City Breaks With Kids | Fabulous Activities to Do in Hong Kong With Kids

Guest post by Maggie Alexander from Milana’s Travels
Hong Kong is one of our favorite cities to visit with kids.  It’s easy to get around using their amazing MTR train system or taxis. (From the airport take the red taxis if you are heading into Hong Kong and Kowloon.)
 
Whether you are on a city break with kids, or looking for a stopover to break up your journey to further afield, or if you are looking for a place which has plenty of activities, sights and a warm, albeit humid, climate – then there are absolutely loads of things to do in Hong Kong with kids.
 
Is Hong Kong a good family holiday?
 
Absolutely. If you are wondering what can families do in Hong Kong, then plan for a repeat trip! Hong Kong offers a tonne of attractions to entertain family members of all ages.  Here are some our favourite attractions for when you visit Hong Kong with kids of various ages, from tots to teens.
City Breaks With Kids | Hong Kong With Kids, Hong Kong Skyline from the Star Ferry
Hong Kong Skyline from the Star Ferry
City Breaks With Kids | Hong Kong With Kids, Hong Kong Skyline from The Peak
Skyline from The Peak

The Peak

Take the Peak tram all the way up to see some amazing views of the city. Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time as the queue can be long without advance purchase!
 
Once at the Peak, don’t miss the Trick Eye Museum – 3-D art museum.
It’s free and super fun for kids of all ages.  Allow about 30 minutes to walk through.
 

Hong Kong Park

Hong Kong Park is across the street from the tram ticket line and definitely worth a visit.  Kids and adults will enjoy wandering around the walking trails, exploring the ponds with turtles and the awesome playgrounds this park offers. It’s a nice escape from the busy city!

Hong Kong Park is across the street from the tram ticket line and definitely worth a visit.  Kids and adults will enjoy wandering around the walking trails, exploring the ponds with turtles and the awesome playgrounds this park offers. It’s a nice escape from the busy city!
 

Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha is another popular attraction while in Hong Kong.  Now this should be planned in advance! Even with advance tickets, the tram line was super long and close to 2 hours long on our way back home.  I’d suggest coming early and leaving before the  cable cars are about to close or risk waiting for hours just to get back.  From here, you can visit the floating village as well to maximize your time. 

Take a Trip on the Star Ferry

The iconic Star Ferry is the perfect way to see the skyline, cool down with the sea-breeze and of course get to Hong Kong or Kowloon and several other places. For the grand price of the equivalent of £1.20 for all four of us- a complete bargain and great way to see the skyline. A must do when here!

Hong Kong Disneyland

If you love theme parks, Hong Kong’s Disneyland is not to be missed!  We have been to several Disney parks all over the world and this is our favorite. The lines are super short and the park is small, making it an amazing experience for your entire family. 

D Park

A place I haven’t seen mentioned on many blogs but definitely worth the visit with kids 10 and under, is D Park.  It’s a massive mall dedicated to kids. There are play areas scattered all over, tons of kid stores and a play cafe.  My daughter loved this the most and said she wants to go back! Such a fun, unique place. 
Ladies Market with their new fans

Ladies Market

It’s not a visit to Hong Kong without visiting a market, and the Ladies Market is probably the most popular one.  Lots of vendors selling everything from food to toys to pretty much everything you can imagine. It’s a great way to spend a few hours and kids of all ages will be entertained.

Science Centre 

The Science Centre is also a fun way to spend some time.  The admission cost is just $2.50, making it an inexpensive outing.  They have exhibits that will appeal to little ones as well as teenagers, making it great for the entire family. 

Yick Cheong Building

A more unique tourist attraction is the Yick Cheong Building.  This building has been featured in many movies and is the most densely populated building in the city.  Stop by to see it for yourself!

Hong Kong Observation Wheel (Ferris Wheel)

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel displays incredible views over Victoria Harbour and is conveniently within walking distance of the ferry terminals.

Cooking Class

I also recommend immersing yourself in the culture by taking a cooking class.  We took a family dumpling cooking class with Yau (look up Dumpling Class Yau’s Family on Facebook) and it was great! This is awesome for kids of all ages, as even the little ones get to participate and make dumplings.  

Watch a music and light show at Victoria Harbour

The Nightly Symphony Of Lights And ICC Light Show is the ‘World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’. We caught it during our trip from afar and wished we could have seen more. It starts every night at 8:00pm. Coloured lights dart from the top of buildings lining the famous Hong Kong skyline. The music is live near Avenue of the Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. 

There is also a light show at the ICC building at 7.45 pm and 9pm. Download the app so that you can listen to music synchronized with the light show. 

 
Where to stay in Hong Kong with kids
Hong Kong is obviously short on space, so rooms are generally small, however some hotels do offer sofa bed. On our recent trip we stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mongkok, which had two single beds. There were large single beds, so we managed to squeeze one adult and one child in each bed ( aged 3 and 6 at the time)
 
The hotel was fairly central and a rarity, had a small rooftop pool which is what attracted us. The pool only has about 5 sun-beds and closes at about 5pm. However, as we only stopped there for 2 nights on our way to Australia and we were out most of the day, it suited our needs. Plus it was a good budget option. Look out for my future post on much more family hotels.
 
Have you any favourite things to do in Hong Kong with kids on your city break? 
 

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