All About Agriculture
The first Beijing Agricultural Carnival goes on until May 12. Join in the many events and games for adults and children, including picking strawberries, attending art exhibitions, and learning more about agriculture.
RMB 50, free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 9am-5pm. Strawberry Expo Garden, Xingshou Township, Changping District (400 666 1363) 昌平区兴寿镇草莓展览会
Make Your Own Kite
Flying kites is a popular spring activity. Create your own at Sanshizhai, one of the most respected kite makers in the city. The Di’anmen store gives ongoing kite-making workshops for kids and adults. For the store location, see Directory under Shopping.
Show Mom Some Love
Mother’s Day falls on May 12 this year. Buy Mom a bouquet of her favorite flowers, and spoil her with a breakfast in bed or with a luxurious brunch. Whatever you do, show her you care by making it an extra special day. For a list of events on May 12.
Get Inspired by Young Talent
The Kaleidoscope Inter-School Art Festival is a student run art fair on May 24 and 25 in 798 Art District. There will be live music, performances and a variety of art work in various mediums, created by young artists from different international schools, including ISB, WAB, DCB, BWYA and YCIS Beijing. For more details.
Find Inner Peace
There are very few Taoist temples in the city, and White Cloud Temple (Baiyun Guan) in Xuanwu District is one of them. The temple is lesser known as a tourist destination, so it remains peaceful. See Directory under Fun Stuff.
Planting Seeds of Hope
On May 11, YCIS hosts its annual Global Community Day. There will be activities, games, performances and a variety of food from all over the world. All the donations will go to Seeds of Hope charity to help build schools in China’s rural areas. For more details.
Celebrate Spring at ISB
On May 11, the International School of Beijing is hosting their annual Spring Fair. This is an opportunity to join in the festivities and win some prizes while learning more about ISB.
Plan a Picnic
Take advantage of the good weather and spend a day with the whole family at Taoranting Park. You can relax and walk around the pavilions while the kids enjoy the numerous playgrounds. There is even a huge waterpark where kids can cool down in warmer weather. See Directory under Fun Stuff.
Play with Purpose
The Magic Beanhouse Children’s Museum is one of many places dedicated to combining learning with playtime. Another option is role-playing as a doctor or fireman at EE City or Beyou World. See Directory under Fun Stuff.
Rain, Rain, Go Away
If heavy rain has your family trapped indoors, head to Cheer Kids Play Park. This huge playground (5,000sqm) offers a wealth of play areas, including a super maze and a sunny “beach.” Geared towards little ones, there is plenty of soft play and equipment. See Directory under Fun Stuff.