On the Kowloon side, the Space Museum is very much oriented to children, with buttons to push, telescopes to look through, and computer quizzes to test what they've learned, not to mention the OMNIMAX films featured in the Stanley Ho Space Theatre. In the Science Museum, approximately 70% of its 500-some displays are hands on, and there's also a special play area for younger children. Across the Plaza is the Museum of History, with life-size replicas and models that bring the history of Hong Kong to life. And don't forget Kowloon Park, right on Nathan Road, which has two playgrounds for children (including one with restored fortifications and cannon emplacements), a pond with flamingos and other waterfowl, an aviary, swimming pools, and lots of space to run.
On Hong Kong Island, the biggest draw for kids of all ages is Ocean Park, which boasts a wide mix of things to do and see, including white-knuckle thrill rides; aquariums; animal performances; and a children's section with kiddie rides, a playground, and shows. Of all the things unique to Hong Kong, this is probably the one kids will enjoy most. For free entertainment, visit the Zoological and Botanical Gardens with its monkeys, birds, snakes, and other animals, and Hong Kong Park with its greenhouse, aviary, children's playground, and climbing tower. Older kids will like Victoria Peak, not only for the fantastic views but also Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, as well as the Hong Kong Maritime Museum with its bridge simulator and boat models.
Farther afield, in the New Territories, are the Hong Kong Wetland Park with its visitor center and boardwalks through wetland habitats and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum with its cultural displays, including a hands-on children's discovery gallery. Hong Kong also abounds in beaches, especially on Hong Kong Island and the outlying islands.
The SAR's most famous attraction, however, is Hong Kong Disneyland on Lantau Island, which duplicates the Disney experience with the usual rides, attractions, shows, and fireworks.