• The following indoor soft play areas and ball parks have a separate area for little ones. They are listed by locality in alphabetical order:-

ALCOBENDAS

Chiqui Park Alcobendas

C./ Manuel de Falla, 12. Tel 91 651 85 27

Chiqui Park Diversia

Parque de Ocio Diversia, Carretera de Burgos (N-I), km 14,5 (Exit 16), Avda de Bruselas, 21-23. Tel 91 661 58 48

Chiqui Park Río Norte

Parque Comercial Río Norte, Carretera de Fuencarral, km 4.5, Parque Empresarial Río Norte Fase II.

Tel 91 661 61 33

ARGANZUELA

Amazonia

C./ Hierro, 9. Tel 91 468 44 05

Small area for toddlers by café with ball park and slide and rocking horses. Afternoons only from 5 to 8:30pm (Fridays and Saturdays until 9pm). Open Sundays. 3.50 euros per half hour.

Dirdam Madrid

Travesía de Gil Imón, naves 3-4-a 100 metros de la Puerta de Toledo. Tel 91 366 10 40/618 12 61 45

Area for under threes is near the café. A parent can enter the play area (which includes ball park, slides, a house, soft shapes and a little castle) with their toddler. They also have assistants in the afternoon if you wish to leave your child there (in July and August they have assistants in the mornings too). Summer timetable is from 8am to 9pm (Saturdays until 10pm). The rest of the year, tots can only go from 5 to 9pm. Closed on Sundays in summer but the rest of the year open on Sundays. Price from Monday to Thursday 5 euros per hour (or you can pay for 30 mins), Fridays and weekend 6 euros an hour. If you’re planning to go a weekend morning, best to call first to check that there won’t be a birthday party. Bonos or passes available.

www.dirdammadrid.es

BARAJAS

Ga-Gu

C./ Soto Hidalgo, 22. Tel 91 329 06 21. Author has not yet been able to get information about this place.

CHARMARTÍN

Al Trote

C./ Bolivia 40. Tel 913 450 293. Email: info@altrote.net

Have a small area for 1-3 year olds which includes small plastic climbing ‘castle’ with slides, ball-park and see-saws. They will allow children from 2 and a half to enter the big zone but parents cannot accompany them there. Open Mon-Fri 4:30-8:30pm. Weekends open 12-2pm and 5-9pm. On week-days 6 euros per hour, weekends 7 euros. Organize birthdays with tea (as do many other places).

Kangaroos Park

C./ Eugenio Salazar, 45 – behind the Auditorium.

Area for 2-4 year olds, including ball park and slide. Open afternoons until 8:30pm (until 9pm at weekends). Sometimes open in the morning on Saturdays (call to check). Price 6 euros per hour.

Tel 91 415 04 07. www.parquekangaroos.com

CHAMBERÍ

El Escondite del Rey

C./ Vallehermoso, 100. Tel 91 533 33 61. http://www.elesconditedelrey.es

Area for 1-3 year olds (Saloncito del Peque Rey). Open 4:30 to 8pm and also open weekend mornings (11-2pm) but only for birthday celebrations. Price 3 euros per half hour Mon-Thurs, 3,50 euros Fri-Sun.

Gusapillo y La Flor Mágica

C./ Viriato, 31 (metro Iglesia). Tel 91 445 58 06

Area for 0-3 year olds, including ball park and slide.  Open 4:30 to 8:30pm Mon-Thurs. Fridays open till 9pm and weekends 11:30 to 2pm and 5 to 9pm. Price 6 euros per hour or 3,70 euros for 30 mins.

Parque Secreto

Plaza Conde del Valle Suchil, 3 (metro San Bernardo). Tel 91 593 14 80

Area for 0-3s. Tues to Thurs and weekend mornings price 2,50 euros for 30 mins, afternoons 3 euros/30 mins. Seems to be closed on Mondays.

FUENLABRADA

Planeta

C./ Constitución 65, naves C-D. Tel 91 697 58 66

Separate area for 1 to 3-year-olds. Open 6-9pm Tues to Thurs and 5 to 9pm Fri to Sun. Closed on Mondays.

MORATALAZ

Multiaventura

Centro Comercial Moratalaz II C./ Hacienda de Pavones, 194. Tel 91 772 20 25

Separate area for 2 year olds, including ball park, slide and castle. Under 3-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. Open everday 5:30 to 9pm. Also open 11 to 2:30pm at weekends. Costs 3,50 euros for half an hour and 4,50 for an hour.

RETIRO

Cine Aventura

C./ Alcalde Sainz de Baranda, 26. Tel 91 400 82 37

Two separate play areas (including ball pools) for under or over 5-year olds and a cafe. Open Mon to Fri 1700 to 2100 and Sat and Sun 1130 to 1400 and 1630 to 2100. Birthdays can be celebrated here (with tea included) and they do face-painting on Saturday and Sunday mornings. You can also buy a bono (pass) for 10 visits.

www.cineaventura.com

RIVAS VACIAMADRID

Chiqui Park Diversia

Centro Coomercial Parque Rivas, Carretera de Valencia (N-III), km 17.5, Exit 17, Rivas Urbanizaciones, Polígono Industrial de Santa Ana, Avda de la Técnica, s/n. Tel 91 670 2222

LAS ROZAS

Chiqui Park

Carretera de El Escorial, km 2.2. Tel 902 99 90 02

Kids Aventura

Centro Comercial Burgocentro, Carretera de El Escorial, km 15, Avda de la Comunidad de Madrid, 37-41. Local 35. Tel 91 637 81 41.

SALAMANCA

Gorongoro.

Av. Felipe II no 34 (metro Goya). Tel 91 431 06 45.

A ball park with two separate play areas for under or over 4-year olds and a small cafe area. Open Tues to Fri from 1630 to 2100 (last entry at 2030); Sat, Sun and holidays from 1130 to 1430 (last entry at 1400) and from 1630 to 2100. It is closed on Mondays.

SAN BLAS

La Jirafa con Gafas

C. Sofía, 195. Zona de Las Rosas, 91. Tel 91 775 76 26

There are three zones, one zone being for babies. Children over 2 can enter all three zones. They can be accompanied by a parent though there are also monitors. Open 5 to 9pm everyday. You have to pay for a minimum of one hour (4,30 euros per hour on weekdays, 4,90 at weekends).

TETUÁN

Pata

C./ Nuestra Señora del Carmen, 28; bajo. Tel 91 570 74 08

Two play areas: one for 2-4 year olds and the other for over 4s. Open 5 to 9pm. Price 4,50 per hour, 2,50 for 30 mins.

VICÁLVARO

Bulle

C./ Bulevar de José Prat, 29-B. Tel 91 371 20 39 or 677 80 86 68

There is an area for little ones but recommend calling beforehand to check there isn’t a going to be a birthday party, or it can be very busy. Open everyday from 5 to 9m except Sunday. Costs 5 euros per hour or 3,50 for 30 mins.

  • These indoor play areas do not have a separate zone for little ones but do allow them to enter:-

ARGÜELLES

Dinopeppino

C./ Mártires de Alcalá, 4 – corner of C./ Princesa (metros Ventura Rodriguez and Argüelles). Tel 91 559 61 21. www.dinopeppino.com

This is set up really for older children but they will allow smaller ones, from the age of 2, to go in, though under 4s must be accompanied by a parent. Open from 4:30 to 8:30pm from Mon to Fri and open in the mornings at weekends from 11:30 to 2pm. Cost is 6,80 euros an hour.

CHAMARTÍN

Magic Park

C./ Uruguay, 13; local. Tel 91 413 25 96 or 647 26 77 60. www.magicpark.com.es

Designed for children over 3 but they will allow younger children in if they are accompanied by an adult. They say it can be a bit overwhelming for little ones if there is a birthday party, so suggest calling  beforehand to check whether there is one. Costs 3 euros for 30 mins or 5 euros an hour.

CIUDAD LINEAL

Chamaquitos

C./ Ángel Larra, 37. Tel 91 406 02 10. www.chamaquitos.com

Children from 2 to 10 years old can play there, though little ones must be accompanied by a parent. Open 5 to 9pm everyday but it is not open at weekends during the month of July. Price 3,50 euros for half an hour or 6 euros per hour. You can get a bono or pass for 50 euros.

HORTALEZA

Kids & Dreams

Palacio de Hielo commercial centre, C/ Silvano, 77. Tel 699 82 51 59. www.kidsndreams.es

Just one area so best for kids not too much under 3 years old, especially as adults can’t accompany them in. Your toddler is likely to enjoy this more if they go in with other toddlers they know. You can pay for half an hour.

SANCHINARRO

El Corte Inglés

C./ Margarita de Parma, 1 Tel 913 848 200

Area in basement which includes small ball park (for children over 2 years old), coin rides and plastic wendy houses and slides. Ball park is open Mondays to Fridays from 5 to 9pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 3pm and 5 to 9pm. Cost is 2 euros for 30 minutes. You need to purchase a ticket at the ‘Atención al Cliente’ desk by the entrance to Hipercor.  The store’s cafe is on the 6th floor and offers panoramic view of the Sierra.