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Andalucia

Activities for Kids

  • Ranchito, Torremolinos

    Recommended by Mary Roulston

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    Horse-riding centre with lots of activities for children based in Malaga
    Senda del Pilar, 4 29620 Torremolinos - Málaga
    (+34) 952383063 / 609717741
    info@ranchito.com
    www.ranchito.com

    Comments:
    "Lessons and treks for families, beginners and children (over five). They also put on fantastic shows every Wednesday evening." (MR)

  • Sea Life, Malaga

    Recommended by Mary Roulston

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    Sea life Aquarium open all year round from 10am
    Benalmadena, Puerto Marina, Malaga
    (34) 952560150
    www.sealifeeurope.com

    Comments:
    "Large aquariums. Boys especially will love the shark feeding times. Plenty for all ages." (MR)  

  • Parque de Paloma, Benalmadena

    Recommended by Mary Roulston

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    Large well-managed park. Every day 10am-7pm
    Avda. Federico Garcia Lorca s/n, Benalmadena Costa, Malaga
    www.benalmadena.com/turismo/puntos-de-interes-en-Benalmadena/P17/Parque-de-la-Paloma.html

    Comments:

    "Lots of grassy areas (no dog poo) which were great for my crawler. She also loved all the animals and chickens roaming free in the park. Play ground apparatus for older kids and plenty of ducks to feed." (MR)

  • Parque de la Concepcion, Marbella

    Recommended by Emma Tremlett

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    Large Park on the Paseo Maritimo, Marbella

    Comments:

    "Lovely park near the beach. It also has a lovely outdoor cafe which can be used for birthday parties at no cost." (ET)

  • Kidz Kingdom, Estepona

    Recommended by Hannah Davies

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    One of the largest indoor play centres on the Costa del Sol with play facilities for children from 0-9 years old. Seperate play area for under 3s. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am until 6pm. Entrance costs 10 Euros (no time limit). They also offer birthday parties and Baby and Toddler Mornings every Tuesday & Thursday.
    N340 KM 166 2, Bel Air, Estepona 29680 
    info@kidzkingdom.eu
    www.kidzkingdom.eu
     
    Comments:
    "What child doesnt enjoy a huge, noisy, plastic, brightly coloured indoor play area with climbing, slides and general fun to be had by all. Not much to do here when it rains so this is not to be missed on those days when you are all stuck indoors pulling your hair out. The children are guaranteed to come back exhausted (as are you!)" (HD, Oct 09)

  • Arcadia Play Park, Cadiz

    Recommended by Hannah Davies

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    This indoor play centre offers two seperate play areas for your kids to run wild divided into a senior park for 3 years plus and a junior park for 18 months to 3 years. Available for birthday party hire.
    Urb. El Rosario, Ctra, Cadiz, Km 18
    (+34) 952838834
    arcadia@marbellaweb.com

  • The Multi Sports Club, Nueva Andalucia

    Recommended by Julie Frier

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    The Multi Sports Club runs a kids sports club in the mornings at weekends with a variety of sports such as tennis, football, hockey, rugby etc to suit all tastes and ages. They also run Kids Camps during the holidays as well as birthday parties.
    Urb. Parcelas del Golf, Avda del Prado, 29660 Nueva Andalucia
    Ian (+34 656618712) info@themultisportsclub.com
    www.themultisportsclub.com/home.html

    Comments:
    "This is a really popular place for families along the coast so its a great way to meet people as well as for your kids to play sport!" (JF, Nov 09)

  • Princess Studios, Marbella

    Recommended by Adele

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    Fun, creative & confidence-building classes for kids of all ages at Princess Studios, Marbella
    Among the classes for kids are:

    Hip Hop Class

    4 - 7 year old boys
    & girls with Shaffik, Mondays at 5pm

    Junior Cheerleading
    Fridays at 5pm

    Performing Arts
    Saturdays at 10am, ages 7+

    Princess Studios SL, Plaza Marina Banus, Local 203 - C
    29660 Puerto Banus, Marbella - Malaga, Spain
    T: 952 905 119 E: info@princessstudios.com
    www.princessstudios.com
     
    Comments:
    "Princess Studios is a dance studio for kids which have classes in Ballet, Hip Hop, Commercial Dance, Cheerleading and many more. I take my daughter to the Hip Hop class and the teacher Shaffik is one of the best, he has recently danced with Rihanna and Shakira at the MTV awards in Madrid. The studios are modern and bright and in a great location in puerto banus within the marina banus shopping complex so when you drop off the children you can do a spot of shopping. They also have adult classes as well as a hair studio and a beauty therapist so whilst the children are in class you can treat yourself to a treatment" (Adele, Dec 2010)

  • Marbella Stage School

    Recommended by Sarah Bruce

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    Very popular stage school teaching ballet, tap, modern and jazz dance. Classes every day from 3 to adult. Annual exams, experienced qualified teachers. Summer & Easter courses. Scholarships. Annual Charity show
    Los Naranjos Club, Urb Los Naranjos de Marbella 1-23
    Nuevo Andalucia 29660
    Tel: 952 906 865 or 630 202 221
    info@marbellastageschool.com; laramelville@hotmail.com
    www.marbellastageschool.com

    Comments:

    "My family moved to Marbella 2 years ago, my daughter, Libby-Rose, is a very keen dancer - we discovered Marbella Stage School prior to moving out there, it is the only BBO (British Ballet Organisation) School on the coast. I found that the school continued all of the values Libby-Rose was taught at her former BBO school in England. Libby-Rose attends all the classes available to her, including private Ballet Lessons and a full day of Dancing on Saturdays. We all feel that the Marbella Stage School is much more than a dance school, it has a very friendly atmosphere, and its just like one big family environment. Miss Jayne is a very caring person to all the children, and they all look up to her. Miss Lara is not only a Dance Teacher to them, but also a very good friend, and one who the older girls can approach easily to discuss any issues they have. Miss Lara is also a friendly face within other schools along the Coast. As a mother, I find it very important to give your child every opportunity to fulfil their dreams, Miss Jayne and Miss Lara offers each child the chance to fulfill their full potential and they certainly offer all possible encouragement regardless of each Childs talent and ability. My daughter is very happy at the School - this is very pleasing for us, especially after leaving family and friends behind in the UK. She settled very quickly and it now feels like she has a second dancing family who offer the same love and support which she received back home" (SB, Aug 10)

  • Stagecoach Theatre School, San Pedro

    Recommended by Vicky Earl

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    There is a network of these schools providing dancing singing and performance lessons for young people between 4 and 18 years of age. Classes are held after school, at weekends and there are also holiday workshops. Each year there are two performances at the school for family and friends, as well as opportunities to perform at other events in various local venues.

    Early Stages (4-6 years) “Early Stages classes run alongside the main Stagecoach schools, where young people learn skills in each of the three Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama, so it is an easy step when it is time to transfer to the next stage.” Saturdays 14.00- 15.30

    Main Stages (6-18 years) “Main Stages classes are split in three age appropriate groups, where young people learn new skills in each of the complementary Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama. We nurture the shy and apprehensive, until they find their feet and voice, whilst at the same time developing and channeling those with bundles of talent, confidence and energy. We believe in the potential of every child!” Saturdays 14.30-17.30
    Laude San Pedro International College
    Avda. La Coruña, Urbanización Nueva Alcántara, San Pedro, Spain, 29670
    www.stagecoach.es

    Comments:
    "We are fortunate in having one of these excellent schools here on the Costa del Sol. Having now thoroughly enjoyed a couple of their shows/events, I can honestly say that the children not only abound in confidence, but demonstrate a dedication to producing their best possible performance, that is the equal of many professional presentations. Speaking to several proud parents after the shows, it was very evident that as expected, the children had benefited from the classes by becoming more confident personalities and better communicators. However there were also unanticipated bonuses…as many children now put into practice, in other unconnected activities, the disciplines they had learned at the Stage School, such as having more enthusiasm for trying out new activities, and making more effort and persevering at tasks they might previously have abandoned as too difficult.  (VE, Nov 10)

  • Impact Gym, Marbella

    Recommended by Vicky Earl

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    Impact Gym has one of the best Costa del Sol martial arts gyms around, for kids and adults to train in Kickboxing, KickFit, Boxing and more. Run by 2002 British Title Kickbox Champion Shaun James and black belt kickboxer Nina Smith they bring dedication and experience to all the classes.    
    Ctra de Ojen, Edf. Hispania 1 – Sotano, Marbella.
    (0034) 625 903 920
    nina-smith@live.co.uk
    http://impactmarbella.com

    Comments:
    "As Ju Jitsu techniques rely on leverage rather than strength, this is a sport at which both boys and girls can excel. The gym is very well equipped and Carl is not only an expert in his sport, but also an enthusiastic teacher It was amazing to see just how much more confident my child had become after only a few sessions.
    " (VE, Nov 2010)

  • The Family of Sound, Malaga

    Recommended by Jill Burgess

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    The Family of Sound are a group of talented children and adults from a variety of backgrounds who perform to small and large audiences everything from little sketches to full blown Pantomines and Musicals. They also offer drama classes and vocal classes for children fro 5 to 18 years old. They teach you how to warm up your voice correctly, how to keep intime and reach that note, how to project your voice on stage and deliver lines convincingly. Check out their website for class times and locations.
    Tel 952490003/ 697362969
    www.familyofsound.es

  • Galaxia Indoor Play Area, Marbella

    Recommended by Katya Sobrino

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    Galaxia is in indoor soft play centre with outside space, cafe and toyshop.
    Guadalmina Alta San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella 29679, Malaga
    (+34) 952885530
    www.galaxiaplay.com

    Comments
    "You can get different membership options so you can pay a certain amount for the year which either gives you free entrance or a discount on entrance. They now offer a variety of baby activities such as baby grow clinic and baby dance sessions. You can also hold birthday parties here." (KS, March 2011)

  • Horse Riding Lessons, Estepona

    Recommended by Katya Sobrino

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    The “Escuela De Arte Ecuestre Costa Del Sol” is one of the biggest and more renowned equestrian centers in Spain. There is a large range of facilities, with over 30 well schooled horses and ponies, and BHS trained and qualified staff. The school offers classes for all ages and levels. If you have your own horse they also offer stabling.
    C/ Río Padrón Alto 29680 Estepona
    (+34) 952808077
    www.escuela-ecuestre.com

    Comments:
    "The school offers classes (or rather walking on a pony while holding on to a parent!) for under fives. Children can start "proper" lessons there from the age of 5 onwards either privately or as part of a group. During school holidays they run a lot of courses and activity weeks for children and during the year they offer pony picnic excursions as well as different games and courses. As well as trips into the country there is a huge indoor riding school where children can actually learn to ride." (KS, March 2011)

     

  • Ice Skating Rink, Benalmadena

    Recommended by Katya Sobrino

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    Club de Hielo in Benalmadena is an indoor ice skating rink in a large complex which also houses a swimming pool and fitness rooms.
    Avda. Ciudad de Melilla, s/n. 
    www.clubdehielobenalmadena.com
     
    Comments
    "My daughter went here for a birthday party and had a great time. It was her first time ice skating but she really enjoyed it. Its worth going to and finding out what events they have on as they hold special activities for Christmas, Halloween, Carnival etc."  (KS, March 2011)

  • Fuengirola Adventure Golf

    Recommended by Roundabout Spain

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    Open all year round from 12pm – 9pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm – 9pm on Sundays. This is a lovely mini golf course for all the family. The water interacts with the golf in 10 holes out of the 19 and the changes in elevation, length and style keep the putter enthralled throughout.
    Parque Fluvial Sohail, just off the N340 near Miramar shopping centre, Fuengirola
    TEL: 951260067 / 652475113 | EMAIL: colin@ogro.org
    www.fuengirolaadventuregolf.com

    Comments:
    "This recommendation comes courtesy of" Roundabout Spain.

  • Paintball Estepona

    Recommended by Roundabout Spain

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    Various terrains for all paintball enthusiasts to ambush and battle on! Great for all levels from novices to the more experienced. Open every day with various prices starting from €14.95. Birthdays are also catered for.
    Finca Los Limoneros, Río Padrón. Camino Puerto Romano, Estepona
    TEL: 616080221 | EMAIL: info@paintballestepona.com
    www.paintballestepona.com

    Comments:
    "This recommendation comes courtesy of" Roundabout Spain

  • Wellington Centro de Cultura, Coin

    Recommended by Roundabout Spain

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    This is one of the only centres inland which offers a complete range of activities under one roof for children and adults. Classes for children include martial arts, boxing, ballet, children’s yoga, lyrical dance and hip hop. A Youth Club for 10 -18 years olds is held every Friday evening all year round. Adult classes available include the latest Latin fitness craze ‘Samba Robica’, martial arts, boxing, weight control, yoga, personal training and even barbershop choir singing! The centre has a fully qualified team of instructors and the premises can also be hired out by independent teachers who want to set up their own classes or for other events. There is a stage, dressing room and bar and is ideally located in La Trocha shopping centre, so plenty of free parking and facilities. Visit their Facebook page to find a full timetable of all the classes on offer plus the latest information on what’s happening at Wellington Centro de Cultura en España.
    CC La Trocha, Coin
    679 185 078
    wellingtoncentre@gmail.com
    www.facebook.com/pages/Wellington-Centre

  • Creative Corner, Gibraltar

    Recommended by Roundabout Spain

    A club for younger children aged 4 to 7 years, offering puppet shows, story telling, treasure hunts, games, music & movement, cooking and play-dough modelling. From 10.30am – 12.30pm every Saturday, cost is £10 per session. Call Lizanne or Emma in advance to confirm places are available.
    King’s Bastion Leisure Centre, Queensway, Gibraltar
    00350 5401 9334 / 00350 5401 6288

  • After School Club, Alhaurin

    Recommended by Roundabout Spain

    A new After School Kids club (A.S.K) has been set up for 6 – 12 year olds every Thursday from 3pm – 4.30pm for inland kids. The idea is to teach kids how to communicate using sing songs in sign language.
    LOCATION: Aguamania, Ctra Coin-Cartama
    TEL: 655 745 892 | EMAIL: jojo-art@hotmail.co.uk

  • Meet Up - English Speaking Kids

    Recommended by Kasia

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    This is a group where parents, friends and kids meet in order to have fun and practice English and Spanish. It is also a way of meeting new people for those new to the area. The group is based in Chiclana de la Frontera (Cádiz, Costa de la Luz). It is a free group and they plan activities every weekend, usually at an amusement park where they get discounts. Please check the website for more information: www.meetup.com/English-Speaking-Kids
    event.elenavirues@gmail.com

    Comments:
    The group gives a great opportunity to meet other parents but also for kids to make their little friends. During the meetings kids always have a good time and I can meet new people and practice my English and Spanish (as my mother tongue is Polish). Normally it is very difficult to meet new people with small kids and that’s why the English for Parents and Kids Group is very helpful for my family as in this way we can make a new friends. Also, Elena is always finding interesting familiar events worth to go to so our meetings are attractive for all of us.” (Kasia, March 2014)