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Spring Camp: Art and Remote-Controlled Vehicles, April 2-6
Ages 5+. Atelier will present three 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 Earth’s crust, and design the interior following the adventures in the classic book; Make a wireless remote controlled Vehicle (Sanlitun Campus)—to learn the basics of electronics and coding as applied to robotics and vehicles. 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 Western Academy of Beijing, 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.
Flips & Kicks Plus April Spring Camp @ Daystar Academy, April 2-6
Ages 4+. Flips & Kicks Plus April Spring Camp will be held at Daystar Academy’s Beigao campus. It’s a multi-sport camp with the chance to try lot of fun sports like gymnastics, martial arts, track & field, football, swimming, and basketball. Campers will be divided into two groups: Group A (4-7 y/o) and Group B (8-12 y/o) RMB 1,980-3,500. 9am-2.30pm. Check the website for more information. Daystar Academy.
Fun for the Little Ones
Puppet Design and Making Workshop, April 2-6
Age 9-12. Artist Nadia is hosting a special workshop during the spring break, leading children aged 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.
Workshop: Fairly Tale and Imagination, April 2-6
Ages 5-8. Have your kids ever wanted their own kingdom? Come create a mixed-media castle by drawing, painting, and collaging; learn how to draw a knight; paint a King & Queen portrait, and make a fun flying paper plate dragon. RMB 1,200 (total 8 hours tuition and lunch every day included). 9.30am-noon. Contact 186 1110 7472 for more information.
Samajam Kids Show -You Are the Show! in Beijing, April 14
All ages. This is a 100 percent participatory musical show, in which all participants receive several musical instruments during the performance. They become the performing musicians of the show, having fun while learning music. RMB 180-350. 10.30am-9.30pm. Check the website for tickets. TianQiao Art Center Theatre.
Atelier Creative Workshop, Apr 23-27
Age 5+. For this French spring holiday, Atelier Sanlitun campus will present a creativity workshop with the topic inspired by Les Machines de l’île de Nantes. During the workshop, students will discover this marvelous world of the Machines de Nantes, and especially learn more about the carousel they created for their exhibition of the “Machines of the Isle in Nantes”. RMB 1,800-4,000. 10am-4pm. Atelier Sanlitun (WeChat: atelier_apas).
Sunshine Studios Street Dance Classes, starts from April 1
Aged 4+. Sunshine Studios Street Dance Classes are taking place at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), and are open to all. This international dance company has set the gold standard for training with many of their students going on to work for movies, TV shows, concerts and famous theatre shows. Classes are every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from April 1 until June 13. RMB 130 per class. 10.30-8pm. Sunshine Studios (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fun for Families
Earth Day Family Theatre | When All Was Green, April 19
Ages 5+. Take your little one to join Tong Playroom to learn more about this inspiring performance at Beijing 9 Theatre. When All Was Green is a non-verbal, award-winning puppetry performance inspired by the famous children book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Directly from Israel, The Key Theatre delivers a poignant reflection on nature’s generosity of spirit in spite of man’s greed. RMB 260-280. 7-9pm. Beijing 9 Theatre (WeChat: janiceinbj).
CISB StageCats present The Wizard of Oz, April 20
All ages. The Wizard of Oz is well-known all over the world for its heart-warming story, unforgettable songs, and timeless characters. Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) StageCats are bringing this classic to life in an exciting and energetic way – giving audiences the chance to travel down the Yellow Brick Road in search of the wonderful Wizard of Oz. RMB 30 for students; RMB 50 for adults. 2-9pm. Check the website for more information. Tickets can also be reserved by emailing the director: email@example.com. CISB.
Seeds of Hope Charity Gala Concert, April 21
All ages. The Yew Chung Education Foundation (YCEF) is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year in style, bringing together students and educators from campuses all around China. The Seeds of Hope Charity Gala Concert promises a magical evening filled with delicious food, music, and many lasting memories. RMB 1,000. 5.30-9pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8585 1836).
The Fourth “HiKicker” International Soccer Cup, Apr 29-30
All ages. Beijing International Polo Club invites everyone to the 2018 HiKicker Cup. As well as the games themselves, the club will provide an after-game party, a market/cuisine street, World Cup Soccer Gear sales, and a “Field sale” (where parents can bring used or set-aside toys/books to exchange), in order to build a unique event as of a true soccer festival. 12.30-8.30pm. Beijing International Polo Club (WeChat: liaojun0207).
Workshops and Markets
The Principles of Magda Gerber’s Educaring Approach, April 5-6
Adults. This workshop provides an introduction to Resources for Infant Educarers (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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dongsi Flea Market + Zero Waste Day, April 14
All ages. The flea market kicks off with a yoga session, while at the same time there will be a range of vendors familiar from around Beijing’s market scene. The event features food, drink and music, and a documentary screening or two, as well as talks from some cool names in the environmental movement from around Beijing. Free entrance. Starts at 11am. Check the website for more information and registration. 27 Yard.
BSB Car Boot Sale, Apr 15
All ages. Come and shop for great deals at The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi Car Boot Sale. Interesting items will be offered for sale by students’ parents in the school parking lot. Part of the proceeds from this event will go to Roundabout. Coffee and snacks will be on sale too. Free entrance. 10am-1pm. BSB, Shunyi (8047 3588; email@example.com).
Become a Positive Discipline Parent Educator, April 20
Adults. Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way provides a step-by-step approach to starting and leading experientially based parenting groups. This program, covered over the course of a three-day workshop with international trainer Dina Emser (USA), emphasizes experiential activities that reach the heart to inspire deeper understanding and change, equipping parents with a fun and effective way for them to get specific help with real problems. 9am-5pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 130 7116 2353 for more information. Hello Future.
BIBA Roundabout Book Fair, Apr 21
All ages. Come and attend Beijing International Bilingual Academy’s (BIBA) annual Roundabout Charity Book Fair. Come and take a look at all the books available to purchase, with all profits being donated to the charity Roundabout. Free. 10am-4pm. Contact 8041 0390 or email@example.com for more information. BIBA.
Best of British Market, April 22
All ages. The Best of British Market features over 30 vendors selling special British products and food, as well as providing a taste of British culture. Come out to enjoy fish and chips, and many more of your favorite British dishes, afternoon tea, and activities for the kids. Free. Noon-6pm. Contact 186 1035 7991 for more information.
INN’s Spring Bazaar, April 25
All ages. Over 60 vendors—special lunch sets provided by the Mariott, DJ Mookie-She on hand to set the mood, and more. Free. 10am-3pm. Contact Juli Bradley (WeChat ID JulesBeijing) for more information. Beijing Marriott Hotel.
Kungfu & Zen Retreat at the Great Wall, April 4-7
Adults. 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 in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, and a beautiful view of the mountains. RMB 1,200. Contact 135 2042 9129 for more information.
An Exclusive and Unique Exploration of the Ancient Silk Road in Xinjiang, April 5-16
Adults. This is a trip for those who wish to explore the tombs and Tarim mummies, desert city ruins, the Great Wall’s beacon tower, Buddhist mural paintings, and the culture and history of the renowned Silk Road in Xinjiang. At the same time enjoy the landscape of the grand Taklamakan desert and its charming oases, the remote and isolated villages, and local people in their original way of life. RMB 10,000-12,000. Contact email@example.com or 138 1040 4675 for more information.
Yoga in the Park, April 15
Adults. Yoga in the Park returns April 15th! You are welcome to join a yoga session in the great outdoors, instructed by Theresa who has rich experience in yoga instruction. The event is followed by brunch at Moka Bro’s Solana (participants enjoy 15 percent off). No sign-up needed. Note: Bring your own yoga mat; the event will be canceled if the AQI is over 200 or if it rains. RMB 50. 9.30-11am. Contact Theresa (WeChat ID TheresaRae) for more information. Chaoyang Park.
The Feminist Tour, April 15
Adults. Explore the backstreets of Beijing’s hutongs with your foreign female guide, and find out how Beijing’s most famous women were anything but subservient. RMB 90 for women, RMB 190 for men. 2-3.30pm. Check the website for more information. Newman Tours.
Earth Day Cleanup at the Jiankou Great Wall, April 22
Adults. The Great Wall on the west side of Jiankou has been somewhat spoiled by a buildup of trash and litter, left by lazy hikers and careless campers. In the spirit of Earth Day on April 22, and in order to give back to the communities in which they hike, Beijing Hikers are going to try and collect as much litter as they can and carry it out. RMB 150-200. Departs at 8am. Check the website for more information and booking. Beijing Hikers.
Feed Your Mind
Distinguished Speaker Series: Iain Milne, Apr 10
All ages. Scottish rugby union player Iain Milne is visiting Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) to talk about his career and life. Known as “The Bear,” Iain won a grand slam in 1984 and built a reputation for his work ethic, durability, hard tackling, and courage. Free. Western Academy of Beijing (5986 5588; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sungkyunkwan University’s Talk at BSB Shunyi, Apr 12
All ages. The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi welcomes admissions officers Jehoon Kwon and Hyejung Hong from Sungkyunkwan University. They will explain the admissions criteria and answer questions from parents and students. All are welcome to attend. Free. 2.30-3.30pm. The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi (8047 3588; email@example.com).
The University of Oxford’s Talk at BSB Shunyi, Apr 12
All ages. The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi is pleased that The University of Oxford will be visiting their campus. Ms. Charlotte Hamilton from The University of Oxford will give a presentation on university procedures which will be followed by a question and answer session. All are welcome to attend. Free. 10-11am. The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi (8047 3588; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fostering Newborn Puppies & Kittens Workshop at ICVS, April 7
Adults. Would you like to help save the lives of newborn puppies and kittens by learning how to care for them during their first weeks of life? Become a neonate foster care provider and save lives! Many orphaned puppies and kittens need your help to be bottle fed until they are at least one month old and can eat on their own to survive. ICVS is offering neonate care training for volunteers. Free. Contact 8456 1939 or reception@ICVSASIA.com for registration and more information.
Wilderness First Aid Course, Apr 14
Ages 16+. Imagine will be hosting a WFA (Wilderness First Aid) course at Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) Wild’s Miao Liang Centre in association with Wilderness Medical Associates International. Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. The course will offer relevant and realistic first-aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short-term wilderness endeavors and pursuits. RMB 3,000 (with transport), RMB 2,900 RMB (without transport); RMB 2,200 (without transport and accommodation). Imagine (WeChat: Imagine24x7service).
China Job 2018 Job Fair for Foreigners, April 21
Adults. Hosted by Chinajob, the Job Fair for Foreigners will attract over 200 employers looking for foreign staff this spring. With the support and participation of those prestigious enterprises in China, the Job Fair will present all kinds of job opportunities— full-time, part-time or internship. Free. 10am-4pm. Visit the website more information or to register. Swissotel Beijing.
A Pediatric First Aide Overview, Apr 27
Adults. 3e International School’s Tea Talk for April provides parents with an overview of the latest information and practices in pediatric first aid. This presentation provides an introductory overview and refresher for those who may consider attending a more in-depth first aid course in the future. The talk is presented by Yanfei Zhang, United Family Healthcare BLS instructor and Home Health nurse team supervisor. Free. 9-10.30am. 3e International School (6437 3344; email@example.com).
School Open Day
House of Knowledge Open Day, April 17-18
All ages. After ten years’ development, House of Knowledge Schools and Kindergartens (HoK) has grown into an Elementary school and two kindergartens, featuring hands-on learners, project-based approach to learning. HoK believes that a positive experience in education from an early age is essential to nurture a life-long love of learning. Two sessions: Chaoyang Campus: March 17; Shunyi Campus: March 18. Free. 9.30-11am. House of Knowledge Schools and Kindergartens (4006507747; firstname.lastname@example.org).
BIBA Open Day, April 21
All ages. You’re invited to join Beijing International Bilingual Academy April Open Day to explore their campus, learn all about their culture and curriculum, meet their teachers, students, and parents. Free. 9am-noon. Beijing International Bilingual Academy (8041 0390; email@example.com).
BSB Shunyi Open Day, April 23
All ages. Come join The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi Open Day to 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. Free. 9-11am. British School of Beijing, Shunyi(8047 3558; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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