September is when Beijing’s social calendar starts getting crowded — and this weekend is no exception.
We here at beijingkids are tirelessly on the hunt for things for families to do and once again this weekend our email newsletter and online events listings are chock-a-block with great stuff to do. — things like broadway musical Kiss Me Kate (performed in English); a children’s staged rendition of Peter Pan; and the St Petersburg State Ballet-on-Ice performing the Nutcracker.
But Beijing being what it is, oftentimes we find out about events after our email newsletter has gone out — so here are a few things to look out for this weekend that didn’t make the deadline for this week’s newsletter:
First and foremost, everyone’s favorite indoor play center The Familier is launching their second location — this one in the 798 Art District area — with an opening party Saturday afternoon. If its anything like its Chaowai locale (and judging from the photo above, it looks even nicer), families of younger kids are in for a real treat.
Pantry Magic, the purveyor of high-end kitchen equipment that shut down last spring in Sanlitun’s Nali Market, has finally reopened its doors. Backed by Michelle Hemsin (who is soon to be a mom for a second time — congrats!), the new shop is in the same building as Hemsin’s other ventures, Bodhi Massage and Counting Sheep Boutique, all of which are located directly across the street from the north gate of Gongti.
If this recent string of fabulous weather we’ve been having keeps it up through the weekend, you’ll want to head on up to the Legend Garden campus of Dulwich College for the Great Aussie BBQ, that will feature food and fun for the whole family. RMB 50 gets you in the door (unless you’re shorter than 1.2 meters in height, in which case you’re free!)
Finally, kids in Beijing who fear dentist’s visits surely have never been to IDC Dental, which is having its 2nd annual Kids Day this Saturday. I know what you’re saying: you must be crazy, a dentist visit for fun? It’s true. In fact, I can personally vouch for the care that my 4-year-old (and her best friend, also 4) received at IDC. They both needed cavities filled recently, and after their appointments both not only did not fear the dentist, but were wondering when they could go back for another visit. On Saturday they’re offering free checkups as well as face painting, take-home toys, a Polaroid healthy-smile booth, and more. You’ve got to sign up in advance, so act fast.
BTW, did you know that the beijing-kids.com events section lists almost twice the number of events listed in the print magazine? We’re adding new events to the site at a rate of 5 new events every weekday, and we want to bring you more! You can help us by posting your event here, or sending us an email to email@example.com.
Keep an eye out on the events section daily as we strive to bring you more, more and more!