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Fun for Little Ones
Easter Egg Hunt, April 1
Aged 2-10. 1855 Bakery are pleased to announce that they will hold their now traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday April 1, at the East Lake Villas Gardens. This activity has been running for several years now, and has become a local favorite. From now until March 31, if you buy any Easter product from one of their shops, you and your children (2-10 years old) will get a chance to win an invitation card to the event. Each parent can bring two children. Free. 9am-noon. Follow WeChat account fapai1855-China for more information. East Lake Villas Gardens.
Age 5+. Atelier will present camps: Van Gogh (Shunyi Campus)—to discover one of the major artists of the 20th century; Journey to the Center of the Earth (Sanlitun Campus)—to create a model of the earth crust and design the inside following the adventures of the book; Make a Wireless Remote controlled Vehicle (Sanlitun Campus)—to learn the basics of electronics and coding applied to robotics and vehicle. RMB 1,800-4,000. 10am-4pm. Contact Atelier Sanlitun (WeChat ID atelier_apas) or Atelier Shunyi (WeChat ID ateliershunyi) for more information. Atelier.
Spring Camp at WAB, April 2-6
Age 5-17. This half-day camp (mornings) will provide basketball, football, and gymnastics as program options. The courses are led by Sports Beijing coaches, and will allow the kids to develop their skills, while having fun over the Spring holidays. RMB 1,200 (RMB 1,000 for Sports Beijing members and a 10 percent sibling discount). 9.30am-noon. Contact 6430 1370 or email email@example.com for more information. Western Academy of Beijing.
Puppet Design and Making Workshop, April 2-6
Age 9-12. Artist Nadia is hosting a special workshop during the spring break, leading children from age 9-12 to make a papier-mache puppet and a stage ready for it to perform on. Nadia graduated with a Masters degree in Stage and Puppet Design from St. Petersburg, and has more than 20 years art education experience. RMB 1,500 (total 10-hour tuition and daily refreshment included). 2.30-5.15pm. Contact WeChat ID 18611107472 for registration.
Shaun the Sheep Live Show – Save Our Tree, until Apr 6
All ages. A great live show with lots of fun for the little ones. It’s a cold winter on Mossy Bottom Farm. Shaun and his friends from the Flock are having great fun playing around their favorite tree in the Sheep’s field. The Farmer decides to chop the tree down. Will the Flock be able to save their beloved tree? Come and join in Shaun’s Big Farm Adventure to find out! RMB 180-880. 10.30am-noon. Check the website to book your tickets. OCT Theatre.
Fun for the Family
Spring Family Day at Slow Boat, March 31
All ages. Join Slow Boat for their Spring Family Day. They’ll have cookie decorating with Easter cookies provided by Bread of Life Bakery, egg dyeing, and spring crafts for the little ones. RMB 60 per child (includes any children’s brunch item, access to the craft table, eggs and dye kits, and a plate of sugar cookies for decorating). Noon-3pm. Register through the website. Slow Boat.
Family Easter at the Kerry Hotel, April 1
All ages. Kerry Hotel has prepared a fun-filled day of Easter activities and games at both Adventure Zone and at their Terrace. Spend the morning outside with an Easter egg hunt, egg painting, face painting, family games and photos and lots of other Easter-themed activities for the family, before heading to Adventure Zone for more indoor fun. Check out the giant drop slides, interactive games, role-play village, ball pool, climbing challenges and more! RMB 388-688. 9am-5pm. Click here for more information or to purchase. Kerry Hotel.
School Open Day
Hope International School Open Day, March 27
All ages. The guest student will be dropped off, or have transportation arranged, and will be matched with an H.I.S. student buddy in the reception lobby of the elementary building. They will attend classes, PE, lunch and all other activities with their buddy for the day. Guest parents will have to make arrangements with their child’s current school for their absence for the day, and for their pick up after school. Free. 9.30-noon. Check the website for registration. Hope International School.
Workshops and Markets
Chinese Knot-Tying Class, March 27
All ages. Chinese knotting is a traditional handicraft art that began in the Tang and Song Dynasties. Culturally they were believed to ward off evil spirits. Learn to make the auspicious knots from China Culture Centre (CCC) folk artists Ms. Wang, and work out your own knots, and hang them up on your neck or your handbag. RMB 200. 2-4pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A Better Version of You Technology Fair, March 24-April 1
Adults. A Better Version of You will provide a showcase of global perspectives on a wide range of new applications and products that shape our present and future. For the duration of nine days, the site of the Goethe-Institute at Beijing’s 798 District will be transformed into a trade show venue, hosting a display of innovative technologies, where artists and tech-developers from across the globe join hands. Free. Noon-6pm. Check the website for more information. Goethe Institute China.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Workshop, every Weekend
Adults. Regular TCM sharing course at weekends, professional Chinese doctors will be invited to introduce Chinese medicine, including theory and some traditional exercise such as Qigong. People from different countries are welcome to join. 3-5pm. Contact 136 6228 0612 for more information. Guo Yihui TCM Hospital.
Feed Your Mind
Jane Eyre by Chapterhouse Theatre, March 27
Jane Eyre will be presented by Chapterhouse Theatre at Rulun Lecture Hall of Renmin University. Art Director: Richard Main; Director: Rebecca Gadsby; Associate Playwriter: Laura Turner. RMB 60-280. 7-9pm. Check the website for tickets. Renmin University.
Adults. This workshop provides an introduction to RIE Basic Theory and Philosophy. Presented by the author of Baby Knows Best, Deborah Carlisle Solomon is an RIE Associate spreading the RIE approach around the world. This workshop provides an opportunity for parents and Early Childhood Educators who want to learn how to incorporate the RIE philosophy in their own interactions with babies and toddlers (0-2 years). RMB 3,980. 9am-5pm.For details and to register, email: email@example.com.
2018 Women Economy Summit, March 30
Adults. The 2018 女 Economy Summit is a full-day leadership conference that brings together women entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, business experts, media, investors and government leaders to foster women’s empowerment in the workplace. RMB 1,600. 9.30am-6.30pm. Check the website for more information.
BlackEXPO, Mar 31
All ages. More than just a market, BlackEXPO is a fun and interactive cultural experience placing the spotlight on the city’s black community, and the businesses, services, and talents therein. BlackEXPO is open to the entire Beijing community and it is a unique opportunity to further shape the black narrative here in China and in the world at large. Other than supporting the community, it is a chance to discover your new favorite artists and creatives, find that next head-turning outfit or accessory, taste the flavors of the world, or simply make new friends with people from all over the world. Free. Noon-6pm. Check the website to register.
CISB Charity Ball, March 31
Adults. Canadian International School of Beijing’s first annual CISBPA Charity Ball is coming up soon! Get your tickets for a night of food, dancing, prizes, and fun and best of all, to support a worthy charity. RMB 1,000 per person. 6-10pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your table. Kempinski Hotel.
Work out Your Body
Musical Dance Workshop, until April 7
Adults. Come join a musical dance workshop where you will learn the choreography for the musical “Chicago”. The workshop starts on March 10 at 12:30pm to 2pm and continues every Saturday until April 7. During the last class, a video will be filmed of the dances learned. Get out those fishnet stockings, put on some red lipstick and let’s jazz away! No prior dance experience required. This workshop is suitable for all levels. 12.30-2pm. Contact WeChat: uptownyoga or telephone：186 1189 4423 for more information. Ms. Uptown Studio.
Kungfu & Zen Retreat at the Great Wall, April 4-7
Adults. Take care of your body, your heart, and your mind. Escape your urban daily routine and give yourself a time for detox, relax, and balance. Join Milun Kung Fu for a weekend retreat in a village down the mountains at the foot of the Great Wall, and get a better understanding of the background and practice of Chinese Martial Arts. RMB 1,950 (1,650 for Milun members). Contact 158 0117 4142 or 138 1170 6568 or email@example.com for more information.
Yoga and Hiking, April 7-8
Adults. A weekend of yoga, hiking, and connection to nature. You will be able to enjoy fresh farm food, clean air, spring blossoms, a good sleep, and a beautiful view of the mountains. RMB 1,200. Contact 135 2042 9129 for more information.
Forbidden City Football Club – Training, every Wednesday
Adults. Forbidden City FC has two 11-a-side teams in the IFFC (Beijing’s top Amateur league), and a five-a-side team playing in ClubFootballs 5s league. All teams play at a good level and are competing for the title in their respective leagues. RMB 30. 8-10pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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