Need a break? Visit some of Hong Kong's best playgrounds for some fun in the sun.
By Time Out Hong Kong|
1. Lai Chi Kok Park
1 Lai Wan Rd, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon
Variety is the spice of life, which makes Lai Chi Kok Park one of the spiciest in the city. It has play equipment to suit everyone, with playgrounds for toddlers and children, chess tables, fitness stations, a roller skating rink and a skateboard arena. Not to mention a swimming pool and library within walking distance. Set aside a whole day to tackle this huge playground.
2. Kowloon Park/Discovery Playground
22 Austin Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
This playground was originally the Whitfield Barracks, constructed by the British in the 19th century. After deciding they no longer needed to fire cannons into the heart of Hong Kong, the restored fortifications and artillery emplacements on the knoll were transformed into Discovery Playground. The area, including the old cannons and a castle turret, is open for adventurous children under the age of 13 to explore.
3. Mount Austin Playground
Mount Austin Rd, the Peak
The tram ride up to the Mount Austin Playground is exciting enough for kids, but the good old-fashioned playgrounds on the Peak are where they’ll really enjoy themselves. This place has everything you expect in a classic play area, from swings to slides, and will keep any kid busy while their parents enjoy the view.
4. Po Kong Village Road Park
Po Kong Village Rd, Diamond Hill
This park has plenty of play equipment for kids to enjoy with three different playground areas, but the main attraction is its extensive cycling facilities. It has areas for toddlers and young children to learn how to ride a bike, as well as BMX areas for older kids and an elevated cycling track. Bikes are available to rent for parents keen to get their little ones on to two wheels.
5. Shek O
Shek O Rd, Shek O
The playground at Shek O is more than just your standard brightly coloured plastic contraption; kids have the entire beach to explore! The sand and sea are great play areas for kids during the summer, with the dinosaur playground providing another welcome distraction. Just come prepared for crowds.
6. Snoopy World
3/F New Town Plaza, Sha Tin
This Peanuts-themed playground in Sha Tin is tucked away inside New Town Plaza and, as a result, doesn’t get as much publicity as mega-parks like Disneyland and Ocean Park. However, unlike those parks, Snoopy World has free admission. The playground has plenty of characters and places straight from the cartoon to interact with, and a canoe ride through the park for younger kids.
7. Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Albany Rd, Central, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens has a standard outdoor playground replete with a giant slide, but every kid will really be relishing the chance to play alongside exotic animals. Any zoologists-in-training will love trying to spot the orangutans, macaques, turtles and flamingos, as well as exploring the reptile house.
8. Hong Kong Park
19 Cotton Tree Dr, Central
In terms of pure playground fun, kids won’t be able to look past the huge complex of play equipment in Hong Kong Park. This immense playground is located on six platforms, all built on different levels. Slides, swings, super scoops, springs pods, space stations – this park has everything a kid could want, and maybe even some play equipment they didn’t know they wanted.
9. Victoria Park
1 Hing Fat St, Causeway Bay
Victoria Park is the biggest park on Hong Kong Island, so it’s no surprise it has no less than five separate children’s playgrounds located in the grounds for kids of different age groups. If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, Victoria Park also caters to nautical enthusiasts with a special pool designed for model boats, from traditional sail ships to high-powered speed boats.
10. Ma On Shan Park
12 On Chun St, Ma On Shan
Two different children’s playgrounds make this a great destination for parents in the New Territories, but the real draw of Ma On Shan Park is the giant adventure maze in the park, which is bound to keep children entertained for hours. Judd Boaz