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Activities for Children

If you are at a loose end in Shanghai with your family, read our list for some ideas for activities with children.

    Playgroups/Toddler Groups

    The British International School Shanghai Pudong Playgroup

    This free, twice weekly playgroup takes place at the school with supervision. A wide range of activites are available and tea and coffee is available for parents.

    Shanghai Disney

    Opening in 2016, the new Shanghai Disney is located just a couple of km from the family friendly district of Kangqiao. Bigger than both the Hong Kong and Tokyo Disneyland, this flagship resort will be the first on the Chinese mainland all all within 30 minutes of downtown Shanghai.

    Ice Skating

    Feiyang Skating Centre

    Co-founded by Yang Yang, China's first ever Winter Olympic gold medalist, Feiyang Skating Center is housed within the larger Sanlin Sports Centre, which also features football pitches, basketball courts and a swimming pool. 

    Opened in 2013, Feiyang is Shanghai's newest ice skating destination. There are two rinks: a general one for public use on the ground floor, and an impressive Olympic-sized rink on the second floor in a 5,000 seat arena that's used for skating lessons and professional purposes, such as ice hockey matches and curling.

    1200 Expo Avenue, Pudong
    Sunken in the bowels of Pudong’s Mercedes- Benz Arena this large ice rink is perfect for beginners or pros.
    Source of reviews - Time Out Shanghai Family

    Go Karting

    Disc Cart Indoor Karting

    809 Zaoyang Lu, inside Changfeng Park

    Located in Putuo district, this clean go karting track offers a relaxed environment with dual karts and an arcade upstairs.

    Shanghai International Circuit

    2000 Yining Lu 

    Located next to the International Race Car Circuit where the Formula 1 takes place, this is a great place to go to put the pedal to the metal. The most expensive option at 400RMB for 8 minutes but it offers the fastest carts and most professional environment in Shanghai.

    An extensive guide to Karting with review on Smart Shanghai.


    Shanghai Auto Museum

    Located near the Shanghai International Circuit, in a full-on automobile zone, the Auto Museum is is 27,985 sqm big and features more than 70 cars from over 20 different brands.

    Shanghai Urban Planning Museum

    Like Shanghai Museum next door, the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center doesn’t necessarily draw visitors with an enticing name. Though it sounds bureaucratic, it contains a dynamic and engaging display of Shanghai’s past, present and future. Inside the building, images and models guide you through Shanghai’s evolution from swampy delta backwater to international boomtown. And finally, on the third floor, you can experience the world’s largest city model, showing how Shanghai is intended to look in 2020. It’s an excellent way to get a grasp of the massive scale of the city of Shanghai and its ambitions. The fourth floor highlights a series of key projects for future growth. The Urban Planning Center is in People’s Square, north of Shanghai Museum. Take the Metro to People’s Square. Admission is 30RMB for adults, 15RMB for students and children.


    Shanghai has a multitude of child-friendly parks in Puxi and Pudong, all offering varying activities for children to enjoy.

    Water Parks

    Dino Beach Water Park

    78 Xinzhen Lu, Minhang

    The biggest and most popular water park in Shanghai, Dino Park is a Jurassic Park-esque water adventureland with slides, pools and games.


    For a quiet night in, or a childrens blockbuster film in Shanghai, the cinema can be a great options for families in the city.

    Boat Trips

    Nothing beats sailing over the Huangpu River at night seeing the glittering lights of both Pudong and Puxi. Even better is the price, just 2RMB per person. You can catch the ferry from the end of Fuzing Zhong Lu, close to Waima Lu (Cool Docks).

    Rock Climbing

    Shanghai Stadium Rock Climbing

    Tianyaoqiao Lu

    With one of the largest indoor walls in Asia, this is popular on wet weekends in Shanghai. Staff are at hand to help novices and all safety equipment is provided.

    Xuhui Riverside Climbing Space

    Part of the West Bund redevelopment and close to the Nanpu Bridge, this outside sporting area is free to use with 3m high bouldering and climbing walls. There is no supervision, but always a good crowd of climbers to help out novices.

    Kite Flying

    Pop down to Fuxing Park or Century Park to fly kites with the locals. You be able to pick up a cheap kite at Century Park and have hours of fun.