Top 10 summer activities for kids in Hong Kong


Discover the best family-friendly events and activities for kids across the summer holidays

Short on ideas for what to do with the kids over their long summer holiday? Fear not, Time Out has selected 10 of the best summer activities to ensure you’ll have no trouble getting them outdoors and off the computer

Track Slot Car Racing

Rally the troops, get into gear and zoom over to Quarry Bay for a day of four-wheeled family fun. The premise is simple: race your model automobile around a customised course with track grooves, powered by hand-held remotes. Big kids might remember whiling away days with the old Scalextric, but the pastime has enjoyed a facelift in recent years with start lights, more overtaking and refueling pit stops adding to the excitement. Bring your A-game to the table – track slot is all about negotiating long straights and sliding seamlessly round tight corners. It’s engrossing fun and made all the better since parents and kids can play together. Book in advance, however, as all sessions are by appointment only.

ARace Slot Car Racing Unit 3C, 3/F 196-198 Tsat Tsz Mui Rd, Quarry Bay, 9156 7098; Standard sessions start from $250 per person for 45 minutes. Family saver starts from $400 for 1 parent, 1 child for 45 minutes.

Miles International x Rockababy Summer Camp

Got the kids all to yourself all day everyday this summer? While it’s great to spend time with the tots, keeping them busy can be a full-time job. Fortunately, Miles International preschool and Rockababy learning centre have teamed up to provide a summer camp with a fantastic range of activities. Conducted at Miles International’s sun-drenched beachside location at The Pulse, there are goings-on galore. For kids aged from 8 months to 6 years, they can join in a range of activities including dance, art, music and even kung fu. For those parents seeking a learning opportunity through play for their children, there’s also a Mandarin club and various preschooler programmes to help your little one prepare for the upcoming school year. There’s even a ‘sibling class’ for children to socialise and play with others in different ages groups. Best of all? If you sign-up for a full week of activities, you can get another week free!

Miles International Academy B102, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, 3586 3071; Camps run from Jul 6 to Aug 15. Prices range from $300 per class to $2,200 for weeklong half-day camps.

Sport4Kids’ Summer Sports Camps

If you’re searching for a more physical summer camp for the kids, Sport4Kids’ summer camps are just the ticket. Youngsters can try their hand at everything from football and basketball to mini-tennis and gymnastics. Some locations even have facilities for rock-climbing, swimming and hockey, too, if your children are keen on trying something a little different. The camps allow kids the chance to get off the sofa, stretch their legs, work on their hand-eye coordination and make loads of new pals in the process. It’s a stress-free summer solution for keeping them active and out of trouble. Visit their website for full details of each camp.
Sport4Kids Various locations inc French International School, 68 Gillies Ave S, Hung Hom, 2773 1650; Camps run between Jun 29 and Aug 28. Prices start from $2,200 per week.

Ice Skating

Amidst the unbearable summer heat exists a place of refuge that will definitely keep you and the kids feeling cool. With a 180-degree view of Victoria Harbour, The Rink in Elements offers 17,200sq ft of pristine ice for your children to get their skates on. Small classes and private sessions with competition-experienced coaches are available to ensure your child is the next Torvill or Dean in the making. The Rink is also a great venue for the next family outing or even birthday party. So grab your skates and perfect that layback spin!
The Rink G/F, Elements, 1 Austin Rd, Kowloon, 2196 8016; $40 (child), $60 (adult) Mon-Fri; $1 per minute Sat-Sun. Opening hours subject to change, so check website before visiting.

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Safety Towns

What better way for children to spend a summer day than playing in the middle of the streets? It’s not quite the crazy suggestion it seems. North Point is home to one of the SAR’s four Road Safety Towns, where children can get hands-on knowledge about traffic safety without the risk of vehicles coming at them from eight different directions. Designed like miniature city centres, these venues have roads, traffics signs, subways and footbridges that give kids the chance to navigate the streets under their own initiative without mummy or daddy having to hold any hands. The town provides a welcome opportunity to let the little ones be independent. Whether they are walking or riding a bike, time spent here is a good way to exercise and learn the rules of the road.
Pak Fuk Road Safety Town Various locations inc Pak Fuk Rd, North Point; 3106 8873. Free. Open daily 7am-10pm.

Faust Summer Theatre Workshops

With youth theatre group Faust currently wrapping up their Faust Festival this month – which includes more than 60 performances of classic fables and modern tales alike – the team are turning their attention to their series of summer workshops. For any little ones with a flair for the dramatic, these courses are the perfect creative outlet. The weeklong programmes run throughout the summer and are open to toddlers and teens alike. Studio spaces exist both sides of the harbour, in Sheung Wan and Kowloon Tong. The courses kick-off with a few gentle ice breakers to relax any nerves, before students then move on to write, rehearse, design and choreograph plays. The week culminates in a live performance – perfect for the budding Shakespeareans!

Faust, Jun 29-Aug 28. Various locations inc 5/F, Nan Dao Commercial Bldg, 359-361 Queen’s Rd C, Sheung Wan, 2547 9114; $2,760.

International Arts Carnival

Get the tots spending the summer months enjoying a whole host of cultural activities at the International Arts Carnival. The festival opens with a whirlwind energetic performance of Legend of the Silk Road by the award-winning Shaanxi Acrobatic Troupe. Other highlights include a concert by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and a percussion performance of Drumblebee from France. Additionally, a range of exhibitions, educational talks, and outreach programmes are set to take place over six weeks. With a programme as diverse as this, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy away from the season’s heat and humidity!

HKIAC Jul 10-Aug 16, various dates and locations. For more information, visit


Any parent cooped up at home with restless kids all summer requires a break. Putting on another DVD isn’t going to help the youngsters burn off their energy though. Kill two birds with one stone at BounceLimit, Asia’s first trampoline fitness studio, located in Sheung Wan. Recommended for children 9 to 12-years- old, the studio offers a two-week ‘Kids Summer Bounce’ package to let your kids release their hyperactivity and to allow you to get some rest and relaxation from the sidelines. Between July 13 and 16 and July 20 to 23, drop off your kids between 2.30pm-4pm for ‘rebounding’ exercise sessions, which are both a great workout and tremendous fun. Let loose!

BounceLimit 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, 2441 0021; July 13-16, July 20-23. $4,400.

Ryze Trampoline Park

If BounceLimit sounds too restrictive, let your kids leap and bound away at will at Ryze – Hong Kong’s state-of-the-art trampoline park – with total freedom. Equipped with over 7,000sq ft of connected trampolines, Ryze is the perfect location for the youngsters to get active over the summer. There’s even a foam pit for those who aren’t afraid to take a dive in, and a basketball hoop suspended above the trampolines for those aspiring Michael Jordans who want to get some air and aim for a slamdunk. As an extra incentive, there’s a special KidJump discount price of $95 for kids six-and-under from Monday to Friday between 9am and 10am where the accompanying adult gets to join in for free. Now that’s a reason to
jump for joy.

Ryze 3/F, 321 Java Rd, Quarry Bay, 2337 8191; $150 per hour, $95 KidJump Hour (Mon-Fri, 9am-10am). 9am-9pm daily.

The Magic Flute

Those seeking kid-friendly cultural activities this summer needn’t look much further than The Magic Flute Playground, a singing and dancing interpretation of Mozart’s last opera, The Magic Flute. Reimagined with the help of local singers of the likes of Eman Lam and Karena Lam, this show makes Western opera accessible to individuals of all ages, and is especially enchanting to kids. Directed by Cedric Chan and Lai Tat Tat Wing, the production has an intriguing local twist – it features the Hong Kong cartoon figure Woody Woody Wood in a quest to find the Magic Flute. It’s a must-see for parents looking for a fun way to introduce classical music to their kids.

The Magic Flute Playground Multimedia Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, 135 Junction Rd, Kowloon City, 2566 9696; $100-220, Jul 31-Aug 2.

Family Hikes

We highly recommend hitting up one of the 13 family walks demarcated across the countryside – they’re flat(ish), well signposted and mainly under an hour in length – perfect for little legs. If you’re seeking a short stretch, head to the Tai Mo Shan Family Walk, located in Rotary Park on Route Twisk, near Tai Mo Shan. It takes about 20 minutes and if it’s clear you’ll see all the way over to Tsing Yi. Wind up with a cook out at the barbecue pits nearby. For a longer jaunt, hit up the family walk at Hok Tau Reservoir in Pat Sin Leung Country Park. It’s a stunning part of the SAR and the walk loops round the whole of Hok Tau Reservoir for 2.5km. Get there by taking a minibus to Hok Tau Wai and walking 15 minutes to the dam before climbing the steps to the trail. If you like it scenic yet close to Central, Tai Tam Family Walk is what you want. It starts 15 minutes from Parkview Mansions and offers calm greenery and vistas of Tai Tam Reservoir Road.

Find detailed information about the family walks at  

SEE ALSO: Kid-friendly hikes in Hong Kong


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