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

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22 Jan 2020 — 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.

January 2020, February 2020, March 2020, April 2020, August 2020

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

Things to do with Kids this Weekend 24-26 January 2020

The Great Circus of Europe @ Central Harbourfront
The AIA Carnival @ Central Harbourfront
Gala of Lights @ Ocean Park Hong Kong
The Gruffalo Live on Stage @ HKAPA
Tabby McTat @ HKAPA
Free Chinese New Year Movie Day @ The English Stage
Turtle Odyssey 3D @ HK Space Museum
Sky Tour: Window on the Universe @ HK Space Museum
Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan @ Hong Kong History Museum

Kids Films Playing in Hong Kong this Week

Movie Theater in Hong Kong

Dolittle
Little Women
Frozen 2
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Cats

Things to Do With Kids: January 2020

The Gruffalo Live on Stage

Gruffalo

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

 

The English Stage’s Free Chinese New Year Movie Day

Bring your child along to The English Stage in Happy Valley to watch movies! It’s free of charge and a surprise Chinese New Year’s gift will be given to every child. Open for kids age 4-10.

When:     24 January 2020
Where:    The English Stage, Happy Valley
Tickets:  Free, Facebook

 

Chinese New Year Flower Markets

flower market cny

Colourful and festive, these markets are a perfect place for people watching, enjoying the atmosphere and buying some lucky blooms to decorate your home. Evening is the most popular time to go, expect crowds. Normally alongside the flowers for sale you might see some political or satirical messages, but not this year as it will be strictly flowers only (and a few snacks) and there will be far fewer stalls than usual.

When:   19-25 January (traditionally the market would be open for extended hours on new year’s eve (24 January) through to 6am new year’s day (25 January) – but opening times may differ this year)

Where:  Victoria Park, Causeway Bay & Fa Hui Park, Mongkok

 

Lantern Exhibitions and Displays

The LCSD will hold lantern exhibitions in the grounds of the HK Cultural Centre, and all around Hong Kong. Expect to see big, bright and beautiful lanterns on display as well as a carnival night with performances and activities. There will be a ‘golden dragon’ theme at The HK Cultural Centre this year.

When:    at HK Cultural Centre from 17 January – 9 February, check LCSD website for details of other events

 

International Chinese New Year Carnival (replaces night parade)

Citing safety concerns, this year the Hong Kong Tourism Board have planned a 4 day CNY carnival instead of the usual parade through TST. Details are yet to be confirmed but the Discover Hong Kong website promises a “fun-filled carnival with a spectacular parade of dazzling performances by local and international performers, including the gymnastic feats of world-champion acrobats and astonishing traditional troupes of entertainers”.

When:   24-28 January

Where:  West Kowloon Cultural District Art Park

 

Lion Dancing

CNY lion dancing

The traditional Lion Dance is believed to scare away bad luck and evil spirits and will be happening all over the city from 25 January onwards. Visit any market or shopping mall and you will hear the distinctive Chinese drumming as lion dancers visit shops and businesses. Check out the listings in your own local area to see if any special performances are planned near you.

When:    from 25 January onwards

Where:   all around HK

 

Mouse Cake Pops Workshop

Mouse Cake Pops from Complete Deelite

Kids ages 6 and up will learn how to  make adorable mouse cake pops in this baking workshop.

When:     29 January 2020
Where:    Complete Delite, Central
Tickets:  From $500, Facebook

 

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.

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

 

ESF Playgroup Trial Session

ESF Kindergarten Admissions

Join ESF to try out a full playgroup session and experience ESF Early Learners with your little learner. You’ll experience a typical playgroup session which includes a whole host of fun activities for you and your child.

When:     31 January 2020
Where:    ESF Prime Mansion, Wan Chai
Tickets:  From $300, Eventbrite

 

DJ Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall

Nufonia must fall

Nufonia Must Fall is a live adaptation of DJ Kid Koala’s graphic novel. It is about Robot R on the verge of obsolescence falling in love with a girl and wanting to create a song for her. Suitable for ages 3 and up.

When:     31 January – 1 February 2020
Where:    Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Tickets:  From $150, LCSD

 

The Great Circus of Europe

Circus

The Great Circus of Europe will return for its third year to unearth a new range of never-seen-before acts under the Big Top at the Carnival. This fantastic family show is sure to become the talk of the town and will leave you gaping in disbelief as you witness awe-inspiring and death-defying acts mixed with a touch of comedy and laughter. There’s a 2-for-1 ticket offer from 2 to 24 January.

When:     12 December 2019 – 16 February 2020
Where:    Central Harbourfront
Tickets:  From $200, Event Website

 

Ocean Park Gala of Lights

Ocean Park Gala of Lights

Get swept away on a wave of all-new night-time fun at Ocean Park’s Gala of Lights, where the evening comes to life in a spectacular celebration of light. With never-before-seen multimedia shows, dining options galore, exciting interactive experiences, and an array of unique souvenirs, you won’t want to miss out on this extraordinary oceanic adventure.

When:     From 10 January 2020
Where:    Ocean Park Hong Kong
For more information:  Ocean Park Website

 

The AIA Carnival

AIA Carnival

THE AIA Carnival is Hong Kong’s not-to-be-missed traditional European Carnival with a futuristic modern twist. New thrilling rides will be making their debut, complemented by exciting games with adorable prizes, a wide range of irresistible carnival treats, and fun photo ops, promising to bring you the most memorable carnival experience. Students get free weekday entry from 6-24 January!

When:     12 December 2019 – 16 February 2020
Where:    Central Harbourfront Event Space
For more information:  Event Website

 

Turtle Odyssey 3D

Turtle Odyssey show

In the 3D Dome show Turtle Odyssey 3D, we will join Bunji, a sea turtle for a remarkable adventure. During this journey, we will meet an astonishing range of strange and compelling creatures from enormous breaching whales, massive manta rays to vibrant clownfish.

When:     1-31 January 2020
Where:    Hong Kong Space Museum Stanley Ho Space Theatre
Tickets:  $24, Urbtix

 

Sky Tour: Window on the Universe

Sky Tour Window on the Universe

This sky show takes you to explore the magnificent night skies around the world.

When:     1-31 January 2020
Where:    Hong Kong Space Museum Stanley Ho Space Theatre
Tickets:  From $24, Urbtix

 

Glistening Treasures in the Dust – Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan

Ancient Artifacts of Afghanistan

Through the display of 231 items/sets of rare artefacts including goldware, glassware, bronze sculptures and ivory carvings, unearthed from four famous archeological sites in Afghanistan, this exhibition demonstrates the profound influence of foreign ancient cultures on Afghanistan and the surrounding region as well as the country’s prominence as the crossroads of the Silk Road.

When:     6 November 2019 – 10 February 2020
Where:    Hong Kong History Museum
For more information:  HK History Museum Website

 

Things to Do With Kids: February 2020

Music to Draw Workshop

Bring your sketchbook, yarn or a lump of clay and work quietly to a set of some of DJ Kid Koala’s favourite quiet time records that he has collected on his travels around the world. Suitable for ages 3 and up.

When:     1 February 2020
Where:    South Committee Room, Hong Kong City Hall
Tickets:  $80, LCSD Website   

 

Music Office Youth Choir and Children’s Choir Annual Concert

The choirs will present a splendid choral programme with works from the 16th Century to present including madrigal, mass, folk tunes and pop songs of different languages and aura. In a programme designed to encourage those ages 6 and up to Sing On!

When:     2 February 2020
Where:    Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
Tickets:  From $45, Urbtix

 

Chinese New Year Family Fun Day

Chinese New Year Family Fun Day

Join ESF Language & Learning Centre as they welcome the Year of the Rat. There will be fun-filled festive activities including sensory play, creative crafts and maybe even a dragon dance. Suitable for kids ages 6 months – 3 years.

When:     2 February 2020
Where:    ESF Language & Learning Centre, Wan Chai
Tickets:  $50, Eventbrite

 

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

 

Cheers! Series: Glimpse by Oorkaan

Glimpse by OORkaan

This poetic concert will bring toddlers into a colourful dream-like world, inspiring their unlimited imagination. Integrating light and visuals in an extraordinary way, the performance maintains an exemplary balance between the music, graphics and audience interaction.

When:     6-9 February 2020
Where:    Kwai Tsing Theatre Black Box Theatre
Tickets:  From $220, Urbtix

 

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

 

Tween and Teen Empowerment DayFest

Tween and Teen Empowerment DayFest

7 experts in their field will share tools and wisdom to empower tweens and teens (ages 11-15) to navigate life’s challenges, set seeds for their future and step into their potential.

When:     8 February 2020
Where:    Platform Co-Working + Events, Sai Ying Pun
Tickets:  From $1400, Facebook

 

Open Day – Safari Kid Repulse Bay

Safari Kid Repulse Bay

Safari Kid Repulse Day will be hosting an open day with three different sessions where you can try them out.

When:     8 February 2020
Where:    Safari Kid, Repulse Bay
Tickets:  Free, Facebook 

 

Forest House Waldorf School Information Day

Forest House Waldorf School

Join this information day to learn about Waldorf Primary School and attend a small talk on the topic of Introduction of Movement in Education.

When:     8 February 2020
Where:    Forest House Waldorf, Sai Kung
Tickets:  Free, Eventbrite

 

Ballet Classics for Children: The Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Masterminded by Yuri Ng and narrated by Rick Lau, this hugely popular abridged classic enchants children with its innovative blend of storytelling, dance and audience interaction. A wonderful introduction to a live ballet performance for children as young as 3.

When:     8-9 February 2020
Where:    The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon
Tickets:  From $200, Event Website

 

Fantastic Symphonic Spirits

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Hong Kong is bringing the world renowned theatrical mime duo Magic Circle Mime Co. back to the concert hall with the most entertaining, educational and enthralling program yet.

When:     9 February 2020
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Tickets:  From $250, Urbtix

 

Swire Sunday Family: The Dinosaur Footprints

Dinosaur Footprints

Hear how dinosaurs can be portrayed by music and learn some interesting things about them in this concert meant for ages 3 and up.

When:     9 February 2020
Where:    Tseun Wan Town Hall Auditorium
Tickets:  From $180, HK Phil Website

 

Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Join Faust International Youth Theatre as they bring to life Narnia and the adventures on board the Dawn Treader.

When:     13, 15-16 February 2020
Where:    Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre
Tickets:  $290, Urbtix

 

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

 

Shakespeare in the Park – Twelfth Night

Shakespeare in the Park

Enjoy a night under the stars this Valentine’s Day weekend by attending Shakespeare in the Park! There will be 3 showings of Twelfth Night. Bring your blankets, cushions and refreshments!

When:     14-16 February 2020
Where:    Hong Kong Olympic Square
Tickets:  Free admission, Facebook

 

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

 

Longines Masters Hong Kong

Longines Masters

The Longines Masters is a weekend of  heart-pounding competition by the world’s top show jumping riders and horses with world-class entertainment, fashion and gastronomy.

When:     14-16 February 2020
Where:    AsiaWorld-Expo
For more information:  Event Website

 

Irish Sports Day

The Irish Chamber of Commerce is hosting a fun family sports day with 60m, 100m, 400m, 1km and 400km family fun runs, soccer and rugby training and games and more.

When:     16 February 2020
Where:    Hong Kong Sports Institute, Sha Tin
Tickets:  $180, Eventbrite

 

Disney on Ice: Live Your Dreams

Disney on ice

Celebrate what’s possible as Disney heroes spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Live Your Dreams!

When:     19-23 February 2019
Where:    Hall 5BC, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai
Tickets:  From $180, 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

Stickman

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

 

Bavarian State Opera Children Concert: Franziska and the Wolves

The Bavarian State Opera will perform Franziska and the Wolves in a kid-friendly performance designed for ages 4-7.

When:     22 February 2020
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets:  From $150, Ticketflap

 

STEAM for Peace

Enjoy a series of 30 minute STEM-centric workshops designed for kids ages 6-14 to uncover the dynamic power and potential of STEM subjects through projects featuring robotics, experimental design, engineering, computer coding, Minecraft and more.

When:     22 February 2020
Where:    Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin
Tickets:  Free, Eventbrite

 

Hoi Ha Biodiversity Excursion

In this excursion, EncompassHK will first lead you to experience Hoi Ha Wan, one of the first Marine Parks in Hong Kong, with an expert guide to introduce the flora and fauna of the area. Families with children ages 3 and up are welcome.

When:     23 February 2020
Where:    Hoi Ha Wan, Sai Kung
Tickets:  From $200, Eventbrite

 

Scaling Our World

Scaling our world

Explore the Tinkering Lab at Hong Kong Children’s Discovery Museum to experiment with scale and build models of your own at this special exhibit! In this facilitated activity your kids will learn how to build a sturdy structure and can take home their unique scaled design!

When:     Now – 1 March 2020
Where:    Tinkering Lab @ Hong Kong Children’s Discovery Museum
Tickets:  Free with museum admission, Museum Website

 

Things to Do With Kids: March 2020

Around the World in 80 Minutes! Family Concert

Around the World in 80 Minutes! Family Concert

Seven extraordinary musicians assemble for a super-entertaining concert with their uncanny abilities: a singing violinist, an incredibly versatile pianists and five musicians and soloists from the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics. Expect an exhilarating musical combo of classical, jazz, klezmer, Latin, improvisation and pop music.

When:     7 March 2020
Where:    Concert Hall, HK Cultural Centre
Tickets:  From $160, HKAF Website

 

Hong Kong Sinfonietta – Beethoven the Immortal

Beethoven the Immortal

Year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this pair of concerts, conductor Jason Lai will take a look at some of his best known masterpieces and will explore recurring themes such as victory over adversity and symphonic grandiosity in Beethoven’s extraordinary output.

When:     14-15 March 2020
Where:    Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium
Tickets:  From $140, Urbtix

 

Art Central 2020

Art Central 2020

Art Central will return to Central Harbourfront for its highly anticipated sixth edition. Alongside a strong lineup of regional and international galleries, the Fair will also feature a dynamic five-day programme of talks, performances, large-scale installations and the best places to eat during Hong Kong Art Week.

When:     18-22 March 2020
Where:    Central Harbourfront
Tickets:  From $230, Ticketflap

 

Run for Survival

Run for Survival

Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong’s annual charity run is the perfect event for those keen to do their part for the environment while working up a sweat. Run for Survival is a family-friendly fun run that aims to promote biodiversity and marine conservation by raising awareness on the threats faced by sea animals.

When:     22 March 2020
Where:    Pak Shek Kok Promenade
For more information:  Event Website

 

Things to Do With Kids: April 2020

BBC Planet Earth II In Concert

BBC Planet Earth II In Concert

Experience what it would be like to be a wild animal in this magical concert where they will screen one of television’s greatests animals series, BBC Planet Earth II, with live orchestral soundtrack.

When:     5 April 2020
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Tickets:  From $220, Event Website

 

Peppa Pig Live – Perfect Rainy Day

peppa pig live

Peppa Pig is back with a brand new 60-minute Musical Adventure and promises to make the biggest muddy puddle ever! This charming live show is filled with family, friendship, colour and fun.

When:     10-11 April 2020
Where:    Star Hall, KITEC
Tickets:  From $252, HK Ticketing

 

HK Phil – Jurassic Park in Concert

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park is a movie as memorable for its special effects as for John Williams’ score. Experience both in vivid sight and sound as the HK Phil performs live against a screening of Steven Spielberg’s award-winning film.

When:     10-11 April 2020
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tickets:  From $380, Ticketflap

 

Geronimo Stilton Live – The Return to the Kingdom of Fantasy

Geronimo Stilton

This family musical is a journey using multi-media effects, music and animation to bring the magical elements of the second book of the Kingdom of Fantasy series to life on stage.

When:     12 April 2020
Where:    Star Hall, KITEC
Tickets:  From $252, HK Ticketing

 

Things to Do With Kids: August 2020

Billie Ellish: Where Do We Go? World Tour

Billie Ellish

Rising teenage singer-songwriter Billie Ellish will be performing her Hong Kong debut as a part of her ‘Where Do We Go?’ world tour.

When:     30 August 2020
Where:    AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena
Tickets:  On Sale from February 5, Live Nation

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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