Name of Playground: Middle Road Children’s Playground
Address: Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Entrance Fee: FREE
- 1 set of Play Equipment for Children of Age 2 – 5 (including slide, ride and play panel)
- 1 set of Play Equipment for Children of Age 5 – 12 (including climbing frame, slide, bridge and swing)
If there is one really best decision that we’ve made for our family vacation in Hong Kong, it would be choosing Tsim Sha Tsui. Not only it was accessible from all the things that we need — restaurants, transportation (MTR, bus, cab), money-changing services, shopping malls, and convenience store, but it was also accessible to our daughter’s happy place, a playground.
I have my own hesitations on letting Noa play at our public playgrounds here in Manila. There is one near our home but it wasn’t maintained well by the local government. Still, children choose to play there despite the danger that could cost both their health and safety.
It is saddening that most Filipino parents must pay quite an amount for their children to gain access at an acceptable play area. It is really my dream that one day, the Filipino children could play freely, safely and healthily in all public playgrounds in our country. This made me miss Middle Road Children’s Playground so much.
We have left so much memories at the Middle Road Children’s Playground. I couldn’t contain the joy in my heart as I see Noa play on an outdoor public playground on barefoot. It was also here that Noa first played and bathe in the rain. I couldn’t help but wish that playgrounds here could match or even exceed this one.
Discovering Middle Road Children’s Playground felt like discovering a free Disneyland in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. It came as a surprise when we found it one night on our way back to Homy Inn (our home in HK) just right after watching the Symphony of Lights Show in Avenue of Stars. It is connected to the equally gorgeous, granite-floored Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden.
As expected, Noa screamed for joy and tried removing her shoes when she saw the playground. It was still well-lit even at night. However, it was already late and we were both tired and hungry so we requested her to just visit the playground the next day. She tried to contest by throwing a little tantrum, but eventually agreed. I told her that she could play longer if we visit the playground in the morning.
This is something good about having DIY travels. You can enjoy traveling for the unknown; and discover the very core of what really makes you happy, even in a foreign place.
Before we went to bed that evening, my husband told me to get up early so we could take Noa there.
” Noa, wake up! Do you want to go to the playground with Mommy and Daddy?”
She woke up at once. Gee, my daughter was indeed excited to play!
Visit Middle Road Children’s Playground
The Middle Road Children’s Playground is just 5-minutes away on foot from Union Mansion (where Homy Inn is). Obviously, we just walked to get there. My husband shortly left after taking us to the playground for his morning jog at the Avenue of Stars.
Wherever you are in Hong Kong, you can access it through taking the MTR West Rail Line, get off at East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit K.
You can also take the following Bus Route Nos. :
- 1, 1A, 2, 2C, 5, 5A, 5C, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 8A, 8P, 9, 12, 13X, 26, 28, 35A, 41A, 81C, 87D, 98D, 110, 203, 203X, 208, 271, 215X, 219X, 224X, 234X, 242X, 257B, 259C, 260X, 261B, 268B, 269B, 281A, 296D, 973, N216, N241, N271, N281,A21, N21, N796
And for Mini Bus Route Nos. :
- 1, 7, 77
I recently discovered that there are lots of beautiful public playgrounds there and I’d like to commend the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department for maintaining their public playgrounds really well. I’d love to see them if we can go back to HK again one of these days.
During the time of our visit, one of their playground maintenance staff was busy sweeping away the dried leaves around the playground. It was also not crowded but Noa got a chance to play with one local girl with her Pinay nanny. On the other side of the (bigger kids) playground, there were also 2 tourist children with their father playing.
Upon writing this post, I couldn’t help but be lonely looking at the status of the Philippine playgrounds today. When we all agree that each child has a right to play, and that play is a very important part of any child’s life and development, are we getting enough attention and support from our government? When we all say that the youth is the hope of a nation, are we doing our share in setting the stage for them to live a better, happy life? It should begin in childhood.
I hope to see a more child-safe and friendly Philippines as a Filipino mother. I am inspired by how a country puts effort into making their society a fun, better place for the kids.
When’s the last time you saw a well-maintained, clean and safe public playground that is accessible to all Filipino children? Tell me about it so hope can continue to live in me.
For a brief moment in a foreign land, I felt peace for my playing child. Thanks to Middle Road Children’s Playground. ♥