Ten theme parks for families that you mustn’t miss this winter in Malaga
When December arrives, children are always so excited to see Christmas coming. Celebrating with our children and enjoying some family time is very important, so here are some places to consider where you can spend fun and intimate moments together. Now it’s their turn. Pay attention to these ten sites where you can spend some unforgettable times with the kings of the house.
Children and animals have had a special relationship since ancient times. They are passionate about them and what better way to get close to them than at Selwo Aventura in Estepona. It is a theme park with over 2000 different examples of wildlife which live in a manner similar to their natural habitat in semi freedom. Bengal Tigers, elephants, white rhinos and lions are some of the animals that can be found here. This place also organises activities to enjoy a more pleasant way to visit. Across the Costa del Sol, in Benalmádena, you can find Selwo Marina, another park owned by the same company but this time dedicated to sea animals. The penguins are the kings of the place together with dolphins and sea lions.
2. Tivoli World
Tivoli is one of the oldest and most emblematic theme parks in the Costa del Sol Located in Benalmádena. You simply must take your little ones along to enjoy all the possibilities offered within this unmissable area. Children can have a wonderful time, not only by riding on the roller coaster, bumper cars or the “Tivoli Dragon” but also by watching the shows that are offered throughout the streets of the park. Adults also have more daring attractions such as, for example, the free fall. Within the enclosure, there are often concerts as well as bars and restaurants to have lunch.
Bioparc Fuengirola is a new zoo concept based on respect for nature and the preservation of its species. The architectural design of the place favours immersion because it immerses visitors in the animal environment. Its 25-metre-high baobab is well-known as one of the world’s largest artificial trees. Bioparc recreates habitats from all five continents and, at certain times of year, holds ethnic events that make us forget that we are in the Costa del Sol, transporting us to other parts of the world. The birds and mammals exhibition is combined with monitors in a sort of narrated tale that explores the drive we have to reach other natural places unknown to us.
4. Crocodile Park
If you want a wild experience with your little ones, go to Torremolinos and visit its Crocodile Park. These reptiles are the absolute stars of this place where children can enter the world of these reptiles. The park also features a media room where you can find out information about these animals. Don’t miss the opportunity for your children to be photographed with these animals resting in eight lakes fitted with vegetation from their habitat. An experience for all the family.
5. Skate Park
Add fun and sport together in one of the most complete Skate Parks in Spain. In Fuengirola, you will find this place where children and teenagers share their passion for skating. Whether skateboarding, cycling or using inline skates, the facilities here are suitable for doing all kinds of tricks. Different ramps, three bowls and flat decks are some of the elements that make up this area. If you take your children, don’t forget they must wear helmets and knee pads, because in an environment like this, it’s better safe than sorry.
6. Lobo Park (Wolf Park)
As mentioned above, the relationship between children and animals is very close and so in the province of Malaga there are several parks where they can stay in touch. One of them is located in Antequera and is very special for having an animal which is feared yet loved by children. It’s “Lobo Park“, a new way of approaching and loving the wolf, this fairy-tale animal. The tour of the park can be done on horseback and from there you can hear the howls and see the beauty of the different races. Kids can learn more about this animal on Lobo Park Farm where, in an entertaining way, they can find out more about this animal and see it living together with other more friendly animals like pot-bellied pigs, ducks and chickens.
7. Butterfly house
If you want to offer your children an array of colours for their eyes, stop by the butterfly house in Benalmádena. Located next to the Buddhist stupa, this room includes all species of this winged animal. Given that the life expectancy of butterflies is a couple of weeks, the population of this zoo is renewed naturally every fortnight. Take your little ones to this room where they can immerse themselves in a world of fairies. While these small insects flit around children, they can learn about their behaviour and role in nature.
8. Florentine Carousel
In Fuengirola, there is a nice attraction for your kids, especially if they are three or four years old. This is the Florentine Carousel on the city’s boardwalk. The horses and carriages hark back to these typical Italian attractions. Its rococo appearance transports us to a dream world, in great part thanks to the musical accompaniment offered on each ride. A beautiful attraction that will provide you with some treasured photos with your children.
9. Sea Life
Benalmádena holds an original aquarium in the heart of the Costa del Sol. If you like the underwater world, don’t hesitate in coming to this place with your children where they are sure to enjoy the mysteries of the deep sea. One of the most interesting points of this visit is the tunnel which is home to the sharks. If you walk through it, you’ll find yourself surrounded on all sides by these feared animals of the ocean. Octopuses are some of the most acclaimed smaller species. This tour is done in an entertaining, interactive and informative way with an accessible audio-visual system.
One of the most important leisure spots for children in the province of Malaga is, without doubt, the beach. The long Malaga coast offers children the chance to play and enjoy themselves at any time of year. There are areas designed for sport and for rest. There is no better way to encourage creativity and family activities than building a sandcastle. An excellent way to have fun with your children in a natural setting.
Now that Christmas is coming, don’t hesitate in offering your kids activities that they will never forget. They will learn and have fun at the same time. Contact with animals is also very rewarding for them and for you, and don’t forget that this time of year should be enjoyed as a family.