Macau may not immediately come to mind as a family holiday destination, but you might be surprised to discover that there are plenty of things to do in Macau for kids. Well-known as a playground for wealthy punters looking for excitement at the newest glitzy resort, Macau is also famous for the beautiful Historic Centre of Macau, which is a UNESCO World Heritage treasure of 22 buildings and public places.
The wave of Western-style casinos in Macau that have popped up over the past few years has (quite ironically) turned Macau into a child-friendly holiday destination. The combination of Macau’s historic treasures and contemporary attractions means there are plenty of options to choose from to put on your Macau itinerary. Here’s what to do in Macau with your munchkins.
- 23 fun things to do in Macau for kids
- Studio City
- Sands Cotai Central
- Parisian Macao
- Venetian Macao
- Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace
- Galaxy Macau
- City of Dreams
- MGM Macau
- Macau Tower
- 4 Educational things to do in Macau for kids
- 4 Outdoor things to do in Macau with kids
- 3 Fun foodie things to do in Macau for kids
- Macau Cinemas
- Where to stay in Macau with kids
23 fun things to do in Macau for kids
1- Experience the thrills of Batman Dark Flight
Strap into the Batplane and fly through Gotham City with Batman as you do battle with The Joker, Two-Face and Bane. Batman Dark Flight is a thrilling 4D flight simulation built around the DC Comics Super Hero Batman theme.
The action-packed story line is an adrenaline-pumping adventure that will put Batman fans right in the action with one of the world’s favourite superheroes.
You need to be between 100 cm and 195cm to do this ride. Kids between 100 cm and 140 cm need to be accompanied by an adult over 18.
Where: Level 2, West Wing, Studio City, Macau
2- Meet the Looney Tunes gang at Warner Brothers Fun Zone
The sprawling Warner Brothers Fun Zone is an indoor playground themed around favourite family characters from Warner Brothers, DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera Productions and Looney Tunes.
There are plenty of attractions for kids of all ages, from interactive games and rides to the DC Comics Super Hero Action Arena where kids can get active climbing, swinging and jumping.
The Tom and Jerry Picnic Playground is perfect for toddlers.
There are also shops, restaurants, a cartoon cinema and an area for birthday parties.
Entry is free for infants (under the age of 1). Children over eight years old can be left unaccompanied as long as a parent or guardian registers the child.
Where: Level 3, West Wing, Studio City, Macau
3- Get a bird’s-eye view from the Golden Reel
Suspended 130m above the ground between two towers, a ride in Asia’s highest figure-8 Ferris wheel is an experience where the whole family can enjoy fantastic views of Macau.
Golden Reel at Studio City is also the world’s first figure-8 Ferris wheel, has 17 Steampunk-themed cabins.
An adult should accompany children under 12.
Where: Level 3, West Wing, Studio City, Macau
Sands Cotai Central
4- Learn a Chinese legend at the Monkey King show
The star of famous Chinese legend, the Monkey King, is a dynamic character in Chinese literature.
The interpretation of this classic tale is a contemporary show of dance, acrobatics, martial arts and magic.
3D and creative lighting effects, LED screen projections and surround sound blend with the choreography, music and costumes to create an entertaining show from Friday to Wednesday night (8 pm to 920 pm).
Where: Level 1, Sands Cotai Theatre.
5- Planet J Theme Park
If you have a teenager who loves games, you could lose them for hours at Planet J Theme Park.
There are enough things to do in Macau at Planet J to keep the kids happy.
With eight gaming zones and over 200 games, Planet J Theme Park offers hours of live-action role-playing.
There are augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) games for individual play and group challenges.
Where: Shop 3009, Level 3, Sands Cotai Central
6- Meet Thomas the Tank Engine at The Little Big Club
Meet Thomas the Tank Engine, Barney the dinosaur, Angelina Ballerina and Bob The Builder along with other fun characters at the Sands® Cotai Central.
Besides being available for photos in the Paradise Gardens, there’s a daily Thomas Friendship party between 3.30 m and 5 pm in the Urumqi Ballroom.
And the lively Little Big Club ALL STARS Parade is free at the Shoppes at Cotai Central at 130pm daily.
Where: Meet your favourite characters at the Paradise Gardens, Sands Cotai Central from 11.30am to 12.30 pm and 5.30pm to 7apm daily.
7- Climb the Eiffel Tower and see the Light Show
Macau’s version of the Eiffel Tower has two observation decks (on the 7th and 37th floors). It’s a 40-second elevator ride to the top, where there’s a dazzling view of the Cotai strip.
The Eiffel Tower light show is a coordinated kaleidoscope of coloured lights that strobe to the beat of Jazz music.
The spotlight is on the Eiffel Tower and The Parisian from 6.15 pm to midnight, every 15 minutes.
8- Qube Kingdom
The kids will have a blast climbing and sliding at Qube Kingdom, which has extensive indoor and outdoor play zones.
There’s a carousel straight out of Les Jardins de Luxembourg, a ball pool and gaming consoles for teens.
9- Ride the gondolas at the Venetian
Float past shops and under footbridges to the melody of popular Italian opera tunes like O Sole Mio or Santa Lucia in Macau’s version of Venice.
You don’t have to go to Venice to experience a ride in a gondola. It’s the perfect place to relax while on a Macau day trip.
The Venetian Macao is an impressive replica, from the puffy white clouds in the painted sky ceiling to the buildings and street lamps.
Qube is a 6m tall climbing attraction that offers hours of fun on the slides, V-Net bridge, zig-zag net climbers and tunnels.
Entry includes access for one adult to accompany each child and it’s in the perfect spot to keep the kids entertained while one parent goes shopping.
There are video games, air hockey and internet access for teenagers.
Whee: Day visitor access is at San Luca Canal, Level 3, Grand Canal Shoppes, The Venetian.
Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace
11- Ride the SkyCab (Wynn Palace)
It’s a magical ride past golden dragons and above the colourful fountains of Performance Lake.
The short ride is free and it’s a spectacular way to enter Wynn Palace. You don’t have to stay at Wynn Palace to do the ride.
While you’re at Wynn Palace, have a peek at the Floral Creations display.
It’s an enchanting display of giant multi-coloured floral creations, such as a windmill from Holland, a carnival merry-go-round and a Ferris wheel.
Where: Wynn Palace Cotai, Junto à Avenida da Nave Desportiva, Macau
12- See the dancing fountains of Performance Lake (Wynn Macau)
The Performance Lake is a show of water jets synchronised to the beat of popular music.
It’s done on an impressive scale, with over 200 water nozzles and shooters projecting 800,000 gallons of water into the air.
When: Every 15 minutes Sunday to Friday from 11 am to 9.45 pm, Saturday and eve of a public holiday: 11 am to 10.45 pm. The best time to see it is at night.
Wynn, Rua Cidade de Sintra, NAPE, Macau
13- Watch the Tree of Prosperity grow (Wynn Macau)
The Tree of Prosperity is a choreographed show of patterns, music, video and lighting.
The “tree” has 2,000-plus branches and 98,000 leaves, some in 24-karat gold.
The short multimedia show is a symbol of prosperity that captures part of what makes Macau unique, with Chinese and Western astrological symbols rising from the floor.
When: 8.30am to midnight on the half hour.
Where: Rotunda Atrium, Wynn Macau
14- Meet the Dragon of Fortune (Wynn Macau)
The Dragon of Fortune is a dramatic multimedia creation that combines sculpture with stage lighting and audio enhancements to create a giant dragon that rises from the floor.
With smoke blowing out of its nostrils and glowing eyes, the Dragon of Fortune is an impressive sight as it emerges from a mist and slowly rises almost to the ceiling.
When: 10 am to midnight on the hour.
Where: Rotunda Atrium, Wynn Macau
15- See the jellyfish at the Moon Jellyfish Aquarium (Wynn Macau)
The name spells it all – Moon Jellyfish Aquarium. Over at the Wynn Macau find one of the world’s largest water tanks devoted to moon jellyfish.
Although not a local marine species these critters were brought in from Taiwan and Japan, they continue to enchant, casting off stunning neon blue tones.
The glowing experience is a delightful thing to do in Macau for kids.
It occurs as you’re checking in at the Encore Tower at the main entrance.
16- Make a wish at the Wishing Crystals
Wishing Crystals is a gemstone forest filled with giant colourful crystals. It’s a sight that will delight kids of all ages.
The interactive exhibit is a magical show of light and sound.
Designed by Emmy Award winner Jeremy Railton, the display is an impressive crystal spectacle that cost US$20 million.
Where: Galaxy Macau
17- Cool down at Galaxy Grand Resort Deck
Of the Macau pools, Galaxy’s Grand Resort Deck is a sprawling waterpark with a white-sand beach and water attractions the kids will love, including waterslides, waterfalls and gushing geysers.
Home to the world’s longest Skytop Aquatic Adventure River Ride and the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool, it’s a fun place to cool off.
Family members who don’t want to get wet can relax in the Skytop Gardens or dine in one of the poolside restaurants and lounges.
Entrance to the Grand Resort Deck is free for hotel guests, or if you aren’t staying there, it’s worth buying a day pass.
Where: Entrances for the Grand Resort Deck are on the second floors of Galaxy Hotel and Hotel Okura.
18- See the Fortune Diamond
The sight of the 3m high Fortune Diamond in the hotel lobby of Galaxy Macau is an impressive display of lights, music and lasers.
Rising from behind a waterfall and slowly sinking into a fountain, the Fortune Diamond represents the plumes of a peacock.
Catch the show from Sundays to Thursdays (10 am to noon) and Fridays, Saturdays and Public Holidays (10 am to 2 am) every 30 minutes.
19- J28 W Kids’ Club
JW Kids’ Club offers a heap of fun and educational activities, such as the reading tree, bouncy gorge, slides and tunnels, climbing spider web and a video games room.
If you’re planning on spending at least MOP 3000 at the Promenade Shops, you can drop your kids off for free for two hours to have fun while you shop plus you get a voucher to use at the club for each additional MOP 2,000 spent and can use up to four vouchers a day.
Where: JW Marriot Macau
City of Dreams
20- House of Dancing Water
The House of Dancing Water is an extravaganza that can only be described as part acrobatics, part water and light display, part stunt show and all awesome.
The show took five years and 250 million USD to develop and, even if the kids don’t follow the love story, there are plenty of tricks and flips to wow them.
The show is suitable for kids above six years of age and kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
21- Kids City
Divided into four zones – Dream, Excite, Create and Explore – Kids City has lots to keep kids of all ages busy. From the giant futuristic “Peak Adventure” slide to climbing structures and art workshops.
There’s the multimedia Arcade Matrix and a fun Dream Theater, where kids can dress up and pretend to be a princess or a superhero.
Kids’ City also has toy vending machines and a party room where you can host themed parties.
Kids City is open from 10.30 am to 7 pm. A parent must accompany children under five years of age.
Where: Level 3, City of Dreams
22 – Watch the divers feed the fish in the Aquarium
The 8m high cylindrical MGM Aquarium is home to Blue Moon Angelfish, Clown Triggerfish, Cownose Stingrays and other colourful fish.
Hang around and you might be lucky enough to see divers feeding the fish in the impressive Water-sky Aquarium in Grande Praca.
Where: Grande Praca, MGM Macau
23- Do the SkyWalk at Macau Tower
Macau Tower is a 338m tall landmark of contemporary Macau.
Fun ways to spend some time with the kids at Macau Tower are seeing Macau from the Observation Lounge, watching a 3D movie in the theatre, shopping in Toys “R” us and going on the SkyWalk or Tower Climb.
Skywalk is a stroll around the outer perimeter of the tower on a 1.8m-wide ledge with no handrail. The Tower Climb is a 100m climb up vertical ladders on the mast.
There’s no age restriction and kids as young as two years old have participated in the Skywalk. Children need to fit into the harnesses securely and anyone under 18 needs to have written authorisation from their parents.
4 Educational things to do in Macau for kids
24- Explore Macau’s World Heritage Treasures
Macau became a Portuguese colony in the 16th century and remained so until 1999. It has a blend of European and Asian culture that is fascinating to explore.
The Ruins of St Paul’s is Macau’s most iconic landmark. Other historical landmarks are Senado Square, Guia Fortress and St Dominic’s Church.
25- Discover the plight of the Giant Pandas at the Giant Panda Pavilion
There are around 2,060 pandas left in the world and pandas are listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List.
Seeing the giant pandas is an experience that will help the kids understand and connect with the plight of this beautiful species.
Macau’s Giant Panda Pavilion is home to three pandas (Kai Kai, Xin Xin. It has indoor quarters and an outdoor yard for the giant pandas. There are also two red pandas Luo Luo and Tong Tong. Admission for kids under 12 is free.
26- Visit the Macao Science Centre
Housed in an impressive space-aged building, the Macau Science Centre has interactive exhibitions, a planetarium with 3D space footage and an IMAX theatre.
12 galleries cover a variety of subjects including space, robotics, acoustics, physics, genetics, eco-conservation and food science.
Many of the galleries are colourful, interactive and attractive to kids. Kids will love the Science Express Gallery (with the colourful train and interactive exhibits), Fun Science Gallery (for children under 120cm), the hands-on Children Science Gallery and even the Food Science Gallery.
Check out the schedule for shows at the Planetarium here.
For younger kids, MSC Kids World has zones for pre-schoolers and the grade-schoolers zone has a three-storey playing facility, with ropes, nets, tunnels and bridges where kids can climb, scramble and slide.
27- Visit the Macau Maritime Museum
Built on the site where the first Portuguese explorers landed, Macau Maritime Museum is designed to resemble a boat with a white sail.
Built on the harbour, sailboats and cargo ships cruise past the museum, which has five sections to explore. Here, you’ll learn about fishing techniques and marine technology.
There’s an aquarium gallery with four tanks devoted to different themes.
4 Outdoor things to do in Macau with kids
28- Wander around Anim ‘Arte NAM VAN
Anim’Arte NAM VAN is a waterfront leisure precinct at Nam Van Lakeside Plaza,
There are shops selling local and handmade Macao products, join a workshop, watch a performance or wander around an exhibition.
There are restaurants and cafes and pedal boats on the lake suitable for families with kids over five years old if accompanied by an adult.
There’s a 30-minute show at 9 pm and 10 pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Where: Cybernetic Fountain of Nam Van Lake
29- Explore Lou Lim Leoc Garden
Exploring the Chinese Garden is a lovely way to spend a few hours when exploring Macau with kids.
This classical Chinese garden is a tranquil escape modelled after the traditional Chinese gardens of Suzhou.
Stretch your legs along the narrow pathways that meander past a lovely carp-filled pond filled with lotus flowers.
Kids love running beneath the arches and trying to spot the fish swimming below the six-way bridge.
30- Spend the day at Hac Sa Beach
On the southeast side of Coloane Island, Hac Sa Beach is a great spot to swim and play in the sand.
Hac Sa Beach is Macau’s largest natural beach and got its name from the black sand that was initially on the beach. Hac Sa 黑沙 means black sand in Chinese.
Hac Sa Beach is reasonably quiet and a spot to get away from crowds. There’s a public swimming pool to the rear of the beach (open from May to October), barbecue pits and a smattering of restaurants and shops.
Near the beach, Hac Sa Reservoir Country Park is a good spot for a stroll around the reservoir and across a suspension bridge. There are pedal boats for hire. It’s a great place for families.
31- Ride the cable car to Guia Hill
The five-minute ride on the cable car to the top of Guia Hill is an easy way for the family to get to the top.
The panorama of the Pearl River and islands from Guia Hill is worth seeing and those who want to stretch their legs will find the walk down the hill a pleasant stroll.
Where: Flora Garden Gate (Avenida Sidónio Pais)
3 Fun foodie things to do in Macau for kids
32- Hunt for the perfect Portuguese egg tart
Portuguese egg tarts are delicious and a yummy snack for kids in Macau.
In Macau, you’ll find egg tarts everywhere, as most bakeries and many restaurants serve up this sweet treat. But there’s nowhere as famous as Lord Stow’s Bakery on Coloane Island where you can munch warm and caramelised brown on top tarts straight from the oven.
The concept of the Macanese egg tart began in 1989 after Andrew Stow visited Portugal. He created a Macanese version of Pasteis de Nata or custard tarts.
Stow’s egg tarts have become famous around the world.
33- Cook a hot pot meal
China’s 1,000-year-old hot pot tradition was introduced to Macau by Mongolian warriors who used their helmets to simmer soup over a fire.
Throughout China, hot pots are a favourite social activity and a way that Chinese families often share a meal.
It’s a communal way of eating, where you cook your meat, fish and vegetables in a communal hot pot at the table. Macau has several hot pot restaurants including Xin at Sheraton Grande, Lei Ka Choi at Broadway Macau and Kwun Hoi Heen at Grand Coloane Resort.
Apart from egg tarts, almond cookies are next on the list of Macau’s most popular edible souvenir.
Wandering around the streets, you’ll see boxes of almond cookies everywhere, from street stands to high-end department stores. The Koi Kei brand is the most well-known brand of almond cookie.
Macau’s almond cookies are baked with mung bean flour and have chunks of almonds. They are not as sweet as you might expect and come in flavours such as almond cookies with shredded pork, black sesame or lard.
35- Go to the movies at one of these cinemas in Macau
- Macau Tower
- Cineteatro Macau
- Cinema Alegria
- UA Galaxy Cinemas
- Macao Cultural Centre screens art and classic films.
Where to stay in Macau with kids
Many hotels in Macau are family friendly and offer adjoining rooms and even rooms set up with toys for the children. Here are three you might like to check out.
There are some that say casino-less hotels are your best bet for families in Macau, but as I’ve already mentioned, The Venetian is a wonderfully interactive experience in Macau for kids and adults alike.
The Conrad Macau is located along the Cotai Strip and connected to the Hong Kong ferry terminal, has spacious rooms, an excellent buffet area, and an indoor pool. The fact that it doesn’t house a casino but is in walking distance of all the main attractions is a big drawcard here.
Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 is in Old Macau, a stone’s throw from the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Senado Square. It has a rather beautiful outdoor pool with Romanesque statues aplenty!