Top Picks For August 20th-23rd

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Don’t miss this week’s five excellent events that are fun for the whole family. E-mail to get each issue sent to your inbox. Check the beijingkids website for full event listings,

Thursday 20th August  – Somewhere in Time: Concert of World Film Music

What do Gone With the Wind, Star Wars, the Sound of Music and Jane Eyre have in common? They’re all going to be played this Thursday by the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra as part of a concert dedicated to classic movie soundtracks.

Tickets RMB 10-100. Forbidden City concert Hall Inside Zhongshan Park, Xichang’an Jie, Xicheng District for 7:30pm. For info, call 64177845.

Don’t Forget: If you haven’t already, read the Pulitzer prize winning novel or watch the multi-Academy Award winning film of Gone with the Wind, arguably one of the best stories ever told.

Friday 21st August – Little Cook Fun Party

Bring the family together through food with the Gymboree cake-cooking party for mom, dad and baby (aged 0-3 years). As well as cake making there will also be games, gifts, light refreshments and cookies. Hurry, there are only 20 places available. RMB 150 (two adults and one child). 5.30-7pm.
To book, call 5166 0516 or email Gymboree Lido Centre, Rm 2, 1/F, Lead International Building, 2 Wangjing Zhonghuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District,

Don’t Forget: Bring a spare top just incase things get messy.

Saturday 22nd August – Happy Acrobatics: China National Acrobatics Troupe

The National Acrobatics troupe – the first of its kind in China – does more than just jump around in brightly colored lycra. Their show mixes traditional acrobatics and aerial acts with music, dance, drama and Chinese kung fu. This will wow children and adults alike. Tickets RMB 10-100. Two shows, 2pm and 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall, Inside Zhongshan Park, Xichang’an Jie, Xicheng District. For info, call 6417 7845.

Don’t Forget: Take a stroll through the beautiful hutongs that surround the park.

Saturday 22nd August – UCCA Video Game Workshop

If your child is interested in art or computer games and is aged between 7-12 years old, then this workshop led by famous Chinese artist Feng Mengbo might be right up their ally. Workshop is in Mandarin only and all children will need to be accompanied by an adult. To book, call 8459 9269 or email SuperGanBei Le, UCCA, 798 District.

Don’t Forget: Even if you’re not fluent, this is a great way to help kids along with their bilingual skills.

Sunday 23rd August – Welcome Back to Beijing Party


After a long summer away, catch up with some old and new Beijingers at this social networking event with wine tasting for adults and fun games for kids. Free. Counting Sheep Boutique, Shunyi. For info, call 8046 1719 or 139 1001 2574

Don’t Forget: To bring some business cards and an address book so you can copy down all of your new friends phone numbers.

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