Barcelona Young People

How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
Spain, in general, is very child- and baby-friendly, as it is such a family-oriented country. The big stores and supermarkets all have baby-changing facilities within the ladies’ restrooms, but not always on every floor so you will have to ask where to find them. There are plenty of small playgrounds in the local neighborhoods, which are generally well maintained.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
We also recommend that you speak with friends or neighbors for reliable recommendations. Don't rule out your cleaning lady, as often domestic help perform a variety of tasks.
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
There are no real safety issues for children, except for the intensive traffic in the city.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
The Barcelona Zoo, the aquarium, the city parks, attraction parks, such as Port Aventura or Tibidabo, ludotecas (commercial playgrounds that also organize birthdays) and, of course, the beaches.
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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Popular activities are going to the beach and taking trips to the mountains. There are also many cinemas throughout the area.
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What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Spain is a very sociable city for teenagers, with a number of sports and other social activities available.
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Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Many schools have after-school activities, local churches have youth groups and there are the Boy and Girl Scout organizations.
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I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?
The Catalan and Spanish languages will normally be taught at school; mingling with the local population will also improve language skills. The main festivals in Barcelona-Catalonia are:

  • April 23: Sant Jordi (Saint George), the patron saint’s day of Catalonia. It is a custom for the men to give a rose to the women, and for the women to give a book to the men.
  • June 24: Sant Joan (Saint John, midsummer's day), arguably the most important holiday in Catalonia.
  • September 24 (approximately): La Mercé, feast day for Our Lady of Mercy, patron saint of Barcelona city. This has a spectacular fireworks show in the evening.

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