Top 10 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Shanghai

A range of attractions and activities for your family

by SHFamily | Tue, September 27, 2016

Looking for a fun place to go for a fun morning or weekend outing? Check out where you can go for walking, jumping and tons of fun.


Natural History Museum

This massive museum offers families the opportunity to explore the natural world through the display of 10,000 artefacts from seven continents. The building includes exhibit spaces, a 4D theater, an outdoor exhibit garden, and a 30-meter tall atrium that welcomes visitors with an abundance of natural light filtered through a striking glass wall inspired by the cellular structure of plants and animals.

Find it: Beijing Xi Lu, near Chengdu Bei LuHours: Tues to Sun 9am – 5:15pm, closed MondaysWebsite:



Wells Jumping

This Korean-owned establishment invites kids to bounce about on flat and inclined trampoline areas, slide into a ball pit and swing like monkeys. There is a decent café onsite too for adults to get a cup of coffee whilst the kids jump for joy. You can hold birthday parties here too. 

Find it: 1532 Caobao Lu, near Hongxin Lu, Minhang districtHours: 10am – 7pmTel:  5416 3980


Nanjing East Pedestrian Mall

Kids will love riding on the miniature train, visiting M&M World, taking an open air hop on hop off bus or going on the rides in nearby People’s park.

Find it: Take Metro line 1, 2 or 8 to People’s Square or Nanjing East Road

Hours: 10am – 9pm


M50 Arts Precinct

An interesting industrial estate to wander around checking out art galleries, more suited to older kids but youngsters will enjoy running about the open space and some of the modern art. There are a couple of good cafes for coffee or lunch.

Find it: 50 Moganshan Lu, near Aomen LuHours: Various must most are open 10am-6pmWebsite:


Jiashan Market

This is a lovely place to unwind and enjoy a casual weekend meal with family and friends. There is a big courtyard for kids to run around and some interesting stores for pottering. On the first and third Saturday of every month they hold a community market showcasing artisan producers. 

Find it: 37, Lane 550 Shaanxi Nan Lu, near Shaoxing LuHours: Various. Market is 11am-6pmWebsite:


Shanghai Wild Animal Park

This sprawling state-run park covers more than 200 hectares and is home to giraffes, elephants, lions and more. Kids will love to see tigers and leopards from the safety of a bus, or get up-close and personal with more docile animals during a walking tour.  For an additional ¥20, they can feed the giraffes, have parrots on their shoulders. There are also monkey and lemur shows. 

Find it: 178 Nanliu Highway, near Xiayan hwyHours: 8am – 5pmWebsite:


Wanshang Flower and Animal Market

One of the largest pet and flower markets in Shanghai. Wanshang is a fun place to walk around and see crickets, fish, flowers and experience Chinese culture. If you’re looking to buy a pet or a plant, the prices are very reasonable. 

Find it: 417 Xizang Nan Lu, near Dongtai Lu

Hours: 9am – 6pm


Binhai Forrest Park

About an hours drive Southwest from Shanghai is this expansive park. You can hire two-person cycle cars at the entrance for ¥50. Inside the park there are pedal boats for the same price. The highlight for most kids are the horses, a ride costs between ¥50 to ¥250 depending on the length of the ride.

Find it: 118 Dongda Highway, near Hongxiang Bei LuHours: 8:30am - 4pm



1933 Shanghai

This gorgeous 1930s building (formerly an abattoir) has been reconstructed into a creative hub with clothing boutiques, tech shops and restaurants. There is an animal café where kids can pet dogs and cats, on our visit there was a pig too!

Find it: 1933, 10 Shajing Lu, near Hainng luHours: 10am – 10pm



Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

This is one of Asia’s largest aquariums. It has a very long underwater glass tunnel that kids adore because you’re surrounded by a wide variety of aquatic creatures. The large shark tank is a particular treat. Stick around for the fish feeding during the live performances. 

Find it: 1388 Lujiazui Huan Lu, near Oriental Pearl TowerHours: 9am – 6pm



Zotter Chocolate Theatre

This chocolate lovers paradise includes a café, chocolate shop and factory. But the main reason to go is for the chocolate tour. It starts with a quirky short film where you’ll learn all about Zotter's fair-trade production methods, you'll then wind your way through the factory sampling over 200 chocolates (is that possible?!) whilst learning about how chocolate is made. Kids can have a go at making their own chocolate. Our only advice is to pace yourself because there is so much to sample and the chocolate drinking bar is a highlight! Afterwards you can hit the factory outlet stores that are in the same complex.

Find it: Shanghai International Fashion Center, Bldg 9, 2866 Yangshupu Lu, near Neijiang Lu

Hours: Tues to Fri 10am-7pm, Weekends & Public Holidays 10-8pm, Closed Mondays