Kid-Friendly Guide To Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a great family holiday destination. Check out our hot picks for kid-friendly places in Hong Kong! Have you started packing your bags yet?
Hong Kong is known as a foodie and shoppers paradise, making it one of the top destinations for Singaporean travellers (yes, we love our food and fashion!). Interestingly, the sheer number of kid-friendly places in Hong Kong has made it a great place for families with kids of all ages.
And with special fares from SGD218 all-in from Cathay Pacific, plus holidays and long weekends spread throughout the year, it’s now easier to bring the entire family Hong Kong. So whether you are looking for places to dine, drink, shop or play, with the best deals listed right here on our site, you can plan everything in advance from the comfort of your favourite easy chair with the help of Hong Kong Tourism Board’s curation which can be found on hkison.com/sg.
But, we get that it can be overwhelming to plan a trip for the entire family when presented with many options. So fret not, we present a guide to some of the best kid-friendly places in Hong Kong that you have to visit!
Kid-friendly places in Hong Kong for thrill-seekers
Theme parks are a great place to start for any family vacation and Hong Kong is home to two famous attractions: Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park Hong Kong.
These theme parks promise fun-filled entertainment for the family with a little adrenaline rush mixed in for thrill-seeking kids and parents.
Hong Kong Disneyland: Lantau Island, Park Promenade, Hong Kong, Phone: +852 3510 6000. Admission prices: Prices start from HK $320 (S$53) for a standard day ticket for kids (3-11) and HK$450 (S$74) for adults.
Ocean Park: 180 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Hong Kong, Phone: +852 2552 0291.
Admission prices: Daytime child tickets start from HK$160 (S$26) and $HK320 (S$53) for adults.
And what’s a sightseeing trip to Hong Kong without taking the Ngong Ping 360 is a gondola lift on Lantau Island? It is the fastest way to Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery with breathtaking panorama views of the city during the 25-minute ride.
Pro-tip: Book here by 31 March 2020 and enjoy “buy-one, get-one free” on 360 Lantau Culture and Heritage Insight Tour which includes roundtrip Crystal Cabin cable car ride and a visit to Tai O fishing village with boat excursion and stilt house visit, Ngong Ping Village, the Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery. T&Cs apply.
Kid-friendly places in Hong Kong for the nature lovers
Off the usual beaten tourist path, the Northern suburbs of Hong Kong are home to two interesting parks/gardens that are a joy to visit for both kids and adults. The first is Lavender Garden at Fanling, home to row after row of pretty lavender. Let the kids walk around and feed the goats, sheep and fish as they breathe in the sweetly perfumed air. Definitely a unique farm experience for families. But it gets better because just adjacent to the Lavender Garden sits Rainbow Strawberry Farm where you can do some strawberry picking when they are in season from December to April. We recommend that you pack some food and bring a picnic mat to make a day in the countryside out of your trip here.
Lavender Garden and Rainbow Strawberry Farm: Hok Tau Rd 655, Hong Kong.
Another unique attraction in Hong Kong that will bring the whole family close to nature is Noah’s Ark Hong Kong in Ma Wan island. The “religion-themed” theme park centres on the love of life, family, the Earth and positive values. Hong Kong’s Noah’s Ark is dubbed as the “only full-sized replica” of the biblical figure and features a series of life-sized sculptures of exotic animals.
Noah’s Ark Hong Kong: 33 Pak Yan Rd, Ma Wan, Hong Kong
Kid-friendly places in Hong Kong for the best views
Whether you’re looking from atop the concrete jungle or searching for nature in its undisturbed habitat, Hong Kong has it all!
The Peak is one of the most popular tourist destinations – even more popular than Disneyland! You can either hike to the top to get to Victoria Hill, or take the Peak Tram. Many Hong Kongers would agree that the tram offers the best experience!
It’s situated 428 metres above sea level and you can see Hong Kong in all its glory from either Sky Terrace 428 or Lion’s Peak Pavilion. Both platforms offer beautiful views, except the former requires an admission fee.
There’s plenty to do while you’re up there, such as the Trick Eye Museum and Madame Tussauds.
For the fit family, hiking across “The Dragon’s Back” is one way to soak in Hong Kong’s view of nature.
The 2 hour-hiking trail is suitable for children that are 5-years-old and above and ends on Big Wave Bay Beach.
Along the way, you can have an unobstructed view of the ocean!
The Peak: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong.
Opening Hours: The Peak Tower opens at 10am to 11pm from Monday to Saturdays, 8am to 11pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. The Peak Tram runs from 7am to midnight.
Pro-tip: Book the tram here by 9 February 2020 and enjoy “buy-one, get one free” on adult admission return tickets. T&Cs apply.
Kid-friendly places in Hong Kong for the budget-conscious
Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical Gardens is set smack in the middle of Hong Kong Central. The zoo which houses an aviary, a reptile house and even some monkeys, is a great place for families with kids to roam around. The best part about it is, admission is free every day!
Hong Kong is home to a number of interesting and beautiful temples and the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery is one that even families with young children can enjoy. Located on the hillside, the temple is home to nearly 13,000 Buddha statues and some friendly monkeys too. Definitely a great place to find tranquillity without making a dent in your wallet (didn’t we tell you admission is free?!).
10,000 Buddhas Monastery: 221 Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin, New Territories.
Opening hours: Monastery open 9am to 5-30pm daily. The monastery may close during heavy rain or when typhoon signal 8 or above is issued.
Hong Kong Zoo and Botanical Gardens: Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: Fountain Terrace Garden 5am – 10 pm / Green House/ Education and Exhibition Centre 9am – 4:30 pm / Other Areas 6am – 7pm.Z
How to stay safe in Hong Kong
There are many kid-friendly places in Hong Kong that are great for families to spend time in.
However, the recent protests and unrest have caught many of us by surprise. But is Hong Kong a safe place to visit?
By taking the right precautions, you can still enjoy yourself while heading to this wonderful island on vacation.
1. Check the new regularly for updates
Make sure you download a local news app and check it in the mornings.
You may have to alter your initial plans depending on what’s happening on the street.
They’ll also post notifications if anything major is happening, so keep an eye on your phone!
2. Have a backup plan ready
It’s unconventional to plan multiple items in one day as part of an itinerary.
However, it’s worth listing out as many options as possible, especially in different areas in case your original destination will be inaccessible to you, and the roads will be blocked so you can’t visit other attractions nearby.
3. Keep in touch with friends and remain connected
If you have friends who are living in Hong Kong, it’s worth asking them how things are before you venture out.
It’ll be useful to know where the best places to visit are at the time for minimal interruptions and to stay away from major disturbances.
Have you visited any of these kid-friendly places in Hong Kong on your family vacation? Do you know of any other kid-friendly places in Hong Kong that we might have missed out that the kids would enjoy? Let us know and share your travel stories with us!