By Sade Mckenzie , eChinacities.com

With a progressive economy, and a rising expat community, Shenzhen continues to offer a unique environment for both foreigners and locals to raise their families. In return, there has been significant cultural integration within the adolescent community, and the amount of clubs and activities for families to enjoy.

We dug up eight different ways that kids and families can get out of the house and into the Shenzhen community!

1) Girl Scouts:

As a way to bring young international girls together to experience sisterhood and leadership, Brian Ring and wife Huijin Ring created Girl Scouts Shenzhen in 2014, after moving to Shenzhen from Beijing. Girl Scouts Shenzhen houses girls from various countries, educational backgrounds, and religious preferences, allowing the organization to have a lasting cultural impact on their Girl Scout experience. Girl Scouts are divided into levels by age. Younger girls focus more on arts and crafts, cookie programs, and hiking and camping. Older girls explore career choices, science, technology, travel, culture, and community activism.


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Contact: Brian Ring and Hujin Ring (shenzhenusagso@gmail.com)
Price: 600 RMB per year (includes uniforms, activities, and a camping trip)

2) Good Bug Cooking Classes: View In Map

Good Bug Cooking School in Shenzhen works with children ages 6-12, and offers a two hour cooking lesson on international foods. Good Bug believes that the earlier a child is taught to eat and cook healthy delicious food, the better quality of life they will have. Good Bug has professional cooks that also cater. They are a mobile company, which means cooking classes can take place anywhere in Shenzhen: your home, school, job etc.


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Address: 1917, Building A, 3013 Nanfang Guoji Guangchang, Yitian Lu, Futian
地址:福田区益田路3013号南方国际广场A栋1917单元
Email: ceo@goodbug.net
Tel: 13689599005
Website: http://www.goodbug.net

3) Children’s Palace: View In Map

Children’s Palace is every child’s dream on Saturdays and Sundays. Located in Futian, the area has mini art galleries and art studios for children to create ceramic sculptures and 3D artwork. Each studio has professional instructors and equipment for students to create their own personal pieces. Kids can also enjoy the Palace’s Space World, Underwater World, Science Kingdom, and Energy World.  There is also a library located on the top and bottom floor of the Palace offering a selection of books in both Chinese and English. Lianhua Park is located right next door for a picnic or hike.

Address: Shaonian Gong, Fuzhong Yi Lu, Futian District, Shenzhen
地址:深圳市福田区福中一路市少年宫
Tel: 755-8351-3099
Price: Free

4) Windows of the World & Happy Valley: Take a trip to Windows of the World where kids can enjoy replicas of unique world attractions such as the African Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, and the US capitol. Parents and kids can then drift over into Happy Valley, Shenzhen’s very own amusement park, just a couple of blocks away from Windows of the World. Here families will find various rides and themed sections for everyone to enjoy. There are even shows in the park, and events during holiday seasons.


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Windows of the World:View In Map

Address: Windows of the World, 9037 Shennan Dadao, Huaqiao Cheng, Nanshan
地址: 深圳南山区华侨城深南大道9037号
Tel: 2660 8000
Hours: 9:00-22:30
Website: http://www.szwwco.com/index.html
Price: 80 RMB (children & seniors), 160 RMB (adults), 70 RMB (after 15:30)

Happy Valley View In Map
Address: 1 Qiaocheng Dong Jie, Nanshan
地址: 南山区侨城西街1号
Tel: 2694 9168
Hours: 9:00-21:00 (weekdays), 9:00-22:00 (weekends)
Website: Happy Valley http://sz.happyvalley.cn
Price: 90 RMB (kids), 180 RMB (adults), 60 RMB (after 18:30)

5) Shenzhen Museum: View In Map

Check out Shenzhen’s museum where kids can learn about old, modern, and folklore Shenzhen history. Large interactive displays and beautiful art will keep your older kids fascinated for an afternoon.

Address: Shenzhen Museum, East Wing, Minzheng Zhongxin A,  Fuzhong San Lu, Futian
地址: 深圳市福田区福中三路市民中心A区东翼深圳博物馆新馆
Tel: 82105553
Hours: 9:00-18:00 Tuesday-Sunday
Website: http://www.shenzhenmuseum.com.cn
Price: Free

6) Shenzhen Safari Park: View In Map

If your kids have a love for animals, then stop by the Shenzhen Zoo where they can enjoy pandas, Asian elephants, Siberian tigers, and giraffes. There is also an ocean world section that houses a number of playful dolphins. The zoo was the first to uncage animals in China, so go see animals in a comfortable habitat.


Source: Easy Tour China

Address: Shenzhen Safari Park, Qinyuan Lu, Nanshan
地址: 深圳市南山区沁园路深圳野生动物园
Tel: 26622888
Hours: 8:30-18:30
Website: http://www.szzoo.net/English1.asp
Price: 150 RMB (zoo), 80 RMB (ocean world)

7) Koolfly Trampoline Park:View In Map

Jump around in Shenzhen’s biggest trampoline park! Koolfly, located in Nanshan, houses over 2,000 square meters of trampolines. Children can test their strength by jumping on walls, bouncing off ceilings, and making a slam dunk in Koolfly’s highflying basketball hoop. You must be 12 years old or older in order to be dropped off without an adult. Children 6 or younger must have an adult with them at ALL times


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Address: Koolfly Trampoline Park, 5,6 Warehouse, Building 1, Area 2, 10020 Shencai Cailian Logistics Center, Beihuan Da Dao Xi (western section, on the north side) Nanshan
地址: 深圳市南山区北环大道西段北侧10020号神彩-彩联物流中心一期仓库一楼二区5、6号仓库
Tel: 8624-0910
Email: info@koolfly.cn
Web: http://www.koolfly.cn
Price: Depends on group size

8) Little Bumbles PlayJamz: Little Bumbles PlayJamz offers kids younger than 5 biweekly activities on a beach located in Futian. Kaz Lacey created this playgroup as a way for moms to distress and relax on the beach while their kids enjoy dancing, singing, and storytime activities with other children. Kids are provided with lunch and soft drinks, and also spend time playing in the sand and paddling around in a mini pool.


Source: Yaolan

Contact: Kaz Lacey
Email: kaz@hotmail.com

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