Driven by the strong desire to build quality time with loved ones, a family vacation to Macau is one way to experience the incredible destination when travel resumes.
With its abundance of family-friendly hotels, museums and outdoor attractions packed in one compact destination, travellers can easily access the best that Macau has to offer without spending lengthy time on transfers.
Furthermore, the strong anti-pandemic measures set out by the Macau government also ensure socially distanced vacations for visitors, so families can focus on exploring and immersing in the fun experiences without having to worry about safety.
Here are just five ways to curate a family-driven tour, and for regular tourism updates, follow Macao Government Tourism Office’s official Facebook, Instagram, WeChat pages and website to check out upcoming pop-up events and community activities too.
1. Imagination comes to life at these museums
Visiting museums in Macau is a great way to spark an interest in general knowledge for visitors of all ages. Sports fans should bring their families here for an eye-opening pitstop at the newly reopened Macao Grand Prix Museum. After a major three-year revamp, highlights include interactive exhibitions and games such as G-Force Challenge, MotoVR Race Experience, Pit Garage, stories of champions, iconic race circuit vehicles — over a total floor area of some 16,000sqm.
Zooming back into Macau's attractions: the revamped Macao Grand Prix Museum offering interactive exhibitions and games. Photo Credit: Grand Prix Museum
Another must-visit is TeamLab SuperNature: a mega 5,000sqm, immersive 3D permanent museum that will unleash the creativity of young minds with its interactive exhibits. Inquisitive little ones will also have a field day at Macau Science Centre — regularly hosting family-centred activities such as animation workshops, stargazing sessions, and summer gatherings this June.
Many families have adapted to working and studying from home during the pandemic, so parents and children looking to visit exciting new places can continue their learning journey in Macau.
Macau Science Centre regularly attracts curious young minds over stargazing sessions and kid-friendly workshops. Photo Credit: Facebook/Macau Science Centre
2. Top attractions where fun begins and never ends
Endless activities await to invigorate young, active visitors from head to toe. For physical play, plenty of Macau hotels house innovative attractions to keep children of all ages entertained — from the newly opened Studio City Water Park with twisting slides and near-vertical drops to themed wonderlands like Warner Bros Fun Zone and Planet J.
It's a children's world at themed wonderlands like Warner Bros Fun Zone. Photo Credit: Viator
Families with teens may wish to attempt the world’s highest bungee jump at the Macau Tower, or take a daredevil walk around the building’s rim at 233 metres up — handrail not included. Another Instagram-worthy location is the Golden Reel, the world’s highest figure-eight Ferris wheel built into Studio City Macau’s two hotel towers. Its 17 spacious cabins accommodate up to 10 pax each, and even infants under two years old are allowed.
3. Take a walk on Macau’s wild side
Families’ love of the great outdoors will be intensified, once they find out just how green Macau is. One full afternoon could be devoted to strolling or exploring the paddle boats on the stunning Nam Van waterfront along the Praia Grande promenade, or wandering through greenways such as the Ecological Trail Garden of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Seac Pai Wan Park — also home to the 3,000sqm Macau Giant Panda Pavilion — and Avenida da Praia, Taiha.
Numerous green and serene afternoons can be spent at Macau's greenways, such as at Seac Pai Wan Park. Photo Credit: Macao Municipal Affairs Bureau
Have clients that want a slice of vitamin sea? A good recommendation is the Hac Sa Beach on Coloane Island, where young ones can acquire a fine lesson in geography and learn what gives the beach its distinctive black colour.
4. Family favourites: dining venues all ages will love
Yearning for a particular cuisine? Chances are, Macau will likely be able to satisfy that foodie craving. For a taste of Macanese food, simply take a walk along the streets to discover yummy eats from egg tarts to pork chop buns, pop into a traditional teahouse, or rise early to catch old-school vendors making noodles from scratch such as at Ving Kei noodle.
A fun day at Poli Cafe, which apart from a themed restaurant and play area, also offers customised events such as birthdays. Photo Credit: Facebook/policafemo
As a UNESCO-certified Creative City of Gastronomy, Macau is brimming with global, epicurean pleasures at top tables, many of which boasts celebrity chefs and Michelin stars. The relaxed atmosphere and diverse menu make Café Panorama at Grand Coloane Resort as well as Feast at Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel easy favourites for multi-generational families, while Poli Cafe is building up a young following with its menu and décor inspired by the popular Korean animation hit. Be sure to head upstairs to level two: a kids entertainment zone filled with ball pits, interactive games and kiddie rides, before stocking up on Robocar Poli souvenirs on the way out.
5. Macau brings the world together like nowhere else
What do London, Paris, Venice and Rome have in common? These iconic destinations can all be found in Macau.
With just one ticket, parents can realise their globe-trotting dreams with their young ones in the compact city, where replicas of some of the world’s most beloved icons call home too. Think a half-scale Effiel Tower at The Parisian, Venetian Macao’s gondola rides, or how about traversing multiple European countries at Macau’s Fisherman’s Wharf — home to a majestic Roman amphitheatre, old-time Western city blocks and Amsterdam’s riverbanks along the Legend Boulevard?
Globe-trotting made possible even with the littlest ones in tow at Macau, home to iconic destination replicas, including the newest launch of The Londoner hotel this year. Photo Credit: Sands Macau
The United Kingdom just became the ‘hottest’ destination in town, with the launch of The Londoner this year. Visitors can immerse in quintessential British experiences – from the iconic Red Telephone Box and life-size 96m Elizabeth Tower (formerly known as Big Ben) to the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony and ladies dressed in flowing hats and gowns for high tea in a nod to the English’s favourite afternoon pastime.
No matter how young or old, a child’s curiosity for play and exploration never ends — which is why Macau, with its tip top pandemic record and boundless activities will surely make for a fantastic family-bonding time, plus broadening the kids’ horizons too.
This article is brought to you by Macao Government Tourism Office.