If you are already in Barcelona, you might be wondering what are the things to do with kids in Barcelona rain or shine? Have you planned a trip to the Catalan city but not sure on the cool activities to do with the kids?
In this guide, I will take you on the most interesting activities and sightseeing tours you can do with your family in Barcelona.
Whether you like outdoor excursions or indoor cultural visits, Barcelona has a lot to offer in terms of museums and activities that will please the whole family.
First, let me reassure you that Barcelona is a great place to take your kids for a long extended weekend all year round. Typically, families will stay in Barcelona for 2 or 3 nights. But as any big cities in Europe, you can easily spend more time and do things that locals are doing with their children too.
During Spring and Summer, my recommendation would be to stay 4 nights in Barcelona so you can spend a day at the beach and relax between cultural visits days.
So if you’ve already spent your first day in the Catalan city visiting the usual touristy places like Sagrada Familia and Passeig de Gracia, isn’t it time to seek out some places where your little ones can run around, reconnect with nature and escape the crowds?
I’ve shortlisted for you the best things to do with kids in Barcelona including a water park a lovely zoo.
And don’t forget to scroll down at the bottom of my article to find where to swim in Barcelona and also the best escape rooms in Barcelona suitable for families. Vamos!
CosmoCaixa is a great science museum that will entertain both adults and children. You will be able to see a fragment of the recreated Amazon forest, a 3D Planetarium or a room dedicated to experiences.
Don’t forget to take your kids to the Toca-Toca activities where they will touch and feel small animals (4€ per person for this guided activity)
Opening Times: Open Daily from 10am until 8pm & On the 24 and 31 December and the 5 January from 10am until 6pm. Closed on 25 December, 1 and 6 January
2. L’Aquàrium Barcelona
Firstly. the Aquarium of Barcelona located on Port Vell is a great place for underwater aficionados whether you like tropical fishes, sharks, starfishes or seahorses. You will be able to see an exhibition dedicated to children called Explora! designed to raise awareness of the marine world.
Secondly, it features over 50 activities in which children can touch, see, listen to, investigate and discover nature. No wonder why it is features in our favourite things to do in Barcelona with kids.
Last but not least, you can book an overnight stay at the Aquarium and sleep underneath the sharks (only available on the first Friday and third Saturday of each month and make sure you book at least a week in advance)
Opening Times: Open Daily from 10am until 730pm (even 9pm in the summer)
3. llla Fantasia Water Park
The water park is open to between June and September only
If you are looking to escape the busy beaches of Barcelona and please your children with an amazing day out, have a look at spending the day at Illa Fantasia waterpark nearby Barcelona.
With 22 slides, 3 gigantic pools, a pirate ship and over 70,000m2 of land, Illa Fantasia is a fun water waterpark that your family will enjoy during your extended trip in Barcelona.
Perfect on a hot sunny day where you don’t feel exploring the city of Barcelona, this activity for families nearby Barcelona is a ticket entry for a successful and fun day out.
4. Picasso Museum Barcelona
FREE for under 18
A few painters like Picasso are instantly recognisable by children due to their art and culture learning at school. So why not expending the knowledge of your kids and let them discovering over 4,000 works from the famous Spanish artist.
You can easily spend up to 2 hours at the Picasso Museum depending how much your children are into art and whether they are asking any questions about specific art work.
Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid the queue at the ticket office on your day of the visit.
5. Palau de la Musica Catalana Tour
Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site, the Palau de la Música Catalana is a unique concert hall for everyone with lots of colours and an amazing architecture.
The venue organises a guided tour that lasts about 50 minutes but also a self guided tour with audioguide. This iconic building is a feast for your eyes with a true representation of Catalan Art Nouveau.
Don’t miss a chance to see a concert at Palau de la Música where your family can enjoy a piano concert, a full orchestra concert or even a staged opera if your kids can stay this long.
6. Caixa Forum
Here is another great activity to do with kids in Barcelona where you and your children can enjoy different temporary exhibitions all year round.
The modern Caixa Forum is a great museum where locals and tourists have seen in 2022 different exhibitions such as Egyptian mummies, Nikola Tesla (not the car manufacturer) or Comics.
This year, the venue continues to exhibit the Momias de Egipto until end of March. Check their website to see what’s on during your day and time of visit.
7. Fundatió Joan Miró
Barcelona wouldn’t be Barcelona without the genius art of Joan Miró. Even some vacation rental agencies have found some inspiration to decorate their flats. The Joan Miró museum is dedicated to this Barcelona born artist.
Museums of modern art could be quite daunting for families but you could entertain your children by booking a family friendly activity available on certain dates of the year.
You can find the calendar here.
Opening Times: Closed on Monday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
8. Chocolate Museum or Museu de la Xocolata
This private museum is not Willy Wonka factory for sure. However it is a great venue to learn everything about this guilty pleasure: Chocolate.
You will learn how it is made, when it was discovered and how it got to be eaten or drunk.
Your kids will certainly recognise some Disney characters too. At the museum shop, you can buy many different kinds of chocolate to satisfy adults and kids palates.
9. Jardines de Joan Brossa
Joan Brossa Gardens opened in the Montjuïc area in 2003, and has since become a favourite of local families. Kids will love the extensive wooden play equipment, whilst parents can enjoy the modern architecture and beautiful vegetation.
In addition, the cable car journey from the port to the playground is sure to delight little ones.
10. Parc de Ciutadella
This park, close to Arc de Triomf, is the largest and oldest park in Barcelona. Grandparents, parents, teenagers and toddlers will all love this 70-acre oasis. There are indeed 3 fantastic playgrounds, including one for under 5’s. In addition, you can also rent rowing boats on the lake – a wonderful activity for the summer.
11. Barcelona Zoo
As every big city of Europe, Barcelona has its own zoo where you can see bird keepers preparing food to feed the penguins. Your kids will also enjoy the merkaat area and a great play area to relax. Don’t forget to bring big bottles of water as it tends to be very hot in the summer. Otherwise beat the crowd and the hot weather by going late afternoon since the park usually closes at 7pm.
12. Tibidado Amusement Park
Tibidado is an amusement park situated north of Sant Gervasi district which is over 100 years old with plenty of rides for young or older kids and grown ups. Therefore, you will enjoy more than 20 attractions and appreciate one the greatest view of Barcelona. Definitely a great day out with the family to do in Barcelona.
13. Montjuïc Fountains at Night – Fònt Magica
Montjuïc Fountains is a favourite tourist attraction. Open in 1929 for the Great Universal Exhibition, these fountains are the creation of the designer Carles Buigas who submitted his plans one year before the exhibition and many thought that the project was too ambitious to be created, let alone completed on time. In 2015, these fountains have been completely renovated and now displays thousands of colours several evenings per week.
In short, a magical show that will surprise adults and kids for sure.
14. Camp Nou Stadium Tour
If you’re visiting Barcelona, you’re in luck; it’s home to one of the biggest and best-loved football clubs in the world. Barcelona FC plays their home games at the Camp Nou stadium, one of the largest stadiums in Europe with a capacity of nearly 100,000 people. The kids are going to love a tour of the stadium, something they won’t forget in later years watching the team on the TV.
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15. Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia, also known as the Basilica in Barcelona, is a one-of-a-kind temple located in the historical city. The Temple was constructed in the late 19th century and was built by a talented architect called Antoni Gaudi. This Temple is a place of worship, but it’s also an architectural wonder built for the people. The Temple is also set up to entertain kids with games.
16. Park Güell
Park Güell is another unmissable attraction in Barcelona, also created by the modernist architect Antoni Gaudi, the park was originally meant as a residential space for aristocrats overlooking the city, and although it was a commercial failure, the exquisite views and iconic architecture are freely available. The park is ideal for kids to explore and to have a family picnic.
Address: 08024 Barcelona, Spain
17. Hop On Hop Off Tour Bus
Barcelona is a big city with lots to see, so if you and your family don’t fancy trekking the pavements in the baking sunshine, why not take advantage of the hop-on, hop-off bus that lets you explore the city at your convenience inside a cool and comfortable bus. The bus has three routes that cover all the main tourist sites in the city, and the kids can rest, learn, or play.
18. Mercado de la Boqueria
We all like to try the local food when we visit a new place, but that’s not the only reason to head down to the Mercat de la Boqueria, one of the oldest and most famous public markets in the Catalan region. The market began in 1217 and now serves large parts of the city. The market sells fresh, delectable produce that you can enjoy as a family on your balcony or at the coast.
19. Shopping on Passeig de Gracia
In Spain, most people take a siesta in the afternoon to avoid the blazing heat of the day, which means they wake up in the early evening and stay out later at night, but what do they do with their evenings? One thing they enjoy is walking in the Passeig de Gracia, a traditional shopping district with plenty to see and do for adults and kids, like eating, walking, and playing in arcades.
20. Parque del Laberint d’Horta
The Parque del Laberint d’Horta is a neo-classical park in Barcelona; the park was built in the late 18th century and is now an iconic part of the city. This is the perfect place to visit with the family; not only can you enjoy the history and the beauty of the architecture and gardens, but your kids will love the labyrinth maze that comprises the core element of the classical gardens.
21. Maritime Museum of Barcelona
As with the United Kingdom, Spain is a seafaring nation with a long history which can be discovered at the Maritime Museum in Barcelona. This museum was established at the beginning of the 20th century, but it’s located in a traditional gothic building that was once a shipyard. If our children like the ocean and the ships they see on the coast, it’s worth a visit.
22. Museu de la Música
If music is what inspires you or your children, then a trip to the Museum of Music in Barcelona is a must. This popular tourist excursion is a treasure trove of musical instruments and listening experiences throughout the ages. Learn about how music evolved from the ancient past to the modern-day and interact with instruments, audio, and visuals that will inspire and entertain.
23. Big Fun Museum
If you want a break from the city of culture and some time in the funhouse, take your kids along to the big Fun Museum. Everything is under one roof in the Big Fun Museum, including seven museums and a time out zone. Enjoy a Guinness museum, an upside down house, a sweet museum, a food court and much more, the perfect way to entertain children and adults alike.
24. Barcelona Wax Museum (Museo de Cera de Barcelona)
There are few better ways to revisit the past and learn about the present than by visiting a wax museum like the one in Barcelona. For example, the Wax Museum of Barcelona contains over 150 wax figures from the cultural past with an uncanny likeness to the real people. You kids will find a world of humour and entertainment in this museum, so don’t miss out on a day trip to wax world.
25. Indoor Karting Barcelona & Bowling
Need to kick some adrenaline? Why not booking a kids friendly session of Karting for your kids if he or she is 6 years minimum and a minimum height of 1.25m
The venue also has a great bowling with 8 lanes where you can spend some fun time with the family in the evening or during the day if it rains outside in Barcelona.
And if you need to eat or have a quick snack, you will be pleased to know Indoor Karting Barcelona has a restaurant too. The menu is very international and simple with burgers.
Overall, Indoor Karting Barcelona might not be the most cultural activity to do in Barcelona. However, your family will certain have lots of fun and excitement whether you choose karting or bowling or both!
26. Barcelona Bosc Urbà
If your children love climbing and like the adrenaline of the zip line, they will enjoy Bosc Urbà located at Parc de Forum in Barcelona.
Bosc Urbà has a family friendly circuit for children aged 8 years and a minimum height of 1.35m. Also your little ones aged 5 and over can enjoy trampolines where you can jump up to 5 meters above the ground.
Last but no least, the organiser can provide some guidance with adults helpers so you can watch your children having fun at one of the circuits safely while having a drink (available between 2 and 3.30 pm).
27. Casa Battló
FREE entry for children under 13
A city holiday break in Barcelona with family wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the Gaudí buildings. And if there is one to check from your to do list, it is Casa Batlló.
Casa Battló is probably the best masterpiece from Antoni Gaudí which offers a truly immersive experience once you are inside the house.
Located on Passeig de Gràcia, the outside building is as creative and mesmerising as in the inside. So make sure to contemplate the details of the house before entering the building.
To make the visit even more fun for your kids, you can purchase tickets with a tablet so you can discover the house with augmented reality technology.
If you are visiting the Passeig Gracia by night, stop by Casa Battló and takes several pictures of the façade of the building as it lighted up as well.
28. The Indoor Jumping Club
Located in Poblenou district, the Indoor Jumping Club is the perfect place to let your children go wild after a morning visit to the museum in Barcelona.
Your children will be able to jump in different trampoline areas with a specific zone aimed at children aged between 1 and 7 years old.
There is a more challenging Jumpers Area for people over 7 years where you can find over 40 trampolines, interactive walls and basketball hoops
So if you are looking for a fun indoor activity to do with the kids in Barcelona, you can’t go wrong by booking a jumping session at The Indoor Jumping Club.
29. Flamenco Show at City Hall Theatre
If you want to be entertained by flamenco dancers and introduce the famous dancing art to your children, why not booking a Flamenco Show at City Hall Theatre in Barcelona.
You will discover different sessions around Flamenco with amazing dancers but also great musicians where they play fast guitar solos in between. The different performances will lift your mood for sure and I would be surprised if your children will find it boring.
Make sure to pre-book the best seats in advance and arrive early to take the front seats for your children to enjoy the show.
BONUS #1: Where to Swim Outdoor in Barcelona?
If you have booked a hotel in Barcelona for your family, there is a good chance that they have a rooftop swimming pool for the guests. However during Spring and Summer, these pools can be very busy and some of them feel more like a splash pool than a proper pool.
So of course, you can still decide to swim at the different beaches such as Barceloneta beach or you can try many outdoor swimming pools.
For instance, you can go the Llac de Can Dragó which is the biggest pool of the Catalan city with a huge artificial lake and plenty of green to perfect your sun tan.
Another option is to visit the Club Natació Atlètic in Barceloneta which has 3 outdoor pools and solarium with loungers. This place is great for good swimmers if you want to strech your limits in lane swimming.
By the way, did you know that you can practise stand up Paddle in Barcelona with your kids, a great water sport that will keep your children active.
Finally, you can’t go wrong by picking the public pool of Montjuic with a 25min outdoor swimming pool. It has hosted the diving competition during the 1992 Summer Olympics. And the view over Barcelona is just incredible.
BONUS #2: Where to find an escape game in Barcelona?
If you have children passionate about escape games like ours, it might be worth to check what’s available in Barcelona. Beware that escape games venues and operators come and go so be sure to check availability and reviews. Here are 3 escape rooms that are suitable for families and available in English too.
First, Enigmik has been welcoming players for for more than 5 years playing the famous NW6 Bunker escape game. You have 60min to find clues and solve puzzles and finally get out. A lot of positive reviews have praised the Brewery game even though I am not sure beers and family go together.
Another escape game to try is Bizarre that offers 2 different games to choose: Circus and Toys. The rooms are multiple and very well thought through with great attention to details. Obviously, I would try the Toys shop escape room with children. Sounds like fun and a great activity in Barcelona for the family if you want to escape the summer heatwave.
Finally, Maximum Escape has a whopping choice of 9 escape rooms with some games that last up to 90 minutes. The venue recommends the game Damn Fame! for families with an easy entry level if you don’t want to feel too frustrated by the riddles and puzzles. We’ve heard some families going back twice to try another room and have fun!
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That’s a wrap. I hope you have found this guide on things to do with kids in Barcelona valuable for your next holiday in the Catalan city. If you believe I have missed a great activity to do with families in Barcelona, please feel free to reach out to us so we can add it on this list. Happy Travel and enjoy your vacation in Barcelona with your littles ones!
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