Barcelona is full of things to do with children, the list is far from limited ot the wonderful sandy beaches loved by so many young ones. On Tibidabo Mountain children can enjoy the theme park or see a puppet show. In the Zoo, children can see animals from all over the world and can enjoy a dolphin show. The aquatic world is further revealed to children at the aquarium in the Old Port, where children can walk through a glass tunnel underwater and see all kinds of sea life, including sharks.
The Golondrinas boat trips embark from Portal de La Palau in front of the Christopher Columbus monument and offer various outings lasting from 35 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, along the Old Port and the beaches. Some boats have a glass bottom.
Prices depend on the trip you take, but vary from 7,50€ for an adult and 2,80€ for a child, to 18€ for an adult and 5,50€ a child.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
If you are travelling with children Tibidabo is a place you cannot afford to miss, and which even older children will love. The park has been open for more than 100 years, and is one of the oldest in operation. It was first opened in 1908 and renovated in 1980. It offers about 30 attractions of various kinds, from the most traditional to attractions for families, to more recent attractions.
Entrance for a day costs roughly 28,50 euros for adults or 10,30 euros for people under 1.20 meters. Those under 90cm enter for free. It is a marvellous place to spend the day as a family and kids will love it. There is just one problem, they will want to go back the next day!
Bare in mid that the park if more geared to young children than adolescents.
Address: PL. Tibidabo, 3-4
Tel: 932 117 942
More info: www.tibidabo.cat
The Ciutadella Park is one of the largest in the city and is situated next to the old town, it is an ideal space to spend time with children and allow them to play.
It was built as part of the 1888 Universal Exhibition on the site of an old fortress. Some buildings from the old fortress still exist, such as the chapel, the Governors Palace and the former arsenal, which are now the seat of the Parliament of Catalunya.
Perfect for children, the Park has a large expanse of gardens, with many trees, and with areas to walk and to relax in, with such pleasant corners as the lake and the waterfalls. The lake is in the centre of the park and has various islands and exotic plants, you can hire a rowing boat to explore it.
The Barcelona Zoo is also found in the Ciutadella Park, making it the ideal destination for an unforgettable family day.
Barcelona Zoological Park
Children tend to love animals and the Zoo is one of the top destinations for children in Barcelona. Situated in the Ciutadella Park it has one of the most important collections of animals in Europe. As well as the collection of animals, mammals, tropical birds, dolphins and reptiles, it also offers: a mini train, mini cars, pony rides, restaurants, a picnic area, coat check, information point and children’s games.
It is open all year round from 10am, closing time depends on the season but fluctuates from 5 and 7pm. Entry costs approximately 19,90€ for adults and 11,95€ for children from 3 to 12 years old.
Address: Parc de la Ciutadella
Tel: 902 457 545
More info: www.zoobarcelona.com
Barcelona has one of the best aquariums in Europe with over 11000 sea creatures from over 450 species. The aquarium is situated in Port Vell at the end of Las Ramblas. It offers activities that are very popular with children such as ‘sleeping with sharks’ for children from 8-12, educating them about sharks, their behaviour, reproduction and what they do when night time comes.
Entrance is approximately 20€ for adults, 15€ for children from 5 to 10 and 7€ for children from 3 to 4.
Address: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, s/n
Tel: 93 221 74 74
In the heart of the Old Port the IMAX cinema offers a fascinating experience for kids. A large scale exhibition hall situated in the muelle de España (Spain dock), the IMAX is an innovative space, the first of its kind in Europe, and a perfect environment for kids away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of Barcelona.
The IMAX centre shows all kinds of films, spectators chose between three kinds of show:
IMAX: a kind of screen 21 meters high and with a size of 600m2 the largest flat screen in the world, with excellent image quality.
Omnimax: a spectacular semi rounded screen w30m high with a surface area of 900 m2.
3D: cinema viewed with special glasses
Address: Moll d´Espanya, s/n.
Tel: 932 251 111/934 154 659
Barcelona’s new Museum of Science was inaugurated in 2005, and is perfect for children. There are a number of activities oriented to children including an Amazonian forest, ‘the matter room’, the planetarium or the amusing ‘toca toca’!.
There are a number of buses that can take you to this museum, which is closed on Mondays, and costs 4 euros.
Check the museums website to find out about temporary exhibitions and activities.
Address: Isaac Newton, 26, Barcelona
TEL. 93 212 60 50
More Info: http://obrasocial.lacaixa.es
The Port Aventura theme park is not in Barcelona, but 100km to the south in Tarragona, and is easily accessed from Barcelona. Children will love it; one of the largest attraction parks in Europe. Composed of two theme parks – Port Aventura Park and the Caribbean Aquatic Park, you will find rides, attractions, restaurants, hotels and shops.
The Caribbean Aquatic Park is like a small Caribbean island, and offers a water theme park. It has an inner zone that is mainly for small children, and an exterior zone with many water slides and wave pools.
Address: Autovía Salou / Vila-Seca, Km. 2
Apartado 90 – 43480 Vila-Seca (Tarragona)
Tel: 977 779 000
Transport to Port Aventura:
Train: combined return ticket with entrance to the park
1. RENFE : 902 240 202 / www.renfe.es
Bus: Day trips: journey and entrance
1.Julià TEL. 934 904 000
2.Hispania TEL. 977 754 147
3.Sagalés TEL. 902 130 014
4.Penedès TEL. 977 660 821
Poble Espanyol on Montjuïc
The Poble Espanyol (Pueblo Español) is an open air museum, its name in English is the Spanish Village. There are 117 buildings that reproduce the architecture of different parts of Spain, rebuilt to scale on Montjuic.
El Poble dels Nens” (The children’s village) activities such as shows and work shops are organised.
Address: Av. Marquès de Comillas, 13
Tel: 935 086 300