Thu 1 – Jia You China!
Today is China’s 60th anniversary and the show is set to be a big one. Most of the city in lockdown today, so avoid any hassles and watch the biggest show of the decade unfold from the comfort of your lounge room. Tune into CCTV1 to watch the celebrations. Festivities start from 7am.
Don’t Forget: Do all of your grocery shopping on Wed as all shops and supermarkets will be closed on Thu.
Fri 2 – ClubFootball Fun
If your kids think there’s nothing to do during the Oct holiday, think again! ClubFootball will be running soccer programs everyday until Oct 7. Coaching program will be running at run at over 20 locations in Beijing and Tianjin for boys and girls of all levels ages 4-18. As always, courses are taught by ClubFootball’s UK English FA-qualified coaching staff. For details call 5130 6893/4/5/6, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.wanguoqunxing.com/cms8/modules.php?name=J
Don’t Forget: ClubFootball programs will be running throughout the Oct holidays, so there’s no reason to miss out!
Sat 3 – Voice and Stage Acting Workshop for Kids
It’s not too late to get your kids into this 12-week workshop. Today is only the second session, so there’s plenty of fun to go! Kids ages 8-12 learn acting, public speaking, creative writing, and design skills. The workshops will culminate in the performance of an original play in early Dec. Details at firstname.lastname@example.org. RMB 150 per child, per workshop. 10am-noon. Fu Cafe (south entrance of Nanluogu Xiang, first hutong on the right), Dongcheng District (6403 3595).
Don’t Forget: Instructors speak both Chinese and English, so there’s no need to feel left out.
Sun 4 – Relax, it’s Brunch
We can’t get enough of the Zen5es brunch at the Westin Chaoyang and their amazing on-site ayi. Parents love it because they can sit back and enjoy a delicious dim sum brunch, without worry about their little ones. Kids love it because of the playroom packed with videogames, toys, and a TV. RMB 168 (excluding beverages) for two adults (free for kids under 6). Sat-Sun 11.30am-3pm.
Don’t forget: If dim sum is not to your little one’s tastes, a range of yummy kid-friendly food is available.
Thu 8 – Vote Earth
Don’t miss out on the Vote Earth activities at the Schoolhouse at Mutianyu to mark the upcoming Copenhagen climate conference. Kids and parents can make their very own “Vote Earth” lantern, which will be hung in the Schoolhouse restaurant. One of the lanterns will be selected for Project Lantern in Copenhagen and displayed with others received by WWF from kids all around the world. Runs until Oct 10. Details at email@example.com or 6162 6506/6287. The Schoolhouse Mutianyu, www.theschoolhouseatmutianyu.com
Don’t Forget: Make a stop at the Schoolhouse restaurant for some Italian fare produced with fresh, local produce. 11am-4pm.
Fri 9 – Head to Tiantan
When was the last time you explored Beijing’s south? Venture a mere 15min drive south of Wangfujing for a day of temples, echo walls, toy markets and local food. We’ve got your full itinerary online at beijing-kids.com.
Don’t Forget: Get a “through” ticket at Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) for RMB 35. This gives you access to everything the park has to offer and is well worth the extra cost.
Sat 10 – Hutong Pizza
Let kids get nice and messy in someone else’s kitchen for once. Children ages 6 and up learn how to make a variety of dishes from local and foreign ingredients. All of the recipes are selected with kids in mind, so they’re fun, easy to cook, and great to eat. RMB 150, RMB 130 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355, 159 0104 6127, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.the-hutong.com
Don’t Forget: You and your little one can have fun making a personalized apron. Head to one of Leyou’s four locations for everything from puffy paint to glitter. 1) 143, Beituchen Xilu, Haidian District; 2) 203-204 Section A, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District; 3) East gate of Sanyuanli Community, opposite Silver Tower (between Sanyuan Qiao and Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District; 4) 111 Jiaodaokou Dajie, Dongcheng District
Sun 11 – Bowling and Dogs
Get the clan together for a day of bowling and hot dogs. First stop is Gongti 100, the bowling alley at the east gate of the Worker’s Stadium. Once you and the kids are all bowled out, take a short stroll to Gate 10 of the Workers’ Stadium to the newly opened Stadium Dog. They take this American classic very seriously offering a range of sauces, toppings, and even a veggie dog. This small eatery has stools and a bathroom, but no counter seating. Stadium Dog is best for daytime snack stops as there is a bar attached to the rear that can get a little smoky and rowdy at night. RMB 65 gets you a three-dog combo plus a soft drink. Stadium Dog, Gate 10 (inside the East Gate) Workers’ Stadium (6546 8364, Chinese); Gongti 100 (6552 2688, Chinese)
Don’t Forget: The Worker’s Stadium and surrounding venues should definitely be open by now, however best to call ahead and check that Gongti 100 and Stadium Dog are indeed open. Plan B: Go bowling at Dongdan PE Center, Chongwenmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (6559 6165); and try the dogs at No More Bunz, Bldg 1, Xingfu Ercun (southwest corner of Xindong Lu and Dongzhimenwai), Chaoyang District (English 135 0107 1114)