Finding it difficult to find activities to keep the children entertained during the holidays? Check out our top 5 picks of fun things to do on dull days.
Play dates at the Playhouse
Located right in the heart of Sai Kung, the Playhouse is a happy place offering a fun, safe and stimulating environment for babies and young children to play and their carers to socialise. The bright and spacious play area is equipped with toys, arts and crafts to keep little ones occupied for hours. Parents can join in, relax in the cosy “mum’s corner”, or drop off their kids for a couple of hours and indulge in some “me time”. Check the monthly schedule online for regular playgroups and other sessions, including a Helpers’ Play Date on Thursdays (9am-noon). 1/F, 11 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, 2792 5888, www.thesaikungplayhouse.com.
Summer camps in Lam Tin
Keep the kids busy this summer by enrolling them on a fun summer camp at Nord Anglia International School (NAIS). Available from July 6 to 31 and also open to non-NAIS children, the week-long sports, dance and creative camps are being run by All Round Education. Open to children aged 6-13, the sports camps offer a choice of touch rugby, basketball, football and multisports. Dance classes are open to kids as young as four who can choose jazz, hip hop, musical theatre and street dance, and have a chance to produce their own music video. The creative art camps let children aged four to eight work on communication and presentation skills, speech and drama, as well as logic and reasoning. 11 On Tin Street, Lam Tin, 3958 1488. Details at www.allroundeducation.com.
Tai Po toy heaven
Children’s charity Playright, which advocates the importance of play in Hong Kong, has opened a new indoor playground and toy library in Tai Po. Playright PlayScope is designed to encourage youngsters to get physical and to have fun. The playground is centred around the PlayCircle, which includes the SkyWeb three- metre suspended net and colourful PlayBoxes designed like a bus, shop and worksite for imaginative play. PlayLab includes playgroups and workshops for children and parents. And the Toy Library lets kids borrow a wide variety of toys, books and magazines. Open Tuesday- Sunday, 10am-4.30pm. 117-125 Hang Wo House, Tai Wo Estate, Tai Po, 2650 2607, www.playright.org.hk.
Trick Eye Museum Hong Kong
Woah! Is that a monster baby sitting on top of the Hong Kong skyline? Trick Eye is a new interactive museum concept from Korea featuring optical illusions. Visitors can pose for photographs in strategic locations in a series of giant paintings. The illusions include sailing on a giant leaf or sitting on a flower, dangling over a cliff on a rope held by an elephant or even being eaten by a great white shark. Strange but fun. Don’t forget your camera. Tickets $100-$150. Level 3, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, 2813 1686, www.trickeye.com/hongkong.
Add a little extra pizzazz to your next movie outing by taking the kids to The Grand Cinema at Elements, West Kowloon. The state-of-the-art cinema has 12 screens, ultra-high-resolution images, lighter and more comfortable Air 3D glasses, and all 1,600 seats are fitted with Shaw Active Sound to rumble and vibrate in sync with the soundtrack and sound effects. Don’t miss a trip to the Munch & Sip concession stand, which is currently experimenting with curry-flavoured popcorn as well as the more conventional sweet and salty versions. 1/F Elements, West Kowloon, www.thegrandcinema.com.hk.