Things to Do with Kids in Shanghai

Shanghai has a lot for the kids to explore, from the top of Shanghai World Financial Center overlooking the skyline, to numerous theme parks with entertaining facilities. If you are traveling with kids, please remember to add some kid-centric activities just for them, and they'll probably be more amenable during your journey.

In Shanghai, there are more than enough places to excite the little ones. The following suggestions are organized in three categories: popular attractions that children like, followed by wildlife-related places of interest, and finally parks and park activities, including amusements and kite-flying.

1. Take a Cruise on the Huangpu River

The night view of the Bund

The night view of the Bund and modern buildings in the Pudong New District is fantastic. After a whole day of shopping on Nanjing Road, go to the Bund and cruise on Huangpu River with your family as an unmissable part of the Shanghai tour.

  • Recommended tour: Evening Huangpu River Cruise and the Bund Lights Tour
  • Summary: This activity is great for everyone. Take a break from walking and have a short boat ride along the Huangpu River.
  • Opening hours: 09:30 - 21:30, boats leave every half hour
  • Visiting time: one hour

2. See an Acrobatics Show

Enjoy some of the world's best acrobatics at Shanghai Circus World. Kids love these traditional performances, comprised of dancing, juggling, and breathtakingly difficult stunts.

3. Explore Shanghai's Museums

The exhibits on display in Shanghai Museum.

Museums in Shanghai record the development of Shanghai and China. They are equipped with advanced guidance and facilities. Kids can receive a great lesson of China's history, culture, art and many other aspects by touring in the museums. See Top Seven Museums in Shanghai.

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is an interactive museum with lots of exhibitions, activities and movies.

  • Opening hours: 09:00 - 17:15 (Tue - Sun)
  • Address: 2000, Century Av. Pudong New Area
  • Visiting time: half day - one day
  • Subway: Line 2, Shanghai Kejiguan Station

4. See Ocean Life at Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

  • Summary: Largest aquarium in Asia.
  • Opening hours: 09:00 - 18:00, daily
  • Address: 1388, Lujiazui Ring Rd. Pudong Area
  • Visiting time: one day
  • Subway: Line 2, Lujiazui Station
  • Nearby sights: Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund, Jinmao Building

5. Visit Shanghai Zoo

上海动物园Shanghai Zoo

Animals are the best friends of children. Shanghai Zoo is home to a large variety of animals, including giant pandas, and many other rare species.

  • Summary: A large-scale animal zoo plus beautiful gardens and amusement activities.
  • Opening hours: 07:00 - 17:00, daily
  • Address: 2381, Hongqiao Rd. Changning District
  • Visiting time: half day - one day

6. Visit Shanghai Wild Animal Park

Shanghai Wild Animal Park is a place that you shouldn’t miss for a family tour, where you can walk around and take a bus ride around it.

  • Summary: A large wildlife park where you can drive through and feed prays to animals.
  • Opening hours: 08:00 - 17:00, daily
  • Address: 178 Nanliu Rd., Nanhui District
  • Visiting time: half day - one day
  • Recommended tour: Shanghai Memories Tour (contact us to customize it to have Shanghai Zoo or Shanghai Wild Animal Park included)

7. Shanghai Natural Wild Insect Kingdom

  • Summary: A museum housing all kinds of wild insects and insect pets.
  • Opening hours: 09:00 - 17:00 (Mon - Fri), 09:00 - 17:30 (Sat - Sun)
  • Address: 1, Fenghe Rd. Pudong New Area
  • Visiting time: 2 hrs
  • Nearby sights: Oriental Pearl TV Tower is just around the corner

8. Shanghai Sculpture Park

  • Summary: Wide-open space with grass, lakes, beaches, artistic sculptures and lots of kids' activities.
  • Opening hours: 09:00 C 18:00, daily
  • Address: 1158 Linyin New Rd., Sheshan Area
  • Getting there: Metro Line 9 to Sheshan Station, then a 5-minute taxi ride
  • Visiting time: half day - one day

9. Flying Kites in Parks

Flying kites with parents on the squares in public parks is popular in Shanghai. People's Square and Century Park are best places to fly this traditional Chinese item in Shanghai.

  • Summary: The largest park in Shanghai.
  • Opening hours: 07:00 - 18:00
  • Address: Jinxiu Rd. Pudong New Area
  • Visiting time: half day - one day
  • Subway: Line 2, Shijigongyuan Station

10. Burn Off Some Excess Energy with Amusements and Rides 

  • Summary: Jinjiang Amusement Park is a large amusement park with fun rides and activities.
  • Opening hours: 08:45 - 17:00, 08:45 - 22:00 (summer holiday)
  • Address: 201, Hongmei Rd. Meilong District
  • Visiting time: half day - one day
  • Subway: Line 1, Jinjiangleyuan Station

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Questions and Answers About Things to Do with Kids in Shanghai

pat edwards 2013-01-21
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if we decide to go to shanghai from guangzhou, 2 adults and 2 children age 6 and 8, in feb 2013 for 1 week. staying in a modest but clean hotel, can you foresee any problems we may encounter as only speaking english. also could you have a guess at cost of airfare and hotels please

Dear Pat , thank you for your question. There are many high class hotels in Shanghai which has modern facility and provide good service in English. Please let me know your budget for the hotel and detailed idea for this trip. I could give you a tailor-made proposal as your needs and budget. Meanwhile please click our web page http://www.chinahighlights.com/hotel/shanghai-hotels/ and http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-flights/ for your reference. Please contact me by lilylee@chinahighlights.net. Thank you!

Lily Lee replied on 2013-01-21

Dear Pat , thank you for your question. There are many high class hotels in Shanghai which has modern facility and provide good service in English. Please let me know your budget for the hotel and detailed idea for this trip. I could give you a tailor-made proposal as your needs and budget. Meanwhile please click our web page http://www.chinahighlights.com/hotel/shanghai-hotels/ and http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-flights/ for your reference. Please contact me by lilylee@chinahighlights.net. Thank you!

Lily Lee replied on 2013-01-21
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