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In many respects, Shanghai is very family friendly. There’s virtually no violent crime anywhere in the city; women travel freely day and night and children play independently in parks and back alleys. Chinese culture places a high value on children and learning, and consequently there are many outdoor and indoor options for family outings.

    Shanghai has a vibrant middle class eager to please – some say spoil – their only children. To accommodate this, businesses and the government often go to great lengths to attract families. Most family friendly parks in Shanghai (and some malls) have playgrounds and amusement rides. Some of the museums have child-exploration exhibits and seemingly adult activities such as visiting a market are, in fact, circuses of excitement for a youngster, with the mix of colours, people, sideshows and commerce on show. 

    Family Spots in Shanghai:

    Active Kidz Shanghai (AKS)

    Ages 4-13, Nice Year Villa, The Clubhouse, 2/F, 3333 Hongmei Lu

    Changning District

    6406 6757

    “Active Kidz Shanghai is a non-profit volunteer organisation dedicated to providing quality sports and recreational programmes to the expatriate community of Shanghai.” (Source - www.activekidz.org

    Meadowbrook Equestrian and Rural Activity Centre

    3088 Shenzhuan Gong Lu

    Qingpu District

    6983 0022

    “Meadowbrook is more than horse back riding, it is all about nature, horses, friendliness, family and professionalism. Meadowbrook is an internationally accredited public Equestrian Center 35 km west of Shanghai in the Qingpu area. It is situated on 35 hectares of grassland, meadows and natural ponds. A team of English-, Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking staff offers friendly and professional service. There are two covered arenas, the big arena is being rebuilt and is in operation.” (Source - Meadowbrook Shanghai)

    Fun Dazzle

    780 Changning Lu

    Zhongshan Park

    6210 7288 

    This indoor play centre features tunnel mazes, balancing and swinging ropes, ball pits and slides. All facilities are built for safety so kids can go crazy and come home ready for a good night’s sleep.

    Dino Beach

    78 Xinzhen Lu, Qibao Town

    Minhang District

    6478 3333

    “As Shanghai’s only water park, Dino Beach has the distinction of being one of the city’s top summer destinations. The park boasts a huge wave pool (apparently Asia’s largest), numerous water slides, kiddie pools, concession stands serving Western fast food fare, and a highly relaxing lazy river flowing around the facility’s perimeter. Weekends during the summer can get very busy, but midweek discounts coupled with lower turnout can make for a very enjoyable experience. Don’t forget your sunscreen!” 

    (Source - www.smartshanghai.com)

    Shanghai Discovery Children's Museum

    330 Yangqu Lu

    3606 0832

    “An interactive children’s play land at the Shanghai Discovery Children’s Museum including a climbing tree house, a kid’s supermarket area, children’s hospital exhibit and a submarine room. RMB 20 per person (adults and children).” (Source - www.cityweekend.com)

    Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

    158 Yincheng Bei Lu


    5877 9988 

    “Shanghai’s newest, biggest and best aquarium – and Asia’s largest – opened in 2002 in Pudong, next to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Its state-of-the-art facilities boast 28 exhibit areas for more than 10,000 sea creatures from all continents: sharks, jellyfish, turtles, lionfish, sea otters, Yangtze sturgeon and more. The centrepiece is the massive, sparkling USD 6.6-million glass-surround observation tunnel. For adventurous people, special arrangements can be made to dive in the shark tank.” (Source - www.frommers.com)

    Shanghai Wild Animal Park

    178 Nanliu Gong Lu, Nanhui District


    5803 6000 

    “Shanghai’s only drive-through safari, home to some 5,000 animals (200 species), is located all the way out by Pudong International Airport. At least the South China tigers, lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, camels, bears, elephants, hippos and flamingos have more legroom here than in Shanghai Zoo. Buses transport visitors through the grounds and there’s also a walk-through area with birds, monkeys, seals and sea lions.” (Source- www.frommers.com)

    Shanghai Natural Wild Insect Kingdom

    1 Fenghe Lu, near Binjiang Lu and the Pearl Tower

    5840 5921

    “Creepies and crawlies await at this zoo for bugs. Budding entomologists will ‘eew and ahh’ at the live displays of insects, reptiles, amphibians and even a few monkeys. For an added nocturnal thrill, check out their new night  exhibitions, open from 6:30-9:30pm. RMB 40 for adults, RMB 25 for kids.” (Source - www.cityweekend.com)