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Macau With Kids

I was at a party the other day and a friend told me she was taking her family for a relaxing break to Macau over the Chinese New Year break.  Of course.. Macau!  I always seem to forget about this tiny peninsula only an hour’s ferry ride away from Hong Kong island.  It is the perfect place for a weekend getaway and with a huge amount Macau hotels on offer, you can find something to suit all budgets.  My friend has chosen to stay at the Westin which is hugely popular with families due to its beach location and Kids Club.

Last time, I wrote about my stay on the ‘Cotai strip’ aka the Vegas of Macau!  However, Macau has so much more to offer from its beaches to historical centre:

  • Start with a stroll around the historic centre of Macau, an interesting blend of Portuguese colonialism and Chinese heritage.  Of course, the kids might not be so keen on walking so best to load up on delicious portuguese egg tarts to bribe them enroute.  Frommers have 2 good walking tour suggestions taking in sites including A-Ma Temple and Senado square.
    Senado Square
  • Next to the Ruins of St. Paul, the Macao Museum, a great place to start with exhibitions on Macau’s history, folk culture and modern day.  The museum hasn’t been designed with kids in mind so is less on the interactive side but if you head up the escalators, you’ll reach Mount Fortress.  Here the kids can pretend to fire the cannons and you can take in the views over the city.
  • If Mount Fortress wasn’t enough, head to Guia Fortress which houses a chapel and a lighthouse.  The fortress is located at the top of Guia Hill which can be accessed by the short but sweet Guia Cable Car from the entrance of the Flora Garden.
    Guia fortress
  • The Macau Science Centre will lure you in with its beautiful silver conical exterior.  There are fun science galleries for kids and even a planetarium.  Check out the schedule for the daily demonstrations including one where they put various things in a microwave oven!
    Macau Science Centre
  • If you’re lucky with the weather and keen to explore Macau’s beaches, head to Hac-Sa beach, named for its famous black sand.  The beach is in Coloane, also home to the famous Fernandos’s restaurant, one of the places to try Macanese delights (so popular that you might have to wait a while…).

Fore more information on where to take the kids in Macau, check out Kids Macau, a brilliantly useful resource.

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