Barcelona with children
Visiting Barcelona with children? Check out our post of things to do. See free and paid activities for children in Barcelona..
Cosmo Caixa science museum
Cosmo Caixa science museum, CosmoCaixa, the Science Museum of the “la Caixa” Banking Foundation, is the most visited science museum in Spain. In total, 1,045,961 people, of which more than 186,199 were schoolchildren.
It is a great place for children and my favorite museum in Barcelona. If you ask me, this interactive science museum is the best choice for a rainy day in Barcelona with children and a good alternative if you like to escape the sun on a hot summer day. It is a very popular place but it never seems crowded. It will take you at least a few hours to check out everything inside.
A few of many great things to see at the museum are, The Flooded Forest representing a fragment of the Brazilian Amazon forest. Also, the 3D Planetary is a great experience for young and old, here you discover the universe as you have never seen it before, coming to life in a 3D movie projected on a parabowl shaped screen above your head as it feels as you were looking at the sky.
It also has The Geological Wall made up of seven large real pieces originated by different geological processes, which have contributed to model the structure of our planet. Many science experiments and interactive games, collection of butterfly´s, insects , stones, etc…
Price €3 p.p.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
Tibidabo Amusement Park is Spain’s oldest amusement park, the second oldest in Europe and one of the first-ever built in the world. Since it opened in 1901, its rides and attractions have been renewed and extended along with its amenities, including cafés, panoramic restaurants, play areas, and lively entertainments.
It is another place not really visited by many tourists but a place your children will love. What makes it unique is, of course, the park itself with a mix of old fashion attractions combined with new ones. But also the view is amazing as you look over Barcelona as it is located on the highest hill in the city named the Tibidabo. It is possible to visit a big part of the amusement park without paying admission as this is only charged when you are planning to use the attractions.
Aquarium of Barcelona
Aquarium of Barcelona, with a diameter of 36 meters and a depth of 5 metres, it contains almost 4 million liters of water. It houses species as diverse as giltheads, moray eels, ocean sunfish, rays and two types of shark: the sand tiger shark and the sandbar shark, in total displaying about 11,000 animals belonging to 450 different species.
El Forum Parc
The Forum Park situates itself on the end of the Barcelona coastline. The park was built for the 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures, only 20 minutes by metro from the city center. It has a kid´s park, swimming area and lots of open space. It´s never busy there. ( besides the summer festivals organized there few times a year) It is a great place if you want to escape the busy city center and give your kids the space to play. It is a public park so no entrance fee is asked. There is also a very nice and very big museum there which is free every first Sunday of the month. Museum Blau is all about natural science. Another nice way to go there is with a rental bicycle, as it is one straight line of 7km near the beach, perfect for kids. If you prefer doing this with a private guide you can read more here
The mountain of the Montjuic
Many time the mountain is ignored on the first visit to Barcelona. But it is well worth to visit it as it is a strong contrast with the busy city life. It is green, a few traffic and home to the Olympic stadium and Olympic Swimming pool (which in the summertime is open as a public swimming pool) with amazing views. Getting on the Montjuic is easy with public transport, the green line getting of at paral-lel from there you can take the funicular with the same ticket arriving halfway on the mountain. Great place for walks with children. You can also get off at plaza Espanya and take the electric staircases up. A few evenings a week there is a must-visit magic fountain show free of charge.
The labyrinth park la Horta
Other nice places to visit with children is the Camp Nou stadium home to one of the best teams in the world. Illa Fantasia, a waterpark situated 30 minutes from Barcelona city center. The park has 22 iconic attractions, three large swimming pools, wave pools and a lake, plus restaurants and landscaped areas for picnics. There’s also a children’s play area for children from 2-10 years. A bit more expensive but good fun is the Port Aventura attraction park in Tarragano about 1.30 min. by car from the city center. The park has three themes to choose from, Port Aventura Park, Port Aventura Caribbean Aqua Park or Ferrari Land including hotels and restaurants if you like to stay for a few days.