Hong Kong. Its hot and steamy, it’s busy, noisy,crowded and crazy but its also colourful, bustling, interesting and super fun for kids. Oh and of course home to Hong Kong Disneyland.
Disneyland however is not the only attraction in HK that appeals to kids. Hong Kong’s second theme park Ocean Park is also a great offering featuring a combination of rides and wildlife. The Peak tram is a great day out for children as is just strolling the streets of Mong Kok taking in the markets and spending their pocket money. Kids will be in awe of the cool creatures you can buy at the Gold Fish Market. Wander Nathan Road taking in the shops and sights of this vibrant city.
Our son enjoyed a visit to the space museum and while its a little dated admission is very cheap.
Watch the nightly symphony of lights which transforms the Hong Kong skyline with a colourful light show played out on the skyscrapers (or stay in a hotel room that offers harbour views if you can splash the cash). Take a junk cruise on the harbour or ride the Star Ferry (both of these can be done during the Symphony of lights)
Food in Hong Kong is amazing and varied, perhaps your kids would like to try Dim Sum or if they’re more on the fussy side don’t panic all the familiar western fast food joints are available and most hotels will have a menu offering some western faves.
Forget taking a stroller to the busier areas of HK the pavements aren’t great and the ones that are ok are very crowded. Try a baby carrier if you need or if a stroller is essential for your little one ensure its light enough to fold up and carry if needs be.
We stayed in the Royal Plaza Hotel in Mong Kok which is conveniently located within walking distance to Mong Kok’s markets and attached to the MOKO shopping centre which makes getting taxis very easy.
We chose to visit both Ocean Park and HK Disneyland on our recent trip and recommend you do the same if you can spare the time. Both parks offer different highlights.
I also recommend taking a trip to Macau on the Cotai Ferry. You can do a day trip or spend a couple of days exploring all Macao has to offer. The ferry takes around 50 minutes and is easy to navigate. For more on Macau with kids click here.