18 best things to do in Hong Kong with Kids

18 best things to do in Hong Kong with Kids

May 18, 2024

Where neon lights meets family fun. Here's our guide on the best things to do in Hong Kong with kids!

Hong Kong is a fast-paced city that might not seem like the most obvious destination for a family vacation.

But this dynamic metropolis actually has so much to offer for kids and parents alike!

Whether you're looking to immerse your little ones in the city's rich cultural heritage, let them burn off energy at theme parks, or simply enjoy quality time together as a family, Hong Kong has something to keep the whole crew entertained.

Read on for our top picks on the best things to do in Hong Kong with kids!

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Things to do in Hong Kong with Kids (Click to jump ahead)

Theme Parks

  1. Hong Kong Disneyland
  2. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Disney Princess Transformation
  3. Ocean Park Hong Kong
  4. Water World Ocean Park Hong Kong

The Peak

  1. Victoria Peak
  2. Monopoly Dreams Hong Kong
  3. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Hong Kong Island

  1. Hong Kong Observation Wheel
  2. Star Ferry


  1. Avenue of Stars
  2. Hong Kong Space Museum
  3. A Symphony of Lights
  4. West Kowloon Cultural District
  5. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Hong Kong
  6. K11 MUSEA

Islands to Explore

  1. Aberdeen Sampan Boat and Lamma Island Tour
  2. Cheung Chau Island
  3. Ngong Ping 360 on Lantau Island

Travel Essentials


Theme Parks

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland may be smaller compared to its siblings around the globe but don't let its size fool you.

The experience is just as magical and it even boasts some attractions that are some of the best across all Disneyland parks.

The park is beautifully laid out into eight themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, and its newest area - The World of Frozen.

The new World of Frozen is the world's first and largest Frozen themed land and transports you straight into the heart of Arendelle.

This frost-kissed wonderland is not only a visual spectacle during the day but also transforms into an even more dazzling realm as night falls.

Thrills here include Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs, a family friendly roller coaster (though it can still get quite fast), and Frozen Ever After, an enchanting water ride that takes you through scenes from Frozen and a journey to Elsa's Ice Palace.

World of Frozen

For those who've ever dreamed of being part of a Disney story, Playhouse in the Woods (Separate admission pass required) invites you to join Anna and Elsa in an immersive theatrical experience.

Here you'll be more than just an audience - you're part of the story!

Happening at 9pm everyday, the Momentous Nighttime Spectacular is not to be missed.

Claimed by many as the best firework show across all Disneylands, this 20-minute show certainly lives up to its billing with spectacular fireworks, pyrotechnics, 3D projection mapping, choreographed fountains, and illuminated water projections that brings the Castle of Magical Dreams to life.

It's the perfect way end a day of fun at the park.

Pro tip: The best time to visit Hong Kong Disneyland is during the Blockout Dates for Annual Pass holders. We spent 2 days in Disneyland, one of which was during these dates, and the difference was like night and day. Fewer people meant shorter queue times for attractions, making the experience even more enjoyable.

View the Blockout Calendar here

Hong Kong Disneyland offers an Early Park Entry Pass which allows you to enter 1 hour before the park's official opening time.

At HK$199, it's a small price to pay for significantly shorter queues at attractions and a head start on your day of fun.

The Disney Premier Access, which gives you fast-track access to some of the most popular rides and attractions is definitely worth considering as well if you're looking for extra convenience and to minimize queue times.

Get tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland

Dining offers at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Our favourite place to stay at Disneyland is the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel.

Located on the shores of Lantau Island, the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel is a Victorian-themed palace that combines old-world charm with Disney's whimsical touch.

With the Kingdom Club rooms and suites, you get perks like lounge excess that includes breakfast, light supper, and snacks and beverages throughout the day.

Guests can also look forward to exclusive experiences such as craft sessions and meet-and-greets with Disney characters (the lines for photo-ops with these characters at the park itself are usually quite long!).

Book stays at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel


Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Disney Princess Transformation

Fairytales come to life and children can live out their most magical dreams at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

This isn't just any makeover - it's a royal transformation, courtesy of your very own Fairy Godmother-in-Training!

The enchantment begins the moment you enter the boutique.

Kids can choose to transform into their favourite Disney Princess – be it Elsa, Anna, Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, or Rapunzel. Watch in awe as the Fairy Godmother-in-Training waves her magic wand, and poof! Before your eyes, your little ones will turn into the princesses they've always dreamed of being.

To commemorate this unforgettable day, you'll receive a princess-themed picture holder to take home along with exclusive accessories.

Yes, this royal treatment comes with a princely sum, but seeing the sheer delight in our childrens' eyes? Priceless.

This is an immersive experience that allows your kids to step into the shoes (or glass slippers!) of their beloved characters. And let's not forget the photo ops!

With their new royal look, every snapshot in the park becomes a magical memory.

is it worth doing at least once? Absolutely.

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Disney Princess Transformation is a dream come true for any little princess.

More than just a makeover, it's a magical journey that your kids (and you!) will remember for a lifetime.

The royal appointments book up fast so plan ahead to ensure your little ones don't miss out on their fairy-tale moment.

Book Disney Princess Transformation

Ocean Park Hong Kong

Nestled between the lush mountains and the sea on the southern side of Hong Kong island, Ocean Park is where adrenaline-pumping rides meet a marine park and zoo, all set against the backdrop of scenic views.

Prepare for heart-pounding excitement with attractions and rides ranging from roller coasters to rapid water rides and flying swings.

The Hair Raiser roller coaster will have you screaming at the top of your lungs while offering spectacular ocean views - if you can keep your eyes open, that is!

Ocean Park isn't just about the thrills - it's also a haven for animal lovers.

Get up close with Giant Pandas, Arctic Foxes, and monkeys.

The park is home to some of the most fascinating marine life as well such as dolphins and adorable penguins and beavers.

The Grand Aquarium is a mesmerizing underwater journey where you'll come face-to-face with over 400 species of fish.

The park is committed to conservation, offering a unique blend of education and fun as you learn about these wonderful creatures.

Location: 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong (view on map)

Get tickets to Ocean Park Hong Kong

Water World Ocean Park Hong Kong

Asia's first all-weather, year round waterfront waterpark offers fun for all ages across five uniquely themed zones, each sporting its own thrilling vibe and adventures.

With a whopping 27 indoor and outdoor attractions and nine state-of-the-art water slides, your day is guaranteed to be packed with excitement.

Image credit: Water World Ocean Park Hong Kong

Look forward to a wide variety of attractions with everything from exciting slides that will have you screaming in delight, to tranquil wave pools and lazy rivers where you can blissfully float your cares away.

The wave pools are the perfect spot to cool off and enjoy some waves without even having to hit the beach.

It’s like a mini-ocean paradise tucked away in the bustling city.

So if you're looking to escape the heat and dive into a world of aquatic adventure, Water World Ocean Park Hong Kong is the place to be.

With its unique zones, thrilling slides, and relaxing rivers, the fun never stops for water enthusiasts of all ages!

Location: 33 Ocean Drive, Aberdeen, Hong Kong (view on map)

Get tickets to Water World Ocean Park Hong Kong

Things to Do - The Peak

Victoria Peak

One of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong - Victoria Peak, or more affectionately known as The Peak, is the highest point on Hong Kong Island.

Standing at 552 metres, it offers 360-degree views of the vibrant cityscape and Victoria Harbour.

The journey to the top is an adventure in itself. The Peak Tram, one of the world's oldest and most famous funicular railways, has been ferrying visitors up to The Peak since 1888.

This 10-minute ride offers a steep ascent, during which you'll witness the city's skyscrapers tilt in an optical illusion that's both unique and unforgettable.

For the highest panoramic viewing platform in Hong Kong, head to Sky Terrace 428 which is located at The Peak Tower.

Standing 428 metres above sea level, this platform offers unobstructed views of the city and beyond, perfect for those Instagram-worthy shots.

Beyond the stunning vistas, The Peak offers a wealth of activities and attractions to discover.

Playground with a view at Peak Galleria

You can stroll along the scenic hiking trails, visit the Peak Tower and Peak Galleria with its array of shops and restaurants, or simply soak in the serene atmosphere and take in the city's vibrant energy.

Get Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 Tickets

Monopoly Dreams Hong Kong

Monopoly Dreams is the first attraction in the world that is dedicated to the beloved board game that has been played by millions globally.

The attraction is aptly located at The Peak, which is also the most expensive title deed in the Hong Kong Edition of Monopoly.

It's an immersive experience that takes you on a journey through the origins of Monopoly, from its humble beginnings as a teaching tool about taxes to the global phenomenon it is today.

The board game is brought to life through interactive rooms that bring its iconic properties such as the Water Works and the infamous jail to life.

You'll get to sit behind the wheel of the "World's Biggest Car Token" certified by the Guinness World Records, and explore Mr MONOPOLY's luxurious vault which offers a tantalising glimpse into the world of wealth and luxury that lies at the heart of the game.

Test your skills as a real-estate mogul and see if you can amass as much wealth as Mr MONOPOLY himself, and engage in games such as the Ultimate Banking game, a whirlwind of fun where you try to grab as many banknotes as possible.

It's not just the kids who loved this; us adults were equally captivated, proving that you're never too old for a bit of Monopoly money mayhem!

Another highlight is the 4D Ride where you'll go on an adventure with Mr MONOPOLY to catch the diamond thief.

Location: Shop 301, 3/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong Island (View on map)

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Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Fancy rubbing shoulders with celebrities?

Located at The Peak Tower, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong brings you up close and personal with lifelike wax figures of stars from around the globe.

Location: Shop P101, The Peak Tower, No. 128 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong (View on map)

Get tickets to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong


Things to do - Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Standing tall at an impressive 60 metres high, the Hong Kong Observation Wheel is a Ferris wheel that offers panoramic views of Hong Kong's skyline and the beautiful Victoria Harbour.

The ride moves at a gentle pace of 15-20 minutes for 3 rotations, allowing you to soak in the stunning landscape that unfolds before your eyes.

As you slowly ascend in one of the wheel's 42 gondolas, you're treated to a bird's-eye view of the city's architectural marvels, including the International Finance Centre, the Bank of China Tower, and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

After your spin, you can head to the carousel that's located just next to the Observation Wheel and go for a ride on one of its charming hand-painted horses.

Location: 33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong (View on map)

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Star Ferry

If there's one quintessential Hong Kong experience you have to have, it's riding the historic Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour.

This humble mode of transportation connects Hong Kong Island to the Kowloon Peninsula and has been a beloved institution in the city for over 130 years.

As you step aboard the ferry, you'll be transported back in time. The wooden benches, metal railings, and vintage design of the boats have hardly changed since they first started operating in 1888.

It's a wonderfully nostalgic experience, but also a practical one - the Star Ferry is a vital part of Hong Kong's efficient public transportation network, used by locals and tourists alike to get across the harbour.

As the boat gently bobs across the water, you'll be treated to a stunning panorama of the glittering skyscrapers on both sides of the harbour.

It's the perfect way to appreciate the unique geography and iconic skyline of this dynamic city.

Adult fares range from just $4-$6.50, making the Star Ferry one of the best bargains in Hong Kong.

Tickets can be purchased at the pier. You can also drop in the exact fare in coins or use your Octopus Card for a convenient contactless payment.

In addition to the regular ferry service, Star Ferry also operates a Harbour Tour on their spacious, luxurious, and environmental friendly "World Star" vessel.

This circular journey takes you between Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong West, with fantastic views of the skyline - including the nightly Symphony of Lights show if you take the 7:45pm tour.

Get tickets to Harbour Tour

Things to do - Kowloon

Avenue of Stars

This iconic waterfront along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade pays tribute to the legends of Hong Kong's film industry, showcasing handprints, footprints, and commemorative plaques of some of the biggest names in Chinese cinema.

As you walk down the avenue, you're greeted by plaques bearing the names of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chow Yun-Fat, and many others who have dazzled the silver screen.

One of the highlights is the bronze statue of legendary Bruce Lee striking his famous pose, the perfect spot for a photo op to commemorate your visit.

The avenue also offers some of the most stunning views of the Victoria Harbour and the famous Symphony of Lights show.

Location: View on Map

A Symphony of lights

Symphony of Lights is a daily light and sound show that illuminates the skyline of Hong Kong and Kowloon.

It's been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's largest permanent light and sound show, making it one of Hong Kong's signature experiences.

The show kicks off at 8 pm sharp, and the entire Victoria Harbour comes alive in a breathtaking spectacle of music, lights, and laser beams shooting out from over 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour.

To get the best views, we recommend staking out a spot along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on the Kowloon side.

The Avenue of Stars and the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade both provide excellent vantage points.

You can also get terrific views from locations across the harbour on the Hong Kong Island side like the Hung Hom Promenade.

West Kowloon Cultural District

West Kowloon Cultural District is an expansive new development on the Kowloon waterfront that is quickly becoming one of Hong Kong's top attractions - and for good reason.

It's a vibrant art, culture, and entertainment hub with world class art galleries, performance venues, gorgeous public spaces, and eye-catching architectural masterpieces.

Image credit: Hong Kong Palace Museum

One of the highlights at West Kowloon is the The Hong Kong Palace Museum which features a collection of over 900 ancient Chinese art and artifacts from the famous Palace Museum in Beijing.

Many of these treasures are being exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time, offering a unique opportunity to marvel at the intricate ceramics, exquisite calligraphy, and imperial treasures.

Another highlight is M+, Asia's first global museum of contemporary visual culture.

This impressive institution boasts a collection that spans various mediums, from paintings and sculptures to digital art and more.

After your museum explorations, be sure to explore the art park, a true oasis in the heart of the city.

Grab a coffee from one of the cosy cafes, take a leisurely stroll, sit down for a picnic, or simply soak in the stunning views of Victoria Harbour.

Get tickets: 

Hong Kong Palace Museum



K11 MUSEA is an art and design wonderland that's equal parts art gallery, shopping mall, and architectural marvel.

It's a place where art, nature, and modern luxury converge to create an unforgettable experience. Whether you're an art enthusiast, a foodie, or a shopaholic, this destination has something to offer everyone.

The shopping and dining options cater to a wide range of tastes and budgets. You'll find everything from high-end luxury boutiques to trendy local shops, and a diversity of restaurants.

What really sets K11 MUSEA apart from other malls is the incredible attention to detail and commitment to the arts.

Everywhere you look, there are thoughtful design elements, commissioned artworks, and creative installations. It feels less like a typical shopping mall and more like an immersive, interactive museum.

For us, the magic of K11 MUSEA lies in how it seamlessly blends these different elements - art, design, shopping, dining - into a cohesive, immersive experience.

It's the kind of place that you could spend hours exploring, constantly discovering new sights and experiences around every corner.

If you're visiting with young kids, they'll appreciate the free Peacock Playground (recommended for kids aged 5 years old and up) on the 7th floor.

This rooftop garden overlooking the Victoria Harbour is also a great space for parents to take a breather while your kids are playing in the playground.

Location: Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (View on map)

Peacock Playground opening hours: Sat – Sun/PH, 11AM – 2PM; 3PM – 6PM

Hong Kong Space Museum

Nestled in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, with its unique egg-shaped dome, the Hong Kong Space Museum is a must-visit for space enthusiasts of all ages.

You'll be wandering through comprehensive exhibits covering topics like the history of space exploration, the planets and stars of our solar system, and the latest advancements in astronomy and aerospace technology.

The real highlight for us though has to be the space theatre - a state of the art, 3D dome theatre that screens various shows throughout the day.

Sit back, relax, and feel the wonder as you're immersed in stunning 3D visuals and surround sound.

Whether you're a seasoned space buff or just curious to learn more, the museum promises to ignite your sense of wonder and curiosity about the great unknown.

Location: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong (View on map)

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Hong Kong

For families or anyone that loves LEGO, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Hong Kong is a must-visit destination.

The centre is packed with interactive exhibits and rides that cater to all ages.

Highlights for us included the:

  • LEGO 4D Show where you'll go an multisensory adventure with rain, wind, and even snow.
  • Merlin's Apprentice, a magical flying ride where you'll need all of your pedal power to soar into the skies
  • Kingdom Quest ride where you'll hop on a chariot and shoot at trolls and skeletons to save the princess.

The MINILAND was another marvel - a miniature cityscape of Hong Kong made from over 1.5 million LEGO bricks.

The attention to detail is amazing and we could have spent hours just admiring the intricacies.

The kids also had great fun at LEGO Racer, an area where you can design and build your dream racing car before putting it to test on the track.

See whose creation is the fastest in a thrilling race against friends and family!

Location: Shop B131-133 B1, K11 MUSEA Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong (view on map)

Get tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Hong Kong

Islands to Explore

Aberdeen Sampan Boat and Lamma Island Tour

If you're looking for a unique cultural experience outside the city centre, then this is the perfect day trip for you.

Begin your adventure by boarding a traditional sampan for an audio-guided boat tour of the Aberdeen Fisherman's Cultural District.

Along the way, you'll get to visit a houseboat heritage museum, a meticulously recreated authentic houseboat that offers a glimpse into the unique living conditions and traditions of the Aberdeen boat dwellers.

Houseboat heritage museum

After the sampan tour, hop on the Cheung Kee Ferry and head over to the laid-back Lamma Island.

Cheung Kee Ferry

Upon arrival, you'll indulge in a sumptuous seafood lunch at the Lamma Rainbow Seafood Restaurant, the largest seafood restaurant in Lamma Island.

The fresh and flavourful local catch served here are a real treat.

After satisfying your appetites, take some time to explore the charming Sok Kwu Wan Main Street, where you can find quaint shops, local eateries, and picturesque views of the harbour.

Lamma Island

The best part of the day is the visit to the Lamma Fisherfolk Village.

Here, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the local fisherfolk culture and learn about the rich history of the fishing industry.

You'll also get to experience no-hook fishing and feed the fishes that call this island home.

It's a great way to connect with nature and appreciate the simple pleasures of island life.

Book tour


Cheung Chau Island

If you're looking for a peaceful island getaway just a short ferry ride from the heart of Hong Kong, Cheung Chau Island certainly fits the bill.

This charming little island and fishing village is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city, offering a refreshingly slow-paced and laid-back atmosphere.

The island has a wonderfully quaint, almost Mediterranean vibe, with narrow pedestrian lanes winding between colourful fishing houses and small family-run shops and restaurants.

One of the best ways to explore Cheung Chau is simply to wander aimlessly, getting lost in the maze of alleyways and admiring the colourful houses and traditional temples.

And of course, no visit to Cheung Chau would be complete without indulging in the island's famous fresh seafood and local Cantonese snacks. From juicy steamed crab to fishballs and mango mochi, the food here is an absolute delight.

After refueling, you can walk off those calories with a hike along the "Mini Great Wall" hiking trail or a trek up to the North Lookout Pavilion.

These trails offer scenic views of Cheung Chau's beaches, coves, and the sparkling waters that surround the island - perfect for soaking up the tranquil island vibes.

If you're craving even more nature, be sure to explore some of Cheung Chau's beautiful beaches.

Tung Wan Beach is a popular spot, with soft golden sand and calm, crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming, sunbathing, or simply strolling along the shore.

If you're looking to stay on the island, the B&B Cheung Chau, which is just a short walk from the Ferry Pier and Tung Wan beach is a popular option.

How to get to Cheung Chau Island 

The most convenient way to reach Cheung Chau is by taking the ferry from Central Pier in Hong Kong.

There are two types of ferry services you can take:

  1. Ordinary Ferry (journey time: 55-60 minutes)
  2. Fast Ferry (journey time: 35-40 minutes)

The Ordinary Ferry consists of two classes - Ordinary Class and Deluxe Class.

Air-conditioning is provided in the cabins of the deluxe class of the Ordinary Ferry and Fast Ferry.

The Ordinary Ferries are a bit cheaper, with tickets costing around HK$15-$34 for a one-way journey.

The Fast Ferries are a bit more expensive, around HK$29-$42 one-way.

You can purchase your ferry tickets at the pier right before boarding. Just look for the signs directing you to the Cheung Chau ferry counter.

Ferry Location: Central Ferry Pier No. 5, Man Kwong St, Central, Hong Kong (View on map)

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Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car on Lantau Island

Image credit: Ngong Ping 360

Ngong Ping 360 is a cable car service that connects Tung Chung to Ngong Ping.

Get ready to soar through the skies and immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty of Lantau Island.

The 5.7km cable car system offers some of the most stunning panoramic views of the South China Sea, the towering Tian Tan Buddha (also known as the Big Buddha) and the lush greenery and mountains of Lantau Island.

Crystal+ Cabin (Image credit: Ngong Ping 360)

Depending on your thrill-seeking level, you can choose from Standard cabins, the glass-bottomed Crystal cabins, or the newest Crystal+ cabins featuring glass floors and walls, giving you an almost unobstructed, gravity-defying view of the landscapes below.

The highlight of the journey has to be the arrival at the Ngong Ping Plateau, home to the giant bronze Tian Tan Buddha statue.

Standing at an impressive 34 metres tall, this serene figure overlooks the entire area, inviting you to pause, reflect, and soak up the spiritual ambiance.

After taking in the grandeur of the Buddha, wander through the charming Ngong Ping Village, with its quaint shops, restaurants, and the beautiful Po Lin Monastery.

Location: Po Ngong Dr, Lantau Island, Hong Kong (View on map)

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Travel Essentials

Hong Kong Octopus Card

When exploring Hong Kong, the Octopus Card is going to be essential for getting around town seamlessly.

With just a simple tap of the Octopus Card, you'll be able to hop on the MTR, buses, ferries, coaches, and trams with ease.

Pre-book your Octopus Card on Klook with a preloaded balance of HKD50 then just pick it up upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport.

Smooth sailing from the get-go!

The Octopus Card also doubles as a handy payment option at a wide range of stores, like convenience shops and supermarkets.

Pre-book Hong Kong Octopus Card



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