Barcelona is a favourite destination not just for couples, companies and for lovers of shopping; it’s also a great place where the whole family can have fun.
The city has a young population, with 12% of its inhabitants under 12 years of age, and in 2007 Barcelona was named a child friendly city by UNICEF, thanks to the many initiatives that have been promoted by the locals to include children in the city’s life and treat them for what they are: citizens in their own right who should be able to enjoy the city and have their say in what goes on in it.
Barcelona is full of museums that have been conceived with the youngest in mind; cultural centres and workshops to stimulate their curiosity, plays, musical shows, children’s bookshops, a fabulous network of public libraries with storytelling activities, outdoor areas where they can run about, hundreds of places where they can do all kinds of club sports, a hundred-year-old amusement park and child-friendly restaurants, with special menus for the most demanding young palates.
Barcelona strives to be one of the world capitals for families, and one example of this can be seen in the annual public assembly that is organised by the City Hall, run by schools and made up of local young people. Moreover, the Museu de Ciències Naturals (Natural Science Museum) has set up a young person’s advisory board made up of nineteen girls and boys who act as advisers on the museum’s exhibitions and activities.