Keeping babies 👶🏻 busy while enjoying yourselves 👪

Hello to all the mums and caretakers of little ones. Being a mum myself, I know it can be tricky to find new ways to keep your baby happy particularly while battling the small apartments of Hong Kong. Also, meeting other mums and babies gives a sense of belonging, like being a part of a wolf pack, as well as entertainment for both sides 😉.

Here are a few more places to get out and about to connect with other mums and keep the bubs learning as they grow.

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Here are some indoor spaces for babies. Many Some run classes that you can sign up for regular visits or just go for a day to play. As a general rule, always bring along socks for both adults and babies as they are often required.

BAUMHAUS PLAYROOM

1/F Kar Yau Building,

36-44 Queen's Road East,

Wan Chai

https://www.baumhaus.com.hk/

COST

Under 6 months - free, 6 months over - $100 unlimited time

Siblings - $60/child

PLAY

‘Baumhaus’, meaning treehouse in german, is a great place for babies of all ages. They run music classes which you can enroll for a semester. Or if you don’t want to commit to a full term, they let you use their playroom, without time restriction. Not to mention babies under 6 months are free to bring along! Older babies will love climbing up the rigging in 'tree house' and the younger ones can explore the many wooden toys, books and plushies.

EAT

Next to the playroom, there is a cafe to fuel up on coffee and food. They make everything fresh from wraps to Mac’n’cheese. For the little ones they have meal sets with their own baby-chino! Be sure to bring cash if you plan to buy food.

GETTING THERE

They are located in Wan Chai on queens road, although Admiralty MTR Exit F is closest. From there, head to pacific place 3. It is suitable for a pram, although if you feel nervous bringing your loved one on escalators, there are a series of lifts from exit E which takes you above ground.

BabySteps Playroom

25/F, 2501-2502 Universal Trade Centre,

Central

Entrance: 3-5A Arbuthnot Road or 17-19 Caine Road

http://www.babysteps.com.hk/facilities

COST

$200 unlimited time

PLAY

BabySteps also offers class packages for babies and toddlers which include music and sensory play. Their playrooms baby steps consists of two rooms with all sorts of gym equipment. They have a range of interactive toys, a play gym with slides and even a pen to keep babies from wandering. You can invest in a playroom pass if you plan to come regularly too. Looking for a birthday party venue? BabySteps also rents the space for private functions.

EAT

They have a water cooler and high chairs set up so you can refuel your babies after all that playtime.

GETTING THERE

Located in the Universal Building, there are two entrances - one from Caine Rd and the other from Arbuthnot Road. The lifts do get quite busy, so it’s worth leaving a bit of extra time to get in and out if you’re in a rush. There is also parking in the building next door.

BUN AND FUN

Shop B-F, 99 Caine Road,

Mid-Levels,

Central

https://www.bunandfun.com.hk/

COST

$150/session Tue-Thu and $189/session Fri-Sun. Session time 1.5h

PLAY

Bun and fun is a large playroom filled with bigger toys like cars and walkers and interactive wall toys. There is plenty of room for crawling practice on the padded area. For bigger kids, there are tunnels filled with rigging to explore and even a trampoline! Their sessions are 1.5h as the toys are cleaned and arranged regularly.

EAT

The Milk and Honey cafe opens out to the playroom. They provide light meals and snacks for kids and parents.

GETTING THERE

Several options for buses which go along Caine Rd for

TOY LIBRARY

2/F Hong Kong Central Library,

66 Causeway Rd,

Causeway Bay

Reservation number: 2921 0386

COST

Free. Reservation is highly recommended. Session time 45mins

Hidden in the beautiful Hong Kong Central library in Causeway Bay, the toy library is a great free option to take babies or toddlers. They update the playroom with different themes every few months so there is always something new to explore. There is even a borrowing system, where you can borrow a toy for the session from one of their many drawers. The 45min sessions go very quickly, so get there early and be ready to go in when they open the door. Booking in advance is definitely recommended as it gets full quickly, particularly on weekends and rainy days.

GETTING THERE

Close to Tin Hau MTR station. Keep in mind the lift does not go to road level at this MTR.

BUMPS TO BUDDIES (Mums Club):

78 Bonham Strand,

Workington Tower 2 Floor,

Sheung Wan

https://www.bumpstobuddies.club/

If you are a new, or soon-to-be, mum looking for a way to connect with other mums, this one's for you. Bumps to buddies offers a huge range of classes and playgroups from 3 months to school age kids. In addition to this, Alison - a teacher qualified in the british education system - opens an invite mums and bubs to have a chat and some tea. It’s a very casual vibe and great for a relaxed outing with young bubs. There are a few toys there and you're welcome to nurse or feed there too. For more information, contact Alison via email info@bumpstobuddies.club

COST

Free

GETTING THERE

Sheung Wan MTR exit A2. Follow Bonham strand to the entry.

Rhythm and Rhyme, Music and Movement

Smithfield Centre,

Kennedy town

https://www.facebook.com/rhythmandrhymehk/

Run by a lady called Jo, this is a casual class which is super up beat and loads of fun for kids. Very inclusive, high energy class with plenty of singing and dancing, great for making friends. They go for 45mins of singing and dancing with colourful props. Usually on Fridays at 4pm but follow the facebook group ‘Rhythm&Rhyme, Music&Movement’ for class times.

GETTING THERE

Kennedy Town MTR

MOM & BABY YOGA CLASS @ THE YOGA ROOM

Xiu Ping Commercial Building

104 Jervois Street,

Sheung Wan

https://yogaroomhk.com

COST

Free trial class for HK ID owners

PLAY

This yoga class is a great playtime for you and your baby. It is a 60-minute class that engages you and your baby. It includes a baby massage sequence so it helps to connect better with your baby. There is also a set of gentle yoga asanas so you can look after your body after pregnancy. After class you both go out relaxed and happy!

It is suitable for babies from 6 weeks up to crawling.

GETTING THERE

Sheung Wan MTR, Exit A2, walk out and turn right out of the exit and walk to Cleverly Street. Turn left onto Cleverly Street and walk to Jervois Street. Building will be on your left hand side on the corner of Jervois and Cleverly before a staircase to Queen’s Road West.

GETTING OUTDOORS:

CENTRAL & WESTERN DISTRICT PROMENADE (Western District Wholesale Food Market Section)

For a short walk along the water head to this new promenade. Before the restoration, it was a part of the Wholesale food market. The promenade is 600 metres long and it has very cool view for the West Kowloon side. There is a nice playground for babies/kids but it is not shaded so avoid the hottest parts of the day, it also gets quite crowded during weekends. There are baby changing facilities and breastfeeding room, many sitting areas, toilets and water fountains. Next to the promenade there is the Western District Cargo Working Area aka "Instagram Pier" which seems to be a great spot for photo lovers, wedding photo sessions, especially at sunset.

GETTING THERE

HKU MTR Exit B1 or B2, take the Hill Road and walk towards the coastline for 5 minutes.

PARKS:

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Belcher’s Park, Victoria Park to name a few...

Parks are always a great option! All of them have a lawn for babies to crawl and for toddlers to run around safely or to have a nice picnic. Preferably in the afternoon since there is more shade. All of them have playgrounds. The best definitely in Victoria park. There are plenty of tropical trees, flowers, and benches to sit on. All of them are equipped with toilets. Victoria park has also a little place to eat.

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