A city trip does not always seem to be the ideal plan for a holiday with children. Museums, culture, nightlife, shopping – not exactly what you have on mind if you want to make your kids happy when spending time together. Yet, Barcelona is a surprisingly kids-friendly destination and has lots to offer to guarantee a fantastic time for the whole family. This does not only mean places which are designed for kids, because for the locals its normal to include children in many seemingly adult activities and they also take their kids out until late in the evening to restaurants or terraces. The following options show you some of the greatest things to see, do and experience together with your little ones.
Barcelona Bosc Urba (Urban Jungle)
This urban adventure park by the sea offers a activities, sports and, yes, adventures, for you and the kids to put your adrenaline to the test. Zip lines, rope swings, bungee jumping, log rolls and so much more with 50-plus attractions, with various levels for adults and children.
Tibidabo mountain top – already getting there with the Tramvia Blau (an old tram) to take you all the way to the top is fun. Once you arrived you will find an over 100 year old amusement park, with a nostalgic feel and great views over the town! Try the “sky walk” to take your most memorable family portrait with breathtaking views.
This big and special fountain is located on Plaza Espanya in front of the Palau Nacional and is very popular for it´s beautiful water arrangements including light and sound, during the summer month from Thursday-Sunday every 30 minutes starting from 9 pm.
A real classic in town and considered the largest of its kind in Europe. The Barcelona Aquarium offers an impressive range of marine life and a walk through the shark tunnel is unforgettable.
The castle is an interesting place for kids to explore and just down the drawbridge is a children’s playground with 2 long slides. During the summer months a relaxed open air bar opens in the pine woods at the back of the castle: La Caseta del Migdia, (follow signs along the port-view footpath) offers a barbecue lunch-menu and live music events. There is also a picnic area here.
Poble Espanyol on Montjuic is a mini Spain within Barcelona – a constructed spanish village with 40 workshops showing 21 different types of craftsmanship at work. You can explore the shops and art galleries and have a meal at one of restaurants. For kids there is plenty of car-free space to explore and there are organized activities and shows. Extra Tip: You can buy a type of treasure hunt game of discovery. Solve the clues, answer the questions and discover all the hidden secrets of el Poble Espanyol. Price for game pack that includes backpack and materials is €5 (max. 5 participants).
There are several options to enjoy Barcelonas skyline and a fresh sea breeze from the water. You can take a boat tour along the coast with Las Golondrinas , a sailing tour with Catamaran Orsom or try the brandnew X-max Speedboat tour!
Most museums in Barcelona offer special activities for kids, but these suggestions are just perfect for families:
CosmoCaixa – maybe the most beautiful science museum in Europe featuring a mini Amazon rain forest, planetarium and interactive activities.
Maritime Museum – showing a full size gallon and other ships, you can also combine your ticket to include a visit to the Santa Eulalia Schooner. Great cafeteria with trees in the big patio.
Chocolate Museum – as the name suggests it´s all about chocolate and sculptures made of chocolate, never fails with kids 😉