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Temple Fairs and Bazaars
BSB Sanlitun’s Chinese New Year Temple Fair, Feb 4
All ages. Come and join The British School of Beijing Sanlitun to celebrate the coming Year of the Dog. The Temple Fair will have craftspeople demonstrating their traditional craft-making skills, as well as vendors selling a range of Chinese products. There will be crafts for children to participate in, and Chinese New Year performances including the traditional Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, and a Kung Fu performance. Free. 11am-2pm. Please contact 8532 3088 for more information. British School of Beijing, Sanlitun.
Riviera Bazaar, Feb 4
All ages. Riviera’s good old Sunday market will be in full swing again with the usual amazing selection of local products. With a range of vendors from fashion and household goods to delicious foods and beverages, you will be overwhelmed by the choice. Bring the whole family and enjoy! Free. All day. Contact email@example.com for more information. East Lake Villa Clubhouse Lobby.
Temple Fair @ YCIS, Feb 6
All ages. The Yew Chung International School of Beijing’s annual Temple Fair celebrates the Chinese New Year, as students, teachers, vendors, and performers join together to create a truly festive atmosphere. Stalls replete with seasonal treats, handicrafts, traditional games, and even goldfish (representing wealth and prosperity) line the walls of the school gymnasium, and bright red banners and lanterns are hung from the ceiling. The fair is a valuable activity for students and the wider expat community. Free. All day. Contact 8585 1836 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Yew Chung International School of Beijing. .
Chinese New Year Temple Fair at Dulwich, Feb 7
All ages. Each year, Dulwich College Beijing kicks off its celebration of Chinese New Year with its popular Temple Fair. This year, their teachers and parents will organize over 10 activities that allow children to experience traditional Chinese folk art, such as paper cutting, Chinese calligraphy, lantern making, beading, and knotting. Children will also have the chance to learn how to make dumplings and mooncakes. Also, expect to find unique gifts and yummy food on sale from 20+ vendors. Mark your calendar and bring along your festive spirit for a fun day of celebration! Free. 9.30am-3pm.Contact 6454 9068 or email@example.com for more information. Dulwich College Beijing.
School Open Houses
BSB Shunyi Open Day, Feb 1
All ages. Come and see The British School of Beijing Shunyi campus in action. 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 too. Free. 9-11am. Contact 8047 3558 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The British School of Beijing Shunyi Campus.
YCIS Beijing Open Day, Feb 1
All ages. Join their Open Day at the Yew Chung International School of Beijing campus to meet their Co-Principals, Noel Thomas and Christine Xu, and to learn more about their school’s unique education model. Parents will have the opportunity to see the changes that are happening all across their campus and visit their newly renovated Learning Communities. Free. 9am-noon. Contact 8585 1825 or email@example.com for more information. Yew Chung International School of Beijing.
ISB Middle School/High School Open House, Feb 2
All ages. The International School of Beijing invites prospective parents and students of middle school (Grades 6-8) and high school (Grades 9-12) to come and learn about ISB’s challenging curriculum and innovative teaching practices. Meet their new Head of School, Patrick Hurworth, learn more about their high school and college guidance programs, and hear first-hand accounts from their student panel. An in-depth presentation from their middle school principal will follow the high school program. Families will also have the opportunity to tour following each divisional discussion. Free. 8.45am-noon. Contact 8149 2345 (ext 1047) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Accredited Italian Embassy School of Beijing Open Day, Feb 3
All ages. The Italian Kindergarten and Primary Embassy School of Beijing is inviting everyone to its Open Day. Families and their children can join this opportunity to talk about education, growth, and future! Free. 10am-3pm. RSVP to Isabell Geng email@example.com by Friday, Feb 2. Contact 8532 2334 for more information. Italian Embassy School.
3e Open House, Feb 5
All ages. 3e International School is hosting a series of Open House sessions for prospective Nursery (2 years old) to Kindergarten (6 years old) families to visit and tour 3e’s Lido campus. Families are invited to learn and ask questions of their experienced leadership and admissions team members to understand more about 3e’s dual-immersion bilingual program. Each Open House session will provide the opportunity to meet the Principal and Director of Research and Curriculum, listen to an overview of the 3e program and philosophy, tour classrooms and facilities, and discuss Admissions procedures. Free. 9.30-11am. Contact 6437 3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration. 3e International School.
The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten information session, Feb 8
All ages. Everyone is invited to attend the Children’s House information sessions and workshops at their brand new Oceanwide Campus. These sessions will give you the chance to receive a tour of their facilities, to meet and get to know the principal and teachers, and even more so to experience firsthand what a Montessori environment feels like and to be able to explore the materials created and designed by Maria Montessori. Free. 9.30-11am. Contact 139 1070 6224 or email@example.com for more information. The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten.
ISB Elementary School Open House, Feb 28
All ages. ISB’s Elementary School (PreK 3-Grade 5) Principals invite prospective parents and students to meet with them. Various Elementary School administrators and teachers will share information about ISB’s challenging curriculum and innovative teaching practices. Free. 9-11.30am. Contact 8149 2345 (ext 1047) or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. International School of Beijing.
Fun Events in February
Solana’s 1st Birthday, Feb 3
All ages. TRIBE Solana is going to throw a real big pumpin’ party especially for kids with lots of food, drinks, and good music to celebrate its first anniversary. Solana’s first ever Kids’ Disco, and this is going to be a party like no other: Dance floor for Kids + DJ set by DJ Dumpling; Free Flow Organic Breakfast Buffet; Club Craft and Other Fun Fringe Activities. RMB 300 (2 Adults + 1 child, aged 2-11), RMB 200 (1 Adult + 1 Child. 9-11am. Check out the website for more information. TRIBE Solana.
Family Day at Slow Boat, Feb 3
All ages. Slow Boat will be holding their next Family Day, after last December’s great time. This time they’re inviting all with children to join them for bilingual story time, book crafts, free kids’ brunch, and more. . Families are also welcome to bring their own books from home to share. Free. Noon-3pm. Check https://yoopay.cn/event/07649213 for registration.
Distinguished Speaker Series: New York Times Bestselling Author Livia Blackburne, Feb 6
All ages. New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne still tries to get into people’s heads, but now without the help of an MRI scanner. The former neuroscientist wrote her first novel while studying at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is now a full-time author. Hear about Livia’s journey at this special DSS event. Free. 6-7.30pm. Contact 5986 5588 or email@example.com for more information. Western Academy of Beijing.
Family Reunion Feast at Kerry’s Grand Ballroom, Feb 15
All ages. Savor an abundance of traditional and symbolic dishes at Kerry’s Grand Ballroom with your family for a prosperous and fortunate Year of the Dog. Plenty of entertainment and lucky draw prizes are also up for grabs, promising a night full of excitement. RMB 458 or RMB 558. 6-9pm. Contact 8565 2608 for more information or to RSVP. Kerry Hotel.
Ideas Winter Camp, until Feb 10
Aged 7-17. The Ideas School hosts kids 7-17 for a week-long winter camp. Kids 7-10 can stage a Broadway musical or learn more about science and math in a STEM Workshop. 11-14 year olds can choose between a Youth MBA program or a Design Thinking Workshop, while those aged 15 to 17 can try the Design Thinking Workshop or polish their rhetorical skills with Public Speaking and Essay Writing. Camps run for 14 days in two sessions. RMB 24,800 (for 14 days). Full day. Please contact 185 1012 7957 for more information or to reserve. Ideas Camp.
LAX: Lacrosse For Kids, until Feb 10
Aged 7-14. Kids can learn lacrosse at this workshop at the Beijing City International School, held in an indoor facility. Known as the ‘fastest game on two feet,’ Lacrosse is popular in North America and growing around the world. This program will allow kids to learn the fundamentals of the game with experienced coaches, and jump right into the game. RMB 1,700. 4-6pm. Contact 8771 7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Beijing City International School.
Atelier CNY Workshops in Shunyi, Feb 12-23
Aged 5+. After the success of the past years’ ChunJie Art Workshops, this year again, Atelier Shunyi comes up with two weeks of unique and brand new workshops for Chunjie. Atelier’s teaching team has gone far beyond the limits of creativity, and designed this series of workshops mixing art, engineering, history, and literature, taking the kids through adventurous paths or on a journey through art history. RMB 1,440-2,000. 10am-4pm. Follow WeChat ID ateliershunyi for registration. Atelier Art School.
NANSHAN Skiing Camp, Feb 12-23
Aged 7+. The ski camp is instructed by a group of professional English-speaking skiers. Equipment can be rented in the resort. Skiers can bring their own equipment if they wish so. Transport is provided from the Starbucks at Lido Place, Riviera, and the north edge of the roundabout at Houshayu. Skiers will be picked up every morning, and send back to the same location the same day in the afternoon. Parents need to make sure kids bring a packed lunch. RMB 950 per day per child (at least 3 days). All day. For more information please contact Info@imagine-china.com or WeChat ID Imagine24x7service. Nanshan Ski Resort.
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