At The Hutong, children can munch on sweet treats while channeling their extra energy towards learning kung fu with “the Cupcakes and Kicks” package. Situated in the historic Dongcheng District, The Hutong is a culture exchange center that regularly offers cooking classes, Beijing day tours, and TCM programs.
The traditional Beijing courtyard provides plenty of space for children to play games, exchange gifts, and learn martial arts with Xie’s Martial Arts Academy. The academy’s founder Master Xie combines traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, karate, and Western martial arts styles to “cultivate personality, self-defense skills, performing arts, and physical fitness through training.”
After the lesson, kids can re-energize with a DIY cupcake class in the kitchen. Staying healthy is important, but it’s good to have rewards in moderation – and children get to experience every aspect of a celebration with the “Cupcakes and Kicks” package. Guided by The Hutong’s chefs, kids can build their own sweet creations from scratch. Alternatively, for less sugary kitchen fun, kids can make their own tea blends by mixing dried fruits, flowers, and spices. “It’s amazing to see the kids experiment with different flavors and taste what they come up with,” says Jeremiah Jenne, The Hutong’s executive director.
The most basic package with a minimum of six children starts at RMB 400 per child. This includes a DIY cupcake class, all-you-can-drink soft drinks and juice, an hour of martial arts, and a special gift for the birthday boy or girl. Parents can opt to add on activities like the tea art workshop, Chinese kite making, or Peking Opera mask painting, as each birthday plan can be customized.
Starting at RMB 350 per child. 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District (6404 3355, 159 0104 6127, firstname.lastname@example.org)
This article originally appeared on page 20-21 of the beijingkids September 2015 issue. Click here to read the issue for free on Issuu.com. To find out how you can get your own copy, email email@example.com.
Photos: courtesy of The Hutong and Joel Olives (Flickr)