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Things to do in Madrid with Children

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The Spanish take their children everywhere ... to bars, restaurants and sometimes even to pubs. You'll find that children are always well looked after anywhere you go, so don't let having kids put you off visiting Madrid or participating in any of the activities the city has to offer. So if the kids get bored of the Prado, you may find the following suggestions useful :-

Madrid's Teleférico Cable CarTELEFERICO: the Teleférico is a cable car which runs from the Paseo del Pintor Rosales (Metro Argüelles or Moncloa) to the Casa de Campo in a journey lasting approximately 15 minutes and giving excellent views of the Parque del Oeste, the Manzanares River, the egyptian Debod temple, the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, and the Casa de Campo with its lake and Amusement Park. The teleférico runs almost every day from 12pm to 9pm and is free for Madrid Card holders. More information here

Parque de AtraccionesPARQUE DE ATRACCIONES: Madrid's main amusement park is located in the Casa de Campo (Metro Casa de Campo) and is open almost every day during the summer months (May to mid-September) and weekends the rest of the year, but please check exact opening hours at their website. There is a special area for very young children and white-knuckle rides for the "older" kids. Numerous bars and restaurants, together with outdoor shows and street theatre make it possible to spend the whole day here and never get bored with the young ones. Free entrance is available for holders of the 72-hour version of the Madrid Card.

The Retiro ParkRETIRO PARK: A stroll round the Retiro Park will always content the kids. Head for the boating lake area where there is always a lot of street theatre, buskers, puppet shows, etc. and of course you can rent a rowing boat out on to the lake itself. If you want to create your own diversion, take a football along with you for a kick around in one of the many open spaces. Open-air cafeterias give plenty of opportunity to take a well-earned rest with a refreshment or two and both the Centro Cultural Casa de Vacas and Palacio de Cristal buildings offer exhibitions several times a year. More...

Real MadridVISIT REAL MADRID: Children under 14 can take this tour of Real Madrid's stadium at reduced rates, and everybody has free admission with the Madrid Card. The tour includes a panoramic view of the stadium and visit to the President's Box, dressing room, players' tunnel, the benches and coaching area, the pitch itself, the Trophy Room and the official Real Madrid shop. More information here.

Madrid's ZooMADRID'S ZOO: Madrid's zoo is located in the Casa de Campo (Metro Casa de Campo) and is considered one of the best in Europe. It includes more than 3000 animals, an aquarium, a performing dolphin show and an aviary. Areas such as the "Pequeña Granja (Small Farm) allow city-dwelling kids close contact with domestic and semi-domestic farm animals during a pedalogical visit interesting for children and adults alike. The zoo has plenty of snack-bars and restaurants to allow you to spend all day there if necessary. Check opening times at their website, free entrance with the Madrid Card.

Faro de MoncloaFARO DE MONCLOA: This 110-metre high communications tower made of steel and glass offers spectacular panoramic views of the city, with a glass elevator taking you up to an observation deck. The nearest Metro is Moncloa. More info here...
NOTE: The Faro de Moncloa is currently closed to the public.

 

Madrid VisionMADRID VISION: Madrid Vision offers tours around the city in open-topped double-decker buses. The bus operates in a hop-on, hop-off fashion, allowing you to take a quick 1 hour (approx.) tour of the city and hop-off to further explore any sights or monuments that take your interest. There are different routes to choose from and tourist card holders obtain free tickets - more information here.

Museo de Cera, MadridMUSEO DE CERA: Madrid's wax museum located just off the Plaza Colón shows historical figures and famous Spanish personalities. The museum includes a Horror Train, a Virtual Reality Simulator and the Multivision show - a history of Spain shown using 27 projectors and hexaphonic sound. The museum is open daily and the nearest Metro station is Colón - visit their website for more information. Obtain free admission with the Madrid Tourist Card.

Imax MadridIMAX MADRID: This IMAX cinema in the Méndez Alvaro area (Metro Méndez Alvaro) offers IMAX (600 m2 screen), Omnimax (900 m2 dome screen) and Imax 3D film projections. There are several different films to choose from throughout the day, although there are more shows on weekends. More information is available at the Imax Madrid website (in Spanish), and once again, free entrance is available with the Madrid Card (click here).

AquariumAQUARIUM: Another possibility for tourists with kids is this small but interesting aquarium in the centre of Madrid (Calle Maestro Victoria, Metro Callao). The piranas, sharks, snakes and other reptiles will amuse, scare and delight the youngest members of the family and possibly the more squeamish adults as well!


Madrid's Urban BeachURBAN BEACH: The Madrid Rio project includes seventeen play areas for children located throughout the park, with 65 different play items - imaginative equipment made of sustainable, natural materials, suitable for all ages. The most exciting ones are the slides hill, the tree trunk jungle and the super zip-line. Then there is Madrid's Urban Beach, formed by three oval-shaped water areas with different effects: a smooth stretch of water, jets of varying heights and a cloud of water vapour. Read more here...


Shake Rattle & RollMUSIC GROUPS: Lastly, a suggestion for the very youngest family members. Shake Rattle & Roll organises English speaking music groups for the under 5's in Madrid. You can choose from small groups with an emphasis on learning about rhythm and music or a large sing-a-long Friday group enjoying rhymes and popular songs. The Shake Rattle & Roll Music classes focus on helping your child towards those key development markers using music and rhythm. More info at their website.

 

 

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