The Guide to Marbella with Children
Whether you are visiting or live here year round, Marbella offers a good selection of things to do with children year round. Below you will find a selection of things to do with children in Marbella organised into Public Playgrounds, Indoor Play Parks and activities, Outdoor amusement parks and activities as well as Water Sports and water related activities.
- Table of contents
- Public playgrounds
- Indoor play parks and activities
- Outdoor amusement parks and activities
- Water sports and activities
The following guide to things to do with kids in Marbella has been compiled by our Marbella native team members with children and teenagers at home, so we hope it provides some very useful information.
Marbella is renowned for its child-friendly environment, with public playgrounds seemingly dotted everywhere. Play areas on the beach are a great option for entertaining smaller children, with those at the Puerto Pesquero and Puerto Deportivo offering ample space for all.
If you’re looking to dine on the beach while the children play nearby, there is a playground right on the sand, on the western side of the Puerto Deportivo, which means you can sit at either one of the beach restaurants La Pesquera del Faro o El Chiringuito and watch the kids play.
The park at Bello Horizonte has swings and slides as well as a mini skate park.
The parque de la Represa, located just below the Puente Malaga and the public library, is another of our favourite parks, with a new playground (the park was refurbished at the end of 2022). The area is very pleasant to take a stroll in, and there is a pond area with ducks and turtles as well as a dog park in case your pet joins you. If you’ve got a sweet tooth after running around, at a 2min walk just down the street there is the Generalife cafeteria which specialises in ‘churros’ and is a favourite amongst locals.
In the Eastern part of Marbella in calle Bunker, just above the Costa del Sol Hospital you can also find a lovely green area, great to walk around and which also has a children's playground. This park will be much more quieter than those in the centre of Marbella.
Parque de la Constitución
Marbella centre’s ‘green lung’, located in the heart of Marbella centre, with a lovely childrens playground set in a beautiful lush green park which is ideal for wandering around, cycling and enjoying a little peace and quiet. Inside the park is an auditorium where musical and theatrical shows can be enjoyed mostly in the summer months.
Parque de la Constitución - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 952 76 11 43
Monday-Sunday: 08:00 - 22:00
Parque Tres Jardines
Located in San Pedro, this is one of the largest public parks in Marbella. With lots of space to run around, cycle, picnic, feed the ducks and turtles at the lake and 2 children’s playgrounds (one for smaller children and one for older kids), this is a lovely spot to spend the morning or afternoon in. There are also quite a few bunny rabbits roaming around freely! Costa Jump, the trampoline park mentioned in this guide is actually just by the park, so one of our favourite things to do is spend an hour jumping and then take a stroll and picnic in the park.
Parque Tres Jardines - Contact details:
Monday-Sunday: 08:00 - 22:00
Located just west of the Club Med Hotel, this is another favourite of Marbella locals, ideal for bunny rabbit spotting and taking a stroll around its lush green gardens.
Parque Xarblanca - Contact details:
Monday-Sunday: 08:00 - 22:00
Polideportivo Paco Cantos
Paco Cantos sports centre in Marbella offers a variety of sporting after school activities such as tennis, padel tennis, rock climbing, skating, basketball or indoor football for ages 4-16 and additionally has a playground with swings and slides where children can play while parents have a coffee in the outdoor café overlooking the playground.
Polideportivo Paco Cantos - Contact details:
Web: While the sports centre itself does not have a web, all its activities are listed in the Marbella town hall website.
Phone number: +34 952 76 11 00
Monday-Friday: 10:00 - 23:00
SaturdaySunday: 10:00 - 21:00
This is the largest park in the municipality of Marbella, providing a beautiful forested setting to walk around, with a kids playground, picnic areas and dog park. The park is open 24 hours a day. If you live in the Sierra Blanca, Nagueles, Marbella Hill Club area you can walk to the Nagueles park otherwise it’s easily reachable by car with a public car park just outside and lots of parking space on the street which borders the park. Inside the park, you can find Fuerte de Nagueles, which is a venue which hosts summer camps for children and where one can organise birthday parties during the year.
San Pedro Boulevard
The main strip running along San Pedro’ centre. The boulevard provides a great outdoor busy area where children can play in the public playground on the easter part of the avenue as well as offering several cafés and bars.
Playgrounds in Estepona
In Estepona there are a variety of public playgrounds for children. The Parque de los Niños, located within the lovely public park Las Mesas offers a great lush green area to walk around, cycle and relax while the children play. Head on down to the promenade and you can find a seafront playground in the easter part of Avenida de España.
Park in Benahavis
Parque Torre Leonera, a beautiful public park just east of the town centre, complete with amphitheatre, ponds and lake. Here kids can enjoy the playground with swings and slides and also lovely pathways to stroll around in or cycle.
Monday-Sunday: 08:30 - 21:00
Indoor play parks and activities
A Café/restaurant with indoor children’s play areas in San Pedro. Ideal for having a snack or coffee while your kids play inside in the modular play areas, with 2 ballparks, a trampoline, and cushioned football pitch. It’s also a great location to hire out for birthday parties. Ideal for ages 1-6.
Divine Park - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 695 45 52 28
Tuesday-Sunday: 17:00 - 22:00
A large modular playpark with areas offering undulating slides, spiral slides, interactive games, trampolines and a wealth of possibilities for games of hide and seek. Children under 3 are offered free entrance, with a flat fee for older children that allows them to play for as long as they wish – available at half price to members. There is a bar/restaurant offering food and drinks, ideal for relaxing while the children play.
Kidz Kingdom - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 952 92 89 36
Tuesday-Sunday: 14:00 - 21:00
CostaJump in San Pedro and Super Jump in Estepona: Warehouse-sized cavernous spaces, full of large trampolines with different areas such as:
- Battlebeam: A soft beam suspended over foam shapes where the object is to knock your opponent off the beam.
- Basketball: With added bounce.
- Cardiowall: The CardioWall, positioned on a large trampoline, consists of multiple touch-sensitive pads or lights and encourages players to exceed their jumping abilities by hitting lights on reaction boards to score points. It offers a fun and challenging activity for individuals of all ages and bouncing skills.
Additionally they offer Dodgeball, Parkour circuit, Foam pits and climbing wall (the latter only in Super Jump).
Costa Jump, San Pedro - Contact details:
Phone number for Whatsapp: +34 685 682 492
Monday-Friday: 16:00 - 21:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 21:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 20:00
During summer holidays: 11:00 - 21:00
Super Jump, Estepona - Contact details:
Phone number for Whatsapp: +34 679 009 609
Monday-Friday: 17:00 - 21:00
Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 - 21:00
Butterfly park (Mariposario)
An indoor tropical-like setting with over 1500 free roaming butterflies.
Mariposario, Benalmadena - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 951 211 196
Monday-Sunday: 10:00 - 20:30
Is an aquarium situated at the entrance of Puerto Marina (Benalmadena's port) and next to the Marina Shopping mall. It is home to a wide variety of sea species brought in from all over the world. It opened in 1995 and is made up of 25 aquariums divided into 9 different rooms. The whole building, according to their official website, is wheelchair accessible.
Sealife Benalmadena - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 952 560 150
Monday-Sunday: 11:00 - 19:00
Selwo Marina, Benalmadena
A small marine park with sea lions, penguins, dolphins and a variety of birds and reptiles.
Phone number: +34 952 57 77 73
Monday-Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Kinepolis in La Cañada shopping centre, Red Dog Cinemas in Puerto Banus and Cinesur at Miramar shopping centre in Fuengirola offer films in their original language with and without subtitles.
Additionally Red Dog Cinemas offers a Gaming and Virtual Reality centre.
Kinepolis La Cañada, Marbella - Contact details:
Red Dog Cinema, Puerto Banus - Contact details:
Cinesur Miramar, Fuengirola - Contact details:
Outdoor amusement parks and activities
Also in central Marbella is Pirate's Park, located near the beach. Here, children can be let loose to enjoy the mini-amusement park which includes bouncy castles, ballparks and trampolines. Meanwhile, parents can relax and enjoy a coffee or snack while keeping an eye on their little ones.
Pirate’s Park - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 630 66 98 99
Monday-Sunday: 16:30 - 21:00
Camelot Park, Puerto Banus
A year-round outdoor mini amusement park complete with jumping castle, merry go round, games/VR area, trampoline park, ball park among other things.
Camelot Park - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 669 37 87 64
Monday: 09:30 - 13:30
Tuesday-Sunday: 09:30 - 13:30 and 16:30 - 21:00
A treetop adventure park for children from 4 years and upwards that sees them swinging through the tree canopy and flying down ziplines, with a total of 103 challenges that are separated by age range – including, for the oldest and bravest, the Monkey Jump, a leap into the void from 12m.
Amazonia - Contact details:
Monday-Friday: 9:30 - 19:30h
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00h
BioParc Fuengirola (Fuengirola zoo)
Is a great place for smaller children, just 20 minutes away from Marbella. Bioparc Fuengirola is based on respect for nature and the preservation of natural species where animals live side-by-side, recreating their natural habitats. The park is home to more than 200 species, most of which are endangered or already at risk of extinction. Bioparc Fuengirola offers programmes to promote and guarantee the survival of the species.
BioParc Fuengirola - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 952 666 301
Monday-Friday: 10:00 - 19:00h
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00h
Zoo de Castellar
Is a private initiative of an animal rescue centre that has been working since 1998 and opened to the public in 2002. Its foundation was created to help animals that resulted from seizures made by the authorities. These animals, which were the victims of a growing black market, were in a situation in which no one took care of them. This animal rescue centre began to be a custodian of these helpless animals, which deserved to continue living in the best possible care. Today it has become an attraction for the public due to the interaction and closeness of a multitude of animals, with the initiative of creating a natural and unforgettable bond between the visitor and the animal.
Castellar Zoo - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 607 910 393
Monday-Sunday: 10:00 - 19:00
Crocodile Park (Cocodrilos Park), Torremolinos
Is a 16.000 square metres park dedicated to crocodile and prehistoric animals. You can find more than 200 different species and one of Europe’s largest crocodiles at five metres long weighing in at 600 kilograms. It has dining areas, recreation areas and a spacious parking lot that offers easy access to the facility. It’s the perfect place for the little ones to have fun while learning all about these fascinating animals.
Crocodile Park Torremolinos - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 650 736 877
Monday-Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00
Selwo Aventura, Estepona
Provides a nature journey across diverse landscapes, introducing visitors to iconic animals like lions, white rhinos, giraffes, and red pandas. The park features three large suspension bridges reminiscent of Africa and a 116-metre Ziwa zip line, offering a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding greenery. Guests can enjoy educational talks on various species, and unique experiences like the Safari Serengeti tour and the VIP Experience, which gives exclusive access to restricted areas with the park's caretakers and biologists.
Selwo Aventura - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 952 57 77 73
Monday-Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Water sports and activities
Dolphin watching with Auster Sailors
Something that’s a thrill for all the family, Auster Sailors leave from Puerto Banús port heading out to sea to catch up with pods of dolphins. It’s a magical experience everyone will remember.
Contact details and info:
Phone number: +34 633 24 00 08
Monday-Friday: 08:00 - 20:00
Catamaran ride from/to Marbella and Puerto Banus with Fly Blue
This is a great weekend morning activity which can be done from March to November. The boats leave from both Puerto Banus or Marbella and take about 30 min. You can sit outside or inside in the shade, where there is also a bar serving drinks and snacks. We suggest getting the round trip ticket, stopping for lunch when you get to either Marbella or Puerto Banus and then take the boat back after lunch to where you departed from.
Fly Blue Catamaran - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 663 827 986
March to November
Monday-Friday: 09:30 - 20:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 20:30
Sunday: 9:00 - 21:00
During the summer months, there are the water parks of Mijas and Torremolinos: Aqua Park in Mijas and Aqualand in Torremolinos. For the younger members of the family, Aqualand is a better option as it offers a more extensive children’s area with fun slides and it is open until the first week of October.
Aquamijas Mijas - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 952 46 04 04
June - July - August - Part of September
Monday to Sunday: 10:30 - 17:30, 18:00 or 19:00 depending on the month.
Aqualand, Torremolinos - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 630 849 403
June - July - August - September - Part of October
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 17:00 or 18:00 depending on the month.
You can get a taste for paddle boarding, also called stand-up paddle, by hiring a paddle board at most of the beach concessions on the coast. Alternatively, a company such as Paddle Surf Marbella will hire all equipment by the day or week.
Paddle surf Marbella - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 664 731 202
A great way to see the coast from the sea and get some exercise at the same time. Most of the beachside concessions will have kayaks, Watersports Banús on Playa Levante near Puerto Banús for example, have single and double kayak options as well as pedalo, jet ski, parasailing and quad excursions among other things.
Watersports Banús, Puerto Banús - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 607 21 65 95
It’s a perennial favourite! Pedaloes can be hired up and down the coast at most seaside concessions, try Hollywood Beach in El Rodeito beach near Puerto Banús for their selection of pedalo models.
Hollywood Water Sports, Puerto Banus - Contact details:
Phone number: +34 663 463 468
Jet ski and Banana/ sofa boat: Feel like getting towed along behind a speedboat on a giant inflatable or racing around in a jetski? Marbella Jet Ski have a selection of inflatables, jet skis, pedalos or yacht experiences.
Marbella Jet Ski - Contact details:
Phone: +34 655 442 232
Costa Water Park
A huge bouncy castle that’s anchored off the shore in Puerto Banús, this has quickly become a summertime favourite. Kids – and their parents – wade out to the inflatable obstacle course for an hour at a time, longer sessions can also be bought.
Costa Water Park - contact details:
Whatsapp Phone number: +34 664 326 769
Marbella stands out as a truly family-friendly destination, offering a plethora of activities and attractions that cater to families of both young and older children. Its picturesque beaches, numerous public playgrounds and a wide range of family-orientated entertainment options ensure that every member of the family can find something fun to do. Whether it's building sandcastles on the beach, exploring local parks, engaging in water sports, or indulging in any of the many other activities available, Marbella provides a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere that creates lasting memories for families.
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