When you think Madrid city breaks, you probably think history museums and art galleries, architectural landmarks and fine dining. These all make it an alluring place to spend a weekend yourself, with friends, or with a partner, but with kids? You’re probably looking for something less cultural and more energetic.
Luckily, Madrid won’t let you down – the city is full of theme parks, attractions, and days out that will keep the entire family entertained. Here are eight of the best places you can go:
1.Parque de Atracciones
In Casa del Campo in the city centre, you’ll find Parque de Atracciones, one of Madrid’s two amusement parks. Spread across six different zones, this vast theme park promises a fantastic day out. Rides range from extreme roller coasters like Abismo to the classic carousel.
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Madrid’s second theme park is the perfect place for Warner Bros movie fans. Located outside the city, the park is bursting with attractions based on all your favourite movies and characters, from Superman to Scooby-Doo.
3.Aquopolis Villanueva de la Cañada
As well as playing host to two amusement parks, Madrid also boasts two water parks. You’ll find slides and river rapids galore at Aquapolis Villanueva de la Cañada, a short journey northwest of the city.
4.Aquopolis San Fernando de Henares
Slightly closer to the city centre than Aquopolis Villanueva de la Cañada, this water park will have an attraction for every age and level of swimmer. The kids can play volleyball in the watersports pool or race down the Kamikaze slide, and are even separate areas for children under ten.
5.Zoo Aquarium de Madrid
Madrid’s combined zoo and aquarium is also located in Casa del Campo. Giraffes, vultures, and seals are just three of the many species that live here, so you won’t be short of things to see. If you want to add some fun learning into your visit, you can also go to a show or presentation.
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6.Museo del Aire
Kids and museums don’t often mix well, but Museo del Aire, Madrid’s Aviation Museum, is one that will pique their interest. Showcasing all kinds of planes, helicopters, and interesting presentations about flying, this museum will catch the attention of young and old alike.
If you’re looking for a more active day out, head to the indoor ski slope, the only one of its kind in Spain. With one slope for beginners and one for more experienced skiers, plus all essential equipment available to rent on-site, you’re definitely in for a thrilling day.
One of Madrid’s more unique child-friendly attractions, Micropolix is a ‘mini city’ where kids take part in activities and games that imitate the real world. They will learn ‘professions’ and earn Eurix, the Micropolix currency, which they can then spend. There are some activities for parents as well, and you can accompany your kids as they venture around the city.
Which attraction do you think your family would enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments!