Carnival 2025

Feb 28th - Mar 08th

Visit Rio Carnival 2025 with your Kids

Rio Carnival

Visit Rio Carnival 2025 with your Kids

Family-Friendly Carnival Activities & Tips

Rio Carnival does seem to be a party for adults. On the main days of parade, Friday until Monday and also on Saturday of the Champion's Parade, kids under 5 years old are not allowed to get in the Sambadrome. However, there are a few special events for children to enjoy. In addition, there are attractions around the city perfect for kids, whether visiting during the Carnival or another time of year. Events for children during the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, such as the Children's Parade.

Kids parading at Sambadrome - Junior Flag Holder
Thiago Lara | Riotur

Children’s Samba Parades

Held on Carnival Tuesday, the kids’ parade is also a wonderful show. The children who participate in these parades are from the many Samba Schools. Like the adults in these Samba Schools, the children compete against each other. They write their own theme song and choreograph their own dance. The kids also help build their floats and sew their costumes.

Thiago Lara | Riotur

The Rio Carnival Samba School Parades are a true sight to behold, and children over 5 years old can enjoy watching the spectacle. However, remember that the parades can last for hours, and families may leave when the children start to get tired.

Children on top of a float car parading on Rio Sambadrome
Ronaldo Nina | Riotur

Street Parties for Kids

In Rio de Janeiro, Carnival "Blocos” for children are a fundamental part of Carnival festivities. These "blocos" are created especially to ensure the fun and safety of little partygoers, and they offer a variety of attractions for children of all ages.

Bloco Gigantes da Lira: This is one of the most traditional blocos for children in Rio de Janeiro. It leaves the Laranjeiras neighborhood and usually has a program full of children's activities, such as craft workshops, games, and performances by clowns and musicians. It is an excellent option for families who want to enjoy Carnival with their children.
Bloco Meeting Point: Rua General Glicério, Laranjeiras.

Bloco da Fanfinha: Located in Botafogo, Bloco da Fanfinha is known for its family atmosphere and attractions specially designed for children. 
Bloco Meeting Point:Praça Chaim Weizmann - Botafogo

Bloco das Crianças: This bloco leaves Parque dos Patins, in Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, and is dedicated exclusively to children. It has a program aimed at little ones, including theater performances, children's bands, and costumed characters that delight young participants.
Bloco Meeting Point:Parque dos Patins - Lagoa 

Bloco Largo do Machadinho, but not Largo do Suquinho: This “bloco” is a splendid option for families looking for a quieter and safer experience. It leaves from Largo do Machado and offers a relaxed atmosphere, with children's music, games, and even a costume parade for children.
Bloco Meeting Point: Largo do Machado.

These are just a few examples of Carnival “blocos" for children in Rio de Janeiro. Generally, these "blocos" are located in easily accessible squares, parks, or public places, providing a fun and cultural experience for young revelers and their families. It's important to check the schedule and "blocos" times in advance to ensure you and your family can make the most of Rio's street Carnival.

Carnival Parties for Kids: Exclusive Paid Options

In addition to the street festivities and parades, families looking for more exclusive Carnival experiences can explore paid party options at various prestigious venues. Notably, some sports clubs and the renowned Jockey Club do Brasil offer specially curated Carnival parties for children. These events often feature a range of engaging activities, entertainment, and a safer environment, tailored to young attendees. However, it's essential to note that these are paid events, and in some cases, access might require being accompanied by a club member.

Other Attractions

As Samba is such a big part of the Rio Carnival, it might be fun to arrange for children to take some Samba lessons along with mom and dad. Not only will this bring the family together, but also it will give kids a sense of what the Carnival is all about. During the day, parents can take their children to Leblon Beach, where there is a playground with toys and play gear for kids.

The long avenues in front of Flamengo, Ipanema, Copacabana, and Leblon beaches are closed during special events and on Sundays. Musicians, jugglers, magicians, and other entertaining individuals walk the avenue, much to the children's delight. Parents can rent bikes or electric toy cars for their kids. The BioParque (Rio's Zoo) can be quite fun, and the Museum do Indio allows children to paint their bodies like the natives.

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