17 Awesome Things to Do With the Teens This Summer

By 2020-08-13 12:00:04

We don't know about you but there's only so many times you can go to the park or Jump 360 before you all confess, "I'm bored!". Lucky for you, we've scoured the city (and dug deep in our network) to present a wide variety of family-friendly activities and events happening this August. From movies to immersive exhibitions, sports activities, fairs, rollercoasters and more, you might just be the perfect day out idea!

Here are our top favourites:

Summer Blasts and Sensational Treats at Shanghai Disney Resort

If there's one thing we wouldn't miss out on this summer it's a trip to Shanghai Disney. Thanks to controlled ticket sales and lack of tourists flocking to the city, queues for the resort's delightful range of family-friendly rides are shorter than ever. And if the thought of waiting for your turn to ride Tron (arguably the resort's best, most thrilling ride) in the heat has you keeling over with figurative heatstroke, be sure to watch the Summer Blast Castle Show – a splashtastic performance featuring all your favourite characters grooving to the tune "Gonna get wet, gonna get wet!". Be aware, you will get soaked – but in this heat, you’re gonna need it!

To further chill-lax and satisfy sweet cravings, we recommend trying one of the new summer-inspired gelatos, like the cute and creative Watermelon Ice-Cream Sundae, Olu Mel Honeymelon Ice-Cream Waffle Cone, or the Mickey Sea Salted Cheese Ice-Cream Waffle Cone. Although, nothing beats a gooey chocolate cookie from Remy’s Patisserie. Before you clock off and head to The Cheesecake Factory for a ginormous burger/nachos, wander through the resort's night market in Disneytown offering all sorts of knick-knacks, delicious snacks, live music performances, plus on the spot caricatures.

Where: Shanghai Disney Resort, Pudong District

When: Night Market on until the end of August

How to book: www.shanghaidisneyresort.com‍


Shanghai Family Student Voices

Calling all mini David Attenboroughs and environmental activists! Shanghai Family and Parents&Kids is hosting a brand new platform for students to vocalise their thoughts on the future of our planet. To enter, record a 60-second video detailing a problem and proposed solution to editor@shfamily.com by 9th August 2020.


Dulwich 'Earthquakes' 2020/21 trials

The designated event for all footie fans! This August, the San Jose Earthquakes are proud to partner with Dulwich College International to deliver a football camp like no other. Through player development and academic achievement, the Quakes organization hopes to nurture not only a student’s love of football but also the ability to transfer skills learned on the field into their academic and personal lives.

When: 27th – 29th August/28th-30th August

Where: Golden Bridge Field, Lan’An Road, Biyun Road (behind Jinqiao Starbucks and Jinqiao Decathlon)

How to join: Visit http://dulwichpudong.mikecrm.com/cEXAwXU

For more info, contact Dulwich - DEQ@dulwich-shanghai.cn

Age: 8-18‍


Hutong School Kids and Teens Summer Camp

Keep your kids busy with this fun and educational summer experience at this Kids & Teens Summer Camp from Hutong School. Participants will learn lots about Chinese culture, improve their Mandarin with daily classes and cultural activities, all the while making new friends!

Where: 969 Wuding Road, Jing'an District

When: Now-8th August, 3rd-15th August

Price: Starting from 4,900 RMB

Duration: 1 or 2 weeks

Age: 7-17

How to book: 021 3428 0099‍


UnTour First Annual Jianbing Cook-Off

Is your tween obsessed with jianbing and can't get enough? Join UnTour, Shanghai’s greatest food touring group, as they dare local expat food wizards to produce the best ever jianbing in a head to head, Shanghai shifu challenge. Be sure not to eat before you go as there will be nine stations to sample… and you will be expected to vote on your favourite, so don’t be shy. There will also be discounts on all kinds of jianbing merch – hell to the yes!

Where: Cages, 3F, 428 Jiangning Road, near Wuding Road

When: Saturday 8th August, 11am

Price: 100 RMB per person

How to book/more details: WeChat - UnTourFoodTours

Live Green Love Eco Pop-up

Browse 15+ natural, sustainable brands at this pop up promoting eco-consciousness and sustainability. An engaging, diverse range of zero-waste activities, DIY, work-out sessions and eco fun learning experiences, perfect for families!

When: Now-2nd August, 10am-10pm

Where: LifeHub@Upbund, 917 Zhoujiazui Road, HongKou District, near Zhoushan Road

Price: Free‍


Hans Christian Andersen Awards of IBBY 50th Anniversary Exhibition

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books. This exhibit features 328 whimsical and gorgeous original artworks from 26 Hans Christian Andersen Award recipients.

When: Now-31st August, 10am-10pm

Where: THE PLACE, 100 Zunyi Road, Changning District

Price: 88 RMB per person, 159 RMB for 2. Free entry for one child under 1 metre when accompanied by a ticket paying adult‍.


Original Illustration Exhibition of Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award: Fifth Anniversary Special Exhibition

One of the longest-running literary prizes in China, the Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award was founded by Shanghainese children's writer, Chen BoChui, to honour writers and illustrators who have made great contributions to Chinese children's literature. This exhibition features 300+ works from 20+ different countries that are sure to inspire you and your kids.

When: Now - 23rd August, 12pm-6pm

Where: Duounxuan Art Gallery, 1188 Tianyaoqiao Road, Xuhui District

Price: 98 RMB/ adult ticket, 78 RMB/ child ticket (ages 3-12)


The Starry Gallery of Shanghai

This gallery consists of a series of magically decorated rooms, elaborate hanging light displays, mirror tunnels, and feathered walls. Perfect for snapping the latest additions to your family photo album or your WeChat moments!

When: Open daily, 10am-6pm on weekdays, 10am-8pm on weekends & holidays

Where: Shanghai Starry Art Museum, B2, 531 Zhongshan East 2nd Road, Huangpu District

Price: Adults: 68 RMB, couples: 135 RMB, or 125 RMB for a family ticket (1 adult + 1 child, 1.2-1.5m in height), free entry for children under 1.2m

How to book: Dianping, 247tickets


All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum

A charming spot for a leisurely weekend lunch or brunch with your family. Features a delectable array of Cantonese desserts, soup, and savoury platters – ideal for foodies!

When: Daily, 11:30am-2:30pm

Where: Ming Yuan Chinese Restaurant, 2F, Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund, 19 Gong Ping Road

Price: 198 RMB/person

How to book: Dianping, 247tickets‍


Live Boston Lobster Seafood Dinner Buffet

Who doesn’t love a bit of lobster! This hearty meal of freshly prepared Boston lobsters and other seafoods is the perfect way to treat the family. Be sure to check out their delicious selection of desserts and tastes from a variety of world cuisines.

When: Now till 26th September, Fridays-Saturdays, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Where: The Atrium Café, 1F, The KunLun Jing’an, 250 Hua Shan Road, Jing'an District

Price: 238 RMB per person, 148 RMB per child (aged 7-12)‍


Magic Jungle

Are you and the kids sports addicts? Check out this challenging obstacle course made up of climbing nets, trapezes, climbing walls, twisting slides, and much more! Be sure to confirm that you and your family are in good medical and physical condition before arrival. All staff trained in emergency training, and harnesses are provided. Lockers are available.

When: Now-30th September, 12pm -7pm

Where: Magic Jungle, Shanggang Cruise City, 500 Dongdaming Road, Hongkou District

Price: 90-236 RMB per person, Kids Course 150-168 RMB per person

Restrictions: Due to the nature of this course, the Magic Jungle is not open to those under 140cm and weighing over 80kg. Those with cardiovascular or other medical conditions should proceed with caution.


Kayaking Summer Camp

This Summer, Insight Adventures is offering an adventure learning and expedition style summer camp. This 5-day training course focuses on teaching children how to develop advanced kayaking skills and improving their social and communication skills all while navigating challenging, soaktastic outdoor activities. All meals, activities, accommodation, and transportation are included. What better way to have your young Bear Grylls surround themselves with nature.

Where: Haiwan Forest National Park, 1677 Suitanghe Road

When: 17th August

Price: 6,580 RMB

How to book: insight-adventures.com/WeChat – Insight_Adventures

Age: 12 – 18‍

In Cinemas

A Dog's Purpose

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose has returned to Shanghai's cinemas! This funny and heartwarming film tells the story of one devoted dog who, through many reincarnations and lifetimes, tries to find the meaning of his own existence.

When: starting 20th July

Where: Cinemas across Shanghai

Price: Avg - 15-25 RMB/person

Rating: PG‍


A Dog's Journey

The story of Bailey, the canine protagonist in A Dog's Purpose, continues in this heartrending sequel. As in A Dog's Purpose, Bailey reincarnates through a number of different lifetimes and breeds as he strives to better the lives of the humans he loves.

When: Now

Where: Cinemas across Shanghai

Price: Avg - 20-35 RMB/ person

Rating: PG‍



Shanghai cinemas are reopening with a rerun of this touching animated film about a 12-year-old musician who goes on an unforgettable journey into the Underworld. Whether it's your family's first time watching or the fifth, this movie is sure to make you laugh and cry and walk out of the cinema smiling.

Where: Cinemas across Shanghai

Price: Avg 10 -50 RMB/person

Rating: PG‍



Coming back to the cinemas starting on July 24th, Zootopia is the hilarious adventures of a bunny cop and a foxy outlaw trying to bring peace and harmony to the animal citizens of Zootopia.

Where: Cinemas across Shanghai

Price: Avg - 15-50 RMB/person

Rating: PG‍