10 Fun things to do with children on a rainy day in Valencia
Even in Valencia we get rainy days. What do you do with the kids when the weather is bad but it’s the weekend, the holidays or they are too little to go to school? There is always Pinterest and good on you, you crafty mamas who get the paint brushes and the playdoh out and get creative, but hey, sometimes you just want to get out of the house, right?
Here are a few ideas to keep you busy during those days when the kids are bored of their toys, they’ve used up all of their screen time and you’ve run out of ideas. Let’s go!
Let’s start with one of the most impressive constructions in Valencia: the City of Arts and Sciences. Its Science Museum in particular is a fabulous place for children of all ages to explore, see and do. Its interactive and entertaining displays will teach your child everything to do with life, science, and technology. For the under 5s there is a great area where they can pretend to be builders, using cranes and bricks and looking terribly cute wearing hard hats. Another part offers preschoolers opportunities to find out about animals and bugs, with many sensory displays that cause great enjoyment. For older children there is plenty more to see, including interactive displays about electricity, technology and natural history. The architecture is spectacular, inside and out, and makes for great photo opportunities. The museum is open
every day of the year from 10:00am until at least 6:00pm, some days later. Tickets for adults are €8.00 and children under 16 are €6.20. The entry for kids under 4 years is free.
Museums are an obvious choice for rainy days. Does your child like art? Why not take them to an exhibition? The IVAM, the Institute for Modern Art in Valencia offers great exhibitions as well as regular workshops for kids. The work of famous artists, like Joan Miró, include a superb collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures that would speak to any child’s imagination. Perhaps rather than just looking, give them a project. Could they pick their favourite artwork and draw something in the same style? IVAM is open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am to 7:00pm, Friday 10:00am to 9:00pm. Closed on Mondays. Kids go free, adults are €6.00, although entry is free on Saturdays after 3:00pm and on Sundays.
Another place to take your children for some art and inspiration is the Centre del Carme. Right now you’ll find a feast for the eyes inside with the exhibition by Okuda San Miguel, the same artist who created the large Fallas on Plaza Ayuntamiento this year. The exhibition is on until the end of May. For the very young children, age 0-3, the center has a dedicated area called Espai de Telles, an ‘origami-like’ space that invites children to move around freely in a save way, participate, feel, observe, investigate and discover. Centre del Carme is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11:00am till 9:00pm. Entry is free.
A museum of a slightly different art is the Antiguo Almacén de Dientes in Valencia. In this museum, children can see exactly what happens with their teeth when they have been picked up by El Ratoncito Pérez (the Spanish equivalent to the tooth fairy). This is the place where teeth arrive from five continents by train, by sea and by ducts and pipes that cross the oceans to be processed in incredible machines. A fantastic place full of games and interactive artifacts, light, color, sound and movement. You can take part in a guided tour, enjoy a theatre play, workshops, live music and more. The entry is 6 EUR.
If you and your kids are fans of theatres and musicals, you have some great choices in Valencia. The Flumen Theatre and the Estrella Theatre are two of the best theatres with plays for children in Valencia. They offer musicals, theatre and marionette shows for kids. Have a look at their current programs and book your tickets conveniently online.
Imagine it is raining outside and you can sit inside with a warm cup of coffee or tea, reading a book, relaxing while your kids are reading, drawing or playing in a dedicated kids’ area. Too good to be true? Well, then you haven’t been to the Ubik Café in Rusaffa. With its cozy and relaxing atmosphere, rainy days in Valencia will be a joy. Admittedly, the level of relaxation does depend a little bit on your kids’ moods as well.
If you prefer a café that offers to supervise your kids while you read, work or just relax, you need to visit the Café Que viene el Lobo in Valencia. They offer workshops for kids from age 3 every day. Younger kids can play and have fun in dedicated baby/toddler areas. Que viene el Lobo offers that village that you need to raise your kids. The staff is very friendly and really make you feel at home. The prices for the kids’ area start from only 1 EUR per hour.
If you are usually using rainy days to get some shopping done but you also promised some fun to the kids, stop by the Aqua Shopping Center in Valencia. This shopping center has all you need: lots of shops, a supermarket, restaurants, a cinema and most importantly a LEGO® Fun Factory. Any Lego fan will go into ZEN mode here. The LEGO® Fun Factory offers two different zones: one Lego zone for older kids and one Lego Duplo zone for smaller kids. The entry is free and fun is guaranteed.
If your kids just need to run off some energy or have the attention span of a goldfish, perhaps an indoor playpark is a better idea than a museum or gallery. Madagaspark offers 1500m2 of soft play areas, a ball pit, trampolines and giant slides, what else do they need? Of course there is a cafe on site as well, for snacks and meals. Open Tuesday-Friday 5:00pm to 8:30pm (€5.00), Saturday 11:00am-2:30pm (€5.00) / 2:30pm-0:00pm (€7.00), Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm (€5.00) / 2:30pm-8:30pm (€7.00).
The Fun Jump Trampoline Park in Valencia is the place to go if you want your children to have a blast. The 2500 m2 big trampoline park offers different areas to have a great time jumping, doing pirouettes and other activities. They also have a ‘Ninja’ obstacle course and other more tricky climbing areas for kids 8+. It can get very busy on weekends and after 6:00pm (and we suspect especially on a rainy day), so it is best to book the tickets online beforehand. Open Monday-Thursday 5:00-9:30pm, Friday 5:00-10:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-9:00pm. Tickets are €8.50 for an hour of fun from Monday-Thursday or €10.00 on other days. We recommend booking tickets for yourself as well. You don’t want to miss this fun!
For many more ideas of indoor play parks, museums, creative spaces and other places to take the kids on a rainy day, please have a look at Valencia-Kids.es, using our helpful filters. Who says that rainy days can’t be happy days? Have a lovely time!
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