Pre-kid Barcelona was always a 24-7 entertainment centre, and post-kid it hasn’t failed me yet either. So there I was last Sunday morning, bouncing out of bed raring to go (OK, slight exaggeration). “Hey Oscar, we’re gonna do something FUN today!” I grin at him. Two hours later I’m engrossed in Stalkbook checking out photos of my ex boss’s new boyfriend’s sister’s gay wedding, Oscar’s glued to Star Wars, we’re both still in PJ’s (Oscar with his mandatory Anakin suit on over the top), and I’m thinking “ooh just a day indoors would be quite nice actually…”.
Is it just me who finds it so damn difficult to find the incentive to just get out of the house sometimes? Please tell me I’m not the only one here who experiences this inertia. I just don’t get it, we have this fabulous city on our doorstep, we’ve got beaches, mountains, parks, museums, cafes. The list is endless. Surely it doesn’t have to be that hard to get up and get out? Well truth is, sometimes it is.
So, I decided to think up some ways to deal with this issue and share with you folks out there a list of tips, as well as a few useful websites to get you motivated.
1. Get things in the diary in advance. This is especially true if you’re a single parent and share custody because you get fewer weekends with the kids. If you leave things until the last moment, chances are nothing’s going to get organised.
2. Rope other families and friends into your plans. You’re less likely to cancel when there’s a bunch of well-organised, picnic-prepared-in-advance, welly-wielding mums waiting impatiently for you at the station.
3. Get the kids involved in the decision making process. Ask them if there’s anything they fancy doing (ignoring requests of super expensive day trips to water parks and the like) and write up a wish list, stick it on your notice board and check them off as each one’s done.
4. Make Saturday or Sunday morning a TV and Internet free-zone. That way you get up and out quicker and avoid the temptation to ‘just check one more email/watch one more episode…’. Promise the kids they can have cinema night instead.
If you’re stuck for ideas of what to do there’s a whole host of websites to check. Here’s just a few:
1. We all crave a bit of green sometimes, but why do we always flock to the overcrowded Parc Ciutadella? Check out some of the other fantastic parks that Barcelona has on offer on the ayuntamiento’s ‘Green Spaces’ web page:
Also see Time Out’s page on ‘Best Picnic Spots in Barcelona’:
2. Had enough of Barceloneta and fancy heading to some coastline further afield?
3. Here’s a couple of fabulous resources for activities and family friendly stuff in and around Barcelona:
4. If you fancy heading into the mountains, these sites are definitely worth checking:
5. Want inspiration for activities to do outdoors? Check out the fabulous UK’s National Trust ’50 things to Do Before You’re 11 ¾’:
5. It’s raining? Don’t let that stop you. Head to one of the many kid friendly cafes or restaurants:
If you have more suggestions, please share in the comments section below!
Well that’s all for now folks, I better get busy planning some activities…