By Doris Lam
On the outside, Macau may seem like the textbook city on where not to take a family vacation but in reality, there are hidden gems around the city that are kid-friendly while still being fun for adults. From Batman Shows to outdoor ice skating rinks, here are the top ten family-friendly stops in Macau.
If you and your little ones are equally obsessed about DC Comics, this should be your first stop in the city. Studio City Macau is a 32,000 square foot playground for kids of all ages. Before letting the kids go loose at the playground, head over to the Golden Reel, the world’s highest figure-8 ferris wheel and Batman Dark Flight, a 4D flight simulation ride.
Let your kids loose in this humongous playground and it may prove impossible to get them to leave! Packed with popular Warner Bros., DC Comics, and Hanna-Barbera favorites, they can run wild in multiple zones of character-inspired fun. They’ll climb, swing, and jump to heroic heights at DC Comics Super Hero Action Arena; acquire behind-the-wheel expertise at the DC Comics Super Hero Raceway; and travel to the nerve center of arcade gaming at Warner Bros. 4D Hypercade – to name just a few. Photos with your favorite Looney Tunes characters, snacks, a cartoon cinema, and a birthday venue also await, giving you and your kids countless hours of fun!
Address: Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
Phone: +853 8865 8888
Macau Science Centre
Kids who love planets will love Macao Science Centre. Featuring The Planetarium, where visitors can watch a 2D/3D Sky Show, a movie that navigates the audience through time and space. Look out for special scheduled shows on their website such as Polaris, a short animated film about a travelling penguin.
Address: Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macau
Phone: +853 2888 0822
Four Seasons Kids Spa
Itching for a massage but don’t want the kids to feel left out? Four Seasons Kids’ Spa would be the ideal post dinner activity. After a long day of exploring, try the Parents and Kids Spa Time, a 60 minutes spa session where parents can enjoy a signature body massage and kids can relax with a gentle body massage alongside a fun, fruity facial.
Address: Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau
Phone: +853 2881 8888
Macao Giant Panda Pavilion
Locted in Seac Pai Van Park, the Macao Giant Panda Pavilion is a nature park that is home to many animals such as gorillas, flamingos, monkeys and pandas. Perfect for families travelling on a budget, the admission to the park is free of charge.
Address: Estr. de Seac Pai Van, Macau
Phone: +853 2888 0087
The Venetian Macao
To get some good holiday photos, The Venetian Macao’s gondola ride circles around the mall, while a gondolier sings all the way through. A boat ride inside a beautiful mall? It’s a dream come true for all the mini prince and princesses.
Address: The Venetian® Macao, Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa, Macao
Phone: +853 2882 8888
Kids’ City at City of Dreams
Kids’ City at City of Dreams is exactly what the name implies. The 17,000 square foot indoor and outdoor playground has four zones including Dream, Excite, Create and Explore, where you’ll find giant slides and bouncy castles. Make sure to check out their website for the weekend performances ahead of time to catch some funky plays and games!
Address: Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau
Phone: +853 8868 6688
The Grand Resort Deck
Perfect for the summer time (or the lukewarm days during winter), The Grand Resort Deck at Galaxy Macau’s Skytop Aquatic Adventure River Ride is made for thrill-seekers and water lovers who love a an exciting ride. Cool down afterwards at the man-made beach or at one of the poolside restaurants.
Address: Galaxy Hotel, Cotai, Macau
Phone: +853 2888 0888
Elēkrŏn is the Most Electrifying Stunt Show In The World! Elēkrŏn features dramatic, dangerous and dare-devil circus skills; crazy parkour acrobatics; wild fire and pyrotechnics; a flying bi plane of wing-walkers; thrilling and breath-taking stunt driving sequences involving cars, bikes and buggies. With over 150 cast, crew and creative specialist hand-picked from all over the world, Elēkrŏn is a non-stop action packed spectacular that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Address: Studio City Macau
Hac-Sá Reservoir Family Walk
Break out of the city by exploring the 2650 metres long Hac-Sá Reservoir Family Walk. You’ll find an abundance of trees and flowers along the trail, a rare city around the city. Make it into a full day trip by packing up barbecue or picnic equipment to feast at the barbecue area in the country park nearby.
Address: Hac Sa Reservoir
Phone: +853 2888 0087
From posing under the Eiffel Tower to ice-skating at the festive rooftop, Parisian Macao has all you need for an afternoon of fun. Go at night to witness the Eiffel Tower glow in multi-coloured lights and to admire the city view from the skating rink above.