Activities in Barcelona

Batlló House (Gaudi)

Address Passeig de Gracia, 43, Barcelona, Spain Map, Tel (34) 93 216 03 06 Call, Hours 9am-8pm Daily, Cost 16.50 Euros, includes AudioGuide

This beautiful home, designed by Gaudi for the wealthy Batllo family, has an interesting enough design to engage most kids. Our kids love the sea-like effect of the blue tiles and stained glass.

Visitors are expected to climb the stairs, but the families with strollers or wheelchairs can use the small elevator (check before waiting in line to make sure it is working and available). more

Biciclot (Bicycle Rental)

Address Passeig Marítim (La Barceloneta) 33-35, 08003 Barcelona, Spain Map, Tel 932 219 778 Call, Reservations Email, Summer Mon-Thurs 10am-3pm and 4-8pm; Fri-Sun: 10am-3pm and 4-9pm, Autumn Fri-Sun: 10am-3pm and 4-6pm Website

Rent a bicycle and pedal around the beach and Parc de la Ciutadella, or schedule an organized tour by bike. A wide variety of bikes are available to suit your family's needs, including city bikes, bikes for kids, tandems, tricycles for adults, children carriers and seats; and more… more

Castle of Montjuic

Address Carretera Montjuïc 66, 08038 Barcelona, Spain Map, Tel 933 298 613 Call, Hours military museum hours change seasonally, call ahead for latest schedule Website

Built in the 18th Century, this castle has magnificent views and a passable military museum. Kids will have fun climbing on the old cannons before heading back downhill, and there is a snack shop selling cold drinks (but not milk) and candybars. There is also an indoor restaurant. more


Address C/Teodor Roviralta 47-51 Barcelona Spain Map, Tel 93/212-6050 Call, Hours 10am-8pm Tue-Sun, Cost €3 for age 3+; Planetarium €2 for ages 3+, Tickets and Website

Located off the beaten path, this newly revamped science museum and planetarium is a good option if you're looking for a kid-specific activity. There are a wide variety of hands-on exhibits for children, geared for ages three through nine. The most popular exhibit is "The Flooded Forest," a living Amazon rain forest inside the museum with over 100 species of animal and plant life. Another highlights, for kids and adults, is the sound telescope, which is situated outside on the Plaça de la Ciència. more

El Liceo (Opera House)

Address La Rambla, 51-59, 08002 Barcelona Map, Tel 93/485-9913 Call, Metro Liceu Website

The Petit Liceo Program organizes children's events for ages 3-14 with classical music, fairy tales, actors and puppets. Visit the El Liceo website for details and schedule. Opera house tours are also available. more

El Transbordador Aeri del Port (Cable Car from Barceloneta to Montjuic)

Address Passeig Joan de Borbó, Barcelona Map, Tel 93 225.27.18 Call, Cost One-way 9€; Round trip 12.50€ Website

This cable car ride, far above the city can be really fun, or really scary depending on how comfortable you are with heights. more

Fundacio Joan Miro (Miro Museum)

Address Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona Map, Tel (34) 934.439.470 Call, Map Location on map is approximate. Entrance is close to the funicular station, Hours change seasonally, Cost Adults 7.5€, Metro Paral·lel, then take the funicular from the Metro station up to Montjuc Website

We love Miro's whimsical paintings, and titles make us giggle. We think your kids will love them too. This museum, with a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures and more is a great place to find out. more

Happy Parc (Indoor Playground)

Address Pau Claris, 97, 08009, Barcelona Spain Map, Tel 93-317-86-60 Call, Hours Mon-Fri 5-9pm; Weekends 11am-9pm, Cost 4€ per hour for children, free for adults, Notes There is a second location at Comtes de Bell-lloc, 74-78

This indoor playspace may not feel particularly Spanish, but your kids will have a blast (especially on a rainy day) and get an opportunity to interact with local kids. There's climbing, slides, a ball area and more plus staff on hand to watch what's happening. Simple, kid friendly food is also available. more

L'Aquarium Barcelona

Address Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, 08039, Barcelona Map, Tel 00 34 93 221 74 74 Call, Hours 9.30am-9pm with later closing on weekends, holidays and in July and August, Cost Adults 16€; Children age 4-12 are 11€, Metro L3 Drassanes, L4 Barceloneta Website

Known as one of the best Aquariums in the world, we're especially impressed by the huge shark tank. There is also an underwater tunnel 80 metres (262 feet) long and an immense Oceanarium. Many of the tanks in the Aquarium extend all the way to the floor, making the aquarium very stroller friendly. more

Las Ramblas

Address Placa de Catalunya 1, 08002 Barcelona Map,

While the Rambla might seem to touristy if you were travelling without the kids, it's lots of colorful fun for them. Start from the Placa de Catalunya and walk towards the Harbor. You'll first see the Canaletes Fountain. Next you'll see stands selling pets (my son's favorite part) including baby turtles, ducklings, chicks, and all kinds of birds. Swing into La Boqueria next or pick up a sandwich at Cafe Vienna, and then continue on your way. You'll also pass people all dressed up as human statues, and stands selling flowers before you find yourself at waterfront. more

Magic Fountains of Montjuc (La Font Màgica)

Address la Font Màgica, Barcelona, Spain Map, Metro Placa Espanya, then walk towards the National Palace, Winter (October to April) Fridays and Saturdays from 19:00 to 21:00, Summer (May to September) Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 20:00 to midnight, Cost Free Website

The magic fountains, built in 1929, were the first lighted fountain show where the water changes shape in time with lights and music, and they are still wonderful to watch. more

Mercado de la Boqueria (Boqueria Market)

Address Rambla 91, 08001 - Barcelona, Spain. Map, Tel 93.318.25.84 Call, Hours Mon-Sat 8am-8:30pm Website

La Boqueria, officially named Mercat Sant Josep, is a bustling market filled with fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy products, meats, and seafood. There are also a few inexpensive places to grab a bite to eat. Kids (if they're not too squeamish) will enjoy wandering the market and seeing everything. This is also an excellent place to pick up what you need for a picnic lunch. more


Address Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona Map, Notes Take the metro to Para-lel stop and then follow the signs to the funicular (inside the station). Exiting the funicular, follow the signs to the gondola station next door and take it to the top.

Monjuic mountain is best described as a weekend playspace for Barcelona families. There are gondolas, the Magic Fountains, Museums, a swimming pool, a castle (Castle of Montjuic) and fantastic playgrounds. There's also a model Spanish Village (best skipped) called Poble Espanyol. more

Museau de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum)

Address C/. Comerç, 36,08003 Barcelona Map, Tel Call, Website

The chocolate museum tells the history of chocolate and has lots of interesting chocolate sculpture to look at. Kids of chocolate eating age will find it interesting. and they'll certainly enjoy the cafe and chocolate shop. The best part, is the kids chocolate making classes on weekends (available for kids age 3 and up). Classes must be booked well in advance on the museum's website. more

Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACBA)

Address Plaça dels Angels, 1, 08001 Barcelona Map, Tel 34 93 412 08 10 Call, Cost 4€ for the permanent collection; 7.5€ for whole museum, Hours (Winter) M,W,Th,F 11am-7.30pm; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-3pm Website

MACBA is a very kid-frienly museum, with an open-plan, ramps everywhere, and enough buzz to cover minor baby or kid noises. Some of the artwork is especially engaging, on our visit the kids were enthralled by an exhibit featuring light projectors and shadows. more

Museu Maritim (Maritime Museum)

Address Av. de les Drassanes, 08001 Barcelona Map, Tel 933 429 920 Call, Museum Mon-Sun 10am-8pm, Metro Drassanes (Portal de Santa Madrona exit) Website

The Museu Marítim de Barcelona is in the historic royal shipyards building. The shipyards were built to serve as a military dockyard for the galleys commanded by the Crown of Aragon. There's tons for kids to see and do here, including full-size ships to walk through, individual audio tours available in all languages, the impressive building to explore. The building is easy to navigate with a stroller, and there is an attached cafe. more

Museu Picasso (Picasso Museum)

Address Montcada Street, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona Spain Map, Tel +34 93 256 30 00 Call, Tickets An ARTICKETBCN pass will enable you to skip the ticket line at this and several other Barcelona museums, Metro Arc de Triomf, Liceu or Jaume I Website

This museum features Picasso's early work, including some ceramics and also organizes excellent temporary exhibitions. If you think your kids will have a difficult time making it through the entire collection, start with the most recent work and visit the collection backwards as the more recent work is more likely to be appealing to kids. more

Parc de la Ciutadella (Citidel Park)

Address Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona Map, Metro Arc de Triomf Website

Barcelona's largest park has plenty of space for kids to run, a great playground, a zoo, and an ornamental fountain designed by Antoni Gaudi. The tropical Umbracle greenhouse and Hivernacle winter garden make good places to visit on a rainy day. Kids will also enjoy a life size statue of a wooly mammoth near the Cascada. more

Parc Güell

Address Parc Güell, Carrer d'Olot, 13, 08024, Barcelona Map, Tel 932-130-488 Call, Cost Free, Hours 10:00-20:00, Metro Lesseps and exit left out of the Metro station, cross the streets Princep d'Asturies and Gran de Gracia and catch bus #24 to the park Website

This 30 acre garden, filled with Gaudi's eccentric benches, patios, buildings, walkways and more, is a wonderland for children to explore. Don't miss the dragon stair railing. The park has some nice playgrounds (segregated by age) and we recommend bringing a picnic lunch along with you. more

Sagrada Familia

Address Mallorca, 401, Barcelona, Spain, 08013 Map, Tel 34 93 207 30 31 Call, Metro Sagrada Familia Website

Many things about this famous, unfinished temple will engage your children. The site and architecture, the intriguing back story, and the ongoing construction activity. Bring a good guidebook so that you can explain the history of the building and the symbolism of each facade if your kids have questions. more

Telefèric de Montjuïc (Gondola)

Address Carretera Montjuïc 66, 08038 Barcelona, Spain Map, Cost Adult 1 way 5.50€; round trip 7.50€; Payment by credit card requires that you know your PIN Website

The Montjuic Gondola was recently renovated, reopening in 2007. It leaves from the Montjuc Funicular station, and carries you up to the castle, with the opportunity for a view stop on the way. The ride is beautiful, but beware that you'll pass over some very fun looking playgrounds on the way! more

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Address Pl. del Tibidabo, 3-4. 08035 Barcelona Map, Tel 93 211 79 42 Call, Hours vary; weekends and holidays only during winter Website

If your kids are in need of a day of kid-focused fun, Tibidabo, known as one of the best amusement parks in Europe, is a great option. In addition to the usual rides, there is a train and regularly scheduled puppet shows. more

Reader Favorites

Barcelona Babysitter

Address barcelona city Map, Tel +34622511675 Call, Website

Barcelona Babysitter is a babysitting agency in Barcelona. Services are offered in a variety of languages. All the babysitters are highly qualified, have years of experience and love working with children. Enjoy your night out in Barcelona and make sure your kids do as well! more

Bogatell Beach

Address 41.394329,2.206875 Map,

Bogatell Beach is just down the coast from Barcelonetta Beach and is much quieter and preferred by locals. The water is much cleaner as well, because it is further from the commercial port. more


Tel +34 93 685 56 59 Call, Website

Travelling with kids it is easier than ever. All the items you need for your kids for rent: travel cot, high chairs, car seats and boosters, buggies, twin buggies, toys, baby hamocs, and so on!
If you go to Barcelona with kids do not think it twice, leave all your staff at home and do Buggying. more

Kids & Family Walking Tour

Address Plaça de l'Angel, Barcelona, Spain Map, Tel +34 636 108 776 Call, Website

Travel back in time and learn the medieval legends of the Gothic Quarter. Visit the workshops where giants are made, learn about the Romans who founded Barcelona, experience the magical buzz of the famous Boquería food market, enter the trendiest candy shop and even dance with us the Sardana, the traditional Catalan dance. more

Rent babycot, stoller...

Tel +34 648 470 591 Call, Website

If you have to travel with your baby or child we can make your trip much easier and give you all necessary stuff so you do not need to worry. offers you the opportunity of renting all the material necessary for your baby´s day by day: prams, baby cots, high chairs, car seats, food accessories... more