6 family-friendly places in Shanghai, China to have fun with the kids

Mar 20, 2017

Great spots to spend quality time with the kids after checking out Shanghai Disneyland.

Four Seasons Pudong

One of the most family-friendly establishments in the city, the Four Seasons Pudong extends its warm hospitality to their young guests instead of treating them like mere extensions of their parents.

Kids at the hotel get their own welcome letters, sweet treats and age-appropriate amenity packages – which include a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and even stuffed toys – after check-in. Other amenities in the rooms include kid-friendly DVDs and a popcorn maker that’s sure to keep the young ones fascinated.

On the 41st floor, the 150m infinity pool offers stunning views of the Shanghai cityscape and is expansive enough for the whole family to enjoy a dip, while the Camelia restaurant in the lobby has a dedicated kid’s menu that features Chinese cuisine as well as classics like pasta and sandwiches.

Parents who are looking to enjoy a night out in the city can even engage the hotel’s babysitting services which are provided by certified professionals.

210 Century Ave

NBA Playzone

The first of its kind in the world, this newly opened entertainment centre in Shanghai’s Xintiandi area offers children as young as two a chance to experience basketball in clean and safe environs. All parents here are tagged to their children with matching RFID bracelets, ensuring that the little ones don’t wander offsite or leave the premises with strangers.

NBA Playzone features different areas, including In The Paint, a space for kids to create their own artworks, Halftime Live, a digital interactive area where kids get to play a gesture-controlled digital game, as well as Mascot Training Ground, a huge play area filled with slides and a ball pit.

The centre also comes with a cosy party room that’s perfect for throwing birthday celebrations, a food and beverage corner, a nursing room as well as a merchandise store.

Level 2, Hubin Dao Shopping Mall, 150 Hubin Road

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The Place (Nanfeng Mall)

Unlike most of the glitzy malls in downtown Shanghai that are filled with luxury boutiques, The Place (or Nanfeng Mall) is a one-stop destination for families.

To call this place child-friendly would be somewhat of an understatement – there are more than five indoor play centres, including a three-storey-high obstacle course in the mall’s south wing, an amusement park and a slew of shops selling children’s clothing and toys spread across two wings. In addition, the kids can also don adorable chef hats and aprons and learn how to make their own soya bean drink at the beautifully decorated Taoyuan Village (above), located along the public square between the two towers.

For the grown-ups, the shopping, retail and dining options are pretty impressive as well. Boxing Cat Brewery offers a good selection of craft beer, The House of Lily serves exceptional Cantonese cuisine and the Subconscious Day Spa would be the perfect place to unwind – if you can strike a deal with your spouse regarding childcare duties.

150 Zunyi Road