Things to do in Hong Kong with family? Let’s dive in! Imagine savouring dim sum in bustling eateries. Kids’ eyes light up at Disneyland’s fireworks. Ever ridden a tram up a skyscraper? In Hong Kong, you can! Wander through neon night markets. Take a junk boat ride. See the city from the Peak. It’s a whirlwind of wonder. Hong Kong isn’t just a city; it’s a family-sized treasure chest of experiences. Ready to explore?
1. Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
The Kadoorie brothers established the Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden in 1956 to help local farmers. It is a pioneer in organic farming with a high focus on the conservation of the environment and sustainability. Moreover, you can walk around the vegetable garden and spot monkeys, pigs, flamingos, and injured parrots and owls at the rehabilitation center.
Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden is open daily from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. It’s best to get there early to avoid the crowds and experience everything the garden offers. Furthermore, admission is $40 for adults and children over 12, $20 for children aged 4 -11, and free for children below 4.
2. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is Hong Kong’s quirkiest and most fascinating temple. It features a glass case that carries the embalmed body of its founder, Revered Yiet Kai, covered in gold leaf and sitting in the lotus position. Further, the journey up is quite a task as you have to climb 431 steps passing 500 life-sized statues to get to five temples that contain 13,000 gold ceramic Buddha statues with various poses and expressions.
Further, opening hours are from 9.00 am to 5.00, and it is best to get there early to fully experience the journey and the climb up. Besides, there is no admission fee to visit the monastery.
3. Hong Kong Disneyland
This is a place where all kids love to go when they visit the city. There are so many attractions in Disneyland, including the Castle of Magical Dreams, the Momentous Nighttime Spectacular Show, and many more. Moreover, there is also a Frozen-themed land that is to open in late 2023!
Hong Kong Disneyland is open from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm. However, try to get there early to spend the entire day enjoying the rides and attractions. Furthermore, the Magic Access annual pass program gives you year-round access to Disneyland. You can get a silver, gold, or platinum membership as required. You can also get a one-day to two-day pass based on your requirement. Prices vary according to the pass type you require, and details can be found on the Hong Kong Disneyland official website.
4. The Ocean Park
Ocean Park, Hong Kong, is an amazing place to go with kids, providing year-round fun for the entire family. There are funfair games, shows, rides, cable cars, animals galore, and an aquarium at Ocean Park. Also, there are special programs for kids between 4 and 11 years of age, like sleepovers in the aquarium, an opportunity to get close to animals, and fun games.
It is open from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm on weekdays and from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm on weekends. Get there early to enjoy all the events and activities and have a lot of fun. An adult ticket costs $63.44, and a child (3-11 years) ticket costs $31.12.
5. Hong Kong Wetland Park
Wetland Park is where you and your kids can get close to nature. Besides, this 60-hectare space has stroller-friendly trails, boardwalks, and wildlife such as butterflies, mudskippers, and birds. Also, a 10,000-square-meter interactive visitor center offers a crash course in environmental awareness.
The park is open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Furthermore, a standard single-entry ticket costs $3.82 for adults and is free for kids below the age of 3.
6. Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park
The Hoi Ha Marine Park is evidence of Hong Kong’s most abundant marine ecosystems in the region. The existence of mangrove habitats, rare corals, and pristine beaches with starfish and seahorses reminds us that our wealth is more than material. Also, you can visit the Marine Life Center and go on a glass-bottomed boat ride.
7. Noah’s Ark
Relive the story of Noah’s Ark at Ma Wan, which offers adventure, actions, games, and cinema around this Ark replica. Moreover, it has interactive exhibitions telling the story of Noah’s Ark, which could be very informative for kids.
Noah’s Ark Theme Park is open daily from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Further, it’s best to get there early to enjoy the experience. A general admission ticket costs $25.22, while a child & senior ticket costs $20.13.
8. Artjamming Studios
The Artjamming Studios is an excellent place for kids to unleash their inner artists. It is a drop-in center where up to 80 art lovers can wield a brush. It’s open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Prices can vary based on the canvas size and art materials you require for your artwork. It can range from $31.85 for a mini canvas and two hours of painting.
9. Maritime Museum
At Hong Kong Maritime Museum, you can explore Hong Kong’s fascinating maritime history across 19 galleries. These galleries consist of tales of sea bandits, model boats, paintings, and other displays. Also, there is navigation equipment, cannons, bells, and a replica ship’s bridge to play on.
The museum is open on weekdays from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm and on weekends from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. Moreover, an adult ticket costs $3.82, while a child ticket (under 18) costs $1.91.
10. Sky100 Observation Deck
Up on the 100th floor of the ICC tower is the territory’s only indoor observation deck. Sky100 offers 260 degrees views of the city and is the ideal place to be while the sun sets on the eastern sky. Further, the opening hours are from 10.00 am to 8.30 pm. Standard admission costs $22.68 for adults and $14.65 for kids above 3.
11. Hong Kong Space Museum
Hong Kong Space Museum invites all kids who aspire to become astronauts or love everything about space and astronomy. Moreover, it is a highly interactive museum that hosts several kids’ programs and space-related exhibitions. The Stanley Ho Space Theater features Omnimax films with titles rotating every season.
It is open on weekdays from 1.00 pm to 9.00 pm and on weekends from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm. Standard admission to the museum costs $1.27, while group admission costs $0.89. In addition, access to the space theater and exhibitions are at an additional cost, and these prices are stated on the museum’s website.
12. The Big Buddha
Big Buddha in Hong Kong is a large bronze Buddha statue located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island. Ngong Ping 360 cable cars will take you to the statue while its crystal cabins have glass floors for a bird’s eye view of the mountain below. Further, at the end of the rise, you’ll climb 268 steps to reach the world’s largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha. The site is accessible from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm. Ensure to go early to beat the queue. Moreover, admission is free to the site, but donations are most welcome.
13. Tai O Fishing Village
The Tai O is Hong Kong’s oldest fishing village, situated on the northwest coast of Lantau. The village has houses built on stilts over the water. It is the perfect place to experience the fishing culture in Hong Kong. Moreover, you can hop on a boat for a ride in the water or walk around the lively seafood markets with their fish tanks, collect souvenirs, and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the seafood restaurants.
14. Tseung Kwan O Skatepark
Kids will love to go on a skateboarding adventure at Tseung Kwan O Skatepark, next to the Hong Kong Velodrome. Furthermore, it is the largest and best in the city, with a replica of the renowned Bondi Beach ‘pool.’
The skatepark is open daily from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm.
15. The Hong Kong Star Ferry
Lastly, visiting Hong Kong with kids is incomplete without a ride across the harbor on The Hong Kong Star Ferry. It is one of Hong Kong’s most beloved icons and the most affordable way to cross the sea separating Kowloon and Hong Kong.
The ferry operates from 6.30 am to 11.30 pm on the Tsim Sha Tsui – Central Route. The interval frequency of the ferries is around 10 – 12 minutes. A ride along this route costs $0.33.