Children's parties are meant to be fun but they are often a cause of much stress and anxiety for the parents. We have created this section to help you find the solution to the perfect party. Below we have listed locations, entertainers, party organisers and specialist cake makers. If you would like to let mums know of others please feel free to send us your own recommendation.
Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw
Barcelona Bounce, owned by Amanda Duval, offer a variety of bouncy castles for hire for birthdays and special occasions.
"Great fun at birthday parties. A selection of bouncy castles, including large slides and castles. Negates the need for Mum and Dad to run around entertaining 15 little ones! Children will entertain themselves for hours on these novelty bouncy castles and tire themselves out in the process. Barcelona Bounce deliver, set up and remove the bouncy castles all in one day. They do charge delivery if over 25km from them (Vilasar de Dalt, Maresme)." (RL)
Recommended by Lara Pennington
The Base Nautica next to the Mar Bella beach organizes fantastic children´s parties from ages 6 upwards. There is a choice of beach games, Kayak or just a “merienda” (for the kids and also for the parents ). Price depends on options and extras.
Base Nàutica Municipal, Avda. Litoral s/n, Playa Mar Bella, tel: 932210432 ask for Cristina
Recommended by María Angélica Navarro
Based in Barcelona, PartyWeb.es is a kids party goods online store (in English as well as Spanish).
"You can choose the favourite cartoon character of your son or daughter, and find everything here: disposable table and party ware, balloons, candles, piñatas etc with shipments nationwide and to other European Community countries." (MA, Oct 2010)
Recommended by Chantal Fraser
Helen Scott runs Tickety Boo, which as well as offering a range of delicious things to eat, can organize fantastic cupcake workshops for your child`s birthday. Lasts around 2 hours and is very well priced. She can also make the birthday cake and bring a piñata!
"Helen organized the most wonderful cupcake workshop for my 6 year old daughter, who invited 9 friends, a mix of boys and girls. Each were given 4 cupcakes to decorate using a variety for yummy delights including mini marshmallows, sprinkles, lots of piped icing and other edible treats. The children took their cupcakes home in a pretty box and the best thing of all Helen cleared everything up and went on to play a game with the children whilst the birthday tea was being prepared!! Highly recommend her!" (CF, Feb 2013)
Recommended by Carrie Frais
All types of face painting for childrens parties with an emphasis on fantasy.
Tel: 667916859 / 932108016
"We had a Pirates & Princess party and Monica provided the face-painting for the kids. She was absolutely brilliant! The kids loved her, and they all looked amazing" (CF, April 2011)
Recommended by Antonia Baldo
Designs and creates beautiful cakes, cupcakes, sweets and biscuits to order for special occasions, children`s birthday parties etc.
Rambla Catalunya, 124
"Sonia (the owner) is absolutely amazing and I recommend her whole-heartedly! She does made-to-order cakes. Shes Catalan but speaks English too." (AB, Oct 2011)
Clown services with educational elements such as recylciing and other environmental issues. He also can do school assembly shows as well as familiar performances for birthday parties and so on.
"Traspatràs, by Ruskus Patruskus, is much more than just entertainment for kids and adults. It is a funny show with touches of magic and illusionism, and educational at the same time. All gags are done thinking in how to communicate, with practical and daily-life examples, the basic rules or road safety. With the spontaneous help of children, he shows the importance of helmets when riding a bicycle, respect the traffic signs and traffic lights, why we should walk always on the pavement, etc. It is an educational show very appropriate to celebrate the ending of a road safety course, like we have just done in Tordera with children from schools of different age groups. The contents of the course (that have been worked previously in the classroom) are worked by clown Ruskus Patruskus in such a way boys and girls are aware of the importance of keep the rules that police instructors told them in a much serious way. Magic and affection, that a clown always arouse in children, are used to ensure the understanding of theses advices on accidents prevention. Tordera City Council recommends this show to celebrate the finish of a road safety course, as well as for any other occasion where a play-oriented act is going to be done" (Tordera City Council, 2007)
"Mr Leo Kálnay, We are grateful to you by your collaboration in the Cultural Week we celebrated in our school, and
that was dedicated to Road Safety. I take advantage of the occasion to emphasize the educational value of your show TRASPATRÀS
that, besides road safety, deals with other important subjects like recycling." (The Head Teacher, Generalitat de Catalunya, Department of Education, Sant Iscle State School,Vidreres, 2008)
Recommended by Jane Mitchell
Peek a Boo offers large, cozy and stimulating spaces to celebrate an original birthday party or any other special celebration for all your family and friends to enjoy. You can use all of Peek a Boo or if you prefer one of the smaller rooms with access to the terrace garden. You don’t have to worry about anything but inviting your guests. They take care of all the rest: Breakfast or lunch, the birthday cake, creative activities and the support and care for the invited children.
"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
"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)
Recommended by Marushka Vidovic
"After 11 years of French pastries, Barcelonas apparently tasty cakes and puddings were a huge let-down. Will they ever work out that butter tastes better than pig fat? was a grumble oft heard in our house. Until LAtelier opened its doors just round the corner! Now I am spoilt for choice, faced by the impossible task of choosing one exotically flavoured, succulently creamy cupcake over another, and fighting off my childrens demands for their scrumptous and originally decorated biscuits! And what would I have done without Sandra of LAtelier when my son asked me for a Star Wars cake for his birthday? She rustled up the most amazing chocolate sponge cake with a Star Wars picture printed in edible ink on the top in record time...just blew him away!!" (MV, Sept 2013)
Recommended by Marta
Café and coffee shop. Ingenius in that it organizes kids events in the afternoons so that parents can relax and enjoy their food. They also host childrens birthday parties.
Calle Pau Claris, 90
“The pirate party my son attended at Pudding was great, but the parents were upstairs, while children enjoyed the pirates’ adventures downstairs. I know they had a great time with storytelling, treasure hunt and other games with the friendly pirate. One of the highlights of the party is that children go inside a cardboard pirate boat. This bit was one of my son’s favourite part.” (Marta, Feb 2014)
Recommended by Jane Pursell
Hip Hip Hurray does planning and organisation for all kinds of parties. They do the work and let you enjoy your special occasion even more: birthday, baptism or first communion, baby shower and all other life celebrations. They can organise the venue, decoration, cake/catering, entertainment, photography and much more, to plan and personalize your party. They also offer “Party in a box” with everything in it to make any celebration an even bigger success and to turn all places into a wonderful party location.
"My husband and I used Hip Hip Hurray for our daughters birthday party. It really took the stress away from arranging a toddler birthday party. They were so helpful, provided everything we needed and listened carefully to our specific needs. I can not recommend them enough. Such a great service and we were so happy with the end result...plus the wonderful photographs...what more could we ask for?" (JP, Feb 2014)
Recommended by Sarah
Petite Fete is an event design and styling company specialising in kid’s birthday parties, christenings and baby showers offering a range of party packages and bespoke party planning. They plan and build your event for you from creating the design, styling and decoration, venue sourcing or transformation, cakes, catering, entertainment and photography. They also offer candy tables that are tailored to perfectly match your event with a range of beautifully crafted cakes, sweets and treats. For more information contact Teresa.
“Petite Fete created an amazing vintage Minnie Mouse tea party for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. They took care of everything from initial conception through to catering, entertainment, photography and organisation on the day itself. Our guests complemented us on the beautiful decorations and attention to detail. Result: A fabulous, fun filled, stress-free party. It goes without saying that we will be using them again for my daughter’s 3rd birthday!” (Sarah, May 2014)
Recommended by Imma & Xavier
Pirolo creates different themes for childrens birthday parties (princess, pirates, floral etc), celebrations or shop openings etc. Based in Barcelona, Pirolo can supply decorations anywhere in the world. The package can be sent by post and if based in Barcelona they can visit the venue or if based elswhere you can send photos via email.
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 935 647 105
"No tuvimos que alquilar un gran local, la decoración de Pirolo convirtió nuestro salón exactamente en lo que queríamos. Gracias por todas tus ideas y ¡hasta la próxima!" (Imma & Xavier, Sept 2011)
Recommended by Katri Talvitie
CaraMona offers facepainting for events and parties. Specialising in childrens face paint and events however is adaptable to suite any occasion. Katie, a native English speaker can come to your home in Central Barcelona adding colour and excitement to any childrens party! Themed parties include princess parties and superhero parties!
"Katie at Cara Mona came to paint at my 4 year old boys birthday party and it was really great, she painted monsters superheroes, animals and princesses and all the kids were pleased with the designs! The paintings were really professional and she got on well with the children, it was a definite hit with the kids and we have lots of professional pictures to remember the day as Katie took them after each painting and emailed them to us after the event!" (KT, June 2014)
Recommended by Faye Sevilla Smith
Kreative Kids is a small family company established in Barcelona in 2008. They sell high quality toys which encourage children to explore, discover, learn and enjoy their own imagination through play. TechLab is the educational component of Kreative Kids. TechLab run technology workshops which encourage children to participate in the creative processes linked to new technological tools. Teachers who perform the activities are active professionals trained in different areas of science, engineering and computing. They have activities for all ages after school and Saturday mornings as well as summer and easter casals for children from 3 to 16 years. They also host birthdya parties which are a combination of art, literature, science and technology. Included in the package are entertainers, photos of the children and cake and a drink. Check the website for more infomation.
"My son attended a casal and he found it fantastic and won't stop speaking about it. While the casal was conducted in Castellano, it was almost entirely visual so it's great for children (age 5+) who can't speak Castellano or Catalan. The projects entail building a Lego form, connecting it to their computer, and telling that computer how to move them (a simple, visual program). He was able to do the projects (such as building Lego crocodiles that chomp, or a goalkeeper who blocks) with no problems. They use the Lego WeDo curriculum which you can find out more online." (FSS, July 2014)
Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw
Mosaiccos is a workshop which offers a short introduction to the world of mosaic art. Mosaiccos also offer birthday parties for older children/teenagers, to create and decorate your own personalised T-shirt.
Call Corders, 10
(+34) 932955717 (+34)691062 866
Recommended by Laura Sanchez Yeste
Alexandra organizes fun birthday & party dances for children in English, French and Spanish. She can come to your home or rented birthday space to host dancing parties with children. Alexandra is a certified 5Rhythms® teacher and has been dancing the 5Rhythms for 14 years.