The Fragrant Harbour’s all-round safety, efficiency and host of kid-friendly attractions make it a prime destination for families
Hong Kong Disneyland
There’s something for everyone at this theme park, often dubbed “the happiest place on Earth”. The little tykes can watch their favorite Disney stories come alive in attractions like the Fairy Tale Forest, while older kids can get their adrenaline pumping with thrilling rides like Space Mountain, a big-drop indoor roller coaster. Of course, there are theater shows and themed dining options galore. What’s more, there are two Disney hotels situated within the resort, so you and the brood can spend days on end at the park.
Lantau Island, +852 1 830 830; hongkongdisneyland.com
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Spanning several months every year, this annual arts extravaganza showcases theater, dance, music, circus and opera shows from award-winning production teams. And there are always performances that both young and old will adore — this year, it was the ballet performance of Sleeping Beauty that captivated the hearts of audiences. There are also educational extras like workshops, guided tours and backstage visits for the little ones, under the festival’s “Young Friends” scheme.
+852 2824 2430; hk.artsfestival.org/en
Hong Kong Science Museum
For an educational yet fun day out, take the kids to the Hong Kong Science Museum. It houses more than 500 exhibits across four floors, spanning the sciences, robotics, geography, meteorology and more. Most of the exhibits are interactive, making for an immersive learning experience for both parents and children. Tip: entrance is free on Wednesdays!
2 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, +852 2732 3232; hk.science.museum
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Located at the heart of Central, on the northern slope of Victoria Peak, this 5.6ha park is home to hundreds of animal species, including giraffes, lions, orangutans, flamingos and more. There’s plenty of flora as well as fauna: eight gardens are filled with both native and exotic blooms like camellias, azaleas and magnolias. It’s a great way for kids to get closer to nature without actually leaving the city.
Albany Rd, Central, +852 2530 0154; lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks/hkzbg/index.html
Dragon’s Back Trail
Take the family on what is widely regarded as the best urban hiking trail in the world. You’ll be rewarded with picturesque views of rolling peaks and turquoise waters; you can even paraglide or fly kites along the ridge. Do note, however, that the trail is most suitable for older or more adventurous kids, as the terrain can get challenging at times (ie, definitely not stroller-friendly!).
Starting point at Shek O Rd, +852 9168 4803
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