Five Toddler Friendly Activities in Hong Kong

I’ve never been to Hong Kong but the lovely Nicola at Jetlag and Mayhem  lives there and has kindly sent over a list of five toddler friendly activities to do if you ever visit along with some pics.

Hong Kong is a glorious place; a city filled with hustle and bustle, nature and beaches, exotic sights and lots of shopping.  But let’s face it, when you’ve got a toddler in tow, there’s only so much excitement they can handle before total meltdown.

Here are my top 5 tried and tested toddler friendly activities.  A quick word of warning – Hong Kong is not the easiest of places to get around with a buggy.  A baby carrier can be really useful or bring a lightweight buggy that you can lift up and down stairs!

1.       A trip on the iconic Star Ferry!  This short boat ride across the harbor is super cheap and provides you with the best view of Hong Kong Island.  You can board the ferry from either the Central Ferry Pier or Wanchai Ferry and enjoy the ten minute crossing over to Kowloon. Make sure you sit on the top deck. Once on Kowloon side there’s a buggy friendly walk along the Avenue of the Stars.  Be prepared for the onslaught of mainland Chinese tourists wanting to take pictures and touch your cute toddler.

Star Ferry

Star Ferry

2.       Hong Kong Park is the perfect place for a toddler to run riot.  The park has so many activities from koi ponds, an aviary, fountains and an awesome playground that has a sandpit and diggers.  If you need to escape the heat or rain, head inside to the Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware which has a playroom with tea sets.  Or grab yourself some vegetarian dim sum at the neighbouring LockCha restaurant.

Hong Kong Park

Hong Kong Park

3.       Hong Kong does have its own Disneyland but unless your toddler is a Mickey fanatic, I would probably skip it (and its heaving crowds) and head to the more toddler friendly Ocean Park.  Ocean Park is free for under 2s and has a really nice area with rides for little ones, ‘Whiskers Park’.  There are also daily shows, an aquarium and various animal exhibits including a panda enclosure.  Who doesn’t love a panda!

4.       Whilst your toddler probably isn’t bothered by the view at the top, they will enjoy a ride up the Peak Tram.  If you’ve got a buggy with you and feel like a walk then the circular path at the top takes approximately an hour and is a wonderful way to view the island from different angles.  There are also a couple of nice playgrounds at the top of the Peak, one in the shopping centre and my favourite, which a 5 minute walk up to Mount Austin.

Mount Austin playground

Playground at Mount Austin

5.       Toddlers love to eat things in handfuls and there’s no better cuisine for a toddler than dim sum!  My favourite places are Dragon-I (for more westernized dim sum) and City Hall Maxim’s Palace (you might have to wait for a table so get there early).  Let them try out all the wonderful tastes and textures from BBQ steam pork bun, mushroom dumplings and spring rolls.  Steer clear of the chicken feet though…

Nicola is the author of a family travel blog filled with tips and advice.  You can also follow her on twitter @jetlagandmayhem

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1 Comment
  1. Some great ideas here – I loved the Star Ferry and it’s so cheap/quick, it sounds perfect for toddlers. Having visited with a blonde blue-eyed (adult) friend, I can only imagine how many photo requests there would be with a cute toddler though!

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