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11 things to do with kids in Madrid.
1. Watch the views from Círculo de Bellas Artes’ rooftop
If you want to discover one of the most beautiful and fascinating skyline views in Madrid and give your children an amazing experience go to “Tartan Roof”, the rooftop of Círculo de Bellas Artes. The visit includes access to the exhibition room, always interesting. There is also a restaurant. You can also get beautiful views from the Ayuntamiento viewpoint (Palacio de Cibeles).
2. CaixaForum Kids
In Paseo del Prado you can find several of the most famous museums in Madrid. For instance El Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and others. As you know, travelling with children is always special, and you cannot plan the same activities as if you were travelling alone or with another adult. So, if you want to visit a museum with your children we recommend to visit CaixaForum Kids.
3. Children’s Theatre in Madrid
You and your children can get a lot of amusement by going to the theatre. In Madrid downtown there are several musicals and plays for little kids. Some of them are designed exclusively for them, and actors encourage all viewers to participate, mainly children. Think of going to “La Escalera de Jacob” (magic show and plays), “Microteatro por dinero” (small rooms where actors perform funny plays), “Teatro del barrio”, “Teatro del Arte” (cozy room where you can enjoy different plays) and JOP! (theatre for babies from 6 months).
4. Triball tour
Triball is the new trendy area in Malasaña district, Madrid downtown. In this area you can find gastronomy, arts, entertainment, culture and fashion. In addition, playgrounds and lovely terraces are to be found in Dos de Mayo square, Juan Pujol square and San Ildefonso square. Interesting shops, bookstores and Mario Vargas Llosa Public Library are also located in this neighbourhood. Nearby you will find Plaza de Olavide square, with terraces and playgrounds too. Do not miss “Los Cuentos del Baúl”, storytelling sessions in “El Dragón Lector” bookstore on Saturdays.
5. Temple of Debod
This Egyptian Temple is one of Madrid treasures. Surrounded by very nice gardens to stroll around and to enjoy a picnic. The park has a large playground area. Best time of the day to visit is at the sunset, to admire the gorgeous spectacle of nature.
6. Parque del Retiro
Visiting Madrid with children must include a visit to “Parque del Retiro“. In this wide park there are endless opportunities for outdoor activities in which you can participate with your children. You can rent bikes for a ride along the park or rent a boat and enjoy the pond. Check all weekend activities for children and enjoy the playground areas.
7. Cycling in Parque Madrid Río
Madrid Río is a large park that runs along Manzanares River. There you can rent bikes or take a walk along the 10 kilometers that offers this huge park. There is an area with enormous slides where kids will want to stop, as well as a the playground and sports areas.
8. Children’s activities at Matadero Madrid
Matadero Madrid is a contemporary arts center with several large halls and open spaces. Children’s activities at Matadero Madrid include “Minimúsica” concerts, the “Festibal con B de bici” (Festibal with b for bike), “El Recicladero” (activities to learn to recycle clothes, books, etc.), “La Casa del Lector” with storytelling, concerts and more.
9. Faunia Nature Theme Park
With more than 140 hectares to locate four thousand animals and 500 different species, Faunia is the nature theme park, a great plan for kids and adults. It has a farm with pigs, roosters, hens etc., and a garden, Eden, with tropical butterflies. You will be surprised to see a large amount of ducks, geese, swans, flamingos and other birds in the beautiful lake. There is also a hive to observe a colony of 30,000 bees. In fact, it could take hours to describe Faunia and its endless possibilities.
10. Danco Aventura
“Danco Aventura” is an amusement park and offers fun activities for everybody. It is located in Finca Soto del Parral in Colmenar de Oreja. Here you can go horse riding, zip lining, adventures amongst trees, canoeing, archery, laser combat and more.
11. Parque Europa
“Parque Europa” or Europa Park extends over a surface of 233,000 square meters. The most spectacular replicas of European monuments and buildings in Europe are assembled in this park. Besides, there are several areas of leisure and adventure to enjoy an unforgettable day with your family.
As you can see, you will find a lot of fun for families in Madrid. So you will need to spend more than a day in the city. That is why it is advisable to book your accommodation in one of the various great family hotels in Madrid, where you will get excellent value for money and the little ones of the family will feel at home.