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Ways to celebrate Children's Day

TOMORROW'S International Children's Day is an event honoring kids but also providing fun for all the family. Various leisure destinations in Shanghai are ready to offer children a range of entertainment from animated films, acrobatics, marine life exhibitions and interactive games to opportunities to learn practical knowledge and social skills.

Until Monday, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, an ideal and fun place for children to learn about the ocean world, will present a series of themed events entitled "My Green Children's Day."

There will be performances of children's ballads and dances, a puppet show, hopscotch game and a green-themed short-film screening, through which children can learn about the importance of protecting marine species and the ocean itself. Visitors will also receive holiday gifts of candies and a scarf.

Changfeng Ocean World in Putuo District is also ready to offer amazing performances by marine creatures. Prepare to see a sea lion and beluga whale perform hilarious magic acts with magicians and clowns.

The multimedia spectacular "Era - Intersection of Time" is presenting a memorable Children's Day treat.

Local children can celebrate the festival with foreign kids from about 40 different countries. The cast of the show will invite children to play interactive games and attend a grand party. Each child attending will receive gift toys.

Daning Life Hub invites children to attend environmental protection training courses. Children will learn useful information on how to sort or dispose of garbage and live a balanced and harmonious life with nature. A jigsaw puzzle featuring children's paintings will also be made by kindergarten children tomorrow.

Tomorrow, children at Jinqiao Life Hub will be presented with a jazz performance and interactive games. There will also be a chance to fly kites on the plaza.

As the Dragon Boat Festival falls on Monday, Jinqiao Life Hub will offer DIY scented sachets classes to visitors from June 4 to 6.

It is customary in China to make and wear sachets filled with aromatic spices during the Dragon Boat Festival to ward off evil. The ingenious design for the sachets this year is by Japanese artists. Each scented sachet will be made from used carpet material that has undergone a special purification process.

From June 10 to July 10, children will be offered fun, imagination and learning opportunities by a fantasy world at the Joy City shopping mall. Inspired by heartwarming comic book stories created by best-selling Taiwan author and illustrator Jimmy Liao, an installation exhibition titled "My Little Perfect World" features works by a group of artists from different fields of painting, music, fashion and design.

Each installation takes a look at a different aspect of Liao's comic works and characters. Signature scenes from comic books such as "Turn Left, Turn Right," "The Subway" and "Paradise Lost" are recreated, providing city dwellers a chance to revel in this dream world.

"The exhibition aims to convey to local people the message to slow down their pace of city life, take every day in life as a gift and live the moment," says Lu Ning, an organizer of the exhibition.

EDay Town, a 7,000-square-meter indoor "edutainment" miniature role-play town in Minhang District, will offer a series of light-hearted events and games to arouse children's awareness of environmental protection.

Children from three to 15 years old will be given new tasks such as garbage sorting and creative recycling of unused bags and bottles. Charity flea markets selling books, clothes, toys and handmade crafts will also be held to aid students from the poverty-stricken areas of Anhui Province.

At EDay Town children can assume one of around 70 jobs, including stockbroker, banker, archeologist, fireman, doctor, policeman, pilot, chef and journalist. New positions such as traditional Chinese medicine doctor and travel agent are also offered. The town even has its own currency - "e-money" that children earn by "work."

Two films aimed at children are now showing at local theaters and can help them learn things that aren't necessarily taught in textbooks - such as friendship, team spirit and perseverance.

The 3D animated film "Kung Fu Panda 2" continues to center on Po's incredible adventures. This time the cute and talkative panda is living his dream as the Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters.

But his new life is threatened when a villain unveils plans to conquer China. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins to find the strength he needs to succeed.

The latest presentation from Shanghai Animated Film Studio, producer of acclaimed animation works "Uproar in Heaven" and "Three Monks," is epic cartoon film "Xibai Hillside."

Set to the backdrop of China's Civil War, the film is about a group of smart and courageous kids who make a long trek up the hillside to send important message to the People's Liberation Army to protect their homeland.

Local theaters, including Stellar Cinema City and Yonghua Cinema, will offer half-price tickets, a lucky draw and film spin-off gifts all day tomorrow.


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