THINGS TO DO WITH CHILDREN The Orihuela Costa is blessed with exquisite scenery, world-class local amenities, and some of the most enchanting Mediterranean locations you´ll find in Europe.

16 km´s of coastline offers 11 idyllic golden sandy beaches and magnificent coves to explore, alongside a vast array of restaurants and venues that bring the finest Spanish gastronomy and tastes from all corners of the world to our part of Spain.

Coupled with notoriously fabulous weather, a median average of 320 days of sunshine every year, and a climate that attracts an annual mass-migration of visitors from Northern Europe, Orihuela Costa has something for everyone of all ages.

That´s all good news when the sun is shining, but entertaining demanding children on rainy days can be a nightmare for parents and families visiting our part of the Costa Blanca. Here´s some much-needed inspiration for things to do with children when the weather isn´t conducive to life in the great outdoors.

Play Cafe, Dehesa de Campoamor

Tucked away in a small corner of La Fuente commercial centre, rainy day parents will discover a jungle-themed children’s oasis replete with a play village, a large soft-play adventure zone, a video game zone, and a host of free-play toys for younger patrons.

Play Cafe combines a family-friendly casual dining cafe with integrated playtime experiences and specialises in fresh fruit smoothies and milkshakes. The venue has been commended for its upbeat setting and decor, with previous visitors noting the spotlessly clean environment and attentive friendly staff.

An adults menu offers a selection of healthy light-bites such as paninis and a choice of sandwiches throughout the day, while the kid’s menu focuses on food more acceptable to a younger audience, such as hot dogs, pasta, and a variety of cakes and cookies.


Bowling Pleno Zenia, La Zenia

When it´s soaking outside, there´s plenty of fun to be had inside at Zenia Boulevard. The venue offers 10 bowling alleys and 1,600 metres of arcade games and racing simulators, a gift shop, and a spacious “Dublin House” Irish bar with Guinness on draught (for the parents, obviously).

Family-friendly food is served in the cafeteria and when you´re filled with all the bowling action you can take, large TV screens in the bar show the latest international football matches and live sporting events.

Open every day of the week from 12:00 until late, Bowling Pleno Zenia caters for special events and bowling-themed children´s birthday parties, fully catered to suit younger tastes including an option to have food delivered from the Burger King menu.


Dream Park, Playa Flamenca

Located in the Via Park 1 commercial centre adjacent to Zenia Boulevard, you´ll find Dream Park. The venue caters to younger residents and holidaymakers with soft play areas, ball pits, an indoor playground, and a small climbing area with thickly padded crash-mats suited to aspiring future mountaineers.

Regularly organised activities include face painting, craft workshops, magic shows, and musical entertainment.

Dream Park caters for private events and the opening hours vary depending on the day and the time of year, so please check availability via their Facebook page before travelling.


Zenia Park, La Zenia

Zenia Park in Zenia Boulevard shopping centre isn´t completely covered, but the children’s Imaginarium still offers plenty of features and covered spaces to qualify for inclusion in this list, and guarantees fun for younger children whatever the weather.

Located on Zenia Boulevard´s upper level, the park offers a fantasy train, a princess´s castle (and prince´s too), supercar-rides, and perhaps most importantly, the ability for parents to leave their children in the custody of Zenia Park staff to enjoy the magical facilities for up to an hour – whilst parents are free to take in the retail pleasures offered in the shops below.

The shopping centre also boasts a 5D cinema experience (just perfect for entertaining little ones), and there´s always the water fountains on the concourse of the main plaza to run around and play in too. Well, you´re going to get wet one way or the other.


Things to with children Costa Blanca

Urban Planet, La Zenia

More than just a simple trampoline park, Urban Planet in Zenia Boulevard offers a gamut of physical activities for children of all ages from foam pits and a soft play area for the youngest kids, to “Slackline” – a balancing tightrope course over a pool filled with foam “rocks”.

Older children will love the indoor climbing wall, a challenging parkour course, the multi-adventure climbing course that scales the heights of the roofline, and a freefall airbag experience guaranteed to provide the rainy-day thrills and boredom relief craved by kids – and their parents.

For those adrenaline-seeking “battle-hardened” youngsters, the venue offers gladiator-style podium fighting, combat team games such as Dodgeball Attack, and Bubble Football where you, literally, are the ball. Oh, did we mention, they also have trampolines.


Need more things to do with children on the Costa Blanca?

Looking for holiday ideas and inspiration for summer 2022? Find out more about our favourite recommended things to do on the Orihuela Costa or join the La Zenia community Facebook group and find out what´s going on in the local area.

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