We went to Hong Kong for our kids. Our last vacation was to Siem Reap where we toured countless temples. It was not exactly the most kid-friendly trip, so we decided to make Spring Break all about them (almost).
Hong Kong is an expensive city, but there is a ton to do with young kids. There are beautifully maintained parks complete with aviaries in every neighborhood, several high quality museums, Disneyland, and lots of trains to ride on. There are other theme parks that we didn't have time to do too. It truly is a great city to bring children. We felt like the city was very child friendly in general. People smiled at the boys, there were special place on the trains for strollers, and there is play equipment in all the parks.
I think our boys would have been perfectly content just trying out all the different modes of transportation, but it made it even more fun to have something to do at the end of each line. We went to Disneyland on Tuesday, the science museum and Kowloon Park on Wednesday, hiking on Thursday, and Hong Kong Park and Victoria Peak on Saturday. It was an incredible busy week, but the boys had a great time.
One of the places I wished we could have spent more time was at the science museum. All the museums in Hong Kong have free admission for the regular exhibits on Wednesdays. The science museum had a ton of hands-on activities for the kids to mess around with. We didn't take a ton of pictures because we were so busy chasing the dudes around. Oliver enjoyed the ramps and balls and the giant foam building blocks. Owen was enthralled with every single exhibit he saw. There is nothing like this currently in HCMC, so it was great to just watch them play and learn for a while. I'm excited to take them to the Children's Museum when we go to Colorado this summer.
The boys also had fun running around in all the parks. The parks are all walled and kept incredibly clean. We saw police officers regularly walking the paths occasionally stopping to chat with little kids or elderly people. It was lovely.
Trees, flowers, green space, ponds, paths with bridges, and aviaries were in both of the parks we saw, but we also went to the botanical and zoological gardens and got to see a wide variety of birds and monkeys and even some turtles.
The park in Kowloon had a section where the shrubs were cut into a maze. Owen has been infatuated with doing maze puzzles lately, so he was very excited to be able to run through an "real" maze.
Even the tea ware museum located inside Hong Kong park was equipped with a children's play area. Derek hung with the dudes while I was able to look at hundreds of varieties of tea-pots collected over several hundred years.
I think our trip to Hong Kong was a great choice for the kiddos. They had a good time and were able to just be kids for most of the trip. I do wish our hotel had been a little closer to the action so we could have taken a nap break a couple days, but overall, they did well. Oliver did nap a couple time in his carrier, but Owen could have used a rest.
Hong Kong was a great city, but I think between it and Kuala Lumpur, we would chose to go back to KL first. However, before we go back to KL or HK, we need to give Singapore a go! Maybe next year...
Here you will find the collection of blog entries about our trip to Hong Kong in March 2014.