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Catalunya

Parks & Play Areas

As many families in Barcelona tend to live in apartments, play areas in the city are extremely popular, particularly at weekends. There are hundreds around town, both inside and out. The city also boasts some fabulous green spaces and parks where you can take a buggy or take the kids to let off a bit of steam. Below are our members´ favourites but if you would like to recommend a play area or park in your district, please send us your comments.

  • Parc de LOreneta

    Recommended by Julie Stephenson

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    This Sarria-based park has pony rides and a miniature train every Sunday morning. There is also a picnic area and a playground. This park is always a big hit with the kids. Pony rides 5 euros Train 1.50 euros
    Passatge Blada s/n - Parc del Castell de LOreneta. Access by Ronda del Dalt exit 9 or Ferrocaril from Plaza Catalunya S6 Reina Elisenda . Buses 34 and 66
    tel: 628215298 email: info@trenparc.org
    www.trenparc.org

  • Parc del Laberint d Horta

    Recommended by Julie Stephenson

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    This 18th century Neoclassical Park with a maze is a hit with the kids. There are also some beautiful gardens to have a wander around, plus a picnic area and play area.
    Passeig Castanyers,1-bxs. Metro: Mundet L3
    934282500
    www.bcn.cat/parcsijardins

  • Palau Robert gardens

    Recommended by Tamara Weil

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    The park/garden behind the Palau Robert (Paseo de Gracia with Diagonal) is hugely popular from about 5pm onwards (after guarderia lets out). Lots of local and international kids come to play in the sandboxes.

    Comments:
    "It is very social for kids aged two upwards, but younger ones also seem to enjoy themsleves. Its a nice oasis in the center of town!" (TW, April 2008) 

  • Xerinola, San Gervasi

    Recommended by Lucie Bloor

    Based in San Gervasi, this is another great indoor space for children. They also organize childrens parties and summer camps. Open 10.30-12pm Tue-Friday and 5-8pm Mon-Thur and 5-8pm Saturdays
    Calle Brusi, 9, tel: 934145567
    xerinola@hotmail.com

  • Happy Parc indoor play area

    Recommended by Lucie Bloor

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    Not that it rains much in Barcelona, but when it does Happy Parc is a great option. There are two play areas, one for the under 5s and another for the older children, Theres climbing, slides, a ball area and plus staff on hand to watch whats happening. Unfortunately the opening times don´t suit everybody but it is generally empty during afternoons at the  weekends. 5-9pm Monday to Friday. 11am - 7pm at the weekend. Entry 4 euros (per child)
    Pau Claris 97 with Gran Via Tel. 933178660
    Comptes de Bell-lloc, 74-78,  Tel: 934900835
    www.happyparc.com

    Comments:
    They also organize excellent childrens parties.

  • Ciutudella Park play area

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    Hugely popular play area in Barcelonas most centrally located park. Located at the top end of the lake, twice daily your toddlers can enjoy free toys and games in addition to the permanent swings and slides. There is even a sprinkler in the summer which the kids love! 11am-2pm every day and 4.30pm-6.30/7pm from mid september to mid June. 530pm-830pm from mid June to mid September.
    Calle Wellington with Pujades. Metros Arc de Trionfo/Barceloneta Tel 934283934

    Comments:
    "There are 2 other play areas in the park for slightly older children and there is also a boating lake. Two cafés nearby. Don´t forget the Zoo is at the top end of the Park if you wanted to make a day of it." (CF)

  • Fort Pienc play area

    Recommended by Michelle Courtright

    On Mondays from 5-8pm there is a ludoteca for ages 0-3 years. Entrance is 3 euros and there is an inside area in case it rains.
    Calle Ribes 14, Metro L1 (Arc de Triomf) 932327827 fortpienc@fortpienc.org 
    www.fortpienc.org

    Comments: 
    Fort Pienc is also a highly recommended primary school

  • Parc Etnologic de Tagamanent

    Recommended by Jemma Trobe

    About an hours drive from Barcelona in the direction of Vic is "La Calma", the Parc Etnologic de Tagamanent. Beautiful views and a great country Masia (El Bellver) serving only local and organic food.
    tel: 937445082 email: info@lacalma.net
    www.lacalma.net

  • Parc de La Creueta de Coll

    Recommended by Kira Jones

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    Passeig de La Mare de Deu de Coll 89, Gracia. Metro: Line 3, Penitents or Line 5, El Coll - La Teixonera.
    Hours are Mon-Sat 10am – 8pm. Under 3s free but there is an entrance fee for older childrena dn adults. Tel. 600 453 730

    Comments:

    "This place has become my new favorite place to be on hot summer afternoons. There is a huge wading pool surrounded by enormous atmospheric craggy boulders and my kids love to splash around and swim while I relax with a book on the grass. There is also a cafe and two playgrounds."  (KJ, Sep 2011)