Looking for things to do for children in Malaga? In this blog post we look at ideas for older kids on holiday in Malaga – aged 10 and over. If your children are younger, check out this post where we suggest things to do in Malaga for the under 10s.
Things to do for children in Malaga – take them to a match
If your kids are sporting fans and you’re on holiday in Malaga, check the match timetables for Malaga football club and/or the Unicaja basketball team. Both play in the premier league divisions in Spain and Unicaja plays at European level so visiting teams include the very best.
Malaga CF plays at the Rosaleda Stadium (north along the dry Guadalmedina river bed, about 10-15 minutes’ walk from the centre). Tickets available here.
Things to do for children in Malaga – take them to the beach
One of the best things to do for children in Malaga has to be visit the beach. Both the main beaches in Malaga are within walking distance of the centre and both have blue-flag status. Kiosks along the seafront promenade sell spades and sets of beach tennis and badminton sets as well as cold drinks and ice creams.
Water safety – lifeguards are on duty daily from mid-June to mid-September. The sea shelves quite quickly near the shore along most of the beaches in Malaga but it’s shallow at the west end of La Misericordia Beach.
Things to do for children in Malaga – take them to a museum (or 2)
Navigate a ship into Malaga, create a wave, see a rescued loggerhead turtle… all at this museum located on Muelle 2 in the Palmeral de las Sorpresas on the port.
Open daily 1 July to 10 Sept 11am to 2pm & 5 to 8pm, 11 Sept to 30 June 10-30am to 2pm & 4.30 to 6.30pm. €5 kids (aged 4-17), €7 adults, €20 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children)
Museum of the Imagination
Tucked away in the Soho district, 4 large rooms provide some of the best fun your kids will have in Malaga. Nothing is quite what it seems and you’ll all be challenged to believe what your eyes are seeing. Lots of photo opportunities so make sure you take a camera or better still, your mobile phone. Your teens’ Instagrams and Snapchats will be buzzing! Calle Martinez Campos 13.
Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday10am to 9pm and Friday to Sunday 10am to 10pm. Closed Wednesday. €5 for children aged 7 to 15, €10 adults
Lots of scientific interactivity here with over 80 try-out-yourself exhibits and a planetarium. Located to the right of the Rosaleda Sports Stadium (10-15 minutes’ walk from the centre).
Open Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm & 5 to 8pm, Sat 10am to 2pm. €3
Things to do for children in Malaga – get them some wheels
Add a bit of adrenaline and excitement to the list of things to do for children in Malaga and take them cycling, kart racing or for a ride on a Segway.
Cycling – choose from renting your own wheels or joining a cycling tour of Malaga. Lots of companies offer both services. We like Malaga Bike at Calle Trinidad Grund 4 in the Soho district. Prices start at €10 a day for hire and €25 for a tour.
Kart racing – This purpose-built kart racing track has 2 circuits – Daytona and Le Mans and is suitable for all ages. Even if your child can’t reach the pedals, double karts are available – but we think this is a great option for older children. Kart & Fun is located at Plaza Mayor (take the Cercanías train from the Centro Alameda station to Plaza Mayor stop or take the No 5 bus from Alameda Principal).
Open July & August daily 10 to midnight, Sept to June Mon to Fri 11-9, Sat 10-11pm and Sun 10-10. From €17 for 10 minutes
Segway – several companies offer Segway tours in Malaga and these are suitable for older children. Pick up a leaflet at the tourist office and book your tour. Prices start at €15 for 15-30 minutes.
Things to do for children in Malaga – take them to the park
Play parks are fun for children whatever their age and there are some great ones in Malaga. Early teens will love the zip rides on the seafront promenades (1 near the tall chimney in the west and the others on the beaches at La Malagueta and El Palo).
Parque Litoral – this is one of the best play parks in Malaga for older children. The central mound has 3 slides (take a piece of cardboard to sit on for extra speed) and the park has a basketball court plus play parks for small children. Take the No 16 bus from the Alameda Principal and get off at the last stop. Plenty of family-friendly restaurants in this area too if you want to make a day of it.
Things to do for children in Malaga – take them to skate
Skaters, rollers and BMXers will love this skate park that has fast become of the most renowned in Spain. Designed by local Rubén Alcántara, twice world championship, the park includes a bowl, half-pipe and dirt track for BMXs. Equipment hire isn’t available at the moment so you need to take your own gear including protective pads and helmets. Or go along to watch and get some tips. Regular competitions and shows are held here – check the website for details. Malaga Skatebow is located to the west of the city in Camino Cuarto. To get there from the centre of Malaga take the C1 bus from the Alameda Principal and get off at Magistrado Salvador Barberá (stop no 923) from where it’s a 5-minute walk. The journey takes about 25 minutes in total.
Open 1 June to 30 September daily 8am to noon & 6 to 11pm, 1 October to 31 May daily 10am to 11pm. €3.
(Editor’s note: staff at the Skatepark told Guide to Malaga that they were working on providing equipment hire. We’ll keep you posted.)
Things to do for children in Malaga – show them some street art
Another one of the great things to do for children in Malaga (and for anyone!) is to visit the street art around the city. The Soho and Lagunillas districts are the best. Read our guides to street art in Malaga in Soho and in Lagunillas. Or just take a stroll along the Guadalmedina River bed and admire the murals and artistic graffiti as you go