Children's circus at Museu Picasso
Do you ever feel just a bit guilty for not always taking advantage of the fact that you live in one of the world’s most amazing cities? Do you ever find yourself watching back-to-back episodes of Bob Esponja with your kids and before you know it, several weeks have gone by and it seems as though you haven’t left the house at all except to buy food and take your kids to and from school? Are you and your family turning into a bunch of patatas de la sofa? Or something like that?
Recently I found myself feeling this way and last Sunday I decided that we really needed to get out and do something interesting and cultural and educational. “Let’s go out and do something!” I said. The suggestion was met by blank, disinterested stares and my six-year old announced that actually, he’d rather be a “body of the home” that day (coining yet another unique phrase by applying Spanish grammar to an English expression). I looked into his earnest little face and thought about it. Did I really want to venture outside to stand in lines and be surrounded by hordes of people, many of them short, sticky and screaming? Maybe being a body of the home for yet another day wasn’t such a bad idea after all.
But just then, 22-month old Luca toddled by, reeking of peanut butter and stale cookie crumbs. No, I decided. We definitely needed to get out, if only to air out the baby.
But where should we go? For answers, I turned to my favorite source of information about what’s going on around town- the Barcelona city website. This site is fantastic in that it tells you literally everything you would possibly need to know about life in Barcelona. I subscribe to the English RSS feeds for both News and Agenda (see towards the bottom of the home page) and this means that I get all the latest info about what’s happening around the city. This way, I know Everything. I know when local elections are being held, I know where I can find all the nearest human castles and I know when it is Barcelona Bridal Week. As you can imagine, it makes me a fascinating conversationalist.
More importantly, I know about all the latest fun activities for kids. Here are a few of the recent events that I’ve found out about thanks to the city web site:
On this particular lazy Sunday, I read on the site that until the end of June, the Picasso Museum has a circus every Sunday at noon for children. Tickets are only €3 and the performances are different each week. The circus we saw featured a very poor (but flexible) Thirties-era couple with amazing acrobatic capabilities. It was lots of fun and definitely worth leaving the house for. If you decide to check it out, keep the following in mind: the tickets can only be bought the day of the circus and they sell out quickly. Get there at least an hour early to make sure you get in. Also, the performance is outside with no shade. They hand out sun hats but you’re going to want to slather on the sunscreen and bring water.
Where do you get your information about fun things to do with kids in Barcelona? Any recommendations?