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. And don’t forget to scroll down at the bottom of our 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. 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 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.
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.
10. 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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11. 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.
12. 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
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
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.
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!
That’s a wrap. I hope you will find 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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