10 days to go until the party of the year!
10 days to go until the party of the year!November 9, 2017 at 6:10 PM
Hi all, we’re so excited! There are just ten more days until our 11th Annual Shanghai Mamas Family Fun Day, and we’ve been working extremely hard over the past few months to make this event unforgettable!
You don’t want to miss out – it’s really a great event. You’ll be able to enjoy live music, be entertained with creative activities to keep the whole family happy, and have amazing food from your favorite Shanghai vendors, all together in one place! You can catch up with your long-time friends, and meet many new families who make up our vibrant community. Of course, we have our annual tradition of the group photo where we bring everyone together for a gigantic group shot — and it’s amazing to see how our community has grown over the years. The photo will be on the website to download a few days after the party.
Why is this event important to Shanghai Mamas? As we don’t charge for membership or events, the annual party is an important source of funding for us. The support we receive from our members who purchase raffle tickets or contribute to our donation box allows us to expand and grow our community to support more international families in Shanghai. It’s a big karmic loop!
You’ll remember that the party will be held at the YCIS Shanghai Hongqiao Campus on Sunday 19 November. It’s extremely convenient if you are riding metro – just take line 10 to Shuicheng Road. From exit 1, just cross Shuicheng Road to get to the campus (it’s literally RIGHT across the street)! If you are driving, you can park at Star Plaza, right across the street from the main the event. Be sure to ask at the ticketing stand about the parking tickets. We’ll be sending more detailed maps and info closer to the time, don’t worry!
If you haven’t already got your tickets, then you need to do so quickly! Paperless tickets are available through YooPay by scanning the QR code below. This easy-to-use online system will automatically send you link to download a QR code that will get you into the party (please remember do download these before arriving!). YooPay offers a secure way to purchase tickets and accepts international cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, as well as Paypal and some local cards and payment options. We’re not able to accept cash at the door, sorry.
Would you like some info about the day? We have tried to think of everything our members will need on the day, so there will be baby changing facilities, a quiet space for breastfeeding moms or little ones who need a nap, tons of activities for all ages and really cool stage entertainment. We have even put in a special request for a perfect autumn blue-sky Shanghai day like today! In case the rain or pollution descends, it’s no problem – we’ll just move inside and enjoy clean, filtered air.
As for entertainment, we have an excellent stage lineup of live performances throughout the entire day. Taiko Drumming will get the party started with a memorable performance you don’t want to miss, and we’ll have live music from our headliner act The Cool Kids, who will be playing favorite covers of classic rock songs throughout the day. Fitfam will be running a session to get the whole family moving, and Emily from Jitterbugs will lead a kids music and jam session. We’ll also have City Ballet leading everyone through a dance-a-thon, and Jump High Drama keeping the party spirit going into the afternoon.
What about kids’ activities? Spread throughout the venue, we’ll have some really fantastic activity sponsors – there is NO WAY the kids (or you!) can get bored! iStage, Shanghai Gymnastics, Craft’d, Barefoot photo studio and Music Lab are just some of the many, many activities we have lined up for you! And did we mention that all activities are free of charge, with no additional costs to you or your family? How great is that?!
If, however, you do fancy spending some money, head on over to our shopping bazaar. Whether you are shopping for holidays, home, health or just something to make you happy, our awesome bazaar vendors have got you covered! We’ve got a huge variety, including longtime favorites such as Pinyin Press, FINCH, Wobaby Basics and DTL, and also new faces on the scene like Paraaz Spice Journeys, UgaUga and Anatolia. Popular designers includng Fernanda Sung, Isa Castelli and Dayang van Wezel will also join us, as well as healthy home experts from Eco & More, CLAU and PureLiving. And so many more! Remember too, many of these businesses are run by fellow Shanghai Mamas members, so please come on out and shop where your money can directly support the mamas and papas in your own community. We have also invited other non-profit organizations so you can learn about the wonderful charity projects happening in our community. And that’s not all — we still have a few more fun surprises up our sleeves!
Oh, and have you heard about the incredible raffle prizes? They are even better than usual this year! A team of dedicated Shanghai Mamas members have been knocking on the doors of our community businesses to get AMAZING raffle prizes. The generous response has been overwhelming and we have so many raffle items that your winning chances are excellent! How does an all-expenses paid Christmas Cruise to Japan courtesy of Princess Cruises sound? Or maybe you’d prefer an overnight stay in Naked Stables in Moganshan, or at a swanky hotel in Beijing? Perhaps you’d prefer to win iStage classes or a birthday party package for your kids? Spa treatments and beauty products for mom? Gym membership and a man-sized bag of goodies for Dad? Home decoration, furniture and clothes and shoes from our bazaar vendors? Food and drinks vouchers at a host of your favorite bars and restaurants in Shanghai? We’ve got it all!
Do you need to bring anything? We have most everything you’ll need already there, but we encourage everyone to pack a picnic blanket, and a re-usable food container to minimize waste (plus many of our food vendors are offering a discount if you use your own cups/plates)! On the subject of food, there’s no need to pack a picnic! We have you covered with an incredible variety of food options from community favorites, including Sproutworks, Swiss Butchery, La Coyota, L’il Laundry Charcoal grill and plenty more! There will be awesome sweet and savory selections to make everyone happy throughout the day.
See you there!
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Reply To: 10 days to go until the party of the year!November 10, 2017 at 8:13 AM
It’s going to be AWESOME!!!!
Reply To: 10 days to go until the party of the year!November 13, 2017 at 6:11 PM
Bumping this up as the party is in 6 more sleeps!!! 😀