Things to do in Hong Kong with Kids | Hong Kong Pass

Discover some of the unmissable things to do in Hong Kong with kids with our inspired list below.

Hong Kong may be known for its skyscrapers and busy business district but the city is full of family-friendly spots to take the kids from cultural landmarks and eclectic neighbourhoods to theme parks, markets and more.

Hong Kong tours

One of the best ways to see a city, explore top landmarks and manoeuvre little ones from place to place is with a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour, and Big Bus Hong Kong offer three comprehensive tour routes including Hong Kong island (from Sheung Wan to Causeway Bay), Stanley (via Aberdeen and Hong Kong’s Southside) as well as Kowloon (from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mong Kok). Hop aboard one of their tour buses and learn all about this bustling thanks to their multi-lingual audio guides.

Hong Kong can get hot and humid thanks to its sub-tropical climate, if the little ones are in need of cooling off, take to the waters aboard a Star Ferry Harbour Cruise and enjoy the relaxing breeze as one of Star Ferry’s historic boats takes you along Victoria Harbour. It’s one of the best ways to take in the famous skyline while discovering some of Hong Kong’s heritage. 

Hong Kong day trips

If you’re coming to Hong Kong with kids, Ocean Park should be top of your list. Located less than 30 minutes away from Central in Aberdeen, Ocean Park is a Hong Kong institution – an amusement park that is home to thrilling rides, themed amusement zones, animals and delicious dining outlets, it’s the ultimate day out for the family. Get up close to the park’s famous Giant Pandas, explore an underwater world in the Grand Aquarium, get your heart racing on rollercoasters, discover animal habitats home to walruses, penguins, sharks and more.

High up on most people’s Hong Kong bucket lists are the Big Buddha and Ngong Ping Cable Car. Located on Lantau island, a 25-minute train ride away from Central, a day trip to see this famous landmark and explore North Lantau is a fun adventure for the entire family. Hop on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car at Tung Chung and enjoy the great views of Lantau and the South China Sea as you make your way to the top. Once there, enjoy a guided tour of the Po Lin monestary, Ngong Ping village and the Big Buddha before heading down into Tai O fishing village. Discover Hong Kong’s oldest fishing village, explore the market stalls, indulge in local snacks and take a boat ride alongside Tai O’s famous stilt houses – keep your eyes open because you may catch sight of Hong Kong’s famous pink dolphins!

Hong Kong markets

A dynamic and culturally fascinating city, one of the best ways to see the city at street-level is by walking the amazing and diverse markets dotted around the island and Kowloon. Stanley Market, located on Hong Kong’s Southside is a semi-covered market with stalls ranging in souvenirs, arts & crafts, toys, clothing and more. A family-favourite with locals and visitors, the market is situated right next to the waterfront where there’s a range of restaurants and cafes to stop for a bite to eat and some refreshments.

If you’re looking for a more authentic experience with the kids, hop over to Kowloon side and explore the famous Flower Market, Bird Market and Goldfish Street Market – all connected to one another in Prince Edward. Full of local flavour, the charming Bird Market is made up of a small bird garden where older locals socialise and take their birds for “walks” in their intricate cages, and a collection of stalls selling hand-crafted cages, bird feed as well as birds themselves from canaries and parakeets to parrots. Joining up to the Bird Market is the busy Flower Market – a blooming oasis with rows upon rows of flower stalls, shops and street-stands. From bonsai trees and orchids to fresh-cut flowers, cacti and more, you can find all kinds of flora here. Just across Prince Edward Road West, you’ll find Tung Choi Street, which is also locally known as Goldfish Market. A fascinating street, you’ll find shop after shop of selling a variety of fish from goldfish to tropical fish, amphibians, small pets and even reptiles. 

Hong Kong Parks

Most parents will agree that outdoor space is crucial for little ones to let off their energy and have a run around. While Hong Kong doesn’t immediately conjure images of open green spaces, you’d be surprised to discover there are hidden pockets dotted all over the city where families can explore, kids can run around and everyone can have a little breather away from the hustle and bustle.

Linking Central and Admiralty, Hong Kong Park is a great oasis hidden above the skyscrapers. Not a huge park, it offers a relaxing break from shopping and sightseeing thanks to its convenient location (starting behind Pacific Place mall, coming out on Garden Road next to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus). Wander along the tree-lined paths, watch the turtles and koi fish swimming in the park ponds and even explore the charming teaware museum.

Heading up to the Peak? Once you’ve hopped off the Peak Tram and taken in the stunning views of the city below from the Sky Terrace observation deck, stroll around the Peak Circle Walk, which is fully pedestrianised so you can let the kids wander freely while taking in all the scenic views. There’s a kids’ playground along the route if you all need a little break. The whole circular route takes around 40 minutes and is shaded thanks to the lush vegetation, making it perfect for little ones.  

A stone’s throw from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus is the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanic Gardens. Free to enter, this historic park is a Hong Kong institution and a favourite with visitors and locals thanks to its convenient Central location and vast range of monkeys, reptiles, birds, flowers and plants. Kids and adults alike will love wandering through this hillside park – a hidden oasis in the city.

Things to do in Hong Kong when it rains

Being so close to the equator, Hong Kong can have its fair share of rainy days, especially in the summer months, but luckily there’s plenty to do with restless kids when it’s wet outside. Hong Kong has a number of museums from science and art to history and more. A firm favourite is the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, which explores over 3000 years of maritime history and culture in Hong Kong and the surrounding South China Sea. Named one of China’s top 10 museums by TripAdvisor in 2017, the museum offers an innovative visitor experience with artefacts, cultural exhibits, dynamic displays and simulators.

Head across the harbour to Tsim Sha Tsui and you’ll find the HK Museum of Art, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Science Museum and HK Museum of History, all a stone’s throw away from one another. Featuring a mix of permanent displays and visiting exhibits, these museums are great family-friendly attractions, especially for a rainy day.

It’s not surprising that during the hot and humid months, locals and visitors look to cool off indoors – thankfully, a number of malls have indoor ice-skating rinks offering the perfect cool-down activities for active little ones. Elements Mall in West Kowloon, Tai Koo Shing’s Cityplaza and Festival Walk in Kowloon City have three of the city’s favourite ice-skating rinks, with boots for hire, lockers and hand-held skating aids available to rent for little ones.