While you wait for the city to end its exodus to the famed laojia, here are some ideas of what you could do with all that free time on your hands and kids home from school.
(You should call ahead of time to check each venue’s opening hours during this holiday break.)
Hangout at the plethora of playgrounds in the city.
InKIDS at the Yintai Center is extra cuddly.
The Pororo Theme Park at the Aegean Mall in Chaoyang District might keep your Korean-culture-loving kid busy all day.
If you feel guilty leaving your other to watch the kids while you slip away for a coffee, leave the guilt at Exciting Kids Land, where you can get a latte at the playground.
Check out books at Beijing’s Peekabook Library.
Get your kids outside on a nice day for a bit of human-sized “game” action at Counter Strike adventures.
Explore art and cake at the Black Saw flagship store and Luo Hong Art Museum.
If you’re a lucky one with an ayi willing to work during this holiday, experience a bit of homey, modern Chinese culture at Xiao Diao Li Tang restaurant.