Macau with Kids - 10 Best Things to Do

Macau is not only the perfect host for nocturnal adults but also makes for a great destination for a family vacation with the kids. With kids friendly hotels, a myriad of sightseeing options, entertaining shows and an array of fun-filled activities to choose from, Macau is going to leave the kids spellbound. 

Here are the 10 best things to do in Macau with Kids: 

Sightseeing

1. St Paul’s Ruins

St Paul's Ruins in Macau
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The crowning glory of Macau’s Historic Centre, St Paul’s Ruins is one of the most photographed tourist spots in Macau where kids love to click selfies with the Cathedral in the backdrop. Declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, St Paul’s Ruins is a stone’s throw from Senado Square. This Catholic Church was built in the 17th century and was Asia’s largest Catholic Church back then. However, the Church was destroyed by fire. Today, only the main facade remains that exhibits intricate carvings and statues. While visiting the ruins, do make sure to visit the museum of sacred art that takes you down the history of the church. It is an amazing sightseeing option if you are looking to teach your children about something historic.

Tip - Reach early or at night if you do not want the crowd photobombing your selfies. Also, keep an eye on the kids as they might get out of sight amidst the rush!
Location  - Santo Antonio, Macau, China
Entry fee - Free of cost
Timings - 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

2. Hac Sa Beach

Hac Sa Beach in Macau

Located in Coloane, Hac Sa Beach is the largest natural beach in Macau. In Chinese “Hac Sa” literally means black sand that is enriched with minerals. However, this kilometre long beach is now mixed with yellow sand too to avoid erosion. This beach is a perfect getaway for the kids as it is never crowded giving ample pace to the little ones to play and go swimming in the pool which remains open from the month of May to October. One can also opt for going to the campsite or access the barbeque pits on the weekends. Hac Sa Sports and Recreation Park is located near the beach has a golf course, tennis courts and various other options for sports. Also, Hac Sa Reservoir Country Park near the beach has a suspension bridge along with pedal boat hire facility. With so much to do, Hac Sa Beach is a must-visit while on a family vacation.
Location - Fengshuntang district, Macau, China

3. Taipa Village

Taipa Village in Macau
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Make way to the Old Taipa Village with your family if you all are the explorer type. Visit Taipa Houses Museum (Free entry) where you will get a glimpse of Portuguese architecture. The streets have pastel-coloured houses and shops that serve amazing local delicacies. Rua Do Cunha is known for its street food and shopping for souvenirs especially for kids.

Activities and amusement

4. The Venetian Macau Gondola Ride

Gondola Ride at The Venetian Macau
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The Venetian Macau is the largest casino in Macau that renders world-class gaming experience. Likewise, Venetian Macau runs a Gondola ride that is nothing less than surreal. Take a private Gondola that can easily accommodate your family. The Gondolier will charm you through three canals - San Luca, Marco Polo and Grand Canals of Shoppes. You can choose which canal to traverse through depending upon the time you have on hand. Make sure to make a lot of photographs as you make memories with your kids!
Location - The Venetian Macau, Macau, China
Entry fee - Adults - MOP 140 approximately
Children - MOP 105 approximately
Timings for the canals - San Luca - 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Marco Polo - 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Grand Canals of Shoppes - 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

5. Qube

Qube Kid's Zone at The Venetian Macau
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Located in Kid’s Zone at Venetian Macau, Qube is an indoor playground spanning across 9000 square foot with climbs as high as 6 metres. The climbing structure is facilitated by a free-fall slide, rainbow slides, a V Net Bridge, computer games, pool tables and so much more. The kids are supposed to be accompanied by at least one parent.
Location - Sands Cotai Central, Macau, China
Entry fee - MOP 90 for two hours
Timings - Every day - 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM

6. Macau Giant Panda Pavilion

Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
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If your kids love Pandas, take them to Macau Giant Panda pavilion where the pandas are inhabited in an environment that mimics their natural habitat. With an indoor activity area and outdoor space, Macau Giant Panda Pavilion is home to three pandas. Here, the kids will learn about the pandas by observing their behaviour and information on display.

Location - Estr. de Seac Pai Van, Macao, China
Entry fee - For kids under twelve and senior citizens - Free of cost
Others - MOP 10 per head
Timings - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Closed on Monday

7. Batman Dark Flight

Batman Dark Flight at Studio City Macau
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Calling all Batman fans! Warner Bros Fun Zone at Studio City is all set to thrill your kids with Batman Dark Flight. This flight is an engaging 4D motion ride where the flyer hovers over the Gotham city and become a part of the legendary Batman story by interacting with it digitally. To take this ride, the child must be 100 cm to 195 cm tall and kids shorter than 140 cm must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age.

Tip - Dodge the long queue at the Studio City by pre-booking your tickets online or through an authorised travel agent.
Carry valid ID card for admission.

Location  - Studio City Macau - MacaoEstr. do Istmo, Studio City, Macau, China.
Entry fee - For foreigners - MOP 100
Macau resident - MOP 85
Timings - Monday to Friday - 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM.
Saturdays and Sundays - 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

8. Macau Science Centre

Macau Science Centre
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Amidst all the fun, the kids can go in for a trip to the Macau Science Centre that has 14 galleries and 450 interactive exhibits that strike thought process and learning for the kids. The galleries The Fun Science Gallery is for kids while Children’s Science Gallery fosters “learn while you do” approach. The Science Gallery also has a water area to play for the kids. 

Location - Macao, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Macau China
Entry fee - Normal - MOP 25
Other - MOP 65 (includes an engaging 3D planetarium experience)
Timings - Every day (except Thursday) - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Closed on Thursday

Entertainment Shows

9. House of Dancing Water 

The House of Dancing Water Show in Macau
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House of dancing water is the world’s largest and the most mesmerising water-based show that is a concoction of dance, acrobats, diving stunts and motorcycle acrobatic stunts making it a must-watch with the kids. This show offers a 270-degree view ensuring that the viewers don’t miss a thing from any angle. House of dancing water narrators the story of a fisherman who is lead by a magical force. The stage is massive that can swell and drain water in a matter of seconds for the dextrous performers to perform. The tricks and lighting set up are splendid. If you do not mind getting wet, book the “splash seat” (anywhere in the first four rows). However, you will be provided with towels and napkins to try yourself.

Note- It is highly recommended to book your seats in advance as the show is very popular in Macau and fills up really fast. The kids must be above six years of age and should be accompanied by an adult.
Reach 15 minutes before showtime.
House of dancing water is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Flash photography and video recording are strictly prohibited.
If you get late for the show, you will get entry only during the scene transitions.
Outside food is not allowed

Location - City of Dreams, Estr. do Istmo, Macao, China
Duration - One hour ten minutes approximately
Entry fee - MOP 478 to MOP 598
Timings - 5:00 PM or 8:00 PM

10. Eiffel Tower and Parisian Light Show

Replica of the Eiffel Tower at Parisian Macau
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Catch the Parisian vibe as you visit the iconic replica of the Eiffel Tower in Macau. The best time to visit Macau’s Eiffel Tower is in the evening or in the night when it’s well lit with colourful lights. With music playing in the background, this fifteen-minute light show is surely going to leave the kids spellbound. 

Location - Main Entrance from Level 5, Eiffel Tower Souvenir Shop 550, Macau, China.
Entry fee - Adults - MOP 110 
Children (age 12 or under) - MOP 90 
Family Pack (2 Adults and 2 Children) - MOP 318 
Timings - 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily (at an interval of 15 minutes and last entry is at 9:15 PM)

Food in Macau for Kids

Apart from the traditional Chinese and Macanese food, you will find ample food that is derived from Portuguese cuisine as Macau was a Portuguese colony for a long time. In Taipa Village, this influence is quite prominent in both roadside restaurants and street vendors. Sweet or savoury, there is something for everyone. Taipa is famous for its finger foods and confectionery items that are simply mind-blowing and very friendly to the taste buds of the little ones. While visiting Taipa head to Lord Stow’s Bakery for the iconic Portuguese egg tarts and Fong Kie for the most delicious almond cookies. Amongst savoury items, do try pork chop buns, mochi and chicken skewers from the street vendors. Also, you can ask for less spicy versions of these dishes for the kids.

Scream on the rides, dive into the pool, enjoy the gondola, eat yummy food, go on a playdate or just galavanting, Macau is an amazing destination to visit with the kids.

This post was published by Shreya Peshawaria

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