Top Things To Do in Hong Kong
With Kids This Summer

Mickey and Minnie on a rainy summer day

Summers in Hong Kong are hot and humid, rain is more the rule than the exception, so perhaps not the best time to visit but in the midst of the scorching heat there are some fabulous events going on that will have kids splashing their way through the coolest summer ever...

Summer time might not be as convenient but on the other hand, you are more likely to find better deals on hotels and accomodations.

What to pack for summer? Pack very light, cotton, breathable clothing, sandals, hat, etc. and also a light sweater for the air-conditioning which will be running full blast at shopping centres, restaurants and the hotel lobby.

Umbrella is essential, rain jacket not so. It gets so hot, wearing a rain jacket is very uncomfortable.

And remember, amusement parks are fun rain or shine, you are even expected to get wet at some rides. On the other hand, if it is raining too hard, some of the rides might be closed, so something to be aware of.

The wettest hottest months are June through August. Although not optimal, all is not lost, there is still much fun to be had and here are some fabulous events just to get you and the kids started!

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Here are some fantastic Hong Kong events to enjoy with the kids for the coolest summer ever:

And some great entertainment coming this summer, stage shows, films, plays, concerts... Many programmes sell out fast so better to get tickets as early as you can.

Check out other fun things to do in Hong Kong with Kids, whether you come in the summer or any other time of the year!

And don't miss our top picks for Hong Kong Hotels with Kids, some family-friendly options with larger rooms, swimming pools, and pedestrian areas nearby with plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops, etc.

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Check out the Dragon Boat Races!

Dragon Boat races in Victoria Harbour

Dragon Boat Racing is serious business in Hong Kong. Chances of catching a race or a training session at the very least, is excellent in the summer months.

These are very lively and exciting events with hundreds of teams competing against each other in this great tradition.

Your best chances to catch the races this summer will be:

  • The Dragon Boat Festival on June 7, 2019.

    Races are held by the several Dragon Boat Associations throughout the territory. All events are free to the public.

    These are some of the most popular sites for dragon boat races in Hong Kong during the Dragon Boat Festival. Races are ongoing just about the entire day at most locations:

    • SunLife Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships are the "main" races known in the dragon boat circuit worldwide
    • Aberdeen Dragon Boat Festival Races
    • Saikung Dragon Boat Festival Races
    • Cheung Chau Dragon Boat Festival Races
    • Tai O Water Parade and Dragon Boat Festival

    For further details check out our main Dragon Boat Festival page.

  • The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Carnival and Beer Fest from June 14 - 16, 2019

    The Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races which are sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association are a three-day event jam-packed with hot dragon boat action right on Victoria Harbour

    And it is not just about the racing, the Dragon Boat Carnival is one huge massive party in the waterfront with one of the world's most gorgeous skylines as backdrop together with clowns, entertainers, marching bands, lion dances!

    Here's more on this year's Dragon Boat Carnival.

Ocean Park Summer "Carnimal"

Ocean Park Summer Splash in Hong Kong

This year's programme is TBA but to give you an idea, last year's summer fun was a hit: Featuring an Animal-themed Grand Parade and staging amazing shows every hour, Ocean Park is preparing the biggest ever Carnival with over a hundred international level elite performers from all over the world: Caribbean beats, dynamic drum performances, unique and exuberant traditional Brazilian acts, synchronised swimming performances to a national team standard...

There will be two different animal-themed grand parades during both the day and night, a DJ party and vocal band performances at Aqua City Lagoon, and of course plenty of splashing fun at Whiskers Wet & Foam Bash and at the water playground at Whiskers Harbour.

When?: TBA July - August 2019
Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong
How Much? Included with General Admission to the Park.

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Ocean Park Discount Tickets Adult HK480 HKD384 US$51, Children HK240 HKD235 US$30

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Water Play Street Summer Party a Pixar Extravaganza!

Hong Kong Disney Summer Pixar Water Party

This summer, Hong Kong Disneyland will create a big splash of fun with the returning Pixar-themed "Water Play Street Party" joined by our favourite Disney Pixar stars...

Who will we find soaking up the cool, water-filled streets this summer? Likely our Toy Story friends, Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Bullseye... also Mr. and Mrs. Incredible from The Incredibles are set to make an appearance...

When? June 26 - September 1, 2019
Where? Throughout Main Street USA at Hong Kong Disneyland
How Much? Disney Street Summer Party activities are free with Park Admission.

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult HK619 HKD534 US$69, Children HK458 HKD400 US$50
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Central Harbourfront Summerfest

Carnival games at the Central Harbourfront Summerfest

This is a FREE fun summer programme that transforms the Central Harbourfront into a major playground with a variety of garden games and activities, a fantastic illuminated art installation, and over 20 free organised events for families and kids to enjoy throughout the summer.

Events range from a Balance Bike Carnival, Golden Classics Charity Show, Holistic Wellness, Hip Hop Dance Competitions and more.

When?: June 26 - September 1, 2019
Where?: Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Event Space by the Observation Wheel
How Much?: FREE, some of the organised events require pre-registration
More Info and events calendar: www.summerfest-centralharbourfront.hk/.

AIA Vitality Park Summer Attractions

Carnival rides come to AIA Vitality Park Summerfest

Carnival rides come to AIA Vitality Park this summer! This summer, additional family entertainment attractions have been launched and are great to combine with a ride on the Observation Wheel for fantastic views of the skyline and harbour.

A specially-made traditional merry-go-round and a Super Giant Lighthouse Slide are at the harbourfront ready to entertain the young and the young-at-heart!

When?: Now and through the Summer
Where?: Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park
How Much?: Carousel rides HK$30, Super Giant Slide HK$25, packages including Observation Wheel are also available
More Info: www.hkow.hk/.

Hong Kong Bakery Carnival

Hong Kong Bakery Carnival

If you have a passion for baking, cake decorating, or just love cakes, breads and other delicious temptations, then you'll love the Hong Kong Bakery Carnival.

A series of events for the family are planned including parent-child bakery activities, playful competitions, baking workshops, stage programs, Masters' demonstrations... Whether it's pinnaple buns, milk tarts, from simple classic treats to elaborate piggy mooncakes... Bakery Carnival will have you whipping up some exciting and delicious summer fun!

When?: July 5 - 7, 2019
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: General admission Adults HK80, Student 12-17 HK40, Admission with Trial Baking Workshop Adult HK120, Student HK100, Parent-Child Package HK$180
More Info and tickets: https://www.hkbakerycarnival.com/.

HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair 2019

Hong Kong Book Fair

Organised by the HK Trade Development Council, it's not only books, books and more books on this week-long affair, lately the emphasis has also been on multimedia, e-books and e-learning resources.

Besides the publishers' exhibits, there is a range of cultural events including seminars and forums featuring English-language world-renowned writers.

There are over 500 exhibitors in the following categories:

  • Books and Publications
  • Children's and Teen's
  • Multimedia and Electronic resources
  • Religious Books
  • Stationery

If you are a book worm, don't miss this chance to snatch some bargains (specially on the very last day of the fair)!

When?: July 17 - 23, 2019
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: General admission Adults HK25, children HK10, early morning admission (before noon) HK10 tickets available at fair only every day.
More Info: Hong Kong Book Fair official site.

LCSD's Summer Fun Party 2019

Summer Fun Party

Organised by the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department, this weekend annual event includes a variety of activities organised for families to enable them to participate in recreation, music, cultural, sports programmes featuring a range of themes in a fun and delightful atmosphere.

Activities in the past have included magic shows, lawn concerts, painting exhibitions, dance workshops, face painting, handicraft playshops, roving artists, etc. and is a supporting programme of the International Arts Carnival which runs through the summer months.

When?: July 20 - 21, 2019
Where?: Queen Elizabeth Stadium
How Much?: FREE (Free tickets are required for Playshops admission. Tickets will be distributed on respective event date)
More Info: LCSD Summer Fun Series

Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong

Ani Com Hong Kong Exhibits

If you have teenagers you will not want to miss this one! Ani-Com and Games is Hong Kong's hottest event in the digital entertainment, comics, animation, video games and toys and collectibles arena and the most popular summer carnival in Hong Kong.

This fair is open to the public and packed with the latest in big wave trend-setting entertainment, this is one of the most prominent shows in Asia, and the target audience is between the ages of 12 and 30 years-old.

Don't miss the many events including stage forums and presentations, model kit competitions, comic Master's autograph sessions, etc. and new this year, a concurrent exhibition, ACG Outlet, a mega outlet for all kinds of anime licensed products selling at big discounts will be located at Hall 3.

Many familiar brands will be well-represented: X-Box, LEGO, Marvel Comics, Sony PS4, Hasbro, Bandai...

App developing and marketing companies will be showcasing the latest in games and entertainment.

Featuring comics and figure design competitions, an international COSPLAY carnival, ACG live performances and a variety of stage events.

And at the X-Zone Young @ Mart, over 100 mini-stalls are set up at this mini-flea market zone full of bargains and latest innovations, some reserved for Doujinshi artists.

When?: July 26 - 30, 2019
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: HK$35 Tickets available onsite and in advance at 7-11 and Circle K Convenience Stores
More Info: www.ani-com.hk

International Arts Carnival

International Arts Carnival

A fascinating line up is put together every summer in all sorts of artistic fields: theatre, music, dance, film and magic! It's a great chance for family time, specially on those muggy hot days.

Besides stage programmes there are also outreach workshops, school touring programmes, backstage tours and more.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories

Hungry Caterpillar on Stage

The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle's stories, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show celebrating its 50th Birthday in 2019 The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
When?: June 6 - 9, 2019
Where?: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai
How Much: HK 195+

Pinocchio

Pinocchio on Stage

Witness a wooden toy's magical journey towards being a brave, truthful, and selfless real boy in Kids' Gallery's Festival Week production of Pinocchio. Watch our performing arts students shine on a brilliantly designed stage in fabulous costumes as they sing, dance, and act in this heart-warming story for the whole family to enjoy!
When?: June 8 - 9, 2019
Where?: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai
How Much: HK 360+

Star Wars in Concert with the Hong Kong Philharmonic

Star Wars in Concert

Complete film screening (English with Chinese subtitles) with live orchestra.

STAR WARS IV: A NEW HOPE
When?: July 4 & 6, 2019

STAR WARS V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
When?: July 5 & 6, 2019

Where?: Concert Hall, The Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui
How Much: HK 380+

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites with the Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia Canada

Hungry Caterpillar on Stage

Picture book stars leap from the page... As neon puppets that light up the stage... One apple, two pears, five oranges, and more... Will the little caterpillar ever start to feel full?

In this mesmerising production, three of Carle's most cherished stories (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed-Up Chameleon, and Little Cloud ) are adapted into a trio of blacklight puppetry theatre shows.
When?: July 12 - 14, 2019
Where?: Ko Shan Theatre New Wing, Auditorium
How Much: HK 140+

The Little Mermaid by Theater Terra (The Netherlands)

The Little Mermaid on Stage

Following their sell-out show Spot (plus extra performances) in Hong Kong in 2016, Theater Terra returns to the city with another riveting combination of puppetry and live performance. This time, the Dutch theatre group stages an imaginative family musical based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale. With engaging puppets and actors, a whimsical set, and original songs, the sparkling production enthralls hearts of all ages.
When?: July 31 - August 4, 2019
Where?: Tai Po Civic Centre Auditorium
How Much: HK 240+

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