The conference welcomes the families of its delegates. Children under 15 will be welcome to enter the congress centre without their own registration. We do ask that accompanying carers register at the appropriate rate, to cover catering costs. Children may attend all sessions with you, but we ask that delegates use their common sense and remove their children from sessions if they become upset or otherwise disrupt the talks. A private space will be made available for nursing mothers, this area will be located in the VIP/childcare room on the mezzanine floor between level 0 and level 1. This will be equipped with an electrical point and comfortable seating.
The conference has appointed Noah's Ark International Day Care Center to provide onsite, subsidised childcare and a full program of activities for the children of delegates. They are well-known for their “active methodology” model that aims to develop emotional, physical and intellectual autonomy alongside professional teaching. They also focus on cultural diversity and love for children and can provide care for 6 month-12 year olds.
Booking for this service has now closed. Carers will be sent a form from Noah’s Ark (the care provider) for them to complete and return directly to Noah’s Ark so the care provider has carer contact details as well as appropriate care information for each child.
Booking for childcare places must be confirmed by payment for the full amount due. Please be aware that the costs of this service are being heavily subsidised by the conference to support the attendance of delegates with younger children.
Childcare hours are as follows:
- Morning session 08:15-12:45
- Afternoon session 14:15-17:45
The Centre Convencions Internarcional Barcelona (CCIB) is a 10 minute walk away from the Diagonal Mar Shopping Mall. There are over 200 shops, along with a variety of restaurants and entertainment facilities such as the bowling alley. Al Campo supermarket is located on level one of the mall, where it is simple to buy snacks and drinks without a long walk. Farma New is also available on level one for baby and medical supplies. The nearest play space can be found at Parc Diagonal Mar (an 8 minute walk from the CCIB) hosting a large, open park with contemporary water features, tubular sculptures, slides & play areas for children. The beach is also very close and just along the seafront you can find water sport activities suitable for older children.
Barcelona has been identified as a very child-friendly city. Park Guell, L’Aquarium Barcelona and Tibidabo Amusement Park are all great choices to create long-lasting memories whilst exploring new cultures. Cuitadella Park is not only a beautiful park with many fountains but it also hosts the city’s zoo along with a large number of play areas.
Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona has invited all delegates to visit for free. You can get free entrance with your conference badge and children can enter free at all times. Located only a few hundred metres from the CCIB this is a very convenient option. It is open Tue to Sat from 10:00 to 19:00, until 20:00 on Sunday (but closed on Monday). It is free for children under 16. There is an area devoted to 0-6 year olds called 'Science nest'.