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Summer Casals

Schools break up for the summer holidays relatively early in Spain and many parents choose to enrol their children in casals which usually start towards the end of June and run throughout July. Occasionally you will find a casal that also operates in September before the new school year starts. There are many different types of casal available from water sports to creative workshops. If you would like to recommend a casal in Barcelona please do get in touch.

  • Diverjoc Casal

    Recommended by Jane Cleary

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    Diverjoc casal is for infants from P3-P5 held at Fort Pienc School.
    Carrer Ali Bei, 75, 08013, Barcelona

    My daughter in in P4 at Fort Pienc, and I am very happy with the school and extra curriculum activities, which are run by ‘diverjoc’, who are organising the summer camp there this year. This will be her first summer at the camp, and I have heard great things about it. They do different sports, water games (they set up a small pool outside on the patio, and play water games), dancing, art projects and other fun and games. I have registered her for 3 weeks there, as the price is reasonable, and includes lunch if you want. Its from 9h-16,30h, or you can also do a half day there too (9h-13h)” (JC, June 2014)

  • Kids & Us

    Recommended by Angelina Gonzalez

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    Story telling, songs and dances and party time. A summer course with the aim of ensuring that the children go home every day happy and content with the feeling of having lived fun and enjoyable experiences without realizing that all they have been done in English!”
    Calle Llacuna, 104, baixos 6

    "Jo vaig portar la meva filla fa uns anys i estan be. Els monitors no sempre son de mothertongue english però parlen en anglés tot el dia als infants. Els casals els fan a escoles de barri, segurament ho fan també fora de poblenou." (AG, May 2014)

  • Slam Dancing Kids

    Recommended by Kathy Barakov

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    Slam Dancing Kids is offering a unique casal in English for children 4 to 12 years old, Showtime, Lets Dance Barcelona! Students will have daily classes in dance, music and theatre games in English and also workshops where they create their costumes for the stage and learn about various Broadway musicals. Students work on material in class with the objective of performing in a professional theatre in Barcelona.  
    Calle Llibertat 35 08012 Barcelona
    +34 662 480 321

    "My daughter Alexa just loved her dance classes! Susie is a great teacher and fantastic with kids! Shes patient and energetic making the classes fun while still honing technique. Susies passion for dance is truly contagious and the kids were completely engaged in class. Ive just signed Alexa up for this summers day camp where they get to perform The Wizard of Oz in a real theatre! Now how cool is that?" (KB, May 2014)

    "Tengo una niña de 5 años. La sonrisa de Mar ilumina su carita cuando cruzamos la puerta de Slam Dancing Kinds. Pero esto no acaba aquí. Bailamos y reímos en casa. Todo a la vez. Además, las clases en inglés le permiten complementar una parte muy importante que, a nivel académico, algunas veces queda en segundo plano: el habla. Sumergirse en un idioma solo se consigue con la práctica! Escuchar y hablar en inglés cuando te diviertes....quién da más?" (Ester Lechosa)

  • Benjamin Franklin International School

    Recommended by Chantal Fraser

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    For 2014 the BFIS is offering 2 different summer casals: a visual arts programme open to 4 to 12 year olds and a performing arts programme open to 6 to 12 year olds.  They take place from June 25th to July 19th and are open to BFIS students and non BFIS students. All activities are in English.
    For more information contact Ms Meritxell Lucini:

  • Club Hipico Vallromanes

    Recommended by Amparo

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    Summer casals for children over 5 years old and for all levels. They offer 3 different pckages: half day (9.00-15.00), full day (9.00-17.00) and weekly (including room and full board).
    Carretera Granollers Al Masnou, 0 km 7 , 5, 08188 Vallromanes

    935 72 90 10

    "The children have alot of fun here. Not only do they learn to ride a pony but they also learn how to look after the pony. Nice quiet setting with their pwn swimming pool which the children get to use each day." (Amparo, May 2014)

  • Club de Tennis, Teia

    Recommended by Britta Kaehler

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    The tennis club in Teia offer summer casals for children from P3 to 3er ESO. Children are grouped by age. There is an excursion every Friday.

    "My kids have attended the last three summers a casal in the Teià Tennis Club, its a really nice summer camp with various activities (Tennis, Padel, Swimming, excursions). The place has a lot of natural shade so the kids are not exposed to the sun all day, the monitors did a really good job as well. I always felt at easy leaving my kids there, they came home tired after all the activities, but happy!" (BK, May 2014)

  • Kreative Kids 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.

    "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)

  • Q-E Kids Summer Drama School

    Recommended by Priya Patel

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    Give your child a summer they will never forget! Enrol them now in the Q-E Kids Summer Drama School! 
    Taking place in the educational and industry appropriate environment of afilm International Film Workshops; the week long workshops will give your child the opportunity to experience all of the fun and excitement of drama and performance. Lead by professional actors Ian Breeds & Sarah Tyler Shaw the workshops will include a variety of drama based games and exercises such as improvisation Exercises, character work, acting for camera, plus production design & prop making, all while working towards a final recorded performance piece. At the end of the week the children will leave with a greater understanding of drama and performance having spent their time with us immersed in the wonderful world of Acting.

    Dates for 2015
    Monday 13th - Friday 17th July 9am- 4pm :6-8 year olds
    Monday 20th - Friday 24th July 9am-4pm:9-12 year olds
    Monday 27th - Friday 31st July 9am-4pm:  13-16 year olds

    The Venue
    afilm International Film Workshops, 
    Calle Victor Balaguer 20-22 Esc. 2 Bj. 1, 08870 Sitges. 

    Please Note: Places are LIMITED to 15 per class, places are reserved on a first come first served basis.
    Enrol your child now to avoid disappointment. 

    "We had been looking for a good drama class for our kids for a while, but nothing really engaged the kids. Then we came across Quint-Essential. The kids absolutely love the classes. They are very professionally run, and really fun - the kids are always excited for their next class." (PP, May 2015)

  • Little Linguist Learners

    Recommended by Sonia

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    Little Linguist Learners are running a Casal throughout August 2015 for 2-7 year olds. Each week they will concentrate on a different theme and will incorporate a lot of singing, dancing, sports, Arts and Crafts, Theatre, games, excursions and even do some cooking! They have a ratio of 1:5 and working alongside the teacher will be a Spanish child psychologist who speaks English and German, as well as a Catalan madre de dia and a bilingual (Spanish/English) father who will join the group once a week. It starts at 9am and pick up is at 1pm. They offer an early drop off and late pick up service for an extra fee of 5 euros for both services per day. They also offer flexible day/week bookings. Per day the Casal will cost 25 euros or 99 euros per week. 
    As a seperate service Little linguist Learerns also offer playgroups and a pick up and play service at lunchtimes and after school and all in a language of your choice. Please look at their website for more information.
    "Our 4-year old son is half German half Italian. He learns at "cole" catalan and plays with his friends in castellano, however, at home he listens to his parents speak to each other in English. Very confusing isn't it? Because we aren't native English speakers, over time, we have developed our own special Engmaniano (err..Geritalish ??)  Since we started Kay´s playgroup with her at our home, our son started speaking English when the family gets together - he just talks and understands so much now! Kay is a fun and very creative teacher; she always brings loads of wonderful games and activities to each class (all in her Marry Poppins bag!) and even fruit/veggies to make the kids try and memorize vocabulary even better. We are very happy we have found Kay and we are even more happy that she will be offering a summer casal which both or sons (also the wee one) will attend!!" (Sonia, June 2015)

  • Young Scientist Summer School

    Recommended by Yasmina Alvarez

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    The Young Scientist Summer School offers a new type of summer school for children aged 6 to 10 years. The classes take place in English, but because the methodology is CLIL (where the Content and Language are Integrated into the Learning), this program is suitable for children with a basic level of English, right up to native/bilingual speakers. All teachers are fluent/native English speakers, but also speak Spanish.  The maximum class size is 12 children. Each week, the children will work on a different hands-on project and experiment (independent from each other) with which they will consolidate the contents they learn in science during the academic year. Each Friday, parents are invited to come and see the projects their children have been working on, and to let them present and demonstrate what they have learned.
    ESEI International Business School, Carrer de Montevideo, 31, Pedralbes, Barcelona.

    To see the full description of the program, please click on the following link:

    "Lola is a dedicated teacher and teacher trainer with solid learning techniques and methodology. She was an excellent support for my 8 year old child when we moved to Spain in the middle of the school year, not only accademically, but also from a human perspective" (YA, June 2015)

    "One of Lola's best qualities as a teacher  and teacher trainer is that she sees the potential in her students and improves the skillls they have" (Juan Escayola)

    "Lola Thompson-Garay es alguien excepcional, como profesora y como persona. Su método en la enseñanza y sus programas van mucho más allá de la mera necesidad de transmitir conocimientos a sus alumnos. De contrastada capacidad, cabe añadir además que es conocedora como nadie de las debilidades y cualidades de cada uno de sus alumnos, aprovechando estos conocimientos para motivar y obtener el máximo rendimiento de ellos. Cuando observo e interpreto su trabajo, y creo que está obteniendo los mejores resultados, vuelve a sorprenderme con un nuevo derroche de capacidad y de esa necesidad por la excelencia. Siempre a punto. No regatea esfuerzos. Incansable. Es difícil topar profesionalmente con alguien como Lola Garay, en la educación y en cualquier ámbito." (Pere Perello Montaner)

  • Cook & Craft, Pueblo Español

    Recommended by Nuria

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    Just for Kids and Cookiteca have joined forces to offer this summer casal for children from 6 to 14 years old. This is a dynamic casal for all cooking and handy craft fans. Each week they will visit a different country to sample it's gastronomic and cultrual delights.
    Semana del 29 junio al 3 de julio: Francia
    Semana del 6 al 10 de julio: Italia
    Semana del 13 al 17 de julio: Estados Unidos
    Semana del 20 al 24 de julio: Japón
    Semana del 27 al 31 de julio: México

    "Me encantó poder participar ya que se unieron mis dos pasiones. Creo que es una oferta diferente y muy divertida para los peques.
    Además el espacio del poble español es una pasada. Espero que se afiancen y cuando la peque tenga los 6 años pueda ir a este casal tan chulo
    ." (Nuria, May 2015)


  • Barcelona Code School

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    Barcelona Code School are hosting a Young Coders summer camp for kids 9-18 years old during June 27–July 29 2016. Five weeks of coding have been split into weeks by different topics but actually it’s one logically connected course of five weeks. On top of that they have extra activities like yoga, lightning talks, presentations and teamwork to develop some vital communicational and group work skills for the future. Visit the website for more details: