Madrid is a cosmopolitan city renowned for its cultural heritage and art museums. The most visited city in Spain also hosts a great range of family friendly things to see and do. You’ll find many exciting indoor and outdoor kids’ attractions within a 10 km circle around the city centre.

    From large amusement parks to zoos to public gardens equipped with children’s playgrounds, your little ones will have a great time in Madrid. Don’t forget to take them to sample churros dipped in hot chocolate! Check out our selection of things to do with your family in Madrid so your youngsters will have fun in the capital city of Spain.


    Parque de Atracciones de Madrid

    20 hectares of fun and excitement

    One of the most popular amusement parks in Madrid, Parque de Atracciones de Madrid is located only 4 km west of the city centre. The park is divided into 4 zones: Maquinismo (machines), Naturaleza (nature), Tranquilidad (relax) and Nickelodeonland (for the kids). Featuring modern attractions such as Abismo, an impressive rollercoaster, the variety of the rides at hand in each zone ensures great fun for the whole family. The park also hosts 9 restaurants and 7 booths selling ice-cream and other sweet treats.

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    Location: Casa de Campo, s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain

    Open: July – August from 12 pm to midnight. Opening hours vary during the rest of the year


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    Zoo Aquarium de Madrid

    See the pandas in one of the largest animal parks in Spain

    Home to over 6,000 animals from 500 different species, the 20 hectare Zoo Aquarium de Madrid is one of the largest animal parks in Spain. Installed 6 km west of the city centre, it’s fairly easy to get there by public transport. Dolphins, monkeys, wildcats and more – you’ll find all the kids’ favourite animals here. The highlight of the zoo is the chance to see giant pandas. Clean and tidy, well laid-out and featuring 6 dining and snacking options, the Zoo Aquarium de Madrid is a very pleasant place to spend the day.

    Location: Casa de Campo, s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain


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    Parque Warner Madrid

    Thrills and fun in a theme park dedicated to American cinema

    Enter the extraordinary world of American movies in this great theme park located 23 km southeast of Madrid city centre. From DC Comics heroes like Superman and Batman to cartoon characters such as Scooby-Doo and Bugs Bunny, all the park’s rides, attractions and shows follow famous Hollywood’s film personalities. Over 12 restaurants and food stalls dot the park. Do not miss the parade held daily at 7.30pm on Hollywood Boulevard.

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    Location: M-506, 28330 San Martin de la Vega, Madrid, Spain

    Open: Opens daily at 11.30 am. Closing time varies between 6 pm and midnight


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    A well-thought-out zoo and botanical garden

    Faunia is both a zoo and a botanical garden. Established 9 km east of the city centre, it’s acclaimed for the way it treats and keep animals. Insects, mammals, birds, reptiles and fish comfortably live in their respective reconstructed ecosystems. Faunia is famous for hosting one of the largest penguin parks in Europe. Here, you can have a really close look at the animals, some of them – for instance the prairie dogs – freely roam the entire park. There are 6 restaurants and snack stalls at hand for you to take a break during your visit.

    Location: Av. Comunidades, 28, 28032 Madrid, Spain

    Open: Opens daily at 10.30 am. Closing time varies between 4 pm and midnight


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    Binge on churros

    Treat your children with a classic Spanish snack

    Extremely popular in Spain, churros are oblong-shaped fried dough pastry snacks, usually sprinkled with icing sugar. The most famous places in Madrid to treat your children with these delicious nibbles are Chocolateria San Gines on Pasadizo San Gines, Chocolateria Valor on Paseo de las Acacias, and Churreria Los Artesanos 1902 on Calle de San Martin. Don’t worry if you can’t get to one of these venues as churros are so sought-after that you can find them all around the city.

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    Buen Retiro Park

    Enjoy a grand day out in the heart of Madrid

    Buen Retiro Park (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) is a 1.4 sq km public park located near the centre of Madrid. Besides the well-kept gardens, beautiful statues and refreshing ponds, the park hosts a good choice of attractions and activities for children of all ages. Exercise areas, children’s playgrounds, puppet shows, rowboat tours or feeding the ducks on the Estanque Grande del Retiro – there are plenty of things to do for the whole family while roaming the park.

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    Location: Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain

    Open: Daily from 6 am to midnight in summer, and from 6 am to 10 pm in winter


    Carlos Sainz Go-Kart Center

    Pump up the adrenalin

    Get ready for an exciting time at one of the best kart circuits in Europe. The complex features both indoor and outdoor circuits, each of them with a length of 450 metres. Modern and extremely professional, the indoor track features a live timing system. Each session lasts 10 minutes, and you get all your performance statistics when you finish. Carlos Sainz Go-Kart Center is located a mere 2 km west of Madrid city centre. There’s a bar and restaurant on site. It’s best to make a reservation beforehand as the centre is extremely busy.

    Location: Calle Sepulveda, 3, 28011 Madrid, Spain

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 6 pm to 11 pm, Fridays from 6 pm to midnight, Saturdays from 10 am to midnight, Sundays from 10 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +34 90 217 0190


    Madrid Rio

    Plenty of outdoor activities for children

    Madrid Rio is a gigantic outdoor park that stretches for 2 km along the Manzanares River, just south of Madrid city centre. Featuring a skateboard park, a football field and many play areas, it’s a great place to spend the day when the sun shines. The exciting activities at hand include ziplines, huge slides, rope bridges, log structures and more. Most of the playgrounds’ equipment is made of sustainable materials. Many bars and restaurants can be found right next to the park.

    Location: Puente de Toledo, S/N, 28019 Madrid, Spain

    Open: 24 hours


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    Shop at Lobo Feliz

    "We are what we play"

    If you want to treat your children, take them to Lobo Feliz (Happy Wolf), an original, educational toy store located just north of Madrid city centre. You’ll find wooden toys that drive creativity and imagination here. None of the toys sold here work with electricity or batteries. Sustainable and stimulating, you’ll find great toys to ensure the best development of your young children at Lobo Feliz.

    Location: Calle de San Mateo, 28, 28004 Madrid, Spain

    Open: Monday – Saturday from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm


    National Museum of Natural Sciences

    Take a journey through the history of Earth and its inhabitants

    The National Museum of Natural Sciences is a very interesting, educational place to visit with children. Home to over 6 million pieces, it takes you through the history of Earth and its inhabitants. Stuffed animals, coins, objects, minerals and plants – there’s a lot to see in this museum. The highlights of a visit here include the skeletons of a Megatherium and of a Diplodocus. It’s easy to get to the National Museum of Natural Sciences as it’s located just north of the city centre.

    Location: Calle Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain

    Open: Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday – Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm (closed on Mondays)


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