If you are looking for things to do in Gran Canaria for families, in this article we are going to give you a few ideas, whether you live on the island or if you are visiting. Gran Canaria offers a number of leisure and entertainment options for families. Most of them will be paid activities, but don’t miss the end of this post where we mention some free things to do with family in Gran Canaria. Here we go!
As we said, if you are looking for family things to do in Gran Canaria, here we are going to give you 15 options of activities and excursions. The table of contents you will find in this article is as follows:
- Trampoline park Urban Planet Jump
- Holiday World theme park
- Camel ride Maspalomas
- Water park Gran Canaria
- Whale watching
- Angry Birds activity park
- Palmitos Park
- Poema del Mar Aquarium
- Museum of Science
- The farm of Tío Isidro
- Cocodrilo’s Park
- Family beaches Gran Canaria
- Hikes for families Gran Canaria
- La Laguna de Valleseco
- HOTELS for families
- Guides to Gran Canaria
Things to do with family in Gran Canaria
Bear in mind that most of the activities mentioned are in the south (tourist area). Even so, you will see that there are options practically all over the island. By the way, if this is your first time on the island, we have a very detailed article on best places to visit in Gran Canaria.
1. Urban Planet Las Palmas, things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with family
Urban Planet is the largest trampoline park in Gran Canaria. It is located in the 7 Palmas shopping center in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city. What we like about this option is that it encourages physical activity and combines it perfectly with fun. The park has a large free jump area, as well as other spaces like the one shown below where you have to try to hit the target while jumping, the same with the basketball area, etc.
Urban Planet is a great option to celebrate children’s birthdays, as they have several rooms where you can have a picnic. As you can see, the older ones also had a blast, finally a birthday for everyone hehe. You have all the details, including prices and access requirements for the little ones on their site.
2. Holiday World Maspalomas, things to do in Maspalomas for families
We can affirm that the Holiday World Maspalomas is the best amusement park in Gran Canaria and in the Canary Islands. Here, in addition to having the mythical roller coaster attractions, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, etc. You will find leisure options for all audiences: escape rooms, bowling alleys, karaoke, gastronomic market, sports bar, night entertainment, park for younger children, etc. You can have more details here.
3. Camel ride Maspalomas for families
This activity is a classic on the island of Gran Canaria. And it is that the Maspalomas dunes are the perfect setting to simulate that you are in the middle of the desert. The camel ride runs from the Maspalomas Oasis area. It is a good way to appreciate one of the most beautiful landscapes on the island and get in touch with the famous camels of the Maspalomas dunes. You can get more details about this activity with opinions of other travelers, prices and available days here.
4. Aqualand, things to do with kids in Gran Canaria
Another of the places to visit in Gran Canaria with children is the largest water park in Gran Canaria. Here they have the classic slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, etc. A day to soak with the little ones in the south of the island. Check prices and facilities here.
5. Motor park (karting)
It is a karting circuit in which they have go-karts for children 5 years and older. Without a doubt, a great plan for speed lovers. It is located in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, in the south of the island.
6. Dolphin and whale watching in Gran Canaria (Puerto Rico)
Here we have one of the things to do in Puerto Rico (Gran Canaria) for families. This boat has a transparent deck and, therefore, you will be able to appreciate the marine life while they sail. Likewise, during the journey you have a good chance of being able to see dolphins and whales. However, being in their natural environment and not being a zoo, they cannot guarantee the species that you will see. You can check all the details of this activity here.
7. Angry Birds Activity Park, things to do in Puerto Rico Gran Canaria for families
Another place to visit in Gran Canaria with children is the Angry Birds Activity Park. This is more of a gymkhana or gymkhana type and has more than 20 different attractions. It is located in the Puerto Rico area.
8. Palmitos Park, things to do in Gran Canaria for families
On the other hand, another of the classics of Gran Canaria and that practically all the kids of the island have visited, is the Palmitos Park animal park. A small zoo where you are guaranteed to see dolphins among other species of mammals, exotic birds and reptiles. It is also found in the south of Gran Canaria.
9. Poema del Mar aquarium, things to do with family in Las Palmas city
Another activity to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is to visit the Poema del Mar Aquarium. Here you will find sharks, mantas, seahorses, jellyfish, etc. It is located a few steps from El Muelle shopping center and Parque Santa Catalina. You can buy your ticket and check the reviews of other travelers here. Since you are in the capital, take advantage and take a look at our article with tips on things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
10. Elder, Museum of the Science and Technology
The Elder Museum is one of the few where you can take the little ones of the house without getting bored. Rather, there are science-related educational games and activities for children of all ages. This is one of the plans that you can do in the capital of the island.
11. La Granja del Tío Isidro farm, Gran Canaria things to do for families
If the little ones in your house like animals, on this site they will be able to interact with these cute sheep and other farm animals. That is, meet them, caress them and feed them. In the Farm of Tío Isidro there are black canary pigs, sheep, rabbits, turkeys, chickens and other types of birds. Entry to the farm is free, the only condition is that you go to the farm to hold a booking at its restaurant. The food is very tasty indeed, although the service a bit slow. By the way, it is only open on Saturdays and Sundays and it is located on a farm between fruit trees and banana trees in the Jinámar area (Telde).
12. Cocodrilos Park, things to do with family Gran Canaria
In the municipality of Agüimes you can also visit the Cocodrilos Park with your family. This site is an exotic animal rescue center. So here the little ones will be able to appreciate species such as crocodiles and other reptiles, tigers, meerkats, parrots, etc. You can find more details about this place here.
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13. Family beaches Gran Canaria
Regarding the beaches to go with children in Gran Canaria, it is one of the plans that you can do 100% free. At the same time, you have to consider that the Canary Islands are in the Atlantic. And, therefore, not all beaches are equally safe. Here we list some of the best known for its calm waters.
✔ Mogán beach
Mogán beach is located in one of the most touristic areas of Gran Canaria, but fortunately it has an special charm. Both the beach and Puerto de Mogán. Here you will have all the services you may need: sun beds, showers, umbrellas, water sports rental, etc.
✔ Las Canteras
For us, Las Canteras beach is the best on the island because it has everything. As it is a very large beach, you should know that the recommended areas of the beach to go with children are La Puntilla and Playa Chica.
✔ Las Burras
Las Burras beach has always been very familiar and not very touristy. It is one of our favorites. It has sun beds, umbrellas, showers and a beach bar.
Despite the fact that Patalavaca beach is surrounded by large buildings from the 70s, it continues to preserve its calm, crystalline waters and golden sand. In addition, it has practically all the services and it is a fairly local environment.
✔ Anfi del Mar
Anfi beach is one of the quietest thanks to the side dikes and the bay in which it is located. It has artificial sand brought from the Caribbean and the environment here is much more touristy.
✔ Amadores beach
It is a recommended beach to go with children because here the sea is totally flat. It is quite similar to Anfi, with sand brought from who knows where, but many visitors and locals love it.
14. Family hikes in Gran Canaria
On the other hand, if you are looking for more things to do with family in Gran Canaria for free, you should know that the island has many walking routes of different levels to enjoy as a family. We invite you to take a look at our article on hikes for families in Gran Canaria.
15. La Laguna de Valleseco, family things to do in Gran Canaria
Finally, we believe that the Laguna de Valleseco should be within the options of plans to do with children on the island. It is a recreational area located within the Doramas Rural Park. Despite being in the middle of nature, it is a totally safe place. That is, you can let your children run and enjoy the environment without any danger from cars, ravines or cliffs. In addition, it has a small park, sandy track, dirt track, indoor trails and the famous pond full of ducks.
Hotels for families Gran Canaria
If you are reading this blog it is because you are planing a family holiday in Gran Canaria. If you do not have decided where to stay yet, we have a complete article with the best family resorts in Gran Canaria.
You can also find more information about other things to do with children such as boat trips, kayaking, surfing, jet skiing, snorkelling, etc. in our post about activities in Gran Canaria. And finally, if you need a transfer from the airport to your hotel, you can see prices, reviews from other travellers and make your booking below:
Video: things to do with family in Gran Canaria
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Guides to Gran Canaria
If you don’t want to be looking for information on different blogs and waste your time surfing the internet, we have different guides to Gran Canaria to get to know the most authentic side of Gran Canaria on your own. In these guides we tell you the places to visit and where to eat per day, we also have a guide to beaches, a guide to restaurants… You can see them all below.
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