Things to do in Shanghai with your family

Parks, aquariums, and even a Disneyland; it’s easy to spoil the family in Shanghai


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Watch daredevil acrobatics at Shanghai Circus World

Shanghai Circus World’s gleaming, golden geometric dome is one of the city’s landmarks and a showcase for China’s most dazzling acrobatic performances. The multi-sensory ‘ERA – Intersection of Time’ will wow the whole family with its spectacular visuals, costumes, rotating stages and motorcycle stunts. For a more traditional circus experience, Happy Circus has plenty of clowning around.


Get your nature fix at Century Park

Just a few moments’ walk from Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, Century Park is the city’s largest; a verdant oasis offering respite from the city’s frenetic energy. In this vast and tranquil space, you’ll find lakes with tiny islands, winding pathways and flower displays, as well as a wildfowl reserve and a children’s playground with fun activities for little ones.


Meet Mickey Mouse at Shanghai Disney Resort

A popular day out for families from around the world, Shanghai Disney Resort unites everyone’s favourite Disney characters in one fairytale kingdom. The largest Disney theme park in the world, it’s home to a Pirates of the Caribbean ride, an Alice in Wonderland maze and, naturally, the Enchanted Storybook Castle.


Get a bird’s-eye view from the top of Oriental Pearl Tower

Visiting the observation decks at Oriental Pearl Tower is one of the most memorable activities in Shanghai for families. Go at night when the cityscape twinkles like fireflies, and don’t descend without first taking a ride on the virtual-reality roller coaster first.


Spot sharks at Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

Showcasing marine life from all corners of the globe, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium takes you on an aquatic around-the-world voyage. Starting at China’s Yangtze River, you’ll travel to the South American Amazon, the mangroves of Australia, and rainforests of Southeast Asia, meeting weird and wonderful wildlife along the way. Think indigenous Yangtze alligators and giant salamanders, penguins, seals and sharks. Kids will love walking through the submarine viewing tunnel – the longest of its kind in the world.


It's easy to spoil the family while staying at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, close to dazzling acrobatic performances, parks, aquariums, and many more fun spots our dedicated concierge team will be happy to recommend.