Friday, June 27, 2014

Scenes from our weekend

Summer is officially upon us! Over the weekend in Catalonia, we celebrated the summer solstice and then the day of Sant Joan on Monday evening by stuffing our faces with coca which I first wrote about here. Apart from these festivities, we found other ways to celebrate summer by attending the Music for Families Day at Parc de Pedralbes. Every summer, the park hosts a series of concerts by a bunch of notable artists (this year's performers include Kool and the Gang, Tom Jones, Blondie, Carla Bruni, among others), and this year's Family Day had concerts for little ones as well and a bunch of other fun activities. 

Here are some scenes from our weekend:

For some reason, summer is synonymous with bubbles -- at least it is for children. When we arrived at the park, it was tremendously hot and sunny so playing by the fountain with the bubbles seemed like a good idea. It's really amazing how much little ones love bubbles, isn't it? It's just soap and water and yet they can be entertained for hours. While I don't find it as fun as the kids do, I still think it's so lovely to see the bubbles floating lazily around like spirits of summer.  

When we got tired of the bubbles, we made our way to the shade to discover that some giraffes had come out to play! Not real ones of course. These are people walking on stitlts wearing giraffe costumes. I felt so bad for them because it was a real scorcher but the kids were utterly captivated. 

Here's a closeup of the giraffe man with a smiling little one. We really do have to give them credit for this idea, it was a winner!

Since this was a music day, they had various stations set up throughout the park where kids could engage with music in different ways. They had some swing dancers dancing with the kids, some music activities set up on iPads in the tech section, a craft station to make your own instruments and finally, this area, for the smaller littles where there were a bunch of instruments like maracas, triangles, and drums where the kids could basically practice making a racket. Roman was so excited but he was a bit confused at first, 'So you're saying to pick up this stick and just mercilessly bang on this round thing? Okay!' 

Lately, Roman loves, I mean LOVES, balloons. It's so funny because he inverts the 'a' and 'oo' sound so instead of saying balloon he says boola and always with great excitement, as in 'Boola, Boola!'. He loves them so much that over the long weekend, we showed him the classic French movie, The Red Balloon and, predictably, he was enchanted. My little one is a cinephile. I'm so proud of him! 

 I never got to discover what this was about because it was blocked off while we were there, but I loved the Alice and Wonderland tribute. 

I think this was my favorite moment of the day-story hour in the bamboo forest. It was a nice opportunity to sit and rest in the shade especially since by that time we were all pretty beat. We headed home soon after but we thoroughly enjoyed our day in the park. 

So that's what we've been up to lately. What about you guys?

P.S. Here's what we did last weekend in case you missed it.


  1. This is gorgeous! Our family is moving overseas next month and Barcelona is on our list of places to visit. I'll have to dig into your blog for tips!

    1. Thanks Anna! You'll love a visit to Barcelona, I'm sure of it. Happy travels!