We Love You, Dads
This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16. To celebrate, spend the day before with the whole family at the beijingkids Father’s Day “King for a Day” party at Xian, EAST Beijing. Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat-barbecue, hop around in a three-legged race or make a crown for Dad to wear in a new family photo.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Wednesday, June 12 is Dragon Boat festival, also known as Duanwu Jie. Celebrate by eating zongzi (glutinous rice with fillings wrapped in bamboo leaves) and watching the famous dragon boat races in Houhai or Qinglonghu Park. See Directory under Fun Stuff for park information.
It’s June already and Beijing’s heat can be unbearable at times. Find some relief at one of the city’s many swimming pools and water parks, such as Crab Island, Tuanjiehu Park, Splash Recreation Club, and more.
Celebrate the 146th birthday of Canada on Saturday, June 29 at the Canadian International School in Beijing (CISB). This Canada Day event will be full of family-friendly activities, from a ball hockey tournament, Canadian cuisine, music performances, prize draws, and the annual Chili Eating Contest sponsored by the Beijinger!
Into the Deep Blue
SinoScuba offers safe scuba diving lessons for the whole family (kids aged 10 and up) and has since 2003. Here’s your chance to swim with tropical fish, turtles and sharks. Classes are available in both Chinese and English and participants can receive full certification upon completing courses. If you want to try it out first, opt for a Fun Dive.
No More Tears
On Saturday, June 8, the Belgian Embassy is hosting a barbecue to raise funds for Morning Tears, which helps the children of convicts. There will be live music, delicious food, Belgian beer and a lot of fun – all for a good cause.
Hilton Beijing hosts the First Beijing Environment and Sustainability Fair on Saturday, June 15. Discover new green products and find out how to lead a more environmentally-responsible lifestyle.
Our “Tiny” City
Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall has lots of interactive games for kids, miniature models, 3D movies and more. However, the greatest attraction of all is the scale model of Beijing. Your home never looked so small! See Directory under Fun Stuff.
To Tianjin and Beyond
Tianjin is an easy, exciting day trip from Beijing. High-speed trains depart from Beijing South Railway Station every 20-30 minutes; the trip is only 30 minutes. Admire the homes at Five Roads, take a ride on the Eye of Tianjin ferris wheel, or spend some time at Binhai Theme Park, the world’s biggest military-themed park.
On Two Wheels in Tongzhou
Grease your gears and take a bike ride along Tongzhou Canal Park. With 60km of waterside paths, you can ride (or walk) as far as you please.
Daily 6am-10pm. 70 Tongzhou Jie, Tongzhou District (8085 5502) 通州区通湖大街70号通州运河公园
This article originally appeared on p10 of the beijingkids June 2013 issue.
Check out the PDF version online at Issuu.com