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10 outdoor sports to try with kids in Beijing this summer

Head out and enjoy the sun with one of these outdoor activities

Photo: Imagine China
With summer now in full swing, you've got a few more months to exercise outdoors before winter comes back again. Make the most of the season by taking up a new sport or heading out to exploring parks, lakes and nature in general while exercising at the same time. Having fun in Beijing doesn't have to cost an arm and a limb, and here are a few ways to do that with the family.
Running

Running

Want an affordable outdoor sport with the family without breaking the bank? Then run, baby, run! Get your running gear ready and pick a destination – the most you'll probably spend is a few kuai on a park entrance fee. Looking for a running group? Try HeyRunning, one of China’s largest running communities. The group holds weekly and monthly running events open to everyone including kids, but try not to get left behind! The community’s free monthly fun run, called People’s Run, usually happens on the last Sunday of the month, unless the AQI is above 160. More information here. 


Photo: Heyrobics

Swimming

Swimming

With the summer scorch now upon us, you'll naturally want to cool off. A number of outdoor pools have opened up ready for the kids to practice their kicks in. Thinking of teaching your child to swim over the summer? Here are some tips on how to start.

Watersports

Watersports

If your kids like to be close to the water but not exactly in it, then try some of watersports activities at some of Beijing's best boating spots. Activities include sailing, kayaking, rafting and paddling, windsurfing and more. If you're learning for the first time, however, best to go with an expert. Imagine China is holding classes from next week which includes learning how to sail, kayak, raft and paddle and welcomes kids 6 and up. More information here. 


Photo: Imagine China

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee

Frisbee is a non-contact sport where teams compete to bring a frisbee over the opposition’s goal line. The only rule: you have to stop and release the Frisbee within three seconds of receiving it. Beijing Ultimate Frisbee (BUF) has pick-up games, weekly training sessions and now a camp for younger kids as well. For more information, add their WeChat (ID: MrNiubi). 

Soccer

Soccer

Have a ball and introduce the kids to football (or soccer, to some) this summer. Beijing Kickers runs classes at a number of locations all over the city daily, including The British School of Beijing, Shunyi, Honglingjin Park, Western Academy of Beijing, Harrow Beijing, Tayuan DRC and Keystone Academy. Classes are for kids aged 3 to 14, and prices depend on the turnout for each session. For more information, contact them on WeChat (ID: 15210865206) or email info@beijingkickers.com. 


Photo: Beijing Kickers

Yoga

Yoga

Stretch those muscles and practice zen at this weekly park event that even the kids will love. Every Sunday morning from 9.30-11am until October, Taozi Tree Yoga runs Yoga in the Park, where families can bond over mindfulness and exercise. All that stretching can make one hungry and for those looking for a post-yoga lunch destination, family-friendly restaurant Moka Bros offers nutritious lunches for participants at 15 percent off. Yoga in the Park costs 50RMB and is usually held at Chaoyang Park unless otherwise announced. For more information, add them on WeChat (ID: TheresaRae). 


Photo: Yoga in the Park

Golf

Golf

For those looking for classes to get your kids started on their swings, JW GOLF is holding lessons. The program, founded by New Zealand PGA professional Jasmine Wilson, is dedicated to improving students’ golf games. All of its coaches are qualified professionals. This summer, they’re also holding a ten-week summer camp for different age groups: kids 6-8 years old and kids 9 and up. The camps are priced at 3,800RMB per student and will run from June 17 to August 23, Mondays to Fridays. The cost of the camps also includes lunch, PGA coaching, two 9-hole rounds, camp books and prizes. For more information on how to sign up, contact them by email (jasminegolf@outlook.com), by phone (17317152377) or just add them on WeChat (ID: JasmineWilson4).

Horseriding

Horseriding

There are huge benefits to getting your kids started on riding horses. Besides the obvious physical challenges, shifting postures and weight to stay on, there’s also the emotional joy of bonding with the gentle creatures. And where better to learn than at the scenic grounds of the Oriental Equestrian Club. With a stable of 64 school horses and ponies, the club has a team of four French professionals and nine Chinese coaches who teach using 'Galop', a French Equestrian Federation system, with programmes that cater to both beginners and experts alike. The Oriental Equestrian Club is also a professional training centre for coaches coming from all around China. For children with special needs, there is also Horses Offering People Enrichment (HOPE), a non-profit organisation offering Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). More information here.


Photo: Oriental Equestrian Club

Hiking

Hiking

There are a number of trails to explore in Beijing, with the Great Wall probably the most popular one, which you can hike up on your own or with guides such as the Bespoke Travel group, the Beijing Hikers. For easier hikes around Beijing with the kids, try Jingshan Hill (get ready for lots of stairs) or Fragrant Hills or join some of Beijing Hikers' kid-friendly hikes. 

Biking

Biking

Discover Beijing on two wheels with the family. Click here for our guide to biking around in Beijing, including some basic bike lingo (in Chinese, of course) and some bike routes to try.

Inline skating

Inline skating

Always wanted to get your kid on skates but had a hundred excuses not to start, including not knowing where to buy them? Well, here you go, with special thanks to JD.com. And for those with more experienced skaters, take them to the parks where some of them (like Honglingjin Park) have their own inline-skating areas. Click here for rollerblade options via JD.com. 

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