Family days out on a budget

Published October 28 2023

Here at Travel 4 Baby, we understand that vacations with young children can be pricey, so with that in mind we have devised this helpful guide to help keep cost down whilst still having lots of fun.

The beautiful village of Alcalá is a perfect spot for a family day out. The quaint promenade is filled with parks, sandpits, football pitches and basketball courts. There are small beaches and natural rock pools throughout so make sure you take your swimwear and towels. Pool shoes are a good idea if you are planning on paddling in this area. It really is a beautiful, less touristic area with real natural beauty.  Getting there… Local bus number 473 runs frequently between Los Gigantes and the Southern resorts. Taxis from the South cost around 30 euros. If you have a hire car there is parking close by.

Monkey Park is a cheap and cheerful alternative to the main animal parks on the island costing only 10 euro per adult and 5 Euros per child over the age of 5. Children can get up close to the Monkeys and Guinea Pigs and if you buy a one-euro bag of animal food at the entrance you can even feed some of them. The park is only small, but it does have lots of different species of monkeys, crocodiles and an array of amphibians and more. This park is perfect for small children, it’s close to the resorts in the South and you only need a couple of hours inside. Getting there… The easiest option is by taxi which are cheap enough from the South. To keep costs lower you could catch a bus to Los Cristianos and then taxi from there would be around 10 euro. If you have a hire car, free parking is available.

Have a day at the beach. What better way is there to spend a day on holiday than at the beach? Watching the little ones as they splash and play. The joy on their faces as they splash in the sea. It gives the whole family the chance to relax and create family memories that will last a lifetime. Now, we do understand that a day at the beach with kids does often require precision planning so make sure you check out our helpful guide ‘Best family beaches in Tenerife’. In that guide you will find not only our top recommendations of family friendly beaches in Tenerife, you will also find our helpful tips and info section to help you plan your day perfectly.

Siam Mall, Siam shopping mall is not only for shopping, on the top level you will find a two story soft play area, an arcade and fun rides for children. The soft play area costs from as little as 5 euros per child. Make sure they have socks and also to go in the soft play centre or play on the arcade games or rides, you must purchase a Drago Card from the coffee shop. This is like a pre-paid credit card. You can put whatever amount you want on there and you can top it up anytime you like.  There are coffee shops on site and there is a free bus throughout the morning that goes between the Southern resorts and Siam Mall. (Times can be found on the Siam Mall website).  For ideas on more soft play areas and parks, check out our Travel 4 baby’s top 10 Soft play centres in Tenerife guide.

Mini Golf is often a holiday ritual for families on holiday and we are very lucky here in Tenerife we have several exciting options. It can be cheap, cheerful and highly enjoyable, unless of course you lose! You will find mini golf courses in most tourist resorts in Tenerife but to make life a little easier for you, we have created a guide to Mini Golf in Tenerife which should help you find the best in your area.