Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Wan Chai Star Ferry Piers
Crossing Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry is named one of the "50 places of a lifetime".
Let the sea breeze whisk your mind away as you take in the magnificent view.
Sometimes, it can be a whole lot faster and scenic taking the Star Ferry to Kowloon than the convenient MTR. Tens of millions of people have climbed aboard this century-old infrastructure, and it’s an experience like no other.
On this engaging little ride, you'll sail past shipping vessels of all kinds and take in widescreen views of the Hong Kong Island coastline. Remember to get yourself a seat on the upper deck and capture the stunning harbourview with your camera from up there. National Geographic Traveler named crossing the harbour by Star Ferry as one of "50 places of a lifetime". Make your trip a great memory to share with your family.
Ocean Park Hong Kong
Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island
You'll need a bit of luck to capture the snoozy giant pandas moving around.
A personal encounter with the penguins at Ocean Park.
Swing by Ocean Park to see their animal ambassadors! Catch endangered Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkeys, four giant pandas and a couple of cute and rare red pandas romping around their habitats. Want to get up close? Meet king penguins, southern rockhoppers and Gentoo penguins and observe professionals working to care for them — you can even help with the feeding. The penguins like it cold though, so remember to dress warmly.
If water is more your element, you can walk among 5,000 odd fish of over 400 species at Grand Aquarium and catch the world’s first-ever 360-degree water screen show, Symbio! Or take a glimpse of Old Hong Kong before riding the cable car for unhindered views of the sea, skies and surrounding hills — the perfect background for a family photo. The genuinely fearless can hop onto the Hair Raiser — it doesn’t just make your hair stand on end, but mercilessly suspends you over the South China Sea!
AIA The Great European Carnival
Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Carousels will bring a smile onto the faces of kids of all ages.
Test your skills at Hong Kong’s largest outdoor carnival.
Hong Kong has many family-friendly events throughout the year. The AIA Great European Carnival, at the stunning Central Harbourfront Event Space, is definitely a must-see.
The carnival has brought some of the world's best rides to Hong Kong for all ages and all levels of excitement, from intensely scary thrill rides, fun family rides, and lots of rides for little children. Your day with loved ones will be filled laughter and excitement as you look at Hong Kong upside down from 50 metres in the air. Experience gliding elegantly across the city’s only outdoor ice rink and much more, including rides that are in Asia for the first time.
Udderbelly Festival Hong Kong
Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Introduce your kids to the giant purple cow from Edinburgh.
A music and art festival for the whole family
Breaking news! An upside-down inflated purple cow with its comical ears waving in the wind takes up residence at Hong Kong's harbourfront. Just listen out for the belly laughs and you'll find your way to the best of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Udderbelly. Housing a 10-week extravaganza of comedy, circus and family entertainment from around the globe, the big moo brings a taste of the festival to Hong Kong.
Across Hong Kong Island
Trundle along Hong Kong Island aboard an all-time favourite.
Shhh! Here come the tram bells!
Take a step back in time and explore the bustling north corridor of Hong Kong Island aboard the city's most cherished form of transportation — the tram.
The tram is not only nostalgic, but it is also a charming way to get around the city. Relaxed and leisurely, the tram makes for the perfect mode of transportation for sightseeing. Just HK$2.30 per ride for adults and half the price for seniors and kids, the affordable “Ding Ding” as locals affectionately call it, will take you all the way to the east or west of Hong Kong Island, and anywhere in between.
Tai Yuen Street
Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Your kids will be thrilled, so will your wallet.
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with these cheeky fellas.
The big kids may indulge themselves in the big brands, but let’s not forget to pamper the little ones at Tai Yuen Street, also known as Toy Street, and its nearby alleys. An amazing selection of toys can be found here and many of them are even locally designed. And do not fret — this is a wallet-friendly toy shopping venture. You can pick up toys to fulfill any child’s wish list without breaking the bank.
Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine
Shop A-C, Lee Loy Mansion, 332-338 Canton Road, Kowloon
The world’s first Chinese restaurant inspired by Hello Kitty.
Dim Sum that is made to be Instagrammed.
Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine is an adorable and fan-favourite destination. It’s mostly gimmicky, but there are definitely a few tasty surprises. You’re not here to have a gourmet meal, but to pamper the child in you. Which is why you will find that even adults can’t resist taking foodie selfies. As for the kids, they’ll happily fill their mouths with Hello Kitty-shaped goodies. It’s a happy place to be.
Wing Kiu Building, 530 Nathan Road, Kowloon
Toys, toys and more toys! This place brings the kid out in everyone.
"Hulkbuster! My collection is finally complete!"
Looking for a place to unleash your inner child cravings for toys and everything that poses as a fun distraction? In’s Point mall is where adults can find childhood dream toys. There are also modern ones that kids will go wild over, such as Marvel and DC Comics action figures, Hot Wheels and even Trendy Express. Seriously! The place is probably aimed at adult enthusiasts rather than kids, but this is definitely the place for serious builders, young and old. All at good prices.
Shop OTG23, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Ready to block? Fun for every member of the family.
Get a glimpse of world landmarks in this mini Legoland.
Big kids. Little kids. Who doesn’t like toys? Now you can find a colossal Toys"R"US store right here in Hong Kong at Ocean Terminal. With more than 10,000 different toys, the family can literally spend a solid few hours exploring this 37,000 square feet toy store. It houses the entire iconic harbour skyline built with Lego blocks at the toy brick section. This you really cannot miss out on.
G/F, 6, Brown Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong Island
The only chemistry lesson that will grab your kids' full attention.
Surprise your taste buds with Lab Made delights.
Consider this: Lab Made is Asia’s first liquid nitrogen ice-cream laboratory. All the ice-creams are made from scratch, using real, fresh, quality ingredients. No additives, colourings or preservatives added. Their creative and local flavours will definitely blow your mind. The flavours range from Hong Kong's famous custard bun (must-try) to Chinese beancurd dessert and crunchy French toast. The kids will love it and you will be happy to give it to them. In other words, your family vacation is getting off to a great start. Plus, no matter how full you are, there’s always room for ice-cream.
Disneyland Hong Kong
Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
'Make your little princess's dream come true at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Specially created Disney dim sum feast, simply like no other.
The all-time family favourite Hong Kong Disneyland is celebrating its 10th year with a “Happily Ever After” theme, which includes a brilliant performance by new and classic Disney characters in Mickey and the Wondrous Book, a musical stage production that captivates children and adults alike. Get even closer to the classics at the “Fairy Tale Forest — Presented by PANDORA”, where miniature music boxes come to life and recreate iconic scenes from the most beloved Disney princess stories. Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie and their friends are also in their 10th anniversary costumes to create memorable moments for everyone at Main Street, U.S.A.
If your little one has always fantasised about being a princess, making her dream come true is a breeze at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, which offers a royal makeover. While you are there, don’t miss their specialty dim sum in the shape of beloved Disney characters! You’ll need to fill up before catching the night-time spectacular — the fireworks and newly designed castle projection is the perfect finale to your fantastic day.