19 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong with Kids

You won't run out of things to do on a Hong Kong family vacation, trust me.

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Beneath Hong Kong’s modern skyscrapers lies a surprisingly kid-friendly destination. The city holds tremendous sentimental value as our former home and my daughter’s birthplace. We return every year mostly because the list of things to do in Hong Kong with kids is rather large.

The neat thing about Hong Kong is that we experience something new every time we visit. For such a tiny destination, it really packs a punch.

Best Things to Do in Hong Kong with Kids

It’s become much easier to buy tickets for Hong Kong attractions in advance, which you absolutely should do. I’ve noted where this is possible, and in most cases, it’s via Klook, an enormous tour operator in Asia. You’ll usually save a little money and skip queues by entering with their mobile or printed tickets.

You may also want to consider the Hong Kong Pass. This sightseeing pass is for active travelers who would like to see multiple attractions in a day. (Always read the fine print.)

1. Hong Kong Disneyland

Characters in Chinese New Year Costumes at Hong Kong Disneyland

We’ve been to every Disneyland in the world, and Hong Kong Disneyland is by far our favorite. I’m a fan of experiencing Disney in other cultures because the food and other aspects are different. While there can be lines, they are shorter than any other Disney park we’ve been to.

Rides like “it’s a small world” are sung in English though instructions for this and that around the park are typically given in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Of the major roller coasters, Hyperspace Mountain (more or less Space Mountain for those familiar with Disneyland in Anaheim) is the only one represented here. Do not miss Iron Man Experience, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, and Mystic Manor.

Buy tickets in advance online and print them in advance. Options include:

  • Discounted Hong Kong Disneyland tickets on Klook (QR code mobile entry)
  • The Central MTR station Hong Kong Disneyland kiosk
  • Hong Kong Disneyland hotel or other luxury hotel concierge.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland app

The key is to buy them in advance to avoid potential lines at park ticket booths.

If short on time, a half-day visit to Hong Kong Disneyland is still worth it. If you’re coming during summer months and would like to skip the lines, think about booking a 3-hour Disneyland VIP Tour. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (there is one in the park now, too), Hong Kong Disneyland character dining, and Disney dim sum all take place at Disneyland Hotel, which is a quick shuttle bus away from the theme park. You’ll need to reserve either of these experiences in advance.

Though it’s small relative to other Disney parks, Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the best things to do in Hong Kong with kids. I have an extensive guide to Hong Kong Disneyland which has a good discussion in the comments and tips for visiting Hong Kong Disneyland in the summer.


2. Ocean Park

The BEST guide to Ocean Park Hong Kong with Kids (and Without)

Sea-themed Ocean Park Hong Kong is on the south side of Hong Kong island and accessible by car, bus, taxi and now the MTR (it’s one stop from the Admiralty station).

Some prefer this park to Hong Kong Disneyland because it’s unique with fewer crowds and opportunities for animal encounters (check the schedule). We recently participated in the Honorary Panda Keeper program.

The park is divided into two—a lower level and upper level—connected by a sky tram that provides some of the best views of this part of Hong Kong island. The sky tram is a bit hairy on windy days. A submarine-themed train barrels through the mountain to the other side, too. The lines are usually shorter if you take the train up to the upper level and the cable car down.

The Waterfront (lower area) area near the entrance has the pandas, a huge aquarium and a playground for younger kids. The Summit (upper area) has rides for older kids, the sea lions (which you can toss fish to at designated times), the main show area and other attractions.

Ocean Park is also doable with just a half-day if you’re short on time. Also, buy tickets in advance to avoid lines. Klook also has discounted Ocean Park tickets.


3. Ride the Star Ferry Hong Kong

Definitely take the 6-12 minute ride (depending on time of day) from Central to Kowloon on the historic Star Ferry when visiting Hong Kong with kids.

The Star Ferry Hong Kong is a historical American-football-shaped boat that journeys from Central to Kowloon or Wan Chai to Kowloon in just a few minutes (6-12 depending on the time of day). It also goes to the Hong Kong Disneyland hotel once per day.

Depending on how far you have to walk to the ferry terminals, it can be faster to take the Star Ferry Hong Kong to Kowloon than the MTR. Starting at HKD 2.2o per adult, per way, it certainly is cheap.

Try to sit on the upper deck to avoid inhaling coal fumes that trap themselves on the lower level. It costs a few extra cents, but I believe it’s worth it. There is no need to check the schedule (unless you need to ride it very early in the morning or late at night) because the ferries run frequently enough.

You can also book a short Star Ferry tour around Victoria Harbour during the day or at night. The latter is particularly spectacular, and I would choose the one timed during the ICC and Symphony of Lights evening light shows.


4. Shop the Toy Streets

Hong Kong with kids: Shop a toy street

Yes, there are streets dedicated entirely to toys. Since we always in Hong Kong near my daughter’s birthday, these streets are where we load up on party favors.

Go to Fuk Wing Street in Sham Shui Po (we stop into Tim Ho Wan for a barbecue pork bun prior) where there are cheap plastic dolls, balls, gadgets and school supplies that you can buy individually or in bulk. It’s a nice stop if you’re shopping the other markets in Sham Shui Po anyway. Admittedly, the toys do start to look the same after a while. Take Exit B2 at Sham Shui Po Station, walk two streets and turn right.

Another option is Tai Yuen Street in Wan Chai. This one has more variety and nostalgic toys. Take Exit A3 at Wan Chai station and walk just a few minutes. You’ll see it.

If in need of a costume for any reason, definitely go to Pottinger Street. This small market in Central has loads of costumes and accessories year-round. It’s also conveniently located next two other famous shopping streets called The Lanes (Li Yuen Street East and Li Yuen Street West) just off of Queens Road near the Mid Levels escalator.


5. Visit The Peak

Hong Kong with kids: Visit The Peak Tower

First, pray for a clear day because The Peak offers the most spectacular view of Hong Kong. The viewing deck on the top of The Peak Tower on the Sky Terrace (admission required) is the perfect place to take that holiday card photo. Or, opt for the free Lion’s Peak Pavilion to the right (if facing Victoria Harbour) of The Peak Tower. It’s a free viewing platform with more charm but usually crowded.

Go any time of the day, but I think it’s best to maximize your time up here by also dining at The Peak Lookout. There are also quick-service restaurants like Delifrance, Tai Cheong (my favorite egg tart place) and Hong Kong Day where you can order milk tea, Hong Kong toast, and must-try Hong Kong food.

Madame Tussaud’s is here as are many, many souvenir shops. The building across from the Peak Tower has one of my favorite stores, G.O.D. (Goods of Desire), but there are outlets all over Hong Kong. Kids also love the Trick Eye Museum (more below).

Stroll around the Peak Circle Walk for more scenic shots. As the name implies, you can walk an entire circle around The Peak. There’s a little kids’ playground around the middle if they need a break. It takes around 40 minutes to do the entire walk, however, when short on time we walk it for a bit and then reverse.

Skip the Peak Tram line with the Hong Kong Pass

We usually take The Peak Tram up and taxi back down, because my daughter is usually tired from walking. However, on the most recent trip we walked down the scenic Morning Trail from the Peak all the way back to Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong in Central which took about an hour or so (however, I know where I’m going… if you try and get lost at the bottom of the trail, hail a taxi).

Likewise, many hike to Pok Fu Lam from The Peak and down a few other trails. If this appeals to you, ask your hotel concierge for a map and make sure your cell phone is charged.

Tip: The queue for the Peak Tram on the way up has been really long lately. Get a skip-the-line ticket from Klook (you can bundle this with discounted admission to Madame Tussauds and the Sky Terrace) or the Hong Kong pass.


6. Hong Kong Science Museum/Hong Kong Museum of History

Hong Kong Science Museum with kids

Here’s something to do on a rainy day (and, in the summer, there are plenty of rainy days). The Hong Kong Science Museum is located in Tsim Sha Tsui East in Kowloon and has over 500 exhibits on display including Cathay Pacific’s first DC3 airliner suspended from the ceiling. Most of the exhibits are hands-on including a car simulator that you “drive” to avoid accidents. Another highlight is the 22-meter Energy Machine (the largest of its kind in the world) with audio-visual effects simulating energy. Kids will love it.

The Hong Kong Museum of History is right next door and free to enter. It is my favorite Hong Kong museum and does have some colorful hands-on exhibits for kids, but you will likely enjoy it more than they will. I say hit both at the same time.


7. Hong Kong Park

Kids will love the koi fish and turtles at Hong Kong Park.

It’s not huge but passing through here is a pleasant thing to do with kids, especially if you’re walking from Central to Admiralty (or vice versa) or need a break from shopping at Pacific Place (one of my favorite indoor malls). Turtles and koi fish can be seen swimming in little ponds along the walkway.

There’s even a small teaware museum worth visiting quickly. When it’s hot, it’s easy to duck into Pacific Place mall for a drink or bite to eat. This park is a little oasis off of the busy street.

If families are considering the Admiralty Hotels (Upper House, Conrad, JW Marriott, and Island Shangri-la), I always point out this park as a perk of the location.


8. The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery via Ngong Ping 360

The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are very popular Hong Kong attractions for a good reason.

Named for the stunning views seen during a ride, Ngong Ping 360 eliminates the need to endure a windy bus ride to the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island.

Take the MTR to Tung Chung station and the cable car is just a few minutes away on foot. Ride in a regular cable car, private cable car or even a glass-bottom cable car. Kids will love the glass-bottom cable car which usually has a shorter boarding queue.

If in Hong Kong with kids, book the glass-bottom cable car at Ngong Ping 360.

The cable car drops you at Ngong Ping Village where there is shopping, dining, and entertainment (it’s a bit touristy). Nature walks are accessible here but most famous is the Po Lin Monastery where you may have a decent vegetarian lunch and the Tian Tan Buddha, otherwise known as the Big Buddha.

Though people from all over Asia make the pilgrimage to see the Big Buddha, it was built in 1993. It is still a holy place.

If your kids are good walkers, do take a quick detour to the Wisdom Path where a group of large wooden steles displays a prayer. It’s great for photos.

My daughter loves visiting the Big Buddha and asks to visit every time we go to Hong Kong now. You can read more about our tips for visiting the Big Buddha because there is a lot to know.

Some hotel concierge desks can purchase your Ngong Ping cable car tickets in advance. Otherwise, Klook has them and a dedicated expedited line at the entrance.


9. Go Hong Kong Pink Dolphin Watching

hong kong pink dolphin watching

Sadly, due to pollution, ferries and harbour reclamation, the endangered Hong Kong pink dolphins are becoming even rarer. They are gorgeous and if you can swing 3 hours on a boat, try to see them before they are gone. Through Klook, you can book a Hong Kong pink dolphin watching tour.


10. Explore the Geoparks

Explore the Hong Kong UNESCO Geoparks with kids on a family vacation. There are many to choose from but do a little research as some involve too much climbing for little kids.

Eight UNESCO Geoparks in Hong Kong highlight interesting rock formations created by the Earth’s movement. Contrary to the way the above Geopark looks, some are flat and easy for young kids to navigate. There are hexagonal volcanic columns, sea arches, and more.

Some of them are remote. Your best bet is to do some research to decide which are most appropriate for your family and whether or not to take a tour.

If you happen to be staying at The Peninsula Hong Kong, they now offer a private helicopter tour of the UNESCO Geoparks as part of their Peninsula Academy bespoke programs, or you can book one via Klook.


11. Watch the Nightly Symphony of Lights and ICC Light Shows

Hong Kong with kids: Watch the Symphony of Lights Show

This show never gets old, and my daughter has loved it since before she could talk. I highly recommend harbour view hotel rooms as most have views of the nightly Symphony of Lights show over Victoria Harbour.

The ‘World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show’ as named by Guinness World Records starts every night at 8:00 p.m. Colored lasers and lights shoot from the top of 40 buildings lining the Hong Kong skyline. Listen to music (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the new musical score) and narration available via the A Symphony of Lights app though it is broadcast live near Avenue of the Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui and at the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. Make sure to see the laser show at least once.

The ICC building, which you can see from Hong Kong island. Download the app so that you can listen to music synchronized with the light show. You can see it extremely well from a harbour view room at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, the IFC terraces on Podium 3 and 4 as well as some harbour view restaurants. The shows happen nightly at 7:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Remember, you can see both shows at the evening Star Ferry tour or book a Symphony of Lights tour on Aqua Luna, a (new) traditional Hong Kong red-sailed junks (more details below).


12. Ride the Mid-Levels Escalator

Hong Kong with kids: Ride the Mid-Levels escalator

This activity depends on the level of patience your kids have, but the Mid-Levels Escalator is the largest escalator in the world.

Starting at 6:00 a.m., the escalator runs downhill to take residents to work and switches directions at roughly 10:15 a.m. to run uphill until midnight, at which point it turns off until the morning.

Make it a challenge and see if you can ride it all the way to the top though it doesn’t reach The Peak. You can always exit the in the Mid-Levels/Soho area for lunch, dinner, shopping or a snack.

There are tons of great restaurants in Soho/Mid-Levels. As you’ve likely taken the escalator up, it’s easy to walk back down (not easy with a stroller unless you know the back routes). My daughter liked to count the steps down when she was younger. Or, simply taxi back down to Central.


13. Bike the New Territories

Hong Kong with kids: A bike tour in the New Territories is a great way to see another side of Hong Kong

Cycling is growing to one of the most popular things to do in Hong Kong with kids and most often done in the New Territories. We took a half-day private biking tour of the Walled Villages in the New Territories with Mountain Biking Asia that I would recommend for kids that can handle more rugged terrain. It’s pretty flat, with a few small hills and dirt roads but they do need a little strength and endurance. My daughter was nine when we first did this and fine.

We have also rented bikes just outside of the MTR station in Tai Wai (they even have kids’ bikes). This entire route is pretty flat and a dedicated bike path. Discover Hong Kong has a helpful page outlining the various bike paths and rental information.


14. Ride a Hong Kong Junk

Hong Kong with kids: Take a red-sailed junk tour

Red-sailed junks are Hong Kong’s icon, often seen in travel ads, and a sight that lends immediate recognition to Victoria Harbour. Duk Ling is the last authentic Chinese sailing junk in Victoria Harbour. The junk has been painstakingly restored and is available for short cruises during the week or private hire. If you’re not going to ride it, keep an eye out it in the harbour. I see it often from Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong.

Another red-sailed junk built by the Aqua Group is also visible on the harbour and available for dining and tours. It’s called Aqua Luna but is a new ship which means the experience is a bit more posh with more comfortable seating, cocktails, and food for purchase. Those who prefer a more authentic experience should choose Duk Ling (a complimentary glass of beer, red wine or soft drinks is provided as well).

Aqua Luna also runs on a hop-on, hop-off basis between noon and 5:00 p.m. to four points in Hong Kong.

There are also some junks you can rent by the day (sans the red sails, usually). We’ve done it with friends (and loads of champagne), and it’s quite fun. If you ride a Hong Kong junk, bring sunscreen if during the day. If you are very sensitive to sea sickness, give it a skip.


15. Ferry to an Outer Island

Hong Kong with Kids: Cheung Chau island

Kids who love boat rides can get their fill in Hong Kong between the Star Ferry, Duk Ling, Aqua Luna, dolphin watching and ferries to outlying islands where the buzz of a big city is less noticeable. The two most popular islands are Cheung Chau (pictured above), which is famous for the annual bun festival in May (if you are in Hong Kong in May, this festival is a must), and Lamma Island, another fishing village.

Cheung Chau is home to a pretty beach near the ferry terminal and water-based outdoor activities like kayaking and swimming, while Lamma Island is home to fresh seafood and a little beach.

Hong Kong with kids: Visit Lamma Island

We used to take the 20-minute ferry ride over to Lamma from Central, walk around the island and then eat at one of the small seaside restaurants. The islands, especially Lamma, provide a nice break from city life.


16. Ride the Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Hong Kong with kids: Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Recently opened on the Central Harbourfront, the new Hong Kong Observation Wheel (or Hong Kong Ferris Wheel) provides 20 minutes of fun for all ages. The wheel spins around three times and provides excellent views over Victoria Harbour. It’s also within walking distance of the ferry terminals and Central hotels.

One of the best times to visit is during Golden Hour when the sunlight hits the skyscrapers or during the Symphony of Lights show. But, really, any time is a good time.


17. Visit the Trick Eye Museum

The Trick Eye Museum at The Peak in Hong Kong is a fun thing to do with kids.

My daughter and her friends loved this little 3-D art museum. I would say allow 30 minutes or so to walk through the rooms in the Trick Eye Museum. This one is convenient because you’ll likely be touring The Peak at some point anyway.


18. Eat Character Dim Sum

Hong kong with kids: Character dim sum

Character dim sum is trending in Hong Kong and elsewhere. One of the most popular places for it in Hong Kong is a restaurant called Yum Cha which as locations in both Central and Kowloon. We often meet friends here because the kids love it and the food is good. Do make a reservation. They also offer dim sum making classes.

Dim Sum Icon, now only in Kowloon, is another restaurant where the themed character dim sum changes every so often to keep people coming in. To be honest, I did not recognize the character series featured when we were there, but they’ve featured Gudetama, Sailormoon and other favorite characters. In my opinion, the food is better at Yum Cha.

Of course, you can also reserve Crystal Lotus inside Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel for Disney dim sum.


19. Eat a Hong Kong Waffle

Hong Kong with kids: Eat and egg waffle

Even picky kids may enjoy one of Hong Kong’s most popular street food snacks: the egg waffle (also called Hong Kong waffle or eggette).

In addition to the mildly-sweet flavor of the original (many flavor variations exist now) they might like to see how the waffles are made and dried by a fan. We like Mammy Pancake (locations on the island and in Kowloon) which has recently earned a Michelin star. Lee Keung Kee (North Point and Kowloon) is popular as is Oddie’s (Central and Wan Chai) if you’d like an eggette wrapped around soft-serve gelato.

Other local must-trys that kids may love include pineapple buns, Hong Kong toast, won ton noodle soup, and egg tarts.


Good Things to Know When in Hong Kong With Kids

Things to do in Hong Kong with kids

Eating in Hong Kong with kids also isn’t challenging. There is plenty of Western food available, but kid-friendly favorites like steamed rice, fried rice, egg rolls, and other simple Chinese food items can be ordered, too.

Do not panic if you forget to pack something. Many Western brands of jarred baby food, formula, diapers and more are available at chemists and grocery stores.

Car seats aren’t required in taxis. Uneven pavement makes using a stroller difficult in some areas and finding a lift in an MTR station can be difficult, though not impossible.

Hong Kongers love kids, and I’ve received plenty of help with strollers and bags from strangers over the years.

If time permits, Hong Kong is a fantastic city for a vacation photographer. We used Flytographer for a 30-minute session and were quite pleased. Book through my link for 20% more photos and a free SmugMug print, if you’d like to try it. Shoots start at $250 for 30 minutes.

The maximum occupancy in Hong Kong hotels is three people, including kids, with a few exceptions. Even families of four will usually need connecting rooms.

I have had nothing but good experiences with babysitters at both Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong and Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. These are my top two Hong Kong family hotel picks and where we stay every year.

If you are considering a luxury Hong Kong hotel, I have access to VIP amenities and perks (that may include complimentary breakfast for two, room upgrades, food, and beverage credits and more) at five-star hotels in town through my role as an independent affiliate at Cadence Travel (a Virtuoso member agency*). Send me your dates, and I’ll let you know what’s on offer in the luxury category.

See also: The Best List of Family Hotels in Hong Kong

What are your favorite things to do in Hong Kong with kids?

Photo credits: Geopark, Flickr/Anthorea; Star Ferry, Peak Tram, Symphony of Lights, Duk Ling, Mid-Levels Escalator, Cheung Chau are courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

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58 Comments

  1. shiba
    April 9, 2018 at 12:13 am — Reply

    Whats the best and cheap mode of transportation from HK to Macau?
    Thanks

    • April 9, 2018 at 9:22 am — Reply

      It’s probably the ferries – TurboJet or CotaiJet depending on which part of Macau you’re headed to.

  2. Brodee Jeffrey
    January 16, 2018 at 4:37 am — Reply

    Hi,
    My friend and I are hoping to visit HK in April 2019 with my husband and (will be) 20 month old. This list is extremely helpful. Any other advice or activities you would recommend?

    • Hui Lin
      March 26, 2018 at 5:43 am — Reply

      If you haven’t already seen Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA, they are premiering there on 19 April at Central Harborfront (by the water) Highly entertaining!

  3. Dita
    December 29, 2017 at 4:54 am — Reply

    Hi, we are family of four, kids are 8&5 y.o. We would like to take the kids to Hong Kong in March during Easter break. Would you have any idea how the weather is like mid March? Planning on staying for two weeks. It needs to be worth it as we reside in Tanzania and travel time is pretty long from here! Looking forward to hearing from you! Thanks!

    • December 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm — Reply

      Hi Dita. The weather in March is usually pretty temperate. That’s when we visit. We stay at Four Seasons and use the outdoor pool in March but there are some days that are cooler when you might want a sweater outside. I find this much more tolerable than summer when it can get REALLY hot and humid. Have fun!

      • Dita
        December 29, 2017 at 10:32 pm — Reply

        Hi! Thanks for the reply! I could imagine Hongkong’s summer being like Hanoi’s summer where we lived for four years, crazy hot and humid. Thanks for the tips! I don’t think we are in a budget of Four Seasons or MO Hongkong, but your blog also recommends other hotels which I am looking into now! Thanks!

  4. Denise Kathryn Joson
    September 19, 2017 at 12:17 am — Reply

    We need help on how to plan our Hong Kong trip for next year since we will be traveling as a big family atleast 20 members. Your advice and opinion could really help. Thank you.

    • September 19, 2017 at 6:55 am — Reply

      Sure, Denise. I can email you later today!

      • Jo
        February 26, 2018 at 9:56 am — Reply

        Same situation here. We’re a group of 25 with 15 kids we’re travelling this 1st week of march 2018. Kindly send me also any ideas. Thank you

  5. Karen
    August 26, 2017 at 9:54 am — Reply

    I read you catch the star ferry to central then catch the bus to peak team is this true we are staying at the intercontinental stanford hotel in September can you buy bus tickets on the bus or somewhere else

  6. Kellie
    August 25, 2017 at 9:30 pm — Reply

    This list is great! My almost 5 year old and I will be in Hong Kong for a week in November! We are super excited, first time for both of us. Do you have any recommendations for great day trips aside from what you have listed? I was also planning to get a hotel in the city center rather than trying to move hotels mid-week, does that make the most sense? Thanks!

  7. Nikolaus
    July 14, 2017 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    Had been in Hongkong with our 12 year old daughter in October just for 2 days. We had a great time and did the pink dolphins watching. 3 great hours on the boat – I can really recommend! We come again end of July with the whole family (3 kids 6,8,12) and go to Disneyland, Dolphins again… Thanks for your tips! We will stay for only 4 days, what should we definitely visit too??? Regards from Austria

    • July 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm — Reply

      Hi! It really depends on the weather. It is very, very hot in July and can rain. I quite like some of the museums in Kowloon (Hong Kong History, Space Museum) for when it’s hot and rainy or maybe a visit to the Peak (there’s a Galleria, the deck where you can take a photo against the skyline, the Trick Eye Museum. We really like Ocean Park but it is tough when it’s hot!

  8. Tamara
    July 3, 2017 at 6:18 am — Reply

    This is a great page for ideas for travelling with our 2yr old. There is a question from 2015 that hasn’t a reply in relation to strollers. How easy is it to get around with one? Should you hire or bring your own? Trying to figure in the day sleep somehow
    Thanks in advance

    • July 8, 2017 at 8:44 am — Reply

      While many things change in HK every year, the streets do not. So, advice is still the same. You can always bring a stroller and use it anywhere though just be mindful that you will encounter sets of stairs and narrow sidewalks you’ll have to navigate. I would bring your own. If you’re in Central where the malls/buildings are connected it’s no big deal to walk around with a stroller. MTR stations also have lifts (though they can be a touch hard to find, just ask someone). You’ll definitely want it should you go to Disneyland.

  9. smitha
    June 1, 2017 at 6:18 am — Reply

    Every detail has been given here for the people who wants to travel to Hong kong along with children. Thank you so much … I am really excited about my upcoming visit to this place along with kids after going through this article.

    • June 3, 2017 at 9:56 am — Reply

      It’s my pleasure! I adore Hong Kong and hope you do, too!

  10. Tina
    April 27, 2017 at 2:38 am — Reply

    We’re currently visiting HK with a 4 & 1 year old and just wanted to mention that Avenue of the Stars (and the Art Museum) are both closed until 2018. There is a “garden of the stars” nearby with three statues (Bruce Lee incl) and a few hand impressions but most of the area along the harbor is closed off a the moment.

  11. David Sorgen
    April 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm — Reply

    Hi – Thinking of visiting Hong Kong with my wife and son age 9 last week of December 2017. My and son’s first time. Which is the best hotel to stay? Kowloon vs. Hong Kong Island? Peninsula? Grand Hyatt? Four Seasons? Mandarin Oriental? What is weather like? Is everything open that time of year? Is Macau worth visiting for the day? Thanks so much – D.

    • April 21, 2017 at 9:07 pm — Reply

      I quite like December in Hong Kong. The skyscrapers will be decorated with holiday lights. It’s a little chilly but no big deal depending on where you come from. I like staying on the island but it is mostly because this is where our friends are. If I were to stay in Kowloon, I would choose The Peninsula or Hullett House. Both are near the Star Ferry which is super cheap and easy way to cross the harbour to Central. One thing to think about is the pool situation especially with kids in tow. It might be cold (though if coming from say the U.K., you’ll think it’s delightful) to use the outdoor pool deck at Four Season though the pool water is heated and it’s the best pool deck in town. Mandarin Oriental (and The Peninsula) have indoor pools. The hotels you mention are all excellent so it’s O.K. to also let price determine where you book.

      Macau in one day with a child might be too long of a day with a child in tow unless you take the helicopter. And, things will not be open on Christmas Day or really Boxing Day but you’ll be fine with attractions being open otherwise. It’s Chinese New Year that is the important holiday when smaller businesses will close for long blocks of time.

  12. david
    April 19, 2017 at 7:20 pm — Reply

    hello very nice pics!!, i plan on going to hk dec 30 to jan 3. do you know if we can go to tourist places like big buddah, the peak in jan 1 and 2? i am afraid many places will be closed because of it being a holiday.

  13. Hannah
    January 11, 2017 at 11:23 pm — Reply

    We are taking our grandkids, ages 4 and 8 to Hong Kong in March for 6 days. We love your suggestions and wonder if there are any new updates? Thank you.

    • January 13, 2017 at 9:48 am — Reply

      When it comes to things to do with kids in Hong Kong, nothing changes too much. Ocean Park now has a fast pass system that I would recommend looking into for shorter queues. I am headed back to Hong Kong in March, too. It’s a great time of the year. Have fun!

      • Sharon S
        February 14, 2017 at 3:41 am — Reply

        Thanks for your great recommendation.4 days in HK is really insufficient after reading your article. Need to skip Ocean Park this time. I choose Disneyland instead for my son as his maiden trip to HK

  14. samantha wallace
    October 7, 2016 at 11:27 pm — Reply

    Brilliant post. My husband often travels to Hong Kong with work and been wondering if my 6 year old daughter and I would enjoy it as much as him. Sounds like absolutely yes.
    The disney land will swing it for her too ?

  15. Marya
    September 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm — Reply

    Hello.thank you for yourblogs.It is very helpful as I am travelling with my family(kids ages 4&6).We thought of going to Macau for a day,any suggestions(aside from the House of Dancing Water)?

  16. Lee Ann
    August 1, 2016 at 10:09 am — Reply

    Thanks for a wonderfully curated checklist of Hong Kong. I just returned from a 3 week trip with my kids, ages 10 and 8. We got through most of your list, and had a wonderful time. Thank you especially for the tips on Ocean Park and Big Buddha visits. The Panda Experience was magical!

  17. Lucy Derby
    January 26, 2016 at 11:32 pm — Reply

    Hi,
    I stumbled across your blog and enjoyed your amazing reviews! My husband and I are traveling to Hong Kong March 2016 with our 3 kids (5, 3 and 14 months). I need help with finding a hotel that will accommodate our large family without charging extra. Do you have any recommendations for good hotels that will take all of us?

    If not, what are your thoughts on renting a flat/apt through vrbo? Do you have any recommendations? Thank you!

    Best,
    Lucy Derby

    • Mink
      January 30, 2016 at 12:33 am — Reply

      You may try airbnb.com

    • Pauline Paz
      February 3, 2016 at 7:31 am — Reply

      We’ve been there last week. We stayed at the kowloon hotel. Its located infront of peninsula hotel at tsimtsashui kowloon. It has good location and not that pricey. Down part, rooms are small but good enough if your not that particular about the size.

  18. Shelby
    December 8, 2015 at 9:01 pm — Reply

    Hi! Your post has been super helpful! We are going to Hong Kong next weekend with another family. We’ll have 4 adults and 5 kids, ages 5 and under. Is there anything we can do ahead of time to make the trip go more smoothly?Is it possible to get the Octopus card ahead of time, or exchange money? We don’t fly in to HK until 10:30pm so we’ll be in a rush to get to the hotel that night. Any tips for doing Hong Kong with this many littles?

    Thanks! 🙂

  19. Canomap
    December 4, 2015 at 6:06 pm — Reply

    Thanks for all the great suggestions. I’ve been to HK many times, but I will be going with my niece for her first visit in spring. One place that I went to before and great for kids is Hong Kong Wetland Park at Tin Shui Wai. It is a bit out of the way, but you get to enjoy the fresh air. Very educational for kids.

  20. Nadine GDS
    October 31, 2015 at 4:40 pm — Reply

    This is by far, one of the helpful blogs I’ve read about travelling to HongKong with toddlers 🙂 One more question, how about travelling with a toddler in a STROLLER? We will be visiting HK this November, and I have been thorougy thinking about briging our stroller. We have 2 kids, a 2 year old and a 4 year old. I am just concern on how to go around the area (more on public transportation) with the use of a stroller.. Especially that in most of the places you included on your list, we will be visiting.. Is it gonna be too much of a hassle? Whenever I read blogs about it, it is a hassle for parents, but a great convenience for the children.. Is it worth taking? Or better to rent? Thank you and hope you can share an insight.. Thank you

  21. cindy
    September 22, 2015 at 10:39 am — Reply

    Hi, this is informative ☺️?? We will try baby’s first out of the country- at his First bday and this will be happening on november. With a baby which is about to be 1 yr old Iam thinking if we will just stay in disneyland hotel for less hassle? do you think that would be a good idea? because to be honest I don’t think we could manage to travel alot along HK streets not unless we have specific list for baby’s dayout one place at a time. any further suggestion for us? thanks big help?

  22. Lovingmommy
    July 20, 2015 at 6:19 pm — Reply

    Hi! My famliy and I are planning to go to Hongkong this August. I have 3 kids and my youngest is 2yo. We might be staying for 3 days/2 nights. Of course Disneyland is the top priority. But aside from that, where else can you we go? We don’t like to avail of the usual 3D/2N HK Tour since some of the trips are not suitable for us. How can we maximize our stay there?

    Thanks so much for the tip!

    • July 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm — Reply

      It will be very hot and the odds are that it will be raining. Try to maintain an itinerary that is flexible enough that if it’s dry you do something outdoors and if not, go to a museum or something similar. This post was inspired by an August visit two years ago. I need to update it a little as there’s a new visual arts museum in Repulse Bay but you’ll get the gist. Disneyland will remain open unless there’s a typhoon warning or black rain (rare) though some rides will close. Book the character dining, etc. at the Disneyland Hotel in advance though as kids are out of school there. https://lajollamom.com/things-hong-kong-kids-raining/

      Aside from that, kids love Ocean Park. Go first thing in the morning (with tickets in-hand) and leave by afternoon before it gets really hot. Look to see if there are any special experiences at an additional cost that might be indoors and avoid the crowds. If your hotel has a pool, that is ideal, otherwise you can consider going to a public pool to cool down! We still have a great time regardless of the weather so don’t worry about it too much, I just want to let you know about it!

  23. June 6, 2015 at 7:23 am — Reply

    hi! I ‘ll be traveling with my daughter 1yr 11 months (almost 2yrs old) and husband by August 1st up to 3.. Just wondering which location in HKG is perfect for shopping not so expensive but a little cheaper ?.. Also i’m looking for a jewelry shop which sells a little cheaper .. Many thanks

    • June 6, 2015 at 1:37 pm — Reply

      I might suggest Kowloon for you because you can have the nice stores and easier access to the markets like the Ladies Market, Mongkok and Temple Night Street Market where things are a little cheaper. There are some value shops along Nathan Road, too. I regret that I don’t have good advice for a jewelry store. I feel that it is a bit tricky. You can negotiate a little at even the higher end stores. Otherwise, you need to be careful to ensure that what you’re buying is as they say. The Hong Kong tourism board has a bit of advice – http://www.discoverhongkong.com/us/shop/what-to-buy/jewellery-and-watches.jsp

  24. Paula
    May 29, 2015 at 12:12 am — Reply

    this is so useful! thank you! we’re traveling with our 4-year old and these are awesome suggestions for us to enjoy with him. do you also have recs on accommodations? thanks so much in advance!

    • May 29, 2015 at 7:49 am — Reply

      I like to stay in Central because it’s where we used to live and very convenient. I think Kowloon near the harbour is equally convenient. It really depends on your budget. Four Seasons HK and Mandarin Oriental (the original, not the Landmark MO) are both luxurious and family-friendly. Upper House is quite popular right now, too.

  25. EMILY
    May 12, 2015 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    this looks great! thanks for the feedback

  26. Mahima Dash
    May 11, 2015 at 9:18 pm — Reply

    You can also add the house of dancing water really good place

  27. Yen
    April 24, 2015 at 12:40 am — Reply

    So useful! We have a 3 and 5 year old, so will definitely take your suggestions. Thank you very much.

  28. April 18, 2015 at 9:31 am — Reply

    That’s a fabulous list! Now, the GeoParks are something we have not explored much of – you’ve got me curious about them now! Any excuse for a trip to Hong Kong, really 🙂

  29. Tara
    March 28, 2015 at 4:23 pm — Reply

    Great list, thanks so much. We are planning our first overseas holiday with kids in May / June. Hong Kong is our first stop, and although I am visiting my sister there, these comments from someone with kids is priceless. Thanks again

  30. Faron
    July 31, 2014 at 12:24 am — Reply

    The pictures do tell its own story as Hong Kong is a breathtaking destination to call by especially with kids. For all those families planning a holiday in this part of the world, Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong would be the best place to kick start your holiday.

  31. May 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    Thank you for this fabulous list! I’ve been scouring online and this has been the most helpful on what to do in Hong Kong with kids. Are the trains relatively easy to navigate?

    • May 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm — Reply

      Yes, they are easy to navigate. Each train has an easy-to-read route map inside with stops labeled in English toward the ceiling and they’ll make announcements in Cantonese and English on major lines (along with showing a flickering light near the station you are approaching). Some stations have multiple exits so it’s very important to find out which exit you need…. exit A, D, H, etc. Taking the wrong exit can lead you blocks away from where you thought you’d be!

  32. GRAEME HOPPER
    September 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm — Reply

    Hi My wife and I are flying to Thailand in November and will be staying over for 2 nights and days in Hong Kong,I know it is only a short stop over but what would you say that the high lights would be for things and places to see? Looking forward to seeing HK as it will be our first time abroad(Our honeymoon present to each other)

    Any advise is welcome,and Thanks

  33. August 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm — Reply

    What a nice trip and beautiful pictures. Your photos captured the beauty of Hong Kong.

  34. July 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm — Reply

    Great pics! Pinning like crazy. I so want to go to Hong Kong!

    • July 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm — Reply

      Thanks for the pins! I am biased, but I love it. HK is also the perfect gateway to the rest of Asia. A lot of our friends used it as a base from which to travel to other places.

  35. July 25, 2013 at 8:10 am — Reply

    Beautiful photos and a wonderful list of family friendly places to visit!

  36. July 13, 2013 at 9:00 am — Reply

    SUCH great tips! I want to go!!

  37. July 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm — Reply

    Awesome! Would love to take the kids there someday.

    • July 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm — Reply

      Hi! You definitely should. We try to go back every year. Except with my daughter in elementary school now, Asia in the summer isn’t ideal, but we’ll do it anyway. Singapore is awesome, too, with kids.

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