Top Kid’s Days Out in Gran Canaria

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Kid's Days Out in Gran CanariaPalmitos Park
The Chamoriscan provides a marvellous setting for this tropical paradise, home to primates, reptiles and countless exotic birds. Regular shows feature bike-riding parrots and enormous birds of prey. Calmer options include the aquarium, butterfly house and a large walk-through birdcage. Don’t miss the mini-farm where children can pet very well cared-for animals.

Sioux City, San Agustin
Spend a day in the Wild West and experience daring bank hold-ups, stampeding cattle and sudden shoot-outs. Friday night is barbeque night, when parents can enjoy the saloon and dancing girls, while the children are treated to a lasso show.

Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia, Las Palmas
When you first arrive and see the mottos “Forbidden not to touch” and “Museum is not mausoleum”, you know that the kids are going to enjoy themselves. Favourites include the fight simulator, TV studio and IMAX cinema. There is also a science-themed play area for the smallest visitors, aged 3-6 years.

Water Parks
There are 33 slides at Aqualand, the largest water park on the island. There are also smaller parks closer to the resorts of Puerto Rico and Maspalomas.

Yellow Submarine, Puerto de Mogan
Descend 20 m (66ft) below the surface of the waves on a 45-minute journey that takes in a shipwreck and diverse marine life.

Horse Riding
A Mountain or coastal ride is a lovely way to see the island’s countryside. There are centres in San Mateo and Maspalomas.

Crocodrilo Park, Corralillos
Europe’s largest crocodile sanctuary is also a haven for other mistreated animals. There are over 300 crocodiles, tropical and Canarian fish, other retiles, tarantulas, a parrot show and a family of tigers.

Whales and Dolphins, Puerto Rico
Get up close and personal with whales and dolphins. Boat excursions depart from Puerto Rico harbour and include a useful commentary on these amazing animals.

Holiday World, Maspalomas
Carousels, bumper cars and a roller coaster will keep the kids amused. Grown-ups can enjoy the bars and the disco.

Go-karting
Great family fun, with everything from mini cars and bikes for under-fives to pint-sized motorbikes and full-size go-karts that reach 80kmh (50mph).
birdcage. Don’t miss the mini-farm where children can pet very well cared-for animals.