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Featured Events This Week
Come and See BSB Secondary Production “Oliver!”, Nov 24
All ages. Come and see this amazing musical performed by The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi’s Secondary students. “Oliver!” is a musical based on the Charles Dickens novel with music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. See the interesting story of a young orphan, Oliver Twist, who falls in with a group of street-urchin pickpockets led by the Artful Dodger and masterminded by the criminal Fagin. Three performances: Nov 24 (Fri) at 7pm; Nov 25 (Sat): 2pm and 7pm. RMB 100 (adults), RMB 65 (kids). BSB Shunyi. (8047 3588, firstname.lastname@example.org)
CISB StageCats Present “LIVE”, Nov 24-25
All ages. This is an original play, written specifically for their school’s talented performers who have previously thrilled audiences with hit performances shows including “We Will Rock You” (2017) and “Nothing but the Truth” (2016). In this family-friendly comedy with an important message for all ages, a colorful cast of characters explores the consequences of living our lives online. Over 50 students are involved in this celebration friendship and acceptance. RMB 30 (students); RMB 50 (adults). Nov 24 at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm); Nov 25 at 2pm (doors open at 1.30pm). CISB. Reserve your tickets by emailing the director: email@example.com
Beijing SYDNEY-GYM 2017-2018 New Program, begins from Nov 25
Aged 4-12 years old. The SYDNEY-GYM Team is a future athlete who wants to learn English while learning to swim in a competitive atmosphere, we set up different courses with different content to meet the various stages of child’s swimming upgrade needs. Courses will be subdivided into eight themes: Strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, reaction speed, coordination, attention. Tue-Fri 10am-8pm. Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Olympic Sports Center. Contact WeChat/Phone: 18610811988 or click here for more information.
Innovation Expo at ISB, Nov 25
All ages. The International School of Beijing hosts the second annual Innovation Expo on Nov 25 (Sat). Supported by Creatica, this family-friendly event invites the whole Beijing community to view exhibitions by students and local makers; try their hand at makers’ space workshops; and learn more about great innovation, creativity and STEAM education going on all over Beijing. Free. 10am-3pm. ISB. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Funky Family: Celebrating Roobin, Nov 26
Adults. Migas will be hosting Funky Family, a day long, all-ages celebration of some of rOobin G’s favorite tunes and favorite local DJs, including CAD 73, Boflex, and Kel (of CRI’s The Groove Sessions). Donations and a portion of all food and drink spendings will go into a fund for his wife Katrin and two kids Leo and Henry. This is a great way to help this young family rebuild their lives after the loss of this beautiful soul. Starts at 3pm. Migas. (5208 6061)
Fun for the Family
Renee Charity Ballet Performance: The Chronicles of Narnia, Nov 26
Above 3 years and family. This 90-minute performance is based on a fantasy novel for children by C.S. Lewis. There will be two performances on Nov 26: 1-3pm and 6-8pm. 600 seats are available, which will be reserved by ticket number on a first-come-first-served basis. RMB 100 per person (tickets required for both adults and children). The tickets can be picked up at Renee International Arts Center after purchasing. All tickets are non-refundable but could be transferred to others. The Theater of International School of Beijing.
Hong Kong Int’l Medical Clinic’s Family Fun Day, Nov 26
All ages. At this traditional Chinese style party, come snatch up red envelopes, or hongbao, have your fortune read and win lucky prizes, dress up your little ones in traditional Chinese clothing and take plenty of pictures for memories that will last a lifetime. During the event, families will have the opportunity to meet their doctors face-to-face. Their experienced team of medical experts will be present to answer any health-related questions parents may have. Finally, families will get to experience traditional Chinese handicrafts and arts, as well as win cool prizes like delicious foods and home goods gift boxes. Free. 2-5pm. Swiss Beijing Hong Kong Macao Center. (136 8363 2800, email@example.com)
Fun for the Little Ones
Weekday deals and the Kid’s Corner, Every Mon to Thu
All ages. Get ready to spend some good air days inside Feast, having a lazy lunch with mommy friends while the kids play in their new playroom. Order your main course a la carte, and check out the buffet for salads, cold cuts, and delicious starters. Kids under 6 eat free, and 7 to 12 year olds pay half price. The kids’ room is kitted out with bouncy horses, tents, dolls, rides, giant teddy bears and many more fun toys. 5.30-9pm. Price: RMB 145 per person. For reservation, call 8414 9820.
Markets and Bazaars
WAB Winter Charity Bazaar, Nov 25
All ages. Beijing’s biggest and best holiday bazaar is back. Come to Western Academy of Beijing to get yourself in 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. This is an event you will not want to miss as your family gets ready for the holiday season! Free. 10am-3.30pm. WAB. (5986 5588, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carols for a Cause: Riviera Xmas Market, Nov 26
All ages. Carols for a Cause: Riviera Xmas Market, a charity fair and holiday market will take place at the East Lake Garden with activities like carol singing for both kids and adults. There will be booths where our young merrymakers can play bubble football, do rock climbing and horse riding, and even make their very own gingerbread house, as well as vendors selling essentials like mulled wine, Christmas cookies and chocolates, German stollen (fruit loaf), and punch. Free. 11am-4pm. For more info, add Julia on WeChat (ID: chenshihhan).
Zero Waste Festival, Nov 26
All ages. Presented by Beijing’s leading sustainable lifestyle brand Farm to Neighbors, Zero Waste Festival will not only feature zero waste market, panel discussion, workshops, exhibition and charity raffle, there will also be a useful Recycle Station, which will help you alleviate waste from your homes and transform them into useful objects instead of going to landfill. Noon-6pm. The Grand Summit. Contact WeChat Farmtoneighbors for more information.
Thanksgiving Charity Buffet Dinner for Angel Home Orphanage, Nov 22
All ages. Joe’s Bar and Kitchen will host a Thanksgiving charity buffet stuffed with turkey, honey-glazed ham, gravy, stuffing, and even a green bean casserole. All proceeds go to the Angel Home Orphanage, and will be used to purchase educational supplies for the children. 4pm. RMB 200, RMB 150 (advance). Joe’s Bar and Kitchen
2nd Caravan (Maovember) Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov 23
All ages. Moroccan restaurant Caravan returns with its second Thanksgiving Maovember buffet dinner, this time with two seatings (6pm and 8pm). Get a heaping helping of turkey and fixings, a Maovember pin, and a lucky draw ticket to support the cause. All proceeds go toward Maovember. 6pm and 8pm. Minimum RMB 100 donation with Maovember pin. Caravan
The Cut Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov 23
All ages. The Cut and chef Christoph Zoller have whipped up a menu of cream of forest mushroom soup, a sorbet palate-cleanser, traditional turkey from the trolley, brussels sprouts, new potatoes, classic cranberry sauce, and gravy, as well as their special homemade pumpkin pie. 11.30am-2pm, 6-10.30pm. RMB 888 (four-course dinner for a family of three). The Cut Steak and Seafood Grill
School Open Days
WAB Open House 2017 Series, Nov 28
Grade 2-5. Come learn with WAB! Parents will participate in a workshop on learning at WAB led by their Elementary School principal, assistant principal, and IB PYP coordinator. Your children will have the option to join in fun WAB activities or real classroom experiences during the open house. A tour of their stunning campus led by admissions officers and WAB parent ambassadors will be offered to both parents and their children. 8.45-11.30am. Lotus Lounge. Check out the website to book your reservation. For a complete schedule or more information, please contact email@example.com.
Middle School/ High School Open House at ISB, Nov 29
Grade 6-12. The International School of Beijing invites prospective parents & students of middle school (Grades 6-8) and high school (Grades 9-12) to come and learn about ISB’s challenging curriculum and innovative teaching practices. Meet their new Head of School, Patrick Hurworth, learn more about their high school and college guidance programs, and hear first-hand accounts from their student panel. An in-depth presentation from their middle school principal will follow the high school program. Families will also have the opportunity to tour following each divisional discussion. RSVP needed as space is limited. (8149 2345, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Feed Your Mind
Inn Sanlitun Coffee Morning, Nov 21
All ages. Come join the International Newcomer’s Network (INN) for their monthly Sanlitun coffee morning. It’s a great venue for making new friends, catching up with old ones, finding out what’s going on “INN” Beijing, asking questions, or just enjoying a great cup of coffee or tea. Free. 10am-noon. The Bookworm. (RSVP: email@example.com)
The Journey to You, Nov 25
Adults. Join Carnisa Berry, Relationship Life Coach as she leads you on a journey of self-discovery through emotional awareness: Stop the negative self-talk; Identify, and understand you; Trust your inner voice. RMB 250 / RMB 300 at the door, workbook and light refreshments included. Contact Carnisa via WeChat (BerryThoughtfulLife) or Email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sunny Dental.
American Thanksgiving at the Great Wall, Nov 23
All ages. Come and share a feast and give thanks at 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. 6.30-11.30pm. The Brickyard Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall. (6162 6506, brickyardatmutianyu.com)
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