Malta is a great place to raise a family, with a low crime rate, free healthcare and free education. Despite being small in size, there’s a good variety of places to visit to entertain the little ones, depending on the season. Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, there’s something out there for every child.
In the Summer time, children love nothing more than to play in the sand by the sea shore, and Malta has many beautiful sandy beaches. The most popular is “Ghadira Bay” located in Mellieha, and is frequented by families from all across Malta. Not too far away, one can find Paradise Bay in Cirkewwa, as well as Armier Bay and Little Armier. Ghajn Tuffieha boasts two very popular sandy beaches, while in the South of the island one can visit St Thomas Bay in Marsascala or Pretty Bay in Birzebbugia.
For those that prefer a pool, the Tal-Qroqq National Pool and the Marsa Sports Club welcome children of all ages. Most hotels and resorts equipped with a pool also allow for one-day tickets, meaning the nearest pool is never too far away.
The island’s biggest water park is Splash and Fun located in Bahar ic-Caghaq, which has plenty of water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, a park for children and more. Located next door, the Marine Park has a number of interactive water shows including the chance to swim with dolphins. In Bugibba, you can find another water park suitable for young children, as well as the Malta National Aquarium. Popeye Village in Mellieha makes for a great day trip with the family, as attendees are allowed to run freely around the ex-movie set. There’s also a large indoor play area for young children.
During the Winter season, many parents make use of the beautiful countryside in the remote areas of Malta, organizing family picnics. Areas such as Buskett in Qawra, L-Ahrax Ta’ Mellieha and Delimara bay are popular with the locals. Ta’ Qali is home to one of Malta’s national parks, offering a huge, open stretch of greenery and a fully-equipped children’s park and cafeteria. The Kitchen Garden in Attard has its own petting zoo and children’s play area, and the beautiful San Anton Gardens is located close by.
Moving on to indoor locations, Funland in St. Julian’s offers children a safe environment to play in, with a host of animators painting children’s faces and keeping them entertained with arts & crafts, treasure hunts, dancing and much more. Just around the corner you can find the Eden Cinema complex and bowling alley, usually swarming with kids over the weekend. A stone’s throw away is the Bay Street shopping centre, which comes fully equipped with a game’s room and dozens of different arcade-style games. Recently, a Laser Tag shooting arena has proved popular with the kids, bringing something new to the table.
In Fgura, the Galleria shopping complex has a small cinema which regularly has children’s films available, usually for a low price. There’s also a small games room, a ball pit and an obstacle course for children to enjoy.
Most localities on the island have a playground areas where local children congregate. They can vary greatly in size and equipment, from the enormous, modern playground in Marsascala to the few sets of swings and a tiny football pitch in Swatar.