With a little something for everyone, the Hong Kong Science Museum can entertain children for hours while keeping them actively engaged. I visited recently with my son on a class trip and to be honest the two hours we spent there did not seem to scratch the surface of all of the activities offered. There are four large floors and each have interactive exhibits to ensure learning about all aspects of science. The bottom floor has the amazing Mirror Maze and is definitely a great way to wrap up, as the kids love it, ending on a high note!
There is also an Energy Machine, which fascinated all 200 children for over ten minutes! It is the largest energy machine of its kind in the world at 22 meters high. It can be viewed from each floor of the museum allowing different vantage points on how the balls and sound effects work together. It operates four times daily on weekdays and five times on weekends so be sure to ask timing when entering the museum. However to be honest it is hard to miss as all of the children in the museum seem to stop what they are doing and run over to the atrium to watch.
Each floor has it’s own theme but the museum does it’s best to relate these programs to Hong Kong. For example, in the nutrition area on the second floor there is a video showing how noodles are made and the ingredients in them. The fire prevention area also warns of specific dangers in Hong Kong. There is also a world of mirrors maze, which gives the kids a chance to pose for photos and to run and crawl getting some energy out.
Seventy percent of the exhibits are participatory allowing a lot of active engagement and learning for children. The exhibits are designed so children can learn more or less depending on their developmental level but all exhibits are open to all ages and sizes. In addition to the 500 permanent exhibits, there are special exhibits up sometimes, but the permanent exhibits are more than enough to keep kids involved. Hong Kong Science museum is a worthwhile stop on your sightseeing tour and no doubt an educational one at that!
Details: Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 10am – 7pm; Open Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am – 9pm. Admission Adults: $25 HK Dollars, Students: $12.50 HK Dollars. Free Wednesday.