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Featured Events This Week
DSS: David Begbie “Be the Change,” Nov 13
All ages. David Begbie will visit Western Academy of Beijing as part of the school’s Distinguished Speaker Series to talk about his career and lead an inspirational conversation about how making a small change can have a worldwide impact. David is the Director of Global X-perience at the Crossroads Foundation. Free. 6-7.30pm. Western Academy of Beijing (visit www.wab.edu/dss to register, contact email@example.com for more information)
Adults. We are bombarded with images of who we need to be and what we need to do. It is easy to be pulled along by the demands of popular opinion until we suddenly find our families pulled apart and our destination meaningless. Join Mother’s of Preschoolers (MOPS) on Monday as Patty Durbin shares with us how to lead our families where we want them to go so that we can freely say the best yes. Free. 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaoning Ballet of China Swan Lake, Nov 17
All ages. China’s fastest-rising ballet company, Liaoning Ballet of China, performs Swan Lake – and unlike many touring companies, technical expectations will be met. Catch China’s favorite ballet about star-crossed lovers Odette and Siegfried over two nights at the NCPA. RMB 100-580. 7.30-10pm. National Centre For the Performing Arts. Contact 186 0020 8126 to book your reservation.
Fresh Events Next Week
All ages. Come and share a feast and give thanks under the Great Wall. There will be a roasted turkey, and all the trimmings served family style along with a dessert buffet. In addition to this, there will be live jazz and a kid’s playroom with activities hosted by a professional. For those who can’t get away for Thursday, there is still a chance to come together for a real family Thanksgiving on Saturday night. Every year these events have been sold out so make your reservation early! RMB 158-388. 6.30-11.30 PM. The Brickyard Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall. (6162 6506, brickyardatmutianyu.com)
WAB Winter Charity Bazaar, Nov 25
All ages. Beijing’s biggest and best holiday bazaar is back. Come to Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) to get yourself into the holiday spirit with a diverse range of traditional winter food and drinks, unique handicrafts, and gifts for your friends and family, as well as some spirited entertainment from WAB students and staff. Proceeds go to a number of worthy charities both in Beijing and around the world. 10.30am-3.30pm. Free. 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang. (5986 5588, email@example.com)
Fun for Family
Sliding into Beijing: Disney on Ice, Nov 18-19
All ages. The two-hour live show will feature more than 50 timeless Disney characters, including the stars of Frozen, The Lion King, Zootopia, Beauty and the Beast, and Finding Nemo. Additionally, audiences will be offered sing-along scores to melodious masterpieces, such as “Hakuna Matata,” and “A Whole New World,” among the stunning choreography, beautiful costumes, and intricate sets. RMB 180/280/380. 15:00 pm – 22:00 pm. Capital Indoor Stadium. For more information, contact Lucy at 186 0020 8126 or WeChat (ID: lucy18600208126).
All ages. To celebrate the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day, Six Seconds are organizing POP-UP Festivals in 100+ countries during the month of November — where children and their adults will learn about emotions, well-being, and children’s rights. Free.(RSVP: jinshuju.net/f/IrZs50, Follow WeChat ID:Sixseconds-EQ for more information)
Large Panoramic Scientific Fiction Show, daily until Dec 31
All ages. Dinosaurs are making a comeback thanks to technology. About 10,000 sqm of Beijing National Indoor Stadium has been turned into a primitive scenery, and a specialized water system is being used to re-enact stormy conditions that occurred during the time of these mighty species. The whopping 6,000 sqm of high-definition LED that recreates a stellar vista of the sky to complement all the thumping and growling of wild dinosaurs below. RMB 280/380 for adults, RMB 230/320 for kids. For more information, contact Lucy at 186 0020 8126 or WeChat (ID: lucy18600208126).
Parent-child Yoga Class with Angelina in JKC, every Thursday
All ages. Come join JKC to cultivate a close parenting relationship with kids under happy and healthy circumstances, as well as increase kid’s flexibility of the body; improve kid’s blood circulation; and develop kid’s physical and cognitive skills. Yoga class presented by Angelina, founder of Incy Wincy Kids Yoga with a dedicated focus on children’s yoga. Eight families (1 adult +1 kid) per class. RMB 250 RMB per class per family. 9:00am– 09:45am Kid’s Age 0 – 1.5 years old; 9:55am – 10:40am Kid’s Age 1.5 – 3 years old. Contact 13269442485/010 – 84590369 for more information.
Fun For Kids
New Karate & Martial Arts Classes at Daystar, until Dec 31
For kids 4-12. Come join Daystar to learn new skills, have fun, make friends, stay active. You are entitled to enjoy: classes taught in English by qualified international staff; great foundation for all sports; helping create a love of sport that lasts a lifetime. Daystar students receive a 10 percent discount. Visit their website for class schedule. RMB 1,560 for 12 classes. 1-7pm. Daystar Academy. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 137 1846 2044 to arrange a free taster class.
Ballet for Fun, Fitness, and Finesse, every Friday
Kids 4+. Come to join Prima Ballerina for a ballet class focusing on nurturing each students’ love of the art form through practice, dedication, and creativity. This form of ballet training breaks through classical teaching methods and builds children’s passion for dance through a variety of games, sounds, and musical styles. The aim is to develop strong coordination, focus, creativity, expressiveness, and musical sense. For more information, check the website or contact 139 1158 8951
Seminars and Workshops
Adults. The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi is hosting this months’ International Newcomers Network (INN) Shunyi coffee morning. Join them for this great opportunity to meet other newcomers and old-timers in the Shunyi area! Free. 10am-noon. (RSVP: email@example.com)
Adults. China-Britain Business Council will work with Venture Education to present their members with a unique day of training on enterprise education. Enterprise education is a response to the challenges facing modern students in all levels of education and society, creating students whose positivity allows them to thrive in any situation. Educators and those in the field are welcome. RMB 1,600 (BritCham members), RMB 2,000 (non-members). 9am-4pm. The British Business Centre. (8525 1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
YCIS Beijing Active Parenting Workshop: From 5 to 12 Years, every Monday until Nov 20
For parents with kids aged 5-12 years. Active Parenting will give you skills to achieve a fuller, more satisfying family life and help your children achieve greater happiness and success. This course will show participants a proven-effective approach to parenting that will lead to more harmony and happiness for you and your children. Free. 8.30-10.30am. YCIS Beijing Campus. RSVP today by visiting their Yoopay page, or contact them at email@example.com for more information.
First-aid Training for Ayis & Parents, until Nov 31
Adults. OASIS International Hospital will hold first-aid trainings for parents and Ayis. Highlights of the course content: Phoning for help; Choking; Fever; Head injuries; Bites; Recovery position. It’s important as a parent to feel confident that you are leaving your kids in safe hands, so the courses will be provided in both English and Chinese. Free. Follow OASIS wechat account (OASIA_Hospital) for more information.
New class : Introduction to Architecture, begins on Nov 16
All ages. This year Atelier proposes a brand new class for teenagers and adults to discover and understand What is Architecture. Each class, discover a building, an architect, an architectural style. During this class, students will learn how to show a purpose in a project, how to share it with others as the basis of any creation. They will draw, make models to represent space and make architectural objects. Schedule:12-15 years old: Thursday 5:00-7:00pm; Adults (16 + years old): Thursday 7:15 -9:15pm. For more information please contact 010-64161614, email firstname.lastname@example.org or WeChat atelier_apas.
CandleX Rooftop Yoga, until Oct 31
Adults. Relax with a sunset yoga session at the rooftop of old Beijing hutong house, and enjoy a cup of tea and social time afterward. Yoga is not just for the body, but also for the mind. This is a wonderful opportunity for like-minded people to gather and get to know each other in a cozy setting. There are 12 spots available every Sunday. RMB 100 including a drink. 5:00PM-7:00 PM. E-mail email@example.com for more information.
Photos: Courtesy of Beijing Performing Arts Group; Disney On Ice; JKC