If you ask us, we think that a family break without the stress of flying is perfect! Take a jet from the Macau Ferry Terminal at Shun Tak Centre and arrive in less than an hour, ready to explore Macau with its glitz and glamour, colonial history and delicious food. We’ve rounded up some of the best family-friendly activities in Macau to make it a memorable trip.
Family Pool Day
Cool down with a splash in the pool! Here is a run down of our favourite pools in Macau, fully equipped with slides, beaches, waterfalls and more!
The Galaxy Macau offers guest an outdoor heated pool and three Jacuzzis not to forget the Grand Resort Deck – the ultimate hotspot for kiddies who love to splash in the water. The expanded deck features the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool and Skytop Adventure Rapids including a signature transparent glasstube measuring 575 metres long! If that’s not exciting enough, the resort also includes the first and only slide mountain in Macau consisting of three water slides tucked into stone caves and each colour co-ordinated to offer a different experience. Choose green for moderate speed, purple for a little adventure and last but not least, the orange “galaxy twister” perfect for those ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush.
While the cabanas are a welcome resting spot for parents, kids can go wild in one of three different pools. Young children and new swimmers will love the Sala Pool offering shallow wading areas, while the Jaya Pool is ideal for the whole family. With a generously sized Jacuzzi, a lap pool and plentiful sun lounges, the Jaya offers something for everyone.
The Venetian offers four swimming pools and a spa pool, ensuring a great day for parents and kids alike. For under 16’s there is a pool water slide (seasonal). For cooler days, head to the heated pool to warm up while still enjoying a splash around!
Looking for a bite to eat while the kids are kept entertained? Head to Wave poolside bar at the Hard Rock Café. Offering cocktails and snacks, this is a great place for parents to unwind while kids play.
Please note: availability of pools might differ depending on seasonal and event arrangements. Please check with hotel associates for the most updated schedules during your stay.
See a Show
Fancy a little showtime? Look no further! Macau is home to a number of family-friendly shows, some of which are free!
Get your kids ready for the ultimate party as they join their favourite DreamWorks characters in this exciting parade featuring stilt walkers, dancers and puppets. Move, jump and shake those hips at 4pm every day. The parade is located on level 2 at Shoppes at Cotai Central.
The spectacular show is unique to Macau and offers audience 270-degree views so that no matter where you sit, you can see all the action! The story follows a fisherman who tells a story of legends guided by a magical force. This family favourite show is packed with adrenaline filled performances featuring motorcycles, water effects and trapeze artists that will really blow your mind! For those looking for an extra spark, book a “splash seat” in one of the first four rows and get ready to be soaked! P.s – Do not fret. The kind staff will be handing out towels and ponchos so that you can dry yourselves off.
Be transported to the City of Love at the Parisian Macau lightshow. Enjoy the ambience as jazz music fills the air and witness an explosion of beautiful colours, dancing from the base to the top of the Eiffel Tower, creating a magical glow across the hotel. The free lightshow is on daily from 6:15pm to 12:00am, every 15 minutes and is the perfect way to end a day!
Be sure to add the Performance Lake at the Wynn Macau to your list of things to do! Witness a dramatic performance of water, fire and light dancing through the air before your eyes to a variety of popular show tunes and Chinese melodies. With more than 300 water nozzles and shooters and 800,000 gallons of water, this free water show is sure to go down a treat with the whole family.
Escape the Casinos and Explore Historical Macau
Head into the historic centre of Macau, starting with Senado Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring Macau’s most famous landmark – the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral. After taking a little run up and down the beautiful structure, take a well-deserved break at one of the food vendors to get a glimpse of Macau’s colonial Portuguese heritage. Children will love Ko Kei Bakery, famous for peanut candies or stock up on almond cookies at Choi Heong Yuen Bakery. Check out Macau Tower where you can Skywalk around the edge or take a stroll into Old Taipa Village to explore one of the only traditional villages remaining in Macau. Kids will love jumping in and out of the various different rooms of the Taipa Houses-Museum and running along the pedestrian-only alleys filled with small shops and restaurants. In the evening, enjoy the entertainment in Senado Square or continue on the culinary adventure by tasting some traditional street food. Don’t forget to grab a Macanese Pork bun or an egg tart at Lord Stow’s Bakery.
Burn Some Energy at an Indoor Playground
This excellent 4,000 sq metre indoor play area features tons of exciting activities themed around favourite characters from Warner Bros.’ DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera Productions and Looney Tunes. This is a secure environment for kids to let loose and enjoy a wide array of activities, including jumping, climbing, sliding and car racing as well as interactive games, and under 2s play for free. You can also shop for merchandise featuring fun cartoon characters. Older kids will love combining a visit to the playroom with a trip on the Batman Dark Flight, an immersive, 4D motion ride where players fly over Gotham City to enter a digitally animated Batman storyline that they become part of.
The Kid’s Zone at The Venetian is the perfect place for the little ones to have fun when the weather may not be so great. Head to Qube, a 9,000 square foot children’s playground featuring a 6-meter high multi-climbing facility with a free fall slide, rainbow slides, a V-Net bridge, over and under barriers, zig-zag net climbers and lots more. Qube has been designed so that not only will kids have tons of fun but they will also grow in abilities and confidence. While younger tots learn and play, teenagers can use computers to access the Internet, play video games or air hockey.
No trip to The Venetian is complete without a ride in an authentic Gondola. Go for the Private Gondola and sit back and relax as the gondolier serenades you through the San Luca, Marco Polo or Grand Canals of Shoppes at the Venetian. At the end, take home a souvenir photograph to remember this wonderful family experience.
Meet Macau’s Giant Pandas!
Animal lovers will revel in witnessing these iconic creatures as they roam, eat and play at Macau’s Giant Panda Pavilion. Designed to mimic nature the indoor exhibit area is under a translucent film roof, offering lots of natural light. The area consists of an expansive indoor activity area and an outdoor yard, where furry friends Xin Xin and Kai Kai have plenty of space to play. Parents can use the great selection of information on display to teach kids about the giant pandas and the importance of its conservation and environmental protection.
For children who love to learn, the Macau Science Centre is a fantastic option! The Exhibition Centre is home to 12 galleries featuring a variety of topics. The ‘Fun Science Gallery’ is a basic introduction to Science for kids, while the ‘Children’s Science Gallery’ allows younger children to learn by completing hands-on tasks through a group of water-related exhibits or 4 fun themed tables, aimed to develop social skills. Last but not least, is the Science Express Gallery featuring a colourful train named “Science Express” with 4 different zones. Each one is interactive and will bring children to different areas of science before meeting the scientists and their discoveries.
Escape the glitz, glam and casinos by taking a trip to the tranquil Lou Lim Leoc Garden, located in Northern Macau. Built in 1906, it is a true example of the classical Chinese Suzhou Gardens. Kids will love exploring the beautiful landscape featuring ponds filled with turtles and fish; bridges that are perfect for hop, skip and jump, as well as pavilions and sculptures. While the kids play tag and feed the fish, parents can sit back and enjoy the calm and peaceful ambience.
A Day at the Beach
What’s a family holiday without a beach day? If the weather permits, head to Hac Sa Beach located on Coloane Island and, literally meaning ‘black sand’ in Chinese. With plenty of space and activities for everyone to enjoy, this is the ideal beach getaway for families. Embark on a jet-ski adventure, water-ski, hire a boat or play tennis at Hac Sa Sports and Recreation Park, offering a pool, playground and small race track. After all the fun, enjoy a family barbeque or a picnic in the permitted areas or treat yourselves to some delicious traditional Portugese cuisine at family-friendly Fernandos restaurant. You can also buy local food from the many stalls along the beach. End the day with a stroll along the boardwalk with stunning views out to the South China Sea. Book the Grand Coloane Resort at Hac Sa beach on Agoda.com now.
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