Prado Museum and Retiro Park with Kids, Madrid, Spain

Visit the Prado, Retiro Park, and a great playground. In between activities, enjoy tapas or bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park.

Paseo del Prado Playground

Address Paseo del Prado, Madrid Map,

Walking from the Banco de Espana metro stop towards the Prado museum, you will pass an excellent playground. This is the place to stop and let your kids have some fun (and wear themselves out) before you enter the museum. more

Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado)

Address Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid 28014 Map, Tel 34 91 330 2800 Call, Hours Tues to Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 9am-2pm; Mon closed, Cost Free Tue to Sat 6pm-8pm. Every Sun 5pm-8pm, Tickets tickets may be purcased by email to the address, Metro Banco de Espana Website

Keep in mind that the Goya paintings and drawings are dark and scarey, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the age and temperment of your child. Our kids loved the huge and beautiful Italian Renaissance paintings. more

Parque del Retiro

Address parque de retiro, madrid Map,

This huge park has a lot to enjoy, especially on weekends when pavement artists, puppet shows, fortune tellers, musicians, and street performers distribute themselves around the park (and especially near the lake) more

La Taparia del Prado

Address Paseo del Prado 22, Madrid Map, Tel 91-429-4094 Call, Notes tapas $4 to $23 Website

This popular tapas restaurant has outdoor seating in a small square. Try the mushroom confit with garlic mayonnaise and honey. more

Taberna de Dolores

Address Plaza de Jesús 4, Madrid Map, Tel 91-429-2243 Call, Hours daily 11am-midnight, Notes tapas $3 to $22

This classic tapas restaurant has been serving locals since 1908 and is packed at lunchtime. Favorites include the tuna (bonito en escabeche) and the anchovy-stuffed pickels. more