Nature

Hong Kong country parks and beaches offer the best playgrounds for children

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 May, 2018, 3:26pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 May, 2018, 3:26pm

Although Hong Kong is full of skyscrapers and flyovers, it also boasts amazing natural scenery. However, not enough Hong Kong parents seem to be inspired to take their children hiking in a country park or to the beach, preferring instead to only visit their neighbourhood park, indoor playground or swimming pool. 

Parents should by all means ensure that children play, but I believe they should bring them closer to nature instead of only staying within the urban limits.

In recent years, party rooms which provide games have become more popular because of the varied entertainment they offer, with board games and video games making them attractive places for parent-child activities.

Indoor playgrounds also abound at shopping malls and elsewhere. One of them drew my attention as it featured sand for children to play on, which means it aims to imitate the beach.

Instead of spending close to HK$100 for just 30 minutes of play, parents could easily take their children to the beach, where they could not only build sand castles but also go swimming. 

I suppose parents choose to spend money on indoor playgrounds as it is convenient, it saves the time needed to go to the beach or hiking in the country parks, while entertaining their children all the same. Another reason may be that these are safe places to play in.

But the children are missing out on getting in touch with nature and learning life lessons from it. 

Wing Lau, Tseung Kwan O