What's On This Month for Families in Shanghai

New year, new fun events.

by Michaela Fulton | Tue, January 02, 2018

Jump start an exciting 2018 with these equally exciting events!

Last chance

Hand in Hand International Children's Music Festival

Hand in Hand International Festival

Hand in Hand International Children's Music Festival is China's first international music festival meant for the whole family. Chinese singer-songwriter and author Liu Jian and his American journalist wife, Rebecca Kanthor, created Hand in Hand so their children, and all kids in China, would have the chance to hear the best live music for kids from around the world, and learn about different cultures through music. Both you and the kids will love listening to some class acts, including Lucky Diaz and the Family Jame Band (USA), Hippe Gasten (Holland) and more.

Where: Shanghai Center Theater, 4/F, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu

南京西路1376号4楼

When: Sunday, January 7th 2018, 4pm

Price: ¥160-¥360/ticket

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Paul Smith Exhibition

British fashion designer Paul Smith has brought his simply titles exhibition to Shanghai! Hosted by the Modern Art Museum, it showcases his journey in building his company, as well as his stylistic tastes and eye for deisng. Combining the artistic and the business aspects of running a fashion brand, you'll be able to glimpse into his world and understand the interactions between operating within an industry as a business and withing the fashion world as a designer and artist.

Where: Modern Art Museum, 4777 Binjiang Da Dao

滨江大道4777号,近浦电路浦明路口

When: until Sunday, January 7th

Price: ¥90/ticket; ¥160/two tickets

Water Heavens: An Architectural Music Experience

Water Heavens

Every week, right on the outskirts of Shanghai, you'll see the peaceful and ancient water town Zhujiajia light up with one of China's most creative and unique contemproary musical performances. Conceived by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, Water Heavens is a syncretic music performace where water takes centerstage to wow audiences.

Where: Water Heavens, 1 Xi Jing Jie, Zhujiajiao Old Town

朱家角西井街1号

When: until Wednesday, January 3rd

Price: ¥180 - ¥880/ticket

Traveler's Society: Harbin Ice Festival

Harbin

If you're not afraid of the cold, Traveler's Society are putting together a must-try trip to Harbin – an awe-inspiring, frozen wonder! This will be an unmissable trip to northern China where you can gaze upon spectacularly-lit ice sculptures, fly down huge ice slides, go skiing, check out Russian-style architecture and much more. Visit 247tickets.com to check details of the itinerary.

Where: Traveler's Society Trip

When: Wednesday, January 10th.

Price: ¥2,999 - ¥3,499/ticket

For the whole family

Mulan (Shadow Play)

Mulan

The story of Hua Mulan, a girl who disguises herself as a man and goes to war in place of her elderly father has been adapted in numerous films and television works, but this new shadow play version now brings the story to life in a stunning way. Projected onto a backlit curtain, you can watch Mulan's story unfold through the use of silhouette puppets that have a history of more than 2,000 years in China.

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

When: Saturday, December 23rd to Saturday, January 13th 2018

Price: ¥100-¥120/ticket

Foster the People

Foster the People

American indie-pop band, Foster the People, will be making their way to China for the first time ever! As part of their world tour, they'll be performing some new songs from their latest offering Sacred Hearts Club, which includes a super catchy alt-rock single "Sit Next to Me" and, hopefully, "Pumped up Kick" for which they are affectionately known for. You won't want to miss this!

Where: Modernsky Lab Shanghai, 3F, Moon Shopping Mall, 188 Ruihong Lu

瑞虹路188号3楼

When: Tuesday, January 16th

Price: ¥480/pre-sale ticket

Martial Art in Dance

Martial Art in Dance

Premiering his latest creation, "Martial Art in Dance", choreographer Zhai Liang showcases kung fu during the Shanghai International Arts Festival. Four young contemporary dancers and three martial artists will put on an intense show of saber play, swordplay, cudgel play, and tai chi at Shanghai International Dance Center for an incrediblely captivating performance.

Where: Shanghai International Dance Center, 1650 Hongqiao Lu

虹桥路1650号

When: Friday, January 19th to Saturday, 20th January.

Price: ¥180-¥680/ticket

CCS Shanghai 123

Shanghai

Shanghai 123 is a free immersive half-day orientation catering towards those who are new to the countless initial puzzles of Shanghai. They'll be providing new arrivals with all the information and resources needed to help them navigate the city, as well as discuss common issues, answer questions and share tips for a new life in Shanghai. Lunch, and childcare for children aged 2-12 will be provided free of charge.

When: Saturday, January 13th 2018

Price: Free

Riverdance

Riverdance

The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance – the 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of music.

Where: Shanghai Grand Theater, 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu

人民大道300号

When: Tuesday, January 9th to Sunday, January 14th 2018

Price: ¥380-¥980/person

Shanghai Old Town Tour

Shanghai Old Town

Hunt the hidden treasures lying within the 700-year old Shanghai Old Town; find the last of ancient Shanghai's city wall in Dajing Pavillion; meet your personal Taoist protector in the City God Temple; try some local snacks at Yuyuan Market, and hear the story of how a man became a god.

Where: Shanghai Old Town Tour Pick-Up Place, Exit 2, Dashijie Station

金陵东路500号,8号线大世界地铁站2号口

When: Until Tuesday, January 30th 2018

Price: ¥349/ticket

Imagine Dragons: EVOLVE World Tour Live in Shanghai

Imagine Dragons

Formed in 2009, Imagine Draongs first revealed their emotionally charged and inventive sensibilities with a series of independently released EPs that earned them a grassroots following. Now, this Grammy Award Winner and Multi-Platform selling band is returning to China to bring you music both minimalistic yet rich in complexity. Without a doubt, this is going to be a super-charged night of awesome music for all the family to enjoy.

Where: Mercedes-Benz Arena, 1200 Shibo Da Dao, near Shangnan Lu

世博大道1200号, 近上南路

When: Wednesday, January 17th 2018.

Price: ¥480-¥1280/ticket

Laputa: Castle in the Sky Concert

Laputa Castle in the Sky

It may not be Disney on ice, but Laputa is a multi-media concert featuring songs from Studio Ghibli animated classics, including: Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away. What you'll find here is charm and appeal that fans of the Japanese animation studio will love.

Where: Shanghai Oriental Art Center Concert Hall, 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Avenue

丁香路425号,近世纪大道

When: Friday, January 26th

Price: ¥180 - ¥580/ticket

Children's Ballet of Kiev: Swan Lake

Swan Lake

135 years ago, audiences heard the Swan Lake music by the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for the very first time. From this moment on, the world of ballet was changed. Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odile, who resemble each other so closely that they are often mistaken and the compelling legend of a tragic romance. Swan Lake captures the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, terror to tenderness, and melancholy to ecstasy.

Where: Shanghai Art Theater, 466 Jiangning Lu

静安区江宁路466号

When: Saturday, February 10th to Sunday, February 18th 2018

Price: ¥180-¥380/person

Bullet Journal Club

Bullet Journal

Get started with bullet journaling for the new year! Join Craft'd's monthly club to share ideas and learn some tips on how to get the most out of your journal. Each month they will touch on different topics, such as tracking moods and targets, how to set up your schedule, checklists and so on. Plus how to add more creativity to your journal.

Where: Craft'd, 1F, building 3, 1288 Fuxing Zhong Lu

复兴中路1288弄3号1楼

When: Wednesday, January 17th, Wednesday, February 7th 2018

Price: ¥100/person

Celebrate a traditional Chinese New Year in a village

Chinese village

Make dumplings and rice cakes, try your hand at Chinese paintings and other crafts, set firecrackers, hike through a bamboo forest, relax in some hot springs, and more. This trip is going to be all about celebrating, and what better way to do so that getting stuck into local culure with your family?

When: Monday, February 19th to Tuesday, February 20th 2018

Price: ¥1,199/early bird ticket

Chinese Cooking Workshop (Group Course)

Cook Chinese Food

This is a hands-on cooking class for parents and children to take part in and learn some tips and tricks to recreate Chinese dishes at home. Including an in-depth explanation of ingredients used, and of Chinese cuisine, you'll have the chance to make your own Dim Sum and use a wok!

Where: 370 South Wulumuqi Lu

乌鲁木齐南路370号

When: until Monday, April 30th

Price: ¥160/child; ¥​220/adult

For you

Creative Draping and Drafting

Creative Draping and Drafting

Grasp the skills and techniques of producing and constructing creative designs by exploring the transformation process from basic patterns to new shapes and styles! Through practical exercises, the students will learn various womenswear tops and bottom's patterns, develop a strong understanding of dart manipulation, as well as create a set of blocks.

Where: Calin Fashion Academy, Suite 203, 205 South Maoming Lu

茂名南路205号瑞金大厦203室

When: Starting Monday, January 15th 2018

Price: ¥7,500/evening class; ¥9,800/morning class

Macrame Wall Hanging

Macrame is back with a bang! Forget 80s style and come and join our workshop to create a modern hanging for your apartment. This class is suitable for beginners and you will be taken through which materials to choose, the basic knots, and how to follow a macrame pattern before starting your own hanging. Perfect if you're needing help fulfilling those DIY resolutions.

Where: Craft'd, 1/F, Building 3, 1288 Fuxing Zhong Lu

复兴中路1288弄3号1楼

When: Monday, January 22nd 2018

Price: ¥250/person

Zhangjiajie Avatar Mountain Weekend

Zhangjiajie

Located on the north-western border of Hunan province, Zhangjiajie is a National Forest Park that is famous for its unusual, and breathtaking beauty. Consisting of more than 3,000 unique rock ridges and sandstone quart peaks, you'll come to see why this location was used as inspiration for the Hallelujah Montains in the hit film, Avatar.

Where: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Wulingyuan Zhangjiajie, Hunan

When: Friday, January 26th to Sunday, January 28th

Price: ¥1,999/ticket

Boozy Craft Club: DIY Hongbaos

Boozy craft evening with Craft'd promise some chilled out crafting that will get you ready for Chinese New Year, involving easy to pick up, minimum fuss activities as well as wine, DIY cocktails or soft drinks for you to enjoy. For this session, they'll be providing gorgeous paper from Paper Tiger Shanghai and the template that will help you get creative with your hongbaos for the year of the dog – including some tassles for extra flare! Full guidance will be provided throughout the evening, as well as all resources and one drink.

Where: Craft'd, 1/F, Building 3, 1288 Fuxing Zhong Lu

复兴中路1288弄3号1楼

When: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Price: ¥150/person