Sleeping among sharks and other animals in a thrilling night out for the kids

What is it that kids love doing most when they're on holiday? Laughing, having fun… and going on adventures! And what bigger adventure than sleeping among sharks or seeing how animals like pandas behave at night? This exciting experience can be enjoyed at many of the zoos, aquariums and nature parks here in Spain. Your children can spend a night surrounded by a series of fascinating animals (accompanied by other children or with their own family), while they learn and have fun at the same time.

If this sounds like a great idea, here are a few examples of the aquariums and zoos in Spain which offer this option, so you'll know exactly where to go: City of Arts and Sciences. Valencia The Oceanogràfic (the largest aquarium in Europe) in this great city of culture is a chance to spend a night with your family, including dinner (it has an underwater restaurant), and then sleep surrounded by a range of curious species such as bull sharks, grey sharks, sawfish and moon fish. All of them live in the enormous aquarium with completely glassed-in corridors known as the Torre Océanos. And the next morning you can have breakfast, visit the Science Museum and enjoy an IMAX film in the Hemisfèric cinema. Zoo Aquarium. Madrid When the sun goes down in summer, what could be more exciting than to visit the Madrid zoo (in the green area of the Casa de Campo park) and observe the behaviour of elephants, rhinoceroses and giant pandas? Faunia. Madrid Every summer this nature theme park arranges nocturnal shows so visitors can see –depending on the year– giant replicas of dinosaurs and surprising animals like Komodo dragons and marine mammals like seals and sea lions by moonlight. Saragossa aquarium In holiday periods the largest river aquarium in Europe arranges camps lasting a few days where children can watch Nile crocodiles feeding and see Koi carp from the Mekong river, alligators and squirrel monkeys from the Amazon. L'Aquarium. Barcelona Children aged between 8 and 12 can find out what sharks' senses are like at night, and how sharks wake up. They'll be accompanied by their explorer's logbook, hear stories about sharks… and have the time of their lives! Almuñécar aquarium Located on the coast of Granada, this aquarium offers children between 8 and 12 the chance to sleep surrounded by sharks and to take part in a workshop where they can handle the teeth and jaws of their favourite fish. Palma Aquarium The aquarium on this island of Majorca also organises an activity called 'Canguro Tiburón', in which children can spend the night overlooking the Big Blue, and be awarded a diploma to prove it. These are just a few of the examples of the nocturnal activities for families that you'll find in various centres all around Spain. We recommend that you check the official website for each venue in order to find out more about reservations, prices and opening times. Remember that most of these places require children to take their own sleeping bag, pyjamas, slippers, a torch and a toothbrush. You can rest assured that this is a totally original way of making your children's dreams come true, and guaranteeing that they'll remember these holidays forever.

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