Over the past few days of wandering the streets I’ve come up with a handy list of things to do in Hong Kong with kids, particularly those under age 2, and a few things that you might want to wait on. This is based on being a solo traveling mom without an extra set of hands to help with steps, eager baby legs that want to walk, a semi-nap schedule to work around, and a very short attention span. Not to mention the heat that we had to escape every now and then.
For the 2 and under crowd (older kids welcome too)
- Star Ferry Rides- boats are fun
- Ride the MTR anywhere- like boats, trains are also really fun, especially for little boys.
- Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens- monkeys, need I say more?
- Hong Kong Park- there is an aviary and also a children’s playground
- Goldfish Market- what kid doesn’t like fish and other aquatic animals?
- Fa Yuen Market- loads of yummy street food and stuff to look at
- Temple Street Night Market – try to hit this after your jetlag has eased up a bit. Nighttimes are always rough for us in the beginning.
- Any seafood restaurant- the tanks with live fish will keep your kid mesmerized for at least a few minutes. You just might not get to eat, as you will be chasing them back to the table most of the time
- Kowloon Park- flamingos, ducks, geese, loads of water features and lots of open space for little legs to run around.
- The Peak Tram- if the weather is clear, which it wasn’t for us on the day I had scheduled to go up, the tram ride looks like fun and the walk around the peak is nice for little legs to do some running.
For a slightly older crowd, or when you have help
- Macau- hot, crowded, lots of steps to the coolest sights. Not easy to squeeze in around nap time.
- Big Buddha- lots of steps. You will also need more than the few hours you can usually get between naps to do this one.
- Ten Thousand Buddhas Temple- there are lots of steps and also wild monkeys. Although monkeys are always a draw for me, they may also run off with your child.
This is in no way a complete list of all the things you can do with a kid, so make sure you do your research before your trip. Also, keep in mind that there are only 2 seasons in Hong Kong, summer (very hot) and sort of winter (still t-shirt weather).
This past trip I was looking for quick, simple and cheap. I had grand plans of doing many things, but the reality of traveling with a child under 2 is a lot more complicated than the dream world I seem to live in when I plan our trips.
Hong Kong harbor with Chinese Ship via ShutterStock.com