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Children and family entertainment in Madrid

If you are planning a family trip to Madrid, there are different options for family entertainment in which the kids can have fun as well as the older people. We do inform you of some of the children’s entertainment alternatives that we consider the most interesting.

Family entertainment in Madrid Children and Family Entertainment in Madrid Kids and family in Madrid: Warner Park Madrid

Aquopolis
Moncloa Lighthouse
Faunia
IMAX Madrid
Madrid Amusement Park
Retiro Park
Warner Park
Planetarium
Museums
Madrid Cableway (Teleférico)
Cervantes’ Train
Xanadú
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid

Aquopolis

Family entertainment in Madrid: Aquópolis water park in MadridMadrid has two water parks known as Aquopolis. One of these is in San Fernando de Henares, 15 km (10 miles) from Madrid. The other is in Villanueva de la Cañada, a 35 km (20 miles) from Madrid. In both parks kids and family can enjoy slides, wave pools, kiddie pools and the latest water rides. All of this takes place under the strict watch of the lifeguards, who look out for the safety of the visitors. The two water parks also have rest areas, restaurants, and changing rooms. The two Aquopolis parks are open from the middle of June until September. The entry price for the Villanueva de la Cañada Aquopolis is 19€ for adults and 14€ for kids 4 to 9 years old. The price of the San Fernando Aquopolis is 16€ for adults and 11.50€ for kids 3 to 10 years old. For more information it is recommended to visit their official site.

Moncloa Lighthouse

The Moncloa lighthouse (Avenida Arco de la Victoria s/n. Metro Moncloa) is a lighthouse and tower with breathtaking views of Madrid. The tower, built in 1992, is 92 meters tall and has a glass elevator that goes up to the top of the lighthouse quickly. The entry fee is 1.20€. The hours from June through September are from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. From September through May, it is open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. It is always closed on Mondays.

Faunia

Madrid family amusement: Nature theme park in MadridFaunia (Avenida de las Comunidades 28. Metro Valdebernardo) is a nature theme park. The park has different areas, or ecosystems, with representative animals in each area. The polar ecosystem is the highlight of the park and also the largest in Europe. Faunia is a fun way to get the family closer to the nature by observing different vegetation and exotic animals. The park is open from February through September every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hours are extended during the summer. Visit the web site for more information. The entry fee is 21€ for adults and 12€ for children under 12 years and senior citizens over 65. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 913 016 210.

IMAX Madrid

IMAX Madrid (Calle Meneses s/n. Metro Méndez Alvaro) is a 3D theatre for films and documentaries. A spectacular image and sound submerge the viewer in another reality thanks to its dome screen and surround sound. It is open every day at noon. It is recommended to check the web site for more information about schedules and films. Ticket prices are 7€ for noon shows, and 10€ for afternoon or evening shows.

Madrid Amusement Park

Madrid family entertainment. The Madrid Amusement ParkThe Madrid Amusement Park (Casa de Campo s/n. Metro Casa de Campo) is the most complete leisure park in Europe. It has been open for more than 20 years and mixes fun rides with street shows, children’s theatre and rest areas. It has plenty of food options as well, from fast food to the Restaurante La Tropical, specializing in meats and salads. During the winter months, from January through May, the park opens only on weekends and holidays. From May until mid-September (it is recommended to check the web site), it is open every day from noon until 9 p.m., with extended hours until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The price is 24.40€ for adults and 13.90€ for children under 7 years. The entry fee includes unlimited access to all the areas and rides.

Retiro Park

The Madrid Retiro Park (Metro Retiro) is Madrid’s oldest and most emblematic park. It was created in the 17th century as a rest place and leisure area restricted for only the monarchy. Today everyone can enjoy its gardens, lakes and terraces. During the weekends and school holidays, it is frequent to see theatre plays, puppet, storytelling and juggling shows.

Warner Park

Warner Park is an authentic film and cartoon setting turned reality. Theatre, live shows, roller coasters and a special area for kids, make this one of the most popular parks in Spain. The park is located on the outskirts of Madrid, on the Carretera de Andalucía, exit 22. Buses to the park are available from Plaza de Legazpi (Metro Legazpi) or via the local train. During the summer months, the park is open from noon until 9 p.m. with extended hours until midnight Friday and Saturday. The entrance fee is 33€ (25€ for under 12) with morning entry and 25€ (16€ for under 12) with afternoon access. Free for children under 5. Park hours vary frequently, so it is recommended to check the web site or call 902 240 202.

Planetarium

The Madrid PlanetariumThe Madrid Planetarium, located next to IMAX Madrid on Avenida del Planetario 16 (Metro Méndez Alvaro) is an educational and informational exhibit center geared toward astronomy and science. The building holds an impressive 28-meter observatory tower with a stellar observation telescope. The entrance fee is 3.35€, reduced to 1.50€ for kids between 2 and 14. Open every day but Monday, from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visit the web site for information about seasonal programs.

Museums

Some of Madrid’s museums are especially interesting for kids. Some of the most family-frequented are the Wax Museum, the Natural Science Museum and the Railroad Museum.

Madrid Cableway (Teleférico)

The Madrid TeleféricoThe Madrid Teleférico is a cable car line located in the area south of the city that departs from the Paseo Pintor Rosales (Metro Argüelles) and goes until Casa de Campo, the biggest park in Madrid. Each way lasts 20 minutes and allows one to enjoy spectacular aerial views of Madrid. The roundtrip ticket costs 4.65€ for adults and 3.80€ for children under 7. In the summer, it is open every day from noon until 7:30 p.m. In the winter it is open only on the weekend and holidays. Visit the web site for more information.

Cervantes’ Train

Cervantes’ Train makes a cultural tour related to the writer Miguel de Cervantes. It departs from the Atocha Station (Metro Atocha) and the itinerary includes a visit to Alcala de Henares, city known for having one of the first universities in Europe. Once there, a guide accompanies the visitor to the 16th-century University, the Cervantes Museum (the actual house where Cervantes was born), the 15th-century Hospital de la Antenzana and the 18th-century San Bernardo Monastery. The train runs every weekend from September 25 to December 12. The train welcome includes a series of actors dressed in costume from the Golden Age, or Siglo de Oro. It departs at 11 a.m. and the ride takes 25 minutes. From Alcala, the train returns to Madrid after 7 p.m. The price of the train is 19€ for adults and 10€ for children. More information is available on the web site.

Xanadú [Madrid shopping malls]

The Xanadú artificial ski slope is found at the Xanadú Shopping Center, located on the outskirts of Madrid on the Carretera de Extremadura A-5, exits 22 and 25. Buses to Xanadú also depart from the Metro Príncipe Pío. Stores, restaurants, movie theatres and recreational rooms comprise the array of leisure activities at the center. The ski slope covers 18,000 square meters. The main slope measures 250 meters and has an angle of more than 25 percent. There are also telesqui, ski equipment rental and ski lessons available. The hours for Thursday, Sunday and holidays are from 10 a.m. to midnight. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. The cost is hourly-based; one hour costs 10€, reduced to 8 for children. A package special of 10 hours for 70€ for adults and 60€ for children is available. For more information visit http://www.madridsnowzone.com/. For more information other malls, visit our Madrid shopping malls section.

Madrid Zoo Aquarium

The Madrid Zoo AquariumThe Madrid Zoo Aquarium (Casa de Campo s/n. Metro Casa de Campo) is divided into various areas, according to the location of the animals. The visitor can find giraffes, lions, hippopotami and koalas, among others. There are also exhibitions at the aviary and the dolphin area. At the Aquarium there are different marine species, sharks, exotic fish and permanent exhibit on mysterious nature. It is possible to get a guide who mixes fun with education to get to know more about the life of each animal species. The Madrid Zoo is open every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There are different places to eat inside the zoo, but visitors are permitted to enter with food. The entrance fee is 14.90€ for adults and 12.20€ for children under 12. Visit the web site for more information.

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