Colourful temptations for the family

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 May, 2011, 12:00am


Horizon Plaza caters to children of all ages with fun, fashionable and educational items available under one roof, tempting parents and little ones alike.

The plaza is the ideal place to go for well-priced or high-end gifts and furniture, and has a reputation as a centre for must-haves for a new baby or growing family.

To make life easier, you can buy in bulk and have goods delivered to your door, or take advantage of Horizon Plaza's free parking of up to three hours for shoppers.

First stop for the younger crowd has to be the colourful and well-stocked Pollux Books on the 21st floor, which sells English-language books for children, and some for adults, at a discounted price.

Pollux says that purchasing from it saves about 8 to 20 per cent on what you would pay in a usual book store.

Pollux is a browser's haven and popular choices for children include cloth and bath reads for babies, picture books and the latest novels for older children

There are also reasonably priced toys, gifts, cards, gift wrapping and a smattering of candy and learning materials.

Just two floors below is Toys Club, where many Hongkongers have discovered difficult-to-find games and toys for newborns to fussy teens.

Card and board games, bicycles, action figures, play sets, electronics, dolls, outdoor furniture, partywear and toys are just some of the goods in the store. It also delivers to your door. Gift cards are available to the value of HK$500.

The staff are friendly and know where everything is, making shopping easier and children of all ages will love exploring its Aladdin's cave-style environment.

If you're seeking to redesign your child's bedroom, Indigo Kids is the place to find a special item of furniture or decorative piece that will please children and parents.

Indigo Kids, which opened late last year on the 18th floor, is the dedicated children's version of the upmarket Indigo design shop. It offers an extensive range of child-friendly and smartly designed furniture -from bedroom accessories, practical, pretty and preteen-friendly desk sets, drawers to storage units.

There are also stylish, quality bed linen, beanbags, books, cushions, wall decals, rugs, classic toys and photo frames. Bed covers and much-needed bed protectors, anti-allergy and antibacterial mattresses mean you will stay in great shape. Parents can also browse while children enjoy a 'kids zone' area with chalk board and other safe toys.

Elsewhere, Okooko beds and accessories, on the 27th floor, sells children's furniture with a difference. The New Zealand-owned, design-led business has a firm belief in the power of a good night's sleep. Okooko is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of Your Bodyfit Sleep System, bedroom furniture and accessories. Its designs are sold throughout New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

They sell Tall-Boy and Low-Boy bedside tables for children, with their smooth-angled single beds for children, all made with native New Zealand timber.

At Honey Berrie on the 19th floor, you won't be able to pass by the cute bedding and clothing designs, educational toys and great gift service registry for new-borns.

Honey Berrie says many of its products for younger children -from strollers to home furnishings to accessories- are designed ergonomically in Japan. Eco-friendly materials are used in many of their items, so you can feel confident they do not contain harmful chemicals. If you need a break from shopping with younger children, TREE, Hong Kong's first eco-chic furniture design concept on the 28th floor, has a chill-out cafe, replete with a children's play area. Its mantra, 'kids go free at Tree', will be music to your ears as you sip on a latte or put the free Wi-fi to good use.

From levels 4 to 28, Horizon Plaza has a store with children in mind, plenty of baby changing facilities and acres of space to rest and wind down in between finding the next toy, book, gift or bedroom item.

Superstore offers exclusive range

Bumps to Babes, which is more like a warehouse within a warehouse, is called a superstore for a good reason. Hong Kong's largest mother and baby superstore offers exclusive maternity, baby and children's ranges from around the world at affordable prices.

If you are pregnant, you can find all your baby needs under one roof, including difficult-to-source cots, strollers, car seats, bassinettes and play pens, even the unusual, such as in-flight baby vests and pop-up beach tents.

The tools of the trade are also well stocked here, such as Avent brand bottles and feeding accessories, home safety items for those with an adventurous toddler, international baby and children's clothing brands, baby snacks and child-rearing self-help books.

Maternity wear to fit all shapes and sizes is also well stocked.

Trusted and global brands include Mamas & Papas clothing and baby products, Britax, MacLaren, Graco, Baby Organix, Mountain Buggy, Avent and Pampers. Bumps to Babes also offers a baby check-list as you shop, in order to buy just what you need without overdoing it.

Even if you can't find what you want in store, the staff are knowledgeable and have the answers. Brand pamphlets with sizes and styles of furniture or accessories that suit your home or special requirements mean you can have them delivered to your door.

This expanse of child and parent-related goods, on the 21st floor, allows shoppers to register for membership to enjoy discounts.