We had a great time in Hong Kong and desperately wanted to get to Macau. We never made it. Now I am stoked to head back there with the kids, thanks Kylie.
They call Macau the Vegas of Asia. Located fairly close to Hong Kong it’s often a spot many consider adding to that part of their trip. Many adults don’t consider Vegas, let alone Macau to be kid friendly, but we have created a list of 5 top things you can do in Macau with kids.
While Macau is only a 1-hour ferry ride from Hong Kong, we suggest staying the night in a Macau hotel to get the full benefit of all the activities you are going to be enjoying. Just remember that unlike Vegas kids are not allowed to walk through casinos so staying in a non-gaming hotel would be ideal.
1. DreamWorks Experience
Everyone loves a good DreamWorks movie and here you can meet your favourite characters or eat breakfast with them at the Cotal Strip Resort. Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon perform daily from 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 7pm every 15 minutes. Admission is free and there are some great photo opportunities. Alternatively you can also purchase a Shrekfast and let the kids enjoy a fairy-tale feast.
2. A Gondola Ride
Like Vegas Macau’s Venetian Macao has a gondola ride. But this gondola ride has three canals and the gondolier’s sing in Italian and Mandarin. The Venetian is the second-largest casino in the world and the 6th largest building, so it’s worth a look even if you don’t want to enjoy the Gondola ride.
3. The House of Dancing Water
This is a water-based stage production, located at The City of Dreams. The show runs for 90 minutes, and features over 80 gymnasts, circus artists, dancers, divers, actors, and motorcyclists. The stage holds 3.7 million gallons of water and can transform from a pool deep enough for high diving to a completely dry floor in a matter of seconds.
4. Kid’s Indoor Playgrounds
Qube - Another reason to visit The Venetian Macao, this time on the 5th floor. The Qube is interactive kids zone that offers a 6-meter-high climbing structures with slides and net bridges, there is also computer games, pool tables and more. There is also a special zone for under 5’s. At over 9000 square feet the kids will never want to come out and luckily there are several types of passes that can gain you discounted entry for your stay.
Kid’s City - Located inside City of Dreams is Kids’ City, open from 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Kids will need long sleeves, trousers and socks. Toddlers will enjoy the separate space to play and read books, while other children will have a blast creating art, playing in the video arcade, jumping on the bouncy castle, playing in the dress-up area and using the slides and tunnels.
5. The Beach
Hac Sa Beach is on Coloane Island. Across from the beach are a playground, ping-pong tables, tennis courts, soccer courts, basketball courts and a swimming pool. The pool includes kids wading pool and an area with playhouses set up on astro turf. And if you get hungry the famous kid-friendly Fernando’s Restaurant is right around the corner.
6. Grass sliding
Here’s a bonus one for you. At Taipa Grande Nature Park kids will enjoy a 20-meter long grass slide. Like tobogganing without the freezing snow. Hours of fun.
According to The World Factbook, Macau has the second highest life expectancy in the world and a high human development index. This place is good for your kids. Give Macau a second thought next time you take that trip to Hong Kong and we hope you all have a wonderful, fun trip.
Kylie lives in Australia and is a frequent visitor to Hong Kong. Her most recent trip she decided to bring the kids to Macau and was very excited by what she found.