What’s On: The best family-friendly events in Hong Kong

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11 Sep 2019 — By Melanie Grosjean / Activities / Family / What's On
activities & events for families in Hong Kong

Fun Things to Do With Kids in Hong Kong!

Looking for things to do with kids in Hong Kong? We’re here to help with our regularly updated selection of the best of what’s on for kids and families around Hong Kong. We’ve listed these events in date order, browse to find inspiration, or click to jump to a specific month.

September 2019, October 2019, November 2019, December 2019, January 2020

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

Kids Films Playing in Hong Kong this Week

Movie Theater in Hong Kong

The Lion King
Doraemon: Nobita’s Chronicle of the Moon Exploration
Toy Story 4
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
The Angry Birds Movie 2


Things to Do With Kids: September 2019

Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals

Lantern Carnivals

Every year Victoria Park and other parks across Hong Kong come alive for the Mid-Autumn festival with tons of stalls and lanterns decorating the entire area. September 13 will be the Carnival Night while Youth Night will be held on the 12th. From 11-15 September there will also be a special Exhibition on Traditional Craftsmanship of Lantern Making held at Victoria Park.

When:     11-15 September 2019
Where:    Victoria Park, Sha Tin Park and Tseun Wan Park
For more information:  LCSD Website


Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

Tai Hang Fire Dragon

This event has been held for more than 100 years and is now an important part of Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn festivities.

When:     12-14 September 2019
Where:   Tai Hang, Causeway Bay and on to Victoria Park on 13 September
For more information:  LCSD Website


Pok Fu Lam Fire Dragon Dance

On the evening of Mid-Autumn Festival, the small village of Pok Fu Lam will stage its own Fire Dragon Dance as it has for decades. dozens of athletic men dance with the fire dragon on a parade that runs through the streets and lanes of the village to pray for well-being and peace.

When:     13 September 2019
Where:     Pok Fu Lam Village
For more information:  LCSD Website


Madagascar the Musical

Madagascar the Musical

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and those hilarious plotting penguins as they bound on to the stage in this musical adventure based on the smash hit DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar.

When:     12-15 September 2019
Where:    Lyric Theatre, HKAPA
Tickets:  $395, HK Ticketing


Newly Emerged Sports Trial – Dodgebee


Come out and try Dodgebee, one of the most popular up-and-coming sports from Japan, using a soft Frisbee to play a Dodgebee game. All ages welcome.

When:     14 September 2019
Where:    AIA Vitality Park
Tickets:  Free, Register on Zicket


Sai Kung Islands Cruise

Sai Kung Islands

This relaxing boat tour will take you to, amongst other places, the UNESCO accredited salt farm and church at Yim Tin Tsai and the UNESCO Geopark site at Sharp Island with the wonderful pineapple bun rocks and natural tombolo. Suitable for all ages.

When:     14 September 2019
Where:    Start from Sai Kung New Public Pier
Tickets:  $250 (chidren 3-12 $210), Facebook Event 


Stand By Me Musical

Music Children Foundation’s live orchestra and choir will perform a 100% original, made for Hong Kong musical alongside local professional performers.

When:     14-15 September 2019
Where:    Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium
Tickets:  From $150, Urbtix


WISE Start with Sports: Mother and Daughter Sports Day

Womens Rugby

Women In Sports Empowered (WISE) HK are bringing another Mother and Daughter sports day – touch rugby. Hong Kong-based mothers and daughters are invited to join in on this fun day led by players and coaches from Phoenix Touch HK.

When:     15 September 2019
Where:    Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park
Tickets:  Free, Register on Eventbrite


YCIS Early Childhood Education Info Session


At this ECE info session, the co-principals at YCIS Hong Kong will guide you through their exciting program and answer questions you have about their curriculum and play-based learning approach.

When:     19 September 2019
Where:    YCIS Hong Kong, Ma Tau Chung
For more information:  Facebook


International Schools Festival

This event organized by South China Morning Post provides parents a chance to learn about international schools, evaluate curricula, obtain admission tips and secure essential information for their child’s future education.

When:     21 September 2019
Where:    Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
Tickets:  From $30, Eventbrite


WOW! HOW? Science Show

Wow, how Science Show

The HK premiere of the  biggest Russian Science show, WOW! HOW? will bring adults and kids an interactive science exploration and spectacular family activity. The show is developed by specialists from top Russian universities and is designed to arouse youngsters’ interest in science and technology through the splendid stage performances.

When:     21-22 September 2019
Where:    Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Tickets:  From $355, Event Website


Adventure Playground

Mud Kitchen at HK Forest Adventures

The Adventure Playground is designed to be a place where kids get dirty and figure things out on their own. Unstructured, imaginative play at its best! Sessions open for ages 2- 8.

When:     22 September, 5, 13, 26 October 2019
Where:    HK Forest Adventures, Sha Tin
Tickets:  $600, Facebook


Family Aerial Yoga Fun – Root and Wings with TT Ho

Parent and child cuddle in a hammock and explore yoga together with the hammock as a safety net. Parents also learn from their children – to laugh, sing and move with joy – in this class for children ages 5-12 and their parents.

When:     22 September 2019
Where:    Pure Yoga, Pacific Place and Grand Century Place
Tickets:  From $700, Event Website


Where is Peter Rabbit?

Where is peter rabbit

Based on the original tales by Beatrix Potter, your favourite stories and most beloved characters will be brought to live in this theatrical spectacular, with beautifully handcrafted puppets, enchanting original songs, and a sprinkle of magic. The show is for ages 3 and up.

When:     27 September – 6 October 2019
Where:    Drama Theatre, HKAPA
Tickets:  From $215, HK Ticketing


Messy Play Carnival

Messy Play

This Messy Play Carnival will feature a number of sensory experience areas designed to promote children’s free exploration and stimulate the development of multiple senses.

When:     27-29 September 2019
Where:    Star Hall, KITEC
Tickets:  From $120, HK Ticketing


Little Forest Artists

HK Forest Adventures will lead a small group of young artists into the beautiful forest where they will observe, explore and forage for all kinds of natural resources to incorporate into the artwork. For ages 2-5.

When:     28 September, 19 October 2019
Where:    HK Forest Adventures, Sha Tin
For more information:  Facebook


HK Phil – Paddington Bear Concert

Paddington Bear

Bring along your teddy bears to join Paddington as he goes to his first symphony concert. In this charming musical tale, with a hugely attractive score by Herbert Chappell, the whole family can join in Paddington’s adventures.

When:     28 September 2019
Where:    Hong Kong City Hall, Concert Hall
Tickets:  From $360 for adults and $180 for students, Ticketflap


4th Sunday Kiss x Whizpa Family Fun Festival

Wellcome Paradise

This fun-filled day will feature lots of interactive activities, games and performances for children and families. Each ticket includes 2 hours free play at Wellcome Paradise + 1.5 hours all-you-can-eat buffet at Cafe Wellcome.

When:     28 September 2019
Where:    Wellcome Paradise, KITEC
Tickets:  From $180 per person, Whizpa.com


Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation


In the OMNIMAX Show ‘Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation,’ you’ll not only experience all of the dangerous situations during the volcano eruption in the safest way but also see how the whole process helps to create extraordinary ecosystems and habitats.

When:     1-30 September 2019
Where:    Hong Kong Space Museum Stanley Ho Space Theatre
Tickets:  From $24, Urbtix


The World of Studio Ghibli’s Animation

A must for anime fans, the iconic Japanese film studio is bringing this exciting exhibition to Hong Kong until November 3. Look forward to interactive installations, huge 3D sets recreating iconic scenes from masterpieces like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, and the chance to interact with your favourite characters.

When:      3 August – 3 November 2019
Where:     Portal 6311, Kowloon Bay
Tickets:    From $118 (free for children aged 3 or below), Event Website


Sunday’s Little Face Paint Session

Every Sunday Brunch, Little Creatures Brewing will be hosting face painting sessions. Come and join in this little art jam session for kids and adults to share.

When:     Every Sunday in 2019
Where:    Little Creatures Brewing, Kennedy Town
For more information:  Facebook Event


World of Eric Carle

World of Eric Carle

This year marks the 50th anniversary of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” the classic story by English picture book maestro Eric Carle, who has written more than 70 children’s books since 1967. Cityplaza is celebrating his creations by transforming three of his classic books into large-scale installations as well as offering a series of family workshops, story-telling sessions and even a story-telling competition.

When:     17 August – 15 September 2019
Where:    Cityplaza, Taikoo Shing
For more information:  Cityplaza Website


Batman’s 80th Anniversary


To mark the 80th anniversary of Batman, DC is celebrating all year long with live events, fan celebrations, exclusive products and more across the globe. Doubling down on this celebration, DC and Warner Bros. will showcase the World’s Greatest Detective with an interactive exhibit at The ONE.

When:     Now until 22 September 2019
Where:    The One Atrium UG2 and Open Piazza
For more information:  Event Website


Amazing Bugs!

bugs & magnifying glass

The museum-wide Amazing Bugs! special exhibit explores the diversity of bugs and their vital role in nature. Kids will love discovering how bugs acquire food and hunt prey, and even more fun are the activities in store: exploring bug habitats via a green screen or “pollinating” flowers around the Banyan Tree Climber. Free with museum admission

When:       Until October 31 2019
Where:     Hong Kong Children’s Discovery Museum
For more information: Event Website


Things to Do With Kids: October 2019

Inside the World of Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is a legendary master of the Japanese anime genre. His films are famous both in Japan and internationally, you’ll be able to hear a selection of music from the films at this concert. For ages 3 and up.

When:     2 October 2019
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Tickets:  From $280, Urbtix


Ocean Park Halloween Fest

Ocean Park Halloween

This Halloween, Ocean Park will transform into Hong Kong’s greatest-ever haunting ground as hundreds of ghosts invade its many terrifying zones. Spooky surprises lurk around every corner! In addition, your favourite LINE FRIENDS characters will be visiting in their Halloween costumes during the day to have a Candy Adventure with fans of all ages.

When:     4-31 October 2019 (Select dates)
Where:    Ocean Park Hong Kong
Tickets:  Ocean Park Website


La Sax Jungo

Riding on the resounding success of the last production Saxo Carnival of the Animals, La Sax teams up with acclaimed Hong Kong musician and children entertainer Harry Wong to take you on a spectacular music journey with mesmerizing melodies and toe tapping fun.

When:     11-12 October 2019
Where:    Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre
Tickets:  From $200, Urbtix


Peter & The Wolf Fantasia

Peter and the Wolf

Experience Prokofiev’s brilliant story of a young boy named Peter and his animal friends and the adventures they had catching a wolf in this concert for children ages 3 and up and their families.

When:     12 October 2019
Where:    Tuen Mun Town Hall Auditorium
Tickets:  From $180, HK Phil


Meet the Zookeepers

Meet the Zookeeper day in Hong Kong

At the “Meet-the-Zookeepers” event, the gardens’ zookeepers will share with visitors their experience in daily primate and bird care and animal conservation. Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn more about the Garden’s animals.

When:     12-13 October, 30 November, 1 December 2019
Where:     Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
For more information:  Event Website


Aerial Kids Yoga with TT Ho

Kids Aerial Yoga

Every second Sunday of the month, kids can play to learn the techniques of health, relaxation, inner peace and compassion through yoga. Each session focuses on breathing, body alignment and physical release in a fun way with games and music.

When:     13 October, 10 November, 8 December 2019
Where:    Pure Yoga, The Pulse
Tickets:  $450 per class, multi-class discounts available, Event Website


Soul of Shaolin

Soul of Shaolin

This critically acclaimed kung fu production, performed by kung fu monks from the Shaolin Temple has held more than 500 performances worldwide. The story is a stirring tale that portrays different aspects and essence of Shaolin kung fu.

When:     18-19 October 2019
Where:    KITEC
Tickets:  From $180, HK Ticketing


Harbour Village Open Day

Harbour Village Open Day

Parents and their children looking to explore The Harbour School Campuses and learn about their progressive learning community should consider attending this open day. Ideal for parents of children under 6.

When:     19 October 2019
Where:    The Harbour School (Harbour Village Campus)
Tickets:  Free, register on Eventbrite


Pink Hike and Run

The Pink Hike and Run is a family-oriented charity event in support of the Portia Cheung Breast Cancer Support Program. The event is open for kids ages 2 and up! Kids can attend the Trial School while parents are racing. Then parents can watch and encourage their little ones during their own run.

When:     20 October 2019
Where:    Tai Tam Barbecue Area No. 2
For more information:  Facebook


Carly Rae Jepsen

Canadian pop superstar, Carly Rae Jepsen will perform in Hong Kong as a part of her Dedicated Tour.

When:     25 October 2019
Where:    Rotunda 2, KITEC
Tickets:  $850, Live Nation


Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Swan Lake is famously regarded as one of the most celebrated and enjoyed classical ballets worldwide. Alongside Hong Kong Sinfonietta performing Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece score and featuring splendid sets and costumes, this highly anticipated production will transport the audience on an unforgettable journey.

When:     25-27 October 2019
Where:    Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets:  From $180, Urbtix


Rotten Head Music and Craft Beer Festival

Rotten Head Festival

With over 10 Lantau and Hong Kong craft breweries represented, delicious food stalls, pop-up shows, the Handmade Hong Kong market, dance performances from Lantau’s premier studios, a baby disco, a totally awesome kids’ area and some of the best music Hong Kong has to offer, this is going to be an event to remember.

When:     26 October 2019
Where:    Tat Tung Road Park, Lantau
For more information:  Event Website


nottoobig Mega Baby Expo

nottoobig baby expo

The nottoobig Mega Baby Expo will return to wow parents and little fans with amazing themed decorations, exciting games, special programs and the latest products within the Baby and Children industry.

When:     31 October – 3 November 2019
Where:    KITEC Star Hall
For more information:  Facebook Page  


Things to Do With Kids: November 2019

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Disneyland 10K

HK Disneyland’s annual 10K Weekend is making a triumphant return with over 100 beloved Pixar Pals from movies such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Inside Out. The event features day and night races, races for all ages, and immersive daytime attractions and entertainment in the park.

When:     2-3 November 2019
Where:    Hong Kong Disneyland
For more information:  Event Website


Family Concert by Viva! Pipers ‘Peter and the Wolf’

This afternoon concert is the perfect introduction to the wind family of instruments and small ensemble playing through Prokofiev’s classic work, Peter and the Wolf. This symphonic fairytale uses a cast of vibrant characters and a charming story to introduce children to different woodwind instruments.

When:     3 November 2019
Where:    Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre
Tickets:  $100, Urbtix


James and the Giant Peach

james and the giant peach

Faust International Youth Theatre is bringing this gigantic reimagining of Roald Dahl’s first classic novel to Hong Kong.

When:     7-10 November 2019
Where:    Drama Theatre, HKAPA, Wan Chai
Tickets:  $290, HK Ticketing


The Garden Gathering

The Garden Gathering

Immerse in nature over a 3-day weekend of music, ceremony, craft and creation, embodiment, earthen ways, plant medicine, sacred sound, healing and empowerment and more. There will be a kids village, sustainable market and the Conscious Kitchen.

When:     8-10 November 2019
Where:    Sai Yuen Adventure Park
Tickets:  From $211.98, Eventbrite


The Snowman

Snowman and The Bear

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved book, this enchanting live show has thrilled audiences throughout the world for more than 20 years. For children ages 3 and up and their families.

When:     29 November – 1 December 2019
Where:    Lyric Theatre, HKAPA, Wan Chai
Tickets:  From $395, HK Ticketing


Things to Do With Kids: December 2019

Pride Run

Hong Kong’s inaugural Pride Run will be a celebration of fitness, friendship and diversity. This will be Asia’s first formal Pride Run and will include a 10km run and a 5km family-friendly hike with finisher medals, t-shirts and a post run bbq party in the park.

When:     1 December 2019
Where:    Aberdeen Country Park
For more information:  Facebook


The Lion King Musical

Lion King

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the award-winning Broadway musical, the Lion King is coming to Hong Kong.

When:     18 December – 5 January 2019 (Select Dates)
Where:    Arena, AsiaWorld-Expo, Lantau
Tickets:  From $399, HK Ticketing


Things to Do With Kids: January 2020

The Gruffalo Live on Stage


Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

When:     16 – 24 January 2020
Where:    Drama Theatre, HKAPA
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing


Tabby McTat

Tabby McTat book art

Fresh from the greatest picture book team in the world comes this delightful rhyming story of music, friendship, loyalty and cats! For children ages 3 and up and their families.

When:     17-24 January 2020
Where:    Drama Theatre, HKAPA
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing


Mr. Men and Little Miss

Mr Men And Little Miss

Join your favourite Mr. Men and Little Miss characters as they leap off the page and onto the stage in this beautifully crafted and hilarious live stage show. For children aged 3 and up and their families.

When:     30 January – 2 February 2019
Where:    Drama Theatre, HKAPA
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing


The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book.

When:     6-9 February 2020
Where:    Drama Theare, HKAPA
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing


The Gruffalo’s Child

Gruffalos child

Follow the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories’ enchanting adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

When:     7-9 February 2020
Where:    Drama Theatre, HKAPA
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing


Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaur Zoo

Meet awesome prehistoric creatures from cute baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet! Erth’s dinosaurs are unmistakably ‘alive’ and mostly friendly in this fun, educational and unique performance that will delight all audiences from ages 5 and up.

When:     13-16 February 2020
Where:    Drama Theatre, HKAPA
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing


Dr. Bunhead’s Blast Off!

Dr Bunheads

From rock banging to rocket blasting, discover how playing with fire took us from cave-dwellers to space travellers and why the first space venturers weren’t even human in Dr. Bunhead’s latest joy-ride through the world of science.

When:     14-16 February 2020
Where:    Drama Theatre, HKAPA
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing


Peter Pan: Underneath a Magical Moon

Peter Pan underneath a magical moon

Tutti Frutti and York Theatre Royal re-imagine the enchanting story of Peter Pan as told by Wendy, with a little bit of help from leading British playwright Mike Kenny.

When:     20-23 February 2020
Where:    Drama Theatre, HKAPA
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing


Stick Man


Touching, funny and utterly original, this award-winning stage production of Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

When:     21-23 February 2020
Where:    Drama Theatre, HKAPA
Tickets:  From $195, 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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