It’s a place locals bitterly refer to as Europe’s adult Disneyland.
Maybe you’ve already experienced that Barcelona, the one every tourist knows and loves, but things have changed now and you’re starting to feel the heat…
There’s nothing to do for them.
If you’re braving Barcelona with kids I’ve only got one thing to say to you: calm down. With a list of child-friendly attractions you’ll be kept busy day and night if you want to.
Things to Do in Barcelona With Kids
The Magic Fountain
A can’t miss for your little ones if you don’t might getting a bit wet. Right at the foot of the glorious Palacio Nacional is this 20 minute Magic Fountain show and its 3620 water jets and 4760 lights. Here you’ll see over 7 billion light/water combinations.
It’s all synchronized to a musical score with shows varying from classical to modern pop. I haven’t heard of a disappointed kid yet. Check the Magic Fountain calendar for more information on times.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
Yes, it’s a monastery at the peak of a mountain with spectacular views of the city. Not exactly what your kids would consider fun… but wait, there’s an amusement park!
This retro amusement park was built in 1889. You can’t leave without a spin on the Ferris Wheel or the world’s first flight simulator. You’ll also get great street theater and kid-friendly shows.
Get a 10% discount off window rates booking with Barcelona Tourisme using the button below. Tickets also include bus tickets from Plaça Catalunya.
Prices: 120 cm+ (€28.50), 90-120 cm (€10.30), under 90 cm free.
Let your kids discover an underwater world made up of 35 tanks including the spectacular 260 foot underwater tunnel. There’s nothing quite like standing in the midst of all that life.
At feeding time the 118 foot ocean tank holding massive sharks, rays, penguins, and other large fish is a must. In all your family will see over 11,000 animals made up up 450 species.
It’s the most educational aquarium dedicated to Mediterranean marine life in the world.
Prices: Adult (11+) €20.00, Child (5-10) €15.00, Mini (3-4) €7.00.
The Camp Nou Experience
This one is self-explanatory especially for kids who are football fanatics.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bigger treasure trove of football memorabilia than Barcelona FC’s historic stadium. You’ll see Messi’s Golden Boots, the team’s Champions League trophies, and learn the history of the world’s best club via a massive interactive space.
What could make this better? Touring the stadium of course. From walking onto the pitch via the player’s tunnel to sitting around the dressing rooms your children will be footballers for a day.
Prices: Adults €25.00 (time slots), €28.00 (open ticket). Kids (6-13) €20.00 (time slots), €22.00 (open ticket).
Barcelona’s most famous street offers a million distractions for your little ones.
Here toddlers and smaller children can’t get enough of the street artists. To find these crazy people dressed as mythical creatures, footballers, movie characters, and even a table freshly set with paella you should head to the end of the street around metro stop Drassanes.
It’s best to avoid this place at night due to pickpockets.
Prices: free though you should give a small tip to pose for pictures.
The Chocolate Museum
Chocolate lovers rejoice! Let’s learn about the history of chocolate as an obscure American ingredient to its conquering of a continent using Barcelona’s port. All while stuffing your mouth.
Here you’ll find creative things to do for kids like the ‘Chocolate Artists‘ activity where they make sculptures and even paint in chocolate. The interactively tasty workshops are great for adults too.
Prices: Adults €5.70, children (7-18) €4.85.
Get a 5% discount booking online at Barcelona Tourisme clicking the button below.
If kids love animals what better place to visit than a zoo that holds 2000 animals and over 300 species? Some highlights are the hippopotamus, the common lion, the Rothchild’s giraffe, cheetahs, and the Western lowland gorilla.
Some free activities included in ticket prices are: penguin feedings, elephant training sessions, dolphin shows, and the “farmer’s task” workshop that teaches children how to look after animals.
Prices: Adult (13+) €17.91, Child (3-12) €10.76.
The Port Cable Car
Why not float 300 feet above the city and take in the best panoramic views around?
What can only be described as a type of urban ski-lift will take you on a 7 minute voyage from the port area of Barceloneta all the way up Barcelona’s tallest hill: Montjuic. Along the way you’ll see the sea, Las Ramblas, the Arc de Troimf, Sagrada Familia, and more.
The arrival at the Torre de Miramar in an amazing place to take in the city and the gardens here are a great place to wander – just be prepared to hold the family tight during the breath-taking swing at the first tower!
Prices: €11.00 (return €16.50), children under 6 free.
Tickets cannot be bought online and must be purchased in person – more info here.
El Bosc de Les Fades
Parents, don’t ever tell me I don’t have your back because I’m thinking about you on this one. If you just had to take a break from walking and drag your children into one of the many bars in Barcelona this would be it.
First off it has solid baked goods and coffee – but there’s also sangria and some pretty stiff gin and tonics too. It’s also fairy tale land. The whole bar is made up to be a woodland complete with simulated thunder storms.
Look for this truly unique bar at the bottom of La Rambla next to the Wax Museum.
Still don’t know what to do in Barcelona with kids? Do as you do at home: go play in the park.
You’ll find Barcelona’s biggest park near the famous Arc du Triomf in the fashionable Born district. My advice would be to buy a cheap football to have a kick around the open space. You can also take a picnic lunch for the ultimate family day out.
A great thing to do for kids is explore the park’s artificial lake in the rowboats available for rent. Prices start at just €6.00 with rentals going from 10 am to dusk.
The explosion of colours, sounds, and tastes found at the biggest market in Barcelona isn’t just for adults. Children can’t get enough of the €1.00 fruit smoothies and little fruit cups. This is a great chance to eat healthily but be careful because there are candy and ice cream stalls galore.
Kids also have a strange obsession with the hams hanging from the ceiling and the many rare cuts of meat and still-alive seafood. It gets crowded so keep the kids close: I recommend visiting before 10 am or after 4 pm.
Getting Around Barcelona with Kids
Kids under four ride free on Barcelona’s public transport network. Those over four pay full fare.
To save money on transport I recommend getting the Hola BCN card. This unlimited transport pass can cost as little as €6.40 a day (kids under 4 ride free) and is available in 48, 72, 96, and 120 hour formats.
Need transport plus attractions? There’s the Barcelona Card. You get unlimited transport, free entrance to 25 museums, and 85 discounts on attractions, shows, food, shopping, and more.
Passes for children start at just €19.00.
A bit confused on which pass is for you? See a page comparing the two options clicking the button below.
If you’re arriving at Barcelona airport and need a quick taxi solution that includes complimentary car seats for children: you can get a free ride quote at the Taxileader website.
Hop on Hop Off Bus
Tourists with kids always love the Bus Turistic.
Barcelona’s warm climate lets you stay on the upper deck of the bus completely uncovered, taking in the views and more importantly the sun while visiting 87 attractions. With a super educational audio guide.
It’s probably the least stressful way to get around Barcelona with children as they won’t tire easily as the bus stops right in front of all the attractions. If your kids love bus rides this is a no-brainer.
Exploring by Bicycle
You can’t go wrong getting around Barcelona with kids by bicycle can you? In a city of 300 km of bike lanes there’s no better way to explore and stay healthy at the same time.
At the moment parents can rent bikes for their children starting as low as €2.50 an hour including helmet. Whether you’re cycling between attractions or going on a long ride along the beach with ice cream stops this is highly recommended.
Best Place to Stay with Family
A great, quiet, and well connected area to stay in with children is the Eixample district. From here you’ll minimize your dependence on transport and avoid all the late night shenanigans of the city’s tourists.
Another great option is to stay is classy El Born for its proximity to Ciutadella Park as well as the beach. You also can’t go wrong in the mini-village of Gracia which maintains an independent charm not seen elsewhere in the city.
For more elaborate info read my article on Barcelona’s best lodging neighbourhoods.
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I can only imagine how difficult Barcelona with kids can be, and all I’ve done is write an article! If I’ve missed anything or you need any custom advice please be in touch with me in the comments below.
Happy travels 🙂