The best things to do with kids in Beijing this week

From walking tours to stage performances, we have your week with the kids sorted

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From a massive toy fair, walking tours and magic shows, there's plenty of awesome events to take the family out to this week!

And as always, have a great week, Beijing!

Things to do & Tours

Family hike through Changyucheng Village

Take a hike with Beijing Hikers into the mountains of Changping district's Changyucheng, a village that used to be a Ming Dynasty-era military barracks. The route includes a walk to the forest by the village reservoir for a picnic and an optional hike, before walking back down to the village to check out the lanes, stone houses, temple, and thick walls of the old barracks. This relaxing outing is perfect for kids to enjoy some family time and mother nature. Best for ages 5–12; younger children would need to be carried for most of the way on this hike.

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Beijing Hikers , Building A, 4F 4012, 10 Jiuxianqiao Zhong Lu 25 Aug

Beijing Farmers Market

Support local Beijing farmers at the roving Beijing Farmer's markets. This Tuesday 20 they will be at Nali Patio. Browse through their range of organic fresh produce, and local artisanal products including homemade rice wines, wild blueberry juices and ginger candies.

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Sunshine Plaza 太阳飘亮购物中心 , 68 Anli Lu 03 Aug , Every other Sunday , Every Tuesday , 17 Aug , 30 Aug

Xiaopu Village Street art market

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Skip touristy 798 and head out of the city for  something different at Xiaopu Art Village's weekly street market. The market will be held on the streets outside Chuzou Cafe until October. Browse the wares of roughly 30 local vendors selling all kinds of products ranging from handmade soap to vintage bric-a-brac and should be part of a visit to Xiaopu and the wider Songzhuang Art District. Add AJ Donnelly on WeChat (ID: AJDonnelly) for directions and more information.

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Cultural Keys , 191 Xiaopu Bei Jie, Xiaopu Village Every Saturday Free

Girl Scouts Registration

For those with aspiring Girl Scouts, the Beijing Girl Scouts is holding sign-ups at the International School of Beijing on Saturday 24 and at the Western Academy of Beijing on Saturday 31. Beijing Girl Scouts is for girls Grades K-12 with foreign passports who also speak English. Girls who join get to spend time earning badges in STEM, outdoor activities, leadership and life skills. Learn more what it's like to be a Girl Scout here.

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The Official Midnight in Peking Walking Tour

Join in the official walking tour of Midnight in Peking, Paul French’s bestselling murder mystery. This is your chance to retrace the footsteps of those embroiled in the grisly death of Pamela Werner (a British diplomat’s daughter) in 1930s Peking – a death that shocked the foreign community to its core. Two historians will take you through the little known areas of old Peking, painting vivid pictures of Beijing history the city would rather forget. For fans of the book, this is the tour not to be missed.

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Zhong Gu Hotel 北京中谷酒店 , 6 Beijing Zhan Dongjie 25 Aug
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Classes & Workshops

Mindful Mothers

The Mindful Mothers class is a safe space for sharing and learning how to implement mindfulness in your role as a mother, partner and professional. Roles are complex, so learn how to bring love and kindness in your interactions, whilst being mindful of your own needs. This is the class for mothers to put yourselves first and find resilience in the present moment.

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Beijing Mindfulness Centre , 44 Qianyongkang hutong Every Wednesday

Flips & Kicks Plus Gymnastics classes

Looking for a gymnastics class for your kids? Flips & Kicks Plus specialises in providing sports coaching for Beijing's international community and is currently offering gymnastics classes at BSB Sanlitun. Sports programs are taught in English by qualified international staff who can also speak Chinese as well. First-timers get a chance at a free trial, so sign up before slots fill up.

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Safari Time Songs

Can your little one stand and walk on their own, does he or she love to sing and dance? Bring them to the Bookworm for a fun Safari Time with Hannah to learn songs and rhymes from around the world, that you can also practice at home. This class is suitable for children up to 4 years old.

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The Bookworm (书虫) , Gongti Bei Lu Every Saturday

Pizza-making class at Domain

This weekend, get your little chefs ready to make some pizzas at Domain's monthly cooking class using quality tools from OXO. The class costs 198RMB per child, which includes one glass of juice.

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Domain , 22 Jiuxianqiao 24-25 Aug
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Eating & Drinking

Weekend Unlimited Lunch at Red Bowl

Every Saturday and Sunday, Red Bowl presents an unlimited steamboat experience, brilliant if your kids and teenagers are bottomless pits. For just 198RMB per person, the family gets to enjoy an unlimited hotpot lunch featuring an array of homemade soup stocks, premium meat and seafood, farm fresh seasonal vegetables, tofu and dumplings, along with plenty of appetisers and desserts.

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Red Bowl Every weekend

Little Italy Sunday Buffet

For the love of all food and things Italian, Via Roma now presents 'Little Italy'. A new type of family Sunday lunch buffet that combines Italian favourites and classics with modern and fun dishes. Food stations include a rich antipasto selection, a create-your-own pizza station, live cooking stations and delicious dessert options.

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Via Roma , 50 Liangmaqiao Lu Every Sunday

Gluten-free set meal at Gung Ho

Someone in the family gluten-intolerant? Come get your pizza-comfort every Thursday at Gung Ho! Pizza, the only gluten-free friendly pizza joint in town. GF pizza, salad, side dish and dessert for 149RMB a pop! Feeds two people.

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Gung Ho! Pizza (Sanlitun) , 2 Gongti Dong Lu Every Thursday


Notre Dame de Paris

Based upon the 1831 novel Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo (who also wrote the novels behind Les Misérables and The Grinning Man), Notre Dame De Paris features an international ensemble of singers, dancers and acrobats to tell the tale of the hunchbacked cathedral bell-ringer, Quasimodo, and his tragic love for the gypsy, Esmeralda.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 18 Aug - 01 Sep Buy tickets

Madagascar the Musical

Join Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. This smash-hit musical features all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. This brand new musical from Dreamworks will leave audiences with no choice but to 'Move It, Move It!'

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That Physics Show

In this Chinese version of the Broadway interactive parent-child science drama, The Physics Show, handsome Dr Why will use fire extinguishers, bicycle wheels, Coca-Cola, basketball, pillows, spring ropes and everyday objects to create the most magical physical world. Let the children discover the fun of Newton's three laws at this fun performance.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie Every Friday,Saturday , Every weekend
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Art & Exhibitions

Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Art Imaginarium

Using felt as her primary material, Sparrow is renowned for her bright and engaging recreations of objects from everyday life. Having received worldwide attention for her felt installations, Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Art Imaginarium is the artist’s first exhibition in Asia, and comprises an immersive installation specially commissioned for M WOODS.

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M Woods (木木美术馆) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday

The Beatles: Beat On

Critics' pick

Have the kids learn the history of the legendary British rock group The Beatles. The exhibition features themed spaces, artwork and photographs from the band's history as well as many of their classic hits.

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2F, Chaoyang Joy City , 2F, Beijing Beijing Chaoyang 101 North Chaoyang Road Chaoyang Beijing Beijing 29 Jun - 15 Sep Buy tickets

Anthony Browne's Happy Museum

Focusing on 162 original paintings by Anthony Browne, a surrealist artist who has won the International Andersen Prize for illustrators, the exhibition showcases vivid characters and absurd and humorous artistic imagination. Integrating more than 20 artistic scenes from creative photography to punching cards, it will be a multi-media image interaction and exhibition experience for all.

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National Museum of Classic Books (国家典籍博物馆) , 33 Zhongguancun Nan Dajie Every day except Monday

NBA Exhibition: Unstoppable Beijing

Bring your sports fans to this multi-level experience exhibition dedicated to the NBA. It uses interactive exhibits, video, and imagery to showcase the passion of the league, its teams and players, going back to the league's early years and exploring the many ways the NBA has evolved since 1946.

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Yang Art Museum , No.6 Chaoyang Park Road 13 Jul - 13 Sep Buy tickets

3D Digital Space Exhibition 'Hello Mars'

Critics' pick

Walk through space and find out how the outer space has changed over the years at this educational, immersive exhibition about planet Mars. The huge 1,500sqm exhibition space is split up into 14 different sections where visitors are directed to engage with extraterrestrial popups and interactive projections. With its spectacular high-tech exhibits, you'll feel like you're walking on Mars itself.

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China Millennium Monument (中华世纪坛) , 9A Fuxing Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets
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