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Fun for the Family
Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk: The First Flight, Aug 1-12
All ages. This summer will be particularly epic as the renowned theater company Cirque de Soleil brings to Beijing Toruk: The First Flight, inspired by the sci-fi epic film, Avatar. RMB 280-780 (buy tickets here). 3pm performance (Sat, Sun) and 7.30pm performance (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat). Cadillac Arena, 69 Fuxing Road, Haidian District.
Schönbrunn Schlosstheater: The Magic Flute & Hansel and Gretel, Aug 3-5
All ages. The Magic Flute is one of Mozart’s operas, telling a tale about Prince Tamino taking risks to save his beloved Pamina. This production takes the form of a puppet performance, in order to encourage in children an appreciation of opera. Meanwhile, Hansel and Gretel is a traditional German story that comes from the Grimms’ Fairy Tales. See these two classic tales for children at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA). RMB 100-500 (buy tickets here). 7.30pm. NCPA.
NCPA International Children’s Theatre Festival 2018: Me and My Shadow, Aug 3-4
All ages. Me and My Shadow is presented in the form of a visual poem for children. The performance tells its story using the languages of paper, light, shadow, color, water, music, sound and words. With fantastical imagery, quirky physical performances, and an intriguing score, Me and My Shadow seeks to ignite the imaginations of children in a poetical experience that explores the frustrations and joys of friendship. RMB 180-300 (buy tickets here). 7.30pm. NCPA.
Music Workshop for Children, Aug 13-17
All ages. Blossom School and Crescendo Studio present this five-day music workshop for children at the brand new Blossom School in CBD. Students will learn music theory, percussion, singing, piano, and music history in small groups. Lessons are available in English, French, and Chinese courtesy of Zoe Wang, a professional musician and founder of Crescendo Studios. RMB 2,000. 9.30-11.30am. Blossom School. (132 4195 4449, 135 2211 9535)
NinjaEDU Skills-Building Weekend Chess Camp, every Sat until Sep 1
All ages. Prepare for five weekends of fun and activities to hone your kid’s abstract mathematical abilities and language skills, as well as their chess playing! NinjaEDU is an elite educational community-based in Beijing. Their weekend Chess Camp is supported by the Chinese Chess Association, and uses textbooks developed by Chess in Schools & Community (CSC) of the United Kingdom. No prior knowledge is required. RMB 888 (trial course on Aug 4), RMB 4,188 for the full camp paid in full (including printed course materials, wristbands, and a chess set). Detailed info upon inquiry. Prototype, 3F Hotel Jen, Guomao.
Markets and Fairs
The Beijing Flea Market, Aug 25
All ages. The Beijing Flea Market is back for its summer edition at a new location in TechTemple Sanlitun Lounge on August 25. This is Beijing’s one-stop shop for all things made in Beijing, with more than 40 vendors featuring some of the best local, independent design and crafts from both established and emerging makers. Shoppers will also find baked goods, delicious small-batch homemade jams, drinks and more! Free admission. Noon-6pm. TechTemple Sanlitun (just behind QMex). (WeChat ID: Thebeijingfleamarket)
Roundabout Book Fair at BSB Shunyi, Aug 25
All ages. Roundabout and The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi hold a book fair with thousands of gently-used books for the whole family in many languages and genres. Paperbacks from RMB 10, hardbacks from RMB 20, kids’ books from RMB 1. Every single RMB raised at the fair will directly help a child in need. Free admission. 10am-3pm. BSB, Shunyi. (8047 3588, email@example.com).
WAB Community Picnic: Future Adventures, Aug 25
All ages. Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) welcomes friends and families of the school community to campus to enjoy a day of fun on Tiger Field. Games and activities will be set up for kids of all ages to enjoy, and you can also enjoy a variety of your favorite local vendors, as well as live music and arts performances. Free admission. WAB. (WeChat ID: WAB_Chat, 5986 5588, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tianmi Bakery Brunch Takeover, Aug 18
All ages. Have your cake and eat it too at this delicious brunch extravaganza. Think savory, bacon-y, tasty and of course, sweet. Starts 10am. For more information or to make reservations, contact Arcade by Hatchery at 6500 2884.
BenCham Presents “A Dutch Night”, Aug 31
Adults. BenCham invites everyone to a special evening with a Dutch-themed dinner at Cindy’s Umami by Han, the first modern Dutch restaurant brand in Beijing that features a creative fusion between Western and Asian cuisines. Dutch Michelin star chefs Han Ji and Frank Naar have developed a creative western-style cuisine according to the oriental “five elements theory”, which highlights the original taste of all ingredients with a signature sour twist that will please the taste buds. RMB 499 (buy tickets here). 6-10pm. Cindy’s Umami By Han.
Work Your Body
Yoga Chinese with Zhao: 4hr Workshop at Taozi Tree Yoga, Aug 14 and 21
Adults. Learn how to teach yoga in Chinese at this 4-hour workshop offered by Taozi Tree Yoga. In two sets of two-hour classes (total 4 hours), participants will learn how to use accurate pronunciation and proper Chinese expressions to teach yoga, while deepening their understanding of yoga. This is a course to help you build a connection with Chinese students. RMB 550 (register here). 7.30-9.30pm. A.C. Embassy Hotel (A.C. Art Museum Hotel).
Yummy Flying Therapeutics with Justine, Aug 18
Adults. Explore the restorative elements of therapeutic flying and experience deep release with the support of a partner. As a flyer or receiver, participants will learn to use gravity and suspend their bodies to give a yummy flying yoga therapy. RMB 300-350. 1-4pm. Yoga Yard.
Feed Your Mind
3e Tea Talk: Separation Anxiety, Aug 21
Adults. 3e International School’s Tea Talk for August helps parents understand more about separation anxiety, which will provide strategies for parents and teachers about how to support children at home and school, circumstances where you may need to seek experts’ help, and intervention strategies. Presented by Ru-Chi Yang, lead psychologist and consultant at LIH Olivia’s Place. Free admission. 9-10.30am. 3e International School. (email@example.com)
Positive Discipline in the Classroom with Pauline Cuevas, Aug 2-4
Adults. This three-day interactive bilingual workshop is designed for teachers, counselors, school staff and administrators who want an effective discipline approach which integrates social and emotional learning while reducing challenging student behaviors. For more information, contact Rebecca at 13071162353 (phone/WeChat)
When Should My Child Start Getting Braces? Aug 18
Adults. IDC Dental will give an in-house presentation to parents about getting kids started on orthodontics. Chief Doctor and CEO Dr. Jaclyn Dam-Laute will also answer questions that will help parents make an informed decision about their children’s oral health. Coffee and snacks will also be provided and those who attend the event get to take home a goodie bag full of pleasant surprises. Free admission but pre-registration required). 2pm-4pm. IDC Dental. (6538 8111, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cub Scouts Registration, Aug 18
Kids 5+. Boys and girls aged 5 to 11 who are looking for excitement, fun, and to make new friends are invited to sign up for Cub Scouts at International School of Beijing (ISB). Cub Scouts work through a series of “adventures,” earning awards until they’ve succeeded in graduating their year group. Membership is open to all boys and girls, regardless of nationality or school attended, with one important proviso: under Chinese law, the child must hold a foreign (non-Chinese) passport with a valid visa in order to join. This rule is strictly enforced and there are no exceptions. You’ll also need evidence of your health insurance, and annual fees of RMB 1,200. 10am. ISB. (www.beijingcubscouts.com)
Girl Scout Registration, Aug 25
All ages. This year’s Girl Scout registration event for the new school year takes place at Western Academy of Beijing (WAB). on August 25. Troops meet downtown and in Shunyi at various locations. The Girl Scouts team will also be recruiting leaders for newly forming troops. Girl Scouts is open to foreign passport holders only. RMB 2,000 (new members), RMB 1,700 (girls who don’t need a uniform). WAB. (Amy Kennedy: 185 1505 3922, email@example.com)
INN Arrival Survival, Aug 27
All ages. One such organization that has been operating for quite a long time to help foreigners adjust to life in Beijing is the International Newcomers Network (INN). They host the INN Arrival Survival on August 27 where you will not only be connected with others in the same boat but also receive invaluable information to help you better get to know your new host city. Topics covered will include safety in the city, avoiding counterfeits, water and air purification systems, the stresses of settling into Beijing, health insurance, WeChat pay, and financial planning among many others. RMB 75 and open only to foreign passport holders. 10am-noon. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区新源南路6号京城大厦康乐中心3层 (8486 2225 ext 110)
Upcoming Events (September-October)
Farm to Table Dinner at The Brickyard, Sep 8
Adults. Join Schoolhouse partners for cocktails and cooking at Brickyard Retreat at 7pm, followed by dinner served by the chef right in the kitchen. The Schoolhouse Partner’s Table dinners are personally hosted by Schoolhouse partners, and showcase seasonal and local ingredients from their own gardens, neighbors, and producers in the area. RMB 368 per person for pre-dinner cocktail and canapes, set menu, and wine pairing. Limited to 12 guests. 7.30-11.30pm. The Brickyard Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall.
Women’s Retreat Beijing: Be You Revive!, Sep 16-17
Adults. Give the woman in your life a rejuvenating and reviving break, and send her off for the Be You Revive! Following a successful Mother’s Day retreat in May, “Be You” returns this autumn and promises to nourish the body and soul of the participating ladies. The revival cycle takes place on Sep 16-17 in the luxurious surroundings of Singing Deer Lodge, and includes activities like yoga, sip and paint, hiking on the Great Wall, a workshop with a life coach, a goodie bag, and more surprises! Secure your spot today with RMB 100 non-refundable deposit. Check out beijingmothersguild.com for more details. Singing Deer Lodge. (WeChat: BerryThoughtfulLife, paulus155, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Riviera Chic Bazaar, Sep 19-20
All ages. Riviera Chic brings together top local independent designers who focus on authenticity, specialization, and quality, ideal for the discerning shopper. From on-trend fashion, amazing jewelry, and handmade luxurious textiles, to excellent skin-care products, this market will provide you with some of Beijing’s best quality vendors. Riviera Chic is also committed to supporting local charities in the community. Free admission. 10am-4pm. Beijing Riviera Clubhouse.
The Bookworm Curio Market, Sep 22-24
All ages. The Bookworm is hosting its first-ever Curio Market on September 22-24. Come and explore and lose yourself among the purveyors of all that is curious, wonderful, artistic, and delicious in Beijing. Book lovers, old China hands, newcomers, students, and business travelers alike are invited to come together at the market. Free admission. The Bookworm. (JC Zhang: 158 1071 3743, email@example.com)
Positive Discipline in Early Childhood Education with Steven Foster, Oct 2-4
Adults. This three-day interactive bilingual workshop is designed for early childhood educators, teachers, and caregivers who work with children from birth to six years of age. For more information contact, Rebecca at 13071162353 (phone/WeChat).
10th China RIE Foundations: Theory and Observation, Oct 29-Nov 2 and Nov 5-7
Adults. This rich curriculum is beneficial for both parents and professionals who live or work with infants and toddlers. It is presented in a friendly, informal atmosphere where participants will be encouraged to ask questions and receive guidance. Contact 159 0125 0981 for more info about the lectures and prices. Green Garden Nursery Beijing.
Roundabout 10th Anniversary Charity Gala Ball, Oct 19
Adults. Roundabout’s 10th anniversary Charity Gala Ball’s focus will be to raise money for all the children they support. Gala sponsor ifeng.com will broadcast the event live on their website and on Phoenix TV. There will be an amazing raffle, silent and live auctions, and entertainment from our international community. RMB 1,100. 6pm. Hyatt Regency Wangjing.
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