The Best Family Events in Shanghai

By Yuzhou Hu, 2019-06-13 07:51:02

Best Events This Week​

Jun 21: French Rhapsody: Tan Dun & Orchestre National de Lyon

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The famed Orchestre National de Lyon is all set to perform in Shanghai on June 21. The Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL) has a core of 104 permanent musicians. Over the years, the ONL has performed in the greatest concert halls across the world from Carnegie Hall in New York to the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The performance will be conducted by Tan Dun, who is not only Oscar-winning artist, but also the UNESCO Global Goodwill Ambassador.

Fri Jun 21, 7.30pm. RMB80-580. Shanghai Oriental Art Centre Concert Hall, see event listing. Book tickets here.

Jun 21-27: An American in Paris - Shanghai

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Inspired by the Oscar winning movie, the musical tells a beautiful love story which takes place in the ‘City of Lights’ – Paris. Since its premiere, it has received record-setting 28 five-star reviews from British critics. Expect fabulous designs, gorgeous music and stunning choreography.

Jun 21 & Jun 25-27, 7.30pm. Jun 22-23, 2pm or 7.30pm. RMB180-880. Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre, see event listing. Book tickets here.

Jun 22-23: Commune Market

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The Commune Market is back this weekend during June 22-23 at Yong Ping Lane. Expect cool new things from local designers, cool tunes, cocktails & beers on tap, delicious gourmet food, best baked sweets, book swap and so much more. On top of that, the event is totally kid-friendly.

June 22-23, 11am-7pm. Free entry. Yong Ping Lane, see event listing.

All Month: Peppa Pig World of Play

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Peppa Pig World of Play is an indoor theme park built especially for preschoolers and their families. With 10 different play areas, children can immerse themselves in specific scenes and locations from the Peppa Pig TV series. This is an excellent choice for Peppa fans, young and old, to enjoy a special adventure with all the charters from the show. 

10am-7pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-8pm (Sat-Sun). One adult plus one child: RMB158 Mon-Fri, RMB210 Sat-Sun; Additional adult: RMB50 Mon-Fi, RMB70 Sat-Sun; Additional child: RMB100 Mon-Fri, RMB140 Sat-Sun. Peppa Pig World of Playsee event listing. Book tickets here.

All Month: The Starry Gallery of Shanghai

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Occupying dazzling light installations and creative photo booths, The Starry Gallery of Shanghai (check our Step Inside here), hidden within Pier 16 on the Bund, is your next spot to take awe-striking and aesthetic photos. Even if you are not so into photographing, you can escape from the real-life stress and simply have fun here with its interactive and interstellar settings.

10am-10pm. RMB68. The Starry Gallery of Shanghai, see event listing. Book tickets here.

Best Upcoming Events

Jun 29: Nonsense Machines

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Maywa Denki is a two-man band from Japan founded in 1993. On stage, they always dress up like workers and use assorted tools and machines to play music. In addition to the thrilling electric music, their way of playing is quite fun, which will bring joy to the audience, especially to your little ones.

Sat June 29, 2pm or 7.30pm. RMB180-680. 1862 Theatre, see event listing. Book tickets here.

June 30-July 31: Club Med's International Summer Camp in Anji

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Summer is right around the corner which means it's time to start making those summer plans. The 1-week Club Med International Summer Camp in Anji will be held at the gorgeous Anji Club Med Resort on June 30, July 7, July 14 and July 21. There's a reason why the Club Med International Summer Camp has been dubbed 'the best summer camp in China'. Campers will be able to participate in all sorts of indoor and outdoor activities such as kayaking, archery, baseball, rugby, golf, football, volleyball and more. In addition, the camp will educate kids through a variety of courses: technology, drama, sports, programming, STEM, speech, drama and more. Experts will be on site to teach and mentor children. The 1-week Anji camp is RMB11,800 per child. However, customers who buy two tickets (within a single purchase) will be reimbursed  RMB1,500 after the event.

Anji: RMB11,800 per child for one week starting June 30, July 7, July 14 and July 21. Anji Club Med Resort. Reserve your spot by clicking here.

July 5-7 & July 12-14: Peppa Pig Live-Rainy Days! (Mandarin)

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This July, let your kids experience the hit children's show like never before when you see Peppa Pig in an all new and exciting live show. Kids will see their favorite characters come to life as life-sized puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig's Adventure- Rainy Days!

July 5-7 & July 12-14, times vary; RMB100-500. Shanghai PG Theater, see event listing. Purchase tickets here.

July 11: Lenka Kripac

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Get hyped! Australian singer Lenka Kripac is coming to town! You can now head over to thMart and grab tickets to see Lenka perform at VasLive in Shanghai on July 11. Best known for her songs ‘The Show’ and ‘Everything at Once,’ Lenka’s latest album, 2017’s Attune, was praised by Billboard, with the US music magazine saying that the first single on the album has the “power to heal.” High praise indeed!

July 11, 8pm; RMB280. VasLive, see event listing. Book tickets here.

Jul 11-14: PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue

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Based on everybody's favorite animated TV series on Nickelodeon, PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue brings everybody's favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed musical adventure. PAW Patrol Live! is not only fun and entertaining, but the shows share lessons about social skills, problem solving and teamwork. The performances feature up-tempo music and captivating stories perfect for kids.

July 11-14, times vary; RMB280-580. Shanghai Culture Square, see event listing. Purchase tickets here.

July 20: Premier League Asia Trophy 2019


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Great news for English Premier League fans in China, as Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United will contest the 2019 Premier League Asia Trophy in Nanjing and Shanghai. The third place playoff and final will take place at Hongkou Football Stadium on Saturday, July 20 at 6pm and 8.30pm respectively. Don't miss this event if you are a hardcore football fan.

Sat July 20, 6pm and 8.30pm. RMB288-1,580. Hongkou Football Stadium, see event listing. Book tickets here.

Jul 30: Anne-Marie 2019 China Tour in Shanghai

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Anne-Marie was one of pop’s biggest breakout stars in 2018, thanks to her worldwide hits ‘Rockabye,’ a single by the Clean Bandit where she was featured and hit Marshmello collaboration ‘Friends’ as well as the arrival of her debut album, Speak Your Mind. In the past two years, British pop singer/songwriter Anne-Marie has emerged as a popular and acclaimed artist worldwide releasing a string of singles that have become chart hits. This summer she will be the opening act for Ed Sheeran’s North American stadium tour, which means the talented artist is more recognized than ever.

Tue Jul 30, 8pm. RMB280 presale. VasLive, see event listing. Book tickets here.

Aug 3-4: Magic Drama: One Starry Night: Out of the Blue

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This magical event is the perfect way to introduce your little ones to the world of art, music and culture. One Starry Night: Out of the Blue takes you and your family on a journey filled with art, music and education. By exploring such a fun and joy-filled environment, your children will be inspired to explore the beauty of art and music.

Aug 3-4, 10.30am, 3.30pm & 7.30pm. RMB180-480. Shanghai Grand Theatresee event listing. Purchase tickets here.

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