Many people think of Hong Kong as being fast paced and action packed and don’t really consider visiting Hong Kong with kids. This is because people really don’t know what to do in Hong Kong with kids.
We lived in Hong Kong for over four years, so we have plenty of experience in entertaining children and finding all the best things to do in Hong Kong for kids.
To be fair, travel to Hong Kong with kids can be a challenge. If you are travelling to Hong Kong with a toddler or baby, you will find that hardly anywhere is stroller friendly, as it is hilly and there are steps everywhere.
Plus all the sidewalks are so crowded, the last thing you want to do is struggle through the masses with a buggy anyway.
In the summer the heat and humidity can be stifling and you can’t imagine sightseeing with kids in Hong Kong. If that’s the case, then do as the locals do – either hit the beach, or take relief in an air-conditioned building.
The good news is, public transport is cheap, efficient – and fun! The Star Ferry and tram are great fun for kids and cheap too. The MTR (subway/underground) is clean and air-conditioned, and buses and taxis are cheap and plentiful.
And Hong Kong is a fun and culturally fascinating city. It may seem daunting to hit the streets of Hong Kong with children at first, but there are plenty of fun things for kids to do in Hong Kong.
Here we highlight ten of the best things to do with kids in Hong Kong. Note that sightseeing in Hong Kong can get expensive if you plan to visit lots of attractions. For this reason, we have included links to discounted tickets whenever possible.
Many of these Hong Kong kids activities appear in our Hong Kong itinerary with kids which you can read here: 2 Days in Hong Kong with kids.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
One of the most popular Hong Kong attractions for kids is Disneyland and you will probably want to include a day here on your Hong Kong family vacation.
There are seven themed lands to explore, including Fantasyland, Toy Story Land and Adventureland, with all the favourite rides such as It’s a Small World, Mad Hatter Tea Cups and Space Mountain to enjoy, as well as some that are unique to Hong Kong Disneyland.
With all the Disney characters to meet, a Lion King show and a fun Disney parade, you are guaranteed a day of fun and much excitement from the kids. Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island, near the airport.
You can read all our Hong Kong Disneyland tips, including how to beat the crowds in our article Tips for Visiting Hong Kong Disneyland.
To complete the Disney experience, why not stay at one of the three Disneyland hotels and start the day with breakfast with the characters?
Ocean Park Hong Kong
Long before Mickey Mouse and his crew graced Hong Kong with their presence, Ocean Park had been one of the most popular kids activities in Hong Kong for years. Part aquarium, part zoo, part amusement park, Ocean Park is one of the favourite days out for Hong Kong kids.
The Grand Aquarium is home to a wide array of sea creatures, such as sharks, stringrays and turtles, while the Polar exhibits showcase walruses, sea lions, seals and penguins. Then of course there is everyone’s favourite – the Pandas!
When the kids have had enough of ogling the animals at this Hong Kong kids attraction, there is a cable car to ride, and plenty of adrenalin-inducing rollercoasters and thrill rides – even for the really little ones. Definitely one of the most fun places for kids in Hong Kong.
Ocean Park is one of the most popular things to do for kids in Hong Kong, with both local families and visiting tourists who arrive by the busload, so read our Tips for Visiting Ocean Park with Kids to learn how best to avoid the crowds.
The Peak is Hong Kong’s most popular attraction (yes even more popular than Disneyland), with people flocking here to admire the best views over the city from its viewing platform at 428m above sea level.
The best way to reach the Peak is to take the Peak Tram. The journey aboard the world’s steepest funicular railway is less than five minutes long, covering just 1.4 kilometres – but climbing almost 400 metres in this time, making it a fun trip.
The angle of the tram is so steep – 27 degrees at its most extreme – that you get the impression that the buildings are leaning into the mountain.
Once at the top, there is plenty to keep the kids occupied. There’s the Trick Eye Museum, the Art of Chocolate Museum and Madame Tussauds, plus a playground all located within the Peak Galleria. Another (nicer) playground is a short walk up a steep hill at Mount Austin Park.
Another of our favourite Hong Kong things to do with kids is the walk around Lugard Road, a 3.5km walk with great views over Hong Kong. This walk is flat, and is one of my kids’ favourite places to go scooting in Hong Kong.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there are plenty of dining options here too – we like to take an outside table at the Peak Lookout.
The Big Buddha
Visiting the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island always features on people’s Hong Kong bucket lists and is an easy place to visit in Hong Kong with kids. More commonly known as the ‘Big Buddha’, a daytrip over to see this famous landmark makes for a fun adventure for the whole family.
One of the most fun things about visiting the Big Buddha is getting there. The Ngong Ping 360 cable car is the best way to get to the Big Buddha, with fabulous views and is great fun for the kids too.
Once you get there, there is monastery to explore and of course the Big Buddha itself.
Read more about Visiting the Big Buddha in Hong Kong with Kids here.
You can end the day with a visit to Tai O Village – Hong Kong’s oldest fishing village, where you can visit all the dried seafood stalls and take a boat ride alongside the famous stilted houses.
Outlying Islands of Hong Kong
Hong Kong has more than 200 outlying islands, and while reaching many of these is difficult without your own boat, the bigger islands are easily accessible via ferry, and make for a fun day trip if you are wondering where to go in Hong Kong with kids.
The most popular island for a day trip if you are on a family vacation in Hong Kong is Lamma Island, thanks to its strip of seafood restaurants in Sok Kwa Wan and the fun and interactive Fisher Folk’s Village. Kids can learn all about living in a Hong Kong fishing village, including petting starfish and having a go at fishing.
Rainbow Seafood is a popular choice for lunch in Lamma Island and they have there own ferry leaving from Central, which you can ride for free if you have a booking at the restaurant (and can ride back to Central for free if you show them your receipt from the restaurant). Read more about Rainbow Seafood here.
Other popular island destinations for a seafood lunch include Peng Chau, Cheung Chau and Po Toi Island. Kids will enjoy looking at all the fish and crabs in the seafood tanks, checking out the dried seafood in the market stalls, and you can combine lunch with a play on the beach (although beaches can be of varying cleanliness!)
What’s a visit to Hong Kong without sampling the most famous local cuisine – Dim Sum? This Cantonese specialty consists of a selection of traditional dishes, including steamed or fried dumplings, buns and pastries, all served in bamboo steamers or small plates.
Each serving usually has around four pieces per basket or plate and is traditionally served ‘family style’, where a selection of dishes are ordered for the table and shared amongst family and friends.
Dim Sum is traditionally washed down with several cups of Chinese tea, hence the alternative name for eating Dim Sum “yum cha” (which literally means “drink tea”).
If you are new to Dim Sum, read our beginners’ guide to dim sum here.
My kids particularly love the char siu bao (barbecue pork buns) and the xiao long bao (Shanghai pork dumplings), while the shrimp dumplings, spring rolls and egg tarts are also a hit.
Read our guide to the Best Restaurants in Hong Kong for Dim Sum here.
Hong Kong Museums
There are so many museums to choose from in Hong Kong, with topics as diverse as tea ware, horse racing, correctional facilities and movies. The two most popular museums with Hong Kong children are the Hong Kong Museum of History, and the Hong Kong Science Museum.
The Hong Kong Museum of History takes you on a journey through the birth and life of Hong Kong, and includes galleries on Folk Culture, the Opium Wars, and the Japanese Occupation.
There is plenty to keep the kids entertained, including boats to climb on, stuffed animals to hide from, and eye-catching exhibitions such as the reconstruction of festivals and entertainment such as Lion Dances and Chinese Opera.
Just next-door is the Hong Kong Science Museum. Over 70 percent of the Science Museum’s 500 exhibits are interactive, meaning lots of hands-on fun and learning is to be had here.
Hike the Dragon’s Back
Most people associate Hong Kong with skyscrapers and fast-paced city life. But head out of the city centre and you will find some awesome hiking trails through Hong Kong’s country parks – in fact, around 38% of the land surrounding Hong Kong has been designated as country park.
If you are a fit and healthy family, then this is could be one of the most rewarding activities for kids in Hong Kong.
The Dragon’s Back is one of the best introductions to hiking in Hong Kong.
This 2-hour hike is relatively easy (children aged 5 and up should be able to manage it), offering spectacular views of Hong Kong’s southside and ends on Big Wave Bay beach, where you can spend the day playing in the sand and splashing in the sea (there is a café here too).
Read more in our article Hiking the Dragon’s Back, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Dolphin Watch
Hong Kong is home to a group of very special, very rare residents – the Indopacific Humpback Dolphin. The Indopacific Humpback dolphins can also be found in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific, but what makes Hong Kong’s dolphins so special – is that they are pink! Yes, pink dolphins!
A tour to see these beautiful creatures in the wild is one of the most unique family things to do in Hong Kong.
We recommend that the only company you should book with is Hong Kong Dolphin Watch, as they are the only company offering truly ecological tours, and donating a percentage of their profits to dolphin charities.
Their trips are educational and are designed to minimize the disturbance to the dolphins. Plus they know these dolphins better than anyone in Hong Kong, so you have the best chance of spotting them than with any other company.
Another fun thing to add to your Hong Kong itinerary for kids is jumping on a boat and heading out to sea.
For a traditional cruising option, choose from the Duk Ling or the Aqua Luna. The Duk Ling is Hong Kong’s oldest surviving sailing junk, having been built in 1955. Originally a fishing boat, it now takes tourists for sightseeing trips around the harbour.
Read more about the Duk Ling in our Fun Hong Kong Facts for Kids article.
Both the Duk Ling and the Aqua Luna offer afternoon and evening harbour cruises, including ones that coincide with the Symphony of Lights light show at 8pm every night. The Aqua Luna also offers a 90-minute cruise over to Stanley at the weekends.
If you’re looking for something more exclusive, then you can hire a private junk (either traditional or high-tech modern speedboat) and spend the day exploring the outlying islands, frolicking on a beach or floating in rubber rings off the back of the boat. Boat hire ranges from the very basic to very fancy, fully-catered affairs.
Looking for more fun Hong Kong activities? Read more in our Uniquely Hong Kong article.
Family Hotels in Hong Kong
Need help choosing a family-friendly hotel in Hong Kong? Hong Kong has a huge number of hotels to choose from, from high end to budget. Most places are suitable for kids.
If you are visiting in the Summer, it is a great option to find somewhere with a pool as the heat and humidity can get too much for some and it is amazing to have a pool to cool off in at the end of a long day of sightseeing.
Also try to pick somewhere that is close to public transport – particularly an MTR station, as this will connect most places you will want to visit.
Read our pick of the best places to stay in Hong Kong with kids below.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is one of our favourite hotels for families in Hong Kong. It has a lovely swimming pool, plus separate kids pool and a full playground on site. It also has a good choice of restaurants, including a huge buffet breakfast and Chinese restaurant for dim sum lunches.
There are also fabulous harbour views on offer if you opt for a Harbour View room. Rooms are spacious and kids are given ice cream vouchers to use in any of the restaurants on check in.
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
If you are planning to spend a day at Hong Kong Disneyland, then spending a night in the hotel can be a great way to round off the experience. We often visit the park on one day, then overnight in the hotel and enjoy breakfast with the characters in the morning before we leave.
As you would expect, the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is fabulous for children with spacious grounds, indoor swimming pool, outdoor pool with a slide, small kids playroom, a Bibbidi Bobbidy Boutique for princess makeovers and more.
There is a good choice of restaurants, including a Chinese restaurant with disney-themed dim sum and the Enchanted Garden, where you can dine with the characters.
The Salisbury – YMCA Hong Kong
For a more budget friendly hotel in Hong Kong, check out the Salisbury in Tsim Sha Tsui. Don’t be put off by this being a YMCA – it is actually a very nice modern mid-range Hong Kong hotel, and what’s more – it has harbour views for a fraction of the price of the nearby big named brand hotels.
The family suites have separate living rooms with sofa beds and a fridge. Onsite facilities include a swimming pool and full leisure facilities. It is close to the MTR station and just a 2-minute walk from the star ferry.
Still want more options? Click here to read more suggestions for Family Hotels in Hong Kong.
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