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.
Also this week, beijingkids supports all efforts to improve education for the children of Beijing, and we’re sponsoring the Early Years Education Conference on Nov 6-8 (www.eye-conference.com), hosted by Dulwich College Beijing.
Friday November 6th – Daytime Stroll
Looking for a new place to stroll with your infant/toddler? One place that’s often left off the "must-see” list is the Confucius Temple. Go late in the afternoon on a weekday for a tranquil outing free from tourist hoards. Right outside the gates is one of Beijing’s nicest veggie restaurants, Xu Xiang Zhai serving buffet style cuisine (perfect for the picky eater) with unexpected treats. Give your kid some culture at an early age and enjoy one of Beijing’s sites crowd-free. Extra bonus: it’s located a hop, skip and a jump from Line 5. Lunch buffet 11.30am-2pm. 26 Guozijian Dajie, Dongcheng District (6404 6568)
Don’t Forget: Xu Xiang Zhaiprovides all-you-can-eat fruit and ice cream – definitely a kid-pleaser.
Saturday November 7 – Movie night at The Schoolhouse
The first Saturday each month, The Schoolhouse hosts movie night. All movies start at 6.30pm. Beyond the Great Wall & Land of the Panda from BBC’s Wild China documentary (in English, traditional Chinese subtitles). Free. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 6162 6506.
Don’t Forget: Stay toasty with the provided hot chocolate.
Saturday, November 7 – Meet a Children’s Book Writer
Meg Harper, author of the humorous My Mum series (for 10-13 year olds) featuring Kate and her embarrassing mom will make an appearance in Beijing. She’ll be talking about her most recent book, Saint Jenni, about an 8-year-old who tries her hardest to be a saint.10-11am. Beijing Star Kids Bookstore, Unit 12, Ground Floor, Riverville Square, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District (6458-1292)
Don’t forget: Buy a book and get it signed by the author!
Saturday, November 7 – First Ski Session of the Season
Did last week’s dusting of snow across Beijing get the kids psyched for the winter sports season? It may melted but live out your wintertime ski fantasies in the indoor climate-controlled ski slopes at Qiaobo Ice and Snow World with a 150m bunny sloe and a 260m long slope. Kids 3 and up only. Inside Chaobai River National Forest Park, Mapo, Shunyi District (8497 2568) www.qbski.com
Don’t forget: Go bowling, play squash or sing some KTV (all on site) when you’re done with the slopes.
Saturday November 7- Sunday November 8 – Xidan Joycity Food Festival
Ever wanted to see a Guinness World Record broken? See the largest bean mosaic at this food festival and eating competition. Cooking and singing sessions will also be available. Catch an eating competition and dance performances. Open your mind, challenge your stomach and satisfy your taste buds.
Don’t Forget: Save the competitive eating for the pros!