6 Best Attractions in Shanghai for Kids

Written by Vivian Updated Oct. 31, 2023

It’s never easy to travel halfway around the world with your kids. Their needs are far too different from yours, not all attractions are suited to their interests, and they can get easily bored. Fortunately, if you’re in Shanghai, your options are wide-ranging. Here are some of them:

1. Shanghai Disneyland Park

A magical kingdom where your kids can enjoy thrilling rides, meet their favorite Disney characters, and watch breathtaking performances. The park has many themed lands including Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove, and Fantasyland.

Learn more details at Disneyland Resort in Shanghai.

2. Shanghai Library

Yes, a lot of libraries are plain and old, but definitely, it’s not Shanghai Library. One of the biggest libraries in the country, this one tries to keep itself up-to-date by introducing new technologies, exhibits, and books. It makes its presentations and exhibits as interactive as possible by adding some shows, demonstrations, and audio-video presentations. Nevertheless, books appeal more to children who are at least 8 years old. It is also aware that it can be visited by tourists, so a lot of the interfaces in the area are multilingual. Although this requires a fee, you don’t take a lot of time to register.

3. Shanghai Zoo

Shanghai Zoo located in Changning District, Shanghai, China, is one of the largest and most reputable zoological gardens in the country. Established in 1954 and initially known as the West Suburb Park, the zoo spans an area of 74 hectares and is home to more than 6,000 animals, representing nearly 620 different species.

Notable Features and Animals

Panda Exhibit: As the star attraction of Shanghai Zoo, the Giant Panda exhibit can't be missed. These captivating creatures are among China's most beloved animals and live within a specially designed enclosure that imitates their natural habitat.

Rare Birds: Shanghai Zoo also boasts a wide array of rare birds in the Aviary, with over 600 species. Visitors can enjoy encounters with peacocks, flamingos, and other exotic bird species here.

Aquarium: The aquarium section is home to a variety of aquatic life, including various species of fish, reptiles, and penguins, offering an underwater experience that better educates visitors about the biodiversity of our oceans and seas.

4. Shanghai Natural History Museum

Shanghai Natural History Museum has an extensive collection of specimens across various fields such as paleontology, ornithology, mammology, and invertebrate zoology, making it a unique educational site.


The museum's exhibits are divided into three categories: the display of specimens, the introduction of natural laws, and the introduction of human relationships with nature. The different halls in the museum include:

5. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

Would you like your kids to see flying monsters, ride around the world, relive the times of the dinosaurs, and simply explore the newest innovations in science and technology? There’s only one place to go to in Shanghai then: Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. Strategically located near one of the biggest parks in the city, Century Park, this museum is as interactive as it gets: the kids can touch, play, watch, hear, and see most of the exhibits. In the process, the tools truly allow them to learn a lot of the scientific world. Some of the sections include Light of Wisdom, Cradle of Design, Space Navigation, Home on Earth, and World of Robots.

6. Shanghai Circus World

The Chinese have always been brilliant when it comes to theatrical performance. One of the best proofs is the many acrobat shows that feature them. When you’re in Shanghai with your tots, don’t miss out on watching at least one performance of ERA Intersection of Time, which can be likened to Cirque because of its high level of technicality, awesomeness, finesse, death-defying stunts, and entertainment. The story is told through haunting music and exhibitions that resemble martial arts, ballet, and other fluid movements. The entire program can last for 100 minutes and is divided into various acts such as Fire Meteors, Sculpture, and Mirror Mirage.  

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