Barcelona is one of Europe’s most child-friendly cities. There are many exciting indoor activities for kids in Barcelona, ideal for rare rainy days in the city or escaping the heat of the summer months. Barcelona is home to numerous family-friendly attractions, including a plethora of world-class museums, exhibits, indoor play centres and a large aquarium. Older children, tweens and teens will also love visiting the city’s many iconic sites, from Antoni Gaudí’s unique architecture, to the world-famous Barcelona FC Stadium.
The Catalan capital’s cultural scene is impressive, with the city’s theatres and opera house offering year-round programmes and workshops for children and young people. There are also many English speaking sports clubs with indoor facilities for year round training.
Numerous green spaces, play-areas and beaches offer plenty of free outdoor activities for young and older kids. The city’s 10km stretch of urban beaches and long promenade provide endless easy outdoor activities for families year-round. The city’s many centrally located parks offer plenty of space for kids to let off steam and enjoy walks and picnics. Barcelona has so many beautiful parks to choose from, from the colourful wonderland of Gaudi’s iconic Park Guell to the pretty manicured Laberint d’Horta gardens and the rolling lawns and boating lake of the Ciutadella. The grid pattern of the Eixample neighbourhood’s long wide boulevards has created space for many squares and small gardens for families to enjoy throughout the city centre.
The many sports clubs, workshops and summer holiday camps in the city also offer plenty of outdoor sports activities for kids. For older children, there are also plenty of different outdoor group activities to choose from, including fantastic walking tours to discover the hidden secrets and unique history of Barcelona.
There are a plethora of popular indoor activities for kids of all ages and interests in Sant Cugat. For rare rainy days, or escaping the intense heat of summer, there are several large indoor play centres with indoor activities for young children, where little ones can let off steam on bouncy castles, slides and ball pools. Older kids will love the likes of laser tag, bowling, cinema outings and more. There are also plenty of sports available year-round, with a large fitness centre with indoor facilities offering lessons in sports ranging from tennis and swimming to football, hockey and more.
There are a variety of courses and workshops in Sant Cugat, including dynamic language clubs offering lessons and workshops in English, Spanish, Catalan and more, for multilingual children to learn and improve their language skills (or learn a new language entirely) in a fun environment.
There are a variety of fun outdoor activities for kids in Sant Cugat, which offer a fantastic quality of life, attracting international families seeking a really outdoorsy, healthy and active lifestyle. The Serra de Collserola National Park has an abundance of cycling and hiking trails for all ages and abilities, with breathtaking views over Barcelona to the Mediterranean Sea beyond. There are some beautiful woodland walking routes a short journey from Sant Cugat by train or car, providing wonderful outdoor nature activities for kids.
There are also an abundance of parks, outdoor sports activities for kids, creative workshops and holiday courses, with outdoor activity games for kids. There is a popular outdoor swimming pool open from June to September.