Things to do for kids in Barcelona

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Barcelona is a trendy, engaging city that has long been a favorite of jetset and budget travelers alike. However, is there anything for families to do when the standard sights get to be too boring for your young and fidgety travel mates?

This post will detail just a few of the many things to do for kids in Barcelona, so fire up the printer or take notes on this article before boarding your flight for Spain.

1) Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo

Being around for well over one hundred years, the Parc d’ Atraccions Tibidabo has provided amusement for many generations of Spanish children in the Barcelona area.

Don’t let its age fool you into thinking that its rides are stuck in a bygone era though, as the park underwent a multi-million dollar upgrade in the past few years, adding modern rollercoasters and a ride known as the Pendulum, both of which will appeal to teens, adventurous older children and young at heart parents.

Toddlers haven’t been left behind though, as a mellow hot air balloon themed ride that fits their age group has also been instituted. Together with classics like bumper cars and a mechanical puppet show, this attraction is a must-experience for traveling families in the Barcelona area.

2) Museu d’Idees i Invents de Barcelona (MIBA)

Those wanting to plant a seed of inspiration in their children can do so by spending an afternoon at the Museu d’Idees i Invents de Barcelona (MIBA). A mix of sci-fi wonder and art, the creative minds behind this space have created conceptions of the future that will ignite the imaginations of young and old alike.

Best of all, your kids will also get a chance to join in on the fun, as the minimiba allows them to draft their own ideas of what the future will look like. The best ideas each month are selected by the museum’s resident inventors, who then take the concept and create a physical prototype based on what your kid came up with … cool!

3) Torre de les Aigües

Since you will most likely find yourself in Barcelona at some point this summer if you decide to go there this year, it is prudent to know how you will be beating the heat during your visit, as this season can get brutally hot in the interior of Spain.

One of the best places to take your children at this time is the Torre de les Aigües, an old brick tower that drew water from the ground for house in the neighborhood back in the 19th century. These days, the grounds surrounding this stately structure have been transformed into a park, with a large refreshing pool serving as its centerpiece.

Hemmed in by this tower and the other buildings of this Barcelona neighborhood, it is an oasis of cooling waters and greenery in the midst of a bustling European city.

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