Know & Tel: After-school Hangouts
Find some together time (and cake) with your children in these Hong Kong spots.
Charlie Brown Café
Charlie Brown mocha, Woodstock mango mousse, Snoopy butter cream cakes… Yes, you have the right address—it’s Hong Kong’s only Peanuts comic-themed café, if the large Charlie Brown and Snoopy displays at the door didn’t give it away. There is a selection of MSG-free food if you’re after healthier eats.
G-1/F, 58-60 Cameron Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2366-6315, www.charliebrowncafe.com
Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill
You might know the popular kid-friendly restaurant for its hefty steaks, ribs, buffalo wings, and other delicious plates, but it’s also a great way to while away an afternoon. Offering an afternoon tea and kids’ set, the little ones will be more than happy to indulge in desserts like brownies and sundaes. As part of a longstanding tradition, every order comes with a free Dan Ryan’s balloon.
112 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2845-4600, www.windy-city.com.hk
Open Door Café
With free Wi-Fi, an abundant supply of sockets and bag hooks, what better café than Open Door to bring your kids to for a productive afternoon? It offers a healthy menu of fresh salads, organic pastas and pastries as well as a diverse selection of premium coffee, almond milk and craft beer (for the parents only, of course). After a full day of mental exercise, let yourselves relax at the kid-friendly courtyard or the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park across the road.120 Connaught Rd. West,
Sai Ying Pun, 3460-3880, www.opendoorcafe.hk
Rosie Jean’s Café
Hong Kong’s first family-oriented restaurant, the cozy vintage café has a terrace and outdoor playground where children can play after 4:45pm for only $20. You’ll also find a menu of breakfast fare, pastries, desserts, healthy smoothies, coffee, free Wi-Fi, phone-charging stations, coloring mats, books, comics and a great range of toys.
Shop 3, G/F, Kam Kin Mansion, 119-125 Caine Rd., Central, 2549-9718, www.rosiejeanscafe.com
At the flagship store of sustainable and chic furniture store Tree, you’ll find a homey top floor café. What better hangout than a kid-friendly eatery with free Wi-Fi and a cozy play area that’s complete with rocking horses, books, tables and stuffed toys? Kids are also treated with free mini-cupcakes and hot chocolate. Pro tip: There’s a reason why the lemon cake is a crowd favorite, but their savory food is also worth the visit.
28/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau, 2870-1582, www.tree.com.hk/cafe
Board game café Jolly Thinkers is a kids’ heaven, offering more than 450 games: from cards to snakes and ladders and everything in between. You can sip on a selection of refreshing beverages while you duke it out on the board. Jolly Thinkers also offers classes if you want to learn how to master any of the games stocked at the shop.
11/F, Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2527-2882, www.jollythinkers.com
With its unique egg-dome structure, the 8,611-square-foot Space Museum is one of Hong Kong’s most recognized landmarks. Explore the final frontier and learn all about astronomy and space technology through its regular exhibits. Watch out for one-off carnivals, lab sessions, competitions and lectures. The large planetarium also features daily Omnimax screenings shown in its iconic dome.
10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2721-0226, hk.space.museum. General admission $5 for kids/$10 for adults; $12/$24 for Omnimax shows.
Central Kwai Chung Park
Built on 10 hectares of natural hillside in the center of Kwai Chung, this green and leafy park offers great spots for a picnic. Expect to see a multitude of birds and some small animals. Besides a picnic area, facilities include soccer pitches, basketball and volleyball courts, playgrounds, a roller skating rink and walking trails.
From Kwai Chung MTR, take bus 31M to Shek Lei. Castle Peak Road, Kwai Chung, 2424-3614, www.lcsd.gov.hlk
Hong Kong Park
Embark on an educational excursion in one of Hong Kong’s largest parks. With a pathway set up within the tree canopy, taking a walk through Hong Kong Park’s aviary is like being in a rainforest, where you can learn about the more than 80 species of birds. The butterflies, dragonflies, and an array of exotic plants at Forsgate Conservatory are also worth seeing.
19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, 2521-5041, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Leap and bounce to your heart’s content at Ryze trampoline park, home to 7,000 square feet of jumping joy for children and parents alike. Bounce into soft foam blocks, slam-dunk basketballs and enjoy other kinds of high-flying fun. Great exercise for the whole family.
3/F, 321 Java Rd., Quarry Bay, 2337-8191, www.ryzehongkong.com
While you can get your painting fix at Aura Art, bear in mind it’s not limited to canvases and cups here—printmaking, mosaic frames, terrarium art, Chinese painting and oil painting sessions are also available. Each package includes three of the above mediums. You can get inspiration from the regular exhibits displayed in the space, and there are also refreshments. If you’re painting with your children, enjoy a 30-50 percent discount.
2/F, 18 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 2886-2359, www.auraart.hk
Hong Kong Arts Centre
Spend a cultured afternoon visiting the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the central creative hub for aspiring artists in the city. There’s always an interesting exhibition and screening on the schedule here. At nearby Comix Homebase, housed in a vintage Grade 2 historical building, you can check out all the classic or up-and-coming comics talent. A range of comic books—including a select few rare editions—are available for public viewing in the Comics Salon too.
2 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2582-0200, www.hkac.org.hk
The Mixing Bowl
One of the most versatile cooking studios out there is The Mixing Bowl—this little outfit has all kinds of creative baking and cooking courses, including a traditional Hong Kong treats class ($500 per person) where you can learn to make egg tarts, pineapple buns, and SAR-style sausage rolls; a macaron session ($400 per person) and an Intraw green smoothie workshop ($650 per person). The team emphasizes a hands-on approach, so expect to get a little messy. And after class? You’ll receive online versions of the recipes you worked on so you can recreate them all at home.
5 Shin Hing St., Sheung Wan, 2524-0001, themixingbowlhk.com