Kids young & old will love a ride on the super steep Peak Tram. Be rewarded by the fabulous views at the top and realize that Hong Kong island is not just skyscrapers but jungle and beaches too. You can either burn some calories by taking the buggy friendly Peak Circular Walk or head up to Mount Austin playground, one of the prettiest on the island.
More info: ThePeak.com.hk
A perfect wet weather activity is to visit the fabulous Hong Kong Museum of History. You can easily spend a few hours here learning about Hong Kong’s path from prehistoric days to the birth of the modern metropolis. My favourite area is the recreated street scenes where you can wander around an old teahouse, tailor shop, tramcar and more.
This offers a myriad of things to do from walking through the aviary, turtle & koi watching in the ponds to the wonderful sandpit in the playground. Located at the edge of the park is the Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware that has a playroom filled with tea sets for kids. Neighboring the museum is the Lok Cha Teahouse, serving up delicious vegetarian dim sum in beautiful surrounds.
You can’t beat a trip on the iconic Star Ferry. As the ferry ride is only 10 minutes, combine it with a walk along Kowloon’s Avenue of the Stars (buggy friendly). Don’t forget to return to the same spot at night to see the daily 8pm light show where you can watch HK’s skyline come to life with lasers & music.
More info: StarFerry.com.hk
The laidback island of Lamma is the perfect place for a kid friendly hike. Take the ferry from Central Pier 4 and enjoy the 30-minute journey across the water to Yung Shue Wan. Follow the Family Trail, which will lead you to the village of Sok Kwu Van via beaches and a coastal climb (approx. two hours with toddlers in tow). This is the perfect place to relax post hike, with a huge number of seafood restaurants to choose from. My favourite is Rainbow, which even offers a free ferry back to Hong Kong Island.
Kowloon has many dedicated markets from flowers to birds, jade to clothes. My favourite place to hit the markets is at Sham Shui Po where there are streets filled with colourful shops selling beads, ribbons and haberdashery galore. Kids will love Fuk Wing street which houses cheap toys shops, perfect for party bag fillers or a quick bribe!
Access the promenade at Sai Wan Ho for a lovely waterfront walk. A buggy friendly path hugs the water, giving you fantastic views across the harbor of and of the various boats bobbing along. Your kids will love the Alexander Grantham fireboat, which is parked at Tai Koo where you can climb aboard and pretend you’re a pirate. Cross the overpass to the Tai Koo playground and if you want to escape the heat/rains, head into the large mall.
Hong Kong is blessed with it’s own Disneyland but if you’ve ticked that box elsewhere, you might want to try the fantastic Ocean Park. Not only is it filled with rides for all ages but it also has an aquarium, daily shows and you can even get to see real life pandas. Check the schedule for the daily shows and it’s worth getting there a bit early to beat the queues.
Hong Kong has many beaches but sadly the water can be polluted at times. My favourite is Shek O on the southern side of Hong Kong island. After you’ve had your fill of the beach and surf, eat delicious and cheap Thai and Chinese food at the shack (as far as I know this place has no name but you’ll easily spot it!). If you like to hike, you can also combine a trip to Shek O with a walk along the amazing Dragon’s Back which starts close by.
Head to Lantau Island and ride on the cable car to the Big Buddha. The duration of the cable car ride is fairly long (5.7km) and offers incredible views over the airport, Lantau island and moments of vertigo if you’ve chosen a glass bottomed car! The Big Buddha is fairly touristy but fun to climb nonetheless. If you feel the need to escape the crowds following your Big Buddha adventure, hop on a bus to Cheung Sha beach and eat at one of the beachfront restaurants.
More info: DiscoverHongKong.com