- 1 Hands-on fun and games at the Children’s Gallery inside the Hong Kong Heritage Museum!
- 2 The essential insider info
- 2.0.1 1. Roam through the Mai Po Marshes
- 2.0.2 2. Animals and Birds Section (up the ramp walkway)
- 2.0.3 3. UnderSea Garden
- 2.0.4 4. Penetrate the Deep Underground – Meet the Insects and Check out the Soil Laboratory
- 2.0.5 5. Archaeologist’s dig and discover for themselves the historical artifacts excavated in Hong Kong
- 2.0.6 6. Explore life in a traditional New Territories village
- 2.0.7 7. Reading Room
- 2.0.8 8. Creativity Spot
- 3 Key point of interest – The Hong Kong Toy Story
- 4 Eat and Drink
- 5 Our Top Travel Tips
- 6 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
- 7 Google map link
- 8 The Inside Scoop
- 9 Getting there:
- 10 City Essentials
Hands-on fun and games at the Children’s Gallery inside the Hong Kong Heritage Museum!
The kids will LOVE the innovative and interactive Children’s Gallery at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and it will keep them occupied for hours. If there’s two adults travelling together, one can stay with the kids while the other goes off to explore the museum proper. Then swap. (Roam the Gnome and I always secretly prefer the kids section though. It’s hands-on fun, without the need to shuush and keep quiet.)
This place is geared towards kids 4 to 10, but Jack (aged 2 at the time) was just as entertained as his big brother, until he went to sleep in the pram! But that was easy too. On the bottom floor, I just rolled him along with us, and when Ned wanted to explore the upper level via the ramp, I could keep an eye on both kids easily. There’s only one door in and out too, so the kids are pretty safe in here anyway.
When we arrived, it was quiet and peaceful and we had the place almost to ourselves. But less than 20 minutes later, two school groups arrived and that all changed. To be honest, we liked it more when the kids were there. Ned had kids to play with, even though most of them couldn’t speak a word of English and he couldn’t speak Cantonese. Didn’t matter a bit!
The Children’s Gallery includes opportunities to learn about nature, archeology and history of Hong Kong.
The essential insider info
There are eight play and learning ‘zones’ inside the Hong Kong Heritage Museum’s Children’s Gallery. Here’s a quick overview:
1. Roam through the Mai Po Marshes
- Fisherman’s Catch – children must be like a fisherman and sort out the adult shrimp from the other marine life in the Gei Wai (shallow pond), so that they can be transported to market to sell. sort out the different types of marine life and return the juvenile shrimp back to the ‘pond’ (via a rolling tube – fun!). The Fiddler Crab, Mudskipper and Shrimp are dancing ambassadors from Mai Po Marshes.
- Hear the Egret babies call by pressing a green button
2. Animals and Birds Section (up the ramp walkway)
- Build a Bird- There are different bird parts from six different birds. Children are tasked with assembling the parts into the right bird according to the features of each bird.
- Take a spin in the swing cocoon
- Interact with technology and learn about animals through computer games
3. UnderSea Garden
- Interactive video screens where children can learn more about marine life
- Dress up as a crab or some other kind of sea creature and twirl about in the mirrors
- Pop up in a under-sea bubble to say hi!
4. Penetrate the Deep Underground – Meet the Insects and Check out the Soil Laboratory
- Children can learn about the composition of soil in this exhibition, using magnifying glasses and watching a giant ant nest. turning wheels to show what might grow in sand, silt and clay.
5. Archaeologist’s dig and discover for themselves the historical artifacts excavated in Hong Kong
- Design your own Pottery just like in Wun Yiu. Wun Yiu in Tai Po was a place for the manufacture of blue and white porcelain 500 years ago. Archeologists have discovered a workshop, two kilns, and numerous porcelain pieces there. In this fun activity, kids can take a pen and draw their own design on an overhead projector sheet and then see what it looks like on a piece of pottery! Ned LOVED this activity.
- There’s also an area where children are invited to ‘restore’ objects piece by piece, just like archeologists in Hong Kong do, in their quest to learn more about early societies and the people who lived there
6. Explore life in a traditional New Territories village
- Children can explore rooms with traditional cooking and washing facilities and can have a go at ‘cooking a traditional meal’
7. Reading Room
- For a moment’s peace and quiet, children can pop in here. Lots of picture books to browse.
8. Creativity Spot
- Hands-on Staff provide drawing and colouring activities for children at these tables.
Key point of interest – The Hong Kong Toy Story
Just around the corner of the main exhibit is the Hong Kong Toy Story exhibition. This large space includes glass-fronted cabinets with displays of local toys from the 1950’s to today. Ned was surprised (as were Roam the Gnome and I) to see so many familiar things – Mickey Mouse, Star Wars characters, robot dogs. Lots of things are making a comeback and what was new for him was old for us! Ned and I spent ages here, telling stories to one another about our childhood memories and favourite toys.
There’s also a whole bunch of toys and games in the gallery that you can play with. (Remember to take off your shoes!) Ned and I tried this game. We had NO idea what to do, so we kind of just made it up. That worked for us!
Eat and Drink
- There is a restaurant onsite, along with a gift shop. (We didn’t visit either this time but brought snacks and drinks with us which we ate in the park outside.)
Our Top Travel Tips
- Visit on Wednesday and it is FREE entry for all!
- You’ll need at least 2 hours here. There’s plenty to see and do.
- Special exhibitions charge an extra admission fee. The Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place exhibition is showing until the 11th July 2016.
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
The Inside Scoop
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is open from 10am to 6pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 10am to 7pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year from 10am to 5pm. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and the first two days of the Chinese New Year.
- There are toilets and baby feeding areas inside the museum
Due to the limited spaces at the public carpark of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, visitors are advised to come by public transport on peak days, i.e. weekends and public holidays.
Alight at Che Kung Temple Station (Exit A) and then a 5-minute walk or at Sha Tin Station (Exit A) and then a 10 – 15 minute walk that includes a few sets of stairs. Beware if you are carrying a stroller! The picture above shows the Hong Kong Heritage Museum (brown and tan building at top left) from the pedestrian walkover you take as you walk outside from the New Town mall. Follow the walking map above.