The Best Activities for Kids in Barcelona

We know planning a family vacation can be tough, especially when trying to find the best activities for kids.  Here are the Nanny Line’s 3 keys to happy kids when travelling:

  1. Touristy-type activities need to be interactive and hands-on
  2. Depending on children’s age, plan only 1 or 2 typical adult-tourist-type attractions a day. Make sure to schedule down time for relaxing in the hotel room, swimming in the hotel pool, and just “doing nothing” EVERY DAY.
  3. Always leave enough time for meals and plan ahead with reservations- a hangry kid is not a fun travel partner.


Some of our favorite interactive activities in Barcelona:

  • Mosaics.  Design your own mosaic creation and learn a little bit about Gaudí while you are at it.  Angelika at Mosaiccos in the Gothic Quarter offers 2 and 3 hour sessions which your small artists will love.


  • Design your own shoes.  Kids can make their own Spanish espadrilles epardanyas at Handmade Matters shoe store (also in the Gothic Quarter). During the 2-hour workshops offered through AirBnB experience, you will also learn the history behind this traditional fabric shoe with jute soles, worn by the working class.


  • Go on a scavenger hunt.  There are several tour operators in Barcelona who offer tours specifically-designed for families. Nancy Daum Daily at Enchanting Barcelona Tours offers scavenger hunt tours of the historic Gothic and Born areas or of Gaudi’s most famous architectural attractions. The winners even get a prize of chocolate and churros.  What kid (or adult) won’t like that?


  • Take a cooking class.  Learn about the culture and food of Spain when you tie on an apron and make a meal together. Barcelona Cooking is located right on Las Ramblas and their chefs are experts at keeping kids entertained and safely cooking for a whole four hours!  As part of their classes you will be able to tour Barcelona’s famous Boqueria Market, learn about its history, and purchase the fresh ingredients for your meal.


  • Create silly memories.  The Big Fun Museum, also located on Las Ramblas, would probably not be a parent’s first choice to visit in Barcelona, but kids love this made-for-Instagram “museum” with a Mirror Maze, Ribbon Labyrinth and Room of Illusions, among other attractions.


What are your other go-to activities to do with families visiting you in Barcelona?  Think you’ve figured out the secret of how to get kids to like art museums or historical attractions?  Let us know on The Nanny Line’s Facebook page.  And don’t forget that our vacation nannies are available to entertain the kids (even last minute) while you dash off to the Picasso or Miró Museums.  Call today to book your nanny!

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