Juvenalia: a great day of activities for children and families!

Check out Juvenalia, a fair in Madrid with lots of amazing activities for kids.

Yesterday, 21 November, KIM had the pleasure of being invited to the press event of Juvenalia.  We got an insight into some of the things that will be going on at this year’s Juvenalia extravaganza.  (There are just too many things going on for the organisers to detail everything!)

What is Juvenalia?

If you have never been before and you will be in Madrid between 6-10 December with your children, you should definitely try and fit this in.  And I speak from personal experience.

Juvenalia is, as one of the fair’s organisers aptly put it, “A time for families”.

It’s a fair where companies, NGOs and other associations get together to show what they have to offer or what they do.  There’s literally everything on offer from experiencing the life of a police officer to participating in a radio show, getting more involved with nature with real animals to becoming a young Einstein and doing some science experiments.  Plus, not forgetting bouncy castles, toys, technology, sport and so on.

What exhibitors will be there?

It would be impossible to list everyone and we don’t wat to give away all the surprises.  But, to give you an idea of what you can discover:

  • LEGO – there’s going to be a huge stand!
  • Club de Futbol Getafe
  • XL Radio
  • Other sports including golf, padel, tennis, fencing, etc
  • Emergency services including the police and their dogs, fireman, etc
  • Music
  • Theatre (see below for more information)
  • Workshops for science, cooking, crafts etc
  • Organisations that offer help and advice for parents through chats and workshops
  • Quieter activities for children under 6 years old

And so much more. The above list really is just a snapshot of what you can find at Juvenalia.  The fair really does cover all areas for children of all ages and interests.  For a better idea, take a look at the pictures from previous shows here.

New theatre events for this year

Something new for Juvenalia this year are two theatrical works.

Pippi Longstockings – this version of this childhood classic has been created by the Italian Fondazione Aida along with a Swedish director.  As Pino, the director of Fondazione Aida, explained the script will follow the books closely. The play comprises three actors and 3 puppets.  The actors are in charge of everything – puppets, scenary, etc.  This is going to be a show for all the family – from parents who have fond memories of Pippi Longstockings from their own childhood, to their children who are now discovering Pippi’s fun world.

Sleeping Beauty – this musical version of the classic fairy tale has been created by La Ratonera Teatro and is suitable specifically for children aged between 3-8 years old. The six actors involved in this original show, with rock tones created by Dubbi Kids, will be performing twice a day during the Juvenalia fair

Please note: entry to these shows is not included in the general entrance fee to Juvenalia.  There is an additional cost of 6€ for each show.

Practical information

Dates: 6-10 December 2017

Opening times: 11:00-21:00

General entry fee: 9,50€ (family packs available, check the website)

Where: IFEMA, Feria de Madrid in Pavillions 12, 14 and 14.1 (these pavilions have upper levels, but there are lifts to allow for pram access).

Parking: there is vast amounts of paid parking available inside the grounds of IFEMA.

For more information: http://www.ifema.es/juvenalia_01/

To summarise, Juvenalia is definitely worth the entry fee.  And, as mentioned above, I speak from personal experience.  I went last year with my daughter who was 7 years old at the time.  We had a wonderful time – it was great for both parents and the children as there truly is something for everything.  We arrived at about 12:00 and were there until closing and could have still spent a few more hours there.  It would be impossible to do everything I think, but you will never be short of things to do.

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