gamescom: 20.–24.08.2019 for all: 21.–24.08.2019


family & friends 2019

In the family&friends area, young and old visitors can expect a large number of play stations for children. Numerous exhibitors present their games for the younger gamescom visitors in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

Access authorisation for children

No admission for babies and infants aged up to 3 years. Admission is free for children aged between 4 and 6. Admission for children up to 11 years of age only if accompanied by an adult.

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HABA Digitalwerkstatt
HABA Digitalwerkstatt Copyright Alex Schelbert

HABA Digitalwerkstatt Copyright Alex Schelbert

The HABA Digitalwerkstatt is a creative education and experience space. Here, children between the ages of 6 and 12 can discover the digital world playfully and develop important skills in the field of new technology.

In our courses and workshops, children learn programming, build robots, experiment with 3D printing, create Animated Movies and much more!

We also offer workshops for parents, teachers, and everyone interested in education. Our program includes school courses that focus on the conception and realisation of digital projects, which are integrated into the daily curriculum. These take place at the Digitalwerkstatt in the mornings.

At gamescom there will be exciting workshops for school classes and open workshops for children.

The four stations depict different phases in the production process of a computer game in a child-friendly and creative way. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 can play through them individually or in groups, and in addition to many exciting challenges, they also offer fun and games!

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HEADIS, the fun sport where table tennis is played with the head, is also represented in the family & friends area. And if that is not enough: the inventors of HEADIS bring a new trend sport with them this year: hesherball. The aim is to keep the two hesherballs in motion on a table and shoot them into one of the corners when possible.

The Evangelische Jugend (Protestant Youth) in Cologne and the region meets gamescom

The "Evangelische Jugend" (Protestant Youth) in Cologne and the surrounding region moves both you and gamescom. You have the chance to challenge each other in exciting kicker matches and burn off energy on the Bungee-Run, moreover you can test your sensitiveness by playing table soccer. At the same time you get to know some of the volunteers. On top of that, you can test your coordination skills on our daffy boards or recover from a stressful trade fair day in our chill-out corner. At the end you get a picture from our photo box.

juniors‘ club

The juniors' club looks after the little visitors to gamescom in Cologne. Carers are available to play, paint and do crafts with the children. While the little ones can play in the lounge area, rest or let off steam on the bouncy castle, the older children are given professional make-up and can measure their skills on the game console.

Verkehrswacht Düren e.V. und die Verkehrskadetten der Verkehrswacht Köln e.V.

Verkehrswacht Düren e.V. will once again be present at gamescom this year with interesting offers.

In hall 10.2 the dangers of the road traffic with passenger car, - motorcycle or brake and distraction simulators are made experiencable. Optionally also with VR glasses.

In addition, reaction tests, which show the extension of the braking distance under various road conditions, vision tests to detect visual impairments at dusk or other visual defects and an alcohol parkour are offered.

The Cologne Traffic Guard is present with traffic cadets and explains their tasks, areas of application and application possibilities. The Landesverkehrswacht is also present with its Info-Mobile as a contact point for traffic safety topics.

gaming lounge

In the gaming lounge, visitors big and small can look forward to many child-friendly game stations. Exhibitors such as Nintendo, Ubisoft and Koch Media will present their games for younger gamescom visitors. In a peaceful atmosphere the games Just Dance, F1 and Super Mario Party can be tested on PlayStation 4, xBox One or Nintendo Switch.

gamescom photo bus

You'll have the opportunity to capture the memory of your gamescom visit in the gamescom photo bus! You can take the photos with you immediately or send them to your e-mail.