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Barcelona is also a great city for children, one that offers a wide range of leisure and cultural activities aimed at the youngest members of the family.
When you’re in Barcelona with the family, you won’t have time to get bored. The city has an extensive agenda of activities for children, including theatre plays, musicals, circus events, operas and concerts for a young audience.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
Perched on the peak of Mount Tibidabo and also known as the “Magic Mountain”, this is one of the oldest funfairs in the world. Here are attractions that go back over one hundred years, including the Automat Museum, the Airplane and the Talaia tower.
L’Aquàrium de Barcelona
The Oceanarium at l’Aquàrium de Barcelona is unique in Europe. The four-million-litre tank houses the sharks, which visitors can see close-up thanks to the transparent underwater tunnel, 80 metres in length. This outstanding attraction also features no fewer than 35 aquariums, recreating a habitat for around 11,000 animals.
The zoo houses some 400 species, and facilities also include a farm with domestic animals. Barcelona Zoo is also where a veritable symbol of the city, Floquet de Neu (Snowflake), the only albino gorilla known, lived and died.
These historic, iconic boats were first launched in 1888. The popular vessels take visitors along the Barcelona coastline, enabling them to enjoy some of the most unusual views of Barcelona: from the sea. The boats, which depart from moorings near the Monument to Columbus and from the Fórum Port.
The Port Cable Car
The cable car, which entered into service in 1929, links the port with the slopes of Montjuïc. The 1,292-metre journey takes 10 minutes. The 107-metre-high Jaume I tower also houses a scenic restaurant. The cable car is particularly popular with children, who love enjoying the views across the port as they ride just over the sea.
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
By day it’s a huge fountain; but when night falls, it turns into a spectacular show. Located at the foot of the Montjuïc mountain, this is one of the city’s most popular attractions, thanks to the music, light and colour show that enlivens the events that are held here.
This open-air architectural museum is a short distance from the Magic Fountain, and it’s where you can get a large helping of contemporary art, architecture, craftsmanship and top-quality cuisine. The site is designed as a Spanish town complete with streets, squares, theatre, school, restaurants and workshops.
Montjuïc cable car
This modern cable car goes from the Montjuïc cable car station up to the top of the mountain, with stops at Mirador de l’Alcalde and Castell. A trip that enables you to enjoy the best views of the city from the sky.
This science museum is housed in a Modernista (Art Nouveau) building. Devoted to promoting understanding of science, CosmoCaixa features such attractions as a geological wall, a flooded forest, a room devoted to the evolution of matter.
The Chocolate Museum
This unusual attraction takes visitors on a journey through the world of chocolate from its discovery by Europeans in the 15th century and its introduction in the Old Continent, not forgetting its nutritional and medicinal properties.
The main exhibition at the Museu Blau (Blue Museum) natural history museum, entitled "Planeta Vida" (Living Planet), introduces visitors to the history of life on Earth.
Housed in the Drassanes Reials royal shipyards, the Maritime Museum has a history spanning more than eighty years. The museum’s educational programme is especially designed to enable younger visitors to discover the maritime heritage conserved here.
Housed in L’Auditori concert hall site, the Music Museum hosts a permanent exhibition featuring 500 musical instruments from different periods and cultures. The facilities here also include an interactive room where visitors can handle real instruments.
The Camp Nou stadium contains a sanctuary devoted to the football club that is “more than a club”. At this museum, visitors are taken on a journey through the history of FC Barcelona that features all the trophies the club has won over the years, as well as areas devoted to the club’s most famous players.
The “CaixaForum Kids” programme promotes art through workshops and shows aimed at families. Moreover, activities at this centre include exhibition routes for children with educational material.
Olympic and Sports Museum
The museum invites you to take a historical, ethical, fun and educational journey through the world of sport, in all its different disciplines and forms. The museum has chosen a cultural and educational format, with interactive exhibits and multimedia installations.
La Casa dels Entremesos
Offers a chance to meet some of the main gegants (giants), cap-grossos (big-headed papier-mâché figures) and figures of the traditional and unique bestiary of fantastic animals that participate in the celebrations of holidays and festivities in Barcelona and throughout Catalonia.
Joan Miró Foundation
The most important public collection of the works of Joan Miró is made up of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, engravings and drawings by the Barcelona artist.
Parc de l’Oreneta
The park includes an area where young visitors can enjoy pony rides, as well as a miniature steam railway circuit, a truly outstanding attraction: 635 metres of track, a small station, “real” railway personnel, 11 locomotives and 3 carriages.
Joan Brossa Gardens
The former Montjuïc Amusement Park site is now occupied by a large park with an original children’s play area. In the “music space” are cushions that emit sounds when the youngsters stand on them. There is also a wooden organ and a see-saw/keyboard to enable children to experiment with sounds as they play.
Parc de Montjuïc
At the foot of Montjuïc Castle is an attraction sure to delight old and young alike: two slides, long and steep, in the midst of nature. The descent is so fast that the less daring may need to put the brakes on before they reach the end.
Parc del Laberint
These are the oldest public gardens in the city, created in the 18th century, and they are a perfect mix between a Neoclassical and a Romantic garden. They get their name from the maze with walls of cypress trees, but there are also fountains, a waterfall with a little stream and mythological sculptures.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Take a stroll, go rowing on the lake or lie down and chill out on the broad sweeps of grass in the Ciutadella. Created in the 19th century, this is an open-air sculpture museum that even has a full-sized reproduction of a mammoth. This area is also shared with the zoo.
Parc de la Creueta del Coll
Spend the day surrounded by greenery in this sheltered park which has lots of different spaces to enjoy, ranging from an enormous 6,000 m² square to areas where you can relax in the shade of the acacia trees. Once you’ve made your way along the leafy pathways, at the top you’ll find a great spot for a family picnic.
Parc de les Glòries
The city’s new green lung was created to promote biodiversity - and it’s managed to do just that. A big, open grassy space (one hectare), little natural shelters and rain gardens are just some of the elements that give it form and meaning. Nearly 1,200 m² of the total area has been designated a play area for children to enjoy.
Discover the botanical diversity to be found in areas with a Mediterranean climate through eight different areas that will take you on a journey through Australia, California, Chile, South Africa, North Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic Islands and the Canaries. The perfect opportunity to explore a green space that’s committed to sustainability with all the family.
A must-see during your stay in Barcelona. Already firmly established as one of the city's icons, a warm welcome awaits visitors of all ages to this park with architectural features designed by Gaudí, from where you'll be able to enjoy the best views of the city.