The Best Family Events in Shanghai

By Yuzhou Hu, 2019-07-08 09:45:04

Best Events This Week​

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 12-14: Disney On Ice

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Your favorite Disney characters on ice skates return to Shanghai! Disney On Ice has been dazzling fans since 1981, hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, explore the world of Arendelle from Disney's Frozen and sing along as Anna embarks on a fearless adventure to find her sister. In addition to Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, keep your eyes peeled for appearances by the stars of Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King, and all your favorite princesses.

English version: Sat July 13, 10.30am. Mandarin version: July 12-14, 10.30am or 3pm or 7.30pm. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listing. Book tickets here.

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!

Fri July 12, 7.30pm. Sat-Sun July 13-14, 10.30am or 1.30pm or 4pm; RMB80-480; RMB100-500. Shanghai PG Theater, see event listing. Purchase tickets here.

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 striking photos. Even if you are not into photography, you can escape from the stresses of real life and simply have fun here with this interactive and interstellar installation.

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

Best Upcoming Events

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 2-3: Samajam: Kids Show 2 (Djembe)

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The sequel to China's most popular musical kids' show is headed to Shanghai. With brand new musical instruments, improved settings plus more vibrating rhythms, SAMAjAM 2 - Super Djembe is sure to grant families with 200% participation and 200% fun.

Aug 2 at 7.30pm, Aug 3 at 10.30am & 3.30pm, Aug 16 at 7.30pm, Aug 17, 10.30am & 3.30pm. RMB180-480. ET Space, see event listing. Purchase 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.

Sep 6-15: Evita

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Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s well-beloved 1978 West End musical is coming to Shanghai in early-mid September this year. Evita was conceived as a sung-through dramatic piece and ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ became the most popular single number from a show in many years. The production proved to be an artistic and popular success. This is a must-see show in Shanghai.

Sep 6-15, times vary; RMB480-1,280. SAIC Shanghai Cultural Square, see event listing. Purchase tickets here.

Sep 9-15: World Snooker Shanghai Masters 2019


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The greatest snooker players from around the world are back in town as world number one Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan bids to lift the Shanghai Masters trophy for the third year running. After becoming the richest invitation event in snooker history last year, expect arguably the most competitive field to date as the world’s top 16, plus eight players from China, fight it out for the prestigious trophy and for a share of the jaw-dropping RMB6 million plus prize fund. Running from September 9 to September 15, the Regal International East Asia Hotel will play host to one of the biggest events on the snooker calendar, with Chinese superstar Ding Junhui looking to win the competition for the third time in seven years.

Monday Sep 9 to Sunday Sep 15, RMB80-980. Regal International East Asia Hotel, see event listing. Buy tickets.

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