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BSB, Shunyi Open Day, Feb 21
For adults. The British School of Beijing, Shunyi’s (BSB) prospective parents can tour the campus facilities, watch as a lesson is in session, and chat with the various members of the faculty about the music and sports programs. Registration required. 9-11am. The British School of Beijing, Shunyi. (8047 3558, www.bsbshunyi.com/openday).
Meet the Principals at ISB, Feb 22
All ages. The International School of Beijing’s (ISB) Middle and High School principals along with ISB students will speak with parents about the ISB program and student experiences. Campus tours will follow. Registration a must. Free. 8.45–11.15am. International School of Beijing. (8149 2345 ext 1047, www.isb.bj.edu.cn).
Daystar Academy Open House, Feb 22
All ages. Prospective families can head to Daystar’s Beigao Campus to learn about the school, curricula structure, visit the expanding facilities, and get your queries answered by a member of the staff. Registration required. Free. 9-11am (Kindergarten and elementary school), 1-3pm (Middle school). Daystar Academy. (www.daystarchina.cn/admissions).
The Big Read at BSB, Feb 25
All ages. Head over to BSB, Shunyi for a day filled with reading, poetry, and music inspired by some of the most treasured books. Families can listen to stories, discuss their favorite authors, relax with a good book, or be entertained by students performing their favorite poetry scenes. Refreshments will be from the Chatterbox Café. Free to attend. 10am-3pm. The British School of Beijing, Shunyi. (8047 3588, www.bsbshunyi.com).
Daystar Academy and Ivy Academy Info Session, Feb 25
For adults. Daystar Academy and its sister school Ivy Academy are opening a Sanlitun Campus in September 2017 and invite prospective parents to learn more about the new campus and their program offering. Registration required. Free. 10am-noon. Intercontinental Hotel Beijing Sanlitun. (www.ivyschools.com/admissions).
Hamlet at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Feb 22 to 26
Ages 10+. The National Theatre stages Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by the award-winning Chen Xinyi. The Chinese language production sets the play during the Japanese occupation of China. RMB 75-470. 7.30-9.30pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).
Make Traditional Shaanxi Noodles, Feb 23
All ages. Like most innovative dishes, rustic Shanxi noodles originated with peasants in the countryside. Now these noodles are deemed to be one of the ten wonders of Shanxi. Learn how to make two typical provincial favorites, two delicious noodles and sauces from scratch. RMB 300, RMB 260 for members. 7-9.30pm. The Hutong.
Foundations of Yoga, Feb 25
Adults (women only). Join Ms Uptown Studio for a two-hour workshop on the basics and fundamentals of Vinyasa yoga. The workshop will cover correct posture in the basic asanas as well as sun salutations and tips on improving strength and breathing techniques. The course is taught in English and led by Maria Kimsey, a qualified Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher and chef from the UK, and will include a tea or coffee after class. RMB 250 (register before Feb 18), RMB 300 at the door. 2-4pm. MsUptown.
Vinyasa Yoga Dance with Malgo Blonksa, Feb 26
Adults. This donation-based class is designed for students who enjoy a dynamic practice. Each class will finish with a short choreography based on the moves learned during the practice and danced to a contemporary or classical music piece. The language of instruction is English. RMB 15 donation minimum. 7-8.30pm. Yoga Yard.
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Goodnight Universe!, Feb 27 to Mar 5
Ages 9+ This English-language show for children brings the mind to the magical place just before falling asleep – a place where children can learn to use their imaginations and not to be scared of the dark. This show has toured internationally and has been well-received around the world including in London. RMB 230-630. 7.30pm. Tianqiao Theater.
Early Years Open Day at BSB Shunyi, Feb 28
All ages. An invitation for prospective parents to find out how children ages 1 to 5 learn and play at BSB, Shunyi! Experience its classrooms in action, talk to the teachers, see the newly refurbished Teddies classroom, new Early Years swimming pool, dedicated playground for Early Years, the sports dome and other wonderful facilities too! Free. 10am. The British School of Beijing, Shunyi. (RSVP: www.bsbshunyi.com/EarlyYearsOpenDay or Tel: 8047 3558)
Hyde Academy Open House, Mar 1
All ages. Hyde Academy opens its doors to prospective families to learn more about the school followed by a tour of the campus facilities. Limited space. Registration required. Hyde Academy. (8046 7080, email@example.com).
YCIS Open Day: Meet the Co-Principals, Mar 2
All ages. Join Yew Chung International School of Beijing’s (YCIS) Open Day to learn more about the school’s unique education model. Parents with students of all ages will have the opportunity to learn about the holistic approach the school employs. Free. 9-11am. Yew Chung International School of Beijing. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
YCIS Open Day, Mar 2
Ages 5+ YCIS Beijing’s Open Day will provide visitors more understanding about the school’s unique education model. Parents with students of all ages will have the opportunity to learn about the inner transformation that their children can undergo as a part of their YCIS Beijing experience! Free. 9.30am-3.30pm. YCIS.