Things To Do With Kids In Valencia In February 2019
February is coming to Valencia loaded with incredible and surprising proposals that will not let anyone get bored. Winter in Valencia comes with a full agenda of family activities for all tastes. If you’re looking for educational, interactive and recreational options to keep your little one busy, take a look at this list of activities especially designed for them.
Bilingual workshops for children at Hard Rock Café
This February, Hard Rock Cafe Valencia and the Valencian company Komba have prepared a children’s program full of art and a lot of English in which children from 3 years and on are encouraged to learn and practice this language. The city’s most popular rock restaurant will offer children’s activities in English every Sunday in February from 13:00 to 15:00 in the city center. In these workshops, the little ones will learn and have a great time while parents enjoy a nice meal. All workshops and activities will be given 80% in English, depending on the level of understanding of the participants. The price per child is 20€ and includes: children’s menu, bilingual activities and workshops, and one drink per adult.
The programming of the workshops includes:
- Performing Arts – “Let’s Become a Super Star” where imagination is the key to becoming a Hollywood star.
- Art – “Hard Rock Kids Art Gallery”, a day dedicated to demonstrating the artist inside. Guided by a professional, the children will paint on canvas.
- “Movie time” where films in their original version are encouraged, as they improve phonetics and positively influence the evolution of language learning.
- Live Music Concert – “Astral Kids” where they will have live music from the heavy metal group, Astral, who has prepared some very funny musical and didactic sessions, where the little ones will be the protagonists and learn dancing.
Family Route of Knights and Princesses
Kids love to fantasise and listen to stories; that’s why Turiart has organized a guided tour for real knights, princes and princesses. On February 17th, a medieval prince or princess will accompany them on a journey back in time. This is a family activity where the tots will have a great time impersonating knights, princesses or princes for a day. The children will feel like royalty, reliving the tales of yesteryears, discovering the palaces and fortresses of Valencia and getting to know the city in a different way, accompanied by a character of the time. In addition, they will learn the history of their city through the legends of two of the city’s most emblematic buildings: the Serranos Towers and the Palace of the Marqués de dos Aguas. It’s time to dust off your knight or noble costumes, take out your best period outfit and move to the Middle Ages as if you were a true character of the time. Games, legends, activities and stories are awaiting the children, who will learn in a fun way the history of two of the most emblematic places of Valencia.
What does the moon taste like?
“What does the moon taste like?” is a children’s puppet show based on the popular tale with the same name by Grejniec Michael. This is a beautiful fable that teaches us the importance of cooperation to achieve a common goal. It is a story about a group of animals that wanted to know what the moon tasted like. Would it be sweet or salty? At night, they looked anxiously at the sky wanting to taste just a little piece; but no matter how much they stretched, they were not able to touch it. Then, the turtle had a great idea, suggesting that another animal climb on its back and so began a huge tower of animals, with the turtle, the elephant, the giraffe, the zebra, the lion, the fox, the monkey and the mouse one on top of the other, trying to reach the moon. Will they make it? Come with Penelope, the storyteller, and the nice puppets to discover what the moon tastes like. This show is recommended for boys and girls from 2 years old on up. It will take place on February 16th and 17th at Sala Russafa.
Free workshops at Convent Carmen
What used to be the convent of San José and Santa Teresa is now Convent Carmen, a new cultural leisure center in the heart of the Carmen district. It has become a public place with free programming that includes music, debate, healthy living, cinema and the performing arts. There are also family activities and workshops for the little ones. They include the Menudet Sunday, an initiative aimed at children and families. During the month February, this free workshop, organized by Arquilecturas, offers the most “menudets” the opportunity to learn in a playful and manual way about architecture and urbanism. Enroll your child from 6 to 16 years old on February 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. They have a maximum capacity of 20 places, and you must reserve yours on the following link.
Free children’s workshops at MuVIM
The Museu Valencià de la Il-lustració i la Modernitat (MuVIM) is a museum that organizes workshops and activities for children every weekend. During the month of February, they have prepared two didactic workshops alluding to the Virgen de los Desamparados (Virgin of the Forsaken) that should not be missed, including:
- “Discovering the meaning of iconography: from image to song”: during the workshop, girls and boys will get to know the history, iconography and main festivities of the Virgen de los Desamparados through various dynamic and fun activities. They will paint a template of the Virgin where they will learn the elements of her iconography. This workshop will be available on February 9th, 10th and 24th. It is aimed at children from 4 to 12 years old.
- L’auca de la Geperudeta: L’auca or hallelujah is a predecessor of the cartoon that explains a story through several vignettes. Originally it had religious motifs and was very popular in Valencia and Catalonia. In the workshop, the children will compose an alleluia focusing on the iconic figure of the Virgen de los Desamparados, reviewing the story with key elements of the journeys of the pilgrim in the so-called Mare Mòbil, or the existence of an image of the Geperudeta under water. Register your child from 6 to 12 years old for this workshop on February 16th or 17th.
Course of Cinema, Youtube and Audiovisual expression
In Droide, a robotics center for children, they have prepared a course of cinema, Youtube and audiovisual expression aimed at children from 7 to 12 years old, who wish to learn how to make three types of videos: video-journalistic reports, short fiction and/or Internet content (Youtubers). Through this course, they will become familiar with the audiovisual production process, learn useful and current concepts and begin the execution of a shoot. The methodology is active, focused on participatory learning and emphasizing the creative learner. The brief theory will be communicated through games and practical exercises wherein participants learn by doing. The objective of the course is to teach basic concepts of audiovisual production and realization by applying them in a practical way, while developing creativity and decision-making and encouraging multiple uses of intelligence such as visual-spatial, linguistic, interpersonal and body-kinesthetic. Your child should bring his/her camera or tablet and computer if possible. The workshop will be available every Saturday from 2 February to 2 March, from 10 am to 12 noon.
Children’s workshops at the Bancaja Foundation
The Bancaja Foundation brings us a new series of children’s workshops. This time it is the “Art Explorer’s Workshop” cycle, an activity to go deeper into the work of one of present exhibitions at the Bancaja Cultural Centre: “Picasso. The joy of living”. In this workshop, each participant will be given an exploration kit with which, using templates and adhesive paper, allowing them to compose their own versions of Picasso’s works. The work carried out by the children will end in the exhibition hall, where they will contemplate the original works and establish a dialogue on the meaning of the different pieces. This free children’s workshop will be held on Saturdays, February 9th and 23rd from 11:30 am to 1 pm and is aimed at children between 8 and 12 years of age.
Play&Stay, outdoor games in La Pinada
The neighborhood La Pinada begins a new initiative for a fun time with family and friends outdoors, enjoying a green space with lots of activities. Play&Stay’s first event will be on Sunday 3 February, from 12pm to 2pm, where you can find traditional games away from the screens, such as ball, handkerchief, steer, four corners, pull the rope, hopscotch, three-legged race, the blind hen, the English hideout or the race of the caterpillar. These games are classic for all ages. But if you don’t play games, no problem, since you can spend the morning taking pictures of nature or following your creative vein in the monthly painting and photography contest. They will also have a batucada in charge of Asprona Timbals and will enliven the day with a picnic together with your family and the community. If you want to enjoy this fun day in the middle of nature, sign up at the following link.
Tree festival in the Natural Park of Túria
The Túria Natural Park organizes the cycle of activities, “Plant the seed of change, plant a tree!” There are three free activities to celebrate Tree Day and in the month of February, the event will take place in Riba-roja de Túria at 11 am. In this natural space, the river bank has suffered numerous impacts throughout history that have caused the loss of part of the riverside forest in favor of invasive exotic species that have diminished the ecological quality of this ecosystem. The event will consist of a short interpretative tour to get to know the current bank of the River Turia. Afterwards, there will be the planting of species typical of the area for the improvement of the riverside forest. These activities for family members of all ages are free but with limited space, so you need to register beforehand. It is recommended to bring water, lunch, appropriate clothing and footwear. Come to the parking of the Recreational Area of the River Esplanade in Riba-roja de Túria.
Carnival in Benimaclet
The Valencian district of Benimaclet offers a two-day celebration for its neighbors during Carnival. February 17th will be the big day with a multitude of events in the Plaza de Benimaclet including the traditional Carnival parade of the Moro Maclet. Dolçaines i gegants, muixerangas and a multitude of disguised people parading through the streets of the Valencian neighbourhood. All activities are free and perfect for a family. You can’t miss this carnival!
Museum in pajamas: night camping
When the museum closes its doors, the fun begins! The nights in the museum program of camping in different municipal museums is back. During the month of February, two important museums in the city of Valencia will be available for your child to savor the experience of sleeping in a museum this coming February 9th. You can choose between these options:
- Valencia History Museum with an activity that will bring history to children in an original way. What happened in this city more than 2000 years ago? Who passed through these lands? These are some of the questions that will be answered by characters from the past.
- The Museum of Natural Sciences of Valencia with an activity that will bring science closer to children in a fun way. What is a glyptodon or a megaterium? These are some of the questions whose answers you will find in the view of your flashlights.
Your child should bring a sandwich (or container with dinner), pajamas, a clean change of clothes, toilet bag, sleeping bag, mat, flashlight, cushion and warm clothing. The activity includes an evening program with accompaniment throughout the night. In the morning, there will be a delicious breakfast, but above all… a lot of fun! Bring your child from 8 to 11 years old; if he or she is under that age, you can accompany him.
Looks like February will bring a lot of family fun to Valencia this year! 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.