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. ValenciaThe 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 such curious species as bull sharks, grey reef sharks, sawfish and ocean sunfish. 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. MadridWhen the sun goes down in summer, what could be more exciting than visiting the Madrid zoo (in Casa de Campo park) to see what elephants, rhinoceroses and giant pandas do after dark?Faunia. MadridEvery summer this nature theme park puts on evening shows so visitors can see –depending on the year– giant replicas of dinosaurs, surprising animals like Komodo dragons, or marine mammals like seals and sea lions by moonlight.Zaragoza AquariumIn 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 titi monkeys from the Amazon.L’Aquarium. BarcelonaChildren aged between 8 and 12 can find out what sharks' senses are like at night, and how they wake up. They can take their explorer's logbook, hear stories about sharks… and have the time of their lives!Almuñécar AquariumLocated 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 AquariumThe aquarium on the island of Majorca also organises an activity called 'Canguro Tiburón’ (shark babysitter), in which children can spend the night next to the “Big Blue” shark tank, and be awarded a diploma to prove it.Seville Aquarium In this aquarium you can choose to spend a night surrounded by sharks, or have dinner in the Oceanarium accompanied by rays, turtles and more.These are just a few examples of the evening and night-time activities for families in different places all around Spain. We recommend checking the official website for each venue to find out 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 to give your children a unique and fun experience, and that they'll remember these holidays forever.

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