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The best events for families in Shanghai to check out this week

This week we have two productions by the St Petersburg Children's Ballet Theatre, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. As usual, Craft'd Shanghai continues to bring creative arts and crafts workshops to families in town. Take a look below for detailed listings.

Tue 15 Aug

Hands on Dumpling Delights

This trip is for dumpling fans young and old out there. Attendees will get to try mum-and-pop style dumplings off the beaten track - cooked in northeast Chinese style. They will also get to learn the basics of dumpling making with a local Shanghainese chef.

Meeting point available upon booking (near Jiashan Metro Station). 10am-1pm. 500RMB per adult; 275RMB per child. Long press and extract the QR code in image to book.

Wed 16 Aug


Directed by Iolanda Llansó, this nonverbal show explores the lonely journey of a man seeking a connection with other human beings. It shows little ones what it takes to break down personal barriers and communicate with strangers.

Shanghai Children's Art Theatre No 800 Miaojiang Lu, near Xizhang Nan Lu, Huangpu district. 7.30-9pm. Same time until Saturday 19 August. From 80RMB. Long press the QR code in image and follow the link to book.

Modern calligraphy workshop with Craft'd Shanghai

Learn how to construe aesthetically pleasing calligraphy with Craft'd Shanghai's workshop. The tricks you learn here will help you add personal and quirky touches to birthday cards, letters, and any other creative projects.

Craft'd Shanghai First Floor, Building 3, No 1288 Fuxing Zhong Lu, Xuhui district. 7-9pm. 300RMB per person. Long press the QR code in image to RSVP.

Thu 17 Aug

St Petersburg State Children’s Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake

Founded in 1992, the St Petersburg State Children's Ballet has an established history of performing internationally. This season, the company has arrived in Shanghai to bring some of classic ballet's most well-known repertoires back to the stage, including Tchaikovsky's crowd-pleasing Swan Lake

Shanghai Oriental Art Center No 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Avenue, Pudong. 7.15-9.15pm. From 280RMB per ticket. Long press QR code in image to book.

Fri 18 Aug

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Produced by Argetinian company Omar Alvarez Theater, this version of Christien Andersen's 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' reinterprets the children's classic through puppet theatre. The performance is conducted in English and suitable for kids aged three to 10.

Shanghai Puppet Theatre Fifth Floor, Ciros Plaza, No 388 Nanjing Xi Lu, Huangpu district. 10am-12pm. From 80RMB. Long press the QR code in image to book tickets.

Sat 19 Aug

CCS Shanghai 123

For another year, Shanghai Community Centre is teaming up with Shanghai 123 to welcome those who have just arrived in town. Staff from both organisations will make sure you're comfortable with the move by introducing you to the city's essential services and apps. They will also be able to answer any burning questions about the city. Lunch and childcare will also be provided for children aged two to 12 free of charge.

Pudong Community Centre Third Floor, Tower A, No 1146 Biyun Rd, Pudong (3382 1770). 9-11am. Free. Also available at various centres across town over August and September. Long press the QR code in image to reserve a place.

Sun 20 Aug

Summer family movie series at The Pearl

The Pearl will be screening family-friendly titles every Sunday throughout the summer months. Shanghai families can expect cinema classics like the Harry Potter and the Ice Age series, as well as The Incredibles and more. Entrance is free.

The Pearl Theatre 471 Zhapu Lu, near Haining Lu, Hongkou district (137 6488 9962; [email protected]). Every Sunday until Sunday 27 August. 2pm-4pm , 4pm-6pm. Long press QR code in image to RSVP.

Magic Piano & The Chopin Shorts

This delightful live performance tells the story of Anna and her cousin Chip-Chip, getting on a magical flying piano, starting a journey across Europe in search for her father. The piano soundtrack will be performed by Lang Lang International Music Foundation award winning musician Derek Wang. Suitable for kids over five years old.

Shanghai Children's Art Theatre No 800 Miaojiang Lu, near Xizhang Nan Lu, Huangpu district. 10.30am-12.30pm. From 280RMB. Long press the QR code in image and follow the link to book.

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