The Best Upcoming Family Events in Shanghai

By Urban Family, 2020-01-13 15:13:27

We have made a list of the best things to do with your family in Shanghai this week!

Best Events This Week​

Ongoing Until Jan 14: Dreamgirls

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Having opened on Broadway all the way back in 1981, Dreamgirls is a phenomenal worldwide hit. Bringing to life the story of a trio of fantastic singers in ‘60s America, this musical is one you should see at least once. 

Until Jan 14, various times; RMB200-1,000. Shanghai Culture Square. See event listing. Tickets

Ongoing Until Jan 30: Era – Intersection of Time

Era Intersection of Time
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ERA, the stunning acrobatic extravaganza which has accompanied locals and foreigners for over 14 years, has returned in an all-new venue as the production enters its final season. With updated settings and equipment, the show will continue to put smiles on the faces of those who come to the performance and is slated to usher in a new era. It runs until January 30 – don’t miss out! And don’t fear once it is over. Shanghai Circus World will unveil a brand new show of ERA, slated to launch at the end of April 2020.

Until Jan 30, Tue-Sun, 7.30pm; RMB280-680. ERA Castle. See event listing. Tickets.

Jan 14-19: Lord of the Dance

Lord of the Dance
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Breathing life into the world-famous, renowned Irish dancing set piece, these dancers bring to life Michael Flatley’s fabulous creation this month in Shanghai. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch some of the most breathtaking music and dancing you’ll see anywhere.

Jan 14-19, various times; RMB200-880. Shanghai Grand Theatre. See event listing. Tickets.

Jan 15: Healthy Chinese Noodles Cooking Class

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Fight the cold weather with Kaixin Cooking by learning to cook your own nourishing Chinese noodles and hot soups! You will make fresh dishes with high-quality meat, winter vegetables and lots of nutrition.

Jan 15, 7-9pm; RMB300. That's Territory. See event listing. Tickets.

Jan 18: Jiashan Saturday Market

Jiashan Saturday Market
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Shanghai’s premier market for foodies meets for the last time in the Year of the Pig. Enjoy eats and drinks, take home artisan foods for the pantry and peruse the fine crafts in Jiashan Market’s “secret garden” courtyard setting.

Jan 18, 11.30am-3.30pm. Jiashan Market. See event listing.

Jan 18-19: Green Escape Night Market

Green Market
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The Kerry Jing’an closes Anyi Lu to traffic every weekend for an outdoor market called Green Escape. Bundle up and get ready to enjoy wares from over 50 vendors including flowers, Argentinian barbecue, Dutch french fries, DODU rotisserie chicken and healthy meals from Hunter Gatherer. They even have The Odd Couple cocktails. 

Jan 18-19, 4.30pm-midnight (Sat), 2.30pm-10pm (Sun); free entry. Jing An Kerry Center. See event listing

Ongoing: Frozen Exhibition

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Your kids will go crazy for this magical Frozen-themed exhibition. The exhibition brings the 2013 Disney film to life. Tag along as Anna, the fearless princess of Arendelle, sets off on a journey with a rugged iceman, a pet reindeer and a snowman to find her sister and escape from eternal winter. The exhibition will be held at Shanghai Global Harbor Mall from December 21 until April 5. The 1,500-square-meter space will be transformed to recreate nine of the movie’s most classic scenes and feature nine interactive areas. Your little ones will also be able to check out over 200 original production drawings from the movie and shop for over 1,000 limited edition Frozen products. It’s every kid’s dream!

Until April 5, times vary; RMB120-220. Shanghai Global HarborSee event listingTickets.

Ongoing: Peppa Pig World of Play

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You can now purchase tickets to the popular Peppa Pig World of Play by clicking right here! Boasting 10 play areas, each referencing a specific scene or location in the Peppa Pig TV series, this indoor theme park is great for Peppa fans young and old. Preschool-aged children will especially enjoy the chance to immerse in the world of Peppa Pig, and embark on exhilarating adventures with the adorable piglet and her family.

Daily, 10am-8pm; RMB158-210. Peppa Pig World of PlayTickets.

Ongoing: Spiral – Shanghai Acrobatic Show

Spiral Acrobat Show
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This popular acrobatic show, produced and performed by the talents behind the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe, is an unmissable event for families in Shanghai. The nuanced performance tells the tale of the city’s ever-changing landscape and is conveyed through thrilling moves like trapeze and tightrope walking — bound to wow the whole family.

Daily, 7.30pm; RMB180-380. Yunfeng Theatre. See event listing. Tickets.

Ongoing: BBQ Thursdays at CAGES Bar & Sports

BBQ Thursdays at Cages
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Get your reservations in, because Cages only does barbecue once a week. Leave the office early as Cages rolls out its southern style BBQ menu from 5pm. Get there early because it’s first-come, first serve. Get ready for a delectable selection of smoked meats, sides and sauces.

Thursdays, 5pm. CAGES Bar and Sports. See event listing

Best Upcoming Events

Feb 3: 2020 Superbowl Party at The Kerry Hotel

Superbowl Party
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Kerry Hotel Pudong will be throwing their big tailgate party again this year. Watch the game on their giant LED screens in the hotel ballroom while enjoying a breakfast buffet, free-flow house wine, beer and soft drinks. Tickets are RMB380 per adult and RMB150 for kids under 12. Seats are limited so it’s best to get them while you still can.

Feb 4, 7am; RMB380 for adults, RMB150 for kids under 12, RMB3,000 per table of 10 people. Kerry Hotel Pudong. See event listing. Tickets

Mar 7: That Physics Show

That Physics Show
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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 is the man behind the ultra-fascinating off-Broadway show that combines the fun of science in a riveting performance. He goes over all sorts of different experiments that demonstrate just how incredible our world is – think motion, momentum, energy, sound waves and more. According to Eric Krebs, the show’s producer, That Physics Show is “a cross between Stomp and Blue Man Group with a little Bubble Show thrown in.”  

Mar 7, 10.30am, 3.30pm; RMB120-480. ET Space. See event listing. Tickets.

Mar 29: SAMAJAM Kids Show 2

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China’s most popular musical kids show is headed back to Shanghai. At Samajam: Kids Show 2 (Djembe), everyone in the audience receives a SAMAJAM Music Bag which contains drumsticks, tambourines, a musical tube and an African djembe. Throughout the show, kids and the entire family learn and play with the instruments, as they are led by SAMAJAM performers on stage. 

Mar 29, 10.30am & 3.30pm; RMB180-700. Shanghai Hongqiao Art CenterSee event listingPurchase tickets here

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