On the look out to find the best things to do with kids in Lanzarote? With its year-round warm climate, you can hope without a doubt to enjoy many days of sunshine on your Lanzarote family holiday. But if you get a cloudy morning or fancy escaping the midday heat, head to a cool cave or a pirate museum to entertain the kids away from the beach for a few hours. Lanzarote’s sunny climate, dramatic volcanic scenery and plentiful beaches make it a firm favourite with families all year round. Enjoying one of the warmest climates in Europe, this popular Canary Island therefore promises hours of sunshine and warm seas, which are both perfect for numerous outdoor activities with your kids.
Let’s explore the best things to do with your Kids in Lanzarote.
1. Museo de la Piratería, Teguise
The kids will love this museum because of the history of piracy on the island. Set within the 16th-century Castillo de Santa Bárbara, perched high on the Montaña de Guanapay, it has amazing views too. Are you ready to tell your children great stories about Pirates?
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 9am – 4pm. Sunday 10am – 4pm
2. Soft Play in Puerto del Carmen
The multi-purpose venue on the top floor of Biosfera shopping centre is a great place to hang out on a cloudy day. There is also a rooftop cinema, dinosaur themed crazy golf, a covered play area and a ‘lost world’ café with indoor soft play.
If you are staying in a large hotel there will also usually be a soft play areas for kids.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 11pm
3. Cueva de los Verdes
At first, this network of lava caves were formed after the eruption of the Volcán de la Corona, and are now one of Lanzarote’s top tourist attractions. With your knowledgeable guide, you can learn all about how it was used as a hideout by locals protecting themselves from pirate attacks in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Moreover, lit by green and blue lights to highlight the unique rock formations and underground lakes. There are definitely some great photo to take here.
There are also regular classical music concerts held inside the caves, which is a really amazing experience. Check the website for upcoming events. No wonder why Lanzarote is great for kids.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm
4. LagOMar Museum
This amazing house built into the rocks is now a museum, art gallery and restaurant – a unique outing that the whole family will enjoy. One of Lanzarote’s most spectacular private properties, LagOMar was designed and created by a variety of famous artists and architects over the years, including the original imagining by Lanzarote native César Manrique.
In addition, explore the beautiful interiors, formed from existing lava caves and decorated with natural materials like wood from local ship wrecks. The abundant local flora such as palms or cactus give a tropical paradise feel. This icon of architectural excellence is really one of the best things to do with the kids in Lanzarote.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am-6pm
5. Lanzarote Aquarium, Costa Teguise
Finally, get a close up view of hundreds of marine species at this great aquarium in Costa Teguise. Highlights include “touch tanks”, an underwater viewing tunnel and the opportunity to dive with sharks! And beware of the BabyShark song stuck in your head! A great activity to do with your kids in Lanzarote.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5:30pm
6. Hit the Beach
Lanzarote is blessed with wide beaches edged by shallow, calm water, so no wonder it’s a favourite destination for young families. Our top three beaches on the island are below:
– Playa Blanca. This popular beach has soft golden sand, unlike many of Lanzarote’s coarse black sand beaches, so it’s perfect for building sandcastles and paddling. In addition, there are some small rides on the beach for little ones, and two play areas including a pirate ship which the kids will love.
– Playas Del Papagayo is part of the Monumento Natural de Los Ajachesso, a protected area of land famed for its unspoiled beauty. However, it’s slightly off the beaten track, but you will be rewarded with wonderful views from one of the prettiest beaches on the island. Although a little remote, it’s well equipped for visitors with a car park and café. Not suitable for pushchairs as the walk down to the beach is a little precarious.
– Puerto del Carmen is one of Lanzarote’s most popular beach resorts for families, offering several sandy beaches, shops, cafes and the old town boat dock El Varadero. Therefore, Playa Grande is where many families choose to spend their days, so get there early to bag a good spot.
The calm shallow waters of Lanzarote are perfect for kids trying their first go at kayaking, SUP, surfing or kitesurfing. And there are even kids’ diving classes if they are aged 8 or over. Canary Island Divers in Puerto del Carmen offers ‘Bubble-maker’ courses in the pool or ocean, as well as open-water Junior PADI courses for children aged 10 and over.
Opening Hours: Open Mon to Sat 8:30am – 5:30pm
8. Timanfaya National Park
The unique lunar landscape and steaming geysers of this famous volcanic park is a ‘must see’ on your holiday. Nicknamed the ‘Mountains of Fire’, Timanfaya tops the list of things to do in Lanzarote for almost every visitor. So explore the amazing scenery on a coach trip, in a hire car, on a camel ride, or hike with the baby on your back if you’re feeling fit.
Most importantly, don’t miss the restaurant right in the middle of the park, where your food is cooked on a volcano-powered BBQ!
Visiting Hours: 09:00 – 17:45 in winter and 09:00 – 18:45 in summer
9. Pardelas Park
Located in the north of the island, Pardelas Park is the perfect place to stop on the way back from the famous viewpoint, Mirador del Rio. Small but attractive, Pardelas Park offers a play area, a farm area where the kids can feed the animals, as well as donkey rides and a pottery studio.
After that, make a beeline for the restaurant’s large shady terrace with its wonderful view of the surrounding mountains. Here, you can enjoy a relaxed lunch of local wine and tapas.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm
10. Rancho Texas
Rancho Texas boasts exotic animals and a water park all set against a desert-ranch-style backdrop. Certainly a great day out for the family, this is one of the best things to do in Lanzarote with the kids.
Firstly, they will love the amazing array of wildlife. For example, crocodiles, sea lions, white tigers and birds of prey can all be admired. In addition, there are farm animals to pet from donkeys to goats. After meeting the animals, they can cool off in the waterpark complete with slides, splash zone, fountains and sun terrace.
Opening Hours: Open daily 9:30am – 5:30pm
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