Things to Do with Kids in Barcelona

Barcelona is an incredibly family-friendly city! In this article, we will list our top 10 things to do with kids, free activities, nighttime activities, dining options, museums, and things to do with teenagers.

 

 


TOP 10

There are so many things to do that you might not have enough time for all of them.

That’s why we’ve given you our top 10 list of things to do which includes tours, food recommendations, free things to do, and other attractions. 


(1) Sightseeing Tours

There are multiple ways to see Barcelona with the family. Of course, take a look at our pay-what-you-wish walking tour. This tour makes it easy to get a feel for the city.

 

 

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, why not try a speedboat tour? 

Likewise, families can find benefits in a bike tour. 

If everyone in your group can swim, this kayaking excursion is a great way to explore Barcelona’s coast.

The most popular options tend to be bus tours and boat tours. They’re fun, and hop-on-hop-off busses make transportation throughout the city really simple. 


(2) Museums

Barcelona has an abundance of museums and many of them are spaces that children would enjoy.

 

 

When it comes to educational museums, the Maritime Museum is perfect for kids who love ships and nautical themes, while the Science Museum has hands-on exhibits teaching about global ecosystems.

The Museu de la Xocolata is a crowd-pleaser for visitors of all ages.

We have an entire section of this article devoted to family-friendly museums and attractions below.


(3) Make Your Own Mosaic

With all of the mosaic architecture around the city, wouldn’t bringing home your own mosaic be the perfect souvenir?

 

 

This family-friendly workshop will teach you about the art style’s history and you’ll walk away with a mosaic piece.

Participants can break their own tiles, choose the shape of their piece, and work with many different colors.

Note: Keep in mind you may have to pick up your finished artwork the following day.


(4) Go to a Sporting Event

Football-loving kids will love going to a game! FC Barcelona is the city’s football (soccer) team. Both basketball and handball are also popular in the city.

 

 

Football (Soccer)

You can also take a tour of the stadium that FC Barcelona plays in. Camp Nou is the largest football stadium in Europe.

Basketball

Handball

We have a list of more teenager-friendly activities below.


(5) Boat rentals at Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella is a tranquil green space. It has playground equipment for kids to run and climb on, but it also has boat rentals.

 

 

Younger kids will enjoy getting paddled around the pond and older kids can join in the rowing themselves.

You can rent a boat for 30 minutes at a time:

  • 2 persons: €6
  • 3 persons: €9
  • 4/5 persons: €10

(6)  See a Flamenco Show

This dance style is famous in Spain, and Flamenco shows are very popular with most tourists coming through Barcelona.

 

 

A show like Palacio del Flamenco offers evening dance performances with dinner.

Kids will love the bright costumes and lively music. And for those aged 3 to 12, a kids menu with spaghetti, chicken, and fries is available.

For more fun places to eat, check out our food section below.

Also, check out our nighttime activities section.


(7) See the Parks

Barcelona has an abundance of green spaces throughout the city. And most of the parks have fun playgrounds, grassy spaces to run on, and other fun things to climb.

 


This photo of Barcelona is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Turo Parc offers shaded walking paths, grassy space to play, and playground equipment for toddlers through ten-year-olds.

Parc de l’Estacio del Nord features a playground with swings and climbing equipment. But the real feature of interest is the collection of climb-able blue mosaic waves.  

For more free things to do, check out the section below.


(8) Miniature Catalonia Park

What kid doesn’t want to be a giant for the day? You can explore a miniature replica of the region at Catalunya en Miniatura.

If you’re looking to get a bird’s eye view of the tiny city you can glide over the valley on a zip line or ride around it on a miniature train.

 

 

Make a full day of your visit to the park by having lunch in the grassy and shady picnic park.

You can bring in your own food to the picnic area or go to the restaurant and bar.

If all of this isn’t exciting enough, there is a playground is perfect for smaller kids who love swings and slides!

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(9) Ride the Cable Car

Take a refurbished cable car up to Parc de Montjuïc.

Enjoy the swift ride to the top with 360-degree views. In the summer, the cars run until 9:00 pm, which makes this a great evening activity.

 

 

The car deposits you right near the castle, which is the most popular attraction at the top of Montjuïc.

Swimming pools from the Olympic games, a historic Jewish cemetery, and an art museum are also at Parc de Montjuïc.

For more things to do with the kids at night, check out our evening activities below.


(10) Save up to 55% with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass 

You can save money for the whole family by buying a tourist pass. The one ticket will give you a bulk discount on entry into many of the family-friendly attractions.

 

 

If you choose the Barcelona City Pass, for example, you get free admission to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell and a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour.

Other included attractions will be available to you at a 20% discount

  • Camp Nou Tour
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • L’Aquarium Barcelona
  • Flamenco Dance Show
  • Isla Fantasia Water Park
  • Segway Tour
  • Bike Tour
  • Helicopter Tour
  • Barcelona’s Wax Museum
  • Port Aventura Theme Park

 


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FREE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

This section lists several fun and free family-friendly activities in Barcelona, including parks, beaches, hiking spots, and movies.

 

 

For a more in-depth look at the city’s free things to do, check out the full article here.


Climb at Park de l’Estacio del Nord

This compact city park is perfect for an afternoon picnic or for letting the kids run their wiggles out.

There are traditional playground areas for children, but the little ones can also take the opportunity to climb on the multiple mosaic-tiled structures in the shape of waves throughout the park.


Parc de la Ciutadella

Looking for a great playground? Try Parc de la Ciutadella – they have an enclosed space with mazes, building toys, playhouses, and even some pots to be used as drums.

The kids’ playground is open from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm daily.

 


This photo of Parc de la Ciutadella is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The rest of the park is one of the greenest spaces in the city and has paths for walking, grass for running, and space for picnics.


See the Festival Giants

Barcelona’s festivals almost always feature a parade or performance involving giant papier mâché figures of people and animals.

When they aren’t in use, over 50 of them sit in glass cases at La Casa de los Entremesos. Kids might enjoy seeing these larger-than-life festival props.

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Go to a Beach

Relax by the ocean at one of Barcelona’s multiple beaches. Since the city is right on the coast, you can easily take public transportation to the beach of your choice.

Sant Sebastia is a popular choice for young families, as the water is quite shallow on this stretch of beach. You can let your younger kids safely splash around or play in the sand.

Older, more sporty family members might be able to join in on an impromptu volleyball game, as locals often bring their nets to set up on the sand.


Lookout Point on Bunker del Carmel

Former anti-aircraft bunkers from the Spanish Civil War are now one of the most popular hiking destinations in the city.

For kids who can keep up, this is a great hike with gorgeous city views as a reward at the end.

 


This photo of Bunker del Carmel is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

There isn’t too much to do at the top unless you bring a picnic, but kids might be interested to try to find the street your hotel is on from the lookout point.


Free Beach Movies

Cinema Lliure hosts free movies on the beach from the end of June through August. Movies are completely free and projected on a large screen right on the beach.

These nights are popular with locals and travelers alike, so you must arrive early if you want a good seat. We suggest bringing a towel or lounge chairs, food, and drinks.

This might be the perfect end to a family day at the beach!

Movies are shown in their original language, with English subtitles for Spanish movies and Spanish subtitles for English movies.

For a more in-depth look at the city’s free things to do, check out the full article here.

 


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NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES WITH KIDS

You don’t have to quit when the sun goes down. Take a spooky tour, watch the famous magic fountain dance to music, find a medieval castle, or choose another of our after-dark activity ideas.

 

 

Be sure to read our master post on things to do at night in Barcelona, where you will find some additional family-friendly ideas.


Take a Ghost Tour

If you or your kids are a fan of spooky stories, this 2.5-hour ghost tour is a perfect activity.

An entertaining guide will take you walking through Barcelona’s alleys and tell tales of witchcraft and hauntings.

The tour starts at 9:30 pm on Fridays and 8:30 pm on Saturdays and is wheelchair accessible.


See the Magic Fountain

On most Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc puts on light, sound, and water shows. The shows have been happening since 1929 and are still popular.

 


This photo of The Magic Fountain is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Crowds gather on nearby streets and steps to enjoy the jets of water dancing to the music. We recommend you arrive early to get a good seat.

Show Times:

  • March 1 – 31 from Thursday – Saturday from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • April 1 – May 31 from Thursday – Saturday from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • June 1 – September 30 from Wednesday – Sunday from 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
  • October 1 – October 31 from Thursday – Saturday from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • November 1 – January 6 from Thursday – Saturday from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • January 7 – February 28 CLOSED for maintenance.

Sunset Sailing

Since Barcelona is right on the coast, there are plenty of ways to get out into the ocean.

A sunset sailing tour is a perfect way to explore with your family. You can relax in the boat or bring your swimsuit and towel to swim around.


Medieval Evening Show

On Friday and Saturday nights, the medieval palace Palau Requesens welcomes visitors with dinner and a show.

One of the largest medieval palaces in the region puts on a sword-fighting, dancing, and juggling show that would have entertained guests centuries ago.

 


This photo of Requesens Palace is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Note: Send an email ahead of your reservation to request the kids’ menu or if you have dietary restrictions. 

For a more traditional “Medieval times” experience,  take a look at the Valltordera Castle Medieval Tournament and Flamenco Show.

Dinner is optional, and you’ll be picked up from the meeting point at 7:30 pm and arrive back at 1:00 am. 


See the Light Show at Gaudí’s Pedrera

The Pedrera is a modernist building known for its unusual appearance. Get a ticket to the light show at night, which really showcases the architecture and involves fewer crowds.

Kids don’t have to sit still during it, either. There is plenty of secure spaces to run around on the rooftop terrace.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Sunday
  • 9:00 am to 8:30 pm and 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Price:

  • Adults: 37.60 USD
  • Children 7 to 12: 18.80 USD
  • Children 6 and Under: FREE

Be sure to read our master post on things to do at night in Barcelona, where you will find some additional family-friendly ideas.

 


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RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

The restaurant scene in Barcelona is very family-friendly. 

Most restaurants will be happy to accommodate your kids, and many centrally-located establishments have special menus for the younger ones.

 

 


Bliss

An outdoor cafe in the Gothic Quarter, Bliss is a low-key place with salads, chicken entrees, cheese platters, and desserts.

It is surrounded by a pedestrian square so it is a quiet and calm spot away from the crowds where kids can get their wiggles out if they need to.


Papabubble

Explore the old-fashioned sweets shop Papabubble, which features colorful lollipops, and jars upon jars of artisan caramels. This will be a hit with everyone in your family!  


Santa Marta

Look out over the beach from an indoor or outdoor table at Santa Marta. You’ll find kid-friendly menu options like wood-fired pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

If the kids get restless, they can also play in the sand right within your line of sight.


Bar Lobo

Bar Lobo is a tapas restaurant near La Rambla. Tapas are small portions, and usually, two tapas per person will be enough.

 


This photo of Tapas Barcelona is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

This makes it easy to order for the family. Some tapas that kids love are patatas bravas (fries with seasoning and mayo) and tostadas (toasted bread with toppings).


Cuines Santa Caterina

This tapas restaurant is in the Gothic Quarter. It is a cute and affordable restaurant. If you’re looking for kid-friendly tapas to order look for croquetas, which are similar mozzarella sticks but made with chickpeas.


Pudding

Looking for a place to eat and play? Barcelona has two Pudding locations and the menu is filled with brunch-like dishes.

The entertaining thing is that one location has an Alice in Wonderland theme complete with large mushrooms and a play area with books and games.

The second location is Harry Potter-themed. The kids will never get bored at Pudding.


Medieval Dinner Show

The medieval palace Palau Requesens welcomes visitors with dinner and a show on Friday and Saturday nights. 

They happily accommodate the younger people in your party with a kids menu or other alternate plate for people with dietary restrictions, such as being vegetarian or gluten intolerant. All you have to do is email them after purchasing your tickets.  

Be sure to read our master post on things to do at night in Barcelona, where you will find some additional family-friendly ideas.

 


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MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS

From science museums to cathedrals, there is plenty of culture to be had in Barcelona.

 

 

Here is our list of family-friendly museums and attractions. And don’t forget you can see more museums for less with the Barcelona Card! 


Maritime Museum

Learn about shipbuilding and its history in Catalonia at the Maritime Museum.

How did explorers get to the new world? What did merchant and warships look like? You can find many impressive full-sized ships and equipment replicas.

Entrance is free after 3:00 pm on Sundays.


Museu Blau – Natural Science Museum

The Natural Science Museum looks at the world around us in nature and in our larger solar system.

If you’re interested in hands-on exhibits about our global ecosystems and the way the world works, this is the museum for you.

Some of the more interesting exhibits include a whale skeleton and an interactive display about which plants and animals are dangerous or safe.

Entrance is free after 3:00 pm on Sundays and included at a discount on multiple tourist passes.


Zoo de Barcelona

From birds to reptiles to large cats, there are a lot of exotic animals on display at the Zoo.

You can watch the reptiles eat if you time your visit right! Visitors enjoy a wide range of habitats.

 


This photo of Barcelona Zoo is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

The Zoo is included for free or at a discount on multiple tourist passes.


L’Aquarium Barcelona

Visiting L’Aquarium is a fun activity for any ocean-loving family. You can walk through the shark tunnel, see examples of different ecosystems with their native species, and learn about ocean life.

Make sure to check the schedule to see when feedings are for penguins, sharks, and stingrays.  

The Aquarium is included for free or at a discount on multiple tourist passes.


CosmoCaixa

One of the largest science museums in Europe, this massive building has a lot of interesting exhibits.

There are plenty of displays aimed at younger children too, like the Planetarium show. Other installations teach you which plants and animals are safe to touch and which should be avoided.

CosmoCaixa is included for free or at a discount on multiple tourist passes.


Tibidabo Amusement Park

Tibidabo offers traditional amusement park rides with a 70s aesthetic and style, even though it has been in operation since 1901. Don’t worry though – all of the rides are updated or new.

 


This photo of Funicular Tibidabo is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Younger kids will enjoy the spinning teacups, high swings, and colorful Ferris Wheel.

There are also plenty of roller coasters, other adrenaline-pumping rides for older kids and teenagers.


Barcelona Wax Museum

Barcelona has been home to many talented and pioneering musicians, singers, artists, adventurers, and monarchs.

You can see these famous historical figures in person at the Wax Museum. Many of the scenes have accompanying music or sound effects.

Note: Some of the scenes may be scary for younger children.


Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO World Heritage cathedral and one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. The sheer size of it is impressive, and the Gothic architecture makes it breathtaking.

There are usually very long lines to get inside, so we recommend a skip-the-line tour.

Sagrada Familia is included for free or at a discount on multiple tourist passes.


Museo de la Xocolata

Learn about the history and significance of chocolate at the Museo de la Xocolata. There are chocolate statues at the end of the tour that kids will love, like Mickey Mouse and Finding Nemo.

 


This photo of Museu de la Xocolata is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

You can, of course, purchase chocolate after the tour.

Visitors under 7 years of age are admitted for free.


Museu d’Historia de Barcelona

Visit the network of Barcelona History Museums to learn about the city’s origins – over 2,000 years of history and artifacts.

The family might be interested in the Roman ruins where people used to live in ancient times.

Entrance is free after 3:00 pm on Sundays, and all day on the first Sunday of every month. Children under 16 years old are always free.  

 


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THINGS TO DO WITH TEENAGERS

If you’re looking for activities to do with your teenage children, we have a few suggestions here, from day-long excursions to escape rooms.

 

 


Go on a Day of Hiking and Snorkeling

Get away from the bustling city center and take a day to bond in nature.

Take a guided hike near the sea, learning about the protected plants and animal species along the way. After the hike, you can cool off by snorkeling in the ocean.


Challenge Yourself with an Escape Room

Escape Rooms are becoming increasingly more popular. You’re given clues and a time limit and must solve the puzzle to unlock the door before the hour runs out!

This nautical escape room’s goal is to become the new Captain of the Harbour.


Visit Camp Nou

The largest football stadium in Europe is a must-see for fans of the sport. And if your teenagers keep up with FC Barcelona, the museum on the grounds will also be a hit.

There are multiple tours of the facility you can take, sometimes in combination with bus or other tours.


Take an Evening Segway Tour

The city takes on a magical feeling when the sun sets, which makes the evening the perfect time to go on a sightseeing tour. This Segway tour is 2 hours of fun and learning about Barcelona.

Note: Participants must be 16 years old or older.

 


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