Annual children’s events in Madrid

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  • Citas infantiles anuales en Madrid
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In Madrid, it is easy to spend a day out with the kids. Throughout the year, it is possible to enjoy many fun plans for all the family.  

To kick off the year, one of the big proposals for the family is the Inverfest, a festival with diverse artistic proposals, such as music, cinema or poetry. The Inverfest programme  includes a cycle for kids, Inverfest New Rockers, where groups like Petit Pop, Gemeliers or Los chicos del Coro have performed.

​Then, there is a key annual event for kids, Carnival!, which will once more bring dances,  street performers and many fancy dresses to Madrid. The fun is guaranteed!

You are not going to be bored in spring either. This new season usually brings with it Gastroletras, where you can savour delicious tapas and also take your kids to the children’s workshops that are organised.  

Stage Arts and Passion for Reading

Teatralia, an annual stage arts festival for children and young people is also organised at this time of the year, in which different companies from all around the world bring the magic of theatre to the little ones.

More ideas? The theatre cycle for babies, Rompiendo el Cascarón at the Fernán Gómez Theatre, which is usually held between April and May, is a must. Talking of stages, the famous and classic The Lion King cannot be missed.

When it comes to spring, we cannot forget two classics: the Madrid Book Fair – perfect for children to develop a passion for reading – and the San Isidro Festivities in May, in which the little ones can dress up in chulapos and eat round cakes and candyfloss in the San Isidro meadow.

Open-air cinemas, festivals and classics of children’s leisure

As summer approaches, the Malakids Festival, one of the largest urban children’s festivals in Spain, has been held in the Malasaña neighbourhood since 2014, in which hundreds of activities are organised for parents and children alike over a weekend and which calls for children to come back.

In the middle of summer, there are more and more summer cinema proposals, such as the Conde Duque, Cibeles de Cine, La Bombilla, Autocine Madrid RACE, etc. with a special children’s programme. The Veranos de la Villa festival is also a regular annual event, with many ideas to enjoy as a family, such as the fireworks at the closing ceremony.

On the other hand, it is always a god time to visit classic children’s leisure places in the city, such as  the Warner Park, the Faunia Theme Park or the Zoo Aquarium, which extends its opening times in summer and offers fun evening activities.  Of course, you must visit the beautiful El Retiro Park, which offers the  El Retiro Puppet Theatre all year round and also organises a summer festival from June to September.

When the heat is on, what better plan than to visit a water park with all the family? There is guaranteed fun at Aquopolis in Villanueva de la Cañada, the largest water park in Europe, and at Aquopolis in San Fernando. They both have diverse water rides and green spaces for all the family to relax.

At the beginning of September the DCODE music festival is usually held, which is free for children under the age of ten and which has a Dcode Kids space with games, story-telling and face-painting.

To bid farewell to the summer, the B for Bici Festival comes to Matadero Madrid (15th and 16th September), where many leisure-educational activities will be organised for children.

Not to be missed events to end the year

At the beginning of autumn, Titerescena, a cycle devoted to the exhibition and performance of activities related to the world of puppets and marionettes. It is an event that is hosted by the Valle-Inclán Theatre and continues for several months.

December comes on a high note, with a busy agenda. To start off with, Juvenalia, an exhibition of children’s leisure with theatre, music, videogames, robotic, sports or magic proposals is held from 5th to 9th December.

The Madrid Children’s Book Fair is also held for kids to continue appreciating the value of reading and they can attend workshops, round tables and presentations. There is also room for videogames from 14th to 16th December with Gamergy, a festival organised by IFEMA.

Of course, we cannot forget Christmas, which comes full of events that kids will love: the Cortylandia show, the Three Kings Procession, the Three Kings Train, the Special Shipment Department, the International Christmas Fair of Cultures, the Aldeas Infantiles Kings’ Cake, markets, ice-skating rinks, Christmas merry-go-rounds, such as those in Plaza de Santa Cruz and Plaza de Oriente or the special programme at the Circo Price Theatre. The holidays will be unforgettable!



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