This article was originally published on the global travel search engine Skyscanner.
Hong Kong has more than enough events and activities to keep your loved ones ecstatically occupied on a trip to the Pearl of the Orient. Take a look at this 5-day itinerary of family-friendly things to do in Hong Kong, courtesy of Skyscanner.
On your first day in Hong Kong, your first step should be a walk to Harbour City for an early dinner, where you'll be able to choose from an astounding variety of fares that your whole family will love. After you've filled your bellies, take a walk down the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade to take in the sights, walk along the Avenue of Stars where you can pay homage to the greats of Hong Kong Cinema, including the immortal Bruce Lee.
Watch the light display of the Hong Kong skyline at night and check out the Avenue of Stars along Tsim Sha Tsui's promenade. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
If you time it right, you'll be able to witness the Symphony of Lights, which kicks off promptly at 8pm. Then, head back to your gorgeous hotel room such as Cosmopolitan Hotel and hit the hay, because you've got a big day ahead of you.
Cosmopolitan Hotel is a family-friendly hotel with themed suites like Toy Suite and Ocean Park Suite. They come with a variety of age-appropriate toys, Wii consoles, welcome snack box and other complimentary goods for the entire family. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city, just a 10-minute walk from Causeway Bay MTR.
Hong Kong Disneyland will fill the better part of your second day with joy and wonder; in fact, one entire day might not be enough to visit the entire park. There are 8 themed areas in the park, like Adventureland, Fantasyland and Toy Story Land.
Disneyland is always a treat for kids! Photo: Hong Kong Disneyland and Resorts
Take your retro-loving kids to Grizzly Gulch, where they can experience the fun of America's Old West, or if they are budding Futurists, take them to Tomorrowland instead. For a taste of something a bit more tropical, try Mystic Point, an area set in a mysterious tropical rain forest where supernatural fun lurks around every bend. When the family starts clamouring for food, take them down to Main Street where they can have their pick of cuisine, both European and Western. The park is accessible by both bus and MTR, so getting there and back again is a breeze.
Start your day at Nan Lian Garden, accessible from Diamond Hill MTR, where this beautifully landscaped garden is home to man
From trinkets to clothes, the night markets in Hong Kong are always a huge hit with families. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
After dark, head on over to the markets. Temple Street night market is a short walk away and highly recommended; the Ladies' Market in Mongkok is slightly further, but the shopaholics in your family will appreciate it. For malls, no need to return to Harbour City. This area has plenty of options that aren't as crowded, like iSquare and K11, wherein you'll find just as much variety.
Today is the perfect day for a family excursion to Ocean Park. Be sure to head out there early, home to Hong Kong's most exciting roller coasters, alongside many aquatic animals. Try to arrive before the gates open at 10am, as the park is popular and you'll want to get to the front of the queues.
Once you've gotten your fill of maritime excitement, head over to the Lower Peak Tram Terminal, sit on a tram to Hong Kong's highest point and introduce your family to the glorious hues of a world-class sunset. For dinner, check out Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine, which is 5 minutes away from Jordon MTR station. End the day with everyone's favourite cat combined with everyone's favourite Hong Kong food - dim sum!
On your last day in town, you'll want to retain some flexibility, because when you've got your kids with you, you have to keep the plans short and sweet. Once you've packed and placed your luggage in storage, head into town for some kid-oriented fun. Hong Kong is home to some world-class museums, and many are conveniently located in Tsim Sha Tsui within walking distance of the station.
If you happen to be there on a Wednesday, some of those museums are free. If your kids are looking for some light-hearted amusement, there are a few great Peanuts-related establishments in town.
Who doesn't love Snoopy and friends! Photo: Wikimedia Commons
There's the Charlie Brown Cafe on Cameron Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, and also Snoopy's World in Sha Tin, where kids, especially the very young, can enjoy rides and playgrounds decorated with their favourite Peanuts characters. After one final meal, head back to the airport and enjoy your flight back home.