So what are the things to do with kids in Barcelona? Have you planned a trip to the Catalan city but not sure what to do with your kids? Barcelona has a lot to offer in terms of museums and activities that will please the whole family. So you spent your first day in the Catalan city visiting the usual touristy places like Sagrada Familia and Passeig de Gracia. Now, isn’t it time to seek out some places where your little ones can run around, reconnect with nature and escape the crowds? BabyBreaks is here to help!
We’ve shortlisted the best things to do with kids in Barcelona:
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
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.
It features over 50 activities in which children can touch, see, listen to, investigate and discover nature.
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. 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
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
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