If you didn’t plan on going anywhere for the long weekend and just want to relax but need to go out for a bit then try out one of the following places to get some food or just enjoy a casual walk around.
StarTrooper Laser Tag 激光搏击
Ages 10+. StarTrooper Laser Tag lets older kids and the young-at-heart to give in to their Star Wars fantasies by using laser guns to eliminate opponents. StarTrooper also has a pool table, arcade games, and a concession stand for some post-game entertainment. The entire venue can be rented out for birthday parties.
Adventure Zone 探险乐园
Ages 4-12. Located within the Kerry Centre, this year-old center features top-of-the-line play equipment imported from the US – including a stomach-churning 9m slide with a 90° drop. There are gentler slides for younger kids and more timid parents, as well as a multi-level climbing structure and a section just for toddlers. Be prepared, however; this is one of the pricier options for indoor fun.
Indigo Mall 颐堤港
All ages. Located just south of 798 Art
District, Indigo Mall opened in 2012 and has grown into a popular family hangout. The mall hosts regular kids’ events in its airy atrium space. In the warmer months, families can access the free Indigo Playground out back, which features a fountain and two play areas connected by a garden. Indigo Mall also has numerous restaurants, children’s brands, and play centers.
Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park 蓝色港湾
All ages. Located a stone’s throw away from Chaoyang Park, this family favorite has been open since 2008 and carries brand names like Zara Home, H&M, Mothercare, and more. The village-style layout offers plenty of space for kids to run around in; the central plaza, with its fountains and whimsical decorations, is particularly popular. Indoors, there’s an entire children’s wing with play facilities and family-oriented shops. Solana also has a cinema, western restaurants, and an indoor ice rink.
Tai Koo Li Sanlitun 太古里三里屯
All ages. The area in and around Tai Koo Li Sanlitun is an expat hub, with loads of international shops, restaurants, bars, beauty services, and more. In the summer, the fountains in front of the Apple Store attract lots of kids, who play and run through the water jets as their parents look on. Tai Koo Li also has a Megabox Cinema that shows Hollywood films and a Coldstone Creamery for hot-weather treats.
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