Have fun: Macau tempts visitors with a range of entertainment for all the family
The city has plenty of cultural and educational activities to offer for families seeking more than an adrenaline rush
Macau is a great destination for people who are looking for an adrenaline rush. But the city, which has been diversifying its entertainment and leisure features over recent years, has so much more to offer. There are now plenty of things to do for families who want to spend some fun-filled – or even educational – time together.
Macau Science Centre
Located on the harbourfront of the Macau peninsula, the 20,000-square metre Macau Science Centreprovides a playful setting where parents and their children can explore and learnabout science. With its futuristic architecture, designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the centre was chosen as a location for the Hollywood film Now You See Me 2.
The centre hosts a series of permanent exhibitions at 12 of its 14 galleries. At present, special exhibition “Think Brick – Play and Learn with Lego Education” is running in Gallery 2 until January 14, 2018. The exhibition features the “Little Brick Kingdom” fun zone (for young children below 120cm), and the “Giant Lego Brick Wall”, where children can build structures from giant toy bricks, and over 30 mechanical models designed and built by the centre’s own team. It also features “Fun 3D Zoetrope” and “Interactive Classrooms”, where young participants can acquire some basic knowledge of physics and engineering through building and programming a robot using the interlocking plastic bricks.
In the centre’s dome theatre, Planetarium, which is equipped with high resolution 3D digital projectors, the world’s first 4K x 4K real-time virtual reality full dome show – Aurora: Lights of Wonder – is showing. The 30-minute video, directed by Korean astrophotographer Kwon O-Chul, shows captivating footage of the northern lights filmed from the International Space Station during an aurora substorm in 2015. It also features animations and computer graphics that explain the interesting facts and science behind the polar lights.
Nestled in the Mount Fortress near the iconic Ruins of St. Paul’s, Macau Museum is where you can learn about the history and culture of the city. It has three permanent exhibitions which illustrate the early history, business, religion and culture of the former Portuguese colony: the city’s traditions, folk arts and local festivals; city life in Macau today; and how the city is portrayed in literature and the arts.
The museum is also staging the “Story of Cannon-making – Children Experience Exhibition”, its first exhibition for children. As early as 1557, the city was world-renowned for producing high-quality cannons.
Co-organised by the City University of Macau and running until August 20, the exhibition consists of six areas explaining the histories, stories and locations of the fortresses in Macau. Children are encouraged to learn about the history of the city and the development of the cannon industry through interactive games and multi-sensory activities.
Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
For animal lovers, the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion, situated inside the Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane, is the best place to go. The pavilion is now the home of a four-member panda family – father Kai Kai, mother Xin Xin, and their children Jian Jian and Kang Kang, who were born in the city on June 26, 2016. Their living space is divided into two 330 sq metre indoor activity quarters and a 600 sq metre outdoor yard. After meeting the lovable panda family, there is also a 900 sq metre indoor exhibition area where visitors can learn more about pandas.
Our Sanrio Times
Japanese merchandise design house Sanrio’s best-known characters, such as Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars and My Melody, have recently arrived in the city for the “Our Sanrio Times” exhibition, held at Studio 8, Studio City Macau, until September 3. Comprised of 15 themed zones, the exhibition features 100 adorable Sanrio characters and 400 vintage items by the Japanese design house founded in 1960.
A replica of the first Sanrio merchandise – a Hello Kitty coin purse – can be seen in the city for the first time. It also showcases 40 sketches by designers from Sanrio Japan, so that visitors can see how the characters are illustrated.
Other themed zones display classicstationery items, giant paper dolls, and Sanrio’s archived copies of its monthly magazine, Strawberry News. At the Macau Zone, the most popular Sanrio characters pose against a backdrop of Macau’s famous landmarks, such as The Ruins of St. Paul’s and Macau Tower.