Indoor Leisure and Cultural Activities for Families

Families who spend their leisure time together become closer and indoor activities are the best ways to stay close while having fun! Here you can learn about the indoor leisure and cultural activities provided by the Government for families in Hong Kong, including special activities for children and the youth.

Leisure Activities for All Ages

Keeping fit is important for a healthy lifestyle and it is never too early to begin. There are many sports centres in Hong Kong providing a variety of leisure facilities like basketball, volleyball, badminton and squash courts, children’s play rooms, fitness rooms and table tennis tables for public use. There you can sign up for classes such as aerobics, children’s dance, fitness (multi-gym) and badminton. Various types of recreational and sports programmes are also organised for public participation.

List of LCSD leisure facilities (including indoor facilities)Search for community recreation and sports programmesOnline booking for leisure facilities and programmes enrolment

Cultural Activities for All Ages

There are altogether 16 performance venues managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). They are located at different districts of the city in which a wide range of cultural and entertainment activities are staged for the enjoyment of the public of all ages.

List of LCSD performance venuesCultural and Entertainment Programmes for FamiliesThematic Arts FestivalCultural Presentations Highlights

Museums and Exhibitions

Hong Kong has a delightful variety of permanent museum collections and special exhibitions, representing a vital link to the territory’s cultural, historical and natural heritage and a portal to contemporary arts scene. Visit them for an enjoyable and educational day out with your family.

Hong Kong's major museums are:

  • Hong Kong Museum of Art
  • Hong Kong Science Museum
  • Hong Kong Space Museum
  • Hong Kong Heritage Museum
  • Hong Kong Museum of History
  • Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
  • Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum
List of LCSD museums

Your family may also enjoy visiting Hong Kong's smaller but specialised museums to learn more about thematic subjects such as ethnology, the medical sciences, horse racing as well as the police and the correctional services.

More on Hong Kong's other museums

Library Resources and Programmes for Children and the Youth

The Hong Kong Public Libraries with a network of static and mobile libraries aims to meet the community's demand for knowledge, information and research, to support lifelong learning, continuous education and the meaningful use of leisure time, and to promote reading and the local literary arts.

The libraries' extensive collection comprises over 14 million items of library materials including books, audio-visual materials, newspapers, periodicals, electronic resources, microforms and maps. Some of these library materials may be borrowed, whilst others are for use only in the libraries.

More on library services and locations (including online search, reservation and renewal of library materials)

Outreach programmes form an integral part of library services. These programmes aim to promote the use of library resources and facilities, and to cultivate lifelong reading habits. The library extension activities include:

  • various literary activities, such as literary awards, writing competitions, the Hong Kong Literature Festival and talks and workshops on literature, reading and writing
  • reading programmes and reading clubs
  • subject talks and seminars on different topics
  • book displays and other exhibitions
  • user education session of library services and facilities
More on library extension activities

In line with the library service’s goal of encouraging the reading habit from an early age, the Public Libraries provides a variety of programmes and resources for children and the youth:

  • storytelling for children
  • reading programmes for children and the youth
  • teens and family reading clubs
  • talks and workshops on literature, reading and writing
  • special events such as "Summer Reading Month"
  • electronic resources and recommended reading lists for children and the youth
More on library programmes and facilities for childrenMore on library programmes and facilities for teensSearch the children's collection online
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