Top Picks For September 10th-13th

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Thursday 10 September – An afternoon at Yuyuan Park

Take the kids for an afternoon stroll through the park. Lounge lakeside, hire a boat, or burn off some energy in the playgrounds. Check our the latest edition of beijingkids magazine for a full map and walking guide, or check out our website

 Don’t Forget: Bring some healthy snacks so the little ones don’t run out steam.

Friday 11 September – EVOLVE presentation David Lort Philips

Continuing the Bookworm’s commendable series of events dedicated to Dinosaurs, Darwin and Discovery comes a presentation by David Lort Philips. Director of the Darwin Centre in South Wales and soon-to-be crewmember of a team hoping to recreate the historic voyage of Darwin’s ship The HMS Beagle, Philips presentation promises to be a fascinating one, and well worth a trip to Sanlitun. RMB 30. 2-3:30pm (bookworm members) RMB 50 (non-members). The Bookworm, Sanlitun.

Don’t Forget: Get there early to try The Bookworms mouthwatering lunch menu.

Friday 11 September- Golf lessons for kids

If you disagree with Mark Twain that golf is “a good walk spoiled,” then why not head down to Dulwich’s legend garden campus for golf lessons with pro instructor Bobby Miller for kids aged 5-7 years old. Your child doesn’t need to have any prior experience (they’ll soon get into the swing of it). 4-5pm Dulwich College Legend Garden Campus. For details, e-mail

Don’t Forget: The Dulwich College Community Program that runs this event also runs a range of other kid friendly activities. See their website at

Saturday 12 September– Football Courses

Autumn really is the best time in the year for a kick-around, and if your kid is a wannabe Ronaldo or Messi, then best sign them up quick to a ClubFootball coaching course. For ages 4-18. RMB 850 (10 weeks) and includes beverages, certificate, player profile, team photo. This Saturday marks the start of the Chaoyang Park and ISB courses (at noon) so hurry up and register by e-mailing or, or call 130 6893/4/5/6. 

Don’t Forget: You’ll need a ClubFootball kit. If you don’t already have one they can be bought on the course for RMB 100.

Saturday 12 September- Madame Butterfly

Few operas are as internationally recognized and lauded as Madame Butterfly by the great Italian composer Giacomo. So if you and your family have the ear – and patience – to listen to a full opera, then this is the one to go to. A thrilling tale of love, loss and life in Nagasaki, Japan. National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) RMB 50-400. 7.30pm

Don’t Forget: This event is best for older kids, younger ones may struggle keeping up with the full-length opera in Italian.

 Sunday 13 September- Kids Writing workshop

Back to The Bookworm this Sunday for a kids writing workshop with Beijing based novelist Cathy Sampson. Cathy will get kids thinking about all sorts of amazing things like: “What would you do if you were faced with a T-Rex?” and “What would life be like if the dinosaurs came back?”. RMB 30 (members), RMB 50 (non-members). 1-3pm. The Bookworm, Sanlitun.

Don’t Forget: Adults can get in on the action too with a writing workshop lead by poet in residence John Mateer, 4-6pm also on the Sunday. Same location and prices as above.

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