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Featured Events This Week
Israel Art and Culture Festival, Dec 25-26
All ages. IsCham and FROOTS Gallery join together to co-host this month-long Israel Culture Festival at Beijing Israeli Business and Cultural Center (IBCC)·FROOTS Gallery. A series of events throughout this month will allow attendees to experience the charm and beauty of Israel. 10am-9pm. Israeli Business and Cultural Center. Follow WeChat IsCham_Beijing for more information.
Fun for Family
Parade of Penguins at Indigo’s Christmas Castle, until Jan 2, 2018
All ages. This year the Indigo winter garden will be transformed for our annual Christmas tree lighting event, featuring a magnificent Christmas Castle ruled over by the lovely penguin duke. There will be many fun games and activities in the castle for all to enjoy this Christmas. Make a special Christmas wish as you slide down the magic castle slide, and see if the penguin duke grants your wish. Indigo. Check the website for more information.
Ideas Winter Camp, starts from Dec 17
Ages 7-17. The Ideas School hosts a week-long winter camp. Kids 7-10 can stage a Broadway musical or learn more about science and math in a STEM Workshop. 11-14 year olds can choose between a Youth MBA program or a Design Thinking Workshop, while those aged 15 to 17 can try the Design Thinking Workshop or polish their rhetorical skills with public speaking and essay writing. Camps run for 14 days in two sessions. All day. For more information or to reserve, visit: http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/-tPvWxFfrdzf8HqdJHzVAQ
Flips & Kicks Plus Winter Camp @ Kerry Sports, until Dec 29
Ages 4-12. Staying in Beijing this winter break? Why not bring your child along to the Kerry Sports’ exciting sports camps? Participants will have the chance to try many different sports such as fencing, gymnastics, martial arts, volleyball etc. Their foreign group coaches and specialists guest coaches will ensure your child’s experience is both safe and fun. RMB 3200- RMB 4500. 9am-2:30pm. Kerry Sports.Check out http://www.flipsandkicksplus.com/?page_id=133 for more information. Contact 8565-2460 or email@example.com for registration.
Ski Camp at Nanshan, Dec 25-29
Ages 7+. Equipment is included, it can be rented in the resort. Skiers can bring their own equipment if they wish so. Transport provided in the following picking points:The Starbucks at the Lido Place, Metropark Lido Hotel; Beijing Riviera; North Edge of Ku Liu Shu Roundabout (Houshayu). Skiers will be picked up every morning, and send back to the same location the same day in the afternoon. Parents need to make sure kids bring a packed lunch. RMB 950 per day (at least three days). For more information please contact WeChat ID Imagine24x7service. Nanshan Ski Resort.
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.
Atelier New Class: Introduction to Architecture, until Dec 31
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 for 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 email@example.com or WeChat atelier_apas.
All ages. A family-friendly hutong tour to discover the authentic Beijing local life, ending up at an amazing hutong pizzeria! Starting point: Chaoyangmen, line 6, exit C. Starting time: 10:30am. RMB 190 for adults, kids free ( price includes pizza to share for everybody). Contact 13071139166 for more information.
Forbidden City Tour, Dec 31
All ages. This unique tour brings the ceremony, pomp and intrigue of Beijing’s Imperial Palace back to life. Combining carefully researched information about how and why it was constructed, with shocking anecdotes about the 24 men to whom it belonged, this tour will help you realize how eccentric and unworldly ancient palace life really was. RMB 290 (adults); RMB 220 (kids under 14); includes native English speaking guide and all entry tickets. 1.30-3.30pm. Go to http://www.newmantours.com/beijing/forbidden-city-tour for more information. (138 1777 0229, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prenatal Pilates, every Mon
Adults. Prenatal Pilates is a low impact pregnancy workout, involving a series of controlled movements mostly on an exercise mat. It is certainly a very effective workout during pregnancy as it targets the tummy and pelvic floor muscles which tend to weaken during pregnancy. Most Pilates exercises for pregnant women are performed on the hands and knees, which is an ideal position during pregnancy and takes stress off the back and pelvis, and position your baby ready for delivery. RMB 100 per class. 11am-noon. Adler Kliniken. Contact Sabina (WeChat ID: SabinaKirchherr) for more information.
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.
Baby Care Learning Center for Older Brothers and Sisters, every Wed
All ages. For those moms preparing to have your second child, you are welcome to bring your first born to United Family Healthcare’s special Baby Care Training Boot Camp! You can relax while soon to be older brother or sister can have lots of fun learning how to help you when the new baby comes. Of course, first-time parents and other family members can join in too. Camp attendees will learn skills like how to change diapers, correctly clothing and swaddling baby, and many other skills that will better prepare everyone in the family to assist you when the baby arrives. Free. 11am-noon. Beijing United Family Hospital.
Parent-child Yoga Class with Angelina in JKC, every Thu
All ages. Come join JKC to cultivate a close parenting relationship with kids under happy and healthy circumstances, as well as increase your kid’s body flexibility; improving 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.
Kangaroo Tennis Club – Children Tennis Training, every Sat
Kids 6+. Come join Kangaroo Tennis Club for their tennis training program, to enroll your children for weekends of fun, exercise, and social interaction. All tennis instructions are in English. RMB 960 (12-week course fees) 9am-9pm. Beijing Tennis Center. (Contact Stanley at 136 8115 7367)
Fun-filled Mom and Child Playground, Every Sat
Ages 1.5-5. Join this fun-filled mom and child playground at Happy Family Kindergarten every Saturday morning. This playground is aimed for children 1.5-5 years old and moms to meet new people while spending some quality time together with their little bundles of joy. The kids will engage in storytelling, arts and crafts activities, as well as music and movement. Free. 9.00am-11.00am. (RSVP: 136 9573 7808)
School Open Days
3e Open House, starts from Jan 1
All ages. In January & March, 3e International School will host a series of Open House sessions for prospective Nursery (2 years old) to Kindergarten (6 years old) families to visit and tour 3e’s Lido campus. Families are invited to learn and ask questions of our experienced leadership and admissions team members to understand more about 3e’s leading dual-immersion bilingual program. Each Open House session will provide the opportunity to meet the Principal and Director of Research & Curriculum, listen to an informative overview of the 3e program and philosophy, tour classrooms and facilities, and discuss Admissions procedures. Free. 9:30-11:30am. Contact 64373344 or email@example.com for registration.3e International School.
House of Knowledge Open Day, Jan 16-17
All ages. After ten years of development, House of Knowledge Schools and Kindergartens (HoK) has grown into an elementary school and two kindergartens, featuring hands-on learners, project-based approach to learning. HoK believe that a positive experience in education from an early age is essential to nurture a life-long love of learning. Their safe and caring environment allows students to express themselves, encourages an inquiring mind and celebrates independent thinking through experiential learning. Please feel free to join their open day if you are interested to know them. Free. 9:30-11:30am. Contact 400 650 7747 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. House of Knowledge.
Prepare for This…
2018 Beijing International School Expo, Jan 13-14
All ages. The 2018 Beijing International School Expo (BISE), hosted by beijingkids and Jingkids, provides an annual platform for parents, school leaders, teachers, and other educators to discover current trends in education and get a chance to meet and converse with many other schools located in Beijing. Free. Starts from 10am. Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel. Contact Jingkids 5941 3140 and beijingkids 5941 5379 for any questions about the event. Register at https://www.bagevent.com/event/860285.