01 of 09
Where to Take Children on a Visit to Madrid
Madrid might not be the easiest place to entertain children: you can't just take them to the beach and let them build sand castles.
But there is plenty to do in the Spanish capital to keep the kids amused. Check out the gallery for some of my top tips.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Theme Parks Close to Madrid
There are two theme parks close to Madrid (one very close to Madrid): the Warner Brothers'-themed one in San Martín de la Vega and the imaginatively titled Parque de Atracciones.
Both have the big scary rides for the bigger kids and areas aimed more at the young 'uns. So which should you go for?
Parque de Atracciones is a lot closer to the city center - it's just a ride on the Madrid Metro away - so if you don't have long in the city, you might prefer that one. But the Warner Brothers' Park has all the TV and movie tie-ins that the kids will surely enjoy.
Address: M-301, Km 15.5, 28330 San Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain
How to Get There
Take the Cercanias train Pinto stop (C-3 line). From there you need the 413 bus. Read more about Buses and Trains in Spain.
Address: Casa de Campo s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain
How to Get There
Take Line 10 of the Madrid Metro to Batan and walk from there.
Entry Price and Opening Times
Both... parks have the same system.
Entry and opening times vary according to the time of year. Input the number of people you are going with on the site and you'll be shown on a calendar the price for various days.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Water Parks Near Madrid
Madrid summers get stiflingly hot. In August, the city virtually closes down as everyone heads to the coast to cool down.
If you are visiting in the summer months, a visit to a water park is a great way to unwind.
There used to be three water parks close to Madrid, but Aquasur in Aranjuez closed down.
Address: Avenida de la Dehesa, s/n, 28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 902 34 50 06
How to Get There
Bus 627 from Moncloa or 581 from Principe Pio
Address: Carretera Nacional II, Km 15.5, 28830 San Fernando de Henares, Madrid, Spain
How to Get There
Take either the 281, 282 or 284 buses from Avenida de America bus station to San Fernando de Henares.
Alternatively, take the Cercanias train to San Fernando and then the U1 bus.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Wildlife Parks in and Near Madrid
Where to take the kids to learn about animals.
Madrid's main zoo and aquarium.
Address: Zoo Aquarium de Madrid - Casa de Campo s/n 28011 Madrid
Entry: 18 euros (online price)
Opening Times Vary
Address: Av. Comunidades, 28, 28032 Madrid, Spain
Metro Valdebernardo (Línea 9)
Cercanías Vicálvaro (Línea C2)
Entry: 16 euros (online price)
Address: Carretera Navalcarnero-Cadalso de los Vidrios Km 22.
Aldea del Fresno MADRID.
Opening Times: 10:30 to 18:30
Entry: Adults 17€, Children 13€
A cute little place to meet some donkeys!
Address: Camino de la Moraleja, 147, 28760 Tres Cantos, Madrid, Spain
Opening Times: Sundays from 10am to 2pm
How to Get There
Bus: Take the 716 bus from Plaza Castilla and get off at the last stop. From here it's a 2.5km walk.
Train: To Tres Cantos and then take a bus to Soto de Viñuelas, getting off at Castillo de Viñuelas.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Hot-Air Balloon Rides Near Madrid
Hot air balloons in Madrid are inexpensive compared to in other countries. The landscape around Madrid can be beautiful, both the most exciting part would be to fly around historic cities such as Segovia or Toledo.
A flight over Segovia would be my personal favorite out of these.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Madrid's Transport Museums
Planes, trains, and automobiles fire up the imagination of most kids. Luckily, there's plenty of museums to appeal to little petrolheads in the Spanish capital.
Miniature and full-size airplanes at this free museum.
Address: Aeropuerto Cuatro Vientos S/N 28024 Madrid, Spain
Metro: Cuatro Vientos
Step back in time and see what a metro station looked like in the 1960s. Free entry.
Address: Plaza de Chamberi, Madrid
For children with a fascination with trains (that's all of them, isn't it?), Madrid's railway museum is perfect for them.
Address: Museo del Ferrocarril. Pº Delicias 61 - 28045 Madrid
Do your kids like boats? Then this museum is for them. Not the most dynamic of museums, but it's free, so you have nothing to lose.
Address: Paseo del Prado 5 28014 Madrid, Spain
Metro: Banco de España
Every child wants to grow up... to be a fireman, right?
Address: Calle de Boada, 4, 28038 Madrid, Spain
Temporarily closed for renovation.
Metro: Buenos Aires
Displays of vintage cars at the old Jarama Formula One circuit.
Address: Museo Fundación Cultural RACE Circuito del Jarama Ctra. Nacional I, km 27,8 28700 San Sebastián de los Reyes
Open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00, but email email@example.com first to confirm. Free entry.
More vintage cars.
Address: Cuesta San Vicente, 16, Madrid, 28008
Metro: Principe Pio
Another small car museum.
Address: Finca Valmayor / Camino de las Huertas, Carretera Comarcal 600, km 16,6, 28210 Valdemorillo (Madrid)
Telf. 91 411 92 20
Visit with prior arrangement. Email info@fundación barreiros.orgContinue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Art the Kids Can Enjoy at the Reina Sofia
Art is boring, right? At least, that's what I thought when I was a kid. But I'd been looking at the wrong art.
Spanish modern art, including such luminaries as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, is the kind of thing that anyone can enjoy. And with Picasso's magnum opus the Guernica on display, the Reina Sofia really is a treat.
Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Monday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
General 8,00 €
Temporary exhibitions 4,00 €
Free Entry Times
Monday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:30 - 7:00 p.m.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Watch a Real Madrid Match
Real Madrid is Europe's most successful soccer team and always has a roster of some of the biggest footballers in the world. Any match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium will excite any child interested in football.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Madrid Snow Zone at Xanadu
Madrid's only indoor ski slope, with 'real' snow.
Address: Calle Puerto de Navacerrada 1, 28939 Arroyomolinos, Madrid, Spain
Prices: Vary but they often have a deal for 25 euros for two hours of skiing and equipment rental.
How to Get There Buses 528, 534 or 539 from Príncipe Pío station.
March to November
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 to 22:00.
Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 24:00
December to February
Monday to Sunday: 10:00 to midnight.