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Re-discover your inner child this Children's Day

After all, nothing says maturity like stealing the spotlight off the kids

June 1 marks Children's Day, where we all celebrate kids and how wonderful they are. Sure. Why not. But what about us adults? Children's Day provides the perfect opportunity for all of us to drop our grown-up inhibitions, cast our minds back to a simpler time – to a time of innocence before bills, Monday morning meetings and doing your own food shopping.

In the true spirit of Children's Day, we've compiled a list of activities which will help you re-discover that inner child that's lurking somewhere inside you. Enjoy!
Crank it up to maximum-level adrenaline junkie at Happy Valley theme park

Crank it up to maximum-level adrenaline junkie at Happy Valley theme park

There's no better way to release that inner child than by channelling your inner adrenaline junkie and exploring the vast Happy Valley theme park. This place is so big it feels like a town of its own. Colourful and cascading hyper-reality at its finest – scream, squeal, cackle, whatever, as you take on rides like the aptly-named 'Extreme Rusher', which will propel you through a series of daunting loop-the-loops at speeds of up to 135kmph. We'll wish you good luck with that one. We'd recommend heading down early to avoid the big queues and to make the most of everything on offer. 

Get wet and wild at Happy Magic Water Cube

Get wet and wild at Happy Magic Water Cube

Another one for the adrenaline junkies. The wonderfully named Happy Magic Water Cube just sounds like so much fun, doesn't it? A little bit out of town, this beastly water park is well worth the trip. Beijing's largest outdoor water park is crammed with slides, with our highlight, the 'Plummet Bodyside', just proving to be a polite name for one insane, vertical drop down a steep chute. Kick back and chill on the lazy river if you needs be, but tackle the slides first, they're ace. 

Make your own ice cream

Make your own ice cream

Indulge yourself in the haven of ice cream lunacy, Cold Stone Creamery. This is one pretty unconventional ice cream parlour, where you can watch the skilled staff mix flavours live in front of you. Is there such a thing as too much choice? Is man born free but is everywhere else in chains? Not here, be as picky as you want – it's your inner child's day, no one tells you what to do. Cast off the laboursome shackles of adulthood and go one step further: choose your own flavour. MIx your blends together and whack them into one big crunchy waffle bowl. Who cares if your beloved Snickers and apricot mix doesn't quite match up? 

Take to the battlefield for a few rounds of archery-tag

Take to the battlefield for a few rounds of archery-tag

Time to go all-out Lord of the Flies with this one. Head along to Sports Infinite for a few rounds of Whizzing Arrow Guest. In the midst of all of the chaos, intensity and naturally, a flurry of flying arrows, we'd describe this little slice of war-mongering as arrow slinging meets dodgeball. Enter the dog-eat-dog world of the battlefield, instantly discard the brief training you'll receive at the start of the session in the impassioned heat of the moment. Shoot your friends with arrows – or they'll shoot you – in a series of carefully choreographed games and challenges. At an hour long, it's a top work-out, too. 

Explore Beijing through Lego

Explore Beijing through Lego

You're never too old for Lego. Simple as that. Beijing's first official Lego shop opened in the Joy City mall recently and it's well worth checking out. Models of parts of Beijing are fascinating and certain to make you pick up a box yourself to have a go at recreating them. 

Ditch the treadmill for trampolines and obstacle courses

Ditch the treadmill for trampolines and obstacle courses

A trip to the gym doesn't have to involve a grinding workout where you'll slug your way through another gruelling hour on the cross-trainer: spruce it up, live a little. Head over to indoor gym/adventure-land Latitude and bounce to your heart's content on the trampolines, clamber and race over obstacle courses and battle it out on the dodgeball courts. Sorted. 

Outwit zombies and monsters

Outwit zombies and monsters

A really spooky one. Head over to the haunted Choice Hospital in Sanlitun. You and your group find yourselves in an old, abandoned hospital. Your task is simple: escape. This role-playing game is pretty challenging, as you and your comrades make your way from room to room, deciphering codes and puzzles and, of course, attempting to evade the zombies and monsters which haunt the place. A fantastic day out for those of you horror buffs and well, anyone who's ever wondered how well they'd fare in a zombie apocalypse (who hasn't?)

Sculpt your very own ceramic masterpiece

Sculpt your very own ceramic masterpiece

It's not all zombies, rollercoasters and adrenaline rushes. Chill out and channel your creative side (or your inner Patrick Swayze) at Taozui. Certainly a fun throwback to art lessons at school, this cute pottery cove offers you the chance to sculpt your own masterpiece. Under the guidance of the instructors, you'll enjoy a sweet, therapeutic session, leaving with something deigned from your very own craftsmanship. Straight on that mantlepiece. 

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