Take a tour of a children's wonderland

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 May, 2010, 12:00am

With more than just toy shops, Horizon Plaza has the outlets to meet all your child's needs, whether it is for a new bunk bed or a summer hat. The shops are spaced out throughout the building, so visitors are advised to collect the free printed-directory (revised monthly) from the reception area.

One of the best-known children's stores is Bumps to Babes on the 21st floor. At 8,000 square metres, it is Hong Kong's largest parent and baby store, and it stocks everything from maternity wear to toys for 10-year-olds. It's a one-stop shop for maternity and post-baby needs, with brands from across the world including Mamas & Papas, Britax, McLaren, Early Learning Centre, Graco, Baby Organix and Avent.

For expectant parents, the proprietors have kindly put together a list of items they believe to be crucial and those that are optional for a new baby.

On the same floor is Pollux, a children's English-language bookseller which has a large selection from Britain and the United States. It stocks the popular Letterland phonics books and those in the Oxford Learning Tree series. It also has books by some of the biggest names in children's writing, including Jeremy Strong, Jacqueline Wilson and Roald Dahl.

Owned by the same company are Toys Club and Nerd - Kids For Living, both on the 19th floor. The new Nerd outlet carries toddler beds, children's sofas and bean bags. It also stocks a desk by Artso, which is adjustable to suit children from four years to a normal size for adults. At Toys Club, toys are stocked floor to ceiling, while it also has party items and large products such as playhouses and scooters.

Downstairs on the 11th floor, Kokoon Beds & Bedding is a designer and manufacturer of beds, mattresses and bed linen. Kokoon has the largest range of children's furniture in Horizon Plaza. Your budding race driver can have a custom-made bed in the shape of a Formula One race car or, for the more mellow, one made from solid pine harvested from sustainable forests in Finland.

'The most popular range is our flexible system,' says Moira Chan, who founded Kokoon in 2002. The range includes everything a child may need in their bedroom - beds and bunk beds, bookcases, cupboards, tables and chairs. As it can be positioned at multiple heights, the furniture should last throughout childhood.

'The customer can build up the range from a single bed,' Chan says. 'The table has five different height levels, while the wooden chair has three different seat heights and a two-level footrest.'

Apart from the quality of its beds, Chan says Kokoon prides itself on the high thread count of its cotton bedding. 'We only use pure cotton. I don't sell mass-produced bedding because, in most cases, the quality of the cotton is sacrificed and the cotton is mixed with polyester.'

One floor up from Kokoon, Inside (HK) has a similar commitment to quality. It sells a range of children's clothes and sleepwear, plus pretty cotton summer hats essential for Hong Kong summers. Cashmere blankets are also available, as are four-poster beds for your little prince or princess. Natural fibres abound, with cool Indian cottons, soft towelling bathrobes and woollen crochet booties.

On the 19th floor, Honey Berrie sells furniture, bedding, baby clothes and pushchairs. Horizon Plaza is one of Honey Berrie's three locations in Hong Kong. It's popular for the fact that many of its brands, such as Akachan no Shiro and Koizumi, are from Japan and use eco-friendly materials and ergonomic designs.