Top 10 fun things to do with kids in Madrid
Madrid, Spain’s central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters.
The city is lit at every moment of the day. The city has got many attractions at which the people can enjoy keeping aside the tension of their regular office life, below are the top 10 fun things to do with kids in Madrid.
The Best Things To Do in Madrid With Kids
Buen Retiro Park:
Buen Retiro is a 350-acre park, is one of the city’s main attractions, and it’s adorned with monuments, galleries, and sculptures.
You can eat, chill, rent out bikes for roaming around and have fun or take up a boat to row around in the lake to have fun. The park has got so many attractions that you just can’t be bored of visiting it.
From peacocks to penguins, this zoo/botanical garden will not disappoint. Spread over 14 square hectares, it is organized into several ecosystems.
One can see varieties of animals there. It has about 4000 animals of 500 species. The main attraction of Faunia is Sealion. It has about 4 lakh visitors per year.
This is a fantastic theme park that is majorly owned by Time Warner group. It is just 23 Km from Madrid. It has many attractions, majorly roller coasters, Loony Toons characters, DC Comic heroes and much more.
From clicking pictures with Loony Toons, you can enjoy a good variety of eatables there. From rowing to roller coaster theme park has got much more entertainment than you can think of.
This is Madrid’s famous flea market, held every Sunday. It has got everything for you. It has new and old things, to ease the shopping experience for you.
Be sure to pop into any of the cafés that line the street to refuel with some paella or tapas and wash it down with a caña (a small glass of Spanish beer).
Carlos Sainz Go-Kart Center:
For those who enjoy going on top speed with ease, Madrid got something for you. Named largestgo-karting track in Europe, Carlos Sainz is there for you. The facilities include an outdoor track and timing scoreboards for the experience out of the world.
The staff is very professional, the gear is well-maintained and clean, and the cars are—as you might expect—fast! (For kids 8 and up).
This stunning cobblestone square is Madrid’s most popular and famous by far. It was built during the reign of Philips III and is central plaza for Madrid. The Plaza Mayor has a ring of old and traditional shops and cafes under its porticoes.
Celebrations for San Isidro, are also held here. The Plaza Mayor is now a major tourist attraction, visited by thousands of tourists a year. The place is a perfect walking place and has a lot of tastes to offer.
San Miguel Market:
San Miguel is hands-down the most vibrant, bustling, and diverse food market in Madrid. Built-in 1916 and renovated in 2009 it is home to delicious food stuff.
One can buy the stuff in small amounts, enabling him to taste most of the cuisines. It is the perfect place to visit.
If you’re looking for a break from the center of Madrid, this is a beautiful and extensive park built around the Manzanares River with lots of things to do. The place is right to have rest from the tensions of the workplace.
You can rent out bikes for roaming around, have swimming in the lake, or you can taste the food the place has to offer. The cherry on the cake, sunset view is good the park.
See a Flamenco Show:
Flamenco is a unique type of song and dance, which originated in southern and western areas of Spain. Few dancers perform, along with musicians who play the guitar, sing and clap their hands.
There are many places to see a show, be it large venues or small bars. It’s a delightful cultural experience for any child. In 2010, UNESCO included flamenco on the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Parque de Atracciones:
With over thirty attractions for children and adults alike, the city’s amusement park is one of the best weekend destinations for locals as well as tourists. It’s divided into different segments of mechanization, nature, and tranquillity.
In the children’s area, one can enjoy a leisure boat ride through a ‘living’ jungle, get child-size adventure on a mini roller coaster, and one can even take a trip around the fun fair by boarding a zeppelin.
Adults can try the famous vacuum drop on the Lanzadera shuttle for a breath-taking thrilling experience, or take their chances on the exciting Tornado ride, or try the dizzying Máquina. In summer, the area usually has long queues, especially for the water attractions.
The zoo and aquarium sit just a few meters from the amusement park in the Casa de Campo. You’ll see very few bars or wires here; instead, the tigers, bears, lions and other wild animals are separated from the public by moats with or without water.
It currently houses about 6,000 animals of 500 different species, some unique in Spain like the koala, the anteater and the panda, which is one of the stars of the zoo. Its aquarium is spectacular, and kids will have fun with the shows starring sea lions and dolphins.
Natural Science Museum:
Stuffed African elephants, dinosaur fossils and specimens of extinct animals – the treasures inside this museum are sure to surprise both children and adults. It’s divided into three zones, one on natural history, and another on the Mediterranean Sea and the third a reproduction of the old Royal Cabinet of Natural History.
For kids, this place has more fun to offer. From experiments in the laboratory to learnin while playing, this place also has a digital gymkhana which has a variety of educational workshops to attend. This will make your child a bit curious about things.