7 Things To Do in Madrid With Kids
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Do your kids ever got bored while visiting a new city? Madrid opens its doors to the youngest members of the family.

We must not forget how important it is to keep kids happy during a trip, not only to ensure that they have a good time, but also to keep them entertained so that the older members of the family can enjoy other types of activities.

We would like to take this opportunity to tell you about seven activities that you can enjoy in Madrid with kids so that all of the family has a fun experience.

You can provide your kids with a wide range of unforgettable experiences so that they can learn and have fun, giving them something to remember fondly for years to come.

Local Tuk Tuk shares with you a large number of dynamic and unforgettable activities for the whole family.

Archaeological Museum of Madrid – Open workshops

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The Archaeological Museum of Madrid opens its activity room to the general public. In this room, visitors can independently take part in a selection of seven activities related to the pieces found in the exhibition.

Each activity has a brief information sheet that includes everything visitors need in order to take part in the workshop independently. If you have any questions during the activity you can talk to the monitor who will be in the room.

Every Sunday from March to December
Activity room, 11:30 to 14:30
Free and open to the public

Madrid Río Park

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As a result of tunnelling works on the M-30 in the area of the Manzanares river, there is now a large green space that is well worth a visit. The Madrid Río park, which extends from El Pardo to Getafe, has numerous leisure, sports and cultural activities. These include an urban beach, a football field, play areas, a climbing wall, a skate park and a basketball court, all of which are completely free.

Games are built with trunks, hemp rope and rubber in the shape of spider webs, hammocks, hanging bridges and climbing ropes, complemented by auxiliary elements such as chains, rings, wheels and parabolas.

These recreational areas are based on simple and versatile elements of play, enabling a wide versatility of use and providing children with the opportunity to stimulate their skills, creativity and imagination, all while they enjoy playing on these facilities.

Puppet Theatre

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The Puppet Theatre at “El Retiro” park is an outdoor theatre. It is located near to the park entrance on Plaza de la Independencia, where the “Puerta de Alcalá” monument can be found, specifically on Paseo de México. The theatre offers several free performances every weekend.

Performance times vary depending on the time of year. It is not necessary to book tickets in advance, although seating is limited for reasons of acoustics.

This Puppet Theatre puts on performances almost every Saturday and Sunday, masterly combining the visual arts, interpretation, music and literature.

Market day at Casa de Campo

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On the first Saturday of each month, from 10:00 to 15:00 at Casa de Campo, the Community’s farmers come together for Market Day, organised by the Chamber of Agriculture of the Community of Madrid.

Admission is free and children can learn about local products, try the seasonal fruits and vegetables and talk to farmers, beekeepers and livestock farmers in person, who are always open to a friendly chat to illustrate the benefits and latest news about their products. Adults will enjoy the experience and children will learn about everything first hand.

Pº de la Puerta del Ángel, 4 (Casa de Campo Conference Centre)

El Dragón Lector

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The Dragón Lector bookshops, located on Calle Fernández de la Hoz 72 and Calle Santa Feliciana 17, offer storytelling sessions, most of which are free while seating is available. Every Friday, for example, at Calle Sagunto 20, the activity Friday Babies is held, aimed exclusively at younger children. Book readings, songs and stories to stimulate their imagination, specifically for children from 6 months up to 3 years. This activity is free while seating is available.

On Saturdays, at Calle Santa Feliciana 17 at 12:30, they offer the bilingual activity “Los cuentos del Baúl” (The Chest of Stories). Discovering children’s literature in family is now possible. This activity is also free while seating is available.

Felipe VI Forest Park

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The Felipe VI Forest Park is home to yet another play area for the enjoyment of children. The different elements of play include three metal slides, a row of vertical wooden logs and an area with ropes and a net that can be used to reach the highest part of the slide. There is also a 50-metre long zip line opposite the slides.

This is a truly exciting activity for the youngest members of the family. It would be a sin to miss out on all the fun free activities that are available in Madrid for families.

Avenida de las Fuerzas Armadas (Valdebebas)

Madrid History Museum

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The Madrid History Museum wants to reach out to children by offering them an entertaining visit. During the visit, young children can experience the life of the people of Madrid in times gone by, how they worked and how they played with much simpler games than those that we are used to in the present day.

Every Sunday, except in the month of December, this museum opens its doors to all children who, accompanied by an adult, want to enjoy a visit through the museum’s different rooms and learn about the grandparents of their grandparents, how they dressed, how they worked and even how they had fun. The visit is enhanced by interactive games to encourage the participation of children and adults alike.

Calle de Fuencarral, 78
From 4 to 12 years

As is clear from the wide range of activities proposed, it is practically impossible to take a Madrid family vacation without your kids enjoying themselves.

We are well aware that travelling with kids is not easy, and we hope that our work will help to make your trip more dynamic and, above all, that your kids will enjoy to the fullest in a city that has much to offer, even for them.

It would be a real shame to visit Madrid with kids and not enjoy at least one of the leisure activities that we have mentioned here.


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