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Mother’s Day Celebrations
Family Workshop: Make the Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day, May 13
All ages. Atelier presents a family workshop to celebrate Mother’s Day: how to make handmade hairpins/sticks on May 13. The workshop is designed for one adult and one child. It will be a well-spent Sunday afternoon with art and Fablab teachers helping you to design your trendy mom a nice piece of jewelry/hair decoration with love. RMB 400 for 1 camp. 2-4.30pm. Atelier Sanlitun (WeChat ID atelier_apas).
Jewelry Workshop with Suzhou Embroidery, May 13
All ages. Just in time to create something for Mother’s Day or for yourself, come to The Local on May 13 to create your own brooch or bracelet with Suzhou Embroidery. Use handmade Suzhou embroidery techniques and beading to find your awesome inspiration. Classes are bilingual, all materials are included, but you’re invited to bring any old jewelry pieces that you may be able to incorporate into your design. RMB 358 (RMB 298 for early birds). 11am-5pm. The Local (158 1071 3743, email@example.com).
Treat Mom to a Fresh Air Break in Mutianyu!, May 13
Ages 10+. The Brickyard knows how to treat mothers! Come out to the fresh air at Mutianyu and enjoy the flower-filled Brickyard garden, complete with champagne, roses, live jazz, elegant buffet, activities for the kids. Contact The Brickyard for prices. Starts 11am. The Brickyard Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall. (6162 6506)
Mother’s Day High Tea Celebration, May 13
Adults. Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast. Nothing tells your mom she’s wonderful like a special afternoon tea. The dress code for the event is smart casual, and ladies should wear dresses and hats. RMB 280. 3-6 pm. Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast (151 0151 7496).
Mother’s Week Buffet at SwissôTel Beijing, May 7-11
All ages. During Mother’s Week, all mothers can enjoy 50 percent discount on daily buffets at Café Swiss as they provide you various authentic Swiss cuisines, such as Swiss sausage with potato, Raclette cheese, veal in Zurich Style. RMB 124 (lunch), RMB 149 (dinner). 11.30am -9.30pm. Swissotel Beijing (6553 2288).
A Mother’s Day Takeover at FEAST, May 13
All ages. This Mother’s Day don’t miss out on this one of a kind kitchen takeover at FEAST. The chef’s will be handing over their cleavers to their moms so that they may cook up some of their favorite recipes for all to enjoy. There will also be plenty of complementary fresh flowers, a special rose infused beer, and lots of games for the little ones. RMB 398. 11.30am-3pm. East Hotel (8414 9820)
Mother’s Day at Park Hyatt Beijing, until May 20
All ages. Give your mother a break in the kitchen and indulge her with a relaxing meal in China Grill or The Lounge where special dishes will be available on the menu. L66, China Grill (until May 13), L63, The Lounge (May 13-20) Noon-10pm. Park Hyatt Beijing. (8567 1098, 8567 1795)
This Week’s Spring Fairs
For a list of upcoming similar activities, visit Your Spring Fair Calendar: Celebrate the Season of Blossom and Sunshine at These Schools.
Obido Book Fair at BSB Shunyi, May 7-11
All ages. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned book fair to ignite a passion for reading. The Obido Book Fair is coming to The British School of Beijing, Shunyi (BSB, Shunyi). Drop by to select books for all ages in both English and Chinese. Free. 8am-5pm. BSB Shunyi (8047 3588; firstname.lastname@example.org).
YCIS Beijing Global Community Day 2018, May 12
All ages. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS) invites everyone to their 10th annual Global Community Day. This year marks Yew Chung Education Foundation’s 85th anniversary with Global Community Day celebrating the foundation’s history and diverse community. The event features delicious food, performances, games, creative activities, art demonstrations, and much more, with all proceeds donated to charity. Free. 10am-3pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8585 1857, email@example.com).
Dulwich College Beijing Founder’s Day, May 12
All ages. Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) Founder’s Day 2018 is a celebration of who they are as a community and everything they value as a school. It is DCB’s biggest community event of the year with highlights like family-friendly activities, international food stalls, and live musical entertainment on the main stage. Everybody is welcome to join. Free. 3-9pm. Dulwich College Beijing (6454 9000, firstname.lastname@example.org).
3e Charity Community Day, May 12
All ages. 3e International School and Roundabout welcome everyone to the annual 3e Charity Community Day. Come to find bargain treasures and entertain the family with games and activities! Families are invited to sell well maintained second-hand goods: toys, books, and other household items. Families and vendors can book a table for RMB 100 (the fee will be donated to Roundabout). Browse hundreds of books on sale at the Roundabout Book Fair section. Families can also bring along unwanted items to donate directly to Roundabout. Free. 10am-noon. 3e International School (6437 3344, email@example.com).
The Beijing Flea Market, May 12
Check out the Beijing Flea Market’s triumphant return. This time it will be popping up at the TechTemple in Sanlitun. The market will be bursting with vendors and unique treasures galore. With the usual commitment to locally-made food, drinks, crafts, indie design products, and art, you’re guaranteed to leave with bags of goodies, a full stomach, and refreshed from a from a variety of fun refreshments. Free. Noon-6pm. TechTemple.
More Upcoming Events
Sleeping on the Great Wall, May 12-13
Ages 6+. Chinese Culture Center offers everyone two memorable experiences on the Great Wall. The early morning hike along the Great Wall on top of the mountain range gives you breathtaking views in relative isolation, while spending the night just by the Great Wall under the evening stars. RMB 1,200 (RMB 950 for children aged 6-11). Chinese Culture Center (6432 9341).
Yoga Workshop: Healing the Lower Back, May 13
Adults. Many people who suffer chronic lower-back pain invest a lot of money and time pursuing the magical cure, but are often disappointed by the lack of results. To fundamentally address back issues, one must first understand the human body and use and care for it properly. Join Snow for this bilingual workshop and heal your lower back. RMB 450. Visit the website for more information or to register. Yoga Yard.
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