Carolynne Dear rounds up what’s cool for kids this summer.
Beat the chilly season in Kowloon Bay-based trampoline park. The centre is running special daily Tramp Camps this month for kids aged six-eight and nine-12 years. The fully-supervised, two-hour sessions will develop their aerial skills including throwing some dodgeball, launching themselves into giant airbags and joining the free-jumping revolution.
Sessions run every morning Monday- Thursday, $500/session, or $450/session if booking for a complete four-day week. Bookings must be made 24-hours in advance. Entrance fee covers grip socks, refreshments, certificates and prize giveaways.
EMAX, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, bounceinc.com.hk.
Hong Kong Science Museum
Slimy monsters? Vomit-munchers? Animal poop? Guaranteed to grab your children’s attention this summer is the Science Museum’s Grossology exhibition, which provides an unusual view of the animal kingdom.
The museum is taking a look at all that is gross in the animal world, introducing the world’s most disgusting animals and their importance in ecology and nature.
With 16 interactive exhibits, activity stations and giant animatronic animals, this is a fun and fascinating way to while away a hot day.
On July 1, 2 and 9, theatre professionals will be dropping in to arrange some special animal-related fun and games. Grossology runs until Nov 2.
2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, hk.science.museum.
PMQ is running a Summer Microadventures programme this summer with fun and creative workshops to re little imaginations. Themes include rice, bamboo, grass fields and trees, combining excursions and interactive workshops for kids aged seven-11 years. Parents are welcome to join too.
In July, “Little Rice Cooker” runs for two hours and takes kids on a cultural culinary history adventure with a talk from PMQ Taste Library curator Craig Au-Yeung and a walk through Sheung Wan discovering local rice shops. “Island & Tree; City & Wood” takes place on Lamma Island on July 24; and “Lamma Corner” with local artist Wong Tin-yan is being held at PMQ on July 31.
PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central. More info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ocean Park will again be running its popular Summer Splash attraction, including loads of cool water rides along the Waterfront Plaza. Soaker Swings, Mega Bucket, Water War, Dancing Fountain and a three-storey Slide Racer will keep them cool as the mercury soars. Summer Splash runs until Aug 31, for more info, visit oceanpark.com.hk.
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin
The hotel is offering a swim and dine package until July 10, which includes the use of the pool for four hours plus a $300 dining credit at the Pool Bar’s a la carte menu. $390/person Mon-Fri; $450/ person Sat, Sun and public holidays (free for under threes); 9.30am-1.30pm; 2-6pm; 6.30- 10.30pm (pool shuts 9pm). Contact 3723 1234 or hongkong.shatin.hyatt.com. 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin.
Funzone is a great way to keep littlies amused while the day heats up. The venues all feature fun play structures, dedicated toddler areas for three years and under, playgroup sessions on scheduled mornings and cafes for parents to fuel up. The parks are open to children under12 years and are located in Kennedy Town, Ma On Shan and Island East. For more details and opening hours, see funzone.com.hk.
Get a group of ten together and blast off with a paintballing session. The 10,000 sq ft action eld includes a two-storey tower, bridge, oil barrels and light, sound and smoke effects. Players are put into two teams and different game variations can be played. Price includes eld and rental gear and 150 paintballs. Two-hour sessions start at $250/person for a minimum of ten players who must be aged eight and above.
Unit 2-3, G/F Po Lung Center, 11 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, paintballhq. com.hk.