Easter is just around the corner and Hong Kong has a whole heap of family friendly activities to get involved in. Thanks to British influence, Hong Kong will have the same public holidays as the UK, from Good Friday to Easter Monday so there is no excuse not to hit the streets and see what Hong Kong has to offer. From egg hunts to church services, you can be sure to find something to fit your needs and most importantly, to keep the kids happy!
If you are looking for an excuse to visit Disney with your family, try to make it for Easter. The parks puts on a fantastic spring carnival with all your favorite Disney characters in their Sunday best, making their way down the Main Street of Disneyland. They have decided to launch a new show this year, ‘We Love Mickey’, which is rumored to be quite the spectacle. There is also a themed egg hunt all around the parks and it’s adjoining hotels. This is not only for Easter as it will continue into summer, which means plenty of excuses to go back to find those missing eggs. The Easter celebrations are all included in your ticket price, which can be bought at the park or online beforehand.
This is perfect for younger children and not only comprises an Easter egg hunt (with over 30,000 eggs) but also a fun-fair and games. There are also some tamer rides for smaller children, as well as a play-park. The proximity to the beach means that visiting Discovery Bay makes for a great day out from the city. Even the ferry ride over to the beach is quite entertaining and adds a magic touch for the little ones. Discovery Bay is reached from Central Pier 3 and it only takes around twenty minutes to get there. Tickets can be bought online in advance and cost around HKD200. The hunt is only on from March 30th-31st, so make sure that you leave at least one day free to enjoy all that there is on offer.
The team at Peak Lookout have planned an entire weekend from March 31st-April 1st for children to celebrate Easter. There will be an egg hunt, face painting, balloon models, egg painting and plenty of other activities to enjoy as a family. The only drawback is that the festivities are only planned for the afternoons but either way, it is a great option for post-lunch fun. It is best to reserve your place in advance, and the schedule is still subject to change so bear this in mind when making your arrangements.
If you really want to treat yourselves this Easter, head over to the Mandarin Oriental where you can indulge in Sunday brunch or afternoon tea. There are two options, one in the Lounge and one in Cafe Causette. The Lounge is the best bet for children as they will have a real, live Easter bunny and plenty of activities, like egg painting. If brunch or afternoon tea don’t float your boat, they also have a buffet lunch and dinner options for all the family. The Easter celebrations are only running on Easter Sunday, except afternoon tea which runs throughout the Easter weekend. Again, it is best to reserve in advance as there will be several seating sessions for both dining options.
Easter Sunday services
There are several churches offering Sunday services for Easter, and usually, the services come with an option of languages so don’t fear that you won’t be able to find one in English. St. Andrew’s in Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon) offer an Anglican service in English, as well as St John’s Cathedral on Hong Kong Island, which offers mass in English, Mandarin and Tagalog. Both churches will have services in the morning from 8.00 am onwards, and St John’s has an evening mass, at 6.00 p.m.