This month has been dull and rainy in Hong Kong. So instead of cancelling rainy days out, why not spend a day in? Here’s our favourite rainy day activities.
Tikitiki Bowling Bar is our current favourite indoor venue. With 10 lanes, a restaurant and two bars, it’s pretty much Sai Kung’s hottest entertainment venue for the whole family.
Boasting one restaurant, two bars, and 10 bowling lanes, Tikitiki is Sai Kung’s newest entertainment venue and the best place for rainy days. The area is huge. The decor and interiors are finished to a high quality. We loved the Koa wood furniture and atmospheric lighting. There is plenty of space for children to run amuck and for adults to lounge around. Wide-screen TVs displayed along the end of the bowling lanes play old-school music videos, giving the place a retro vibe.
Children can bowl to their hearts’ content and adults will enjoy unique cocktails at either of the venue’s two bars: Seadogs and Mermaids and The Octopus Garden. Both are decorated differently; the former has a large bar at its centre, complete with wooden stools, whilst the latter has a spacious lounge area where a live band plays throughout the week. Try their signature cocktails including the Flaming Zombie or the Fog Cutter – both equally as quirky – shaken by world class mixologist, Dipen Gurung.
The bowling bar also has a casual fine dining restaurant: Beachbums and Cannibals. The restaurant will be completely functioning by the end of September and can seat up
to 37 people. The menu includes breakfast dishes, main courses as well as snacks such as calamari and chicken in a basket. There is a separate menu for children. An outside garden area is available with lovely views for al fresco dining, but there is no service at the moment as the outdoor licence is pending.
Special ‘bowl and drink’ promotions are available: $400 will get you one hour of bowling and two house drinks, or $500 for 1 hour of bowling and four house drinks. Tikitiki can cater for kids parties and events with further details to be announced soon.
Tikitiki Bowling Bar, 4/F, Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, 2657 8488, www.tikitiki.hk.
Rug up and head to your nearest ice rink to burn off some energy. The Rink at Elements in Tsim Sha Tsui and Glacier at Festival Walk are sizeable with plastic penguins for small children to hold onto for support and plenty of post-ice fodder at the various restaurants inside each mall. The Rink is sometimes reserved for ice hockey matches, so check the website. It charges $60 a day during Monday to Thursday for adults and 60 cents a minute at Friday and weekends (don’t forget your Octopus cards). Open 10am-10pm.
The Rink, Elements, 1 Austin Road West
Contact: 2196 8016
The Glacier, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong
Contact: 2844 3588
The Glacier charges $55 a session, including skate hire, and is open 10.30am-9.30pm.
The Hong Kong Science Museum not only gets the little grey cells whirring, but it actively encourages kids to play with the exhibits, 70 per cent of which are interactive. Its permanent exhibitions include light, sound, motion, electricity, life science and transportation, with a children’s area on the third floor. Until April 10, it’s hosting a special exhibition, “Julius Caesar – Military Genius and Mighty Machines”, featuring interactive models of canny Roman war machines.
Open 10am-7pm, Mon-Wed and Fri; 10am-9pm on weekends and holidays. Closed Thursdays. Tickets are $25; free on Wednesdays.
When the kids are bouncing off the walls at home, take the hint and head to the YMCA in Tsim Sha Tsui, which boasts a seven-metre climbing wall with a surface area of more than 266 sqm. It’s one of the largest indoor climbing walls in Hong Kong, with plenty of experienced climbing staff to show you the ropes.
For parties, Climbing Fun Day packages are $1,560 for 16 people (over the age of six years), including the exclusive use of one wall for two hours, equipment hire and a couple of professional instructors.
Address: 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2268 7099
Open from midday to 10pm and costs $30 an hour for children under 13 years and $42 for adults, plus $10/person for equipment hire.