Get your kids out of the house and give them a dose of nature, physical activity, but mostly FUN at an outdoor playground. Our city has many to choose from in all corners, including big playgrounds in city parks and colourful ones on the beach. We’re sure they’ll love all the ones on our list.
You could spend hours at the colourful 1000-sqm playground located in Hong Kong Park, with six levels of different play areas. It’s a perfect escape for children from preschool to primary age, with slides and a sandpit to romp about in. But the extras are what draw many families here: the tranquil Conservation Corner, with dragonflies, squirrels and a turtle pond for kids to get in touch with nature, and the Edward Youde Aviary, a lovely escape from the crowds to observe 550 birds from 70 different species.
19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central; 2521 5041 or [email protected]
Bright and new, the outdoor playground in Tuen Mun Park opened last year and is the first barrier-free play space for children in Hong Kong. They’ve taken in mind children of all ages and abilities, with special areas for wheelchair users. Various play zones present all sorts of ways to let loose on different types of swings, spinning equipment, winding slides, a mini suspension bridge, and more. The innovative playground also has unique elements like a water play area with light effects and toy-like musical instruments to experiment with.
Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun; 2451 1144 or [email protected]
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This outdoor playground is one of the smaller ones on the list, but is not without its charms. It has a laid-back waterfront setting, climbing frames and play panels in bright colours, a rocking horse, swing, slide…all the usual engaging equipment. Many parents head here when it’s time for their kids to test the pedals for the first time, as it’s a great spot for learning how to ride a bike. The cycling path is cushioned and enclosed, allowing them to go safely around until they’re a pro.
Tai Koo Shing, Quarry Bay; 2513 8499 or [email protected]
There’s nothing better than a playground on the beach – no padding needed, just let the little ones zoom down the slides right into the sand! This playground features a fun climbing net and giant slide, one of the only ziplines in Hong kong and swings to suit all ages. Younger kids are catered for too with a toddler climbing and sliding area. When they’ve burned off all that energy, take them for a bite at neighbouring D’Deck for an al fresco meal with a stunning view.
Discovery Bay Road, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island; 2238 1188 or [email protected]
A 10-minute walk from the Peak tram gets you to this pleasant outdoor area with a fun playground and green lawn inviting you for a family picnic. But first, let them blow off some steam on three sets of equipment for all ages (toddlers to primary-aged kids). There’s a muti-seat swing set featuring a cradle seat for the smallest member of your family, springy rocking horses, slides and a climbing frame on a safety mat to cushion any tumbles.
Mount Austin Road, the Peak; 2853 2605
Tsim Sha Tsui’s Kowloon Park has two playgrounds for hours of amusement, one which will have them bring out their inner actor: Discovery Playground is set among restored fortifications, complete with a tower and cannon emplacements, so kids can engage in some imaginative role play. The regular children’s playground has lots to enjoy too, and worth checking out in the park surrounds are some really cools gardens like the Sculpture Garden and tranquil Chinese Garden, an ideal way for the family to wind down after a long day of play.
22 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; 2724 3344 or [email protected]
The sprawling park has tons of green space, with a huge lawn for kids to run around on, and mum and dad to unwind. You may want to really kick back and bring your own tent, as you’ll see many families pitching small ones on the grass to hang out in. There’s plenty of playtime to be had on two large playgrounds with equipment that will get them bouncing, sliding and climbing about. One of the big draws here is the large radio-controlled model car racing circuit, where excited kids (and adults!) watch cars whizz by like a mini Formula 1 race.
71 New Clear Water Bay Road, Kwun Tong; 2342 2241 or [email protected]
Two children’s playgrounds with a variety of multi-play equipment, rocking horses and padded space to frolic on, an incredible maze that adventurous kids can explore for hours, and views of the waterfront and mountains make a visit to Ma On Shan worth it. The park itself is one of the less crowded and prettiest ones in the city, with beautiful flowers and frangipani trees.
12 On Chun Street, Ma On Shan, Sha Tin, New Territories; 2643 5320 or [email protected]
You can easily spend an entire day at Repulse Bay with the family, with the Pulse nearby for activities and great food options, and of course, the beach. Head to the nearby playground after an afternoon of making sand castles so the kiddies can stretch their limbs on different climbing frames, bop on the seesaw, and scream with glee on the merry-go-round. No one gets left out here, as the playground features equipment for children with disabilities too.
16 Beach Road, Repulse Bay; 2555 0103
This huge park in Causeway Bay is known to many Hong Kongers, what with the myriad of outdoor facilities on offer – tennis courts, bowling green, football pitches, walking/jogging trails – even roller skating rinks. Luckily for parents there are also four playgrounds around the park with plenty of climbing, sliding and twirling opportunities. Got a model boat fan in the family? They’ll enjoy navigating the small vessels around the model boat pool.
1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; 2890 5824 or [email protected]