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Classic Movie Tuesday: The Ladykillers, Jan 17
Ages 6+ Tuesday 17 January at 7.30pm, Pop-up Beijing is screening ‘The Ladykillers’ (1955), starring Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers and Cecil Parker. In the film, five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Pop-up Beijing.
Style Butler Chinese New Year Sale, Jan 17 and Jan 18
Ages 8+ Style Butler will be having a clothing sale to ring in the new year. There will be jackets, dresses, shirts, and more! Free. 10am-8pm (Jan 17), 10am-5pm (Jan 18). Beijing Riviera Club House.
YCIS Beijing’s Annual Temple Fair, Jan 18
All ages. Celebrate the upcoming Year of the Rooster with YCIS Beijing at the school’s annual Temple Fair! There will be performances by students and a variety of vendors offering a host of other activities and popular shows such as martial arts, lion dance and the shadow puppets. Free. 8.30am-2.30pm. YCIS Beijing.
Burton Family Sale, Jan 21 and Jan 22
All ages. Check out Burton’s clothing store to get some great deals on clothing and other sports gear! Free. 9am-4pm (Sat, Jan 21) and 9am-6pm (Sun, Jan 22). Burton Family.
Homie Bear Afternoon Tea at Opus Lounge, Jan 16 to Feb 28
Ages 5+ Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon time at Opus with its stylish Homie Bear Afternoon Tea. A portion of the proceeds will go to Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC). RMB 258 (per person including tea or coffee), RMB 358 (per person including one glass of Duval Leroy Brut Champagne). Opus Lounge. (5695 8532).
International Ski Club for Kids, Jan 14 and 21
Ages 7-14. Imagine brings you the exciting activity for young skiers who wish to improve their ski skills but also the ones with no prior experience who want to start learning from scratch. Qualified international ski instructors from the UK and other European countries will be present to will ensure safety, skill acquisition, and fun during the process. RMB 50 per class Single Outdoor session: RMB 550 per class. Qiabo Indoor Ski Session. (010-57394933)
Chinese Bird-Flower Painting Class, Jan 18 and 19
All ages. Traditional Chinese painting is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink; oils are not used. As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made of are paper and silk. The class will be conducted in English. The supplies or the Four Treasures of the Study are provided. RMB 200. 9.30am-11.30am. Chinese Culture Center.
AustCham Beijing Australia Day BBQ, Jan 21
All ages. Join the Australian Chamber to share in Aussie BBQ food including Australian beef snags, beef rump steak and lamb chops, as well by a true blue Aussie dessert section. A variety of kids’ activities including face-painting, pin the tail on the kangaroo, and a craft station is available to keep the little ones entertained. RMB 200 to RMB 300. 11am-4pm. AustCham Beijing. (email@example.com)
3R Workshop for Ayi, Jan 22 to Feb 26
Adults. This workshop is for families who want to involve your Chinese Ayi to practice RIE® approach and a better educational environment at home. RMB 600 (whole workshop, discount applies to Little Park Families); 260RMB (one session if you prefer to try first). 2pm-4pm. Little Park. (15011273676).
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Chinese New Year Workshops: Surrealism, Jan 23 to Jan 27
Ages 5-12. Explore surrealist techniques such as collages, exquisite corpses, 3D works, etching, automatic writing and drawing. 1800RMB (1500RMB for both atelier’s students and who registered before the 10th of January). 10am-4pm. Atelier Art School.
Chinese Bird and Flower Painting Class, Jan 25 and Jan 26
Traditional Chinese painting is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink; oils are not used. As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made of are paper and silk. The class will be conducted in English. The supplies or the Four Treasures of the Study – the ink brush, ink, paper (made of rice & bamboo), and inkstone – are provided by the Chinese Culture Center. RMB 200. 9.30am-11.30am. Chinese Culture Center.
Stone Valley Great Wall Loop, Jan 27
Ages 10+. On this hike the Beijing Hikers make a loop out of Stone Valley Village and hike the same line of wall as on the Middle Route of the Switchback Great Wall hike. This will be a longer hike featuring some different angles for views of the Great Wall, including a great look at what an attacker might have been faced with trying to cross over to the Beijing side. RMB 400 (non-members), RMB 360 (members). 8am-5pm. The Great Wall.
Kerry Flips and Kicks Spring Camp, Jan 30 to Feb 2
Ages 6+ Kerry is hosting a sports camp for kids to release all that energy built up over the winter. Join Kerry and new friends with classes on gymnastics, martial arts, and swimming alike! RMB 3200 (1 week, half day), RMB 6188 (2 weeks, half day), RMB 4500 (1 week, full day), RMB 8888 (2 weeks, full day). 9am-12pm (half day) or 9am-2.30pm (full day). Kerry.