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Hyde Academy Open House, Mar 1 and 7
Adults and kids grades 1-9. Hyde Academy will hold an open house for new parents on March 1 and 7 from 10-11.30am. The open house will include an introduction to Hyde Academy, followed by a tour of the school. The open house is open to all, but registration is required as space is limited. Free. Hyde Academy. Please call (010) 8046-7085 or email email@example.com to reserve a place.
New Children’s Ballet Classes – FREE trial, Mar 3
Ages 4+ Prima Ballerina classes are a fun and engaging way for kids aged 4 and up to learn ballet. Elyn Wang is an ex-soloist at the National Ballet of China, having danced there for more than ten years and traveling the world. She has since gained her RAD teaching qualification and has been a ballet teacher in Beijing for the last five years.. All classes are bilingual and open to both boys and girls. Free. 5-7.30pm. Language and Culture Centre. (139 1158 8951 [also her WeChat ID], firstname.lastname@example.org).
St. Andrews School Reception at Hyde Academy, Mar 3-10
All ages. St. Andrew’s School will hold its Beijing Reception at Hyde Academy on March 3 from 10-11.30am. The school accepts students from Grade 6-12 and postgraduate. The school’s headmaster and admissions director will be available to answer parent and student questions and provide insight into the boarding school experience. Free. Hyde Academy. For registration, please call (010) 8046-7085 or email Hyde Academy at email@example.com.
House of Knowledge Open House, Feb 28 and Mar 2
All ages. House of Knowledge Open House provides the opportunity to meet the principal, teachers, tour the school and learn about their curriculum. It’s the best way to see how HoK can inspire your child’s personal and academic journey. Free. 10-11.30am. House of Knowledge, Chaoyang Campus (Feb 28), Shunyi Campus (Mar 2). (RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 400 650 7747).
YCIS Beijing Open Day: Meet the Co-Principals, 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-12.30pm. YCIS Beijing.
The Voice of China Party, Mar 5
For teens. This month starts with spring awakening called Jīngzhé. Chinese karaoke will have the same effect! Grab the chance to learn to sing some classical or popular Chinese songs. The custom is to eat pears so, if you get tired, relax a little by eating a tasty pear or two! Registration required. RMB 100. 2-5 pm. That’s Mandarin School. (010-52186432).
Goodnight, Universe!, Feb 27 to Mar 6
All ages. 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. The show has toured internationally and has been well-received around the world including in London. RMB 230-630. 7.30-9.30pm. Tianqiao Theater. (For more info, please visit https://www.douban.com/event/28192138/).
The Count of Oolong Mountain: A Comedy, Mar 1 to 19
Ages 8+ A comedy with a happy ending, the Count of Oolong Mountain broke box office records in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. When a man with no apartment, no car, and no job thinks his life can’t get any worse, he’s mistaken for a bank robber. Is it all downhill from here or can he save himself? The language of the performance is Chinese. RMB 169-639. 7.30pm. Beijing Comedy Theatre. (https://www.douban.com/event/28060998/).
Pancake Day, Feb 28
Ages 8+ Head on over to Moka Bros this Tuesday and fill up on pancakes – for one day and one day only Moka Bros will be serving freshly made pancakes with a selection of toppings; lemon & sugar, bacon & maple syrup and berries & homemade yogurt. RMB 15 per pancake. 8am-10.30pm. ANY Moka Bros Location.
Beijing Fayuan (Play), Mar 2 to 12
Ages 10+ This play Beijing Fayuan is based on the novel of the same name by Li Ao. It takes a look at the men who proposed reform to Emperor Guangxu, leading to the ‘Hundred Days of Qing Dynasty Reform’ period, which were thwarted by the dowager empress Cixi. RMB 180-680. 7.30-9.30pm (Thursday through Sunday). National Theater Company of China. (https://www.douban.com/event/28143537/).
The Great Shunyi Kids Clothing Swap, Mar 4
All ages. Kids clothes are an quickly-changing chameleon. Bring your kids clothes to the Great Shunyi Kids Clothing Swap and exchange the clothes that your child has outgrown for clothes they can wear now! RMB 100 entrance fee. 7pm. Roundabout Community Center.
Hiking the Silver Mountain and Pagoda Forest, Mar 4
Ages 9+ The Silver Mountain will be really silver-looking with the recent fall of heavy snow onto Beijing! Join this hiking group to see the snow-clad mountain and stupas. RMB 350. 9.30am-4pm. China Culture Center.
Panlongshan Great Wall of Gubeikou Hike, Mar 5
Ages 9+ This section of the Great Wall is built along the Yan Mountains, and the Chao River, where the town of Gubeikou is, divides it into two distinct parts. It was originally named “beikou,” which literally means “Northern Pass”, “gu” (ancient) was only added by later generations. It protected ancient China from Mongol/Manchu invasion from the north. RMB 130. 8am-4.30pm. Dongzhimen Terminal.
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Riviera Chic, March 8 and 9
All ages. In celebration of Women’s Day, Beijing Riviera and Juice by Melissa will be hosting a chic fashion show. Experience a unique show and fashionable items. Free. 10am-6pm (Wednesday, March 8) and 10am-4pm (Thursday, March 9). Beijing Riviera.
Fifth International School Snow Sports Championships China, Mar 10 to 12
Ages 7-18. In its fifth year, the International Schools Snow Sports Championships China (ISSCC 2017) is a fun ski and snowboard race weekend for international school students. The competition is open to 7-18 year olds. The event takes place at Wanlong Ski Resort, Chongli on March 10-12, and everything is arranged by Imagine for the weekend. RMB 1,000. 9am. Wanlong Ski Resort.
Beatles for Babies, Mar 9 to 12
All ages. This brand-new concert is a family fun at its finest and a tribute to The Beatles. Four experienced musicians (violin, clarinet, cello and percussion) plus one dancer from Spain will be performing live eminent tune to your kiddos in a respectful vibe. RMB 280. 5.30-6pm. China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts (CMoDA).
Senior School Open House, Mar 10
All ages. Prospective parents are invited to take a tour of campus led by Dulwich College Beijing’s own senior school students. Watch lessons in action and have a chance to ask questions. Free. 9-11.30am. Dulwich College Beijing, Legend Garden Campus. (6454 9068, Maggie.Jiang@dulwich-beijing.cn).
Freedom Flow: A Yoga Workshop, Mar 11
Adults. Join yoga instructor Hannah Northcott and certified life coach Carnisa Berry for a mini yoga retreat, and discover how fear keeps many of us from living our dreams. The workshop uses yoga to turn fear, frustration and anger into power, action and love. The language of the workshop is English. RMB 350 (registration by 2/28), RMB 400 (regular price). 9am-12.30pm. Dome International School.
Longevity Village to the Ming Tombs Hike, Mar 12
Ages 9+ On this 13km hike, Beijing Hikers will hike sections of two good Changping trails by visiting what remains of two valley villages that were abandoned as a quarry expanded. There are two versions of this hike. The start and finish point is the same. The middle section of the trail is different – on this route the group will go through the mines and quarry area, and then through two abandoned villages. RMB 380 (RMB 340 for members). 8am-6pm. Beijing Hikers.
Children’s Magic Show, Mar 12
Kids will enjoy the ‘Magic Journey’ live action magic show, which helps children to discover the ‘magical world.’ With help from the audience, the magician in this popular show guides kids through a series of tricks and enchantments which thrill and delight younger audiences. RMB 100-200. Legends Small Theater. (https://www.douban.com/event/28126370/).