Tired of visiting the same spots in Hong Kong? Give Disneyland and Ocean Park a swerve next time around and check out these ten places for some family fun – there’s everything from a ship simulator to a ninja obstacle course!
#1 ARace Slot Car Racing
If your little ones are car nuts, they’ll love a trip to ARace in Quarry Bay. Even the grown-ups will have a blast racing the electrically powered miniature cars on the 50-metre circuit. Just grab the wireless remote controllers and hit accelerate!
Cost: From HK$400 (around S$70) for a family session.
#2 Hong Kong Science Museum
Need a break from shopping? While you’re in Tsim Sha Tsui, head to this popular museum that boasts over 500 exhibits, many of which are interactive and great for kids. The hands-on displays cover everything from ancient Egyptian history to modern technology.
Cost: HK$20 per person.
#3 The Rink @ Elements HK
Escape the heat at one of the many ice-skating rinks in the city. Catering to a variety of ages and abilities, The Rink allows first-time skaters and learners to rent “penguin” balancing devices (there are seals, bears and dolphins too) to help with moving around. Payment can be made by the minute using your Octopus card.
Cost: HK$20 per person.
#4 Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park
Release a bit of energy at this mega park in Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island. Great for active kids, it features more than 40 trampolines, including foam pits, trapezes and angled-wall trampolines – even a ninja obstacle course for a dose of stealthy fun.
Cost: From HK$95 per child for a one-hour session.
#5 Inspiration Lake
If the weather’s fine, enjoy an outing at this picturesque public park near Disneyland. Pack a picnic, go for a stroll and take in the water views. Pedal boats and bikes are available for rent from 10am to 5pm.
#6 Dream Come True Education Park
Got a long wait for your flight home? Keep the kids happy at this edu-tainment centre at Hong Kong International Airport. They’ll have the chance to role-play various occupations including pilot, doctor and astronaut, with little outfits to boot!
Cost: Kids HK$320, adults half price.
#7 Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Located at Pier 8, close to the Star Ferry dock, this museum is a good one for the whole family with more than a dozen galleries, including a simulator that gives kids the chance to experience what it’s like to drive a ship right into Victoria Harbour!
Cost: Adults HK$30, children half price.
#8 Central Harbourfont
This 36,000-square-metre outdoor event space frequently hosts exhibitions, carnivals, sporting events, food festivals, light installations and other interesting events. It’s a great place for taking photos and for letting toddlers run wild!
Cost: Depends on event.
#9 Laser Mads
Young adults will love a visit to this spaceship-themed laser tag spot in Causeway Bay. Get your competitive game on as you form teams and head into the arena to battle it out.
Cost: HK$118 per person.
#10 Hong Kong Wetland Park
If you love nature, visit this interactive educational centre that showcases wetland flora and fauna. Check out the butterfly garden, visit Pui Pui the saltwater crocodile and spot other creatures along the mangrove boardwalk.
Cost: HK$30 adult, HK$15 child (free for under threes).