Gran Canaria is a year round resort, so whether you choose to travel in summer or go for some winter sun, you will find plenty of things to do here.
Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands just off the coast of Morocco and is just over a four and a half hour flight from the UK.
There are plenty of activities for all but we have listed our best things to do in Gran Canaria with kids in this fun packed island. Here are our pick of the best
1. Angry Birds Activity Park – Puerto Rico
Younger kids 12 and under will love this more than teenagers as there are more activities for them. It is a great place to take kids to let them burn off any excess energy as there are plenty of places to jump and run around.The park has 25 different activities from crazy golf to go carts.
The staff are really friendly and nothing is too much trouble. There is a lovely snack bar to refuel in and, if it gets too hot you can cool down under the water sprayers.
Top Tip – When you pay your entrance fee, you get a stamp on your hand. This means it is easy to pop in and out of the park all day. We would recommend you getting this when the park opens at the start of the day, so that you are able to make full use of being able to go in and out all day and so therefore getting the most out of your money.
2. Aqualand – Maspalomas
This is an amazing waterpark with lots of different waterslides of all sizes which will thrill most kids of all ages from little tots to adults. The park is open all year round and attractions include CrazyRace and Aquamania.
Daredevils can enjoy Mamut where groups of friends can slide down on a raft and experience several hair raising drops. Little ones will have a great time at Children’s Paradise which is a mini water park. Discovery Beach is the place to be for those who love a wave pool. Or for those just wanting to chill out you can relax in a rubber ring cruising round Pirate’s River.
All this swimming will make you hungry but there are lots of eateries around the park. You can choose from one of the cafeterias or snack bars and there are plenty of ice cream stands too.
Top Tip – Most kids love waterparks but if there is someone in your party that is not too keen then they may enjoy the mini golf or pool tables that are available here.
3. Holiday World – Maspalomas
One of the most popular theme parks in Gran Canaria. Holiday World is just a short walk from Faro 2 Shopping centre.
Some of the attractions that the kids will love are Aquatic Familiar Track which is where they can drive their own boat or little ones will love waving to everyone from the little train. The more adventurous can enjoy a thrilling ride on the roller coaster. Of course there are many more attractions here to keep all the family entertained. It is open year round so it doesn’t matter if you are on holiday in the winter or summer the park is open Monday to Friday evenings. So it is a great place to enjoy a fun evening.
You will also find plenty of places to eat as there are numerous restaurants and fast food outlets.
Top Tip – If you want something to do during the day, the park has a leisure centre with a bowling alley and a games arcade this is open every day including weekends from 10am until the early hours.
4. Palmitos Park – Maspalomas
This is a zoo and botanical park where kids will be thrilled with the different types of wildlife that can be found here. There are birds of prey, parrots and at Primates Island you can laugh at the antics of the Gibbons and the Orangutans as they swing through the trees.
A favourite of ours are the Meerkats as they have such characters.
The butterflies are amazing too.
Top Tip – Take a packed lunch and enjoy it in such a beautiful setting – plus you get to save some cash!
5. Sioux City – Playa Del Aguila
Cowboys and girls dig out your Stetsons for a fun filled day acting out cowboys and Indians at this theme park with a difference. Set out like a real town that is designed in the style of the old Western movies with it’s authentic saloons and church and of course no Western town would be complete without the local county jail.
Say “howdie” to the resident cowboy Doc Holliday but be careful you don’t get caught up in a bank hold up. Activities include horse riding and various performance shows.
Top Tip – If you visit on a Friday evening you can partake in a barbecue which all adds to the experience.
6. Building Sandcastles – Las Canteras
Buckets and spades to the ready for a super day of building and play. There are sandy beaches all over Gran Canaria but one of the best places for sandcastle building is Las Canteras.
What makes this place special is that this is where the sandcastle artists come and build their amazing sand sculptures. It is fascinating watching them.
Top Tip – This is a city beach so you could combine sandcastle building with some retail therapy at the shops.
7. Ride a Camel – Maspalomas Dunes
Amazing fun for all the family. Enjoy a thirty minute ride across the dunes of Maspalomas. Some tours include a longer journey, some food and a visit to a camel park where you may get to see some baby camels. Even very small children and babies can travel with their parents if you feel confident enough that they will sit.
Top Tip- If taking a small child or baby it may be worth trying a shorter journey first or ask if they will let you have a taster ride just to be sure they will be OK before embarking on a longer trek.
8. Casa De Colon (Columbus House) – Las Palmas
One of the first governors of Gran Canaria lived here and Christopher Columbus stayed here in 1492 whilst one of his ships was being repaired. It is a great place for children who like history (especially if they are studying explorers at school) as the rooms have exhibitions on Columbus visits to the islands.
Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sundays and Public Holidays 10:00am to 3:00pm. It is closed over Christmas and New Year.
Top Tip – Most children particularly love to see the parrots that reside in the grounds.
9. Moonlight Cinema- Maspalomas
A trip to the cinema is not what we would normally recommend on a trip abroad but this one comes with a difference.
Your experience starts with an escorted walk across a red carpet and then you are seated in double sofas. The best part of this is that it is all outdoors. Full waiter service throughout the movie so you can enjoy a delicious pizza or indulge in some New York cheesecake.
Top Tip – Parents if you want to watch the movie on your own there is a staffed play area for the kids. However if you want to watch the movie all together then check the website out first to see what family films are on. Last year they were showing Frozen which must have been surreal sat in the heat.
10. Electric Bike Tours – Pick ups in most resorts
This activity is not for little children so would suit teenagers who love sports. This is a good way to see Gran Canaria and keep fit at the same time without too much of a challenge. The bikes are easy to operate and the tours are escorted by guides. Most tours last between four and six hours so you need to allow for most of the day for this activity and include a picnic. This tour is a lot of fun and comes highly recommended.
Top Tip – Most companies if not all do provide helmets but double check this as safety comes first.
I hope these activities inspire you and give you some guidance as to what is on offer in Gran Canaria. Have you tried any already? Do you know of any others that are not listed that you think is worth a mention?