learn how to sail.
31. Hike the Dragon’s Back and reward yourselves with lunch at Cococabana and a dip in the sea on Shek O beach afterwards.
32. Play, eat and create at the Origami Kids Café in Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.
33. Cool off at Tseung Kwan O public swimming pool, complete with slides and a boat to play on.
34. Choose a clear-blue-sky afternoon to spend at Sky 100, the ICC observation deck on the 100th floor.
35. Have a family outing to Snoopy World in New World Plaza, Sha Tin.
36. Take the ferry out to Lamma Island and have a yummy lunch and a walk on the winding path across the island.
37. Hike to Tai Long Wan and camp on the beach if you’re feeling adventurous!
38. Visit Trio Beach in Sai Kung. Either enjoy a short 30-minute hike or get a sampan from Pak Sha Wan pier.
39. Take to the ocean aboard a boat. If there’s a big group of you, how about trying the Jac55 cruiser, The Blue Whale? It has capacity for 55 people and even has a hot tub. Available to hire through Hong Kong Yachting.
40. Spend a rainy day at the Hong Kong Museum of History to learn more about the people, places and events that have shaped Hong Kong to the city it is today.
41. Have a parent-child adventure at Planet J Indoor Playroom in Causeway Bay equipped with inflatable hamster wheels.
42. Get the kids surfing at one of the Treasure Island surf camps on Pui O beach, Lantau
43. Spend a rainy day in Jolly Thinkers, a café packed full of hundreds of board games to keep the family busy for hours.
44. Try some family team building at CrossFire Arena with bubble soccer, laser tag, dodgeball and archery tag.
45. Pick up a second-hand book at Lily Bookshop in Central to continue the oh-so-important lesson of reduce, reuse, recycle.
47. Heading to Disneyland? You won’t want to leave without spending a few hours at the Resort’s Victorian Spa where you can swim and indulge in a variety of treatments. Kids can check out the Children’s Fun Menu which includes hair-braiding, nail treatments and face-painting.
48. Visit the HK Aqua-bound Centre in Stanley to enjoy a range of water sports.
49. Try out some pony riding lessons in Clearwater Bay Equestrian and Education Centre.
50. Get your skates on at Bun’s 2020, a beginner-friendly rink of painted cement, and a larger hardwood rink for experienced skaters. The fun neon decor will take you straight back to the 80s!
51. Take the ferry to Lamma Island (Yuen She Wan) and hike to the Windmill. Details of the Lamma Wind Power Station are provided at the tower base of the turbine.
52. Head to Epicland on Lantau Island to experience some of the largest indoor slides in Asia, plus a variety of fun games and activities suitable for all ages from baby to adult.
53. Enjoy some Instagram-worthy dim sum at Yum Cha.
54. Rent a bike from the Friendly Bicycle Shop at Mui Wo Ferry Pier and spend your day exploring the area on wheels.
55. Visit the new Tai Kwung Centre for Heritage and Arts in Central.
56. Improve your green credentials with a visit to the Green Hub, a former police station in Tai Po.
57. Visit Mingle farm in Yuen Long to spend the night in a bubble, literally!
59. Are you brave enough to escape from Lost ? Check out the latest venue at The Pulse, Repulse Bay. There is also now a centre in Causeway Bay.
60. Venture into the virtual world of Davy Jones or battle zombies in the Deadwood Mansion courtesy of Sandbox VR, the ultimate virtual reality experience. It’s not cheap at $325 per person for a 45 minutes session, but the technology and equipment is pretty spectacular. The original location is TST, but there is now an additional location in Clearwater Bay.
61. Listen to the birds tweet at the Aviary Park on Cotton Tree Drive.
62. Make the most of summer breezes by flying a kite in some of Hong Kong’s scenic spots.
63. Take a slow ride around Hong Kong on a ding ding. A tram ride is much more fun than just getting from A to B. The kids love it.
64. Head to the original Ocean Park this summer and enjoy a game of hide and seek with the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters as part of the Ocean Park x Mr. Men Little Miss Unique Summer Party. Find them to earn stickers and limited-time prizes. On Sundays there are special story times. Tackle the Miss Hug-and-Seek’s maze challenge – with plenty of photo opportunities, at the Waterfront Plaza. There is also a Mr. Men Little Miss Adventure Playground.
65. Head over to Noah’s Ark in Ma Wan for the day to see the animal statues and get involved with some summer camp activities.
66. Catch a family-friendly movie at Candy Park Cinema in Tsuen Wan. With a play area, multi-coloured seats and an endless list of PG films, this is the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon.
67. Take the kids to see the animals at the Zoological and Botanical Gardens, open until 4.30pm (Note: due to COVID-19, the mammal section and Education and Exhibition Centre may still be temporarily closed).
68. Glide across the mountains in a crystal bottom cable car on the way to the Big Buddha.
69. Stay in dinosaur, princess and outer space themed rooms at the Gold Coast Hotel.
70. Head to Cheung Sha beach for a day of swimming, sunbathing and feasting at Bathers Restaurant.
71. Go for a picnic at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park in Sai Ying Pun.
72. Check out the Hong Kong Science Museum to teach the kids more about science, technology and astronomy.
73. Spend your afternoon cuddling bunnies in Hong Kong’s very first Rabbitland Café.
74. Learn to knit and get the family knitting scarves and jumpers for the winter. Visit Crafties HK or Make & Do if you are looking for workshops. Also, stock up on art supplies in The Artland in Wan Chai and have fun at home with the kids creating some spectacular works of art.
75. Join a Mahjong class for beginners.
76. Spend a rainy afternoon at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
77. Head to the Central Harbourfront Event Space this summer to discover a host of large-scale outdoor activities that the whole family will enjoy! Get lost in the ethereal Monet Garden, inspired by French impressionist painter Claude Monet, and a light and shadow maze. Two key programmes are Living Art space (July 17-August 6), which comprises on-stage and off-stage performances and a lifestyle market as well as handicraft workshops, and Home Sweet Woof! Festival (July 29- August 6), a space where “pawrents” and pets can enjoy some quality time.
78. This summer, K11 Art Mall has teamed up with 9gag to present Hong Kong’s first physical meme exhibition, transporting the most viral memes from around the globe to Hong Kong. The exhibition consists of seven themed zones where you can see and interact with over 100 global and local memes in various formats- imagery, 3D figures, video and even scent.
78. Brand new exciting elements have been added to Flow Academy in Tai Po – including a 9m tall water slide and a 6m tall water bouncer. With 55 interconnected floating components (including a 10m tall water slide) and 15 obstacle tracks, you’re guaranteed a whole day of fun! Book your ticket and splash through summer.
80. Looking to spend a refreshing day outside of the city with your kids? Look no further than Splash N’ Forest, an outdoor park equipped with splash slides, water rides and games. It has something for everyone: from bouncy castles and gigantic floaties to a grassy area perfect for picnics, this park is perfect for a family day out. Summer schedule TBC.