Madrid with the kids

Things to do in Madrid

Madrid is a fabulous destination for a weekend dedicated to art,   experimenting original culinary options or taking in some of the best shopping the capital has to offer, but a weekend getaway with kids? “No way, too big, too chaotic, too many…” Just give us 10 minutes, only 10, the time it will take you to read this post, to show you that the Spanish capital can transform itself into the perfect weekend getaway with the little ones.    

Las Rozas Village

Plans for every kind of child...

 

For the footballers 

Whatever your children’s football preferences may be surely they will enjoy a visit to the capital’s two major football stadiums, Santiago Bernabéu and Wanda Metropolitano.

At Santiago Bernabéu, they will feel the power of the legendary team that has won the most championships in the world. An interactive tour where a visit to the locker room could not be left out nor a visit to the great trophy room where the 12 European cups and many other awards are on display.

Honestly, Atlético de Madrid really shines in its new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano: visit the locker room, the press room where the footballers appear after their games, and to end on a high note, a trip through the tunnel that leads from the locker room out onto the playing field. An experience not to be missed! 

Visits are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (as long as no match is programmed). 

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So young yet already so interested in art

Don’t skip a visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum 

One of the capital’s best museums offers up exclusive family activities on the weekends:  

- EducaThyssen offers different tours through the collection followed by a workshop where both children and adults can discover new ways to experiment with art. 

(age groups from 3-6 years and 7-12 years) 

- If you’re interested in having the kids learn a bit of English as well then sign up for “The city for travelling families”. Participants take a tour through various rooms of the museum where they will discover travel represented through different forms in art.  

The tour takes place Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 and is entirely in English. (8 € per person) 

If speed is your thing then buckle up…

Carlos Sainz Center Las Rozas

There’s nothing better than a visit to the country’s best rally car driver’s karting centre, Carlos Sainz Go-Kart. Known as the best indoor karting circuit in Europe, the circuit uses a real time chronometer system (starting at 8 years of age). Get ready to watch your little ones turn into professional race car drivers.  

Don’t panic just yet, “The King” hasn’t forgotten about the youngest ones. The centre also has a mini kart circuit for kids between 4 and 7 years old.  

CARLOS SAINZ CENTER LAS ROZAS
Calle Bruselas, 3
Parque Empresarial Európolis

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For the cat-lovers

If your children adore the neighbourhood cat or animals in general, then plan a visit to La Gatoteca, a café smack in the centre of Lavapiés. Here they can have a snack and reenergize surrounded by a choir of meows. The Gatoteca is headquarters for the association ABRIGA which takes in cats from shelters until they find a new home. 

Think wisely before you pass through the door at La Gatoteca because you may leave with a new family member. But don’t worry; they take care of all the procedures for feline adoption. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Calle Argumosa, 28

For all ages, a classic

Parque del Buen Retiro, 

The 118 hectares of this marvellous park, designed in the XVII century, are a never-ending basket of surprises for the whole family, and the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the children; a classic that will never let you down.  

Let them discover the 4000 roses of all shapes and colours in la Rosaleda, take some photographs la Casita del Pescador or head out onto the lake for a race in the row boats. 

Sunday afternoons are especially lively with puppet shows, street vendors and shows of all types. 

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For those that still believe in fairy tales

La casita del Ratoncito PérezThis is the ideal place to let your imagination fly and get to know the story behind one of the most symbolic childhood characters in Spain: Ratoncito Pérez. Created by Luis Coloma, it is the story of the infamous near-sighted mouse that lived in a cookie box in a sweet shop on Arenal Street. 

A mini museum has been created in the spot where the fable tells us the Pérez family lived: a charming space where you can see the face of Spain’s most famous mouse and see first-hand the baby teeth of such famous characters like Beethoven or the one and only Newton. 

Secret: The Museum is just around the corner from the famous San Ginés Churrería. We recommend you buy your tickets and while you wait for your session to begin wander on over and enjoy a cup of chocolate and a plate of churros, the most famous in all Madrid. 

For the nature and animal lovers

FauniaA must see is this marvellous theme park and its original approach to learning about animals and their different habitats. Faunia is organized in 13 thematic areas and 4 different ecosystems like the jungle or the African forests.

The park hides tons of surprises for the smallest of the family like Interaction with crocodiles where we can feed and care for these ancient animals (weekends only) or Polar Trip, a unique experience at below zero temperatures in the amusing penguin habitat (Monday-Sunday at 15 h). 

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And if we go shopping? Shopping in Madrid with children

It’s the perfect opportunity to renew your child’s wardrobe and get ready for spring because they grow like weeds! We suggest you take advantage of the fabulous discounts and magnificent selection of brand names at Las Rozas Village, the perfect place to shop with kids: a relaxed atmosphere with rest areas and even playgrounds for moments of crisis.  

You’ll find brands like NanosTommy Hilfiger KidsPolo Ralph Lauren Children or Gant, among others, with discounts of up to 60%.

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Where to sleep? Child friendly hotels in Madrid

Palacio Plaza Conde de MirandaWe have found the perfect option for travelling families: thematic apartments in the heart of the city with decoration that will win over any child: Barbie and Ken, Olivia and Popeye, Tintin and Milou….. A fully stocked fridge upon arrival, babysitting and a dozen other child friendly gestures (even nappies) have convinced us that this is the perfect spot to stay with children while visiting Madrid.  

Hotel T3 Tirol(Calle del Marqués de Urquijo, 4), is also a good option for distressed parents travelling with the family: special breakfast for the little ones, family sized rooms, a proper game room with all types of fun to be had and of course, a babysitting service just in case you need a little breather.  

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Where to eat: Child friendly restaurants in Madrid

We know meal time can be difficult, “my kid is a super picky eater”, “we don’t want anything too fancy in case the kids are loud, but we want a good meal…” We have the answer, or better yet, the answers. Take note: 

Kilómetros de pizza

Do you dare to eat a 2 meter long pizza with your kids? Whether you’re able to or not, why not surprise your little ones with a giant pizza from the five-time world champion of pizza Jesús Marquina. His top quality ingredients and unique prolonged fermentation process make his pizzas light and healthy.  

And as a plus, his super original menu is filled with great surprises, but with the all-time classics as well: margarita for the not so daring child, and for you how about a foie micuit with pomegranate and figs, or red tuna with mango? 

La Excéntrica

If you’re in the city centre, don’t think twice about stopping in at La Excéntrica. Its play area with supervision is a sure bet to a delicious stress free meal. While the kiddies enjoy drawing, running around and doing arts and crafts under the watchful eye of the supervisor, you go ahead and jump right into tasting some “typical dishes” from the Spanish cuisine along with some other atypical creations from the chef. Now this is the life!  

Calle de las Fuentes, 10

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Snack time!!

La Duquesita: in this 100-year-old cake shop that reopened in 2015 under the ownership of pastry chef Oriol Balaguer they say you can find the best chocolate covered heart shaped puffed pastry in all Madrid; a real treat for the smallest sweet tooth in the family.  

Calle de Fernando VI, 

Celicioso: an option for gluten intolerant

This cake shop opened in 2012 with the goal to provide delicious alternatives for gluten intolerant customers, and has turned into a reference point for those looking to enjoy a healthier take on sweets. 

C/ Hortaleza, 3 

If you’re in Las Rozas Village, The Lobby Café is the perfect alternative: a cosy atmosphere with sofas and fluffy pillows. It is the perfect place for a break in your day of shopping and for a delicious afternoon snack. Their selection of cakes will not disappoint the family. 

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