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Catalunya

Classes & Courses for Kids

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.

  • Memory School of Dance and Theatre

    Recommended by Tara Cemlyn-Jones

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    Memory offer a variety of dance and theatre courses for children aged from 4-11 years.
    Calle València 293 Baixos tel: 932075240
    www.escolamemory.cat

  • Theatre School - Eolià

    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: eolia@eolia.es
    www.eolia.es

    Comments:
    "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)

  • Bla3 - Creative courses

    Recommended by Laetitia Casta

    Bla3 in Gracia offer a range of creative courses for children while learning English or French. 
    www.bla3.com

  • Alas creative workshops

    Recommended by Margaret West

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    Alas offer a variety of creative workshops (in Catalan) for kids in Poble Nou  
    Calle Pallars 250, bajos izquierda tel: 932664916 email: info@alasbcn.com
    www.alasbcn.com

  • Collage - creative arts program

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    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 
    info@collagebarcelona.com
    www.collagebarcelona.com

    Comments:
    "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."

  • Football - Europa

    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)
    www.ceeuropa.com

  • Movement, Gracia

    Recommended by Judy Herbert

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    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
    info@movementbcn.org
    www.movementbcn.org

    Comments: 
    "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)

  • Painting classes, Barcelona

    Recommended by Camila Tomas

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    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.
    Language: English
    Age: from 4 to 10 years old (max 10 children on a course)
    More info: (+34) 607 396 753 or am@annettemerrild.com

    Comments:
    "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)

  • Tap dancing classes, Barcelona

    Recommended by Amparo

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    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.
    rb.worldbeats@gmail.com
    www.roxanebutterfly.com 

    Comments:
    "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)

  • Mescladis cooking for kids

    Recommended by Lisa Richardson

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    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  
    http://mescladis.org

  • The Drama Factory

    Recommended by Julie Stephenson

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    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
    info@thedramafactory.com
    www.thedramafactory.com

  • Modern dance classes

    Recommended by Nathalie Joustra

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    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
    info@movementbcn.org
    http://movementbcn.org/en

    Comments:
    "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)

  • English & Play at Movement

    Recommended by Carrie Van Hise

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    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: info@movementbcn.org
    http://movementbcn.org/en

    Comments:

    "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)

  • La Capsa de Colors, Barcelona

    Recommended by Isabella

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    Interactive and creative space in Barcelona for kids.
    Espai de Creativitat i Lleure, 08025 Barcelona
    Phone 936763390
    Email info@lacapsadecolors.com
    http://www.lacapsadecolors.com

    Comments:
    "Catalina had a very good time. The space is light and spacious and child centred." (Isabella)

  • Arquikids

    Recommended by Alessia Zoppis

    Arquikids offer dynamic workshops in Architechure Education for children in both English and Spanish.
    info@arquikids.com
    www.arquikids.com

    Comments: 
    "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) 

  • EnsoñArte - Taller de la Vida Creativa

    Recommended by Marion Sergent

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    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
    Tel: 699619206
    www.tallerdevidacreativa.com

    Comments:
    "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)

  • Kids Funtime

    Recommended by Katya Ximénez de Olso Serna

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    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. 

    Contact: Yvonne Davidson MA Edu, BA (Hns)
    BabyPequeKids
    Carrer de Gelabert, 13, 08029 Barcelona
    Tel: 645 817 317
    hello@babypequekids.com
    www.babypequekids.com 
    www.facebook.com/babypequekids

    Comments:
    "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)

  • Aires Celtes Irish Dance School

    Recommended by Petra Wolf Duffy

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    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
    info@airesceltes.com
    www.airesceltes.com

    Comments:
    "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)

     

  • TechLab

    Recommended by Faye Sevilla Smith

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    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.
    www.facebook.com/pages/Kreative-Kids
    www.kreativekids.es/inicio

    Comments:
    "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)

     

  • Slam Dancing Studio

    Recommended by Fiona Carnegie

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    Slam Dancing Studio offers dynamic and fun ballet, jazz and hip-hop dance classes taught in english for 4 to 15 year olds.  We provide quality dance training while encouraging personal expression. Our kid and teen program participates in a December Showcase and a June School Recital.  We also offer a musical theatre summer camp.
    Calle Llibertat 35 08012 Barcelona
     
    Comments:
    "Both my daughter (11) and son (9) have loved Slam Dancing Studio's summer casal for the last two years. The three weeks fly past with the kids preparing for the final show in a proper theatre. It's a wonderful experience and an incredible feat to accomplish in such a short time. My daughter was keen to continue with classes throughout the year, and is really enjoying the modern jazz classes with Susie. The new studios are lovely and I've been impressed with all the teachers we've come across who are professional and friendly." (FC, Nov 2015)

    "Sólo tengo buenas palabras para todo el equipo de Slam Dancing desde que llevo a mi hija hace 4 años, y especialmente para Susie, la Directora, un 10 como profesional y como persona. Le han transmitido el amor y la pasión que sienten por la danza, así como seguridad,  disciplina y confianza en ella misma. Va superfeliz a las clases, deseando cada día aprender un nuevo paso que poder usar luego en las coreografías que se inventa en casa!" (Liz Rey)

    "Son clases divertidas y amenas, las niñas y niños, se lo pasan genial.  Susie,  profesoras y asistentes son muy agradables y cariñosas, se nota que aman la danza y saben transmitir ese amor por el baile en general, en sus clases y en su manera de ser. Estamos encantadas de formar parte de la familia de Slam Dancing Kids!!!" (Merce Pedros)

  • BCN Coding Kids

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    In Barcelona Code School we host bilingual (English and Spanish)  after-school classes  throughout the year and  summer coding camp. This classes has been developed to give kids a boost in STEM disciplines and  stimulate their logical thinking and problem-solving approach.
     
    For 2016-2017 year they offer following after-school courses:
     
    • GAME DEVELOPMENT WITH SCRATCH AND PYTHON FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS
    — from 9 years old
    — building games and sharing with friends
     
    • GIRLS DO CODE
    — from 9 years old
    — building apps to save the world
     
    • ROBOTICS WITH ARDUINO + RASPBERRY PI FOR BEGINNERS (BUILDING AND PROGRAMMING)
    — from 9 years old
    — build your own robots and control them with code
     
    • HACKING FOR BEGINNERS
    — from 12 years old
    — learn how to become a hacker and secure your data from the bad ones
     
    • GOGLE CS FIRST
    — from 9 years old
    — a course from Google to learn programming and it’s vast possible implementations
    info@bcncoding.com
    +34 65 35 27 957
    c/ Balmes 188, Barcelona

    Comments:
    As we are no experts in the matter George adapted very well to our level of knowledge and taught us a little bit of the basics. After this workshop we felt that this truly was a very good choice to introduce us to WP and to give us a clear idea of its possibilities. George's availability and concern has been profoundly appreciated.” (Mario & Tara, Nov 2015)

  • Kids Hack Club

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    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
    www.kidshackclub.com
    jennie@kidshackclub.com
    Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada 68, Poblenou
    (next to the Llacuna Metro Station L4 - Yellow line)