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Thursday, June 18 – Half-price Movies
Take the kids to see the latest movie release for half the price. Mega Box at Sanlitun offers 50% discounted tickets for screenings before 1.10pm. RMB 25-35. Weekdays. Mega Box, B2/F, The Village at Sanlitun.
Don’t forget to: Check out the latest family-friendly flick Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian starring Ben Stiller.
Friday, June 19 – City Center Swimming
Tuanjiehu Park has a choice of swimming pools and mini pools complete with a wave machine, waterslides, and a genuine sandy beach with lockers, showers and toilets, all in the heart of Chaoyang District. The best part? All of this artificial beachiness is clean! Entry to the pool is RMB 25. 16 Tuanjiehu Nanli. a short walk from Houjialou subway station line 10.
Don’t forget to: Try out the park’s other attractions: skating rink, bumper cars, a lake complete with boat hire, and tons of options for food and refreshments.
Saturday, June 20 – Día del Español
Celebrate Spanish Day with a feast of Spanish-language activities. Try the free Spanish classes, taste genuine paella and chorizo and try your hand at Flamenco dancing. The day culminates in a performance by jazz trio Jorge Pardo at 7pm. Free entry. 10am-midnight. Instituto Cervantes, 1A Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang (5879 9666).
Don’t forget to: Pick up some authentic ingredients from the stalls and try to recreate the taste of Spain at home. Or if you’re not in the mood for home cooking, why not try Olas Tapas Cafe for more Spanish cuisine?
Saturday, June 20 – Early Music Makers
A great way for families with children aged 1-8 to explore a world of song, dance and rhythm every Saturday. Bring along your own instruments or hire a drum. RMB 150 (up to 3 family members). RMB 50 for each additional family member. Text 135 525 75547 to confirm your attendance. Discounts available for pre and group bookings. 11am-noon. Toning School of Drumming, 7 Sanlitun Beixiao Jie, second floor of LCC Compound.
Don’t forget to: Save enough energy for the mass-percussion session at the Toning School’s Community Drumming get-together, 4pm in Chaoyang Park.
Sunday, June 21 – Father’s Day Barbecue
Go for a family hike and climb the Great Wall at Mutianyu. After working up an appetite, you’ll be ready for The Roadhouse’s Father’s Day barbecue with a live performance by Beijing’s own Woodie Alan Blues Band. RMB 168 (includes BBQ buffet), RMB 68 (kids 4-12), free (kids under 4). Noon-4pm. The Roadhouse at Mutianyu (6162 6506).
Don’t forget to: Get creative! Help the kids make their own cards for Dad this year.