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BARCELONA’S PARC GUELL

PLAY MATCH-THE-ART AT THE MUSEU PICASSO

There isn’t a famous artist who displayed a more childlike sense of

wonder, curiosity, melancholy, and playfulness than Pablo Picasso.

Before you start your self-guided tour of this stunning museum, buy

a postcard or two of Picasso’s artwork in the gift shop, and try to

match the reprint with the real thing. Before leaving the crooked

streets of the museum’s home in the Gothic Quarter, grab a table at

Petritxol Xocoa and chat about cubism while indulging in a Barcelona

staple: dipping crispy churros into cups of warm chocolate.

SAGRADA FAMILIA

The most famous church outside of Vatican City is forever under

construction – and forever a photographic wonder. Whether or not

you’re religious, be sure to set some time aside to visit Sagrada

Familia both inside and out (there’s a great little playground across

the street). Have your kids look straight up and marvel at the

audacious scope of Gaudi’s ongoing project (the temple celebrated

its 175th anniversary of construction last year). With any luck, it will

be finished by the time they return with their own kids.

When visiting Barcelona with young kids, experiencing the city as the locals do is just as important – and easy – as seeing the

sights recommended by your travel advisor. Strolling open-air markets with fresh tapas in hand, cheering on the football team and

taking in the mind-bending architecture of Antoni Gaudí are all great ways to ensure your family experiences the

real

Barcelona.

BARCELONA

How to wow your kids in

By Jeff Bogle

When travelling with young

children, nothing beats an

immersive, authentic, truly

local experience in a city like

Barcelona. Add churros and

chocolate, and you’ll have an

adventure they’ll never forget.

SAGRADA FAMILIA

PLAY TAG IN PARC GUELL

Every city has a park it’s proud of, but no city on Earth has a park like

Barcelona’s Parc Guell. Designed by Gaudi, this stunning outdoor system

of public space adorned with the master artist’s trademark broken tile

motif is an affordable way to immerse your family in the creative side of

everyday life in the Catalan capital.

CATCH A FLAMENCO DANCING SHOW

Sure to be unlike anything your kids have seen before, a flamenco dinner

show will have their eyes popping and jaws dropping at the vibrant

colours of the dresses, the clicking of the shoes, and the unique guitar

playing of the musicians on stage. Recognized as a Masterpiece of

Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, there’s no better way to

acquaint your kiddos with an authentic expression of Spain.

BROWSE THE BOOTHS OF LA BOQUERIA

This showpiece public market is one of the most famous must-do’s in

the city for good reason. Take the time to slowly stroll by La Boqueria’s

bustling stalls, letting the smells and sounds seep in, and nibble some

local cuisine — the tapas and crepes are made right in front of your

wide-eyed kids. There are dozens of vendors selling spices, sauces and

more, so it’s also a great spot to let the kids pick out a souvenir for home.

CHECK OUT FC BARCELONA AND CAMP NOU

Lionel Messi, the most popular football player in the world, calls Barcelona

his home and the stadium of his home team, FC Barcelona, is a temple

to the beautiful game. A tour of Camp Nou takes visitors through the

massive trophy cabinets, past game-worn cleats and jerseys, and into

hi-tech displays showcasing the remarkable history of the game.

The tour ends in the stadium stands, so guests can gaze out upon the

three levels of

blaugrana

seats, the famous yellow letters spelling out

“mes que un club,”

and the glistening green field of Camp Nou. To truly

know and understand the city of Barcelona, one must also understand

its famous football club.

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HERE ARE A FEW CAN’T-MISS ACTIVITIES FOR THE NIÑOS IN YOUR LIFE:

AUTHOR AT CAMP NOU WITH HIS DAUGHTERS ©JEFF BOGLE

FLAMENCO DANCERS

JEFF AND HIS DAUGHTERS ENJOYING CHURROS

AND HOT CHOCOLATE ©JEFF BOGLE