The best family events to book now on Time Out Tickets

Live music, kid-friendly exhibitions and more

Photograph: courtesy 247tickets (Slava's Snow Show)
Time Out Tickets is the best place to get your hands on tickets for Shanghai's hottest events for the family. Right now we've got a show about a colourful elephant named Elmer, Matilda: The Musical and more. See our top picks below.

Art and exhibitions

Silhouette of the Sea

This exhibition at K11 aims to educate the general public on marine matters, with an immersive audio-visual installation about underwater cities, films made by professional divers and more. 

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chi K11 Art Museum , 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu 10 Aug - 13 Oct Buy tickets

Wet Paint Shanghai

After wowing street art lovers in New York, Miami and Tokyo, iconic graffiti artist Dave Persue comes to Shanghai for an exhibition of his famous ‘Wet Paint’ series, together with his doodles of Bunny Kitty (the cat in a rabbit costume) that have since become a symbol of New York counter-cultural street art. 

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Studio Ghibli Symphony Concert

Artists Azumi Inoue, her daugther Yuyu, Yoko Honna, Youmi Kimura and NHK Symphony Danyu Orchestra will be taking audiences on a journey into Studio Ghibli's imaginary world. Programme includes music from Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro and more.

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Shanghai Oriental Art Center - Concert Hall , 425 Dingxiang Lu, Near Century Avenue (丁香路425号,近世纪大道) Pudong Shanghai Shanghai 04 Oct Buy tickets

Saxo Carnival of the Animals

Personifying themselves as various animals, the Hong Kong-based saxophone group La Sax teams up with theatre director Freddy Wong, storyteller Uncle Hung and two Hong Kong-born pianists in telling a story about freedom with their saxophone tunes.

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Daning Theatre , 1222 Pingxingguan Lu (平型关路1222号) Zhabei Shanghai Shanghai 09 Sep Buy tickets

The Mersey Belles Ukulele

Combining ukulele playing and harmonising vocals, The Mersey Belles Ukulele adds its own spin to contemporary and ukulele standards. Think ‘Mr Sandman’, ‘La Vie en Rose’, ‘Take Me to Church’... you get the gist. 

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Shanghai Oriental Art Center - Concert Hall , 425 Dingxiang Lu, Near Century Avenue (丁香路425号,近世纪大道) Pudong Shanghai Shanghai 21 Sep Buy tickets

Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical

Critics' pick

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multi-award winning musical, inspired by Roald Dahl's beloved book, is headed for Shanghai at the end of 2019. Written by Dennis Kelly and with original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda: The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

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Shanghai Culture Square , No. 597 Fuxing Zhong Lu (复兴中路597号) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 06 Dec Buy tickets

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

This show based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee tells the story of a multi-coloured elephant, Elmer. Elmer is optimistic and brings fun and joy to his friends, but one day, he no longer wants to be different and instead wants to blend in with the herd. Combined with the main character's cheeky humour and colourful characters, the show about the importance of being yourself is suitable for all children.

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ET Space , 433 East Yan'An Road, Near South Yunnan Road (延安东路433号, 近云南南路) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 18 Oct Buy tickets

Slava’s Snow Show

A poetic, theatrical spectacle that has captivated and empowered the imagination of audiences and critics since 1993, Slava’s Snow Show combines the art of clowning and the circus, but not in the traditional sense. 

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Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre , No.159 Baiyin Road Jiading Shanghai Shanghai 24 Aug Buy tickets

Things to do

Rolex Shanghai Masters 2019

The ATP Tour comes to Shanghai again this year. The superstars of the tennis world visit Shanghai for a week to do battle in Qi Zhong Tennis Center.

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Photofairs Shanghai 2019

Photofairs Shanghai returns for its sixth year with 50 leading galleries from 28 cities around Asia, Europe, and North America and nearly 200 photographers and 1,000 photo art pieces. The fair is widely recognised as Asia Pacific’s home for cutting-edge photography and a key driver of China’s maturing photography market.

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Shanghai Exhibition Centre (Gate 3) , 1000 Yan'an Zhong Lu Jing'an Shanghai Shanghai 20 Sep Buy tickets

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