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.

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

November, December, January 2018, February 2018March 2018, April 2018, May 2018, September 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 (15-17 December):

Pixar 30 Years of Animation @ Hong Kong Heritage Museum
The Sound of Music @ Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
The Nutcracker @ Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Freestyle Coding & Electronics Workshops for Kids @ Kids Technology Lab
Indoor Climbing Introductory Course @ Kai Tak East Sports Center
Polished 3D Prints Workshop @ MakerBay, Central
The Snowman and the Bear @ Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
Tie Dye Party @ SeeWrite
Sham Shui Po District Fire Safety Carnival
Tsing Yi Fire Station Open Day and Kwai Tsing District Fire Safety Carnival

December

Pixar 30 Years of Animation

Pixar Animation Studios combines art and technology to create original stories in the medium of computer animation. Following a successful run in 2011, Hong Kong Heritage Museum is collaborating with Pixar once again this year to bring “Pixar 30 Years of Animation,” A special exhibition with the thme of “friendship and family” curated exclusively for Hong Kong.

When:     18 November 2017 – 5 March 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Tickets:  $20, Event Website

 

The Sound of Music

This production of The Sound of Music is performed in its original Broadway stage version of the 1959 premier in new York.

When:     15-16 December 2017
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Tickets:  From $180, Urbtix

 

SuperPark Opening

A 45,000 sq ft indoor activity park, SuperPark is a Finnish brand, opening in Hong Kong for the first time. People of all ages can enjoy the adventure area, game area and freestyle hall with a smorgasbord of activities.

When:    mid December
Where:    One SilverSea, Kowloon
For more information:  SuperPark Website

 

AIA Great European Carnival

This exciting event covers Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year and annually features amusement rides and carnival skill games for all ages. This year in addition to new rides and games, the Carnival will bring a world-class family circus bringing even more entertainment and fun for the people of Hong Kong.

When:     From mid December
Where:    Central Harbourfront Event Space
For more info:  Register at the event website for more info and access to ticketing

 

HK Ballet: The Nutcracker

Hong Kong’s ultimate family holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, returns to enthrall audiences once again with the splendor and magic of Clara and Fritz’s grand adventure. Set to Tchaikovksky’s iconic music with live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

When:     15-24 December 2017
Where:    Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Center
Tickets:  From $180,  Event Website

 

Freestyle Coding & Electronics Workshop for Kids

Freestyle Coding workshop @ Kids Technology Lab, Hong Kong

This weekend workshop will help develop your child’s computational thinking skills, problem solving skills and creative thinking.

When:     16 December 2017
Where:    Kids Technology Lab, Kowloon
Tickets:  $450, Eventbrite

 

Indoor Climbing Introductory Course for Beginner

Indoor Climbing at Kai Oak East Sports Center

This 3-hour course in a small group will give you a thorough understanding of the simplest climbing system including knotting, equipment knowledge and operating procedures.

When:     16 December 2017
Where:    Kai Tak East Sports Center, Diamond Hill
Tickets:  $390, Eventbrite

 

Polished 3D Prints – Red-White-Blue Series

Participants will learn how to design and build a 3-part 3D model and use alcohol-welding to assemble them into a final product. Students will bring home a set of 3 red-white-blue animal figures done in Polysmooth material. The class is designed for ages 6 and up.

When:     16 December 2017
Where:    MakerBay Central
Tickets:  $480, Eventbrite

 

The Snowman and The Bear

Celebrate the Christmas season with Howard Blake’s The Snowman & The Bear! These two heartwarming and magical films are based on books by Raymond Briggs and will be shown on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment and singing.

When:     17 December 2017
Where:    Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
For more information:  Event Website

 

Tie Dye Party  @ SeeWrite

Kidhop is hosting a fun tie-dye party where you can create and bring home your unique, hand-dyed product.

When:     17 December 2017
Where:    See Write, Sheung Wan
Tickets:  Available through kids’ activities booking portal Kidhop

 

Tsing Yi Fire Station Open Day and Kwai Tsing District Fire Safety Carnival

The Tsing Yi Fire Station will welcome the public to their open day and carnival including game booths, a variety show and a variety of demonstrations related to firefighting.

When:     17 December 2017
Where:    Tsing Yi Fire Station
For more information:  Event Website

 

Sham Shui Po District Fire Safety Carnival

Cheung Sha Wan Fire Station and Ambulance Depot will both be open to the public and a fire-safety carnival will be held at Cheung Sha Wan Playground with fire drill demonstrations, equipment demonstrations, child-sized protective clothing for photo taking and more.

When:     17 December 2017
Where:    Cheung Sha Wan
For more information:  Event Website

 

ESF Winter Workshop: Winter Fun 1-3 Years

This fun sensory workshop will include Christmas-themed activities specially designed for ages 1-3  years and your kids will get to make a special gift to take home.

When:     19 December 2017
Where:    ESF Language and Learning Centre, Causeway Bay
Tickets:  Available through kids’ activities booking portal Kidhop

 

SCROOGE!

A family-fun Broadway musical adapted from Charles Dickens’ renowned work – A Christmas Carol. Much like the original, this story begins on Christmas Eve, but now song and Dance transport Scrooge from the past through the present to the future.

When:     19-26 December 2017
Where:    The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre
Tickets:  From $170, HK Ticketing

 

LEGO Christmas Workshop

LEGO has prepared Christmas themed workshops for children from ages 3-10. Each workshop will be packed with fun and challenges for your children to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

When:     19-29 December 2017
Where:    Various LEGO locations around HK
For more information:  Cityline

 

ESF Winter Workshop: Crafts and Baking 4-5 Years

This fun sensory workshop will include winter-themed arts and crafts activities and cookie making and decorating specially designed for ages 4-5  years and your kids will get to make a special gift to take home.

When:     20 December 2017
Where:    ESF Language and Learning Centre, Causeway Bay
Tickets:  Available through kids’ activities booking portal Kidhop

 

Kids Make Series: Wooden Car

Kids make wooden car at MakerBay, Hong Kong

In this fun-filled workshop your kids will make a powered wooden car from plywood. Your child will learn how to use drills, how to solder, saw, file, use sandpaper and wire up a button-battery-motor combination. For kids ages 8 and up.

When:     20 December 2017
Where:    MakerBay Central
Tickets:  $550 for 2 sessions, Eventbrite

 

The Great Circus of Europe

The Great Circus of Europe is a heart-pounding thrill show for families that will excite everyone from the youngest to the oldest as death-defying feats are performed in front of your very eyes.

When:     21 December – 25 February 2018 (except 12-20, 29 January and Mondays in February)
Where:    Central Harbourfront Event Space
Tickets:  From $150, HK Ticketing

 

A Musical Adventure in Animes

The China Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform various exciting and inspiring anime theme songs to bring the kids, adults and elderly into a musical adventure accompanied by a slide projection. Appropriate for ages 3 and above.

When:     22 December 2017
Where:    Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
Tickets:  From $150, Urbtix

 

LSS Dance and Music Fun Day

This free, public event will feature workshops and free trials of a variety of dance and music classes such as jazz funk dance technique, barre, hip hop, kids dance, beginner violin and bollywood. Some workshops have an associated fee whereas some are free. The event will finish with a showcase that is free and open to the public.

When:     23 December 2017
Where:    Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
Tickets:  Free event with some workshops $100, register at Eventbrite

 

Children’s Holiday Treats Decorating Classes

This festive season your children can learn to decorate holiday treats with Intercontinental Lobby Lounge’s Executive Pastry Chef Cyril Dupuis. There will be a Giant Gingerbread Cookie class on 2 and 9 December and a Gingerbread House Decorating Class with a storytelling session from The Nutcracker on 23 December.

When:     23 December 2017I
Where:    The Steak House, Intercontinental Hong Kong
Tickets:  $380 per child, Event Website

 

Blueinno Creative Robot Workshop

Blueinno Creative Robot

In this workshop your kids will learn basic electronics, robotics, design thinking and basic making techniques as they design and build their own workshops. There will be a competition at the end.

When:     23 December 2017, 6 January 2018
Where:    Robotic Garage, Ma Liu Shui
Tickets:  $380, Eventbrite

 

Music for Kids: Christmas for Family

A family concert for the whole family presented by the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

When:     23-24 December 2017
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Tickets:  From $180, Urbtix

 

Children’s Christmas Choir

The Lobby Lounge is a dramatic and panoramic venue to view the spectacular holiday lights on the Hong Kong skyline while listening to traditional carols.

When:     23-25 December 2017
Where:    Lobby Lounge, Intercontinental Hong Kong
For more information:  Event Website

 

DIY Santa Robot

The Wave Academy and blueinno are collaborating to launch this Santa Robot DIY Workshop for Parents and their kids to make their own Santa Bot. Participants will design their own controlled robot in this 2-hour workshop. During the process they will learn basic electronics, robotics and design thinking by Stanford University. This fun workshop will be presented in both English and Cantonese and is designed for ages 6-12.

When:     24 December 2017
Where:    The Wave, Kwun Tong
Tickets:  $508.75, Eventbrite

 

Xmas STEM- Coding and Robotics

Xmas STEAM coding and robotics class

This Christmas-themed workshop is designed for children age 7 and up plus their parents. you will learn how to make a two legged robot walk , dance and make decisions. Robot kit included in course fee.

When:     27 December 2017
Where:    Kids Technology Lab, Kowloon
Tickets:  $1,500, Eventbrite

 

Christmas Preschool Rhythmic Trial Classes

Syntempo offers a rare opportunity to participate in a series of free trial classes taught by professional Dalcroze eurhythmics teacher Sui Ming in Hong Kong. This is a musical and movement class designed to build children’s music and movement ability. Classes for kids from ages 1-5

When:     29-30 December 2017
Where:    DaMu Harmony Studio
Tickets:  Free event, Register at Eventbrite

 

January 2018

FRITES Kid’s Movie Screening Weekends

Kids Play area at FRITES

For the first 2 months of weekends in 2018, FRITES is hosting a heartwarming special that the whole family will enjoy. Each weekend there will be a handpicked family favourite movie screening as well as kids colouring and activities.

When:     Saturdays and Sundays in January and February
Where:    FRITES locations throughout Hong Kong
For more information:  Event Website

 

Cats

Following its triumphant season in London’s West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd  Webber’s legendary musical is set to have audiences purring with pleasure when it comes to Hong Kong this January.

When:     6-28 January 2018
Where:    The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre
Tickets:  From $330, HK Ticketing

 

Kids Photography

This 4-session class will teach kids the basics of taking a photo with an iPhone and the basics of photography. A mini exhibition will be conducted in Origami Kids Cafe by the end of the class.

When:     10 January 2018
Where:    Origami Kids Cafe, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
Tickets:  $264.98, Eventbrite

 

KidsFest: The Gruffalo Live on Stage!

This kid-friendly adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular children’s book is a great show for young children and there is no minimum age for the show.

When:     12-14 January 2018
Where:    Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing

 

Yoga and Mindfulness for Children: A Workshop for Parents

This workshop for parents will teach valuable techniques for dealing with common childhood difficulties such as sleep issues, eating problems, tantrums, separation anxiety, etc. This practical workshop will be lead by a registered children’s yoga teacher who has more than 15 years of experience working in the areas of yoga, communities and families.

When:     13 January 2018
Where:    Little Gems, Discovery Bay
Tickets:  $650, Facebook Event

 

WE Dance

As a part of Freespace Happening, WE Dance is offering a series of family friendly dance workshops and dance showcases. In January, take part in a WE Dance journey through Nursery Park.

When:     14 January 2018
Where:    Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
For more information:  Event Website

 

Fun Parent-child DIY Workshop by OilySis

Adults will make 2 bottles of body butter and one scented floral water and children will make a fragrant pottery necklace and hand-painted wooden blocks in this workshop designed for the whole family.

When:     14 January 2018
Where:    OilySis, Kowloon Plaza, Cheung Sha Wan
Tickets:  $450, Eventbrite

 

Freespace Happening

Freespace Happening, Hong Kong

Strap on your skates and groove to your favorite disco hits as ohmykids transports you back in time with “Rollback Sunday.” Take part in a group dance, join a paper making workshop, visit the handicraft market and celebrate the start of a new year at this edition of Freespace Happening.

When:     14 January 2018
Where:    Nursery Park, West Kowloon
Tickets:  Free event, For more information

 

KidsFest: Hairy Maclary and Friends

Join Hairy Maclary and Friends for canine capers and animal adventures, as they bound off the page and onto the stage in this fantastic family production.

When:     18-21 January 2018
Where:    Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing

 

KidsFest: Emily Brown and The Thing

A kid-friendly show based on the book by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton about a mysterious Thing that just won’t go to sleep and a little girl and her bunny who try to sooth him. No minimum age.

When:     19-21 January 2018
Where:     Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing

 

Early Years Foundation Stage Experience Day

Top Schools is bringing together Sai Kung district schools for a packed program of educatonal activities and informative, interactive sessions for the whole family. Local kindergartens and schools offering the Early Years Foundation Stage from the UK will show children and parents EYFS in action and there will be tester sailing sessions for all as well as refreshments.

When:     20 January 2018
Where:    Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Pak Sha Wan
Tickets:  Free, Register on Eventbrite

 

Hong Kong Marathon

Hong Kong Marathon

The biggest annual marathon of the year will include several distances including a full marathon (42km), a half marathon, a 10 km, family runs and more.

When:     21 January 2018
Where:    Various venues
Tickets:  Full marathon $350, Event Website

 

Disney On Ice – 100 Years of Magic

Disney On Ice is returning to Hong Kong with their newest performance, 100 Years of Magic. The night will include more than 30 unforgettable songs including classics from your favourite Disney shows.

When:     25-28 January 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets:  From $300, HK Ticketing  

 

KidsFest: Ugly Duckling

Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen in this adaptation of the classic children’s tale. No minimum age for this performance.

When:     25-28 January 2018
Where:     Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing

 

KidsFest: Monstersaurus

Follow the young Inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters in this show based on the book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.

When:     26-28 January 2018
Where:     Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing

 

Hong Kong Sinfonietta – Adventures in the Magical Kingdom

King Al of the Magical Kingdom of Far, Far Away is in town to host a Grand Ball! Join him and many familiar characters from children’s stories in a musical party that will include excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty”, Ravel’s “Mother Goose”, Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” and more.

When:     26-28 January 2018
Where:    Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
Tickets:  From $150, Urbtix

 

February 2018

KidsFest: I Believe in Unicorns

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Murpurgo’s treasured story to life. The story is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages.

When:     1-4 February 2018
Where:     Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing

 

KidsFest: Dinosaur Zoo

Meet awesome prehistoric creatures from cute baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet in this family friendly show suitable for ages 5 and up.

When:     2-4 February 2018
Where:     Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing

 

Ballet Classics for Children: Swan Lake

This one-hour abridged version of the popular ballet classic introduces Swan Lake’s main characters and good vs. evil story as well as key ballet concepts. The show is best for ages 5 and up.

When:     2-4 February 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre
Tickets:  From $200, (Ticket Sales start 2 December), Urbtix

 

KidsFest: What The Ladybird Heard

Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this brand new stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure with live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs.

When:     8-11 February 2017
Where:     Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing

 

KidsFest: Lost and Found

A new stage adaptation of the book by Oliver Jeffries about a little boy and a penguin who is lost and then found.

When:     10-11 February 2017
Where:     Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tickets:  From $195, HK Ticketing

 

Longines Masters Hong Kong

This 3-day show jumping event will feature some of the world’s best riders, including Olympic medalists, performing in exhilarating show jumping competitions. The event is a unique cultural experience with luxury, art, gastronomy, entertainment and sports all under one roof.

When:     10-12 February 2018
Where:    AsiaWorld-Expo
For more information:  Event website

 

WE Dance

As a part of Freespace Happening, WE Dance is offering a series of family friendly dance workshops and dance showcases. February marks the close of the season with a five-hour non-stop WE Dance Finale that everyone is invite dto

When:     11 February 2018
Where:    Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
For more information:  Event Website

 

Hong Kong Arts Festival

The 46th HK Arts Festival returns with a full line-up of theatre, dance and music events for the whole family to enjoy.

When:     23 February – 25 March 2018
Where:    Various Venues
For more information and ticketing:  Event Website

 

March 2018

O is for OPERA!

This family concert by Welsh National Opera is a fantastic way to introduce the whole family to opera and classical music as the BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Redmond, two solo singers and the WNO Orchestra guide you through a tour of the world with a selection of opera favourites.

When:     16 March 2018
Where:    HK Cultural Centre, Concert Hall
Tickets:  From $120, Event Website

 

Art Central

Art Central has established itself as an international platform for pushing boundaries in contemporary art and experimentation. The fair will return to Central Harbourfront this spring with a VIP Preview and First Night on 26 March. Art Central features engaging and educational events that are fun for the whole family so bring along the kids!

When:     27 March – 1 April
Where:    Central Harbourfront
For more information:  Event Website

 

Katy Perry Witness Tour

U.S. pop singer and worldwide sensation, Katy Perry is scheduled to bring her debut performance to Hong Kong this March.

When:     30 March 2018
Where:    AsiaWolrd Expo, Arena
Tickets:  On sale from 12 December, 2017, HK Ticketing

 

April 2018

Swire Sunday Family Series: Great Music to Great Britain

A British-themed family concert with conductor Yu Long.

When:     8 April 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Tickets:  From $120, HK Phil

 

May 2018

Harry Styles

Coming off of overwhelming response to his first solo show in South-East Asia, the star will perform in Hong Kong with special guest WARPAINT.

When:     5 May 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets:  From $488, HK Ticketing

 

Swire Sunday Family Series: Cirque de la Symphonie

All of the fun of the circus, plus a full symphony orchestral Acrobats, contortionists and jugglers join with the HK Phil for a concert of fun and super-human feats. Suitable for children and the whole family to enjoy together.

When:     13 May 2018
Where:    Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Tickets:  From $180, HK Phil

 

September 2018

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

 

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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