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Hong Kong: Especially for Kids

Many of the attractions listed here will appeal to children. 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 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 children between the ages of 3 and 7. 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 thrill rides; a shark aquarium; animal performances; life-size dinosaurs; and a children's section with kiddie rides, a playground, shows geared to children, and lots more. 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 jaguars, monkeys, birds, and other animals, and Hong Kong Park with its greenhouse, aviary, children's playground, and climbing tower. Older kids will like Victoria Peak, where there are not only fantastic views but also Madame Tussauds with its wax replicas of movie stars, musicians, athletes, and historical figures.

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.

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