There are loads of classes, courses and workshops available for 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.
Recommended by Tara Cemlyn-Jones
Memory offer a variety of dance and theatre courses for children aged from 4-11 years.
Calle València 293 Baixos tel: 932075240
Recommended by Tara Cemlyn-Jones
Eolià is a theatre school for children from the age of 3 to 18 year olds.
Calle Casp 82 tel: 93192397 email: email@example.com
"There are two terms – the first term Oct – Feb is expression and the second term introduces learning from texts. 150 euros to enroll and then 10 euros per class. It also does very good summer courses in June and July." (TCJ)
Recommended by Laetitia Casta
Bla3 in Gracia offer a range of creative courses for children while learning English or French.
Recommended by Margaret West
Alas offer a variety of creative workshops (in Catalan) for kids in Poble Nou
Calle Pallars 250, bajos izquierda tel: 932664916 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A creative arts program (including arts, language and dance), for children ages 4 to 12, providing an English speaking space for kids to explore their creativity through various fine art mediums.
Calle Sant Salvador 96, baixos, Gracia tel: 93284652
"Children are divided into small groups where they have the personalized attention of native English speaking teachers. The program offers a space to speak and interact with other native children and teachers, thus practicing their native language in a secondary English speaking environment. Native and non-native English speaking groups are seperated."
Recommended by Tara Cemlyn-Jones
Fourth division football club which is very good at accepting little ones.
Secretari Coloma, 140 · 08024 932102551 (Sardenya) · 932113599 (Àliga)
Recommended by Judy Herbert
Movement based in Gracia, is a creative movement-based program for children in English and Catalan. They use movement and dance as a teaching tool to help children develop. Classes also feature music, art, and puppetry.
Calle Sant Salvador, 35, Gracia tel: 93 218 9065 / 645 496 060
"I cannot recommend highly enough the dance classes that Helena teaches in Gracia. We found a leaflet in our local library and Tommy (just 5) goes to a class for 4-6 year olds every Monday. There are classes in Catalan and English. Tom goes to the Catalan clas and Helena translates for him when he doesnt understand. It is a wonderful moment for him to relax and dance and play. It fills a creative gap that is not filled at school. The class is always structured, with a theme and a rhythm to it. There are 6-8 children in the class. I am always impressed with the choices of music that Helena makes, that are thought-out and prepared before-hand. As a dancer by profession, and a mum, I am delighted to have found Helenas classes. Tommy told me once he wanted to live there!" (JH, Dec 2007)
Recommended by Camila Tomas
A painting experience where everybody can participate. Those with little artistic skills and those with a lot.
Time: Wednesday from 17.00 - 18.30
Where: Calle Riereta 18 bajos 1A - www.thespace.es
Cost: 80 euro a month incl. canvas , paint, brushes etc.
Age: from 4 to 10 years old (max 10 children on a course)
More info: (+34) 607 396 753 or email@example.com
"This christmas I took my children, Björk (7) and Blue (4), for a painting course in Gallery Malda and they loved it. The danish artist Annette Merrild who lives here in Barcelona taught them in Spanish and English and each child in the class was being helped on their level. My children had so much fun and they tried how it was being a "real" artist for a moment. They ended up whit each their cute little canvas which we gave to the grandparent in Denmark and here in Barcelona. They where so proud! They liked it so much that we decided to take part of Annette Merrild weekly program which she will start in february in her own studio. I can only recommend this to anyone who have children who have interest in drawing or painting." (CT, Jan 2013)
Recommended by Amparo
Roxane Butterfly gives tap-dancing classes to children from age 6 and up at the Jimmy Slyde Institute, a creative space for contempory tap-dance in the heart of Barcelona.
"Mi hija Lucía lleva ya un año aprendiendo claqué con Roxanne y está entusiasmada. En casa me hace ponerle musicales de Fred Astaire y Gene Kelly para bailar con ellos y Cantando Bajo la Lluvia se ha convertido en una de sus películas favoritas. Roxane es una profesora paciente y que transmite su amor por la danza a todos los niños. Es un privilegio poder tener a una artista de la talla internacional de Roxane como profesora de mi hija". (Amparo, Nov 2013)
Recommended by Lisa Richardson
This South American café hidden away in Barcelona´s San Pere district not only offers delicious home made cuisine but also has regular cooking classes for children, which take place in the back of the shop.
Plaça Sant Pere, 5 Barcelona, 08003 tel: 932955012
Recommended by Julie Stephenson
Drama classes in English for children from 6 years old to 11 years old. Dance movement, theatre games, improvisation, and a play at the end of each term with open showing for family and friends. Helps self esteem and creative development. Every Thursday.
Carrer Mare de deu de Desemparats. 5 2a. Gracia.
Contact Sophie Heydel: 933014301
Recommended by Nathalie Joustra
Modern, Creative, Classic, Hip-Hop... Mixed Dance Techniques for children 8-14 years. Classes in Catalan and Spanish.
Boys and girls explore a variety of dynamic dance techniques in this exciting class. Taught in a non-competitive, relaxed atmosphere, children develop their motor skills, body awareness, coordination, and muscle tone through choreographies and improvisation while discovering the fun of rhythmic movements of each style of dance.
Sant Salvador, 35 (corner Verdi) tel: 93 218 9065 / 645 496 060
"My 9 year old daughter loves this class! She took ballet class before this and did not like the pressure and competition. At Movement she feels confident about trying new things and does not get frustrated. The dance technique class is very creative, the children create their own dances. My daughter, who is shy, is gaining self-confidence." (NJ, May 2011)
Recommended by Carrie Van Hise
A different, fun way for children to learn English: singing songs, dancing, and playing games. If your child is a bundle of energy and likes to dance, play and sing, this is the class for him or her! We turn learning English into a game. Practising a language while creating and having fun allows children to assimilate vocabulary and grammar naturally while distancing the activity from schoolwork. Modeled on programs from both the US and the UK, the idea is to expose children to English via as many of their senses as possible. Classes are taught entirely in English.
Sant Salvador, 35 (corner Verdi) tel: 93 218 9065 / 645 496 060 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"We looked for a place where our son, who is bilingual English/Spanish, could reinforce his English while having fun. We found Movement and we are very happy there. Every class is an adventure for my kids and when the day of the week comes to go to Movement he gets so, so excited that he can hardly wait. Classes are taught in English and there are always two teachers." (CVH, May 2011)
Recommended by Isabella
Interactive and creative space in Barcelona for kids.
Espai de Creativitat i Lleure, 08025 Barcelona
"Catalina had a very good time. The space is light and spacious and child centred." (Isabella)
Recommended by Alessia Zoppis
Arquikids offer dynamic workshops in Architechure Education for children in both English and Spanish.
"Pienso que es muy bonito y importante vuestra labor con los niños. los tenemos que educar a opinar sobre el mundo que los rodea. como dice Francesco Tonucci en su libro "la ciudad de los niños" hay que devolver la ciudad a los niños y la devolveremos a los hombre. Allegra siempre se pone súper feliz cuando le digo que hay taller de arquitectura. ella lo haría cada semana...al contrario yo pienso que es fantástico poder disfrutar de un extrascolar que no sea semanal. los cursos semanales les quitan mucho tiempo al juego libre en las plazas ( y los quitan de las plazas donde tendrían que estar!), nos obligan a los padres a soportar muchos costes fijos mensuales y agendas muy cerradas con poco margen para la improvisación. Vuestra programación es perfecta. No siendo una obligación semanal, el taller queda como un regalo, algo especial, un día de fiesta donde experimentar y crearLa creación, el sentido estético, las artes plásticas en general son -entre otras- la gran signatura pendiente de nuestro sistema educativo. Es un placer ver que otros, con su trabajo, ponen su grano de arena." (AZ, June 2009)
Recommended by Marion Sergent
EnsoñArte - Taller de Vida Creativa is a magic place in Poblenou where they accompany children in their development, through art, imagination and fantasy. They offer an emotional education and an education for life through painting, theatre, handycrafts, music, dance and story telling. For children from 3 years old. They also do workshops for families, birthdays, courses, art-therapy etc.
c/Laberinto nº2, Plaza Prim de Poblenou
"Mi hijo Gaël espera siempre los "miércoles de Marta" con muchas ganas. Le encanta este espacio tan mágico y sale de allí orgulloso, con vitalidad, más seguro de el mismo y con una imaginación desbordante. Marta es encantadora y los niños la adoran. Muy recomendable." (MS, March 2014)
Recommended by Katya Ximénez de Olso Serna
Kids Funtime at Baby Peque Kids (for 3 to 5 years with parent/caregiver) is a hands-on experience in English where you and your child step together into the captivating world of language through play activities. Each week brings a new theme from the story world of children: The Big Green Monster, Teddy Bears Picnic and Incy Wincy Spider all come to vibrant life through story-telling, theatre, music, movement, dance, games, crafts and imaginative play. Together you and your child discover a wondrous world where communicating in English comes naturally. They also celebrate special occasions like St Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day.
"My daughter just loves it! She’s eager for Wednesdays to arrive and go to Funtime with her little brother… They love singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, listening to the tales and participating in all the different activities. And it is great that I can be with them all the time. Every class is really different and I can find great things to do at home with my children." (KX, Jan 1015)
Recommended by Petra Wolf Duffy
Aires Celtes Maria Singal Irish Dance School is a small intimate dance school led by the certified teacher Julia. From beginners to advanced, children to adults, competitions to celidh and two hand.
Carrer Cartagena 245, Barcelona
"More than just sharing the love of Irish dancing and music, it’s great to take part in cultural events, St Patrick’s day parades and dancing for charity. Small groups ensure the students learn a lot due to personal tutoring." (PWD, March 2015)
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. 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 Fiona Carnegie
After school courses for kids who want to learn to code. Children are split by age:
3-5 years - visual progamming for those who do not read yet
6-8 years - visual programming and creating interactive stories and small games
9-12 years - creating games, interactive stories and apps
Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada 68, Poblenou
(next to the Llacuna Metro Station L4 - Yellow line)