Did you know we have a family events WeChat group? Join two hundred other internationally-minded families for the latest information on what’s going on in Beijing. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your WeChat ID or add KippWhittaker or anp3rd on WeChat. Please note that readers should confirm with each organizer if events are canceled or scheduled as planned.
3e Open House, starts from Jan 1
All ages. In January and 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 their experienced leadership and admissions team members to understand more about 3e’s dual-immersion bilingual program. Each open house session will provide the opportunity to meet the principal and director of research and curriculum, listen to an informative overview of the 3e program and philosophy, tour classrooms and facilities, and discuss admissions procedures. Free. 9.30-11am. Contact 6437 3344 or email@example.com for registration. 3e International School.
Beijing Saturday Indoor Flea Market, Jan 6
All ages. Every Saturday afternoon there’s a second-hand goods sale or exchange small indoor flea market in Xizhimen Zuanhegongguan. Come and bring what you like to sell or exchange for this weekly event, electronics, books, home country handicrafts. It’s a great place to get bargains and make friends; they may also have small auctions for fun. Free. 2-4pm. Add WeChat ID bjdnh2015 for more information.
TLC Winter Term Weekend School, starts from Jan 6
All ages. TLC Winter Term Weekend School is back for its 14th year, offering a dynamic selection of courses in this five-week program, so whether you are looking to boost your English language skills, want to perfect your debating ability, or feed your passion for story-telling, TLC will have you covered this winter. Courses: Debating course; An introduction to entrepreneurship; Fables and fairytales. All courses are taught in English. RMB 6,000 for full-day school, RMB 3,150 for half-day school. Contact for more info or sign up 8046 3886 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Learning Center.
OASIS First Aid Training for Ayi and Parents, Jan 10
Adults. OASIS First Aid Training for Ayi and Parents is a one-day certified training in Pediatric first aid. The training will be in Chinese and English with theory and practical training. Course content covers the basics of first aid and CPR, learning about first aid kits, prevention and treatment of medical emergencies such as fever, choking and serious illnesses such as meningitis, as well as injury due to accidents like falling, drowning, burns, management of bleeding and outdoor emergencies such as bites and stings, heat stroke and more. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
ICVS “Departing from China with Pets” FREE Information Session, Jan 6 and 14
Adults. ICVS pet relocation experts will share step-by-step instructions on the latest 2018 exit process, including new changes at the PRC Quarantine Bureau, winter blackout periods on pet travel, microchipping, vaccinations, rabies antibody titre testing, and other requirements to help you prepare for a smooth departure from China and an easy entry to your next destination country. Free. 11am-12:30pm. Contact 8456 1940 or email@example.com for more information. ICVS.
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.
Roundabout Temple Fair, Jan 14
All ages. Welcome The Year of Dog at the Roundabout Temple Fair this coming weekend with shopping, fun games, handicrafts, food, and some of the rich cultural traditions which are part of Chinese New Year. There are so many great activities for everyone to enjoy and fabulous festival food, wonderful performances from the Dragon and Lion dancers, displays of Kongfu, and music from our young musicians. All proceeds will support Xu Huanrui and Abdu Salaam’s treatment. Free. Starts from noon. Contact 137 1877 7761 or 138 1111 7756 for more information. Shine Hills.
House of Knowledge Open Day, Jan 16-17
All ages. After ten years’ development, House of Knowledge Schools and Kindergartens (HoK) has grown into an Elementary school and two kindergartens, featuring hands-on learners, and a project-based approach to learning. HoK believe that a positive experience in education from an early age is essential to nurture a lifelong love of learning. Their safe and caring environment allows students to express themselves, encourages an inquiring mind and celebrates independent thinking through experiential learning. Free. 9.30-11.30am. Contact 400 650 7747 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. House of Knowledge.
Secondary Winter Concert @ YCIS, Jan 18
All ages. Secondary students will treat their families and the greater Yew Chung International School of Beijing community to a showcase of the performing arts, as part of the students’ Winter Concert Series. Choral selections, instrumental soloists, orchestral arrangements, rock band rock-outs, and interpretive dances will make up a diverse selection of performances during the evening. Free. Contact 8585 1836 or email@example.com for more information. YCIS.
INN Shunyi Coffee Morning at BSB Chatterbox, Jan 18
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. Contact 8047 3588 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. BSB Shunyi.
MSB Open House (Nursery-Grade 6), Jan 18
All ages. The Montessori School of Beijing opens its door to prospective parents. Meet their leadership team, talk to their faculty, discover their English and Dual Language Programmes, tour their campus, visit their classrooms and have all your questions answered! Refreshments and snacks will be served. Free. 9-11am; 1-3pm. RSVP to email@example.com. MSB.
Mongolian Lunar New Year Adventure Tour, Jan 15-19
All ages. This snowy adventure is sure to give you a taste of Mongolia at its most beautiful and leave you feeling refreshed and energized. Experience the Mongolian Lunar New Year and celebrate this symbolic fresh start with a spectacular adventure in true Mongolian style, with a nomadic family. RMB 2,888 per person. Contact Tuya (WeChat ID:tuya_6323) for more information.
Roundabout Book Fair @ BSB Sanlitun, Jan 20
All ages. Come and visit Roundabout’s huge Book Fair at the British School of Beijing, Sanlitun. Thousands of gently used books from many categories will be on sale for prices starting as low as RMB 1. There will be fiction and non-fiction (e.g. health, biography, travel, cooking) books for children and adults, dictionaries in English, Chinese, German, French and more languages. All proceeds will help children in need. Free. 10am-3pm. Contact 137 1877 7761 (English), 137 1805 3814 (Chinese only) for more information. BSB Sanlitun.
OASIS Childbirth Workshop, Jan 20
Adults. Enjoy this morning workshop, with workshop hosts, Dr. Juliette Kinn, OB/GYN, Dr. Vasili Berdoukas, Pediatrician, and Mindfulness and Stress Management Practitioner, Nathalie Dorbes. The OASIS Childbirth Workshop is a paid class. Refreshments are provided during the class with a break midway for lunch (included in the cost) and a booklet to take home with information learned from the class. RMB 100 per person. 9am-2pm. Contact Katja.Kinnunen@oasishealth.cn for more information and registration. OASIS International Hospital.
Yoga class @ Yoga Yard, Jan 20
Join Justine at Yoga Yard and literally flip upside down to turn your world right side up. Inversions help you see the world in a different way- they help you to face your fear as you move towards the unknown, build strength and balance, and put a smile on your face as the brain releases feel-good chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins. This workshop will focus on breaking down inversions, start with a yoga practice that will prepare our body and mind (let go of fear) for going upside down. And end with guided relaxation and partner flow to achieve a deep and yummy level of release. Language: English&Chinese. RMB 380 (RMB 330 if paid by January 12th). 1-4pm. Contact 6413 0774 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Yoga Yard.
Atelier CNY Art Workshops, starts from Jan 29
Aged 5+. Atelier Fablab offers three brand new workshops for the Chinese New Year Holidays. Workshop 1: Build your city: discover urban design thinking and create the model of a city in larger scale; Workshop 2: Van Gogh: each day the students will discover one topic related to masterpieces Van Gogh created; Workshop 3: Sculpture Masterclass: look at sculpting through the ages, and across some wildly different styles. RMB 1,800-2,000. 10am-4pm. Follow WeChat Atelierartschool for more information. Atelier Sanlitun.
Ideas Winter Camp, until Feb 10
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
Photos: courtesy of Tuya