The Best Family Events in Shanghai

By Yuzhou Hu, 2019-07-18 09:47:48

Best Events This Week​

Jul 26-27: That Physics Show (Mandarin)

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Looking for something fun and educational to do with your kids? In that case That Physics Show is the event for you. Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings the ultra-fascinating off-Broadway show that combines the fun of science with a riveting performance.

Fri Jul 26, 7.30pm, Sat Jul 27, 10.30am. RMB180-480. Shanghai City Theater, see event listing. Book tickets here.

Jul 26-28: Kneehigh Theatre: Dead Dog in a Suitcase

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Based on English dramatist John Gay’s The Beggar's Opera, the stage show satires the inequality and corruption of a society dominated by capitalism 100 years ago in an odd while whimsical way. Employing multiple performing forms – including rap, rock & roll and even puppets – the play will grant its audience a rich and illuminating experience.

Fri July 26, 7.30pm, Sat July 27, 2.30pm or 7.30pm, Sun July 28, 7.30pm. RMB60-680. Great Theatre of China, see event listing. Book 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: NBA Playzone

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Being the first NBA-themed indoor attraction designed for children and their families in China, the NBA Playzone brings NBA excitement through a variety of basketball-inspired play areas and activities. The 1,500-square-meter destination is a great option for you and your little ones over the weekend.

10am-8pm. One adult plus one child: RMB209. One adult plus two children: RMB326. Two adults plus two children: RMB376. NBA Playzone, see event listing. Book tickets here.

All Month: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Shanghai

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It might take another couple of years until Shanghai opens its own LEGOLAND theme park, but for the time being, brick-aholics can visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center to get their fix. With attractions like a hands-on play area, jungle gyms and fun rides, this interactive play center inside the Changfeng Joy City makes a fantastic weekend destination for families to visit.

10am-8pm. RMB200. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Shanghai. Book tickets here.

Best Upcoming Events

Jul 31: Royal Opera House: The Queen of Spades (Screening)

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The penniless soldier Gherman falls in love with Liza. To make a fortune and marry Liza, Gherman decides to wrest the winning three-card formula from the Countess and sets himself on a dark path. Based on a short story from Pushkin, The Queen of Spades is a timeless classic from Tchaikovsky and his brother. 

Wed July 31, 7pm. RMB100-200. Huangpu Theatre, 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.

Aug 23-25: Junior Valley Ecologist

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During the weekend of August 23-25, the Hong Kong-based Eco Education and Resources Center's environmental school will be hosting four special classes focusing on the exploration of Ningbo Valley in a way that's both fun and enjoyable for your little ones! The classes are specially tailored to kids aged 6-12 years old. They will learn things they can't learn anywhere else. By the end of the weekend, they'll have gained all sorts of knowledge that will even impress adults. The weekend excursion will be held at the beautiful Camphor Tree Valley in Lijiakeng Village, where visitors will spend two nights. Kids will get hands on experience and learn about the plants, forests and streams of Ningbo. They'll learn all sorts of factoids from how plants grow to how they are affected by climate change. 

Aug 23-25, 3pm; RMB4,081 (early bird before August 5), RMB4,490 (package price). Camphor Tree Valley, see 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.

Sept 7: Pinocchio

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Kids love the story of Pinocchio... and for good reason! Pinocchio will be brought to life in Shanghai this September. The play tells the story a puppet named Pinocchio, who was created out of wood by a man named Geppetto. However, Geppetto wished that his puppet could be a "real boy." His wish was magically granted by the Blue Fairy. The play will take your kids on an adventurous journey with Pinocchio, as he learns how to navigate the world in an honest and truthful way. Whenever Pinocchio does lie, his knowns grows longer and longer! Kids 3 and up are sure to be highly amused and entertained.

Sat Sept 7, 10.30am & 2pm; RMB99-250. Floor 4, Shanghai Mall, 1376, Nanjing Xi Lu, Jing'an district. See event listing. Purchase tickets here. (Mandarin language).

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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