Don’t let soaring temperatures stop the fun. Carolynne Dear rounds up what’s cool for kids in the city this summer.
Leap, run and play in air conditioned bliss.
Beat the heat in air-conditioned bliss at this Kowloon Bay- based trampoline park. The centre is running special daily Tramp Camps this month for kids aged six-eight and nine-12 years. The fully-supervised, two-hour sessions will see them developing their aerial skills, throwing some dodgeball, launching themselves into giant airbags and joining the free- jumping revolution. Sessions run every morning Monday – Thursday, $500/ session, or $450/session if booking for a complete four-day week. Bookings must be made a minimum of 24-hours in advance. Entrance fee covers grip socks, refreshments, certificates and prize giveaways.
Bounce, EMAX, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay
With three venues across Hong Kong, Funzone is a great way to keep littlies amused while the day heats up. The air-conditioned venues all feature fun play structures, dedicated toddler areas for three years and under, playgroup sessions on scheduled mornings and cafes for mums and dads to fuel up with some welcome caffeine. The parks are open to children under 12 years and are located in Kennedy Town, Ma On Shan and Island East. For more details on venue locations and opening hours, visit their website.
Walking on air
They’ll be swinging from the rafters (quite literally) at Hong Kong’s largest indoor family entertainment venue. Boasting the largest slides in Asia, plus an air trek obstacle course, rock climbing, laser tag, mini-golf, soft play climbing frames and a separate toddler area, Epicland really does cater for more than just littlies. It’s open 365 days a year on Discovery Bay’s North Plaza, and surrounded by loads of kid-friendly restaurant options – this is a venue you really can make a day of.
Epicland, G/F, 31 North Plaza, Family Recreation Centre, 96 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay North, Lantau
Beat the Ninjas
Dare to conquer Ryze Trampoline Park’s brand new “Ultimate Ninja course” – a custom designed ultimate obstacle course, all up and running just in time for the summer holidays. Not only that, this indoor, fully air-conditioned park boasts 7,000 square feet of connected trampolines, including angled wall tramps and launching decks. Try your hand at trapeze, aerial silks and bounce boards, or attempt a slam dunk in the bounce basketball area.
Between 9 and 10am on weekday mornings, the park is reserved for kids aged six and under, at the special rate of $95/jumper with free entry onto the trampoline field for an accompanying adult.
Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park, 3/F Kodak House 1, 321 Java Rd, Quarry Bay
In the swim
Cool off at the best pools in town.
Water park splash-down
Ocean Park will again be running its popular Summer Splash attraction, including loads of cool water rides along the Waterfront Plaza. Soaker Swings, Mega Bucket, Water War, Dancing Fountain and a three-storey Slide Racer will keep them cool as the mercury soars. Summer Splash runs until Aug 31, for more info visit their website.
Swim, lounge and dine
Le Meridien in Cyberport is running a “splash ‘n’ lunch combo” offer throughout the summer. The special seasonal deal includes pool access and a set lunch until 5pm, on any weekday (excluding public holidays), $250 +10%. Call Prompt at Le Meridien on 2980 7417 for more details. Offer open until the end of October.
The Hyatt Regency in Sha Tin is also offering a swim and dine package until Jul 10. The offer includes the use of the pool for four hours plus a $300 dining credit for the Pool Bar’s a la carte menu. $390/person Mon-Fri; $450/ person Sat, Sun and public holidays (free for under threes).
18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, New Territories
Wet ‘n’ wild fun for all
Hong Kong’s public pools have to be the bargain of the summer, at just $9 per session for children. Hong Kong has 43 pools in total, including nine on the Island in locations including Aberdeen (Pao Yue Kong), Morrison Hill, Kennedy Town, Wan Chai and Island East. Most have extensive children’s play equipment, including toddler slides and climbing equipment, flumes for older kids (height restrictions apply), diving boards and water guns.
Swimming facilities usually include Olympic length lane pools and shallower training pools for littlies. Opening hours are generally 6.30am-noon; 1pm- 6pm; and 7-10pm, with one full-day closure per week for cleaning. All pools are open throughout the summer Apr 1 until Oct 31. Entry is by Octopus or tokens that can be purchased at the gate. For more information and individual opening times, you may visit their website.
Forget Chek Lap Kok this summer, chill out heaven is just a short taxi ride away with the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong’s Family Summer Getaway package.The package includes one night’s accommodation, one kid-friendly activity at Camp Hyatt, breakfast, drinks, complimentary parking and bicycle hire, at the Sha Tin-based hotel.
Kids activities include “Little Chef” and tennis for beginners classes, while parents can bliss out by the pool, or enjoy an Elemis skincare treatment at a special rate from just $298. From $1,280/room/night, the offer is valid Fri, Sat and Sun until Jul 10, and all dates from July 11 to Aug 31.
18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, New Territories
From special exhibitions to hands-on workshops, Hong Kong’s museums are pulling out all the stops.
Hong Kong Science Museum
Slimy monsters? Vomit-munchers? Animal poop? Guaranteed to grab their attention this summer is the Science Museum’s Grossology exhibition, which provides an unusual view of the animal kingdom. As well as all the permanent fun sciencey stuff and hands-on exhibits, the museum is taking a look at all that is gross in the animal world, introducing the world’s most disgusting animals and their importance in ecology and nature.
With 16 interactive exhibits, activity stations and giant animatronic animals, this is a fun and fascinating way to while away a hot day. And on 1, 2 and 9 July, theatre professionals will be dropping in to arrange some special animal-related fun and games. Grossology runs until Nov 2.
2 Science Museum Rd, TST East, Kowloon
National Maritime Museum
The harbourside museum is running a hands-on Navigation Workshop (eight years and up, 3.30-5pm, Jul 9) using antique navigation instruments. It promises to be a fascinating afternoon – although the museum does not recommend your budding Columbus circumnavigate Hong Kong Island on the basis of techniques learnt here! NMM will also be holding Family Craft Corners (three years and up, 2.30-5.30pm, Jul 10 and 31) and a Family Trail (four years and up, 3-5pm, Jul 24) around the museum learning fun and secret facts along the way.
There are also loads of other permanent hands-on exhibits to keep kids interested, covering 3,000 years of maritime history in Hong Kong and the South China Sea. Perfectly situated overlooking busy Victoria Harbour, the museum was painstakingly moved from its original location in Stanley and put back together at Pier 8. And don’t forget to pop upstairs to Cafe 8 to re-fuel.
Central Ferry Pier No 8, Man Kwong St, Central
Foodie fun and other adventures
PMQ is running a Summer Microadventures programme this summer with a heap of fun and creative workshops to fire little imaginations. Themes include rice, bamboo, grass fields and trees, combining excursions and interactive workshops for kids aged seven-11 years. Parents are welcome to join in too.
In July, “Little Rice Cooker” takes kids on a cultural culinary history adventure with a talk from PMQ Taste Library curator Craig Au-Yeung followed by a walk through Sheung Wan discovering local rice shops. “Island & Tree; City & Wood” takes place on Lamma Island on Jul 24; and “Lamma Corner” with local artist Wong Tin-yan is being held at PMQ on Jul 31.
PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central