Beijing Design Week, from September 29 to October 6, seems cool, but it might just be another event parents of young children opt to pass on as we doubt whether our toddlers and primary school aged kids can get excited over carbon-made jewelry (even if there is a tower that sucks in pollution involved) and Korean Smart City design.
Kids Design Week
However, upon closer inspection, we discovered that they have parent and kid workshops all week long (starting Thursday September 29)! The workshops are part of Kids Design Week (Beijing), with the theme “Design for Love”, and occur daily from 4:30-6pm until next Thursday (October 6). Here’s what you can still make:
Friday Sep 30 – Megatrends: Digital/analog games and video games
Saturday Oct 1 – Positive Discipline
Sunday Oct 2 – Empathy and Compassion
Monday Oct 3 – Education for All
Tuesday Oct 4 – Design & Creative Thinking
Wednesday Oct 5 – 21st Century Skills
Thursday Oct 6 – Art Space for Kids
4:30-6pm. September 29-October 6. 751 Conducting Space. 751传导空间
For the teens and parents who still want to keep up to date with modern youth culture, Milk Mart is for you!
Milk Mart, a three-day festival is hosted by the fashion magazine, Milk from Hong Kong, which is the only young fashion magazine distributed in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Their Milk Mart market has been held three times over the past year, selling modern design goods from all over the world.
RMB30. 11:30am-6pm. Oct 1-3. 798 Art District. 751D Park. Chaoyang District. 朝阳区 798艺术区751D.PARK动力广场.
Chinese Culture Workshops
If you’re bummed you’re stuck in Beijing for the National Holidays, new to Beijing and didn’t know there was such a thing, or just otherwise looking to get the most out of your break, sign up for one of the private classes listed below. Each class is taught by an expert in their field, especially invited over for Design Week, so you’ll be hard pressed to find a similar class in Beijing once the “week” is over.
Chinese Jingfan Making Class – RMB 290. 1:30-4:30pm. October 1.
Copper Coffee Spoon Making Class – RMB 380. 1:30-4:30pm. October 2.
Chinese Shadow Puppet Making Class – RMB 268. 1:30-4:30pm. October 3.
Saddle Stitch Book Binding Class – RMB 300. 1:30-4:30pm. October 4.
Chinese Chopsticks Making Class – RMB 298. 1:30-4:30pm. October 5.
Travel Tip: 798 is a tourist attraction, so its surrounding areas will likely be busy. Instead, take Subway Line 14 to Jiangtai Station, exit A and cross the street. It’s a couple of minutes walk to 798, and a few more minutes once you’re in to find 751.
Photos: 751 Info