Thinking of taking your family to Macau this holiday season? More families lean towards a Hong Kong trip because of Disneyland but Macau can be just as much fun, if not more.
Though the city doesn’t have an amusement park, Macau offers plenty of excitement for the entire family. For one, Taipa Grande Nature Park is the perfect setting for a full day of family recreation. You can go on walks on the nature trails, but it’s more likely that children will opt to spend more time speeding down the park’s 20-metre long grass slide. At the end of the day, families can refuel by dining at the affordable restaurant Dom Galo, serving large servings of home-style Portuguese dishes that are good for sharing.
The City of Dreams is one of Macau’s most beautiful landmarks. It is at the forefront of entertainment, with attractions that cater not only to adults but kids as well. City of Dreams has “Kids’ City,” which is an interactive playground that sprawls over a space of 1,000 square meters. It is the perfect centre for children aged 2 to 12, and it has everything from climbing walls to games that will keep them busy for hours. Kids’ City also hosts birthday parties in private rooms so if you’re travelling with other families, have family friends in the city, or happen to be in town for your child’s birthday, consider this as a venue for the celebration. City of Dreams isn’t just about its casino but family attractions as well.
Another great feature at the City of Dreams is the House of Dancing Waters, a stage production that is truly unlike any other. Imagine a stage pool that holds 3.7 million gallons of water, which the website says it the equivalent of five Olympic-sized swimming pools. The production is a tale of an epic love story through time that’s told by the performance of gymnasts, dancers, divers, circus performers, actors, and even motorcyclists. The variety of performers will astound you and your kids.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, The Grand Lapa would be an excellent choice of accommodation because of its central location and its attention to family friendly detail. For example, the rooms include an assortment of amenities so that you and your little ones are as comfortable as possible. Families no longer have to panic if they forget kid and baby essentials such as talcum powder, baby shampoo, colouring books, and crayons. Guests can also request for extra items like children’s bath robes, baby chairs, cribs, moses baskets, cots, hot water bottles, bottle warmers, and sterilisers. When kids aren’t in their rooms, they can head down to Kids Co. for some games and playground activity. And in case you have plans for a night out on the town, babysitters are at your service.
Macau may be known as a casino gaming mecca that rivals Casino establishments but in reality, it’s struggling to make ends meet. Last year, it was reported that Macau started losing revenues, and the main reason for this is because of the boom of online gaming establishments, particularly in the UK. People don’t need to travel to Macau-based casinos anymore, and all they have to do is use fire up their smartphones for convenience’s sake. Early this year, Gala Coral, one of the strongest online competitors of casino based establishments that hosts and develops commercially-licensed gaming titles, reported a strong opening that Macau can only dream of. The company's retail division alone , while Macau combined casino revenue fell by 23.2% last year to $3.5 billion. With such depressing performance, Macau had no choice but to boost its tourism using other means, and one of them is to target families who are looking for a nice escapade during the festive season.
With such a range of family entertainment in the city, Macau has definitely done a good job in accommodating the needs of children, and it would be a shame if you missed out on an opportunity to take them to this wonderful place.