Amusement Parks in Madrid: Fun for the Whole Family

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There are so many ways to have fun. And as you get older, your life habits changes, and so does the way you travel. What is unique about amusement parks is that they are a great way to have fun, regardless of your age and your interests. People love spending time in amusement parks. The number of activities and their diversity ensures you have a great time regardless of how old you are. So, if you are traveling with your family, this is probably the place for all of you to spend a fantastic day in Madrid.

Here are some of the most popular amusement parks in Madrid, what they have to offer and when you can visit them.

 

Parque de Atracciones

Perhaps the most famous amusement park in Madrid, Parque de Atracciones is a wonderful day to spend a day in Madrid with your family. From extreme to family-friendly activities, with so many attractions, cartoon-inspired sets, and shows, you are bound to have fun. The only thing you need is to choose what you want to see and plan your visit accordingly. Park attractions are divided into several groups:

Extreme – If you are up for a more demanding and exciting adventure, with spectacular rollercoasters and the thrill of height, you will love activities such as La Lanzadera, Vertigo, Tifón, etc. Obviously, these activities are not for small kids.

Exciting - This group of activities consists of exciting rides. Unlike the previous group where height has a major role in the whole excitement thing, this group is all about rides. Los Fiordos, Los Rápidos, are some of the water rides that are an ideal group activity.

Family – These activities are for the entire family and include a variety of things to do in the park, starting from Tiovivo, the carousel, to Zeppelin ride, and even a theme trip by boat, La Jungla.

Nickelodeon Land – Finally, no trip with the kiddos is complete unless they get to meet their favorite cartoon characters. These rides are designed for kids and inspired by the activities and settings of the popular children shows, such as Dora the Explorer, street ride with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc. Nickelodeon Express is the train taking you through the entire journey of exploring the world of cartoons.

Here is some useful information about the park that will help you with planning:

  • Location: Casa de Campo s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain
  • Getting there: If you use public transport, you should take bus lines 33 or 65 to get to the park. If metro is your choice, then you will need to take line 10.
  • Opening times: During winter, the park is usually open on weekends form 12 pm to 7 pm. Also, some attractions may be closed during the winter time. This is why it is best to consult their online schedule when planning the visit. The schedule shows the activities for the upcoming 60 days. You can also buy the tickets online.

 

Parque Warner Madrid

Inspired by Hollywood, Parque Warner brings the most popular cartoon characters and exciting attractions in the vicinity of Madrid. Attractions are divided into three groups:

Mild – Cinema torus, Scooby-Doo adventure, carousels, and many others are attraction suitable for younger children as well. These are the activities in which the entire family can enjoy.

Moderate – If you are up for more excitement, activities such as haunted hotel, Yogui and Bubu bear park, Gotham City, waterfalls, and many other activities can be a perfect choice. Other characters you can see her include Tom and Jerry, and family roller coaster with Coyote and Road Runner.

Intense – No amusement park is complete without rides and roller coasters which combine the excitement of speed and height. Revenge of ENIGMA is the highest attraction in Europe. Then there is the Coaster Express, the longest and the tallest wooden roller coaster in Europe. Batman and Superman rides, along with Stunt Fall, are all the rides that will take your breath away.

This amusement park also has wonderful theme areas, inspired by Hollywood and movie world. You will be able to visit Hollywood Boulevard, Super Heroes World, Old West Territory, Cartoon Village, and Movie World Studios.

When planning your visit, here are helpful things to have in mind:

  • Location: Highway A-4, exit 22, 28330 San Martín de la Vega, Madrid
  • Opening times: The park is usually open on weekends and during the public holidays when most people have days off work. It opens at 11:30 while the closing time differs based on the season and time of the year. The best way to plan the time and dates is to check the online schedule which is updated regularly.

 

Micropolix

Here is an amusement park that combines leisure and educational activities. It includes an indoor space which represents a city where children can have fun and learn at the same time. It is made to replicate a real city enabling the kids to explore the area. They can also take part by performing activities and trying out different occupations. Besides learning about city life, children also get to learn about teamwork and cooperation through activities with other children. Having in mind that it is an indoor city, it is perfect to visit it regardless of the time of the year.

Activities in Micropolix are divided into groups based on the child’s age and some of those include:

MicroTV – If your child would like to try working as a TV host, a cameraman or in an audiovisual team of a TV station, here is the perfect activity to try.

Fire tower – A lot of kids love playing with fire trucks, but only the guests of Micropolix will have the chance to actually try out how it looks like to be a fireman, to learn how to use safety equipment and work in a team.

Aviation school – Giving your kids an opportunity to try to fly a plane is definitely going to be an exciting adventure for them. The roles they can play within this activity include being a pilot, co-pilot, flight attendant, and passenger.

Road network – The best way to learn is through playing. The road network allows children to learn about traffic and how driving exam looks like. There is an area for them to drive a mini car, pay attention to traffic lights and signs.

Dance Academy – If your child loves dancing, here is a dance school for them to show off their talent. They take up the role of dancers and get to try different dance styles.

Other activities include dubbing study, theatre, glass recycling, town hall, microcircuit, cruise, supermarket, newspapers, hospital, bank, etc. All the kids have a dream of what they want to be when they grow up, so this could be an excellent opportunity to allow them to try these jobs.

Parents can also take part in some of the activities, including quadventure, magic close-up, dance exhibitions, or they can enjoy the tour of the city.

Here are the things to consider when planning to visit Micropolix:

  • Location: Calle Salvador de Madariaga, S/N, 28702 San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid
  • How to get there: When using public transport, take the metro line 10, or buses line 152 C, 103, 161, 166, 171, 181, 185.
  • Opening hours: Weekends and Fridays are usually reserved for the general public, and anyone can visit the venue during the opening times. The rest of the week is usually reserved for pre-booked visits. When you determine your dates for visit, check the online schedule to confirm the hours, as sometimes the venue is open the entire day, and sometimes only for a particular part of the day.

 

Diversion en la Granja

While not as big as the other amusement parks mentioned here, it is also worth to mention Diversion en la Granja, as an excellent outdoor park for kids and entire families. The attractions include a mining train, mini formula, mini express, flying puppies, Noria, and Children’s farm.

  • Location: Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid)
  • Opening hours: Changeable during the year so it is best to check the website before planning the visit.

 

Madrid SnowZone

If you want 365 days of snow, and you enjoy winter activities, check out Madrid’s SnowZone. It is an indoor venue where you can snowboard, ski, go sleighing, and enjoy the winter wonderland any day of the year. The main track is 250 meters long and 55 meters wide. There is a ski lift, lower slopes as well as tracks for those who are still learning. You can even try the world’s largest indoor zip-line with a track 200 meters long with an approximate speed of 50 km/h. All of these make this amusement park a very exciting place to visit with lots of exciting activities to do.

  • Location: Autovía de Extremadura (A-5) salidas 22 y 25. Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú, Calle del Puerto de Navacerrada, s/n, 28939 Arroyomolinos, Madrid
  • How to get there: Bus lines 528, 534 and 539 from Madrid (Príncipe Pío Station) take you to the Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú.
  • Opening hours: The venue is open every day of the year from 10 am (9 am on weekends) and until 10 pm (11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays). If you are interested in taking lessons at the School of Madrid SnowZone, or if you are interested in activities such as glacier mini golf and zip-line, have in mind that those activities may have a different schedule and may not be open the entire time during which the actual venue is open. Always make sure you check the schedule of the activities on the official website.

 

Parque de Europa

Replicas of famous landmarks create a unique scenery of this park. You can visit all of the most important European landmarks from the London Bridge to the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Monuments in the park include The Eiffel Tower, Fontana di Trevi, Little Mermaid, the Plaza de España, Puerta del Alcalá, Brandenburg Gate, etc.

The park also offers numerous activities, which are especially perfect for families and groups of people. Boat rides in the park, boats for children, zip-lining, archery, horse riding, children train, ice rink, and bike riding are some of the activities you can find in the park.

  • Location: Calle Cañada, s/n, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain
  • Getting there: The circular bus line of Torrejón de Ardoz L1 stops at the roundabout at the entrance to the park.
  • Opening hours: The venue is open from 9 am during the year and the closing time differs based on the time of the year. This is why it is advisable to check the schedule on the website before planning the visit.

Regardless of which theme park you choose to visit, you will certainly enjoy your time in Madrid spend in any of these locations.

 

 

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What to Pack When Visiting Madrid with Kids

Traveling with kids is not easy, but these moments you get to share with your family members are priceless, and those are the ones you are going to cherish forever. When visiting a city such as Madrid, you have so many things to think about, such as finding accommodation, an apartment in Madrid for example, and how to get from the airport to the city center. If Spanish is not your native language, things can get even more stressful. You should also think about getting a map once you arrive to the city and finding a place to get some rest from the trip, such as having dinner in a restaurant in Madrid. You could also check out the Madrid guide with plenty of useful information for travelers visiting the Spanish capital.

Something that all parents have in common when traveling with young children is packing. We all know packing can be tedious for you alone, but having kids brings things to a completely new level. This article if a practical guide that is going to help you learn what to pack when visiting Madrid with kids.

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Documents

When traveling with kids to an international destination, brining all the documents is one of the most important task and the first thing you need to pack. Adults need a valid passport to enter the country, while minor children will need either passports or original birth certificates. If only one parent is traveling with kids, you should bring written consent from the child’s biological parent(s) along with the child’s birth certificate.

You might also want to bring some medical documents in case your kid is suffering from allergies or any chronic conditions, as this way you will have documents ready to show them to the doctors in Spain, in case there is an emergency situation and you need to seek medical assistance.

Clothes

Packing clothes is the most time-consuming part of packing for a trip, because you need to think about the weather you can expect in Madrid, the types of outfits you would need, if those are casual or formal, while in the same time having in mind the number of days you are going to stay in the city.

When visiting Madrid with kids, the situation is even more complicated. Kids can be restless and they like playing around, without worrying much if they roll in the grass or lie in the sand. They do not care much about being dirty, but you as a parent do, so you need to think about your kids’ habits when thinking about the clothes to pack. You will probably need some extra outfits than when it comes to your own clothing, as you have to be prepared that kids might get messy at lunch, and you will need an extra T-shirt for that day.

In general, the weather between May and October is quite warm and you will probably need a lot of T-shirts. Make sure you always have a sweatshirt or a jumper for your kids, especially if you are out early in the morning or late at night, as the temperature tends to drop several degrees in comparison to the temperature in the middle of the day. The hottest weather is in July and August, so if you are planning to visit Madrid during these two months, you will need a lot of summery clothes, such as light dresses, shorts, T-shirts, etc.

Madrid has a lot of interesting attractions, and a lot of those are perfect when visiting with kids as they will find a lot of interesting things to do, starting from Parque de Atracciones, a popular amusement park, to watching animals at the Zoo-Aquarium de la Casa de Campo. If your kids love cartoons, they will love visiting Parque Warner in Madrid, a theme park where you can find all the Looney Tunes characters. In all of these cases, sightseeing can be very exhausting for kids, so make sure you pack some comfortable shoes for walking for both you and your little ones.

Stroller

If you have a baby or a toddler, you must not go anywhere without a stroller. This is a true savior when you have kids that are too small to walk around all day on their own, but too big to be carried around. Even though it might be pretty difficult to pack it and the stroller tends to take up much space even when folded, it still is an essential to pack when traveling with small kids. In case you are traveling by plane, you will have an option to check in the stroller as a delivery, meaning the stroller will be available to you at the airport until the moment you enter the plain, when the workers will pack it up with the rest of your luggage.

Another benefit of having a stroller is the fact that you will be able to carry your bag on it, or to put some extra things in the case which is usually available below the seat. This can be quite handy, because when you go sightseeing with kids, you will need a lot of extra things to bring, such as spare clothing, documents, snacks, perhaps even some toys. Also, if your kids get tired, they can easily sleep in the stroller while you have lunch or coffee.

Snacks

Traveling with kids means that you will need a lot of snack, much more than you would carry if you were traveling solo. If it happens to be that your kids are fussy eaters, the situation is even worse, as you cannot simply buy them something to eat at the airport. In this case, you will need to pack in advance and bring some of their favorite biscuits, cookies, fruit or any other type of snack they love to eat. Luckily, you can use some portable food containers to pack different types of snacks and have them ready at any moment.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is recommended during the entire year for both kids and adults, but it is especially needed during the summer season when the temperatures are the highest. Make sure you pack a sunscreen that is designed for kids’ skin, which usually has high SPF. Besides sunscreen, you might also bring hats and sunglasses as an additional protection from the sun.

Toys

As much as you think that packing toys is a waste of space in your suitcase, the toys are absolutely necessary when traveling with kids. Every parent knows that there is no better way to keep the kids busy, than by giving them their favorite toy. This is especially important when you have to wait at the gate of an airport or if you are in a queue waiting to see some of Madrid’s attractions. Most parents bring toys even when going short distances, such as taking the kids to the park, so when you plan to visit Madrid with kids, make sure you bring along a couple of toys your kids love, just in case they ask for it.

Books

Books are also great distraction for kids. You could go for story books which you can read to your kids, or you could buy those coloring books, allowing your kids to spend some creative time as they are coloring the pages of the book. Books with stickers are also very interesting for children, as they usually follow a story.

Toiletries and other essentials

The kids’ cosmetic is especially designed for their sensitive skin, so make sure you bring along all the toiletries your kids usually need. You might be able to buy some of the products for yourself when you arrive to the city, just to avoid packing to much in your suitcase, but when it comes to kids it’s always better to bring the products they are used to, in order to avoid being in a situation where you cannot find the right product.

You should also bring some medications, even if your kids do not use them, just as a precaution. Kids’ health is very sensitive and they are more prone to catching a cold than adults due to their sensitive immune system. Therefore, in order to make sure that your trip to Madrid, or any other city for that matter, goes without any problems, bring some necessary medication that could be given to your kids in case they feel poorly.

Camera

Finally, in the era of high tech mobile phones, it feels redundant to say, but still, make sure you bring camera, regardless if you use a professional camera, a portable one, or you decide that mobile phone camera is all you need. Capturing those precious moments of traveling with kids is an amazing way to create memories that will last forever. There is something magical about going back to old albums and looking at photos from different travel, remembering the things you have seen. This is even more important when having kids, as they grow up so quickly and it is wonderful to see them enjoying a family trip when they were younger.

Don’t forget your own suitcase

Traveling with kids can be overwhelming, every parent would agree, but you must not forget packing your own suitcase and everything you would need for your stay in Madrid. You need to have everything packed to have a great holiday with your kids, which means devoting some time to yourself, and packing the things you need when traveling in general.

Once you have everything set up and organized, you are ready to go to Madrid. Upon your arrival to the city, the first place you will head to is the accommodation, such as an apartment you rent in Madrid. It is best to go there first, as it allows you to leave your luggage in one place. Also, your kids might be very tired from the trip itself, depending on the time you have spend in transport, so if you go to the apartment first, this will be a great opportunity for your kids to have some rest. It is also good for you to freshen up and perhaps even unpack some of the things you will need immediately, such as new clothes for lunch or dinner you will be having later in the day with your family.