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Activities for Kids

There are loads of activities for children and to do with children after school, at weekends and during the holidays. Below we have listed those which have been recommended to us, but if you would like to let mums know of others please feel free to send us your own recommendation.

  • Marine Hospital, El Prat de Llobregat

    Recommended by The Catalan Tourist Board

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    A marine hospital where you can see a dolphine intenstive care unit, stretchers and ambulances for transporting animals, as well as animals recovering from illness and injury. You can also view a presentation on the reasons why endangered species are in decline in the Mediterranean, learn about conservation projects and animal rescue work.  
    CRAM-Fundació per a la Conservació i Recuperació d’Animals Marins, Paseo de la Playa 28-30, 08820, El Prat de Llobregat 

    Guided tours are organised all year round: on weekdays, mornings and afternoons; weekends, mornings only. Prior booking required.

  • Geology Museum, Parc Ciutadella

    Recommended by Tara Cemlyn-Jones

    Located close to the entrance of the Parc Ciutadella , this museum has rotating exhibitions and fun toys in the shop.
    Calle Wellington with Pujades, 933196895 Metro Arc de Trionfo/Barceloneta

  • Petit Liceu

    Recommended by Tom Maidment

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    The Petit Liceu program offers a number of childrens shows from ages 3 to 14 years with classical music, fairy tales, actors and puppets.
    La Rambla 51-59, 934859998

  • Catamaran Orsom

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    Barcelona´s largest Catamaran leaves from the bottom of Las Ramblas every day for sailing cruising lasting around an hour and a half.
    Tel 934410537

    You can also charter Orsom for one-off special occasion with live music.

  • Mirador Torre Collserola

    Recommended by Tracy Flowerday

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    Opened for the 92 Olympics, the telecommunications tower at Tibidabo is nearly 300 metres high and is accessed by an external glass lift giving great views of the city. Open wed-fri 11am-2.30pm and 3.30pm-7pm
    Carretera de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo s/n  Take the funicular to Tibidabo and theres free transport to the tower from Plaza Tibidabo

  • Cable Car ride

    Recommended by Rebecca Shallcross

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    The kids will love the spectacular views over the city and the sea. Catch the cable far from the end of Paseo Joan de Borbó or from Montjuic. 3,70 euros for a single journey. 4,80 return. Return for children 3,70 euros. Jan-March 10am-6pm, April-May 10am-7pm, June-Sep 10am-9pm, October 10am-7pm November-December 10am-6pm
    To get to Montjuic take the metro to Paral-lel and then the Funicular de Montjuic or get the tourist bus and get out at Montjuic stop or numbers 50, 55 or 61 local buses. 933289003

    There are now new cable cars installed replacing the rather rickety antique ones!

  • American Society

    Recommended by Melissa Cokely

    The American Society serves as a meeting point for the English speaking community in Barcelona and throughout the year they have many family friendly activities.
    Apartado de Correos 12062 (Tara Shain) tel: 600586675 / 933684689

    "The American Society organizes numerous events for families and you don´t have to be American to become a member. They go big on American events, such as Halloween and Santa Claus." (MC)

  • La Sala Childrens Theatre, Sabadell

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

    Childrens shows and workshops in Sabadell for ages 0-14 years in Catalan
    Ronda de la Roureda, 24, Sabadell tel: 937232833 email:

  • La Puntual Theatre, El Borne

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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  • Gausch Teatre

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    Classic childrens fairy tales and stories in Catalan.
    Calle Aragó, 140, tel: 934513462

  • Ice Skating

    Recommended by Julie Stephenson

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    Year-round ice-skating in Eixample which the little-ones will love.
    Calle Roger de Flor, 168, tel: 932452800 email:

  • Sunday School - St Georges Church

    Recommended by Margaret West

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    The children learn about Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit through the Bible. They explore and discover through games, Bible stories, crafts, singing and praying. Every year the children stage a Christmas presentation. The Chaplain also organizes separate classes to prepare children for Confirmation and First Communion.The Sunday School programme runs regularly from September to June, and classes continue on a more flexible basis during July and August. Everyone begins the service together for joint worship, and then the children leave the main service to attend their own groups. The children are grouped by age.
    Calle Horaci 38, tel: 934178867

  • Cycling - Barcelona Bicing

    Recommended by Ben Miller

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    Bicing offer incredibly cheap bike hire all around Barcelona city. You can pick up a bike almost anywhere! You order your Bicing card via their website and you will receive your Bicing card in the post plus all the necessary information about using the service. You can get a Bicing bike at any Bicing ‘station’. Likewise you can leave it at any of the alloted stations. The maximum time you can use the bikes is two hours so best for short trips around town.
    Hours. Mon-Fr Open all day except from midnight to 5am (although you can return bikes then). Weekends – open 24 hous.
    Price: annual fee 24 euros. Weekly fee 1 euro.  Then 0,30 for every 30 mins 902315531


    "For parents this is a cheap and environmentally friendly way to commute as most of the drop off points are near metros and carparks." (BM)

  • Sailing - Reial Club Maritim

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    Reial Club Maritim offers sailing and rowing courses for children all year round as well as seasonal summer camps.
    Moll dEspanya tel: 932217394

  • Museu Egipci workshops

    Recommended by Margaret West

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    Archaelogical workshops for children as well as one-off workshops at Easter and Christmas promoting awareness of the cultures of ancient Egypt.
    Calle València, 284 tel: 934880188 

  • La Marelle, El Born

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    La Marelle is a parenting social club and cafe in el Born offering workshops and different activities.
    C/ Mendez Nuñez, 4

    Tel: 930071295


  • Barcelona Zoo

    Recommended by Tara Cemlyn-Jones

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    Barcelona Zoo is in the Ciutadella Park and is open every day of the week but opening hours vary throughout the year. There is a children´s zoo and a train that runs around the park. For the lazier among you there are also electric cars which can take a family of four.
    Parc de La Ciutudella s/n 932256780 Metro: Barceloneta (L4), Marina and Arc de Triomf (L1)

    The zoo runs a very good summer school (casal) from 9 to 4pm and also can be used as a venue for birthday parties. You leave the kids for 2-3 hours and collect when the time is up – the birthday boy / girl gets to meet the dolphins – in person. There is also a great playground area for kids aged 2 . Every Saturday Zoo-Club organizes activities and games in the morning for children (4-11). The park is great for babies and toddlers because it is so clean and the grass is free from litter while providing well needed shade.

  • Aquarium

    Recommended by Louise Vaughan

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    This is the largest aquarium in Europe and includes a fun interactive space called Explora. Admission: Adults 13 euros. Children 4-12 years 9 euros. Under 4s free. There is also a yearly pass for 90 euros for 2 adults and 2 children, which also gives you discounts in the shop and cafe, and most importantly you don´t have to queue! Open 9:30am -9pm.
    Moll dEspanya, Port Vell. Metro Drassanes. 932217474

    Worth it just for walking in the vast transparent shark tunnel! Really good children´s area also.

  • Science Museum

    Recommended by Louise Vaughan

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    This is a must for curious kids. Many have heralded the museum as the best of its kind in Europe. The exhibitions are distributed throughout various rooms, including the Amazon Forest, the Geological Wall and the Planetarium. Visitors can interact with many of the scientific experiments, making the whole experience more entertaining. Admission: 3 euros. Free every 1st Sunday of the month . Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 8pm. Closed on Mondays (except holidays)
    Calle Teodor Roviralta, 47-51. 902223040
    Bus Lines: 17, 22, 58, 60, 73, 75. Metro & FGC: First go to Diagonal Station (L5), connect with Ferrocarils de la Generalitat to Avinguda del Tibidabo Station, then take the "Tramvía Blau", (Blue Tram)

    "There are usually offers at the Science museum, whereby you can use one ticket for entry there and also at other child-friendly locations such as the Zoo, the botanical gardens and the Maritime Museum" (LV, Jan 2008)

    "I was dubious as to whether my 4 year old and 2 year old would really get anything out of a visit to a science museum, but CosmoCaixa is amazing... buttons positioned so that even the 2 year old could reach them, lots of space, fun, movement, calming Amazonic fish tanks. A great place to encourage a positive attitude to learning about how the world works. Children under 7 free, adults 3 euros, but if you plan on going a few times a year, the family Tarjeta Amiga is only 12 euros." (Shilpa, May 2008)

  • Nou Camp Tour

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    View the twenty-two Liga and four Champions League trophies that FC Barcelona have won over the years. Learn about the history of Barça in the form of interactive tables and wall displays. You can also walk the pitch - the magical place that every young player wants to tread. There is no doubt that you will get some of the finest views of the Camp Nou from here. There is also a special area dedicated to Argentinian superstar Leo Messi, where you can see his four Ballons d’Or and his three Golden Boots, and enjoy all of his goals on two interactive walls.

  • Smiles & Fun, Barcelona

    Recommended by Nat

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    The aim of Smiles&Fun Association is to bring together English-speaking children of various ages to enjoy and participate in different kinds of activities while practicing English. The method is based on Storytelling, music, dance, theatre, cooking, games and hands-on learning for children three to twelve years old. The idea of this association came about from the difficulties that parents experienced during the school holidays trying to find a similar service for their own children, and realizing that no such association existed in English. The possibility of finding alternatives in even Spanish or Catalan was even more difficult during the summer holidays. Not all parents are able to go on holidays in August. Some of us have to leave our children with their grandparents, other family members or nannies. For foreign families who have no such family network, help is not readily available. Hence, they decided to set up this association to allow the English-Speaking children to have an extracurricular activities where they could use English the entire time, freeing up the parents a few hours in the evening. No more headaches and no more exhausted grandparents, just children having a fun. The association organizes regular social and cultural activities that allow members to make new friends and encourage them to use English in their daily lives. Children of all nationalities and backgrounds are welcomed to join in the activities
    Tala (Coordinadora) 691367913

  • Runner Bean Tours for kids

    Recommended by Taprobane Girl

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    Runner Bean tours organize special tours of Barcelona aimed specifically at children so ideal if you are visiting or living in the city with kids. They get to visit the workshops where giants are made, learn about the Romans who founded Barcelona, experience the magical buzz of the famous Boquería food market, enter the trendiest candy shop and even dance the Sardana, the traditional Catalan dance. Packed with stories, games, songs and dancing.
    (+34) 636 108 776

    "I was in Barcelona for a day pre cruise with two boys aged 11 and 12. Notoriously difficult age to get them interested in anything!!!!!!!! However, Anne Marie from Runner Bean Tours did an exceptional job of keeping them entertained and even taught them something of the history of magnificient Barcelona and its people. Her tour was brilliantly planned, with a mixture of culture, history and fun things for the kids to do, so that they were never bored even over 3 hours, which is a long time to keep the interest of boys of that age. She had activities planned throughout the tour and mixed it in nicely with the commentary, so the boys were kept constantly interested. Her sense of humour, knowledge of Barcelona, enthusiasm for the job, and affinity with children was a pleasure to be around.Congratulations Runner Bean Tours on an excellent tour and an invaluable guide. I only wish there were more tours like this catering specifically for children in the other cities I dragged the two boys round. It would have made my life a lot easier. lol" (Taprobane Girl from Trip Advisor, Aug 2011)

  • Montjuic for kids

    Recommended by Lisa Schadewaldt

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    Why not take the cable car from the Torre Sant Sebastia in Barceloneta to Montjuic one day? The kids will love the ride and the views of the city and sea. When you get to Montjuic there is loads to do including parks & museums. On exiting Barceloneta metro station you will see the Port ahead of you on the right. Head down Passeig de Joan Borbó with the Port on your right. As you approach you will see the large tower of the cable car ahead of you. It is on the street that you are on, just keep walking!

    "The Jardines Joan Brossa on Monjuic is great for kids... you can take the teleferic up to the castillo and then walk down, with a few stops at  different children play grounds, one with a really long and fun slide.. I love it.. and further down are great sand and water games,
    musical cushions...."
    (LS, March 2011)

  • Cooking with children

    Recommended by Jemma Trobe

    This course, in Sant Cugat, is for mothers and children where you prepare easy, fun recipes and YOU do NOT have to clean up the mess!!
    tel: 936745160 or email:

    "The recipes are easy but they are not the typical biscuits or cookies, they are recipes where children learn to experiment with different foods and tastes. You then take home all you have prepared. Max 6 children and 6 adults. Price 40 euros per adult and child. Includes recipes, chef hat and ingredients." (JT)

  • Papabubble sweet shop

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    Ok so it may not be evey parents choice to take their kids to a sweet shop but the great thing about this one is that you can watch whilst the sweets and lollies are being made. The colours and smells are mesmerizing and kids get to taste them still gooey and warm. You can order personalized candy too.
    C/Ample 28 08002, Barcelona
    T 932688625

  • Keikos Dream, Barcelona

    Recommended by Mireia Domingez Canalda

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    Keikos Dream is a creative and innovative school for extracurricular activities for children from 2 years old and up, young people and families, where all activities are carried out in English and are conducted by native speakers specialised in each area. Convinced of children´s potential, they have created a set of activities which help children to learn English in a natural way and make learning a game. The programme of activities includes arts and crafts, music, photography, English play, people and places, computing, theater, music hall, cooking and Lego.
    C/ Bac de Roda 36 - 08016 Barcelona  tel: (+34)936012360

    "We are parents who are very interested in our seven year old daughter having a good grounding in English. We decided that learning English at school alone was insufficient so we hired a private English teacher for home which was great. Suddenly, as if by magic we discovered Keikos dream, a new different and innovative English after school. We did have some doubts about making a change though as our daughter was used to having private individual lessons at home and after three years we were concerned about disrupting her English education. We are delighted to say that Keikos dream succeeded in making this transition smooth. Mireia tried out a session one day, and she told us that she liked the school and wanted to enroll. She attends two days a week, and she also takes part in workshops and activities on Saturday as well. She is really happy, she is always eager to go to English classes at Keiko´s dream, she says that she knows all the teachers, who are all native speakers, charming and she gets on well with them. The school has a relaxed atmosphere and a very creative methodology. We like the methods used to teach our daughter, we find them excellent, and we believe that with the help of Keiko´s dream she is on the good track to learn English. The management is very friendly, which also gives us confidence in our child´s education. We recommend Keiko´s dream to any parents who want a creative, innovative and efficient English after school for their child." (MDC, Nov 2010)

  • Mammoth Museum

    Recommended by Martina

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    The Barcelona Mammoth Museum is a museum dedicated to mammoths and houses one of the best-preserved proboscidean skeletons and a huge life model using yak hair. There are also horns, fossils and various other exhibits.
    C/Montcada 1, Barcelona

    "Last week we went to the Mammoth Museum in the Gothic area. We spent a really fun time there! The kids could touch the animals and the parents could enjoy the collection of authentic skeletons of the ice age animals and take fascinating pictures! I strongly recommend it" (Jan 2011)

  • Sant Sebastià Beach, Barcelona

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    Located in the Nova Bocana on the Paseo Maritimo in Barcelona. This beach is new and ideal for kids because of its shallow waters, soft sand and it also tends to less crowded than other Barcelona beaches. It is also close to a range of family-friendly restaurants located beneath the W hotel.
    La Nova Bocana, Paseo Maritimo, Barcelona. Parking in the W hotel

    "This is an ideal beach for kids as the waters remain shallow for several metres. The water and sand are clean and the ambience relaxed - there is also loads of space for bikes, scooters and mini mopeds along the Paseo." (CF, July 2011)

  • Kids & Cat(alonia) discovery tours

    Recommended by Shona

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    Kids & Cat offer discovery tours for families away from the masses of tourists, sightseeing at your own pace, adjusted to every age. The team know cafés, places where kids can play, routes perfect for rolling along on kick scooters, non smoking areas within restaurants and places for skating. They can find their own way with maps and use the chance to play at being a detective discovering the city! Each tour is designed individually and specifically for each family! They will also inform you about local festivals which include fire spitting dragons, giants and devils.
    Tel: 673488898
    email: free

    "I recently took some friends on a tour with our kids and it was fab. They have activities for the kids built into each tour so that they were totally captivated for the whole tour, we did the columbus one and they had spices for the kida to touch smell and printed info to look at the plant of each spice with a questionaire type thing about their uses The kids loved it and so did my visitors kids. Id really recomend it for when a squadron of visitors are over cluttering up your flat and the attractions of the park are running thin!" (Shona, March 2011)

  • IMAX 3-D, Port Vell

    Recommended by Victoria Ging

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    Giant screen cinema at its best and the perfect place to finish a post-Sunday lunch stroll on the Rambla and along the waterfront.
    Open daily with showings throughout the day. 
    Moll d’Espanya

  • Barcelona Speedboat

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    A unique way of seeing the skyline of Barcelona from the sea and experience the speed, fun and adventure of a ride on X-Max.
    Takes up to 40 passengers.

    Portal de la Pau, Moll de Drassanes
    Port of Barcelona, Spain
    Tel: (+34) 934410537
    Charter Office.
    Tel: (+34) 932218283

    "Brilliant fun. Both my 3 and 5 year old absolutely loved the experience. As well as speeding along Barcelonas coastline up to the Forum, it goes up close to the ferries, super yachts and cruise liners in the Port. You need to call beforehand to check the times of departure. Kiosk is right at the bottom of the Ramblas so its a good day out." (CF, Sep 2012)

  • Original Version Cinemas - Barcelona

    Kids always love going to the movies and Barcelona tends to get all the latest films fairly soon after they have been released. The following cinemas show films in original version (V.O) :
    Av. Diagonal 508-10, Sarrià Metro: Diagonal tel: 932181788 
    Passeig de Gràcia, 115, Gràcia Metro: Diagonal tel: 932184345
    Filmo Teca de Catalunya
    Avda. de Sarria 33, Eixample Metro: Hospital Clinic tel: 934107590  
    Villarroel, 102, Eixample tel: 934510051
    Renoir Floridablanca
    Floridablanca, 135, Eiixample Metro: Sant Antoni or Universitat tel: 934263337 
    Renoir-Les Corts
    Calle Eugeni dOrs 12 Metro: Les Corts. tel: 934905510
    Calle Verdi 32, Gracia. tel: 932387990 
    Yelmo Icaria
    Calle Salvador Espriú, 61, Ctro.Cial. El Centre de la Vila, Port Olimpic. Metro: Ciutadella tel: 932217585 and 932217256.  You can buy tickets online or by calling 902220922

  • Aventura Park

    Recommended by Rebecca Lovell

    Aventura Park is a soft park with branches located all over Spain, including a park in Martaro, Terrassa, Diagonal Mar, Barcelona, Granollers and Sabadell. All of the parks are open in the evenings and at weekends and have two main play areas; one for children between the ages of 2 and 4 and another for children from 5 to 10 years of age.
    Tel. 938424470

    "Like most soft parks, Aventura Park boasts a huge area for children to run around, a bouncy castle, ball pools, slides and soft, safe climbing frames, as well as a drinks and snacks area. Aventura Park also host children’s parties and always has monitors circulating for security. It only costs a few euros and is a great place for kids to burn off energy on a rainy day" (RL, March 2008) 

  • Barcelino Medieval Tours, Barcelona

    Recommended by Kathy

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    Barcelino offers fun and interactive kids tours in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, with guides in medieval dress who will show the group the everyday life of children in ages past. Walking through the medieval part of town, you will learn how people lived in those times, what food they ate, what games they played, when and how young people came of age, etc. In groups no larger than 10 children, the goal is to have fun while seeing interesting sights and learning something new.
    (+34) 661263624

    "The children were very interested in the pictures you took with you.  And they are still thinking about how many geese there are in the cathedral.  For me it was good that the children were entertained on their level and there was every time a little detail that is interesting for an adult.  For the children it is very nice to ask them riddles." (Kathy, July 2012)

  • Catalunya en Miniatura

    Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw

    Catalunya en Miniatura is the biggest touristic and cultural complex in miniature in the world, and the only one in Spain.
    08629 Torrelles de Llobregat Barcelona  (+34) 936890960

    "Surprisingly good day out considering the place looked like it was built in the 80s (hasnt been renovated since!) and was virtually deserted! My son had an AMAZING time and I can highly recommend it for anyone with toddlers! Its basically a miniature village featuring all the major sites in Catalunya. Nearly all of the sites have a button the children can press and a train will start up, a factory will start working, a fire engine will put out a fire, cable cars will go up Monserrat, cars will move on a motorway, boats on a lake, skiiers on a mountain.....etc etc. The models were really well made and everything was very clean and well maintained. A major attraction was the train that children can go on that goes round entire place. Entrance was 10 euros with free entrance for kids. Take your own food as the restaurant is not to be recommended!!!! For older kids there is an adventure playground/climbing course. My son is 2 and 1/2 and he hasnt stopped talking about it since! I have had to promise to take him back again soon!" (RL, May 2007)

  • Cerca Circ

    Recommended by Jennifer Breen

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    Cerca Circ are based in Catalunya and offer exciting circus skills workshops and family/ childrens entertainment for all types of events and for all ages. They work with schools, town events and children´s parties and offer such exciting activities as juggling, diabolo, parachute games, balancing objects, plate spinning and gigantic bubbles. Shows can include  juggling, comedy, music and even fire juggling. They also offer stiltwalkers, balloon modelling and unicyclists. They are tri-lingual, having worked as Bezerkaz Circus in the UK and Shaun also offers English through juggling sessions as a special treat for students at English Accademies and Schools.
    Tel: 697534581


    "We had a fantastic evening, the girls really enjoyed all the different circus skills and were disappointed when we had to stop. (The leaders thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well!!). Ralph was great - hit just the right note." (JB, Jan 2008)

  • Peek a Boo, Barcelona

    Recommended by Jane Mitchell

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    Peek a Boo offers large, cozy and stimulating spaces to play, to do creative workshops and to celebrate birthdays.

    "Peek a Boo was born out of the desire and hope to create a unique space in Barcelona for parents and their children to visit and share new experiences and where the stimulation of creativity is the priority. In Peek a Boo we offer you a fantastic selection of healthy, delicious food; an arts corner that is always available to stimulate creativity; a stimulating playground; a babysitter for the youngest children; a library with a carefully selected collection of books for all ages; a terrace garden to experience nature." (Daniela, owner and soul of Peek a Boo)

    Calle Santaló, 126, 08021, Barcelona

    Tel: 933622554



    "My 3 children, aged 9, 6 and 3 went to Peek a Boo for a Christmas party arranged by my husbands company. About 40 children attended so we had the whole place just for us. Despite the large age range (from 2-10 years) the staff were able to keep all of the children entertained for 3 hours. From the moment you walked in the door the staff took over and the parents were able to relax in the cafe area. Highly recommended." (JM, Jan 2014)