Activities in Madrid for Kids

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Zoos with animals from all over the world, amusement parks, adventure, science, football stadiums… Madrid is a family-friendly city, with a range of activities for parents and kids. Find out how to plan a tour of the city that your little ones won’t forget.

Zoo Aquarium

The Zoo Aquarium, in Casa de Campo Park, is a great place to start your day out in Madrid with children. You can watch around 2,000 animals belonging to more than 500 species. The two famous pandas, De De and Po, the Atlas lion, whose roar can be heard 8 kilometres away, the emperor scorpion, the white rhinoceros or the Nile crocodile are some of the Zoo’s inhabitants.

Madrid Parque de Atracciones

Casa de Campo Park is also home to Madrid Parque de Atracciones, an amusement park where the little ones can burn off some energy gathered after visiting Madrid’s top sights.

Faunia

Located in Madrid’s Barrio de Valdebernardo, Faunia is a wildlife park featuring 13 areas where you’ll learn everything about the countless animals you can see close up: king penguins, African tigerfish, common cranes or lynxes, among others.

Parque Warner Madrid

In the town of San Martín de la Vega, less than 30km away from central Madrid, fun is guaranteed at Warner Park. Your children will be greeted by their favourite characters and enjoy the large collection of thrilling rides and fun attractions like the Scooby-Doo Adventure interactive ride, where guests chase the ghosts that dwell in a haunted mansion.

For football fans

Your child is in luck if he/she likes football. ln Madrid, you can visit the legendary Santiago Bernabéu and Wanda Metropolitano stadiums, which are home to museums devoted to Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid respectively.

The Bernabéu tour is an interactive experience. You’ll see two new spaces, the ‘Best Club Ever’ hall and the room dedicated to Atlético Madrid’s legend Alfredo Di Stéfano, showcasing more than 100,000 items, documents, videos, trophies, and all kinds of memorabilia. The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at both the home and away dressing rooms. In sum, a visitor experience you won’t forget if you’re an Atlético Madrid fan or just a football enthusiast.

The new Atlético de Madrid stadium offers a tour which visits areas such as the changing rooms, the press room or the mixed area, where the manager and footballers appear after each match. It is possible to go onto the pitch through the tunnel used by the players. Visits are on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (provided that it is not a match day).

Other ideas

Madrid has plenty of fun and activities for kids, even on rainy days. In spring and summer, El Retiro and other green spaces, or Madrid’s water parks, make great plans. In fall or winter, whatever the weather, children will be delighted at such museums as, the Wax Museum, the House of Pérez Mouse (Ratón Pérez is Spanish equivalent to the Tooth Fairy), the National Museum of Natural Science or the Railway MuseumOr enjoy the Magic Forest, the Kinépolis Madrid children’s park (an enormous commercial centre with 25 cinema halls close to Casa de Campo) where the little ones can play, sliding down many slides, hiding in never-ending labyrinths or climbing gigantic plants.

The children’s theatre is another good way to enjoy free time in Madrid, when the weather is not good. The Sanpol Theatre or the Sala Mirador are some places where you can do so.

Another interesting option is to travel back in time at the Andén 0the former Chamberí metro station, which was reopened a few years ago after being closed since 1966. Open to the public at weekends, the station which was built in 1919 still has the original ticket booths and the platform with its tiled advertising panels and period furniture. The visit is accompanied by audiovisual documentation on the history of the Metro.

If you prefer a 'plan at a height', you can visit the Faro de Moncloa lookout, whose huge glass windows offer views over the Royal Palace,  Almudena Cathedral, the Telefónica Building on the Gran Vía, the Cuatro Torres Business Area or the peaks of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range.

 

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Especially for kids
  • A playful and didactic journey through the great milestones of universal history through plasticene figures (Gaviria Palace. Until 10 October).

    Plastihistory of Humanity
  • In the Espacio Fundación Telefónica you can find this unique collection that traces the history of telecommunications.

    The History of Telecommunications
  • The puppet theatre offers fantastic shows for children almost every Saturday and Sunday.

    Puppet Theatre in El Retiro Park
  • The largest musical production ever seen in Spain. Over 95 million people around the world (Teatro Lope de Vega. Tuesdays to Sundays).

    The Lion King (El Rey León)
  • Plastihistoria de la humanidad
  • Historia de las telecomunicaciones
  • Teatro de Títeres de El Retiro
  • El Rey León

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