With vibrant summer festivals lined up this July, there’s no shortage of family-friendly activities to keep you and your little ones busy and amused.
Public holiday, this year celebrating 20 years since handover. The theme for this year’s event is Together, Progress, Opportunity with a celebration firework display over Victoria Harbour, free, 8pm.
JULY 1 & 2
Heritage Vogue, Hollywood Road
Activities, workshops, exhibitions and performances showcasing the historical, cultural and artistic ambience of Hollywood Road. The event launches at PMQ, Aberdeen Street on July 1, with a cheongsham show, street dances and sketching activities along Hollywood Road from Aberdeen Street to the junction with Wyndham Street on July 2.
See heritage.gov.hk for details.
Brick Lane Craft Beer Festival
Back after a year off, the event promises lots of free-flow craft beers and great British fare as you enjoy the public holiday fireworks from the Brick Lane terrace. From $238, 6pm, Brick Lane, 4/F CITIC Tower, 1 Tim Mei Avenue, Admiralty, bricklane.com.hk.
Women in Sport Empowered HK
Fun sports day aimed at girls aged eight to 18. Includes a workshop on running mechanics, followed by 30-minute sessions on field hockey, tag rugby and ultimate frisbee.
10am-12.30pm, Happy Valley Recreation Ground, Happy Valley, facebook.com/wisehongkong.
Aerial yoga showcase & family fair
Enjoy performances of aerial yoga, flyoga and acro flow, join open taster sessions and shop from local vendors like Wild Mylk, Pumpernickel, Naturally Thinking, Gourami and Aroman Synergy. There’s also Flyoga Kids and Ninja Kids for little ones. Tickets $200/adult, $100/child, flyoga.fitness/showcase.
2-7 pm, Trybe HK, Shops 209-210 2/F, 2 Heung Yip Road, One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang.
JULY 2 & 9
British Council Open Days
Free demonstration lessons for primary plus (P3-P6), secondary and diploma of secondary education English courses. There will also be free English level testing, parents’ information sessions and sessions with professional consultants.
Register at britishcouncil.hk
Shek O Challenge
Join over 300 sports lovers, parents and kids for the annual 2.2km Sheko Challenge Swim. The after-party includes beach water polo, barbeque and DJ-spun music. For under-18s, there’s a kids’ beach swim (a 600m loop starting and finishing at Back Beach).
Racing starts at 2 pm, Shek-O, Big Wave Bay and finishes at Shek O Back Beach. Register at openwaterasia.com.
Family Planning with Annerley
Group workshop plus invite to reserve a one-hour private consultation for couples thinking about having a baby. Led by therapist Allison Heiliczer, $2,000, 11am-4pm, 17F Tak Woo House, 17-19 D’Aguilar St, Central,
Yoga for Dog Lovers
Outdoor yoga class led by Pure Yoga to raise money for Hong Kong Dog Rescue. Free entry with suggested $100 donation. 10.30am, West Kowloon Cultural District,
Flex Studio summer retreat
A two-week retreat – in Hong Kong – led by Flex co-founder Heather Shalabi. Enjoy daily Barre, yoga or Pilates group classes as well as privates and trios. Packages start at $2,000 for 10 classes; $3,000 for 15; $4,000 for 20 and run six days a week for two weeks.
Flex Studio, Shops 308- 310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang Aberdeen, flexhk.com, 2813 2212.
JULY 12, 19 & 26
Snorkelling at Sharp Island
Sampan ferry ride from Sai Kung New Public Pier to Sharp Island, followed by an exploration of the coral colonies. $290/adult; $250/child. Prices include ferry round trip and use of snorkeling gear. Bring a swimsuit and a towel.
Central Harbourfront SummerFest
A series of action-packed sports activities and games for all ages by the harbour. Youth SportsFest, held on July 15 and 16, is specially designed for children to join in games, drills and training workshops run by professional coaches — including baseball, cricket, floor curling, lion dance and many more.
Free, Central Harbourfront, summerfest-centralharbourfront.hk.
International Military Tattoo
Three shows with marching bands from Mongolia, China, the Netherlands, Russia, Scotland and the US with the Hong Kong Police Band and the Hong Kong Association of Choral Societies.
Tickets from $150, 8pm, Hong Kong Coliseum, urbtix.hk.
JULY 15 & 16
Free carnival to celebrate 20 years since and over, 2.30-5.30pm, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, TST.
JULY 15 & 16
Lan Kwai Fong Beer & Music Festival
Over 70 booths pulling pints from around the world, plus live bands, snacks, arts and crafts and family entertainment.
1pm, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, lankwaifong.com.
UNTIL JULY 16
Cityplaza Cities of Wonder Lego exhibition
A city-in-a-mall built entirely of Lego, including a 2.6m high model of the TST Clock Tower and a giant replica of the Hong Kong Island tram station. Plus interactive fun and games with kids invited to complete five Happiness Builder missions. Cityplaza,
18 Tai Koo Shing Road, Quarry Bay. See cityplaza.com for details.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Hong Kong
The best antipodean funny men head north for seven days of hilarious stand-up.
Tickets from $250, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, art-mate.net.
Hong Kong Book Fair 2017
Brilliant for bookworms and lovers of literature.
Tickets from $10, doors open at 10am, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, hkbookfair.hktdc.com.
Circus Brunch at Picada
Pan-Latin restaurant Picada is hosting a series of Circus Brunch and shows from Argentinian family Circus – Cirqueros Circus to celebrate its Wyndham opening. Get ready to be blown away by their awesome tricks, balloon animals and entertainment for the whole family.
The circus brunch runs from 11am – 3pm. Free for children under 3. Tickets for children (3 and up) at $98 and adult tickets at $298 are available here: etickets.hk/project/picada/familybrunch. Make it an even better day off with 2 hours of Freeflow sparking cava, wine and beer at $198.
Picada, 29 Wyndham Street, Central, 3425 4037.
JUL 25-27, 28-30
Dance workshop at MOKO
You may know Melinda Sullivan from her works in this year’s biggest hit “La La Land” or her performance in the Broadway classic “Cats”. This week, children from age 4 – 11 are welcomed to put on their dancing boots and join the acclaimed dancer in her dancing workshops.
On Friday night (JUL 28), Melinda Sullivan will be performing tap dance alongside the local tap dance group R&T Tap Dance. This weekend, from 2-4 pm, a group of young classical musicians will also be playing newly arranged songs from the iconic “Phantom of the Opera”, “Mamma Mia” and more.
The three workshops will run from Tuesday to Thursday, starting at 4 pm on the ‘MTR’ floor. MOKO VIP club members with 1000 points can redeem tickets at the central court on the ‘MTR’ floor. Each session has a strict quota of 20 and will last for 30 minutes. Make sure to redeem tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
MOKO, 193 Prince Edward Rd W, Mong Kok. Visit moko.com.hk for more information.
JULY 26, 27, 29 & 30
Fan Yang’s Gazillion Bubble Show
Double bubble fun at this Broadway show where scientist-cum-artist and 18 times Guinness World Record holder Fan Yang amazes with his soapy sud mastery. Floating dragons, rainbow bridges and bubble sculpture are just the tip of the iceberg.
3pm & 7pm, Hong Kong City Hall and Tsuen Wan Town Hall, hkiac.gov.hk.
UNTIL JULY 27
Inventing Le Louvre
Exhibition of art and historical artefacts from the Louvre, exploring the museum’s 800-year history.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Sha Tin.
Starting JULY 28
“Picture Book Adventure” Exhibition at PMQ
PMQ’s creative studios joins forces with local independent bookstore-publisher Book B and HapiSchool to host the one-of-a-kind “Picture Book Adventures” exhibition. The exhibition will showcase picture books from around the world. A range of creative workshops and interactive reading experiences will also take place during the event.
For updates on workshop details, visit pmq.org.hk
Kids Ravioli Workshop at Jamie’s Italian
What better way to spend quality time with your children and expand your repertoire in the kitchen? Besides learning how to make ravioli, children will also get to make new friends and go wild in the kid’s area which has a cinema, games to play and loads of toys to get them excited.
Limited space only, register now by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 3-4:30 pm, Jamie’s Italian, 2/F Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
Until July 30
Marvel exhibition “Super Hero Summer”
Harbour City is teaming up with Hong Kong Disneyland to introduce the month-long “Super Hero Summer” Marvel exhibition. Children will get to read giant installations of Hong Kong-exclusive comic strips, take photos with 1:1 Iron Man, Captain America and Doctor Strange figures, play interactive games with Iron Man and more.
Online and on-site registration are available. To register online, email basic information of your child’s name, age, parent’s name, contact number and preferred date and time to email@example.com. Successful applications will be notified individually and are required to donate HK $60.
Shoppers donating $60 or spending $800 or above at any three outlets at Harbour City can also register to join workshops on the same day.
For more information, visit harbourcity.com.hk or call 2118 8666. G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City.
UNTIL OCT 18
Exploring Ancient Egypt
Six Egyptian mummies and 200 invaluable Egyptian historical pieces with digital displays of how archaeologists discover more about these ancient artifacts.
Hong Kong Science Museum, TST East.