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Recommendation for a place to keep the kids entertained?

by Wong
(Singapore)

Hi!


My husband and I will be visiting HK for 4 days with our two girls 10 and 7 early August. We will be staying at Prudential Hotel and this will be our second visit in 3 years. It is a short break mainly for the kids. I have specific questions and really appreciate some expert opinion! Thanks!

1. The first and last day will be travelling days, so I reckon we cannot do much except shopping. Can I know which shopping mall is good for kids stuff and entertainment? I don't really need branded merchandise. Is Festival Walk or City Plaza or Grand Century Plaza good for us?

2. We have decided to visit Ocean Park on our second day. I understand we can take a bus from a bus terminal at Admiralty MTR station. Is it possible to pay the bus fare with Octopus Card or we need loose change?

3. Our major problem is the third day. We are looking for a nice place to visit with the kids. We have visited Disneyland before, so that is out. We have considered Stanley, but worry that it will not be interesting to the kids. There's the option of Ma Wan Noah's Ark Park and Repulse Bay beach (beach is not so attractive in hot August weather!). Can somebody be kind enough to give a good suggestion for a good family place?

Thanks a lot!
Rgds/ PL

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Thanks Don!
by: PL

Hi Don,

Thanks so much for your suggestions! They are very helpful.

Yes, I have decided to take up your suggestion on the various museums in HK. I have initial reservations, but not anymore. Thanks!!

RE: Recommendation for a place to keep the kids entertained?
by: HKinsider Don

2.) Yes, you can use Octopus card to pay the bus fares in going to Ocean Park also, it can be use to other bus, minibus and ferry.

3.) Here are the places to consider that I would recommend for you to choose specially for your kids aside from Noah's Ark and Repulse Bay:

* Hong Kong Museums - You and your kids will discover the Hong Kong's culture and heritage. Also, your kids will surely love the hands-on interactive exhibits and dazzling technology that these museums has to offer. Why not give a chance to your kids to learn new things, expand their knowledge and to inspire them to learn even more when they return home.

* Exploring the GREEN side of Hong Kong and enjoy the greeny of these popular parks:

a) Hong Kong Park - an 8-hectare of green oasis boasting landscaped gardens with ponds and waterfall, a greenhouse and an aviary - Admiralty MTR station Exit C1, walk thru the Pacific Place and then follow directional signs to the park.

Opening Hours:
Park(Outdoor Facilities): 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sports Centre: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Squash Centre: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Booking office for Sports facilities: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Aviary: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Conservatory: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Park Restaurant: 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Squash Centre ? Light Refreshment Restaurant: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

b) Kowloon Park - with discovery playground, theme areas and open-air sculpture area, Chinese-style garden and an indoor heated swimming pool. There's also a Kung Fu corner on Sundays that demonstrates its martial arts to give you and your kids a chance to learn a little bit of Kung Fu - Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station Exit A1

Opening Hours: 5:00am to 12:00 mid night
Admission: Free (except Swimming Pool and Sports Centre)

c) Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens - one of the world's oldest zoological and botanical centers having more than 1,000 species of plants beautifully displayed in the gardens also houses about 500 birds including the American flamingos - Admiralty MTR station Exit C2, and take a 5 mins taxi to Albany road entrance.

Opening Hours:
Fountain Terrace Garden: 6am - 10 pm
Green House/ Education and Exhibition Centre: 9am - 4:30 pm
Other Areas: 6am - 7pm

Admission: Free

Hope that this helps.

RE: Recommendation for a place to keep the kids entertained?
by: HKinsider Don

Hi Wong,

Prudential Hotel Hong Kong is a 4-star hotel and very conveniently located at 222 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Situated atop of Jordan Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station.
Tel: +852 2311-8222

Here are some personal comments and suggestions to your questions:

1.) Here are the popular Hong Kong "Shopping Fantasyland", HOT spots not only for FUN shopping but also you'll be amazed to discover incredible selection of almost everything your family ever need. You'll find items for parents to kids' educational products from books and trendy learning games, toys, and electronic games. Some of these malls sometimes organize a special events just for kids making Hong Kong truly a shopping paradise for families.

Kowloon, Hong Kong area:

* Harbour City (with kids playground in 'Toys "R" Us' store at shop OTG23) and *New World Centre - please click here to read more info and getting there instruction.

* Grand Century Place - please click here to read more info and getting there instruction.

* Festival Walk (with kids playground in "Ice Skating" where you can enjoy ice skating with your kids at UG Level) - Kowloon Tong MTR station Exit C

* Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa (with kids playground in "Jumpin Gym USA" where kids can play games & win prizes like basketball, bowling, bumper cars, and more at Basement, Treasure World, Site II, Whampoa Garden) - Minibus 6 or 6A from Hung Hom station

Hong Kong Island area:

* The In Square, Windsor House (with kids playground in 'Toys "R" Us' store at 3/F) - Causeway Bay MTR station Exit E

* Times Square - Causeway Bay MTR station Exit A

* Cityplaza (with kids playground in (a) "Jumpin Gym USA" where kids can play games & win prizes like basketball, bowling, bumper cars, and more at Shop 101, 1/F, Phase 2 and (b) "Ice Skating" where you can enjoy ice skating with your kids at 1/F, Phase 2) - Tai Koo MTR station Exit E1

* Paradise Mall - Heng Fa Chuen MTR station

New Territories area:

* Maritime Square and * New Town Plaza (with kids playground in "Snoopy's World" where kids can touch, squeeze and hug more than 60 Peanuts figures, including the largest outdoor model of snoopy atop his doghouse at Level 3 Podium, Phase One) - please click here to read more info and getting there instruction.

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