Family Activities During COVID-19

    There are still plenty of family activities for you to do in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s our round-up of family activities during COVID-19.

    Editors Note: Due to COVID-19, restrictions are liable to change resulting in changes to the items listed. Updated February 2022.

    1. Hop aboard the fast ferry to Cheung Chau and explore the island by bike – the island’s main mode of transport – or on foot. Visit the “mini great wall,” explore a pirate cave and taste some of the local seafood delicacies. Taking your dog with you? Jump on the slow ferry instead.

    2. Try Hong Kong’s idea of glamping at SaiYuen, an outdoor adventure playground with a variety of camping options, bubble soccer, abseiling, tree top canopy walk and archery.

    3. Go fly a kite! Head to the pagoda within the Clearwater Bay Country Park where you will have outstanding views across the Ninepins and, when conditions allow, the perfect wind to help your kites soar.

    4. Take a stroll between Stubbs Road and Bowen Road and you might discover some magic. Keep your eyes peeled for the fairy doors hidden along the path.

    5. Ride bikes or scoot along the the Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Park cycle track. There is also a running path and pavement where dogs can be walked – after a play in one of the dog parks, perhaps. There are dining options aplenty including Frites, Pastis Tapas, Chilli Lime and Riverside Grill.

    Read our Guide to Tseung Kwan O for more ideas.

    6. Hike around the Peak (stroller friendly). Got a pooch in tow? The Peak Galleria is now a pet-friendly mall with a host of new facilities, shops, workshops and activities. Head to Rajastan Rifles for a curry lunch, or order a picnic to take away. Other stroller-friendly hikes.

    7. Get away from the concrete and hike to Shui Lo Cho Waterfall on Lantau Island.

    8. Head to Inspiration Lake for a picnic and some fresh air. The boats and bikes are currently unavailable, but bathrooms are open.

    9. Hike to Tai Long Wan and camp if you’re feeling adventurous!

    10. Feed alpacas at Go Green Organic Farm. The four alpacas, which were imported from Australia, are very friendly and can be fed by visitors (for an additional fee). Visit the pineapple farm, join a workshop or play on the children’s playground while you’re there.

    11. Spend a rainy day in Jolly Thinkers, a café packed full of hundreds of board games to keep the family busy for hours.

    12. Hike from Cape D’Aguilar Road to the Marine Reserve. It’s an approximately 4km walk along a paved road with very little incline making it suitable for kids and even strollers. Take in the stunning scenery, explore a cave, visit the lighthouse and you can even see the skeleton of a whale. Swimming and fishing is prohibited in the Marine Reserve. Feeling peckish? Try lunch at Cococabana.

    13. Visit Tai Tong Eco Park, located a 10-minute drive from Yuen Long. While some activities and attractions may be closed as a result of COVID-19, you should still be able to see ostriches and feed goats, sheep and rabbits. Pony Rides run from 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-5:30pm.

    14. Potterheads: immerse yourselves in a world of Harry Potter at 9 3/4 Cafe, a themed restaurant in Mongkok. There is a minimum spend of $80 and reservations are required.

    15. 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. Grab a seafood lunch while you are there.

    16. Bunny Wonderland is a great outing for rabbit lovers who want some hands-on interaction.

    17. Rent a bike from the Friendly Bicycle Shop at Mui Wo Ferry Pier and spend your day exploring the area on wheels.

    18. Improve your green credentials with a visit to the Green Hub, a former police station in Tai Po.

    19. Visit Mingle farm in Yuen Long to spend the night in a bubble, literally!

    20. Hop on board the Aqua Luna for just $230 and spend a leisurely 45 minutes sailing around the harbour on this iconic traditional junk. The price includes a glass of wine or beer.

    22. Glide across the mountains in a crystal bottom cable car on the way to the Big Buddha. Check the official website for the latest arrangement. *Currently not running.

    23. Go for a picnic at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park in Sai Ying Pun.

    24. Do some art & crafts! Learn to knit with a workshop at Crafties HK or Yarn in the works. Stock up on art supplies in Artland in Wan Chai and have fun at home with the kids creating some spectacular works of art. Or get creative at Art Jamming.

    25. Take a cruise to see the famous Hong Kong pink dolphins. Tours are less frequent during the pandemic and run in collaboration with Hong Kong Greeters. Trips are on an ad hoc nature, mainly on Sundays or public holidays.

    26. Go on a virtual journey almost anywhere in the world. AirPano’s impressive 360⁰ videos take you from the Sahara Desert to underwater caves. You can also visit a host of famous tourist attractions around the globe.

    27. Visit Chi Lin Nunnery or take a hike to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery.

    28. Enjoy a musical fountain show, see 2-metre tall strawberries – art installations by Korean artist Stickymonger on show at K11’s House of Musea. Donut Playhouse is currently closed and the Nature Ambassador programme is online.

    29. Have a slime lover in the house? Pay a visit to Slime it! (there is a shop in Repulse bay and in Stanley) and explore slime to your heart’s content.

    30. Anyone for tea? Hong Kong has many venues that serve deliciously decedent afternoon tea. Our family favourites are The Lobby Lounge at The Peninsula; Palm Court at The Langham; The Butterfly Room at The Rosewood. DK Aromatherapy offers lovely themed tea sets that can either be enjoyed in-house or takeaway. The Frosty Garden “Ride-with-You” High Tea Delivery Set is sure to be a hit.

    31. Have fun in the sun at the new waterfront promenade and open space in Kennedy Town. Previously a public cargo working area, the space is open for relaxing, strolling and playing. Wooden cargo pallets provide rolling platforms for seating and for kids to play on. Bring the kids’ scooters and rollerblades to make a day of it. There’s also a dog only play area at the far end of the space. Kennedy Town is full of great restaurants if all that fun at the promenade leaves you hungry. 

    Read our guide to Kennedy Town neighbourhood guide.

    32. Visit the Cupnoodles Museum Hong Kong; a fun, interactive museum that will pique your creativity and curiosity. Learn about the creative thinking of Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin Foods and inventor of Chicken Ramen, the world’s first instant ramen that revolutionised eating customs all over the world. You can even have a go at creating your own Cupnoodles packaging. Current opening hours are 11:15am-7:15pm. Closed on Wednesdays. 

    33. Butterfly Valley Farm in Tai Po is still open, although some attractions may be unavailable. There are paddle boats, swings, trampoline, craft activities, and not forgetting the six alpaca. There is also an afternoon tea set if you’re feeling peckish. 

    34. Explore Hong Kong in a socially distanced and fun way with Hong Kong Quests. The quests are treasure hunts combined with self guided neighbourhood tours. Get ‘Creeped out in Wanchai’ or participate in ‘Bank Heist in Central’ Each has a unique backstory with interesting, thrilling, curious, creepy or slightly gross facts to keep families hooked. Simply follow a series of directions and clues to solve a mystery and complete your quest.

    Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock; picture 1 courtesy of Saiyeun; picture 2 courtesy of Tourism Board; picture 3 courtesy of Cathay Pacific; picture 4 courtesy of Pineapple Farm; picture 5 courtesy of Tourism Board; picture 6 courtesy of K11.

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