With this series we want to help you plan the perfect weekend out with the family through highlighting great activities going on in different neighborhoods around the city. We hope this helps you to make the absolute best of your weekend leisure time! All of the venues listed on either Saturday and Sunday are in the same area, which will allow you to easily get between places conveniently on foot or with public transportation.
Saturday in Solana
Solana is a large, popular open-air mall next to Chaoyang Park. It has become one of the primary places in Beijing for many families wanting to get a bit of shopping in or indulge in one of the many restaurants on the premises. With plenty of international name brands, a variety of food, entertainment, and kid-focused venues, it’s a great place to explore during the summer months.
Peppa Pig Live at Chaoyang Park
As the largest patch of green space in Beijing, Chaoyang Park is the obvious choice for many families over the weekend. Young visitors can fly kites, rent a pedal boat for the lake, or go on one of the many fairground rides if weather and AQI permit. But, there’s one particular event going down here this weekend that is sure to have many children excited. If your kids like Peppa Pig, you can see Peppa Pig performing this Saturday near the South Gate of the park. The event has four sections, “Peiqi Dance”, “Animal Picture Book”, “Snack Time”, and ”The Animal Song”, which should be more than enough for you Peppa fanatics big and small.
RMB 399 per person. Every Saturday until Jun 29. 10-11am. South gate of Chaoyang Park. (More information please Wechat: Crystal_Jing2)
Discover Wooo Planet
Wooo Planet is a place with all-imported amusement facilities for children to explore, such as treasure hunting art games, a variety of different slides, and plenty of fun climbing opportunities. As it’s inside, Wooo Planet is perfect for those days where the AQI is a little too high for comfort.
RMB 236 per person. Mon-Sun 10am -10pm. K218. Solana, No. 6 Chaoyang Park Road (5905 6322)
Dine at SPACELAB
While SPACELAB at first glance might seem like your run-of-the-mill flashy concept restaurant, this German restaurant chain features western-style fast food, including hamburgers, steak, and spaghetti, served through a automated system of iPad ordering and through a roller coaster-like delivery system. This is the perfect restaurant for families out there looking to experience the final frontier in themed dining.
RMB 145 on average. Mon – Fri 11am-10pm. Weekends 10.30am-10.30pm. No. 12, Solana, No. 6, Chaoyang Park Road. (5905 6269)
Sunday in Wangfujing
Wangfujing is one of the busiest commercial streets in Beijing, with its modern shopping malls, popular snack shops, and the creepy-crawly night market. This area also offers families a lot of options to enjoy time with their little ones. Here, we have listed three of our favorite things to do in Wangfujing this Sunday.
Print Art Exhibitions at National Art Museum of China
The National Art Museum of China is well-known for holding national and international exhibitions. The 2019 International Print Art Exchange Exhibitions are being presented from May 30 to Jun 17. These fine art prints have been collected from China, Japan, the former Soviet Union, Europe, the United States, and more. Visitors will have an incredible insight into this realistic art form, the exchange of modern and contemporary art practices between Europe and America since the reform and opening up period of China, and the current communication under the theme of “One Belt and One Road”.
Free. Closed on Mondays. 9 am-5 pm (No Entry after 4pm). National Art Museum of China. 1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing (6403 4951)
Have Creative Fun at Lego island
At the beginning of this year, Lego Company launched a flagship store in Wangfujing, Beijing.The store covers an area of 626 square meters. A number of large Lego 3D models are displayed, including a huge roof inspired by the Forbidden City, the majestic Great Wall landscape, stone lion models, and mosaics depicting dragon pillars. For the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival, Lego has launched a limited number of dragon boat racing products.
Free entry. Mon-Sun 10 am – 10 pm. The first floor of Yintai Centre, Goldfish Alley, Dongcheng District (5978 5188)
Dine at Tomacado
Tomacado is both a restaurant and a florist. The word “tomacado”, a portmanteau of “tomato” and “avocado“, represents its ideal health values: fresh, delicate, and healthy. Edible flowers are offered here within different cuisines. Vanilla roasted yellow chicken, Tomacado Vietnamese spring rolls, and salads such as organic spring vegetables with avocado and strawberry are recommended here. Afternoon Tea is offered from 2.30-5pm, which includes three different desserts and two beverages.
RMB 206 on average per person. Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, weekends 10.30am-10pm. #402, Floor 4, East Tower, Wangfu Central, No. 269 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District (186 0003 8056)
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