Looking for a few fun things to do in Malta?
Malta offers plenty of family orientated activities, in addition to its rich culture and over brimming history. With enough to offer in the form of water parks and theme parks the island caters for all ages at different locations.
In this article I’ll show you the best water parks in Malta, as well as a few of the more popular theme parks around.
Water Parks in Malta
Buġibba Water Park
Popular tourist location, Buġibba boasts one of the few water parks in Malta on land, open throughout the summer months. It’s splashing fun for kids, rather than swimming, ideal for little ones and a great way to cool down on a hot summer’s day.
Launched in 2012, the area is set out in three sections depending on children’s age and height.
A boat shaped enclosed space features age appropriate sprays, sprinklers and water jets in the form of hoops, tunnels and palm trees and canons to name a few.
The water park is open daily (for toddlers to youngsters measuring no more than 1.60m in height) from the beginning of July until the end of September. Admission is free, with each session usually lasting 20 minutes depending on how busy the place is.
You can find what probably is one of the most fun water parks in Malta at Anchor Bay, via entry to Popeye Village (a theme park on which you can find more info further down in this article). Partake in boat trips, swimming and sunbathing areas and an array of water activities all in the one place.
The location also boasts a water park area. With beams, trampolines, slides and climbing frames all inflated ensuring a soft landing if you don’t fall into the clear waters below them. It’s easily accessible from the shore of the bay and guaranteed fun.
The Mellieħa Fun water park is family run and located at one of Malta’s largest sandy beaches, Mellieħa Bay.
Aimed at children aged 6+, adults are just as attracted to the amenities. Some areas are specifically aimed at children aged between 6-12 years, ensuring safety and age appropriate fun for all.
Large trampolines, an iceberg standing nearly 5 metres tall, high jump, long jump and Aquatrack obstacle course are all available and each piece of equipment follows the highest of safety standards.
The Mellieħa Fun Park is open annually from mid-June until the end of August from mid-morning to 7pm and can be enjoyed 7 days a week during this period. Probably the best experience for your kids when it comes to water parks in Malta.
Theme Parks in Malta
Located at Anchor Bay (on the outskirts of Mellieħa) you can find the original film set for the 1980 blockbuster film, Popeye, starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall, called Popeye Village.
Despite Popeye not being as popular as a while ago, it’s still a great location for families to spend a full day and enjoy themselves.
In addition to wandering round the set, visitors can enjoy something to eat and drink, join in with animators’ entertainment and play mini golf. You can also relax, sunbathe and take a dip in the bay, take a 15-minute boat ride and enjoy one of the best water parks in Malta (weather permitting).
Although there have been many films where Malta has been a location, this is the only film set on the island that boasts first hand experience by visitors being able to wander in and out of the set buildings at their leisure.
How to get there
Reaching ‘Sweethaven’ (the name of the fictional village you’ll find yourself in) by car is more practical (there is a large free car park on site) than by public transport.
Bus routes should be followed for Għadira (Mellieħa Bay). Routes 41 and 42 can be taken from Valletta, the 222 from Sliema or the 221 from Buġibba and from there, visitors can take the 101 from the Mellieħa Centre straight to the Popeye Village door.
Tips for your visit
- Try to book tickets online to avoid queues during peak season.
- For less expensive tickets, visit during the months of November to May.
- Check out their packages throughout the year which you may find beneficial.
- Don’t forget to take swimwear and a towel and make use of the swimming facilities.
November to March from 9.30am to 4.30pm, April to June, September and October: from 9.30am to 5.30 pm and July and August from 9.30am to 7pm.
Admission prices fluctuate by a couple of Euros depending on the season, however, August is the peak season and entrance fees during this time are at their highest, but in the same vein, the place is open for longer hours.
Adults € 17.00 / Children (3-12yrs) €13.50 / Pensioners : €13.50.
Playmobil Fun Park
Playmobil Fun Park provides both indoor and outdoor fun for fans of the brand. Capturing imaginative play combined with historical and present-day themes and Malta’s Fun Park encompasses this.
Entering a replica castle the play areas encourage young minds to blossom by playing in the different themed areas based on their toys.Visitors can experience areas dedicated to Aquarium, City Life, Rescue, Knights, Police, Fairytale and pirates.
The areas are split in two, one for ages 1-3 years and the second for 4-12 years.
Although Playmobil Fun Park caters for parties, these do not take place during the daytime so regular activities are organised by the team in addition to the outdoor play. There’s a cafeteria on site for drinks and snacks.
How to get there
Located in Ħal Far, one of Malta’s main industrial estates (don’t let that scare you off!) at the very south of the island, parking is available both on site and on the adjacent streets.
Public transport is reasonably regular to the Fun Park, although if travelling from the north off the island, a bus change will probably be required at the Valletta bus terminus. With the nearest bus stations being Zghar, Ghar and Far, all of which are within a few minutes’ walk away from Playmobil.
Tips for your visit
- Allocate 2-3 hours for your visit and you’ll find plenty to keep the young ones amused.
- Lighting in the surrounding area can be poor at night, take note especially if using public transport as Playmobil is open until 10pm.
- Compared to the entrance fees, the refreshments may be considered a little expensive.
- There is plenty of dish options for dining and adequate choice of food for vegetarians too.
- This is an ideal location for families with younger children is also extremely reasonably priced. Adult admission is €1.20 and children €2.40
Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 10am – 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am – 10pm.
Mediterraneo Marine Park
For unique experiences in getting closer to nature,the Mediterraneo Marine Park offers just that.
Swim with dolphins and have the opportunity to interact (under the guidance of fully trained staff) with iguanas, sea lions and parrots to name a few.
Offering spectator tickets as well the park staff are always happy to answer any questions visitors may have regarding any of the wonderful creatures in their professional care. Booking online is recommended to secure your choice of activities.
Highly recommended to book well in advance, swimming with the ever-popular bottle nose dolphins lasts 30 minutes which includes a viewing of educational footage. The experience is open to children aged 8-12 years and adults (age 13+) and if you have friends and family with you, they can spectate from the guest stand.
Both the sea lion and parrot interactive programmes have a minimum age of 6 years old. It is also useful to note that sea lions trained for the performances using positive reinforcement techniques and no restraint have been or will be used on these fascinating sea creatures.
Prices depend on activities take your fancy during your visit and age range. Admission for 0-3 years is free. The online booking form gives total prices once completed and the Marine Park also offers the opportunity of return transport to all hotels island wide.
Located at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, the park is located next to the sea and can be easily reached from the local coast road, both by car and by bus.
Tips for your visit
- If you don’t have a car, consider making use of their pick up and drop off transport available
- Book in advance for interactive activities and keep an eye out for promotions all on their website.
- For groups it is worth looking at their educational programmes for children and team building events for adults.
January to March 9am to 4pm, April to June 9am to 5.30pm, July to August 9.15am to 6pm, September 9am to 5.30pm and October to December 9 am to 4pm.
For those who book the swimming with dolphins experience, entrance to the park is free. Prices for children start at €9.90 and adults €15.90.
The Bay Street Complex in St Julians is the home to Multimaxx laser tag centre. From classic games to the more technical, this place offers energetic fun for families with children aged 7+.
Based on multi-levels, the game arenas enhance the laser games with fog machines, music and neon dramatic lighting. Also on offer are experiences of bumper cars with a difference (Bumpermaxx), arcade experiences (Arcadmaxx) and virtual experiences (Virtualmaxx).
Although this place is great for visitors in teams, it’s perfectly easy to arrive in small numbers and team up and play against other visitors arriving in small numbers. Make the most of your visit by also experiencing their more traditional arcade games, shooting gallery and virtual reality simulators.
Tips for your visit
- Prices depend on which activities you wish to take part in.
- For any activity where groups are attending, it is strongly advised to book your time slot online.
- Some games last only 12 minutes so check their duration as you might like to book two time slots
- If using the arcade, take plenty of small change as some machines don’t give any change.
National Aquarium Park
For something free to keep the kids amused, the nautical themed play park adjacent to Malta’s National Aquarium in St Paul’s Bay is a pretty good spot. Unrestricted parking on the main road or easy to reach by bus, the area can get quite busy mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
The area is surrounded by small fencing with only one entrance an exit enabling adults to either accompany smaller children in with the facilities or for older children,sit and relax on the benches in close proximity and keep an eye from there.
A refreshment kiosk sits just a few metres away and the aquarium itself, if you don’t fancy venturing inside, but fancy a bite to eat from a menu, has a separate dining area open to the general public where no booking is required.
Tip: If visiting during the summer months, remember a hat and plenty of sun protection as there is little to no shade in the play area.