CNY Ideas for the Whole Family

Chinese New Year is coming and chances are you aren’t going anywhere! So, what will you do that week to keep the little ones (and yourself) occupied? We have compiled a list of some different ideas to help you to make the most of the week! Remember to capture your Shanghai photo story along the way and enter the CNY Photo Story Competition as well!

Organized Walks / Excursions

Culture Shock tours

Do you want to explore Shanghai and learn a bit more about its history? Check out some of the tours Culture Shock planned, including walking tours and bike tours. Scan QR for official account and check out all tours available.

Shanghai & Beyond

Led by Lisa, a Shanghainese with a love of travel and sharing Chinese culture, Shanghai and Beyond offers unique and immersive cultural experiences with the personal connection to Chinese culture. Check out these unique day trips and contact Lisa directly via QR below for questions and details on these and other group tours.

Chinese Lantern Festival: It’s time of the year for the locals to light the fireworks and toast for their most important time of the year. Lisa Zhu will guide you through the area at the most magic time of the year, to learn all the meaning of lantern designs and setting, they changes yearly. Lisa will also explain lots of the traditions that’s related to CNY. At the end, we will taste TangYuan — the symbolic food for lantern festival at the famous restaurant in the middle of YuGarden.East China Sea Dragon and the Deep Water Port: To the East, in the Yellow Sea on the far outskirts of Shanghai sits the YangShan deep water port. A rewarding drive over the East China Sea, one of the longest bridges — “the East China Sea Dragon”. One of the busiest ports in the world complete with the latest technology to expedite loading & unloading of Monstrous ships. Watch from the vantage point of outlook islands amazing sights as the port utilizes hundreds of cranes to accomplish its role in International trade. Let’s stretch our legs and embrace some fresh air, witness the spectacular view on top of this engineering marvel. The perfect get away with families from the bustling downtown but still WITHIN shanghai region!

Dragon Events

Dragon Events is a travel and event company that organizes trips to take travelers to the best of nature and unexplored areas in China.

We’ve selected some family friendly excursions still available for booking, but scan QR code for official account and full schedule.

Water Forest and Ancient Town Visit: See Shanghai’s countryside and visit a unique water forest. This one day trip will take you to see a beautiful forest where you can hike and relax. Then, you will go to an ancient water town to explore and enjoy local food.

Cycling and Fruit Picking in Shanghai: Enjoy nature, fresh air and fruit picking on Chongming island.

Cycle China

For over 10 years, Cycle China has been running biking tours throughout China. Their guides have lots of in-depth knowledge, expertise, and passion. The routes are carefully planned, and bikes are well chosen.

Sheshan Trip: Sheshan is known as the backyard garden of the city. It is the only natural mountain forest resort in Shanghai and has always been a pleasant getaway from the urban hustle and bustle. Chenshan Botanical Garden nearby is home to approximately 10,000 plant species.

The tour will start with a bike ride from the metro station Sheshan of Line 9. You will bike around the Moon Lake Sculpture Park first and make your way to West Sheshan Park.

The cycle will continue with a visit to the hilltop Catholic Church and the Observatory.

After the easy hike, you will continue to bike to Chenshan Botanical Garden.

Contact Cycle China – Wechat: hellobato
Phone number: 13917071775
Email address:


If you can get away for the evening without the kids, take advantage and head out with UnTour for one of their newest tours – Speakeasy and Cocktail Drag Tour.


Indoor Activities

Awesome Kids Club

Awesome Kids Club will be celebrating the Year of the Ox and Valentine’s Day over the CNY break with lots of fun learning, including crafts, games, culture and much more. The AKC camp is for children between the ages of 2-6 years. They’ll have a ton of fun and the camp is designed to ensure that kids are practicing important educational skills using a fun, play-based approach.


Let your little ones explore, jump and dance along with Jitterbugs, who have a full week of classes across Shanghai. In addition, you can also book a private Jitterbugs experience at your home or venue of your choice.

Speckled Frogs

Speckled Frogs now offer up to 5 days of an at home camp (2 hours every morning or 2 hours every afternoon). Highlighting a certain theme for the week, every day Speckled Frogs will focus on a different area of learning and fun. Packages are for up to 10 children and you can choose the space.

Grow With Me

Grow With Me is open with a full week of programs that allows young children fun, hands-on explorative activities that are age appropriate from 1-6 years old.


ICONX is running skateboarding camps for kids 6 to 15 years old at their three locations throughout the winter. Five-day sessions are still available, and they will learn basic skateboarding technique together with leadership skills and health and nutrition.

Doucea workshop

Doucea will be holding fun workshops at the Pudong Shangri-La where your little ones can craft their own lotions and other activities, whilst you can relax.