Today we are at the Hong Kong Children’s Discovery Museum in North Point.
I am so happy to have something like this in Hong Kong. Hands on activities and play based learning.
J loves the Water Table area and the Tree House.
There are various items to play with and explore. We spent the longest time here because it was so fun. There is a water slide for the “boat” to slide down. You can play toy blocks in the water ( I mean how often do you let your kids play those in the water in the house?). There are water gates with different holes and you can use those as traps or tracks and explore what would those do to the water. There are many other things to play and explore with water.
🌲Tree House (designed for 5-10 years old):
J also loves the tree house, climbing up and down the different routes, practicing his balance and gross motor skills. Once you are up in the tree house you would find a few insects in the specimen boxes.
There are many other activities we like too.
Energy Saving game:
Learning about energy saving 💡 by the light switches game. You have to switch off all the electrical appliances🔋🔌 in the house (on the wall) so the energy you saved can be used to power the disco light and music 😁. Lots of kids love playing this game because you have to be very fast to switch off the appliances before they’re switched on again. The kids then love to dance when the music is on.
The bottle lid wall:
Using the different coloured bottle lids to build patterns and pictures on the wall which is connected to some back light. It makes a beautiful contrast with the coloured lids.
Exploring insects and materials using various tools:
There is a huge cabinet with lots of drawers labelled and you can open these drawers and look at the items that belong to that category (shape, colour, texture). So you would find a twig in the drawer labelled “forest” for example.
There are various things you can do with these items. You can write a report about it using the paper provided by describing what it feels like and where would you expect to find it etc. You can also measure its length and weight by using the ruler and the scale. You can also study the item in more details by using the magnifying glasses 🔎 and the microscope.
This room has a lot of mini stations including building stuff with screws and bolts, painting on the window, exploring mirrors with various items, building huge tracks on the magnetic wall etc…
This is fun.
Near the entrance is an area where you can learn about making a story, from setting the scenes and storyboard, to dressing up in costumes and making puppet show. There is also a real time studio where the kids can pretend to report the news for example, and the parents can watch it on the TV monitor.
There is a play area for kids under 3.
Address: 1/F, China United Centre, 28 Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong
I highly recommend this place. We look forward to visit again. Let’s play, explore, and learn!
This article was also published in Playtimes HK