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Where We’ll Be This Week
Beijing International Schools Expo (BISE), Feb 18 and 19
All ages. For 6 years, beijingkids has helped parents by putting together the largest school expo – in conjunction with the printed School Choice Guide to comprehensively address educational concerns for prospective and resident families. The 2017 BISE will feature first-rate international and bilingual schools, including: Beijing-based schools, overseas K-12 institutions, and high-quality extracurricular programs. There will also be three separate children’s activity areas for different age groups. Join the series of talks and get the opportunity for in-depth Q & A sessions with school representatives. Free. 10am-4pm. Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town
Starting Good Eating Behaviors, Feb 13
All ages. Dr. Lucy Chen, Maternal and Child Health Specialist at Raffles Medical, will be sharing on the topic of starting good eating behaviors in our children particularly in regards to: food allergies and sensitivities; introducing solids; how to establish good meal time habits; and dealing with fussy eaters and tantrums at meal times. Join the session and learn some methods for setting up a good foundation for kids. Free. 10am-Noon. Beijing International Christian Fellowship.
Roundabout Book Fair at BSB Sanlitun, Feb 18
All ages. Roundabout is coming to town with a book fair kindly hosted by The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun. Choose your books from lots of gently used ones and from many categories like fiction, non-fiction, children’s books etc. Prices start as low as RMB 1 and all proceeds will help a child in need. Free. 10am-3pm. BSB, Sanlitun.
Rumble in the Jumble, Feb 19
All ages. Do you have old clothes you no longer need? Bring them along to donate to charity. Rumble in the Jumble is a monthly thrift store-cum-craft event. Sellers include people who make jewelry or baked goods or second-hand or vintage clothes. Free. 2-7pm. Hot Cat Club.
Mommy & Baby Bootcamp, Feb 15 (Every Wednesday thereafter)
Ages 6wks – 6mths. Mom & Baby Bootcamp class for both mother and baby will offer moms the unique opportunity to return to exercise after childbirth and build a stronger connection with their baby. Both babies and mothers can enjoy the time together as well as the opportunity to meet new friends or spend time with old friends. RMB 250 (single class), RMB 1100 (5 classes), RMB 2000 (10 classes). 10.30-11.30am. MsUptown.
3D Printing Workshop for Families, Feb 18
All ages. Bring your family to our workshops and we will teach you how you and your children can make amazing objects together using 3D software for 3D printing. Parents and their kids work together to learn 3D modeling software to produce a physical object, such as a small toy, which can also be 3D printed. RMB 600 per family (1 adult +1 child) for 2 hours workshop. 10am-Noon. Beijing Kerry Center.
Yoga Yard Into Yoga Weekend Workshop, Feb 18 and 19
Adults. New to yoga, or just want to brush up on the basics? Sign up for this Intro to Yoga Workshop. A special two-day course designed to introduce yoga for new students, or for anyone who would like a brush-up on the basics. RMB 360. 1-3.30pm. Yoga Yard.
Science + Art : Create Your Own Car, Feb 19
Ages 8+ From the electronic basics to its unique design. Build your car from A to Z. During this unique course, you will learn how to design an obstacle avoiding car by yourself, using the famous Arduino* electronics platform and an ultrasonic sensor to detect and avoid an object in front of the car. RMB 600 (RMB 450 for Atelier students). 1.30-4.30pm. Atelier. (WeChat: atelier_apas to register)
Best of Next Week
Hamlet at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Feb 22 to 26
Ages 10+. The National Theatre stages Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by the award-winning Chen Xinyi. This Chinese language production sets the play during the Japanese occupation of China. RMB 75-470. 7.30-9.30pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).
Make Traditional Shaanxi Noodles, Feb 23
All ages. Like most innovative dishes, rustic Shanxi noodles originated with peasants in the countryside. Now these noodles are deemed to be one of the ten wonders of Shanxi. Learn how to make two typical provincial favorites, two delicious noodles and sauces from scratch. RMB 300, RMB 260 for members. 7-9.30pm. The Hutong.
Foundations of Yoga, Feb 25 (early bird registration before Feb 18)
Adults (Women Only). Join Ms Uptown Studio for a two-hour workshop on the basics and fundamentals of Vinyasa yoga. The workshop will cover correct posture in the basic asanas as well as sun salutations and tips on improving strength and breathing techniques. The course is taught in English and led by Maria Kimsey, a qualified Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher and chef from the UK, and will include a tea or coffee after class. RMB 250 (register before Feb 18), RMB 300 at the door. 2-4pm. MsUptown.
Vinyasa Yoga Dance with Malgo Blonksa, Feb 26
Adults. This donation-based class is designed for students who enjoy a dynamic practice. Each class is taught in English and will finish with a short choreography based on the moves learned during the practice and danced to a contemporary or classical music piece. RMB 15 donation minimum. 7-8.30pm. Yoga Yard.