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. Check the beijingkids website for full event listings, www.beijing-kids.com.
Thursday October 29th – Find the Perfect Pumpkin
Halloween is upon us. Time to pick up your broomsticks and fly over to Sanyuanli market. Search for the perfect pumpkin to transform into a scary jack-o-lantern at one of Beijing’s last inner city farmer’s markets. Sanyuanli market is bursting at the seams with fresh produce, and you may even find a genuine organic veggie or two. We recommend bringing some extra money for all the lao Beijing snacks you’ll want to buy.
Don’t Forget: Bring your camera so you can take photos of the kids standing beside bustling fruit stalls, cheerful fish mongers, and of course their pumpkin of choice – the family back home will love it!
Friday, October 30 – Etonkids Trick-or-Treat Party
Ghosts, goblins, and superheroes and princesses – this is your chance to show off. Parents and kids are invited to dress up and enjoy the spooky holiday fun. Open to parents and kids across Beijing. Participants should expect a few trick and lots of treats. 3-4.30pm. Etonkids Palm Springs Campus, Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6539 8967) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国际公寓
Don’t Forget: Eat a light dinner before – pure sugar on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster!
Saturday, October 31 – Halloween Party at Beijing Star Kids Children’s Bookstore
Halloween is the holiday kids look forward to all year! Dress up and play games at this bookstore in Shunyi, then trick-or-treat around Riverville Square. 6-7pm. Unit 12, Ground Floor, Riverville Square, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District (6458 1292)
Don’t forget: Don’t miss the inflatable playhouse and pick up books while you’re there!
Saturday, October 31 – Harvest Family Carnival
A fun and family friendly alternative to Halloween! Activities include carnival-style games, a coloring contest and costume contest. And of course, kids can get candy! RMB 35 per child. 6.30-8.30pm. All proceeds will go to the To Africa with Love school building project in Liberia, Africa. (www.toafricawithlove.net) Great Hotel Conference Room A, 2nd Floor #1 Zuo Jia Zhuang Lu (6466 1680) 北京贵国酒店 北京市朝阳区左家庄1号
Don’t forget: Leave the scary costumes at home (but non-scary ones are welcome!)
Sunday November 1 – Pumpkin Carving
This event makes Halloween weekend extra long – while parents brunch, kids can carve pumpkins, win prizes and get goodies while trick-or-treating. RMB 368 + 15 % (includes brunch). Kids under 12 half-price, kids under 6 eat free. Noon-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411)
Don’t Forget: Halloween is over but kids can still wear their costumes!