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Theme Parks & Kids Activities Costa Del Sol

Kids Costa Del Sol

If you’re coming to the Costa Del Sol and wondering what kids activities there are, well we can tell you that there are lots of things to do.    You can also come and chat with us on Facebook at The Costa Del Sol Travel Forum.

The majority of the places listed below also do birthday parties and some have annual passes which work out excellent value if you live here or if you are a regular visitor to the Costa Del Sol.  Also, do keep your eyes out for little discount cards for these attractions, which are usually at the airport, car hire desk, shopping centres and supermarkets.

The latest addition to the Costa Del Sol is the brand new Outdoor Fly Dive Centre Fly 4 Real, situated inland in Campillos right next to the Go Karting.  One of the other favourites for kids is Amazonia which is like Go Ape in the UK and Prison Island in Benalmadena.  In the summer you cannot beat the Costa Water Parks situated along the coast where you can pay per hour or for the whole day.  If you’re looking for free stuff to do, there’s the beach, park areas and don’t forget about walking up in the mountains.  There are some fabulous routes here and one place you should check out is Juanar which is 10 minutes up the road from La Cañada shopping centre.

We have broken these down into areas and if we’ve missed an attraction you know about or own, please send us a message.

  • Malaga / Inland
  • Torremolinos to Benalmadena
  • Fuengirola to Mijas
  • La Cala to Elviria
  • Marbella to San Pedro
  • Estepona to Gibraltar
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Malaga / Inland

Malaga Kart & Fun

Karting is great fun for all the family, groups of friends, hens, stags and team building evenings.  For the adults there tracks up to 840  metres long and a minimum of 8 metres wide.  For the kids the track is 140 metres.  Book in advance as this does get busy.  They also have another centre in Estepona on the Industrial Estate.

Escape Room Malaga City

Great for families, friends, birthday parties and also a good place for team building.  Numerous rooms where you have to solve the mystery based on strategy, skill and teamwork.

Fly 4 Real, Campillos

This is brand new to the area of Campillos, Malaga.  We have tried the indoor skydiving version (in other countries) numerous times which is amazing but we’ve never tried this new outdoor version.  This is a brilliant addition to the area and something completely different to anything else here.  Great for everyone of all ages from 5 to 95.  Check the website for prices and booking your space.

Fly 4 Real

Photo by Fly 4 Real

Karting Campillos

This is right next to Fly 4 Real (above).  Both are great for families, birthday or team building experiences.  For prices and to book please check the website direct.  There is also Go Karting upstairs Miramar Shopping Fuengirola and in Estepona.

Torremolinos & Benalmádena Area Kids Activities

Prison Island, Benalmadena

Great fun for all the family.  20 rooms with different types of puzzles to solve, mental and physical.  It´s best to be in 2 teams of 3/4 people.  Having been there a couple of times you do need at least 3 people for some of the rooms.  There´s snacks you can buy, lockers and toilets.  It´s also a great place to hold a birthday party.  It can get busy and very loud but it´s great fun.  Prison Island is located upstairs the little Shopping Precinct in Benalmadena Port.  It is best to book in advance as this does get busy.  For booking and prices please check the website.

 

Aqualand, Torremolinos

Great fun for the kids and adults, one of the biggest water parks on the Coast with a huge amount of rides for all ages.  There are kids shows, flamenco shows, restaurants and gardens where you can take a picnic.  It does get very busy and you can be queuing quite a while for some of the rides, so get there early and rent the rubber rings for the rides as soon as you can.  Search online for special group offers and look out for discount vouchers in the newspapers and sometimes at Leroy Merlin.

Crocodile Park, Torremolinos

A purpose built Crocodile Park with 300 Crocodiles and exotic water birds . You can even hold one! There are guided tours and shows, mini zoo, kids play area, cafeteria and even a baby crocodile nursery to see.  If you book online you can get a 25% discount so well worth it!

Battery Park, Parque de la Bateria, Torremolinos

If you’re in the Torremolinos area and looking for something free to do, Battery Park is a really nice park, a bit like Paloma Park in Benalmadena.  It has a large boating lake which is really cheap, the only problems is that it closes for Siesta, so avoid hours 1.30pm to 4pm.

Selwo Marina – Benalmadena

We loved this place when we used to visit when our daughter was a lot younger.  Do check show times before arriving  or you may feel you didn´t get value for money as its quite small.  You can also purchase an annual pass which can work out really good value.  Check opening times and ticket prices direct on their website.

Photo Selwo Benalamadena

Paloma Park, Benamalmadena

Paloma Park is right next to Selwo Marina.  This is a huge park with a lake, parks and playgrounds, a little farm area and rabbits running free.  Do be very careful of Gypsies wandering around and coming up to you giving you flowers or asking you questions…they are quick and will take your purse!  Quite a few of our Travel Forum members have sadly fallen for this scam.

Sea Life Centre – Benalmadena

Sea Life Benalmádena is a magical marine experience on the Costa del Sol, with over 500.000 litres of water in which swim more than 5.000 different creatures, including species from the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific Oceans and even creatures normally found in the Red Sea.  You can often find discounts online.  For ticket prices and opening hours go directly to their website.

Teleferico Cable Car – Benalmadena

If you like heights and scenery then you must take a trip on the Cable Car that will take you to the peak of Calamorro where you can do a donkey ride, see Spanish horse riding displays or do a bit of rambling, then take a coffee in the cafeteria with its amazing views over Malaga Coastline.  For opening times and prices please check the website direct.

Tivoli World, Benalmadena

This was one of our favourites when our daughter was younger.  There’s so much going on everywhere, with lots of rides and entertainment shows to keep everyone occupied.  In the summer months it doesn’t open until 6pm and closes around 3am.  Sounds crazy but the truth is it´s just too hot during the day.  You can sometimes find discount cards and coupons in the local newspapers.  Check the website for times and prices.

Butterfly Park, Mariposario de Benalmadena

We loved this place; fun, colourful and educational.  More than 1,500 exotic butterflies from all over the world, all fly freely in the beautiful surroundings of waterfalls and flowers.  You can see how they are born, how they reproduce and learn many more facts about this little insects.  It really is worth a visit.  Keep you eyes open for discount vouchers which you might find at the airport, car hire desks, shopping centres and newspapers.

Costa Water Park, Benalmadena

There are 7 of these inflatable obstacle courses in the sea along the Costa Del Sol, Benalmádena, 3 in Fuengirola, Elviria, Puerto Banus and San Pedro Alcántara. This is great fun for both kids and adults. You can pay for 1 hour or buy a ticket for the whole day.  If you have small kids, please take good care of them if the sea is a little rough or if it´s busy.  Prices are normally 10€ a hour or 25€ for the whole day.

Fuengirola & Mijas Area

Bioparc Fuengirola / Fuengirola Zoo

This zoo was another one of our favourite places to go to, we even bought the annual pass which was fantastic value if you went a few times a year.  The park isn´t too big but there is so much to do and see and you must find out the times of the shows as these are well worth seeing.  In the summer months the zoo is open in the evenings.  There are often discount cards for the zoo at the airport, car hire desks and shopping centres.

Aquatic Park / Mijas Water Park

Personally, we prefer this to Torremolinos, maybe because it feels a bit smaller and the rides don’t seem as scary.   We often spend all day here and take a pack lunch or eat in the restaurants.   Lots of other activities, shows, mini-golf, dancing and we love the water aerobics!  There are lockers and the toilets and changing rooms are generally spotless with cleaners working all day long.  There are discounts if you go in the late afternoon and you may find discount vouchers around too.  It does get busy and if you’re going to rent one of the rubber rings, do it as soon as you arrive.

Costa Water Park, Fuengirola & Mijas

There are 7 of these inflatable obstacle courses in the sea along the Costa Del Sol, Benalmádena, 3 in Fuengirola, Elviria, Puerto Banus and San Pedro Alcántara. This is great fun for both kids and adults. You can pay for 1 hour or buy a ticket for the whole day.  If you have small kids, please take good care of them if the sea is a little rough or if it´s busy.  Prices are normally 10€ a hour or 25€ for the whole day.

La Cala to Elvira

Aventura Amazonia, Elviria

We love this place, great day out for adults and kids and also as part of a team building experience.    You will go through training session with qualified instructors and the safety of the harnesses have been improved so it is safer than ever.  Different courses for different levels and ages.  Lots of places to sit and eat, so feel free to take a picnic.  Prices seem to have risen quite a lot since it opened, but you may be able to pick up some discount vouchers or online.  The last time we went, one of the kids was unable to do it due to her height so please do check heigh restrictions before setting off to avoid disappointment.

Marbella to San Pedro

The Boulevard, San Pedro

The Boulevard isn´t a theme park, but it is a great place to go with your kids and it´s free.  A huge pedestrianised area in the centre of San Pedro above the tunnel, full of parks and playgrounds for kids of all ages, lots of places to sit and rest, cafes and restaurants, ice skating rink and also an outdoor Theatre.  A really lovely place to meet up with friends where the kids can run free.

Costa Jump, San Pedro

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Costa WaterPark, Puerto Banus

There are 7 of these inflatable obstacle courses in the sea along the Costa Del Sol, Benalmádena, 3 in Fuengirola, Elviria, Puerto Banus and San Pedro Alcántara. This is great fun for both kids and adults. You can pay for 1 hour or buy a ticket for the whole day.  If you have small kids, please take good care of them if the sea is a little rough or if it´s busy.  Prices are normally 10€ a hour or 25€ for the whole day.

Estepona to Gibraltar Area

Estepona Kart & Fun

Karting is great fun for all the family, groups of friends, hens, stags and team building evenings.  For the adults there tracks up to 1160 metres long and a minimum of 8 metres wide.  For the kids the track is 100 metres.  Book in advance as this does get busy.  They also have another centre in Malaga next to Plaza Mayor.

Kids Kingdom, Cancelada

A huge ball park with lots of obstacle courses and slides which keeps the kids entertained for ages.  Prices vary depending on age and length of time you stay so check the website for up to date prices.

Virtual Reality Centre, Estepona

Recently opened close to Kidz Kingdom, a Virtual Reality Centre with 4 pods, a 6 seater rollercoaster ride and also a single virtual reality experience (which is amazing).  Kids and adults will love it, an unbelievable experience if you have never tried anything like it before.  They also rent machines out for parties and events.  This is situated in a shop front, not somewhere like Costa Jump or Kidz Kingdom, an hour and you can experience all the rides.  There is also another Virtual Reality Centre in Marbella.

Selwo Adventure Park Estepona

We used to spend hours here taking the trucks all the way to the top and walking all the way down via the rope bridges.  So much to see and do, and lots of fantastic shows and talks about the animals, so be sure to check times.  You can take a picnic or eat there in one of their restaurants.  If you are a regular visitor or live here, it could be worth looking at buying an annual pass.  They have changed the pricing since we visited where you have to pay for the buses separately.  In the summer months the queue can be long so make sure you have hats and suncream.

Castellar Zoo, Castellar de la Frontera

Castellar Zoo  is a rescue centre which has really improved its facilities over the years.  There is often a little baby money or tiger which they have rescued at the entrance which everyone falls in love with.    It´s not overly expensive and you can get really close to the animals.  At the entrance you can also buy bags of food for a 1€.  We love this place and highly recommend everyone going.  It´s about another 15  minutes on from Sotogrande School.  Check the website for prices and opening hours.

Costa Water Park, Sotogrande

There are 7 of these inflatable obstacle courses in the sea along the Costa Del Sol, Benalmádena, 3 in Fuengirola, Elviria, Puerto Banus and San Pedro Alcántara. This is great fun for both kids and adults. You can pay for 1 hour or buy a ticket for the whole day.  If you have small kids, please take good care of them if the sea is a little rough or if it´s busy.  Prices are normally 10€ a hour or 25€ for the whole day.

Aqualand, Bahia de Cadiz

Great fun for the kids and adults, one of the biggest water parks on the Coast with a huge amount of rides for all ages.  There are kids shows, flamenco shows, restaurants and gardens where you can take a picnic.  It does get very busy and you can be queuing quite a while for some of the rides, so get there early and rent the rubber rings as soon as you can.  Keep you eye out for discount vouchers and check online for discounts for group bookings.

Dolphin World, Gibraltar

If you are visiting Gibraltar to see the Barbary Apes then take a trip to the Dolphin World too. Dolphin World combines a fascinating cruise around one of the most visually spectacular bays in the world with a chance to see and photograph different species of dolphin, occasional Whales, flying fish, turtles and sunfish- all with commentary on the world of Dolphins. The cruise takes around an hour and a half.  They also have other  packages including dolphin trips and monkeys.  Check the website direct for opening hours and prices.

Malaga City

Don’t forget that there’s lot of things to do in Malaga City including hiring bikes, museums, Gibralfaro, the Red Bus Tours and lots of fabulous places to eat and drink.

If you have any questions you can come and chat to us and thousands of others on our Facebook Page and join our Costa Del Sol Travel Forum.  Don´t forget about Malaga too which is a full of things to do including some fantastic museum.

 

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