Hong Kong sure is a family friendly city! But many of us forget how much of Hong Kong there is to explore with the whole fam. Hong Kong now boasts a large selection of organic farms, which as a Green Queen reader you already knew, but what you probably don’t realize is how family-friendly they all are. When the urban jungle is getting to be too much, and you are looking for less concrete and more greenery, then the list below is sure to come in handy.
All of the farms we mention are working organic farms, which means that not only are you sure to have a day full of sunny memories, but you can also sort out dinner at the same time. In addition to getting the kiddos some fresh air, they will also learn about organic farming, hopefully inspiring a green thumb or two in the process!
Located on Lantau, Dragontail Farm can accommodate groups of all sizes, including birthday parties and school groups. One important point: there are no dining options so visitors need to bring their own lunch or snacks.
Why bring the kiddos: Dragontail Farm offers many activities to help get kids involved in organic farming. They have a 1-hour or a 3-hour educational organic farming program, which explores topics like composting and the importance of bees. They also have a selection of recreational activities that allow kids to enjoy the outdoors such as “dipping for tiddlers (small fish)” in a nearby stream and examining a working bee hive. Of course, many kid’s favorite activity will be the opportunity to make their own scarecrow!
Luk Tei Tong, Mui Wo, Lantau Island. +852 5422 2844. Open Monday to Saturday 7AM – 6PM.
Flower World Organic Farm
Also know as Philip Hillary Flowerworld Farm and Philip Hillary Garden, Flower World Organic Farm is an organic farm with a special focus on flowers, as well as fruits and vegetables. They offer pick-your-own services for strawberries, tomatoes, corn and lettuce. In addition you can rent a plot of farm land for your family to cultivate. Flower World Organic Farm can accommodate large groups including school groups. They have BBQ facilities and you can purchase food on-site.
Why bring the kiddos: They offer children-friendly organic farming workshops. Budding foodies can go for the cooking classes including how to bake cakes and cookies- they even have a pizza-making class! For the creative minds, there are arts and crafts options, including pumpkin carving and painting.
PO Box 31 Sze Pai Shek Village, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong. +852 3126 5155.
Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm
As the name suggests, this farm is all about everyone’s favourite white cat- in fact, this is the world’s first Hello Kitty certified organic farm! Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm is a large organic farm and in terms of traditional farm offerings, they have strawberry picking and farm plot rentals. They can accommodate groups of all sizes (great for schools) and you can throw a birthday party there. They have BBQ facilities, as well as a cafe for lunch.
Why bring the kiddos: Obviously, this is a Hello Kitty themed farm and we have to say, it sounds incredibly fun! Children are given a stamp sheet and the point is for them to visit all the different stations of the farm in order to collect their Hello Kitty stamps. They have a Hello Kitty Little Farmer Program that teaches children about organic farming and they even get a certificate at the end. There is a playground, and a petting zoo with goats and bunnies. You can even find Hello Kitty flower pots at the gift shop!
Sze Pai Shek, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong. +852 5579 2178. Open Thursday to Monday 9:30AM – 6PM.
Nature’s Harvest is a large organic farm available for groups, parties and even school groups. They have food to purchase on-site including an afternoon tea service. They also offer farmland rental program
Why bring the kiddos: Nature’s Harvest offers a large selection of fun and interesting workshops including make your own paper, create your own herb garden, DIY herbal teas, baking your own bread, and even juice making. Of course they also offer organic farming workshops for families looking to learn more. For those less ambitious amongst us they also have a playground as well as a few baby goats roaming around.
Pak Shui Wun Clear Water Bay, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong. +852 2723 3126. Open Tuesday to Sunday 9AM – 5PM.
Rainbow Organic Park Strawberry Farm
Rainbow Organic Park Strawberry Farm is an organic farm focused on self-pick fruits and vegetables including strawberries, peanuts, cabbage, corn, cherry tomatoes and watermelon. The options are seasonal and Strawberries are only available December to May.
Why bring the kiddos: Who doesn’t love strawberry picking?
DD, 76 Hok Tau Village, Fan Ling, New Territories, Hong Kong. +852 9302 0258. Open Daily 9AM – 5PM.
The HKFYG Organic Farm
Started by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups to help teach young people about organic farming, The HKFYG Organic Farm is a large farm with many volunteer opportunities. It is notable for having a large cactus garden and for having both solar power and using wind turbines to power the farm. They can accommodate school groups and parties. They also have a cafe that serves lunch.
Why bring the kiddos: The HKFYG Organic Farm has a special three hour painting class whereby they sort you out with canvas and paints, and your future Van Gogh can create whilst being inspired by the surrounding natural splendor. They also host special classes on Saturdays and Sundays including DIY handmade vanilla soap and vanilla salts. They run farm tours in Cantonese and visitors are encouraged to help out and get their hands dirty.
1 Family Walk, Ho Pui Reservoir, Pat Heung, Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong. +852 2838 4808. Open Daily 9AM – 5PM.
Photo Credits: Dragontail Farm, Flower World Organic Farm, Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm, Nature’s Harvest, Rainbow Organic Strawberry Farm, The HKFYG Organic Farm.