Whilst Hong Kong is very much an adult-orientated city, children are well-catered for here and the city has good schools and facilities that suit children of all ages. One of the biggest challenges you may face when bringing your children concerns the crowded and cramped layout of Hong Kong streets. Pushchairs and buggies are highly impractical in some areas, especially in the steep hills of the Mid-Levels, and transporting your child from A to B can present significant challenges. Hong Kong is also very hot and humid and you will need to ensure that your children constantly wear protective sun cream and hats, even on cloudy days as the UV rays can be very strong.
The majority of public entertainment venues and restaurants in Hong Kong are child-friendly and offer baby changing facilities and high chairs. There is also an abundance of public parks and playgrounds that have up-to-date and safe equipment for children. The majority of these parks do not permit dogs so you can be sure that your children can play in a clean environment away from the risk of a boisterous animal. As well as the public areas there are many attractions that suit children of all ages, some of these are listed below for your reference:
Hong Kong Disney World
This Disney park is well suited to children of all ages and offers various rides and attractions as well as an opportunity to meet their favorite characters. Online ticket reservations available. Open daily. Lantau Island. A one-day ticket currently costs $450 for adults (12-64), $320 for children (under 12) and $100 for senior citizens.
An exciting day out at sea that offers children and adults an opportunity to try and spot the unique pink dolphins.
Coach pick up every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 09:00 from Kowloon Hotel’s lobby, Tsim Sha Tsui. Fare HK$420 for adults, HK$210 for children under 12 and $50 for children under three years old.
Hong Kong Riding Skill Academy
Horse riding lessons for all levels. Also BBQ area and family activities.
Lot No 3040
Kam Tin Road
Shek Kong Stable
Tel: 2488 6886
Hong Kong Wetland Park
Natural reserve with a visitors’ centre, Wetland Interactive World and Swamp Adventure play area. Open Monday, Wednesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00. Closed Tuesday.
Wetland Park Road
Tin Shui Wai
Tel: 2708 8885
Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens
Opportunity for children to observe a wide array of birds, mammals and reptiles. Open from 06:00 daily. Greenhouse open 09:00-16:30.
Tel: 2530 0154
Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
A visitors and petting farm that also operates as a Wild Animal Rescue Centre. The centre includes an amphibian and reptile house, deer haven, butterfly garden and insect house. Open every day from 09:30-17:00.
Pak Ngau Shek
Lam Kam Rd
Tel: 2488 1317
Hong Kong’s version of the famous waxwork exhibition. Open daily from 10:00-22:00. Tickets currently cost $240 for adults (12-64), $170 for children (under 12) and $170 for senior citizens. Special offers are frequently posted for purchasing tickets online.
The Peak Tower
128 Peak Road
Tel: 2849 6966
Disney’s Hong Kong rival. A theme park with many rides and live shows. Ocean Park has a marine theme and offers children an opportunity to interact with many sea creatures.
A one-day ticket currently costs $280 for adults and $140 for children aged 3-11.
Open daily from 10:00-18:00.
Ocean Park Road
Tel: 2552 0291
Themed outdoor playground full of characters from Peanuts, with six amusement zones and a museum. Open daily 10:00-20:00.
New Town Plaza
Shatin Centre Street
Tel: 2684 9175 / 2691 6576
The Ark Eden foundation seeks to preserve the green lung of Lantau island and it organizes eco-tours and workshops to educate and inform children and adults about conservation and the environment.
Tel: 9277 4025
Further information for families with children can be found on http://www.hkwithkids.com, an English-language website that offers resources and advice pertaining to entertaining and looking after your children in Hong Kong.