From the science museum/planetarium to a mouse playing tooth fairy, the little nippers will have a field day.
Madrid's most child-friendly museums - plus a toothy find.
One of Spain's favourite kids' traditions is Ratoncito Pérez, a loveable little mouse who, like the tooth fairy in English-speaking countries, exchanges kids' fallen-out baby teeth for coins. He was created in 1894 by a Jesuit friar inventing a tale for a young royal heir of the day. The Casa-Museo Ratoncito Pérez at Calle Arenal 8 (right near the central Plaza Mayor) is a cute homage - and if you've ever had a hankering to see the milk teeth of Beethoven, Isaac Newton and Beatrix Potter, you're in luck! There are also many other Madrid museums with areas and activities aimed at youngsters, including for example the National Museum of Natural Sciences and the Madrid Planetarium. The Prado and the Reina Sofía also offer family visits, while in the National Archaeological Museum there are workshops and activities for kids age 7 and up (booking required). Other great museums for families include the Museum of America, Caixa-Forum Madrid, the Museo de Cera (Wax Museum), the Casa de la Moneda (Royal Mint Museum) and the Railway Museum.
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