Although Hong Kong is well known for being a paradise for foodies and shopaholics, it’s actually great for kids as well. In our city, there are brilliant family-friendly hiking trails and a great number of fantastic, accessible public playgrounds. And shopping isn’t just for grownups, there’s plenty for the little ones too. From a children’s bookstores inside a ‘castle’ to Hong Kong’s biggest Lego store, here are just some of the best shops for kids. Sarah Moran
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Hong Kong’s best kids’ shops
Dive into your very own fairytale with this locally based English-language children’s bookstore. Once inside the castle-like facade, you and the kids can browse through a world of fun books and pre-school learning materials. You can also find a wide variety of educational toys and games, as well as arts and craft products to get your kid’s creativity flowing. All the books and products are suitable for children ranging from newborns to teenagers.
Get ready for the kids to hit cloud nine at Hong Kong Island’s sole Lego Certified Store. Boasting 4,000sq ft of space, you and your children can pick up everything from comprehensive sets from your favourite movies – like Star Wars and Jurassic World – to big, easy blocks for any tiny tot to get started on.
This shop is a monster when it comes to good ol’ fashioned wooden toys. As one of the largest purveyors and collectors of quality wooden toys in Hong Kong, Monster Kid is a treasure trove of educational toys, cute dollhouses, ride-ons – think rocking horses and wooden tricycles – puzzle games and of course, plush toys aplenty. The great thing about wooden toys is that they’re eco-friendly and non-toxic, so parents have one less thing to stress about.
A trip to Smiggle for your kids is like getting a hug from their best friend. Both smiles and giggles are guaranteed as they set eyes on the incredibly adorable stationery, bags, accessories, toys and more – all in bold, bright colours. Smiggle’s products include furry animal pencil cases, macaron-shaped erasers, novelty animal boxing pens and pop pens, and even pom-pom slap bracelets. With cool stationery like that, Smiggle will guarantee your kids bragging rights at school.
Despite massive store closures across the USA, Toys R Us remains as strong as ever in Hong Kong, with something for every personality and every age. The store offers a broad selection of toys across a wide range of brands such as Star Wars, Nerf guns, Barbie dolls, as well as educational toys, baby items and outdoor toys. Try walking out empty-handed – it’s nearly impossible.
Teens and pre-teens will love Typo's unique and affordable gifts, accessories and stationery. Its style is quirky, vintage and irreverent, using humour and graphics to add personality to everyday items. With things like novelty unicorn mugs, marquee letter lights, rose gold diamond ballpoint pens and notebooks emblazoned with sayings like ‘Personally victimised by Mondays’, Typo is basic, cute and exactly what kids adore.
Based in Hong Kong, Wise-Kids represents and distributes a wide collection of renowned educational toys as well as international toy brands like Playmobil, Steiff, Manhattan Toy, Vilac, and Voila. This local toy shop believes learning through fun activities helps children fully enhance and stimulate their emotional, mental and social growth. The toys here are selected based on five main criteria: safety, play-value, design, quality, and durability.