With a new year marking new beginnings, January is the best month to try something out of your comfort zone, and finally get around to those activities that have been at the top of your bucket list. We’ve rounded up the best eclectic activities for you to take a jab at this month — whether it be mini golf, watching a musical, picking some fresh strawberries, or camping down to a classic movie marathon.
Take part in friendly competition at Superpark
When: Monday–Friday, 10am–9pm; Sat, Sun, Public and School Holidays, 9am–9pm
Price: HK$180–240 from Superpark
Here in Hong Kong we’ve had trampoline parks, aqua obstacle courses, and now a brand new indoor activity park, suited for kids and adults alike. Finnish brand Superpark was inspired by the need for grown-up sized fun parks that work for all ages, and is set to open 12 new branches globally this year. Hong Kong’s newest Superpark features games across three themed areas, with adventurous activities such as ziplining, pedal car racing and obstacle races; a sports area including a baseball cage, a golf range and street basketball; as well as a foam pit and gymnastics floor for you to freestyle.
Superpark, G/F, One SilverSea (near Olympian City), 18 Hoi Fai Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
Play mini golf at Strokes Hong Kong
When: Open daily, 11:30am–1:00am
Price: HK$168 per person per 9-hole round
A new mini golf wonderland (Hong Kong’s first of its kind) has opened at a newly revamped corner of Fashion Walk. Spanning over 8,000 sq. ft., Strokes Hong Kong is a mini golf course, restaurant and bar all in one, serving up casual eats and colourful cocktails in bright, art deco-inspired surrounds in appealing millennial motifs. There are two 9-hole courses available: ‘Palm Springs’ and ‘Coachella Valley.’ On our recent visit before its opening, we loved the challenge of the ‘Coachella’ course, featuring loop the loops, steep slopes and other problem-solving holes against a neon-coloured backdrop — and with strategically placed ledges around each course, we’re betting this will be one of the hottest places to let loose with an after-work drink in the upcoming months.
Strokes Hong Kong, Shop G2-3, 1/F, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2877 1800
Watch classic films at Sundance Fridays: My First Dance
When: 12 January–2 February
Price: HK$80 from The Metroplex
Movie buffs have their Friday nights sorted this month: From mid-January to the start of February, Sundance Hong Kong will be screening three iconic works by a few of the world’s greatest directors, all of which made their groundbreaking debut at Sundance. Each screened twice across the four weeks, the titles are Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s Little Miss Sunshine.
The Metroplex, G/F, E-Max, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2620 2200
Watch ‘The Room’ in time for ‘The Disaster Artist’ Release
When: 12 January, 9:45pm
Price: HK$90 from here
James and Dave Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist’ is making its rounds in theatres around the world at the moment, and just in time for its rumoured 11 January release is an exclusive indie screening of the film that inspired it, The Room, fondly referred to by its cult following as ‘the best worst film ever made.’ While ‘The Disaster Artist’ got a standing ovation at its SXSW debut in 2017, ‘The Room’ will be… let’s just say it’ll be a one-of-a-kind experience in itself…
Grand Ocean Cinema, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
See The Chameleons
When: 5 January, 7:30pm
Price: HK$680 from Cityline
Those who love English post-punk are in luck: Revived band The Chameleons are in town this January, supported by local genre stalwarts The Sinister Left and Ambient Intelligence. A lot has conspired before The Chameleon’s Hong Kong debut this January: Despite breaking up the band once in 1987, they got back together in 2001 for a prolific two years: releasing six studio albums and one EP, only before disbanding again in 2003. And still, even with the tragedy of drummer John Lever’s death in 2017, The Chameleons are set to return for one glorious hurrah. Fans, get your tickets ASAP.
E-Max, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Set New Year’s Resolutions at Manifest for 2018 Workshop
When: 6 January, 11am–1pm
Price: HK$380 from EventBrite
Believers in the laws of attraction, wellness lovers or simply those hopeful for a fruitful start to the year can make the most of this Manifesting workshop with Wellness Warriors. Gathering at Caelum Greene with Corie Chu from Mind Body Soul Asia, the workshop and group exercise class will help you set clear intentions for 2018, while getting a Numerology forecast for what the new year will bring you, and how you can best take care of challenges ahead.
Caelum Greene, G/F, 90-92 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Sing ‘Memory’ along with The Jellicle Cats
When: 6–28 January (Tuesday–Friday 7:45pm; Saturday 2pm & 7:45pm; Sunday 1pm & 6pm)
Price: HK$445–1,045 from HK Ticketing
Theatre lovers must be jittering with excitement at the thought of one of the world’s most iconic and longest-running Broadway musicals set to take to the Hong Kong stage this January. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and featuring the sensational score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the beloved spectacle tells the story of the Jellicle Cats, who come out to play on one special night each year for the Jellicle Ball, and take turns telling their fond stories to their leader Old Deuteronomy, for a chance to ascend to ‘The Heaviside Layer’ as a brand new cat. We wouldn’t sleep on this chance to catch this enchanting show in Hong Kong.
Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Rock along with Imagine Dragons
When: 13 January, 8pm
Price: HK$588–888 from HK Ticketing
The multi-Platinum and Grammy-winning foursome Imagine Dragons make their much anticipated visit to Hong Kong, touring their third album EVOLVE. The name itself hints at the kind of cleaner, refreshed sound the band brings following a year of soul searching after its previous album release, with themes on growing through adversity and enriching self-reflection. If that’s not an inspirational way to kick off the year, we don’t know what is.
Arena, AsiaWorld-Expo, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
Enjoy an outdoor concert with Billboard Radio Live in Hong Kong
When: 14, 16-20 January, 8pm
Price: HK$550–850 from HK Ticketing
International stars Rita Ora and Far East Movement share the stage with local and regional r&b/soul pundit Khalil Fong, his protege Diana Wang, diva songstress Eve Ai and rising star J.Sheon, as well as beloved Hong Kong rockers Supper Moment and Dear Jane. See the lineup schedule on HK Ticketing.
Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
Pick strawberries at Tai Tong Organic Eco Park
When: End December–End April 2018
Price: HK$210 (Includes HK$130 entrance fee and HK$80 for four activity tickets)
The cooler weather in Hong Kong marks the season for organic strawberry picking, so for an alternative date activity or family day, head to Tai Tong. For a gorgeous day out in the fresh air, you’ll get to spend as long as you like picking strawberries you can wash and eat on the spot (you’ll pay per pound of any you take away), as well as tickets to exchange for pony rides, carrots to feed rabbits, net fishing, or even for organic produce you can take home. You might even catch a few fiery red leaf maples while you’re there…
Tai Tong Organic Eco Park, 11, Tai Tong Shan Road, Yuen Long, Hong Kong; More info here