Keep busy; keep cool

Keep busy; keep cool

Summer's only getting hotter and more humid. YP cadets Konza Akhtar and Limbu Laxmi discover some cool indoor hangouts that aren't malls or cinemas

Relive your childhood

From basketball hoops to arcade game booths, Jumpin Gym is a great place to hang out with both friends and family. With its colourful walls, bright lights and energetic music, it's difficult not to get excited.

38 locations, Tel: 23622555

HK$2 per token


Never bored with board games

With more than 400 board games, Jolly Thinkers has all your favourite games and loads you've never heard of. It's a great place to meet new friends and be competitive without breaking a sweat.

14/F, Capricorn Centre, 155 Sai Yeung Choi Street North, Prince Edward; 

Tel: 64337345


11/F, Bayfield Building 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai

Tel: 2527 2882;

HK$50 for two hours, the HK$5 per half-hour


No Alpine cabin? No problem

Always wanted to ski, but not sure if you'll like it? Check out Play Ski + Snowboard, with three indoor slopes of varied speed and angle. Now you can skip the travel and freezing weather and just enjoy the slide.

1-2/F, Kras Asia Industrial Building, 79 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong

Tel: 27979323 , 



Splat! You're out

Heard of paintball? It's a combination of tag and hide-and-seek, except you tag people by shooting paintballs. Don't worry: it's safe as long as you follow the safety regulations. Gather at least 10 people and start your own war at Paintball Headquarters.

Unit 2-3, G/F, Po Lung Centre, 11 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay;

Tel: 31060220, 



Step in time

Most of us would probably quite happily laze away our entire holiday on the sofa. If you want to avoid starting the new term with a spare tire round your middle, sign up for one of the many classes at City Contemporary Dance Company. Dance is hip and a great way to keep fit. All together now: 5, 6, 7, 8!

G/F, 110 Shatin Pass Road, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon;

Tel: 23289205;



Culture in your hands

If you love beauty and learning about customs, why not teach yourself henna art? Henna is a reddish-brown dye which comes from the leaves of the henna plant, and it can be used to make temporary tattoos. It's traditional at weddings in many cultures.

You can buy henna cones from Indian, Pakistani and Nepali shops in Tsim Sha Tsui, and there are loads of tutorials on YouTube.


Learn a new language

If you're not going anywhere this year, but love other countries, you should learn a new language for when you do get to travel. Go to classes, or try online; is a great place to start.


Fitness first

OK, we'd be lying if we told you kickboxing wouldn't make you hot, but it's an extremely cool sport, and there are loads of places to learn. Try the long-established Impakt.

Impakt Martial Arts & Fitness Centre, 2/F, Wing's Building, 110-116 Queen's Road. Central

Tel: 2167 7218;


Extra World Cup fever

If you love the beautiful game, but even the idea of a kickabout outdoors is exhausting, try iSoccer. Opened in 2012, it's an indoor five-a-side football pitch in Kwun Tong. Release your inner Messi, and keep cool.

Room 1101, 45 Hoi Yuen Road, Yau Lee Ctr, Kwun Tong

Tel: 21162761;;



Set your sights high

Give yourself a different sort of challenge, and head to Just Climb, Hong Kong's largest indoor climbing gym, in San Po Kong. Don't worry about being a newbie. Pretty much all you need is a towel, a sports outfit and enthusiasm.

Room D, G/F, Prince Industrial Bldg, 706 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong

Tel: 3561 7868;

HK$98/day, HK$300/month


It's all about the shoes

If you don't live in a complex with a bowling alley, it can be hard to find 10 pins to play the game beloved by Kim Soo-hyun, the guy from You Who Came From the Stars. Even if you have to trek out, the price makes it worth it!

LG1, Bayview Garden, 633 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan

Tel: 2116 1498;


This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Keep busy; keep cool


To post comments please
register or