Las Fallas for Kids in Valencia 2019
In March, Valencia becomes a party, and its streets are filled with colour and joy with the celebration of the famous Fallas, a festivity that has been declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2016. This festival brings together tradition, art and carnival in a unique and unforgettable event. This is definitely a party where people of all ages enjoy the color and warmth of this city. Every year, more and more tourists come to the capital of Turia to admire the falleras and their incredible costumes, music, fallas, lights and fire. This festival in honor to Saint Joseph is all about fire, pyrotechnics, and, of course, fallas and “ninots”.
In addition, Las Fallas give children the opportunity to get closer to a tradition and a culture unique to this locality, while they play, enjoy, discover and have fun. On this occasion, we invite you to check out the activities you cannot afford to miss as you live this experience with your children.
Exhibition of Ninots and Fallas for Kids in the Museum of Arts and Sciences
The impressive Fallas monuments are better known as Ninots, and from 2 February to 14 March you can visit the Ninot Exhibition at the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum. It is an exhibition of more than 700 Ninots among which the public and a jury decide which are to be saved from the fire to become the “Ninots Indultats” (pardoned ninots). You can come to the museum with your children from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 20:00, and from Friday to Sunday from 10:00 to 21:00. The general price is 3€ and children from 4-12 years old pay only half price. Then, on 14 March, you can see the Closing of the Children’s Ninot Exhibition that takes place around 18:00 and the reading of the popular verdict and proclamation of the Children’s Ninot Indultat 2019 along with the best Ninots. The rest of the ninots are picked up by the infantile fallas commissions and taken to “la plantà” that begins on March 15 at 8:00. Little ones definitely cannot miss the Ninots as they are the main attraction due to their graceful and colourful nature.
Switching on the lights
The extraordinary shows of light and colour are among the main tourist attractions of the Fallas. The traditional switching on of lights is undoubtedly one of the classic activities of the celebration of the festivities of San Jose. Every year, a large number of people gather in the different streets and towns of Valencia to witness the lighting and appreciate the magnificent colours and decorations in competition with each other. Each area strives to make its street looks the best, which is why participating in this event is really worth it. The great concentration of Valencians and tourists who come to enjoy this authentic activity increases every year. For this occasion, the lights will be turned on Friday, March 9, from 20:00 h.
Visiting the monuments of Las Fallas
If you want to enjoy the Fallas with your children, we recommend that you dedicate a day to visiting the main Fallas monuments in Valencia. Perhaps seeing all the Fallas is an impossible task, even more so if you have children. Thus, we recommend that you select the most emblematic ones, starting with the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Then, just a few minutes away are the Fallas of Convento Jerusalén, Cuba-Literato Azorín, Sueca-Literato Azorín, Plaza del Pilar, Na Jordana and Plaza del Mercado Central. They all belong to the Special Section and the little ones will be entertained by both the big and children’s size monuments. If, by chance, you decide to visit on the morning of 15 March, you will surely find “la plantà” of the children’s monuments, in which the children of the commissions actively participate. In addition, each commission organizes many kid’s activities including games and inflatable castles in which the tots surely will have a great time.
Every day from March 1 to March 19 at 14:00, the city shudders to the rhythm of the explosion of hundreds of firecrackers. This activity known as the Mascletà takes place in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. The Mascletà is the favorite act of many Valencians and begins when the major fallera of Valencia gives the order to the pyrotechnic that the Mascletà can begin. It lasts between 5-7 minutes, depending on the amount of gunpowder used, and at the end the public applauds if the Mascletà has been good. This activity is very exciting, especially for older kids, as the younger ones are often frightened. Keep in mind that the square is usually crowded with people and that the firecrackers produce a lot of noise, so it is better not to be in the front rows to avoid being stunned and to feel more comfortable.
Fireworks and Nit de Foc
It is worth letting the children stay late so that they can appreciate one of the main attractions of the Fallas celebration: the fireworks. From March 16 to 18, fireworks castles color the sky. This is a spectacular event that requires certain precautions when you take your little ones, but certainly you cannot afford to miss it. It is preferable to find a place away from the crowd and make sure to have the little ones always in sight as firecrackers are sometimes thrown in the surroundings. Following these basic recommendations, your children will surely be left with their mouths agape at the end of the show. Finally, on 18 March, in the early hours of the morning, the Nit del Foc (Night of Fire) is celebrated. For 20 minutes you will enjoy the most special fireworks in the old bed of the river Turia. This combination of light, shapes and colors is undoubtedly one of the main attractions for children during all of the festival.
Fallera for one day
If you want a complete experience during the celebration of Las Fallas, you can actually become a fallera (or fallero) and document it in photos for the rest of your life. On one special day, “Fallera for one day” offers you the opportunity to take part in this ancient tradition by accessing traditional Valencian costumes and participating a photographic session fully dressed as an authentic fallera or fallero. This special opportunity allows you to immerse yourself and your kids in the Valencian culture as you participate and walk among the old streets just as the falleros have done for centuries. You can check the options available and book what appeals to you the most on their website.
The patron saint of Valencia is the Virgen de los Desamparados (Virgin of the Forsaken). Every year on March 17 and 18, the commissions of falleras offer a tribute of flowers at 15:30. With these flowers, they fabricate a spectacular costume that covers the wooden structure of the Virgin located in the Plaza de la Reina. Children will enjoy seeing the colorful fallero costumes and listening to the music bands that accompany them. This is undoubtedly the most emotional acts for the falleros and the perfect occasion to go dressed as a fallero or fallera as you relive the tradition.
To live the Fallas with children means you will enjoy all the traditions. But so many activities can leave children exhausted. To recharge their batteries, the best bet is an afternoon of Xocolatá, a Valencian tradition of pumpkin fritters and hot chocolate. The Xocolatà is one of the great pleasures enjoyed by families during the Fallas. Hundreds of street stalls fill the city of Valencia, but if you prefer something more relaxed and traditional, you can enjoy this sweet in other emblematic places such as the horchatería Santa Catalina or the Siglo, in the Plaza de la Reina or in the horchatería Daniel in Alboraya.
Las Fallas in Valencia is always an exceptional event. We hope you will enjoy it. If you liked this post, please don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with top places and activities for kids in Valencia.