Planning a Daddy’s Day Out? From paintballing to paddleboarding, museums to microbrews, grooming to music and a roundup of the best burger spots in Hong Kong, the Daddy Contributors at Little Steps say these are the best spots and activities to chill out or go wild with little ones!
Get your burger grub on at any number of Hong Kong’s classic beef-eateries because bonding is just better when a burger’s involved. The popular Burger Circus has rockin' burgers and milkshakes for the kids, while BurgeRoom has the mouth-watering crispy soft shell crab and a Hiroshima oyster! For adventurous souls, check out Butchers Club secret menu. For more, check out the Little Steps Guide to the Best Burger Restaurants in HK!
Burger Circus, multiple locations, www.burgercircus.com.hk
BurgeRoom, Shop D, G/F, 50-56 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, +852 2890 9130, www.burgeroom.com
The Butchers Club Burgers - Wan Chai, G/F, Rialto Building 2 Landale St, Wan Chai, +852 2528 2083, www.butchersclub.com.hk
Beef & Liberty, multiple locations, www.beef-liberty.com/hk/
The sun is out and boy oh boy is it hot! Head to Stanley Beach for an afternoon of watersportsfun, but don't let the fun stop at swimming! Hire a wakeboard boat for a few hours, snag a stand-up paddleboard or kayak from HK Aqua-bound Centre, as lessons are available. Refuel with a tasty pizza pie from the Stanley Beach Club as the sun goes down.
HK Aqua-bound Centre, Stanley Main Beach, Stanley, Hong Kong, +852 8211 3876, Website
Stanley Beach Club, Stanley Beach Club, Stanley Main Beach, Stanley Beach Road, Hong Kong, +852 2813 5005, Website
Boys and girls of all ages will have a great time at Red Bar @ IFC. Invite some buddies along, take in a few brews, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with the kiddos. The great views and open space never disappoint. Kids love a space to run around, and dads dig chilling out together, perfect! Check out Little Steps' adventures to IFC Mall's rooftop Garden!
Red Bar @ IFC, 4/F Two IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 8129 8882, Website
Flip, jump, bounce and laugh the day away at the trampoline parks in Hong Kong! Those who live on the island can make a beeline to Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park in North Point, which has 50 interconnecting trampolines for endless hours of actions. As for energetic dudes living on the Kowloon side, the newly opened Bounce Inc. located in Kowloon Bay is heaven on earth, with more than 80 interconnected trampolines!
Bounce Inc., G/F EMAX, KITEC,No.1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, www.bounceinc.com.hk
Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park, 3/F, 321 Java Road, North Point, +852 8191 6817, www.ryze.info
Make your way over to The Centrium and enjoy the stellar all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch from Dragon-i. Once you’ve had your fill, take a leisure stroll by the sea to the Maritime Museum located at the pier. Learn about Hong Kong's martitme heritage, view different boat models, get up close with Chinese junks. Don't miss out on the regular events and workshops too!
Dragon-i, UG/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3110 1222, Website
Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8, Hong Kong, +852 3713 2500, Website
For dads and kiddos who crave that adrenaline rush, engage in a thrilling driving race at Sideways Driving Club. The virtual racing center, with 15 networked simulators, provides a "real" gaming experience which no gaming devices or arcades can provide. Pick your car, fire up the engine, and race against the clock! Vrrrrooooom!
Sideways Driving Club, LG/F, 1-2 Chancery Lane, Central, +852 2523 0983, www.sideways-driving-club.com
Hiking does the body good and Dragon’s Back is a Hong Kong classic. Start in Deepwater Bay and finish in Shek O for some well-deserved Thai food, or go for the stellar pizzas and a cold Tsing Tao at Black Sheep Café. Or, hit up Ben's Back Beach for some extra beachy fun.
Shek O Chinese & Thai Restaurant, G/F, 303 Shek O Village, Shek O, Hong Kong, +852 2809 4426
Black Sheep Café, G/F, 330 Shek O Village, 2809 2021, +852 2809 2021
Guys need pampering too! Book haircuts for your little dudes at a slew of Hong Kong's trendy spas. Many offer father+son haircuts or let dad get away on his own for a wet shave while sipping whisky. Awesome!
Grooming + Cuts For Dads, www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong/articles/play/dad-day-out-spa
Trek out to Kowloon Bay and get your paintball on at Paintball Headquarters’ indoor paintball field. You and your clan can exercise your inner war hero inside a former warehouse kitted out with towers, a bridge, oil barrels, and various sound, light and smoke effects. Bring lunch so you can snack between your color-coated assaults!
Paintball Headquarters, Unit 2-3, G/F, Po Lung Center, 11 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3106 0220, Website. Minimum age is 8 years old.
Make your way to the Space Museum and catch one of the fun and educational flicks at the impressive OMNIMAX theatre. They have different movies on at different times. These days, see the wonderful Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland! Buy tickets ahead of time and avoid the lines. Follow it up with a tasty burger and shake combo at BLT in Harbour City. We love the kids’ menu, coloring place mats and high chairs.
Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 0226, Website. Minimum age for OMNIMAX is 3 years old.
Music lovers? Jam to some tunes in a wonderful DJ section at Sol Passion Music, where a nice collection of kids music making and production courses are available. Alternatively, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has a series of family-friendly concerts called Swire Sunday Family, spanning classical to jazz options. You can check out the latest concerts on their website.
Sol Passion Music, 11th Floor, EIB Tower, 4-6 Morrison Hill Rd, Wan Chai, +852 9422 0367, www.solpassionmusic.com
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, +852 2721 2030, Website
For dads who like to take part in lots of sports, the SCAA is a great place to join. There’s football, billiards, boxing, golf, dance, a gym, fencing, shooting, swimming and yoga. There’s team sports too if dad is a little competitive. Afterwards he can relax in the cafe or snack bar before heading home to the clan.
South China Athletic Association, www.scaa.org.hk/index.php/Facilities/
This year treat dad to a golf membership. The Golden Bear Golf Passport is now available to golf lovers starting from HK$26,999. Available at the Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy, this is perfect for dads who like to golf. Be it for work or pleasure, this is one gift dad can enjoy all year round.
The Golden Bear Golf Passport, http://saikung.com/wp-saikung/
Family nights have taken it up a notch with rockin' music, an indoor/outdoor bar, delicious food (really!) and of course, lots and lots of bowling. As you enter, you can select your package (by the hour) or with drinks included. The drinks on offer vary from fancy island favorites, wine, and a selection of beer. Kids can enjoy juice and other mock Tiki cocktails.
Tikitiki Bowling, www.tikitiki.hk