If you want to start getting those Christmas gifts in early Geneva's having an autumn bazaar selling Shanghai-made goodies. Not a bad way to blast through a Thursday evening with friends and family.
Instead of sending family overseas bought gifts for Christmas, you could always have your teen make something instead. Artsy folks over at Craft'd have a class this Thursday evening that teaches you how to make earrings and other jewelry bits using polymer clay. Costs 200rmb for materials, snacks and a drink.
Art For Hearts has its third annual art sale where proceeds go to children in need of life-saving surgeries. Aside from paintings and whatnot, there will likely be a few Shanghai brands selling their wares for the cause plus some food, drink and snacks. Opening night is this Friday from 7-10pm when the majority of pieces get snapped up.
Are toys just for kids? Have they ever just been for kids? Through art, design, fashion, illustration and sculpture, this three-day exhibition wants to show us that not only are toys not just for kids, they're also becoming as popular as designer bags.
Got a bag of unused clothes sitting in the kids' closet, or just in need of a good pre-Christmas clear out? The Rooster's hosting a clothing drive this weekend whereby you give up the goods and they treat the adults to a free pint of Vedett.
It's techy, it's nerdy, it's gadget heaven — the Shanghai Maker Faire has finally landed. We're talking 50+ exhibits and installations covering everything you and the kids need to live out your geekiest desires: 3D printing, robotics, coding, experimentation, pottery and more. There will be eight DIY workshops teaching people to code, hack, and build robots. If you happen to see Arnie at the fair, run! Family tickets (entrance for four people) are 150rmb and can be booked via SmartTicket.
11.11 is awesome for discounts but it's also bad for the environment: packaging, eek! So, the eco boys over at Boomi thought screw it let's run this offline. This year the Single's Day Market will have 25+ eco-friendly brands to scope out, food of the healthy variety, and a second-hand swap area for you to trade in unwanted clothes, toys, etc.
Family a fan of steaming bowls of chili? Then you probably ought to go to the Annual Shanghai Chili Cook Off. The competition between the independent teams, home chefs, and pro chefs gets so hot it's been cooking annually now for 15 consecutive years. Go round and sample each contender's bowl, then vote on your favorite. The one with the most votes will be awarded "People's Choice" and earn effective bragging rights to Best Pot of Chili in Shanghai. Oh, there will also be music, beer, and some sunshine — hopefully! Entrance is 50rmb and includes 1 beer + chili sampling.
For more stuff happening this weekend, check out the events page here. For more activities you can do with the kids, visit our Family Events page for the full rundown. And if you happen to be organizing your own event, click here to list an event for free.