Eday Town-Kids' Education & Entertainment Center

Shanghai Eday Town

Shanghai Eday Town

If you're desperate for indoor kids' activities in Shanghai, then Eday Town is good option for kids aged 3+. (Ads say it's suitable for kids aged 3-15 but I can't imagine a 15-year-old enjoying it.) Housed in a 7,000 square meter facility on the top floor of an upscale shopping mall in Minhang (outskirts of Shanghai), Eday Town is a mini-city where kids can pretend to hold all kinds of occupations.

Tickets: Buy tickets for you and your child outside the entrance hall of Eday Town. Unfortunately, staff charge for little ones who won't participate. Children are 130rmb. Each accompanying adult is 50rmb. It is more expensive on weekends. There are two sessions. The first goes from 10am-2pm. The second from 3:30-7pm. You will have to pay again to enter another session so it's best to get there as close as possible to the start-time to get your money's worth.

Shanghai Eday Town

Shanghai Eday Town

Orientation: You'll be given a map of the facility in Chinese but kids will quickly figure out what they want to do. Follow along the "road" to find the different offices for the police, bank, archeology dig, dentist, electric company, fire station, hair salon, chocolate factory, airport, etc. Kids line up outside the door and adult handlers will let them in when it's time for the next session (10-15 minutes wait time max).

How it works
Each station has its own theme. Children go inside and adult supervisors explain the occupation, e.g. police will learn how to direct traffic. Children dress the part in costumes and hats. In some cases, they'll leave the "office" to ride in the appropriate mini-vehicle (e.g. fire truck, police van) that is driven by an adult supervisor. Kids then go on their "mission", e.g. putting out the fire or securing the bank.

Each activity lasts for 10-15 minutes and kids can freely choose which activities they'd like to participate in. They get paid a "wage" in Eday cash that they can then use to buy popcorn or other snacks.

Activity spotlight
My son enjoyed being part of the bank security team so much he did it twice. The kids each wore a helmet and bullet-proof vest and carried a (fake) machine gun - just like the bank security folks in real-life here in Shanghai (who are strangely ubiquitous). One kid carried the money case and the others secured the bank door. After learning how to do this from the adult supervisors, the kids piled into a security van and drove through the mini-town to the mini-Bank of China. After their mission was complete, they walked back to the security office.

Shanghai Eday Town

Shanghai Eday Town

Don't worry - there are plenty of non-gun related activities as well!

How to get there

Location: 5/F, Zhongsheng World Mall, 5001 Dushi Lu, Minhang (near Chunshen Lu, Metro Line 1 Xinzhuang Station) Expect to spend 40-60 minutes by car from downtown (Puxi) Shanghai

Opening Hours: Daily 2 Sessions: 10am-2:30pm and 3:30-7pm. Entry tickets are only valid for one session.