9 Ways to Get the Kids off the Couch This Summer

Every parent has their list of essentials.
Be it your phone,
a snack,
a binky,
or a bottle of Advil.
Well, here at 247, we've got a list of family friendly events to get you (or just your kids) out of the house this summer.
So we can all get through the season together, and not end up like this:


1. What Happened to the Crocodile
"What Happened to the Crocodile" is feat of puppetry, set on a long sand table carrying limitless possibility. Four pairs of clever hands brings to life the elephants, birds, and giraffes of the forest, in a show centered around a small crocodile with an overprotective father who is seemingly unaware of his son's mischief - a humorous story that'll remind you of your own childhood.


July 15 - August 1
Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre Theatre Lab
From ¥240
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2. Martha (Puppet Show)
Martha is a stubborn, eccentric and independent girl who never thought she needed a friend. One day she has an unexpected visitor who changes her life forever. Come watch this famous puppet show about friendship and be moved by this touching tale - and tickets are discounted if you buy more than one at a time!


July 16 - August 1
Art Space for Kids
From ¥240
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3. Uncle balloons and the 10,000 Balloons Show
A story about kidnapping, deceit, jealousy, and forgiveness, Uncleballoons crafts a fairytale in a world of color - and plastic! This French artist has been perfecting his craft for over 20 years, and now brings this delightful performance to Shanghai, filling the stage with balloon plants and animals in a volume you've never seen before. No balloon animals were hurt in the making of this production. And again, because we like you guys, tickets are discounted if you buy more than one!!


July 18 - July 19
Art Space for Kids
From ¥240
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4. Children's Ballet of Kiev: Swan Lake
One hundred and thirty-five years ago, audiences heard the Swan Lake music by the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky for the very first time. From that moment on, the world of ballet has never been the same. Now, The Children's Ballet of Kiev in Ukraine - with more than 100 child actors -has come to Shanghai to bring you their rendition of the classical favorite.


August 10 - 11
Shanghai Centre Theatre
From ¥280
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5. The Children's Choir of Austria: The Sound of Music
When the Sound of Music was released in 1965 it took the world by storm, earning five Oscars. For millions of people, the film is the rare combination of a powerful and moving story, first rate music, and breathtaking scenery of Salzburg! Now, it comes to life through the voices of the city's boys and girls, in a choral performance that can't help but inspire.


August 9
Shanghai Centre Theatre
From ¥280
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6. Oran Etkin's Music Class: Little Player
In the Timbalooloo Method, instruments come to life and speak through their music so that children learn to express themselves by making their instruments come alive, adding character, humor and emotion to the music. Through fun games, stories, songs and movements, the children engage with rich musical and cultural heritage under the guidance of a trained musician – from Tito Puente to Mozart, Willie Nelson, to Herbie Hancock.


July 21
Shanghai Centre Theatre
From ¥180
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7. Fashionista Summer Camp
The program offers a complete experience for the young fashionistas, as they learn how to draw a silhouette, how to develop their own creative fashion collection, how to choose the suitable fabrics for their designs and realize an outfit - look out Tim Gunn, we've got some new stars on the fashion scene!


Sessions Starting July 3
Calin Fashion Academy
From ¥12000
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8. Passport to Hollywood Summer Camp
From directing actors on the stage to taking it yourself, this summer camp preps your little ones to be the Hollywood stars you know they are. Get them out of the house and into the spotlight with any number of their great sessions on offer.


Sessions Starting June 25
MEWLink
¥2300
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9. Craft'd Kids Summer Camp
Craft'd holiday camps offer kids a wide variety of creative workshops. In the morning they'll use a sewing machine to create a variety of projects that we're sure they'll love, while afternoons include activities like soap making, lipstick making, acrylic and watercolor painting, memo boards, yarn crafts, and so much more! Lunch and snacks are included and a menu is sent to parents each week, but children are welcome to bring their own packed lunch if they'd prefer. Happy crafting!

Sessions Starting July 2
Craft'd
From ¥1200
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That's just a taste of what we've got in store for ya!
So head on over to the site and kiss your Advil goodbye - at least for a little.
9 Ways to Get the Kids off the Couch This Summer
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