Unforgettable Beijing Family Travel; Things to Do in Beijing with Kids

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Beijing family travel is chock full of fun things to do with the kids. Climbing the Great Wall and tobogganing down, watching an acrobatic or Kung Fu show, and having a rickshaw ride through the hutongs are some of the best family activities to enjoy in Beijing.

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Family Tour with Kids

Family Tour with Kids

Must – Sees and Must – Dos in Beijing with Kids

1. Forbidden-City-with-kids

Spend a few hours exploring the Forbidden City with a guide in your language so that your kids can have an interesting explanation of this former emperors home. There are lots of interesting animal and creature sculptures throughout. The gardens are also beautiful and there are washrooms here. After head to nearby Belhai Park and rent some pedal boats or an electric boat on the lake. There is also a playground for the kids.

2. Great-wall-of-china-with-kids and Great Wall Camping

The Great Wall of China is a must do while in Beijing with kids. This wonder of the world is steeped in fascinating history. Mutianyu is one of the best sections to visit with your children. It is the longest fully restored section of the wall that is open to visitors and has 22 watch towers. Your teenagers will love the cable car ride up and the optional toboggan ride down. Young children can still ride in a double toboggan with a parent. Older kids might enjoy the 10km hike from Jinshanling to Simatai. Have your driver drop you off at Janshanling and pick you up at Simatai. There is a zip line ride at Simatai.

For an exciting adventure your kids will love to sleep on the Great Wall . On this tour you are provided with sleeping bags to sleep either in a watchtower or under the stars. Meals and drinks are provided. This is one of the most unique things to do in Beijing with kids.

3. Do Some Toy Shopping

Head to the Beijing toy market for some fun shopping with the kids. This place is full of stuffed pandas, flying toy helicopters, magic kits, dolls and more. Also stop by the Pearl market next door for clothing and souvenir shopping.

4. Watch an Acrobatic or Kung Fu Show

Don’t miss the Acrobat Shows while in Beijing with kids. This spectacular show will amaze your whole family. There are several shows daily. This is one of the top things to see in Beijing with children.

Besides, check out the calendar of events at the China Culture Center where your kids can learn to play Mahjong, learn calligraphy, taichi, Chinese painting techniques and more. This is an interesting cultural activity to enjoy on your Beijing family travel.

5. Visit the Temple of Heaven with Kids

 The Temple of Heaven is another interesting place to visit on your Beijing family trip. This colorful temple is where the emperors would make sacrifices to the heavens. The kids will get a kick out of the echo wall which surrounds the Imperial Vault. The wall is 193 meters in circumference and if you stand at one side and whisper then the person on the opposite side can clearly hear it. Your toddlers will enjoy the park surrounding the temple. There is lots going on here. Tai chi, fan dancing, kite flying and more. There are vendors selling all the fun games you can enjoy here.

6. Say “Hello” to the Pandas in Beijing Zoo

 The Beijing Zoo is home to pandas, golden haired monkeys and more native animals to China. It also home to a variety of animals from around the world.This is the oldest zoo in China.

7. Rickshaw to Tour around the Hutongs

The kids will have fun on a rickshaw ride through the hutongs. This is a great choice for Beijing family travel so the kids can catch a glimpse of the daily life in China. The hutongs are made up of traditional courtyard residences and have narrow alleys.

8. Beijing Aquarium

Beijing Aquarium is one of the biggest aquariums in the world. You can walk through and see lots of exotic fish. There are several shows including a dolphin and a sea lion show. A great place to visit when you are in Beijing with kids.

9. Sony Explora Science

Sony Explora Science is a fun interactive high tech museum featuring robotic soccer playing dogs and more! Grab a swipe card to unlock the secrets of each science station. This museum is located in Chaoyang park. This is one of the best things to do in Beijing with your budding scientists. 

10. The Beijing Planetarium

The Beijing Planetarium is lots of fun for the kids. There is a star projector, 3D movies with motion sensor seats and a 4D movie as well.

11. The Beijing World Park

The Beijing World Park is a theme park with miniature replicas of famous landmarks from around the world. Haven’t been to the Taj Mahal, Great Pyramids of Egypt, or the leaning tower of Pisa yet? Head over to these beautiful grounds for some inspiration for future family trips.

12. The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace was the former summer retreat for the past emperors. There is a lake here that you can rent either electric or pedal boats on. The kids will enjoy a walk on the 17 arch bridge with the 544 lion sculptures in different poses.

13. Olympic Park

Head to the Olympic park to check out the Bird’s Nest where Usain Bolt won the 100 meter world record. The water cube is being transformed into Happy Magic Water Cube which will be a massive indoor water park scheduled to open in the summer of 2010.

14. The Beijing Science and Technology Museum

The Beijing Science and Technology Museum has lots of interactive stations for the kids to try out. Check out the astro vision theatre where you feel as though you are inside the movie. Take a look at the modern side of China on your Beijing family travels.

15. The Parks in Beijing

The parks in China are a fascinating place to spend a couple of hours when visiting Beijing with kids. Go early in the morning to check out the locals practicing taichi, fan dancing, flying kites or walking their birds. Most parks feature playground equipment similar to gym equipment. Your young children will get a kick out of these different play structures.

16. Wangfujing Street in the Evenings

In the evenings head to Wangfujing street and check out the nearby night market. The teens will love seeing the scorpions on a stick or live creepy crawlies.