Stuff for children to do in Madrid
A list of stuff to keep kids occupied when in Madrid.
Web links (where available) and basic directions are shown. For prices and opening times best consult these before you go.
During normal weekdays it's a good place for children to run around in. Very safe, even late at night, there are loads of little attractions dotted around the park for the kids to play on, such as exercise machines, ladders and swings, statues and (shallow) ponds. Then you've got boating on the lake, painting and photo exhbitions and there are kiosks and cafes with ice creams. At weekends there's usually a show or two set-up with good clowns and puppets and magicians. It really doesn't matter that everything's in Spanish because it's very visual, very upbeat and the audience participation helps sweep you along. Try the Auditorio de La Casa Encendida.
- Centre of the city.
Aquópolis Water Parks
What better place to be in the summer than surrounded by cool, cool, water. Currently boasting about a new ride called the 'Boomerang' there are two Aquopolises either side of Madrid, but you'll need a car or taxi to get to either of them. Lots of parking available but it is not free.
Open every day during the summer (mid-June to beginning of September). Children under 3 go in free. As well as the rides there's also swimming pools, wave machines and a solarium area.
There is a cafeteria but you can picnic out in the gardens.
- San Fernando de Henares (Ctra. N-11, km 15.5. Tel. 916 73 10 13). www.aquopolis.es/sanfernando
- Villanueva de la Cañada (Avenida de la Dehesa, s/n. Tel. 918 15 69 33). www.aquopolis.es/villanueva
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid
Madrid's zoo also has a top class aquarium featuring dolphin shows. Open from 11.00 to 18.00 hrs although sometimes it has special night-time openings. Close to the zoo is the Parque de Atracciones which is open at the weekends.
- Casa de Campo - you need metro station Batán www.zoomadrid.com
Parque de Attracciones de Madrid
A modern amusement park in the Casa de Campo that has rollercoasters and over 40 other rides. There are areas specially dedicated to smaller kids (with calmer rides for example) and nature walks. There is a covered concert hall and installations for open-air theatre and other "espectáculos" that are held here regularly during the year. Free Parking.
Open every day until 22.00 hrs weekday, to 24.00 hrs at weekends. You pay a one off fee for entrance and you get access to all the attractions. Children under 3 go in free.
- Casa de Campo - Metro station Batán or by Bus on Lines 33 or 65. www.parquedeattracciones.es
Paris got Disneyland, Madrid got Warner Bros Park. One of the biggest Theme Parks in Europe, it has all the usual stuff you would expect, rollercoasters, water slides and live shows featuring cartoon characters and superheroes from the Warner Hollywood franchise - Gotham City and Metroolis are recreated for example. The main roller coasters are:
Batman la Fuga - A steel inverted roller coaster.
Coaster Express - a wooden roller coaster
Stunt Fall - One of only four Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerangs, and the only one operating outside of the United States as of 2006.
Superman la Atracción de Acero - a floorless roller coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard.
It's located 25 km southeast of the city so you'll need a car or you can take specially laid on buses from Legazpi or there is a train from Atocha (Tren de Cercanias). In 2007 prices were 33 euroweenies for an adult, 25E for kids 5-11 years, Children under 5 go free.
- Parque Warner; M-301, km 15,500, San Martin de la Vega: Tel: 91 821 13 00 www.parquedeattracciones.es
Faunia Parque Biológico de Madrid is one of Madrid's newest attractions. Its role is to bring wildlife into the city and with 140,000 square metres of parkland containing over 1,500 different animals from different climates and ecosystems, its being done on a large scale. There are four distinct zones within Faunia and a total of ten different pavillions offering distinct ecosystems - from Arctic to Tropical. Perhaps the most impressive things are the volcan recreation (complete with lava flowing) and the underwater gallery.
Entrance costs in 2007 were: Adults: 17.50€, Children (3-12) & Over 60´s: 12€. Family discount tickets are also available.
- Avenida de las Comunidades - Metro station Valdebernardo or by Bus on Lines 8, 71, 100, 130. www.faunia.es
The only covered snow park in Spain is Madrid Snowzone. Sundays to Thursdays it's open from 10.00am to midnight. Friday and Saturday you can ski until 2.00 am! There's something very decadent about skiing in the middle of August in Madrid.
- Xanadú Ctra. da Extremadura, A-5, salidas 22 y 25. Tel: 916 73 10 13
Carlos Sainz Center
An authentic and large karting track (over 2,800 m2) with plenty to test your driving skills on powerful karts.
There is also a paintball park which uses movable inflatable objects to create different fields of play) and a separate kids area as well.
- Parque Empresarial Europolis (Calle V.3. Tel. 916 40 74 74). www.kartcsainz.com
Astronomy, science and multimedia meet in Madrid's own planetarium. There is a truly astounding 'hemisphere' cinema and lots of other interesting amusements here to keep young ones occupied and interested.
- Avenida del Planetario, 16, Parque Tierno Galvan. Tel: 914 67 34 61 www.planetmad.es
3D projections on massive screens for total immersion cinema.
- C/. Meneses, s/n. Tel: 914 67 48 00 www.imaxmadrid.com