Each year during the Autumn Break the international children’s art festival ‘De Betovering’ (The Enchantment) takes place in The Hague. From the 14th to the 23rd of October 2016, children between the ages of 2 and 12 years will be treated to some 450 performances and workshops at 50 different locations. 



The most enchanting children’s productions of both Dutch and international origin will be brought to The Hague for ten days of dazzling culture. The programme includes theatre shows as well as dance, music and film and those highlighted in this brochure are all suitable for non Dutch-speaking children. Make sure to look out for the various street theatre acts in the city centre too like Rimski, a crazy piano comedian who rides around on his instrument, the acrobatic dance-antics of Murikamification or Ulik Robotik’s giant drum!



There is also a huge range of workshops throughout the festival where children can try their hand at dance, music, filmmaking, painting, theatre and much, much more!
Make sure to join in the fun at one of the festival centres too - you might even meet Djimmie, our festival mascot!

Check our programme for further details on all activities and take note of the NDR (No Dutch Required) activities. You can also check out our NDR flyer.



  • Many performances sell out quickly so you need to be fast with your booking.

  • Make sure to state clearly which day and time you wish to visit when booking tickets.

  • Children should be accompanied by an adult when visiting performances (unless otherwise stated). Both child and guardian will require entry tickets.

  • The ticket of a show does not provide automatic access to an associated workshop. Please reserve separately for all workshops. In most cases, the workshops are for children (parents can pick up their children afterwards) so you will only need to reserve a place for the child(ren).

  • Please take note of the minimum age of an activity. We don’t allow access to children that are too young.

  • Please cancel any reservations if you can’t make it.

  • If an activity is sold out, make sure to ask if you can be put on a waiting list.

  • Refreshments are available at most festival locations. You can also get festival food at Theater aan het Spui and special pancakes at the Grote Markt.

  • Information about access for visitors with disabilities is available on our website or via the locations themselves.

  • We recommend the Novotel City Centre hotel for visitors from outside The Hague. Up to two children can stay for free in a room with paying adults and also get a free breakfast!

  • The organisation reserves the right to make changes to the programme at any time.


See our English Flyer 2016



Each September the full programme of the next festival is published on this website. If you want to be the first to know, feel free to leave your name and email address in the yellow box on the right side of this page and we will notify you per email when the next new programme is online.



There is so much more to be discovered in The Hague, check the websites and Tripadvisor.