One of Barcelona’s greatest appeals is its ability to cater to all ‘gustos’ (tastes); regardless of age, background, culture, religion, or areas of interest. Barcelona is so beautifully diverse and full of new and eclectic things to do that it's an ideal destination for a family vacation, especially if you have young kids. Many of the activities for adults can also be exciting for youngsters, and vice versa.
Take La Rambla, for example. This is a great place to take children - at least for a short stroll - in order to stare in awe at everything this famous walkway has to offer. The funny and interactive street performers are amazing, including soldiers who sit perfectly still without moving for hours, looking like characters from Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum. This street definitely doesn't isn't lacking in entertainment. Usually, there are also performances - including football, break-dancing and acrobatic shows - taking place up and down the road.
If you want to break away from the crowds and get off your feet for a bit, one fun option to do with kids is the Chocolate Museum (aka: Museu de La Xocolata) in the Born neighborhood. (This is also a great alternative if it's raining). The museum has various programs catering to specific age groups, from three to 20 years old. The best thing to do is to check out their website for specific hours or set up a private tour and design your own chocolate figures, create your own recipes or just spend some time nibbling (while the kids develop a nice little sugar high).
If you want something both engaging and educational, one cool museum to take the children to is Barcelona’s Science Museum (aka CosmoCaixa Science Museum). This is a good way to see another area of town, as the Museum is located near Tibidabo Mountain so on the way to or from you can take in excellent panoramic city views and snap a few family photos overlooking Barcelona.
During the evening, an exciting place to go with the kids is to watch the Magic Fountain show in Poble Espanyol. Even if you’ve seen 'dancing water' before, this will impress even the older generation, as the fountain moves in sync with the music. In the summertime, shows take place daily. In the winter it’s only on Friday and Saturday evenings, so be sure to check the schedule online before making the trek.