Whether you are a resident or on holiday, keeping the youngsters occupied with fun activities on the Costa del Sol is an important part of family life. Fortunately, thanks to the glorious weather we have here, children are able to spend a lot of the time outdoors. The majority of kids are happy to spend hours around a swimming pool, but there are many more activities they can pursue as hobbies, as well as places for them to visit on weekends and during the holidays. It is worth consulting marbellafamilyfun.com or spain.mumabroad.com for detailed information of everything that is on offer. Sports activities Most of the tennis and padel clubs have holiday camps graded by age group, especially during the summer. The beachside club in San Pedro Alcántara has one, as does the Manolo Santana club near the Istán road and the Hoffsaess Tennis Academy in Elviria. Horse riding is another popular year round activity and the School of Equestrian Art in Estepona is highly recommended for young riders. There are football clubs and sailing classes for children as well as a number of martial arts clubs, such as Marbella Taekwondo, with classes for specific age groups. Water parks and outdoor play zones Water parks are always a big attraction and the Aquamijas Waterpark in Mijas is a favourite. It also has mini golf and a climbing wall for when the kids get tired of the giant water slides. Aqualand in Torremolinos is the coast’s largest water park with slides for both adults and children. Adventure Golf in Fuengirola offers a 19-hole course for the whole family and if you pop down to Fuengirola harbour, youngsters can try taking to the skies with Smile High Parasailing. Mundo Mania on the New Golden Mile offers an indoor and outdoor play area for all age groups and a Teen Zone for the older kids. There is a soft play area for babies and many after-school activities for older kids. Kids love animals There are a surprising number of great places to visit where children can see and sometimes interact with animals. Selwo Safari Park outside Estepona is always popular and the BioParc Zoo in Fuengirola is also a breeding centre for endangered species with gorillas, tigers and lots of other animals. In nearby Torremolinos there is the Crocodile Park that is home to over 200 crocs. Alternatively, take a dolphin-watching trip from Benalmádena, visit its Butterfly Park or take the cable car up to the Jardín de los Águilas (Garden of the Eagles) where you can see over 160 species and a performance by a Golden Eagle. This is just a small selection of the available activities for kids on the Costa del Sol, and we should add that when it rains there is always the cinema, which offers a good selection of family films and new releases. Contact Altavista Property for more details about exciting new property in Marbella.