What's On This Month for Families in Shanghai

Get planning!

by Michaela Fulton | Fri, September 29, 2017

October is a rather exciting month to look forward to. From Golden Week holidays and cosy autumn weather to the fun activities that Halloween can bring, there's bound to be something for all the family to enjoy!

Last chance

West Bund Food Festival

West Bund Food Festival

This is no ordinary food festival, with a parade and family-friendly activities all packed into one amazing food fest. Bringing together the largest outdoor Amazonian children’s playground in China, VR experiences, electric trampolines and more, you and your child can unleash all of your energy and enjoy your holiday.

Where: CAMP 3399, 3399 Long Teng Da Dao

When: Sunday, October 1st to Sunday, 8th 2017

Price: ¥60/pre-sale single ticket, ¥140/ two tickets, ¥200/three tickets

For the whole family

Pudong Family Day

Animal Magic Fun at Pudong Family Day

Are you ready for a fun-filled family weekend out? City Weekend and Green City would like to invite you and your family to a weekend of animal magic fun at Pudong's Green Sunshine Stadium! This two-day event promises to be jam-packed full of fun activities for the whole family. What's more, your kid will be in with the chance of being the next cover model superstar of Shanghai family magazine!

Where: Green Sunshine Stadium, 600 Lantian Lu, near Yunshan Lu


Price: ¥100/early bird ticket, ¥120/on the door ticket

Mulan (Shadow Play)

Mulan Shadow Play

Shanghai Puppet Theater is staging a new multimedia shadow play production of the timeless fable, Mulan, the story of a girl who disguises herself as a man and goes to war in place of her elderly father. This new shadow play version of the beloved story includes stunning sets, sentimental music and fantasy elements that breathe fresh life into an age-old art form.

Where: Ciro's Performing Arts Theater, 5F, Ciro's Plaza, 388 Nanjing Xi Lu

南京西路388号5楼, 近黄陂路

When: Monday, October 4th to Thursday, 21st 2017

Price: ¥100-¥120/ticket

13th JZ Festival

13th JZ Festival Live Music

The 13th edition of the famous JZ Festival is coming back this October! More than 40 bands from China and 20 different countries will perform on seven live stages for this two day jazz event – that's a lot of live music! Headliners will include Kool & the Gang, Andy Summers and the Blue Falcons, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz and many more. An unmissable weeked of cool rhythms.

Where: Expo Park, 1750 Shibo Da Dao


When: Saturday, October 14th to 15th 2017

Price: ¥260/ticket

Halloween at Disneyland

Halloween at Disney Resort Shanghai

China's first Disney Resort is going to be completely transformed into a spooky Halloween wonderland, so get ready to dust off those fangs and broomsticks! Dress up as any of your favorite characters during the Halloween festival period, be it the spookiest, prettiest or wackiest costume around. What's more, Shanghai Disneyland is releasing its first-ever evening tickets, only available during this Halloween season.

Where: Shanghai Disney Resort, 360 Shendi Xi Lu


When: Until Tuesday, October 31st (except October 2nd to 7th) 2017

Price: ¥275/ticket

Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA™

Cirque du Soleil Kooza in Shanghai

Return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil® as KOOZA™ combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. This will be a colorful melange that emphasizes slapstick humor and highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility. Though if you're bringing little ones along, they may jump a little!

Where: KOOZA, Junction of Hongshan Road and Xueye Road

世博园区洪山路雪野路, 中华艺术宫正南

When: Monday, 2nd October to Sunday, 3rd December 2017

Price: ¥380-¥1980/ticket

Norwich Puppet Theater: Three Colors

Bask in a world of color in this interactive performance that gently draws you and your children into wonderful imaginary landscapes. You and your family will be at the very center of the experience as they create different sensory worlds where you can swim with fish, hear the crackle of a fire, feel frogs nibble your toes and more.

Where: Shanghai Children's Art Theater, 800 Miaojiang Lu, near Xizhang Nan Lu

苗江路800号, 近西藏南路

When: Friday, October 20th to Sunday, 22nd 2017

Price: ¥180/ticket

A Little Turtle

A Little Turtle

After getting separated from his parents, the little turtle is bullied by the crabs, seagulls and other creatues of the sea. In his journey to be reunited with his family once again, the little turtle takes on the sea, discovers creatueres from far and wide.

Where: Little Player Theater, LM20, M Floor, South Area of The Place, 100 Zunyi Lu


When: Saturday, October 28th to Sunday, 29th 2017

Price: ¥100/promotional price ticket; ¥320/two tickets; ¥450/three tickets

Where's Wally?

Where's Wally Exhibition

Created by British illustrator, Martin Handford, children across the world have been scouring illustrations to find Wally since the 1980s. Now, children in Shanghai have the chance to discover the cartoon phenomenon at the Where's Wally? exhibition! Can you spot Wally wearing his infamous red-and-white striped pullover and bobble hat?

Where: 94F, Shanghai World Financial Center Observatory, 100 Shiji Da Dao, near Dongtai Road


When: until Tuesday, 31st October 2017

Price: ¥80/94F ticket, ¥185/94F, 97F and 100F ticket

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

This family trip is all about geting out of the city and experience a good rock climb with your kids! It's not just rock climbing that you'll be doing either, you'll get to go horseback riding, go-kart racing, chill out on a boat and more! As well as enjoy a picnic lunch and BBQ before heading back home.

Where: Location to be announced.

When: Saturday, October 28th 2017

Price: ¥399/child under six; ¥599/child between six and eight; ¥749/adult

For you

Mega Yoga at The Peninsula

Mega Yoga at The Peninsula Shanghai

Celebrate the health benefits of yogic practices and raise funds for a non-profit organizatino, Raleigh China, with The Peninsula Shanghai this October. Taking place on a beautiful lawn in two 60-minute yoga sessions, Mega Yoga will offer a unique programme by health experts and world-class international instructors to bring together participants from all walks of life in order to showcase the health benefits gained from the practice of yoga. Enroll now through The Peninsula Shanghai online for two sessions, one Lululemon-sponsored sportwsear outfit, complimentary juices from VCLEANSE, one healthy lunch at No. 1 Waitanyuan and entry into the lucky draw!

Where: No. 1 Waitanyuan, Beijing Dong Lu near Yuanmingyuan Lu

北京东路, 圆明园路

When: Saturday, October 14th 2017

Price: ¥480/person

Wellington Festival of Education

Wellington College of Education

Following the success of last year's Festival, Wellington College Festival of Education is back for another event where you can celebrate, learn, debate and connect. You'll hear from 20 different international experts and speakers in Shanghai, who will speak on a number of topics ranging from Early Years Focus and Well-being to exploring education and fundamental concepts of teaching. Win tickets now!

Where: Wellington College International Shanghai, No. 11 Hai Yang West Road and Wellington College Bilingual Shanghai

北京东路, 圆明园路

When: Friday, October 20th and Saturday, 21st 2017

Price: ¥480/person

Valrhona Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Valrhona Chocolate Afternoon Tea at Ritz-Carlton

Check mate! In this delightful season, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, together with Valrhona, brings you a gourmet selection of fine chocoaltes with afternoon tea. Here, you'll be able to play your way through the chocolate piece to discover the surprising flavors of each piece; from the fresh taste of tropical fruits to the nutty flavors of chestnut combined with a hint of blackcurrant. Contact 2020 1717 for enquiries or reservations.

Where: Scena Italian Restaurant, 52F, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, 8 Shiji Da Dao, near Lujiazui Dong Lu, Pudong


When: until Friday, February 23rd 2018. Every Saturday and Sunday, 3pm-5pm

Price: ¥488/set, including two special drinks or a specially-made non-alcoholic beverage from their selection.

Wine Tasting at BottlesXO

Make the most of date night with BottlesXO's weekly wine tasting night. Here, you'll get to sample their unique range of European wines (whites, roses and reds), snack on delicious freshly made canapés and hang out in their intimate setting with fellow wine lovers. 

Where: XO, 237 Hengshan Lu, near Yongjia Lu


When: Every Thursday, 7-9pm

Price: ¥150/ BottlesXO community members

RSVP: rsvp@sha.bottlesxo.com


Oktoberfest Shanghai

Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, originating from a royal wedding in the 19th century. Now, it is a folk festival celebrated annually in Munich, which brings millions of visitors from all around the world to enjoy beer, hearty Bavarian delicacies and various amusements. Now, Paulaner Bräuhaus Shanghai is once again bringing the world-famous beer festival to you this autumn. There will be an asortment of traditional Oktoberfest delicacies and special beer, brewed in the brand's own brewery and served only during this festival.  Special packages can be booked for groups for six or more people.

Where: Paulaner @ Raffles City Changning, Dodson Hall, Unit H5 @Courtyard, 1197 Changning Road

上海宝莱纳餐厅长宁来福士店 长宁路1197号长宁来福士广场思孙堂古建(位于钟楼对面)

When: Thursday October 12th to Saturday 21st 2017, 5pm onwards

Price: ¥388/person, daily 3-course set menu plus all-you-can-drink until midnight and other packages available.

SHKP Vertical Run for Charity

In 1904, the world's first vertical marathon was successfully held at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Now, this sport has boarded skyscrapers around the world – including China! Now you can join the circuit at Shanghai IFC that will challenge you with 57 floors, 1460 steps and the vertical height of 260 meters.

Where: Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue

When: Sunday, 22nd October 2017

Price: ¥120/early bird individual, ¥150/standard individual, ¥200/two person fun climb

Shanghai Street Eats

Are you curious about Shanghai's street food scene? You can sample more than 20 dishes, from six locations, at three seated tasting stops with your bilingual guide! Discover the best way to eat Shanghai's classic pan-fried soup dumplings without burning your tongue, dare to try exotic local treats like deep-fried water snake or dive hands first into stewed crayfish. 

Where: Location to be emailed upon booking

When: until Friday, 20th December 2017

Price: ¥240/child-¥480/adult