Madrid with Kids: Five Family Friendly Activities

This blog post was originally posted on November 5, 2015 and was updated on July 17, 2017.

With great museums, wonderful parks and delicious food, Madrid offers fun for all ages.

Our Madrid with kids guide has five great activities that will help you plan the best adventure that the whole family can enjoy!

Planning to visit Madrid with kids? Traveling is a wonderful family bonding activity, and can be enjoyable for even the youngest of travelers. Make the most of your time in Spain's capital with our guide to fun activities that the whole family will love.

1. Retiro

El Parque del Buen Retiro is Madrid’s answer to Central Park, and this vast park is a paradise for families. There are play structures, bike trails, a large pond with paddle boats and a smaller pond with turtles! Come down on a sunny weekend, when you will often see street performances of child-centered entertainment, and when the kids get hungry you are already prepared with several cafeterias and numerous snack carts nearby! Retiro park is definitely one of our top picks of things to do in Madrid with kids.

A visit to the National Museum of Natural Science is a great activity in Madrid with kids
Dinosaurs, rocks and more at the National Museum of Natural Sciences! Photo Credit: Rubén Vique

2. National Museum of Natural Sciences

Museums are a great choice when visiting Madrid with kids. The Prado and The Reina Sofia Museums are well known as international art destinations, but for young museum-goers, the National Museum of Natural Sciences is definitely a favorite. The museum focuses on hands-on and interactive exhibits to keep young minds entertained. There is a rock garden with fossils, a giant dinosaur skeleton, and a great exhibit about Mediterranean plants and animals to learn a bit about the local environment.

Visiting the pandas at the Zoo Aquarium is one of the best activities in Madrid with kids
Visit the pandas at the Zoo Aquarium! Photo Credit: LW Yang 

4. Madrid Rio Park

Completed in 2011, this is one of Madrid’s newest treasures, which is already well loved by locals and travelers of all ages. The river walk park has green spaces complemented by high-design bridges and playgrounds where the kids will love climbing on rope and wood play equipment. You can rent bikes to experience the river walk park, or just stroll like a Madrileño! When the kids have used up all their energy, spend some time relaxing in one of the lovely cafes.

The bridges are great to explore in Madrid with kids.
Explore one of the beautiful foot bridges in Madrid Rio Park. Photo Credit: mcxurxo

5. Take a food tour

Devour Madrid as a family! Our new Madrid For Kids Private Walking Tour gives your family a taste of Spanish food and culture. This personalized tour is adaptable based on your kids’ ages and includes tastes of delicious Spanish snacks, such as the famous jamón and delectable churros con chocolate.

Your family will experience Madrid’s most iconic sites with the help of a passionate local guide. Along the way, kids will learn about how Spanish children their own age live and even try some hands-on cultural activities.

For more adventurous foodie kids you can also try our small group Hidden Madrid Food & Market Tour— a 3.5-hour adventure with 7+ food stops in a gorgeous Madrid neighborhood. We hope to see you and your family soon!

Looking for things to do in Madrid with kids? Join us on our Madrid for Kids Walking Tour! You and your family will sample delicious Spanish kid-friendly snacks, like classic churros con chocolate!
Spanish kids (and adults!) love churros con chocolate — and now your family will, too!

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