Family Festive Fun This Week in Kuala Lumpur.

Well, the shopping malls in KL have blown me away as usual – they look absolutely stunning kitted out as Winter Wonderlands!!
But, if you’re looking for something else, or something a little different this holiday, there’s still more to do! From shows on ice and skating in the snow, to circus performances and even free entrance to the zoo…. have a look below for some fun ideas! S x

Sunway Pyramid Ice will be performing their Icy Magical World Christmas Show this coming weekend!

There will be 2 daily performances at 2pm and 4pm!
Icescape Ice Rink at IOI City Mall will be adding a little snow to the rink this month so book your dates and times now!

Born in December? Lucky you! You get free access to Zoo Negara Malaysia this month!!

There’s a ‘Jolly Ole Circus’ holiday theme happening this weekend with lots of fun activities and performances. Fun for all the family with KWC Fashion Wholesale

This looks amazing!! Check performance times for the live version of ‘The Great Showman’ at Ecurve for this month only!

Upperhouse Kitchen and Dessert Bar have some lovely Gingerbread House Workshops happening this week. Slots are still available so contact them directly today!

LAVO are running a colouring competition with Santa himself!! Take advantage of a photo session as well as some great prizes to be had
Aquaria KLCC have brought back their Scuba Santa as well as an underwater dance show!! Sounds fun!


Family activities for a wintry Christmas in Kuala Lumpur!

It’s December and the lead up to Christmas and all things festive is definitely upon us!We love Christmas in the tropics, but if you are used to cooler climates and winter sports, you may be looking for something a little more traditional for your holidays here in KL this year!

Throughout Malaysia, the malls are doing an amazing job of transforming themselves into winter wonderlands but here are a few other suggestions to add a bit of sparkle and fun to your family celebrations this month! Enjoy, S

SnoWalk – I-City: 

Snowalk, i-City
The perfect place for anyone who enjoys sub-zero temperatures!! A little world of ice and snow with igloos, ice slides, sculptures, sledges, and a very cool temperature of -5!! Yes, you’ll need to wrap up warm but a big warm coat is included in your entry fee!!

 First Traxx: 

First Traxx Ski & Snowboard Centre
The new addition to KL attractions is a must for this time of year! Learn to ski and snowboard in Malaysia’s very first snow sport training facility with qualified instructors, suitable for children and adults!

Dreamworld Playland:

Dreamworld Playland opened at two locations this year and their ‘cool’ theme makes it perfect for a little bit of Christmas Spirit! Check out their locations at both The Starling Mall in KL and IOI City Mall in Putrajaya.
City of Digital Lights, Shah Alam:
I-City Leisure
Shah Alam is the home of the spectacular “City of Digital Lights” which is well worth a visit, especially at this time of year! Wander through the magic park of multi-computed lights, take a train ride through the trees and enjoy fairground rides for all the family.

Ice Skating Rinks:
Ice skating is definitely a winter sport worth trying out this December! We are spoilt for choice now in KL so why not have a go?!
Royale Ice Skating Rink
Sunway Pyramid Ice

Be Fit, Be Cool – A Sports & Fitness programme for Kids in KL

Gleneagles Hospital is back with a fun, informative, educational one-day special on health and fitness for kids!

Designed for children aged 7 to 12 years old, this session will highlight the importance of staying fit, playing sports, good posture, and so much more. Their last kids programme was a huge success and spaces filled up fast so don’t miss out! It’s only RM55 for the whole day and proceeds go to help children with congenital heart defects; such a good cause 💕

Be Fit, Be Cool, S x

The Ultimate Guide to Soft Play Centres in Kuala Lumpur

Since moving to KL and starting up Kuala Lumpur Kids in 2015, the posts that always work the best are the Soft Play Centres! We love them, you love them, and there are just SO many in KL that we are spoilt for choice! Here’s a round-up of every centre we’ve visited or featured (so far!) and, with new centres set to open in 2018, I will keep the album updated so make sure you save the list! From the original, to the brand new, for the tots, and the older kids…..This is our Kuala Lumpur! Enjoy, S x

(Please note that as entry prices can change i have not included these, but their FB pages of each centre/mall are tagged so you can check them out online!)

Superkidz Indoor Playground:
SuperKidz Indoor Playground
This is the newest of the SuperKidz centres located in the rather new ‘Pearl Shopping Gallery’.
It’s ‘underwater’ theme is definitely a refreshing change as you walk over rippled blue flooring and are greeted by their shiny new play equipment covered in colourful fish and other marine life.
While not the largest of soft play centres in the city, my children can testify to them having the ‘fastest, most slippery slides’ they’ve ever been on and they had a great time!! Along with the racing slides you have the main play structure with the usual tunnels, tubes and obstacles, which are extremely colourful and kept immaculately clean.
There’s also a separate area geared at slightly younger tots with some ride-ons, a large ball pit with a fun basketball game, and smaller climbing equipment so they have their own space to run around in.
If all that isn’t enough they have a little zone for building with blocks as well as a couple of play tables set up with kinetic sand which works really well after all the energy they use up playing inside!

The Kids:
This impressive place is the latest play centre to hit KL.
“The Kids” is at the ever-popular The School in Petaling Jaya and needs to be seen to be believed – its huge!

With the usual soft play area, to trampolines, arcade games and sports fun to be had, there is enough to do to keep you very busy! And while the children play, the grown-ups get touse massage chairs!
Kidz Zone Playland:

Kidz Zone Playland is another new centre to the city having opened in August 2017 at Melawati Mall.

With some of the longest racing slides I’ve seen here in KL, this soft play offers fun for all ages. The main play structure has all the usual climbing areas, tunnels, bridges and multiple slides, as well as having a dedicated area for younger tots. There’s also trampolines, a ball pool, a space to play basketball and a shoot out zone!

The Kingdom:
The Kingdom Sunway Putra Mall
A relatively new centre that opened in 2015 with another location now out at Sunway Pyramid West. Still new and well maintained, their play area looks like a big castle and is set within the British-style streets of ‘The Parenthood’. We really like the set-up here; they have the most impressive selection of slides that I’ve seen here in KL, a flying fox, trampoline, the usual ball pool, and a very nicely original climbing wall, which was a big hit with my two! Not only that, they have set aside a separate area for toddlers with ride-ons and a little library corner, and for those looking for a break from running around, there is also a PS4 Game Zone!

Jungle Gym at Atria Shopping Gallery:
Jungle Gym at Atria Shopping Gallery
Here you can let your little astronauts relish in this space-themed play centre; with dimmed lighting and fluorescent colours this is an original addition to the soft play scene in KL. It’s a place to discover everything ‘galactic’, from the very popular shoot out court (with sound effects!) to rockets and a nice play structure with all the usual suspects! They also have a nice separate section for toddlers with a ball pool, big blocks and shapes to stack, and ride-ons.

 Dreamworld Playland (The Starling):

Dreamworld Playland
This brand sparkling new soft play centre opened its doors at The Starling Mall for the first time on the 25th of May 2017 so needless to say it is beautifully clean and inviting.

While it appears to have an ‘icy’ theme with it’s cool blue and white colour scheme, don’t fear, you won’t be needing your gloves and hats to play inside…but DO bring your socks like for any other soft play centre!

While there is no ball pool or sand play area, there’s certainly a nice large space for the little ones to play in with an array of slides, bridges, tubes and climbing equipment.
From a parent’s point of view, I love the large open seating area that overlooks all the action so we can watch on while the little ones get busy inside!

Space Joe Playland:
Space Joe Playland is the new play area to open in 2017 at 1 Mont’ Kiara.
It’s a great large space with a lot of fun features. Not only is there the large play structure, but there’s a lot of space to run around as well as a separate section for the younger tots.

Star Light Kids:
Star Light Kids at Avenue K
Here you can let your little astronauts relish in this space-themed play centre; with dimmed lighting and fluorescent colours this is an original addition to the soft play scene in KL. It’s a place to discover everything ‘galactic’, from the very popular shoot out court (with sound effects!) to rockets and a nice play structure with all the usual suspects! They also have a nice separate section for toddlers with a ball pool, big blocks and shapes to stack, and ride-ons.

 Jungle Gym & Roller Sports World:

Jungle Gym at BSC
Jungle Gym & Roller Sports World at Bangsar Shopping Centre is the original ‘Jungle Gym’ that still offers a great soft play centre for all ages. The large play structure has all the usual tunnels, bridges, and colourful obstacles to maneuver around plus a trampoline, human conveyer belt (as I like to call it!) and miniature roundabouts. As a bonus, they also have a skating arena just outside in the mall that offers rental and lessons…. should you wish to get your skates on!

Look out for the NEW Jungle Gym opening in the Genting Highlands soon!

Dreamworld Playland (Putrajaya):
Dreamworld Playland
This is their second location over in Putrajaya. They are based in IOI City Mall and opened in May if you’re in the area, pop over to IOI City Mall and let us know how it is there!
With the same ‘cool’ theme but a different layout to their centre in Kuala Lumpur, there’s lot to explore, climb, slide and jump on!

Kid’s E World:
Kid’s E World at The Garden Mall in Mid Valley
When you walk in you will see a mass of inflatable equipment to jump and bounce on, but get past all the giant blow up animals and you‘ll discover another play area behind. It’s got lovely slides, a ball pit, and a fun maze area on the upper level. There’s a basketball court, large foam building bricks to use and a rather fun game of being a human hamster in a giant wheel, which my two little gymnasts thoroughly enjoyed!

Kid’s E World recently closed their centre at IPC, but they do have facilities at the DaMen Shopping Center at USJ1 Subang

 Kiz Sports & Gym:

Kiz Sports and Gym at Great Eastern Mall
Kiz Sports have several locations (including Desa ParkCity, Bangsar Village II and Subang) but this particular one is well located on Jalan Ampang. It’s a good soft play centre for younger ones with an array of slides, climbing equipment and multiple ball pools. They also offer a number of classes from gymnastics and dance, to arts n craft and martial arts which, if you sign up for after school, it gives you free access to the soft play area before and after your class!

Starship Galactica:
Starship Galactica – Official
Located on the second floor of the new wing at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, this place may look small, but hidden behind the framework is 4 whole levels of fun to explore!
Very reasonably priced at just 22RM per child (and free entry for an accompanying adult) this sort of structure would be a great set-up to have in most malls.
Tunnels, slides, a ball pool, trampoline, 4 slides, a mirror maze, and a galactic shoot out zone are just some of the obstacles to tackle.
I have to say that I was impressed from a ‘value for money’ point of view and my children certainly had a good couple of hours fun there.
With toddler aged children it would be necessary to accompany them into the actual play zone as it’s such a large structure that they’d be out of your sight in seconds! For those with older children, there is plenty of seating at their cafe with hot and cold food, drinks and ice creams

The Adventure Maze:
The Adventure Maze (The Explorer Gym) at 1 Mont’ Kiara
An original idea in that it is all made of natural materials – not the bright colour schemes we are accustomed to, instead it’s wood and ropes that make up the majority of this interesting play maze. Best suited for children over 3 years old, there are ropes galore to tackle, hidden hideaways in the wooden structure and even a flying fox. It’s one of the smaller play centres but the rates are also the most reasonable in KL and we have always found the staff to be some of the most interactive play friends for the little ones! Note that you’ll need proper ‘closed’ footwear to play here, so bring your sports shoes as well as your socks!

MegaKidz Funland:
MegaKidz Funland & Edutainment at Mid Valley Megamall
I have the feeling this was one of ‘the original’ play centres in KL so is now not the newest in the city. This soft play zone boasts the tallest tubular slide in the city and is definitely a key feature here! The main climbing structure really is extremely large but I know some parents who feel it is better suited for older children who don’t need constant supervision. However, with a dedicated area for toddlers with smaller play equipment, a bouncy castle and even a cinema room, there is something for everyone and we found it a goo place to spend a few hours.

Jkids Malaysia Playground & Kids Party
J Kids Playground at Publika is a fairly small centre in the ever-popular Publika which I feel is more suitable for the under 5’s but will certainly keep little ones occupied! They obviously have a main climbing structure that has slides, swings and a big ball pool, but possibly the most popular area here is the cassia seed sand pit which little ones just love! Add to that a separate area for building with big foam blocks and a fun balloon enclosure, the youngest family members should be happy here!

Kidz Paradise:
Kidz Paradise
Located in Quill City Mall Kuala Lumpur (with other centres around KL) this little place offers an escape for young families who want to enjoy some serious time in the sand pit!
With a few soft climbing zones and slides next to the infamous cassia-seed pit with lots of beach toys, it makes it a convenient stop for those wanting somewhere a bit quieter.
Rates are also extremely reasonable especially if you choose the 6 or 12 time pass bringing rates as low as 20RM per entry! My two are too old for this particular place but it does always catch my eye when I’m at Quill so let me know what you think! S x

Aisha Kidz Planet:
Aisha Kidz Planet
Maybe not the generic soft play centre as most of the places featured in the album, but I did want to include this play zone for anyone in the Beranang area.

While not your normal large soft-play centre, they do have lots of different zones offering a variety of fun things for the little ones to use up all that energy! With a bouncy castle, ball pit, indoor playground and ride-ons to drive, there’s definitely a lot of action but, if that’s not for your little one, they also have giant building blocks, a “sand’ pit, role play areas, and a nice cozy seating corner.
While not in Kuala Lumpur, this is a great indoor space for children with really good rates! Located out of town in Beranang, combine this play area with a trip out to Broga Hill or Semenyih and pay as little as RM15 for unlimited play all day long (or just grab a mini session priced at 5RM for 30 minutes!) Not exactly on our doorstep here in KL, but worth a try if you’re in the area! S x

Dino Gym:

Dino Gym at The Top Komtar Penang
I wanted to include a little something in Penang so that anyone travelling to island had a little play place to go to.
This is Dino Gym at The Top; it’s the prehistoric play area that is located up on the 5th floor and has everything to keep the little ones busy!
From rope bridges and climbing walls, to slides and a ball pit, children can run and jump around as much as they like!
Combine it with one of the many other attractions or just go for some indoor play action! They have special rates for MyKad holders so check out their price list in the photos below if you fancy a visit and don’t forget your socks! Happy dino hunting!

Family events happening this weekend in KL

Need some last minute ideas of what to do this weekend? You’re in luck – there’s loads going on in KL! From the very first ‘meet n greets’ with Santa to colouring competitions, storytelling, a FREE petting zoo, and a crafty picnic in the park, you’re bound to find something fun to do here! Have a great weekend everyone, S x

IOI City Mall in Putrajaya are offering FREE entrance to their Petting Zoo starting today!
Visit them today or on the 16th and 30th of December to meet some furry little friends!

Santa has arrived in KL! And luckily for us, he’ll be at Sunway Pyramid every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, starting this weekend!

Santa is magically managing more than one appearance today and can also be found out at The Gardens Mall. Meet him and Mrs. Claus and enjoy lots more Christmas activities today and tomorrow!

1 Shamelin Mall have a great Christmas line up this Sunday with everything from colouring competitions to tree decorating and a balloon clown! Prizes to be won for the lucky winners!

The Midnight Baker Bakery & Cafe have a day long bazaar today with a kids party too! Lots of great things to buy, and lots of fun for the kids!

Britannia English Studio have a storytelling session on December 3rd from 2pm to 3.30pm. Fee is just RM30 and there’ll be further sessions on the 10th and 17th of the month too. Access will be granted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so don’t be late!

Children’s Book Week is still happening today at Bangsar Village so be sure to pop over this morning for storytelling, face painting and ceramic art!
Hosted by OyezBooks

There’s a two-day sports carnival at EduCity Sports Complex and it’s happening this weekend!


Join the Iskarnival Aktif 2017 – It’s FREE to enter!
Full programme and event details are below in the comments.

Dreamworld Playland have started fun art n craft workshops for the Christmas season!
Drop by on any Saturday this month to their location at IOI City Mall in Putrajaya, or any Sunday to join the fun at their branch in The Starling.

There’s a picnic in the park, thanks to Camppicnic!
Enjoy time outdoors while crafting and having fun with Rubber Clay at TTDI Park this Sunday, the 3rd of December.

Contact them for last minute sign-ups!

Just opened! Kiddomo Universe, the future of Playgrounds 

NEW, NEW, NEW!After weeks of cryptic videos and online ne teasers, I have been waiting to see what this is all about – and now I know!

Kiddomo Universe just opened its doors to the public at The Starling and it looks pretty impressive, and definitely futuristic!! Walk into the world of innovative play, where technology and imagination combine to create something pretty spectacular! There’s interactive games, video booths with music and lighting for you to become an MTV star, games, a playground and so much more to discover, but I think we’ll need to pay a visit to find out more! 

Go before the 3rd of December to get some great introductory offers like FREE VIP membership for children aged 2 and above, giving you great discounts all year round!

So….. time to go and have a play! Enjoy, S x

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Kuala Lumpur

FREE ice skating lessons!!Anyone want to improve their skills on the ice? Nows your chance. As of Monday, Royale Ice Skating Rink are offering free lessons daily to the first 20 skaters for each session!

This is only valid Mondays to Fridays until December 29th 2017, but it sounds like a great opportunity…and a lot of fun! Happy weekend everyone, S x

Events Happening This Weekend in KL!

Well, this is becoming quite a regular post! It’s Friday again and the weekend ahead is looking full of fun activities and events! From the first pantomime of the season and the start of children’s book week, to a Kids’ Carnival and the Christmas festivities starting in malls. What are your plans?! S x
It’s kids Carnival time at Melawati Mall
Special workshops in Burger and Sushi making are all FREE of charge but be quick to sign up to get a spot!
There’ll also be a colouring competition, as well as Capoiera and Drum Circle performances. Lots of fun to be had this coming weekend!

It’s time to light up the festivities at Bangsar Village this coming Saturday at 7pm. Take the family along for carol singing, musical performances and a little bit of Christmas cheer!
There’s nothing like a traditional pantomime to get the festive season well and truly u defeat!

The KL Players will be bring to life “The Wizard of Oz” but be sure to buy tickets now!
Order online now on Eventbrite to avoid disappointment.
Show dates:
23rd November 7:30pm
24th November 7:30pm
25th November 1:00pm and 6:00pm
26th November 2:00pm

Children’s Book Week is back Bangsar Village!
The annual Children’s Book Week this year is being held at the beginning of the year-end school holidays from Saturday, November 25th, to Sunday, December 3rd 2017, organized by Silverfish Books

Children (and adults) can look forward to wonderful storytelling in a specially built storytelling tent; book-related activities and crafts; and an array of Malaysian-focused books to choose from.
Another weekend, and another fun event at The School
The first Maker Faire in the Klang Valley is happening this weekend!
Come join us and be a part of an historical event!

Visitors are FREE!
Check out more details at KLmakerfaire

This may not be in KL, But if you’re in JB this weekend, head over to the Iskarnival Kool!

I’ve put the two-days worth of programmes below in the comments and it looks like there is loads happening! From performances and capoiera workshops, to a petting zoo and freestyle circus! Enjoy food, music and lots of activities this weekend!

Our Family trip to Hong Kong

City-hopping from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong was so lovely. I’d had friends who had visited the city before, telling me what a great city it was for couples, but I am here to let you know that Hong Kong is a perfect city for travelling with children, with so many things to see and do. We were there for half term break and managed to fit so much into our time, a vibrant city just 4 hours away from KL and now I’m here to share a few of our top spots with you all.

For those of you unfamiliar with Hong Kong, the city itself, as well as the tourist attractions, is split over Hong Kong Island and the mainland known as Kowloon Peninsular (which also gives on to the ‘New Territories’ for anyone wanting something a little different like wetlands, the Ecopark, and the nature reserve). The good news is that, wherever you decide to base yourself during your time in Hong Kong, travel between the two areas is extremely easy and cost-effective. Both HK Island and Kowloon have a mix of hotels, eateries, parks and tourist attractions; taxis are reasonably priced, and the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) and the infamous Star Ferry, make crossing from one side to another, a real joy.

There’s a great Tourist Information Centre as you come through Arrivals at the airport and these two people were so helpful! Take the time to speak to them and collect a few free brochures on the city and its attractions.

While we took a taxi from the airport (as a family of 4 this was more cost-effective) what I would suggest doing for nipping around the city on shorter journeys, is buying one of their ‘Octopus cards’ (similar to the Oyster cards in London) which makes taking and paying for the MTR, trams, and even the Star Ferry, very easy.

Mainland Hong Kong – Kowloon Peninsular.

Disneyland Hong Kong

MTR Disneyland Resort Line (pink)

Needless to say that anyone travelling with children will probably make a trip out to Disneyland but what an amazing way to spend a day!

The hype starts even before you step into the theme park; Disneyland has it’s own signage in the MTR and, once you board the final metro train to take you to the last stop of the journey, it’s a pure Mickey Mouse inspired train which sets the mood for the fun ahead.

The park is open daily from 10am until 9pm. We hadn’t bought our tickets in advance, so got there before 10am and were met by only a short queue for tickets which saw us entering the main gates at 10am to begin our day. Disneyland Hong Kong has a great app that I would definitely recommend downloading on your phone – it gave us all the parade times, the schedule for shows, the park layout, and even the current waiting times on the rides!

The park isn’t perhaps the largest of “the Disneylands” but this just made it more manageable. It has the usual meet n greets with characters, performances, rollercoasters, merry-go-rounds, simulators, eateries and everything else to ensure we all had the most amazing time. From being there at opening time, we stayed til closing after watching their fireworks display over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Perfect.

A little tip, check performance and parade times and work around those! We loved the “Flights of Fantasy Parade” but my absolute favourite was their ‘Festival of the Lion King’ which is as close to seeing the full musical stage version as you are going to get, with the most amazingly talented performers from all over the world. LOVED IT!

The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

MTR Tung Chung Station, Tung Chung Line (orange) Exit B

Officially called Tian Tan Buddha, this is a major attraction in Hong Kong. Not only is the large bronze Buddha an impressive sight hidden in the mountains, but it is reached by taking one of the longest cable car rides in the world, lasting 25 minutes and giving the most incredible views!

Located out on Lantau Island at Ngong Ping, it’s out towards the airport, in fact, you’ll have undoubtedly spotted the cable cars as they glide up to the mountain when making you way downtown. Once you have taken the cable car ride, you can brave the 200+ steps to get a closer look at the Big Buddah which will also allow yet more views over both the mountains and the sea, and then you can go opposite to the Po Lin Monastery, one of the most important monasteries of the country.

You can spend a good few hours at Lantau Island, enjoying the view, wandering little markets and restaurants and of course making the most of the main tourist sights and surrounding gardens.

Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden

MTR Diamond Hill Station, Kwun Tong Line (green) Exit C2

This amazing place doesn’t always appear on the ‘top list’ of things to do in Hong Kong and, for that reason, we almost didn’t do it. But, when I came across some photos online, I new we had to go.

I will tell you right here and now that, it was my FAVOURITE place we visited and I’m not sure I can do it justice with a few words here. Set a little bit off the beaten track in the Diamond Hill area, it was a good 10/15 minutes walk from the MRT station of the same name (head towards Hollywood Plaza and it’s right opposite!) but don’t let this put you off. Completely free to enter, the beautiful gardens set around a main central lake are enough to take a wander around, but with 3.5 hectares to explore, you’ll find so many treasures along the way.

The gardens are meticulously maintained, there is a water wheel, waterfall, cute little pathways, tea houses and exhibitions and then you get to the Chi lin Nunnery that stands amongst lotus ponds and yet more perfect gardens. The whole place has a very serene feel to it and it was in such stark contrast to the busy city just a few minutes away. The children loved it – there was so much to see and enjoy and it makes for some gorgeous photos. Fit it into your schedule if you can!

Temple Street Night Market

MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Tsuen Wan Line (red) Exit C

As the name would suggest, Temple Street comes alive at night in the form of a lively, colourful Chinese market. Go in the day, and the shutters are down and it’s a ghost town, but come back after sun down and you can wander through stalls of knick knacks, food and everything else. It’s a nightly affair and is a popular one for tourists and locals alike. While it can get busy, it is still okay to do with little ones; our children loved looking at all the bits n pieces for sale!

It’s worth noting that in the vicinity you also have the infamous ‘Ladies Market’ where you may or may not want to head for a bit of ‘girly shopping! Handbags and fashion accessories adorn the streets by day and by night. There are no official opening (or closing!) times but it’s generally open in the morning until as late as 10 or 11pm, depending on trade. If you’re looking for some statement fashion pieces, this could be the place for you!

Hong Kong Museum of History

MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Tseun Wan Line(red) Exit B2

It’s true I love finding things to do that are FREE, but not only is this large museum completely free of charge, it’s also extremely well thought out and so informative. Walk in and dive straight in to “The Hong Kong Story” exhibition, which will transport back through time looking at the historical and cultural journey that the country has gone through. While it isn’t as interactive for kids as some typical children’s museums, the displays were interesting enough to keep my two well-entertained and my daughter happily snapping photos at anything that caught her eye.

There are a number of theatre rooms along the way where you can watch videos on different topics. This in itself was lovely for families as it was a bit of down time, sitting in mini auditoriums while learning loads of cool facts about Hong Kong! Exhibits included a section on Boat Dwellers with a large boat replica to check out, a wonderfully colourful section on traditional festivals and folk culture and so much more. It was a lot larger than I expected so you can easily spend a few hours here if it’s something you’re interested in.

There are tours given in English at 2.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays (and in Cantonese at 3pm, and Putonghua at 3.30pm) should you want to be guided around the museum for better understanding.

Hong Kong Science Museum

MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Tseun Wan Line (red) Exit B2

Now we didn’t actually visit this museum but, as it’s right next door to the Hong Kong Museum of History, I thought it was worth mentioning in order for you to combine the two, if you’re planning a day in the area. It’s worth noting that on Wednesdays it is ‘Free Museum Day’ in Hong Kong whereby 7 museums give FREE entrance for that day only. The Hong Kong Science Museum is one of these museums so, whether it’s to take advantage of them forgoing the entrance fee, or to avoid the crowds of people that will flood there on freebie day (!), just keep that piece of information in mind! It is supposed to be a wonderfully interactive museum, perfect with children.

Garden of Stars / East Waterfront Podium Garden (Children’s Playground)

MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Tseun Wan Line(red) Exit B2

 If ever there were a part of the city to cluster up lots of activities and cut down on travel time, it is here in Tsim Sha Tsui. As you can see from the above signpost, this little area is reeling with things to do, especially if you are travelling as a family and the kiddies need multiple doses of down time!

Firstly there is the little UN Centenary Park with a playground, sufficient enough to give younger travelers a bit of space to run, climb and slide! Right opposite, and very cleverly hidden on the roof of the MTR station, is the Avenue of Stars, a take on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and includes statues of famous people (including Bruce Lee!) and a lovely quiet place to sit and enjoy fabulous views over Victoria Harbour.
Continue through the gardens to the waterfront and you will eventually reach the Middle Road Children’s Playground; a nice, large playground that would keep kiddies entertained for quite a while! There’s a little kiosk for buying drinks and snacks and the promenade just below offers lots of eateries and bars, as well as giving on to one of the main shopping streets.

Victoria Harbour / Symphony of Lights

East Tsim Sha Tsui, West Rail Line (purple) Exit L6

Victoria Harbour is the main waterway separating the mainland from Hong Kong Island. It’s a beautiful spot for taking in the views over the city, irrelevant of which side of the water you are stood on. Junk Boats, Cruise ships, tour boats and the infamous Star Ferry, all roll along here and it’s a spectacular sight both during the day and by night.

Very close to the Avenue of the Stars is the Clock Tower (another cute place for photos especially at sunset) which should be your pinpoint for finding some of the best spots in the city to watch their ‘Symphony of Lights’ that takes place every single night at 8pm. Living in Kuala Lumpur we’ve watched the beautiful water fountain show too many times for me to count and we love it, but The Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong is slightly different and takes on the form of laser lights of all colours making patterns to music all over the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island.

Needless to say, the view is best from the opposite side of the water and there is a two-story viewing gallery right in front of the Clock Tower. Get there early to avoid disappointment; although there are a number of other spots you could choose from to enjoy the show (including the Garden of Stars and the East Promenade previously mentioned).

Now that we’re down at the waters edge, it’s time to nip across to the other side of the city; Hong Kong Island. The MTR will take you between the two (as will taxis!) but for something a little bit different (and offering a far better view!) you may want to consider taking the ferry!

Star Ferry

On Kowloon Peninsular: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6

On Hong Kong Island: MTR Hong Kong Station, MTR Central Station

The Star Ferry has made quite a name for itself and rightly so. These ferry boats that run permanently, connecting passengers with Hong Kong Island and Kowoon Peninsular, are a fabulous way to cross the waters.

Offering uninterrupted views of both sides of the city, this short boat trip is one you can make when travelling around Hong Kong. It’s ridiculously cheap (and they accept payment with your Octopus card if you have one) and allows you to feel right in the very middle of all the action while sailing to your destination. It’s only a 10-minute trip but you can choose to sit inside or go up on the top deck to really take advantage of your surroundings. (Incidentally, if you time it right, this would make a great spot for watching the Laser Light Show that illuminates the skyscrapers on HK Island with accompanying music!)

Hong Kong Island

The Peak

MTR Admiralty Station (intersection for the green, blue and red lines)

The views from Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong, have made this attraction the most popular of things to do while in the city. Tourists flock to the viewpoints, both by day and by night, to catch the perfect moment at sunset. Queues at the ticket office can get pretty insane later on in the day (so if you fancy buying them online in advance, this may be your best move!) but early mornings were fine when we went. There are a number of ticket options for the quaint little tram ride, and while a return ticket may seem the obvious choice, a friend suggested we take the tram up (for the experience!) and then come back down with the local bus as it gives a different view point and offers multiple stops on the way down. I’m so glad I listened to her as this is exactly what we did (the first time we went up!) and it worked out perfectly!

 Your visit to The Peak will start with your little tram ride up the hillside, taking only about ten minutes. It’s a cute little journey, offering nice views, and runs every 10-15 minutes so it’s frequent enough to not need to wait too long. Once you arrive at the top, you have a number of things to do. If you purchase the Peak Tram Sky Pass, this is a combo ticket that includes entry into the The Sky Terrace 428 which gives you 360 degree views over Hong Kong. Needless to say, this is one of the main reasons you’ve gone up to The Peak so take advantage of the view, the scenery and taking your selfies from the highest part of the city.

Other viewpoint options include the Lugard Road Lookout and Lions Point View, both of which we did the second time we went up for a sunset session! There are also some beautiful walks to do, and in fact, on one occasion, we walked all the way down (which took us directly to the Zoological gardens!)

There is also the Peak Tower with a host of shops, dining options and entertainment facilities. You can grab some souvenirs, take photos in their 3D art section or just head directly up to the viewing platform.

Hong Kong Park

MTR Admiralty Station, (intersection for the green, blue and red lines)

Hong Kong Park is a beautiful place with landscaped gardens set around a central lake in the heart of the city. We could walk there from our hotel but it had a second entrance directly opposite the ticket office for The Peak so you may find yourself combining these activities. The park has a very pretty lake that also gives on to a waterfall where turtles play on the rocks, some water features and nice little walks. Near the lake there is the Museum of Tea Ware and a little tea house set in cute gardens. Walk a little further into the park and you’ll come across their enclosed bird aviary, which you can walk through and get up close and personal with more than 80 species of feathery friends!

Across from the aviary and up a fairly steep hill is their amazing ‘rainbow’ playground, which we were all really impressed with! Noticeable by it’s colourful striped walls, the playground is set over several levels, and offers different zones of play; from a sand play area, to a toddler zone, to the larger climbing frames and tubular slides for ‘the big kids’. Access to the park is not surprisingly free of charge, but so too, is access to the aviary so it makes for a nice little stop off which the little travellers will particularly enjoy!

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

MTR Admiralty Station

These gardens are yet again a fabulous thing to do while in Hong Kong, be it with children, or without. Located close to Hong Kong Park (and the base of The Peak experience) there is a central part that houses a nice big fountain with plenty of benches and space around it for relaxing or having a picnic, with a little coffee shop nearby. Stroll up the hill to wander through their orchid gardens, and row after row of large enclosures with birds ranging from bright flamingos to geese and cranes!

Continue up the hill to reach a small, but shady playground where there are swings roundabouts and some climbing structure as well as some ‘Little Tikes’ style playhouses for the minis. If you think you’ve seen everything by this point, then you’d be mistaken! Follow the signs for the meerkats and monkeys and you’ll be stunned by all the other animals you get to see in the zoological gardens!

We could have watched the Gibbons swing and play tricks on each other for hours, but the Orangutans were also extremely impressive, albeit a little lazy while lying in the sun! This is a great place to spend a few hours and it’s all completely FREE of charge!

Hong Kong Tramways

These skinny double-decker trams are an absolute delight to see! The tramway runs on Hong Kong Island between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town and you’ll regularly see them zipping up and down the roads when you’re in the city.

If you’ve taken the Octopus card for use on public transport, the good news is that you can use the card on these trams too (just by swiping when you get off at your stop) and it is definitely a fun way to get around that part of the city. We only did it once, but really enjoyed sitting upstairs and watching the action on the streets below. They are great to photograph, and are lit up to look really quite festive of an evening which we all loved seeing.

Man Mo Temple

MTR Central Station Exit D2 (and a bit of a walk to Hollywood Road)

Man Mo regularly comes up on the top tourist attractions to see while in Hong Kong so I think I was expecting a little more, or perhaps something a little bigger but if, like us, you are in the area you can very easily visit one of the city’s oldest temples.

It is located on Hollywood Road which basically runs parallel to some of the art streets and local markets so it’s worth taking the time to combine all of these things while you’re in the area. The statues, the incense, the dimmed lighting, the offerings to the Gods, all make it an interesting stop, but you won’t need to set aside too much time for the temple itself.

Hong Kong Art Scene

MTR Central Station Exit D2

You can’t help but stumble across the fabulous street art and the little markets of antiques and artwork that adorn the streets near Man Mo.

We just wandered around the streets of Central, but there are several walking tours which, even with children of 7 years old, was very enjoyable to do. With western and Asian influences, art, food and music, it’s a nice neighbourhood to check out.

There are a few other places well worth a visit while in Hong Kong but, for one reason or another, we didn’t get the chance to do them. So, if you are planning your trip, they’re definitely worth looking into:

Hong Kong Observation Wheel

MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit A2 or MTR Central Station Exit A.

This was unfortunately closed when we were there in October 2017, but we did go down to the waterfront to check t out as it’s right near the terminal for taking the Star Ferry.

Due to a change in ownership it’s closed until at least December but I’ve since read that upon it’s reopening they will have crazy prices for taking a ride on Hong Kong’s scenic wheel; at least 5 times lower than the rates were previously! So, if you’re heading that way – look out for these great deals!

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit A2 or MTR Central Station Exit A.

Again right down on the water’s edge of the island close to the Star Ferry Terminal and the Observation Wheel, this museum is a great way to learn about Hong Kong’s maritime heritage. It’s fun and interactive for kids, and informative for the whole family. It is also home to

Ocean Park Hong Kong

MTR Ocean Park Station, South Island Line (kiwi green!) Exit B.

This is marine-life theme park and is another popular attraction with tourists to the city. It has a funicular train as well as an impressive cable car that connects the two separate sections of the theme park, the latter giving stunning views over the islands.

You’ll find thrill rides and rollercoasters, live shows, and marine wildlife all in the same park. We didn’t go as I saw on their website that they have temporarily closed their main outdoor water attraction and I thought we’d save it for a future visit when everything is up and running again!

So, at the end of this extremely long blog post on Hong Kong, all that I have left to say is that we truly loved the city of Hong Kong! We didn’t do everything, so there’s hope for a return trip and maybe we’ll even combine it with Macau next time! But, as far as a city break is concerned, from KL or elsewhere, I have to say that Hong Kong really is perfect. S x