Don’t miss this week’s five excellent events that are fun for the whole family. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get each issue sent to your inbox, or check the beijingkids website for full event listings online (www.beijing-kids.com).
Thursday July 9 – Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
The third installment of the Ice Age movie series is released this week. Follow Manny the mammoth, Scrat the squirrel and Sid the sloth as they dodge dinosaurs and run amuck. Take the kids along to the Shijingcheng Wanda IMAX Theater to behold the movie in all its 3-D glory. Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District.
Don’t forget: Those with weak stomachs can check out the normal 2-D version Megabox at the Village, Sanlitun.
Friday July 10 – Christmas in July
Head to Qiaobo Ice & Snow World to escape the summer heat. Beijing’s only indoor snowboard park is open 365 days a year, complete with a bunny slope (kids 3 and up only). Burton Qiaobo Mellow Park, 6 Shun’an Lu, Shunyi District (8497 2568) www.mellowparks.cn
Don’t forget: Bring warm clothes – the park temperature is kept at a cool -1°C.
Saturday July 11 – Family Night at Aroma
There’s something for everyone at Aroma’s Family Night. Coloring books and crayons are provided for the kids, while the adults can relax with a free glass of imported wine. Fussy eaters can take advantage of the tailor-made Kids’ Corner where children can choose their favorite foods. 6.30-10pm. RMB 208 per person plus 15% service charge. Seniors (60 years and above) 20% discount. Children aged 3-11 years old eat for half-price, under-2s go for free. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5908 8777)
Don’t forget: Take home your colorful crayon creations.
Saturday July 11 – Summer Jam Festival & BBQ
The Toning School of Drumming hosts this fun-for-all-ages summer festival. There will be drumming activities, carnival games and a magic show for the kids. They also have yoga and a raffle for the adults, while the whole family can enjoy the delicious BBQ food and cold drinks on offer. RMB 30. 12-6pm. British School of Beijing. RSVP with number of guests, at 8447 2638, 159 0117 9007, or e-mail email@example.com
Don’t forget: You can bring your own instruments for an impromptu jam session.
Sunday July 12 – Kids’ Club at The Bookworm
Relax this Sunday morning while teacher Hannah takes the kids off your hands. Kids can enjoy an hour of story time while parents get together over a coffee. 11am-noon. The Bookworm, Sanlitun. (6586 9507) www.beijingbookworm.com
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