Don’t miss this week’s six 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 August 6 – Paint Your Own Panda
Go to the Beijing Zoo and paint your own panda! This ongoing event invites kids ages 5-12 to design their own paper mache pandas, which will be put on display at the zoo until September 12, in celebration of the National Giant Panda Day. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm.
North Building of the Beijing Zoo, 137 Beishiqiao Lu, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District
Don’t Forget: Wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.
Thursday August 6 – Lucky Draw for Supercoppa Tickets
Have soccer fanatics for kids? Spend RMB 50 at Piazza Italia and you could win Suppercoppa tickets for the match this Saturday. The daily lucky draw will continue until the 16th, raffling off jerseys and footballs signed by Inter Milan and Lazio players.
Piazza Italia, Shop L02, Bldg 18, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District
Don’t Forget: Shop for Italian goodies at the supermarket on the first floor.
Friday August 7 – Bernstein’s Symphony Concert
Introduce your kids to the music of Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s most famous composers. The concert’s program includes selections from his musical On the Town and ballet Fancy Free, and will be performed by the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy an evening of great music with a true American flavor. For tickets, call 6417 7845 or visit www.piao.com.cn. RMB 80-400. 7.30-9pm.
National Center for the Performing Arts, 2 Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District
Don’t Forget: Although you will have to check your cameras in when you enter, make sure you snap some family photos in front of the Egg.
Saturday August 8 – Supercoppa
Maybe you didn’t win tickets from the Piazza Italia lucky draw but you can still watch Inter Milan face off against Lazio at the Bird’s Nest. For tickets, call 6417 7845 or visit www.piao.com.cn. RMB 180-2880. 8pm.
National Stadium (Bird’s Nest), Olympic Green, Beichen Lu, Chaoyang District
Don’t Forget: Arrive early to take a walk around the Olympic Green.
Saturday August 8 – Can We Save Planet Earth? Film Screening
The whole family can learn about the importance of being green. Check out the screening of this BBC documentary on climate change. In English with Chinese subtitles. Free admission. 7.30pm.
CNEX Saloon Café, 3 Guangqu Donglu (inside Imagebase Beijing), Chaoyang District
Don’t Forget: Remember to turn off the lights when you leave the house.
Sunday August 9 – Watch Dragon Boating at Houhai
Even though we celebrated this year’s Dragon Boat Festival recently, you can still catch Dragon Boating teams train at Houhai. Hire a boat and head to the lake for front row seats, or take a lazy afternoon stroll while soaking up some Chinese culture. 4.30-6.30pm.
Don’t Forget: Afterwards head to Nanluogu Xiang, only 10 mins walk away, for Sunday night fish and chips at Fish Nation.