With Mallorca offering hundreds of child-friendly activities, from theme parks and go-karting to pirate shows and aquariums, there’s no reason for parents to hear the dreaded ‘I’m bored’. Here are a few ideas to kickstart your family adventure on the island.
The Safari Zoo, situated near Cala Millor, offers a fantastic outdoor adventure all year round. You can take a safari tour, either in the comfort of your car or in the park’s own train, and see an array of over 600 animals roaming across the pretty landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for giraffes, elephants, flamingos and naughty monkeys, and don’t bypass the very interesting reptile house, or the baby zoo with its adorable newborns.
For a calmer, more cultural affair, head to Can Planes contemporary art museum in the North of Mallorca. Hundreds of lovely paintings, sculptures and engravings by Balearic artists cover the ground floor of this old manor house. For the youngsters, upstairs you will find the Museu de la Jugueta – a unique and magical area dedicated to 4,000 games and toys showcasing the evolution of children’s entertainment.
This popular theme park provides a wealth of activities for all ages and is certainly an easy way to pass the day. On hot days, head to the outdoor Katlantis water park with winding slides and refreshing pools. Inside, you will discover a huge soft-play area stretching over five floors, which is especially popular with younger children. Teenagers can tackle the challenging K3 climbing frame and ropes course with zip lines and swings. Don’t forget to leave time for visit to the interactive Asylum and Zombies attractions, where 3D spooks and creepy-crawlies can get a little too close for comfort.
What better way to burn off some energy than at Doble 8, Mallorca’s largest indoor climbing centre. With over 30 climbing routes and 3200 holds, everyone’s bound to be scaling heights in no time. If you’re looking for a new challenge, take lessons in rappel, canyoning, and slack-lining, as well as circus and trapeze skills in the acrobatics area.
Of all the wonderful things you can do with your kids on the island, riding on the back of a fully grown ostrich might come out tops. The Artestruz Ostrich Farm in Campos is open year round, seven days a week, for those seeking something a little different. Take a guided tour and discover how a local family passionately rears and cares for their impressive birds. Take part at feeding time if you dare, and be sure to leave room in the hand-luggage for an egg or two to take home with you.
Jungle Parc offers an adrenalin-pumping day out amongst the treetops for big kids and grown-ups alike, with its multitude of high ropes courses and zip-lines. If a gentler approach is required, Jungle Parc Junior in Bendinat is designed for children aged 4–11 years old. The climbing activities at both sites are all in the shade of woodland and offer a wide range of outdoor physical challenges.