Kids & Family: What’s On Guide

Let us do all the research so you don't have to! Here's our regularly updated roundup of family-friendly events and activities around Hong Kong.

24 May 2018 — By Melanie Grosjean / Activities / Family / What's On
activities & events for families in Hong Kong

We’ve listed these events in date order, browse to find inspiration, or click to jump to a specific month.

May 2018, June 2018, July 2018, August 2018, September 2018, October 2018, November 2018

We have a full event listing, including all that fun stuff you wouldn’t want to take the kids to, here.

What’s On this Weekend: 25-27 May 2018

Cirque Du Soleil Kooza Show  @ Central Harbourfront Event Space
The Faust Festival @ Various Venues
Stem ROVs Underwater Robotic Workshop @ King George V School
Save Our Seas Conservation Day @ Treasure Island
Forest Walk at Night @ HK Forest Adventures
Kindergartens Festival 2018 @ Cordis Hotel Hong Kong

May 2018

Cirque Du Soleil Kooza Show

Cirque Du Soleil, Kooza

Cirque Du Soleil is returning to Hong Kong after a 12 year hiatus and will present their show Kooza. The show pays homage to their roots by combining thrilling heart-stopping acrobatic performance with the art of clowning.

When:     19 April 2018-3 June 2018
Where:    Central Harbourfront Event Space
Tickets:  Sales from 5 February 2018, For more information

 

The Faust Festival

Faust Festival

Faust’s international celebration of live theatre is returning for a triumphant 19th season. Whether you are looking for a classic children’s story faithfully told or innovative new shows for young adults and family groups alike, this year’s festival has something for everyone.

When:     22 May – 17 June 2018
Where:    Y Studio, Youth Square and McAulay Studio, HK Arts Centre
Tickets:  $125, Urbtix

 

STEM ROVs Underwater Robotic 3-hour workshop with US MATE Certification

Stem ROVs workshop

The MATE KGV Swim Center uses underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to teach STEM and prepare students for technical careers. In this workshop students will build a small ROV from a kit and learn the basic skills of driving them.

When:     26 May 2018
Where:    King George V School Swimming Pool, Kowloon
Tickets:  $1271.88, Eventbrite

 

Save Our Seas Conservation Day

Pui O Beach Hong Kong

This event seeks to increase awareness about the importance of the conservation of our oceans and the species that live in it. There will be a beach clean-up, wall art painting, a film screening of “A Plastic Ocean,” a short presentation and camping.

When:     26 May 2018
Where:    Treasure Island, Pui O Beach
For more information:  Facebook Event

 

Forest Walk at Night

Join HK Forest Adventures for a forest walk at night where you’ll spot many creatures including some that glow! (For ages 2-7)

When:     26 May 2018
Where:    Meet at Kowloon Tong MTR Exit D
Tickets:  $700 per family (2 adults and 1 child) and $500 for each extra sibling, Facebook Event

 

Kindergartens Festival 2018

This mega kindergarten event organised by the South China Morning Post provides the perfect platform for young parents to discover and explore opportunities for early childhood education for their children of playgroup, pre-nursery and kindergarten schooling age.

When:     26 May 2018
Where:    Cordis Hotel Hong Kong, Mongkok
Tickets:  $50, Eventbrite

 

Space Museum Re-opening and New Exhibits

Hong Kong Space Museum

The Hong Kong Space Museum has been closed for renovation and has reopened. The “Hall of the Cosmos” and “Hall of Space Exploration” house a hundred new exhibits of which about 70 percent are interactive design.

When:     Open Everyday except Tuesdays
Where:    Hong Kong Space Museum
For more information:  Space Museum Website

 

New Pirate Ship Playground in Shek Tong Tsui

There’s a new seaside playground in Hong Kong which gives kids a chance to play by the sea on a play structure designed to look like a pirate ship.

When:     Open now!
Where:    Shek Tong Tsui near HKU MTR Station (Exit B1)

 

June 2018

Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Tabby McTat book art

Fresh from one of the most talented picture book teams in the world comes this delightful rhyming story of music, friendship, loyalty and cats! Suitable for all ages.
When:     1-3 June 2018
Where:    The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Drama Theatre
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing

 

Daydream Believer

Even at the tender age of 6, Maggie Appleton had always been a bit of a daydreamer, but at the loss of her mum, Maggie’s world is turned upside down. Follow this surprising, heartwarming tale full of great pop hits, peculiar characters and more twists and turns than a rollercoaster.

When:     1-3 June 2018
Where:    Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai
Tickets:  From $180, Ticketflap

 

Kids Health and Parenting Event 2018

Kids Health and Parenting Event

The Kids Health and Parenting Event is the one-stop event that helps you navigate the early years! Learn from top doctors and experts, get tips and answers, find quality products and services for your little ones and enjoy special features selected just for you.

When:     2 June 2018
Where:    JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
Tickets:  $40, Event Website

 

A-Mazing Carnival

A-Mazing Carnival, designated for kids and parents, will be your must-go carnival this summer! Tackle the maze-like obstacles and enjoy a family fun day.

When:     2 June 2018
Where:    Central Harbourfront Event Space
For more information:  Event Website

 

Aladdin the Mini Panto

The world famous Hong Kong Players/DSA mini-panto is back and this year it’s Aladdin. The mini-panto is a musical entertainment staring six people with Down Syndrome who will whisk you away to a wondrous world of musical make-believe.

When:     2 June 2018
Where:    Grappas Cellar Hong Kong, Central
Tickets:  $120, kids 3 and under free, Ticketflap

 

IAC 2018: Wanlee Wanloo: DanSing Stories Interactive Workshop

As soon as the tiny caterpillar popped out of her egg, she started to eat, and eat, and didn’t stop! In this interactive workshop, children will go through an amazing journey of transformation as they sing, play instruments, and move around with a hungry caterpillar. Best for ages 3-4 and their parents.

When:     2, 16, 30 June 2018
Where:    Ko Shan Theatre New Wing, Rehearsal Room 1
Tickets:  $150, Urbtix

 

The Little Mermaid

Join the Kids’ Gallery students in their annual spectacular, as they journey under the sea in The Little Mermaid. The performance will showcase an array of talented performers ages 2-16 in a family-friendly show full of singing, dancing and fun for all ages.

When:     2-3 June 2018
Where:    HKAPA, HK Jockey Club Amphitheatre
Tickets:  From $280, HK Ticketing

 

Baseball For All Fun Day

Baseball fun day in Hong Kong

A baseball fun day to introduce modified baseball games, e.g. Baseball 5, Baseball 6, wheelchair baseball, through demos and free traias and to promote the upcoming international event XII BFA East Asia Baseball Cup 2018

When:     9 June 2018
Where:    Central Harbourfront Event Space
Tickets:  Free event, Event Website

 

Origami x Mojo: Enhance Creativity for your Children

In this two-part, parent-child workshop, David M. WIlliams, Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology at Hong Kong Polytechnic University school of Design and CEO of the International Creative Agency, Global Digital Mojo, will take you and your child on a creative journey using professional creativity tools. (For children 4-8 years old and their parents)

When:     9 and 16 June 2018
Where:    Origami Kids Cafe, Kowloon
Tickets:  From $700, Eventbrite

 

Chinmaya Carnival Family Fun Day

This one of a kind family event will bring Indian Culture to Central and bridge cultures together. The carnival aims to showcase Indian culture and customs through a variety of free family-friendly activities such as games, live entertainment, storytelling, vegetarian food stalls and free yoga sessions.

When:     10 June 2018
Where:    Central Harbourfront Event Space
For more information:  Facebook Event

 

Kids Yoga and Mindfulness with Simone Hart

In this workshop your children will have an opportunity to explore yoga in a dynamic and engaging environment. They can expect fun Mantra singalongs, yoga posture games, Partner Yoga and Art Therapy. Classes available for ages 4-12.

When:     10 June 2018
Where:    Pure Yoga Soundwill Plaza, Causeway Bay
For more information:  Facebook Event

 

Storytelling Workshops

Hong Kong Central Library is hosting a series of English-language storytelling workshops around the theme “What Will I Be When I Grow Up?” There are two sessions, for ages 2-4 and 5-7 to attend with one of their parents.

When:     10, 17, 24 June 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Central Library, Children’s Activity Room
For more information:  HK Public Library Website

 

Discovery Bay Sunday Market

Discovery Bay Sunday Market

This weekend market by Handmade Hong Kong offers DIY Indie Arts, Crafts and other goods from small traders. Stay for dinner at one of the designated fabulous D’Deck restaurants and enjoy a free ferry ride back to Central.

When:     10 June, 12 August, 9 September and 14 October 2018
Where:    Discovery Bay Plaza
For more information:  Event Website

 

Hong Kong Sinfonietta – Good Music for Kids

Join conductor Teresa Cheung and Hong Kong Sinfonietta on a musical journey in a concert specifically tailored for children aged 3-6. The programme will include dance music by Bizet, Copland and Offenback, as well as light classics by Leroy Anderson.

When:     16-18 June 2018
Where:    Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
Tickets:  From $260, Urbtix

 

Dragon Boat Carnival 2018

Follow the lead of Hongkongers and make a party out of an ancient Chinese festival under the modern skyline of Victoria Harbour. Enjoy boats, beers and the cheers of hundreds of thousands of spectators as the world’s top dragon boat athletes battle it out over 3 days of intense racing.

When:     23 June 2018
Where:    Victoria Harbour
Tickets:  Free, For more information Eventbrite

 

Malvern College Cricket Experience Day

Kids Cricket Hong Kong

Malvern College and Cricket Hong Kong are collaborating to host this Cricket Experience Day. The workshop aims to give both parents and children an insight into this widely popular sport and is a great opportunity for children to have a fun day out while learning the importance of teamwork. (for kids 5-11)

When:     23 June 2018
Where:    Po Kong Village Road Park
For more information:  Malvern College Website

 

 

July 2018

Soy Free Miso & Amazake Class For Kids

Soy Free Miso Class

This class is for kids to learn about food and how fermentation works. By the end of the session they’ll have their own miso to share with the family.

When:     4 July 2018
Where:    Sesame Kitchen, Victoria Road
Tickets:  $680, Eventbrite

 

IAC 2018: Little Steps, Big Adventure Dance Workshop for Children

Follow Scottish Ballet dancers step by step as they reveal the eye-catching techniques that make Hansel & Gretel such an unmissable show. Best for ages 6-10, under 6s not permitted

When:     5 July 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre GR1
Tickets:  $100, Urbtix

 

International Arts Carnival

The arts carnival will bring an exquisite line-up of overseas and local shows and participative activities, offering a wondrous taste of performing arts for the whole family. Highlights include Hansel and Gretel by Scottish Ballet, Bedtime Stories by Upswing, electroluminescent puppetry, multimedia shadow puppets, music theatre for babies and much more.

When:     6 July -12 August 2018
Where:    Various Venues
For more information:  Event Website

 

International Children’s and Youth Film Carnival 2018

It’s summertime and this annual movie fest is back again with a total of four sections including “Feature Films”, “Youthful Encounters”, “Film Tunnel” and “World Animation & Shorts” with 13 feature films and 23 animation and shorts form 22 countries, a total of 60 film screenings will be presented at venues across the city.

When:     6 July – 12 August
Where:    Various venues
Tickets:  $60, Urbtix

 

IAC 2018: Hansel and Gretel by Scottish Ballet

Hansel and Gretel

Two young stars follow a beautiful fairy to a gingerbread-clad house where the pair soon discover things are not as sweet as they seem. Scottish Ballet is set to transform the Brothers Grimm story to the world of classical ballet in a highly-inventive dance treat for the whole family.

When:     6-8 July 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre
Tickets:  From $160, Urbtix

 

HK Bakery Carnival

The Hong Kong Bakery Carnival is the first-ever large-scale and comprehensive bakery public show in Hong Kong, which is targeting not only bakery industry professionals, but also bakery lovers in Hong Kong. The carnival will consist of interesting bakery workshops, parent-child experiential activities and playful competitions, cultural promotions, entertainment, brand display and chef demonstrations.

When:     6-8 July 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – Hall 5F
Tickets:  $80 for adults, $40 for students, HK Ticketing

 

14th Annual Shek-O Challenge

Sheko Challenge

More than 300 sports lovers, parents and kids, locals and expats will once again gather in Shek O to join in the traditional 2.2K Sheko Challenge Swim or team up with friends to run or paddle, or both, in the unique Trisolothon. At the finish line there will be an after party with beach water polo, barbeque and DJ-spun music. A kids’ beach swim, a 600m loop starting and finishing at Back Beach is for under 18 swimmers and is a great introduction to open water swimming.

When:     7 July 2018
Where:    Start @ Shek-O Big Wave Bay, Finish @ Shek O Back Beach
For more information:  Event Website

 

Summerfest 2018

Summerfest

[email protected] Harbourfront is a major summer programme that transforms the Central Harbourfront Event Space into a series of free-to-public summer events. This year the space will be opened up for everyone to relax and have fun with outdoor art and light installation, garden games, and kids playground along with over 25 free events and activities.

When:     7 July to 26 August 2018
Where:    Central Harbourfront Event Space
Tickets:  Free event, Event Website

 

IAC 2018: “Candy House” Backstage Tour by Scottish Ballet

Find out more about the striking sets of Scottish Ballet’s Hansel and Gretel by joining in this behind-the-scenes encounter with creativity. Best for ages 6 and above, under 3s not permitted.

When:     7-8 July 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre
Tickets:  $50, Urbtix

 

IAC 2018: “A Hawaiian Cultural Experience” Parent-Child Workshop

This workshop will consist of a multi-art introduction to beautiful Hawaii and the meaning of ALOHA through craft-making, children’s songs and hula dance.

When:     10 July 2018
Where:    Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre Lecture Room
Tickets:  $150, Urbtix

 

IAC 2018: “In Love with Hula” Beginner Dance Workshops

In Love with Hula dance workshops

Learn the basics of hula dance and find out why the art form has become so popular in movies and pop culture in this workshop for ages 6 and up.

When:     10 July 2018
Where:    Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre Lecture Room
Tickets:  $150, Urbtix

 

IAC 2018:  “In Love with Hula” Dance workshop – Advanced

A fourth-generation hula performer relates the history and legends of the traditional dance and introduces steps for the auwana (modern hula), accompanied by a Hawaiian mele (song). Best for ages 8 and up with some dancing experience.

When:     11 July 2018
Where:    Tsuen Wan Town Hall Lecture Room
Tickets:  $150, Urbtix

 

IAC 2018: Let’s Jam! Ukulele Classes

Join 3 ukulele masters as they share their experiences as performers and introduce participants to techniques.

When:     11 July 2018
Where:    Tsuen Wan Town Hall Lecture Room and Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre Lecture Room
Tickets:  $150, Urbtix

 

IAC 2018: “Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey” by Lightwire Theater

Moon Mouse

Geeky mouse Marvin ventures to the moon in a self-built rocket to find out if it’s made of cheese. Lightwire Theater, the America’s Got Talent semi-finalist troupe combines electroluminescent technology with puppetry, dance and traditional theatre in this uplifting show.

When:     13-15 July 2018
Where:    Ko Shan Theatre New Wing, Auditorium
Tickets:  From $140, Urbtix

 

IAC 2018: Ukulele Ohana Jam

Let's Jam ukulele classes

Taimane Gardner and her band, ukulele master Herb Ohta Junior and luthier Chris Kamaka share their wide-ranging ukulele repertoire while enchanging hula artistes Waihili’ Okalani Atiburcio and Delys Hulali Recca showcase Hawaii’s iconic traditional dance. Best for ages 5 and above.

When:     15 July 2018
Where:    Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre Theatre
Tickets:  From $140, Urbtix

 

IAC 2018: “Rain” by Drop Bear Theatre & The SEAM

Rain Theatre for babies in Hong Kong

In the multi-sensory world of Rain, fluffy raindrops and cushioned puddles meet a mellow cello, vocals and percussive sounds while the very young freely interact with the imaginative setting. The production provides a spellbinding opportunity for babies and crawlers to hear, see and touch the arts. (Only for ages below 18 months and their parents).

When:     18-22, 25-29 July 2018
Where:    Kwai Tsing Theatre Black Box Theatre
Tickets:  From $200, Urbtix

 

IAC 2018: “Air Play” by Acrobuffos

Airplay

Linking playful physical comedy and incredible “air sculptures”, Acrobuffos creates a picturesque poem that brilliantly merges art and science with popular theatre and circus-style antics. Best for ages 5 and up.

When:     20 July 2018
Where:    Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium
Tickets:  From $140, Urbtix

 

Pearl Hunting Pirate Treasure Box Workshop

This workshop for ages 10 and up aims to share the knowledge and history of Hong Kong pearls and let students experience how to open a fresh oyster and get the unique pearl. They will then use the shell as the main ornament of an underwater-world-inspired treasure box with real pearl accessory and decorations.

When:     21 July 2018
Where:    Loupe, Central
Ticekts:  $750, Eventbrite

 

Mums & Bubs Play Group

Mums & Bubs is a casual meet up for international and local mums to chat and socialise while their little ones aged 0-5 learn and play. (Dads welcome too!)

When:     24 July – 3 August 2018
Where:    Lifehouse International Church
Tickets:  Free event, Register on Eventbrite

 

IAC 2018:  “Bedtime Stories” by Upswing

Bedtime stories show in Hong Kong

In this one-of-a-kind show, parents and children can snuggle up on cushions and blankets to enjoy a fantastical night-time tale and a thought-provoking look at mother-daughter relationships. The stage-turned-bedroom sets the scene for a dreamy adventure featuring 3D animation, aerial-silk acrobatics, songs, dance and drama.

When:     27-29 July, 3-5 August 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre
Tickets:  From $200, family deals available, Urbtix

 

IAC 2018: “SNAP” by Gruejarm Production

SNAP

SNAP fuses the skills of seven pioneering Korean illusionists in a stunning surrealistic mystery as three dexterous Tricksters discover an enigmatic door leading through time and space to a series of alternative worlds. Best for ages 4 and up.

When:     27-29 July 2018
Where:    Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium
Tickets:  From $160, Urbtix

 

August 2018

Coding & Build a Robot Car – 3 Day Workshop

This workshop shows students how to code and construct their own smart robot cars that intelligently steer around obstacles and fundamental concepts of electronics and motors.

When:     6-8 August 2018
Where:    Kids Technology Lab, Mong Kok
Tickets:  $1,499, Eventbrite

 

IAC 2018: B Free by CCDC Dance Centre

This collaboration between CCDC Dance Center (Hong Kong) and Finland’s Dance Theatre Auraco is the first interactive dance performance designed for toddlers under 2.5 in Hong Kong. (Best for ages 0-2.5)

When:     8-12 August 2018
Where:    Tsuen Wan Town Hall Exhibition Gallery
Tickets:  From $270 for one adult and one toddler, Urbtix

 

IAC 2018:  “Carrousel des Moutons” by d’irque & fien

Carroussel des Moutons

Dirk is having a hard time falling asleep. He calls on Fien to help. Watch in wonder as the duo spin and float together with the grand piano in this topsy turvy, acrobatic show where anything is possible. Best for ages 3 and up.

When:     12 August 2018
Where:    Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium
Tickets:  $140, Urbtix

 

ALICE (in wonderland)

Alice in Wonderland HK Ballet

Bursting with energy and imagination, Septime Webre’s extravagant ALICE (in wonderland) explodes with jaw-dropping excitement and fantasy. Marvel at the sleek and chic costumes, bold sets and thrilling original score performed live by City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in this over-the-top re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. (Suitable for ages 3 and up)

When:     17-19 August (with live music) 24-26 August 2018 (with live music)
Where:    Grand Theatre Hong Kong Cultural Centre Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
Tickets:  From $100, (Tickets go on sale 17 June) HK Ballet

 

September 2018

Louis Pearl The Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl

From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, trampoline bubbles to flying UFO bubbles and even people inside bubbles – prepare to be enthralled as Louis Pearl, the Amazing Bubbleman, returns to Hong Kong for the third time, following his last sell-out visit in 2015.

When:     5-9 September 2018
Where:    The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Drama Theatre
Tickets:  From $395, HK Ticketing

 

Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience

Potted Potter

Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes featuring all of your favourite characters.

When:     11-16 September 2018
Where:    The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Drama Theatre
Tickets:  From $395, HK Ticketing

 

Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix

Since the inaugural night race in 2008, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix has produced drama, excitement, spectacle and above all, a spectacular weekend for visitors from around the world. The famous street race will return to Singapore this September and features gripping race action and an exciting all-day entertainment programme. Early bird tickets are now on sale.

When:     14-16 September 2018
Where:    Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
Tickets:  From $128 SGD for a single day, Ticketflap

 

Ballet Classics for Children: Carnival of the Animals

Carnival of the Animals

This show for all ages is a great introduction to ballet for kids. Anchored by ballet-world superstar Alexei Ratmansky’s delightful Le Carnaval des Animaux, the show will feature cameo appearances by a menagerie of characters like Swan Lake’s Little Swans, The Sleeping Beauty’s Puss-n-Boots, the beautiful Bluebird and more.

When:     15-16 September 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Studio Theatre
Tickets:  From $200, available from 13 July, HK Ballet

 

October 2018

Dear Zoo: Live on Stage

Dear Zoo live on stage

Rob Campbell’s best-selling lift the flap book has delighted generations of young leaders and will make its stage premiere this October. The stage production will delight both young and old (no minimum age) as it unfolds, with engaging puppets, music and tons of audience interaction.

When:     25 October 2018
Where:    HKAPA, Drama Theatre
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing

 

Lamma Fun Day

Lamma Fun Day

Lamma Fun day is a live music festival and a whole lot of fun on Tai Wan To Beach. More details to come soon!

When:     27 October 2018
Where:    Tai Wan To Beach
For more information:  Facebook

 

November 2018

British Boarding Schools Show

British Boarding schools

The British Boarding Schools Show enables families living in the region to meet Heads and Representatives of genuinely leading, hand selected UK boarding schools and talk to UK boarding school specialists who all understand that choosing a school is one of the biggest emotional and financial choices a family will make.

When:     26 November 2018
Where:    Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Tickets:  Free, Register at Eventbrite

 

Father Christmas

In this drama for under 6s and their family, join Father Christmas as he gets ready for his busiest day of the year, Christmas Eve. This heartwarming adaptation of the book by Raymond Briggs is full of merry touches with plenty of live music, songs and playful puppetry.

When:     29 November – 1 December 2018
Where:    HKAPA, Jockey Club Amphitheatre
Tickets:  From $285, HK Ticketing

If you have an event you think HK HUB readers would love, email [email protected] to request a free listing in our What’s On Guide.

For even more events in Hong Kong, check out our full list of What’s On here. 

What's on in Hong Kong

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Melanie Grosjean is a full-time mommy and part-time writer who left the U.S. for Asia several years ago and never looked back. Nowadays, she spends as much time traveling with her husband and toddler as possible. When she isn’t on the road or squeezed into economy class, you can find her sipping an iced latte or blogging at www.adventurefamilylife.com.


 


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