With Halloween just around the corner, all of the kids who look forward to this event each year – and even those who are new to it — are getting very excited! Decorations, costumes and events mark the occasion, and several of our many compounds are getting in the spirit, too. Not all activities are open to the public, so check with your management office for specific details.
*River Garden: Known as the biggest when it comes to Halloween celebrations, this year is certainly no different. On Saturday, October 29, the clubhouse is turned into a haunted house – early hours (4:30-5:30pm) with the lights on for the little ones; later hours (6:30-8:30pm) with scary spooks for the bravest! RG residents simply show residence cards for admittance; non-residents pay RMB 10. This year, the compound developers will match the money raised and donate it to the Qing Hai 7.1 magnitude earthquake victims. Considering last year there were 4,500 kids through the haunted house, — yes, 4,500!! — it’s a great way to have fun and contribute towards a good cause at the same time. Trick or treating in the compound begins at 5:30pm.
Yosemite is doing it up right this year, too! On Sunday, October 30 purchased tickets offer a buffet at 6pm, trick or treating from 6-7pm, pumpkin carving from 7-8, and a photo session and haunted house from 6:30-8pm. Member ticket prices are RMB 188/98; non-member prices are RMB 218/118, and advance purchase discounts are available.
*Grand Hills will have trick or treating hours on Sunday, October 30 from 4:30-5:30pm. Leman Lake will have it both on Sunday, October 30 and Monday, October 31 beginning at 6 p.m. Capital Paradise and Beijing Riviera usually have trick or treating hours, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. The only compounds that say they will not participate in Halloween events are Gahood, Chateau Regalia and Rose & Ginko. If you know of others – either who are or are not hosting Halloween events – please post the information in the comments section below.
*Tickets still available for the Shunyi beijingkids Halloween Costume Brunch Ball. Don’t miss this grand event, full of activities, great food and fun times. For all the specifics, click here.
*One fun part about Halloween is eating the treats! If you’d like to experience the tastes but don’t want to do the baking, let Bread of Life Bakery do it for you. From cut-out sugar cookies, to pumpkin pie and carrot cake muffins, be sure to place your order soon and enjoy these home baked goodies. Call 137 2262 2865 for prices and delivery information.
*Remember to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by attending the Fundraiser at Clicia’s Designs and Shayne’s Treasures, this Thursday from 10am-5pm. All things pink are on sale, and there are opportunities to win prizes as well!
*The first UK Beijing Scout Organization is gearing up to be held at the Shunyi BSB campus. Open to boys and girls from ages 5-14, meetings will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. You must contact via e-mail Firstbeijingscouts@hotmail.com to check space availability.
*Western cooking classes for your ayi are starting up again, held at HLCC center in Shunyi. Classes run from October 25 through December 27 (Tuesdays) from 1-3pm. Cost is RMB 1,800 for 10 lessons, including teaching materials and food tasting. Register at Capital Paradise apartment #2751; for more information contact email@example.com or 135 0115 3524.
*A fantastic event coming up at Dulwich College’s Legend Garden Campus is the third season of the Beijing Youth Orchestra. The first concert, “An Evening of Loud, Uplifting and Obnoxious Music,” will feature many classics. The concert is on Saturday, November 5 at 7:45pm in the Edward Alleyn Theatre. Tickets are RMB 60 for adults and RMB 40 for students; available at Legend Garden reception. For more information, contact Shane.OShea@dulwich-beijing.cn.
*The popular Dulwich Ayi Workshops are back, this time with “Messy Play!” Help your ayi develop her skills in working with your children by signing up for this free course. The workshop is on Saturday, October 29 from 9:30-11am at the Little Riviera Campus of Dulwich College Beijing. Sign-up sheets are at the front desk of the Early Years campuses or you can contact Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Several bothersome reports of robberies are in our “safe” Shunyi compounds. Personally, I’ve heard of one in River Garden, four in Grand Hills, and several in Lane Bridge, Beijing Riviera and Gahood. What’s going on? Keep an eye out for suspect behavior in your neighborhoods, and stay safe.