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Activities for Kids

Here we have listed indoor play areas, cinemas, swimming, horse riding, museums and lots more activities for kids in Madrid. Please do let us know if you have any more recommendations.

  • Indoor Play areas

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

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  • Original Version cinemas

    Cinemas showing English language films

    Cine Ideal Yelmo Cineplex
    C/ Doctor Cortezo, 6 Plaza de Jacinto Benavente 28012 Madrid (metro Sol, Sevilla, or Tirso de Molina)

    Calle Bravo Murillo 28, 28015 Madrid
    Tel: 914 473 93

    UGC Manoteras
    Avenida de Manoteras, 40; 28050 Madrid (metro Virgen del Cortijo)

    Renoir Cuatro Caminos
    Calle Raimundo Fernández Villaverde, 10 (metro Cuatro Caminos)
    Tel: 915.41.41.00

    Renoir Plaza de España
    Calle Martín de los Heros, 12 (metro Plaza de España)
    Tel: 915.41.41.00

    Renoir Princesa
    Calle Princesa 5 (metro Princesa)
    Tel: 915.41.41.00

    Renoir Retiro
    Calle Narvaez 42 (metro Ibiza)

    Imax Cinema
    Parque Enrique Tierno Galván Meneses, s/n. Méndez Álvaro
    Tel: 91.467.48.00.

    Cine Golem
    Calle Martín de los Heros, 14 (metro Plaza de España)
    Tel: 915.59.38.36

  • Activities in English - International Institute Library

    Recommended by Isabel Saint-Supery

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    Activities at the Library are free for Library members and has a symbolic cost of 3€ per session or 25€ the cycle for non-members. Activites are held once per month from October until June. The activity leaders are always Americans and usually teachers of the English Department. There are three different activities for children:
    Library Storytelling Mornings - Storytelling for kids between the ages of 4 – 8. One Saturday per month with two sessions in the same day: 11 h. (all in English, for advanced English learners) and 12 :30 h. (bilingual, for intermediate English learners).
    Readers’ Theater - Readers’ theater activity for kids between the ages of 9 and 12 (4º - 6º Primaria). One Friday per month at 18 h. -Sceens for Teens
    Improvisational writing and acting for teens from 13 to 15 using English and short films. One Monday per month at 17:30 h.
    Biblioteca Instituto Internacional 
    Miguel Angel, 8 28010 Madrid Teléfono: 91 308 16 74

    "My two daughters (10 and 5) regularly attend the iie library activities for their age, and they really enjoy them! For children, both readers theatre ((9-12 year-olds) and storytelling mornings (4 to 8) are entertaining and enriching. People conducting the activities are great story-tellers and very enthusiastic about what they do, so children are always looking forward to going to the next session!. The library has activities for all ages, scenes for teens for 13-15 year-old children , and graphic novel book club for children >16 look also interesting and give children the opportunity to grow in a real fun environment in English. The library also has activities for adults. I go once a month to an English reading circle which gives me the opportunity to get to know new writers and to enjoy literature in a very motivating and relaxed way. I strongly recommend the IIE library activities!!" (IS-S, Nov 2013)

  • Ice Skating

    Recommended by Georgina Sanchez

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    Palacio de Hielo is a sports centre specially designed for ice skating. The main rink is 1800m2 and they offer a variety of courses and classes for children of all ages. There is also a crèche for smaller children.
    Silvano Street 77, 28043 - Madrid

    “A wonderful and fun afternoon. You can rent your skates there and there is no need to take gloves.” 
    (GS Nov, 2011)

  • Riding School - Espinar Soto

    Recommended by Georgina Sanchez

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    The riding school Espinar Soto has an approximate area of 59,000 m². Located in a privileged environment with direct access to the Jarama river and a ravine that connects with all the mountains of Madrid. It is ideally connected by road and by bus to Madrid, 20 minutes from the Plaza de Castilla. It has a capacity for a total of 140 horses. The school offers riding classes to children from the age of 6.

  • La Bolsa Mágica

    Recommended by Elena Gonzalez

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    La Bolsa Mágica is a Ludoteca located next to the Retiro Park.
    C/ Menéndez Pelayo 25. 28009. Madrid
    Tel: 91 574 22 45 – 692 401 017

    "A place where children can go and do fun activities: painting, crafts, or celebrate their birthday. This week we have started our urban summer camp with activities from 9 to 14:00 in Spanish and English. Ideal for foreign mums and dads who work and cannot leave their children with their grandparents. Also an opportunity for local kids to learn English and develop their creativity." (EG, July 2012)

  • Museo de Cera (Wax Museum)

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

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    The 450 wax figures include Bart Simpson, Harrry Potter as well as Kings, Queens and other historical figures
    Paseo de Recoletos 41, metro Colon - autobusBuses 27, 45, 53. Tel: 913192649

  • Safari Park

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

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    Just 50 kilometres from Madrid, there is a real piece of the African Savannah. Unfortunately, the only way to get there is by car, around 40 minutes from Madrid, but well worth the effort as its a great day out and very reasonably priced. 
    Carretera de Cadalso de los Vidrios, Navalcarnero,  Aldea del Fresno, Madrid, 28600 Tel.: (+ 34) 91 862 23 14

    "The animals giraffes, camels, zebras, bears, rhinoceroses, monkeys and more live in semi-liberty, in surroundings that imitate their natural habitats. An exciting highlight is the daily lion taming show. In summer there is a swimming pool – with a large slide – where you can cool off." (AL)

  • Teatro Circo Price

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

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    Stable theatre-circus that can seat almost 2,000 spectators, with a circular, multi-use hall that can host circus and theatre shows, concerts, galas and all kinds of event. It aims to promote the great circus tradition and, at the same time, strengthen the possibilities of reinventing and experimentation that are part of circus arts.
    C/ Ronda de Atocha 35, Metro: Embajadores (L3, L5) / Atocha (L19

  • Burrolandia donkey refuge

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

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    Home to more than 26 donkeys this Donkey Refuge is a 15 mins drive outside of Madrid. A wonderful opportunity for the kids to experience some country living as well as feeding and petting some well cared for donkeys. All donations go toward the upkeep of the center
    Open Sundays 11am-1.30pm
    Entrance is free (but any donations go toward the upkeep of the centre)

  • Parque de Atracciones

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

    Situated in the Casa de Campo this fairground is equipped with 48 attractions for all ages and tastes.The venue is divided into five large theme areas: Maquinismo (Machines), Gran Avenida (Main Avenue), Naturaleza (Nature), Tranquilidad (Relax) and Infantil (Kids). The kid’s area is suitable for children from 3 to 7 years old approximately, and has 16 mini-rides. Children under 3 years old: free entrance
    Metro station: Batán (Line 10) Bus lines: 33 and 65 By car: Carretera de Extremadura (N-V) or exit nº 18B “Casa de Campo” from M-30
    Tel: (+34) 915268031

    "Bono Parques: its a personal card that allows unlimited free access for one year to the Fairground, Cable Cars, Zoo-Aquarium, Aquópolis Villanueva and Aquópolis San Fernando. It costs 83 € for new members and 60 € for renewals (plus € 5 for issuing fees). There are also discounts for families with 3 or more members (parents and children exclusively). Further information at"

  • Aquópolis-Villanueva

    Recommended by Kathy Burke

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    This well-equipped summer favourite is among the biggest pool leisure centres in all Europe. Among its main attractions are its wave pools and huge water slides. The water mazes, hanging bridges, waterfalls, rapids and boats round out the water activities. Landlubbers will enjoy the playgrounds, picnic areas, mini-golf and cafes. Mid-June to mid-Sept noon-9pm
    Av de la Dehesa, 28691, Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Tel 91. 815 69 33, Metro Moncloa,
    Bus 627 from Moncloa bus station. Free bus service from Cuesta de San Vicente

    "Great water park for the whole family shallow pools for children with ship and slides. There can be a long queues so get there early."

  • Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales

    Recommended by Kathy Burke

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    This museum aims is to promote a greater awareness of the diversity of the natural world. It also has interesting permanent exhibits, such as the one devoted to the history of the earth and life, in which spectacular specimens can be viewed, such as the replica of a Diplodocus and lots more.
    Hours: Tue -Fri: 10.00 a 18.00 Sat: 10.00 a 20.00 h. July and August, Sat de 10.00 - 15.00  Sun and Holidays: 10.00 a 14.30
    Closed: Monday, 1st and 6th Jan 1st May and 25th December.
    Entry fee: General admission: €5. Reduced: €3.00 (unemployed persons and students, with ID, and children 4 to 14 years); €2.10 (groups, minimum 12 people, from 10am-3pm); €1.50 (groups, minimum 12 people, from 3-6pm). Free: retirees, and children under 4 years.
    Calle José Gutiérrez Abascal, 2 28006 Madrid  Tel. +34 914111328

    "They have some very interesting material and there is a large portion dedicated to youngsters." (KB)

  • MUNCYT Alcobendas

    Recommended by Donall

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    MUNCYT (Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología) - formally known as CosmoCaixa - is always a sure hit with the kids, its a science museum, and almost 100% interactive. Locatedon the outskirts of the northerly suburb of Alcobendas, just a short bus trip from Plaza Castilla. Here activity rooms show how natures laws work and how matter evolves from atomic structure into the most complex forms of life.  Note that to participate in the workshops, Clik, Toca Toca and Planeta Burbuja you need to book in advance and pay separately from the museum entry fee. 
    Last Sunday of the month entrance is free excluding the special activities.
    Open to the public: Tues to Sun from 10am to 8pm
    Closed Mondays and Christmas, Reyes and New Year.
    C/ Pintor Velázquez, s/n 28100 Alcobendas (Madrid) Tel. 91 484 52 00  Line 10 MetroNorte Station: Marqués de la Valdavia Exit: Paseo de la Chopera: from Pza. Castilla bus no. 157 is best (bus stops 3 mins away from Museum) 151, 152, 153, 154 From Canillejas: 827

    "This was recommended by Donall aged 5! He has been twice with his school and talked none stop about how much fun it was!"

  • Caixa Forum

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

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    Exhibitions on historic, modern and contemporary art, music and poetry festivals, multimedia art, current affairs debates, social events, educational and family workshops... these are some of the activities you will find at Caixa Forum Madrid. Point out to your kids Spains first vertical garden on the outside wall comprising 15,000 plants. Kits available for them to create their own interpretation of it.
    Timetables: Daily, 10am-8pm Entry fee: Free admission. Some activities may have admission charges.
    Paseo  del Prado, 36 28014 Tel. 34 913307300

    "Fantastic workshops and concerts for families. The free admission charge also means I’m more likely to bring my 3yr old who, while enjoying the exhibition as she has a short attention span and powerful lungs!" (AL, May 2009)

  • Circulo de Bellas Artes

    Recommended by Harriet Browning

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    This well-known venue for music and the arts has a hidden secret. For a €3 fee, one can access the azotea, or roof-terrace. Truly spectacular views accross the centre of Madrid.  Suitable for older children.
    C/Alcalá 42 (Metro Banco de España)

  • Hiking for kids in Madrid

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

    The book Excursiones para Niños por la Sierra de Madrid by Javier Zarzuela Aragon is a must for all active families! 

    "Even if you have limited Spanish this book is fabulous with its easily understandable charts containing extensive information on 40 routes including the likes of pushchair accessibility, least favourable seasons, etc" (AL, Jan 2009)

  • Cañada Real Open Center

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    This is a nature park dedicated to the study and interpretation of Iberian wildlife. Situated 48km west of Madrid, near the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo, it’s two lakes provide homes to many aquatic birds, and its high population of storks make Cañada Real one of the most important reserves of these birds in the centre of the iberian peninsula. Cañada Real also offers a range of installations for workshops, extracurricular activities for schools and colleges, summer camps, and residential courses.
    Cañada Real Open Center – M-533 road Km 1,6  Peralejo  El Escorial 918906980   

    "What we really liked was that you just walked around at your own pace to see the animals. Perhaps we were just lucky that there werent many people. Also, I spoke to the people at the information desk and they told me that they can, on request organise tours in English." (MEO, June 2009)

  • MY GYM Childrens Fitness Center

    Recommended by Tania Lopes

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    For children six weeks to thirteen years of age. They have structured, age-appropriate weekly classes incorporating music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and other original activities. Their classes include several English elements (songs, dances, puppets,...), full English classes on request minimum  5 kids per group.
    MY GYM POZUELO  c/ Francia, 2 (entrance via Pablo VI with Bruselas) 28224 Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid)
    email: phone: 91 357 62 17

    "I bring Leo in the autumn because right now I prefer that he enjoys outside activities. The gym concept is different, It’s an unusual concept here, and it’s a good option for kids who don’t go to daycare and need to do some exercise. Especially when the cold weather comes and we don’t have many options to choose from." (TL, Jan 2010)

  • Daoiz y Velarde (Centro Deportivo Municipal)

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

    Air-conditioned indoor pool. Really fun summer swim programme for kids. Very Reasonably priced. Nice water installation outside the building for kids to play in afterwards.
    Avda. Ciudad de Barcelona 162 (Retiro) 914338950

  • Bike & Roll

    Recommended by Katrina Hendry

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    Explore the new cycle paths, or cycle around the Retiro Park as a family. It is 
located next to Retiro Park and a step away from the Cycling Ring. In addition to renting bikes, they also do bike repairs and you can buy all accessories related to cycling.

  • Museo del Ferrocarril (Railway Museum)

    Recommended by Nerrily Grant

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    Kids will love this museum. Located just south of Atocha in the barrio of Delicias, this trainspotters delight was built in 1880 by Gustave Eiffel. Not only do you get to climb aboard many of Spain’s older trains, they have a fantastic collection of miniature trains to see, and on Saturday mornings they run a number of mini-trains for the kids to ride on.
    Sat. 11.30am-14.00 pm. Child: 1.00 €. Adult: 1,50 €.
    Open Tues-Sun 10am-3 pm. Theatre shows Tues-Fri 10:30-11:45am  Closed August. Free on Saturdays  
    Paseo de las Delicias 61 Metro: Delicias  915068333   

    "This was a favourite weekend outing for my son. We went 24 times!" (NG, March 2009) 

  • Faunia

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

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    Wildlife theme park. Here you could start your day in the jungle and finish up with a stroll through Mediterranean forest, feeding various animals along the way. The whole family can experience 8 different habitats and natural environments from the remotest areas of the planet. It is suitable for all ages.
    Avenida de las Comunidades, 28.28032 MADRID Tel.91 301 62 10
    Public transport Buses: 8, 71, 130 Metro: Valdebernardo, Line 9 (plus 10 min. walk)

    “Both my 3 and 5 year old love going to see the penguns, the Vietnamese potbellied pigs and getting caught in the simulated tropical thunderstorms. There are also opportunities to pet and fee some of the animals.” (AL)

  • Stepping on Stage

    Recommended by Joy Mackie

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    Stepping on Stage is an international theatre club with the desire to perform plays in English. Anyone of any age, race or nationality is welcome to audition for a show or help with the production and/or publicity. Stepping on Stage is a group of international actors that also offer Theatre Workshops to kids of all ages.
    Calle San Emilio 2 (metros Ventas - El Carmen)
    Contact Amy (679171868) or  or for more information. 

  • Zoo/Aquarium

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

    Inside the Casa de Campo is the Madrid Zoo, well worth a visit to see close to 3,000 animals from all continents, as well as a large aquarium and a dolphin tank. New attractions include the giant pandas, ant eaters and some Koala bears.
    Casa de Campo, s/n 28011 MADRIDMetro: Batan - Bus: 33  +34 91 5123770

  • Museo del Arte de Reina Sofia

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

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    With it’s new extension the Reina Sofia is one of the largest contemporary art museums in the world today. Home to the works of many very famous national and international artists including Picasso and Dali, it also hosts very interesting temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists. Child friendly workshops and tours available and the exterior glass lifts are fun too.
    Calle Santa Isabel 52, 28012 Madrid 91 7741000

    "Has a special program for kids on Saturdays, which is pretty cool. Went with my 5 year old who was a little young, but it is definitely worth signing up for and we would do it again in a year’s time." (AL)

  • Madrid British Scouts

    Recommended by Anya

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    1st Madrid British Scouts (est. August 2010) is affiliated with and under the banner of the UK Scouting Association however they nevertheless bring an international flavor to their groups due to the cosmopolitan nature and different nationalities they embrace. The Scout Group includes Scouts, Cubs and Beavers. Between them they cover boys and girls from ages 6 to 11. Their objective is to educate, enrich and entertain in a mixture of formal, informal, challenging or just plain fun situations. All indoor meetings usually take place at St George’s Anglican Church in the Salamanca district of Madrid one Saturday a month.

    "I am extremely impressed by the group - it certainly has come on hugely since I (my son) was last a member! I thought the opening ceremony was really lovely - so warm and welcoming. The whole operation (is) so organized, well-run and efficient... I really like the way lots of parents are so involved and take on such active roles - it is really nice to see and what I believe scouts should be about... Robbie hasnt stopped talking about nutrition since Saturday....where yogurt is on the food pyramid, what cereals really are, etc?! Fantastic! And how wonderful that he now knows about CPR! We are still smiling here, from our lovely afternoon! Thank you so much again!" (Anya, Jan 2015)

    Click here to read more about British Scouting Overseas

  • Across Madrid walking tours

    Recommended by Guido V

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    Almudena Cros is the founder and director of Across Madrid, a top-quality walking tour company based in Madrid. Almudena holds a BA, MA and PhD in Art History from Warwick University and offers history, culture, food and art- based walks in Madrid (including the Prado Museum, Archaeological Museum, Sorolla, Madrid in the Spanish Civil War, and Tapas Culture), as well as 3 itineraries specifically designed for young children and families.  A Madrid native, Almudena has lived in England, Germany and Italy and leads her walking tours in Spanish, English or Italian.
    Phone: +34652576423

    "My 11 year old son asked me as a birthday gift to go to Madrid for a Real Madrid football experience. As I am a fan myself, I immediately agreed but under a condition: that he would also join me for a cultural experience in one of Madrid great museums. My choice was the Prado, but to make it more interesting, I searched for a guide with experience with children. I found Almudena and she came to meet us in the last day of our trip. I was afraid that after 30 minutes my son would be bored - to my surprise, the tour of 2 1/2 hours passed as fast as 15 minutes. It was extremely interesting, I think I learned more wit that experience than any museum visit before in my life. She prepared paintings search games that made him glance from room to room of the museum, she also allowed him to make observations on paintings such Las Meninas from Velasquez that were incredible. He will never forget. Only an experienced and well educated guide like Almudena Cros could make that happen. I really recommend, if you are in family visit to Madrid, you cant miss it !!!" (GV, Jan 2015)

    "El sabado pasado hemos hecho la visita "El Prado para niños" que ofrece Across Madrid, nos ha encantado ver como nuestros hijos han pasado dos horas sin sentir que estaban aprendiendo algo en un museo, ellos sentian que estaban jugando y ademas despues de la visita pudimos comprobar que habian interiorizado muchas cosas que niños de 5 y 7 anos normalmente no captarian. Todo gracias a la gran experiencia y actitud de Almudena, quien los mantuvo motivados e interesados durante toda la visita. Como padres fue sorprendente vernos a nosotros mismos aprendiendo cosas que no habiamos visto de esta manera y disfrutamos muchisimo como familia un museo al que le teniamos un poco de respeto. Recomiendo totalmente este tour, proximamente haremos mas rutas de las que ofrece Across Madrid." (Pilar G, Nov 2014)