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Fun for the Kids
Hua, Hua! The Magic Crayons! | Children’s Theater, Apr 22
Aged 1.5+. From a blank space, two dancers create a wonderland with crayons as they play, dance, and draw. This is for the kids who love to draw, play, and be creative. There is also a huge community drawing party after the performance where all participants will be creating a huge picture together. RMB 200 per person. 10am-9pm. Check the website for tickets. M Theatre.
Atelier Creative Workshop, Apr 23-27
Age 5+. For this spring holiday, Atelier’s Sanlitun campus will present a creativity workshop with a topic inspired by Les Machines de l’île de Nantes. During the workshop, students will discover this marvelous world of the Machines de Nantes, and especially learn more about the carousel they created for their exhibition of the “Machines of the Isle in Nantes”. RMB 1,800-4,000. 10am-4pm. Atelier Sanlitun (WeChat: atelier_apas).
Return to the Forbidden Planet, April 25-27
All ages. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the 1956 sci-fi cult classic film of the same name, Return to the Forbidden Planet finds a spaceship, helmeted by Captain Tempest, making an emergency landing on the uncharted planet where only residents are the mad scientist Doctor Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and their robot Ariel. Comet join to find out more about this fun adventure. Contact 8771 7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. RMB 50. 7-9pm. Beijing City International School.
The Fourth “HiKicker” International Soccer Cup, Apr 29
All ages. Beijing International Polo Club invites everyone to the 2018 HiKicker Cup. As well as the games themselves, the club will provide an after-game party, a market/cuisine street, World Cup Soccer Gear sales, and a “Field sale” (where parents can bring used or set-aside toys/books to exchange), in order to build a unique event as of a true soccer festival. 12.30-8.30pm. Beijing International Polo Club (WeChat: liaojun0207).
Sunshine Studios Street Dance Classes, every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday
Aged 4+. Sunshine Studios Street Dance classes are taking place at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), and are open to all. This international dance company has set the gold standard for training with many of their students going on to work for movies, TV shows, concerts, and famous theatre shows. Classes are every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from April 1 until June 13. RMB 130 per class. 10.30-8pm. Sunshine Studios (email@example.com).
Fun for the Family
Earth Day Family Theater | When All Was Green, Apr 19
Ages 5+. Take your little one to join Tong Playroom to learn more about this inspiring performance at Beijing 9 Theatre. When All Was Green is a non-verbal, award-winning puppetry performance inspired by the famous children’s book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Directly from Israel, The Key Theatre delivers a poignant reflection on nature’s generosity of spirit in spite of man’s greed. RMB 260-280. 7-9pm. Beijing 9 Theatre (WeChat: janiceinbj).
CISB StageCats present The Wizard of Oz, Apr 20
All ages. The Wizard of Oz is well-known all over the world for its heartwarming story, unforgettable songs, and timeless characters. Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) StageCats are bringing this classic to life in an exciting and energetic way – giving audiences the chance to travel down the Yellow Brick Road in search of the wonderful Wizard of Oz. RMB 30 for students; RMB 50 for adults. 2-9pm. Check the website for more information. Tickets can also be reserved by emailing the director: firstname.lastname@example.org. CISB.
Seeds of Hope Charity Gala Concert, April 21
All ages. The Yew Chung Education Foundation (YCEF) is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year in style, bringing together students and educators from campuses all around China. The Seeds of Hope Charity Gala Concert promises a magical evening filled with delicious food, music, and many lasting memories. RMB 1,000. 5.30-9pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8585 1836).
Sleeping Beauty by Russian State Ballet In Beijing, April 28-29
All ages. Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault or Little Briar Rose by the Brothers Grimm is a classic fairy tale written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, which involves a beautiful princess, a sleep inducing curse, and a handsome prince. The version created by the Brothers Grimm predates the original literary tale published by Charles Perrault in Histoires Ou Contes du Temps Passé in 1697. RMB 90-440. 7.30-9.30pm. Check the website for tickets. Beijing Century Theatre.
Markets and Fairs
Rumble in the Jumble, Apr 21
Adults. If you’re a crafter, this is your opportunity to debut your new handmade concept. If you have a box of second-hand clothes that you’ve been meaning to donate, this is your opportunity to sell them for a bit of drinking money, and refresh your wardrobe while you’re at it! If you are a small business, an artist, a volunteer, or just have a pile of books to drop off at the Booksellers stall, you are all welcomed and encouraged to join. Free to attend. Noon-6pm. Email at email@example.com with your name, company name (if you have one), products, price range, and WeChat ID, and a couple of pictures of your products to register. Modernista.
INN’s Spring Bazaar, May 16
All ages. Over 60 vendors—special lunch sets provided by the Mariott, DJ Mookie-She on hand to set the mood, and more. Free. 10am-3pm. Contact Juli Bradley (WeChat ID JulesBeijing) for more information. Hilton Beijing.
Vintage Art Sale, April 21
All ages. Koryo will offer up several vintage propaganda posters, decades-old nationalist oil paintings and other wares from the Hermit Kingdom. The travel company’s friends at Pop-Up Beijing will also be on hand to sell Chinese antiques from its inventory. Handmade carpets from Magic Carpet will also be available. Free. 11am-5pm. For more information, click here. Koryo Tours and Gallery.
Shunyi Kids Clothing Swap, April 21
Adults. Bring your kids’ pre-loved clothing and shoes (newborn-8 years) in good, clean condition, and swap them for “new items”. Please bring a plate of food, as they will be sharing morning tea while the clothes are sorted. All proceeds and unsold clothing will be donated to charity. Free. 10am-n00n. Contact 130n7116 2353 for more information. International School of Beijing.
Become a Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Apr 20
Adults. Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way provides a step-by-step approach to starting and leading experiential-based parenting groups. This program, covered over the course of a three-day workshop with international trainer Dina Emser (USA), emphasizes experiential activities that reach the heart to inspire deeper understanding and change, equipping parents with a fun and effective way for them to get specific help with real problems. 9am-5pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 130 7116 2353 for more information. Hello Future.
Pioneers for Parity, April 21
Adults. Join them at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University for a one-day conference celebrating and showcasing the female leaders who are paving the way to parity. Women at the forefront of their industries will share about their journeys to the top, and discuss how we can work together to create an inclusive workplace for all. Free. 2-4.30pm. Visit the website for more information or to register.
Good Enough Parenting Course, April 25
Adults. An introductory workshop based on the ‘Good Enough Parenting’ program. GEP uses evidence-based strategies built on Schema Therapy, founded by Dr. Jeffrey Young, that teaches parents, carers, and educators how to meet core emotional needs and develop positive thinking patterns in children. The program uses Movie Therapy as an engaging tool for interactive conversations with examples of how to apply current research to adult/child interactions and practice. This workshop will introduce the full GEP course that consists of a further four sessions of training, with each one focusing on meeting one of the four core emotional needs. Contact email@example.com or 131 2143 3998 for more information. RMB 100. 7-8.30pm. The Bookworm.
School Open Days
BIBA Open Day, April 21
All ages. You’re invited to join Beijing International Bilingual Academy April Open Day to explore their campus, learn all about their culture and curriculum, meet their teachers, students, and parents. Free. 9am-noon. Beijing International Bilingual Academy (8041 0390; firstname.lastname@example.org).
BSB Shunyi Open Day, April 23
All ages. Come join The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi Open Day to take a tour and visit their Primary, German Primary and Secondary classrooms to see the teaching and learning taking place. Talk to their teachers and learn about their curriculum, music and sports programmes. See their sports dome and other facilities. Free. 9-11am. British School of Beijing, Shunyi(8047 3558; email@example.com).
Adults. MCF teams up with Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) for an evening of great food, drink, company, and a mystery murder for us all to solve. The annual Murder Mystery fundraiser this year has a theme of “Beijing’s Got Talent,” and all proceeds will go to MCF’s projects to help support the health check-up of migrant children in Beijing. RMB 500 per ticket, inclusive of a four-course dinner with a glass of complimentary wine. 7-10pm. Hilton Hotel Liangmaqiao. Visit this page for more information about the tickets. MCF.
Fitness and Health
Sweat Like A Swede, April 17
Adults. Come for an evening workout with Heyrobics and the Swedish Chamber. Their goal is to bring you fun, effective, and accessible training, unveiling the secret to what Swedes have been doing to stay fit since 1978. This “Heyrobics meets the Swedish Chamber” event will consist of a group of people interested in learning more about Sweden and connecting to their Swedish roots. RMB 50. 7-8pm. Contact 135 8168 0338 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Heyrobics.
Pilates at the Opposite House, every Wednesday
Adults. Pilates focuses on concentration, control, center, flow, precision, and breathing. Tone your body and your mind with a precision workout delivered by Sabrina Kirchherr. The class is held in the luxurious surroundings of the Opposite House Hotel in Sanlitun. RMB 100. 9-10am. Add Sabrina (WeChat ID SabinaKirchherr) for more details on the class. The Opposite House.
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