Here is a short summary for all tourists who decide to travel to Brussels with children. We hope that this article will help you enjoy your journey to the European capital.
BRUSSELS FOR CHILDREN
When deciding to take a family trip to Europe, parents seek a destination where they can combine culture, leisure, nature, relax ... That’s why travelling to Brussels with children is one of the best options if we want to get to know one of the most touristic capitals in Europe, where you can carry out all kinds of activities with kids and enjoy a few days of fun. Choose in advance your flight dates, book an apartment in Brussels city centre and pack your bags on your way to an unforgettable family holiday in the European capital.
10 ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH CHILDREN
We suggest 10 different activities to do with kids in your trip to the capital of Belgium.
1. Mini Europe. There is nothing children love more than feeling like adults. And that’s why in Mini Europe park in Brussels they will see how the most famous landmarks in the world are not so big in this space ... Through more than 300 models of 80 cities of Europe, the whole family can enjoy a day where culture and leisure are perfectly combined. Kids shorter than 1.20m are admitted free, while the rest of them will have to pay 10.60 euros. Annual closure from early January to mid-March. From March to June the opening hours are 9:30 to 18:00h, and in the months of July and August until 20.00h.
2. Belgian Chocolate Village. For those who have a sweet tooth, Brussels is a destination where it is very hard not to be tempted to taste its delicious chocolate, especially the famous Belgian praliné. Therefore, an interesting option to learn more about this Food of the Gods can be a visit to this great chocolate museum. Here you can get all the necessary information to know its origin and manufacturing. Even chocolate-tasting sessions are organised for kids and adults. The museum tour, focused on children, also offers interactive activities. Its audio guide includes an explanation for children. Aimed at families, the museum offers a Family Pack, in which the entrance tickets for two adults and two children cost 20 euros, taking into consideration that children under 6 are admitted free. Weekday opening hours are from 9.00 to 18.00h and on weekends the opening time isone hour later.
3. Walibi Belgium. Do you want to enjoy a day in which to let your adrenaline out at the very heart of Europe? You only have to spend a day touring the Walibi Belgiumamusement park. Roller coasters, shows, children's play areas, restaurants ... If you goduring the summer months, there is a section devoted to a large water park: Aqualibi. From December to March Walibi also closes its doors, as it doesfor some days during its opening months. The easiest way is to check the online calendar available for visitors. Children under 3 are admitted free, and child tickets cost 30 euros.
4. Planetarium. There is no better way during your holidays to make children have an interest in science and the Universe. That’s why we recommend visiting Planetarium on your trip to Belgium. There are different projections according to the age of children. In all of them the common denominator is astronomy.There is also the opportunity to attend special events (with reservation). The price for children and students is 5 euros. It opens weekends from 10:30 to 18:00h, Tuesday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00h.
5. Belgian Comic Strip Centre (Centre Belge de la Bande Desinée). Unless your children are very young, they surely know the most famous comic characters: Tintin, his dog Snowy and Captain Haddock, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke ... That’s why, in the Belgian Comic Strip Centre,both children and adults will have wonderful time. Although this space is devoted to comics in general, the famous character of Tintin, created by cartoonist Hergé, is one of the main protagonists. All children under 12 must pay an entrance fee of 3 euros and if you are between 12 and 18 years, 6 euros. It opens daily from 10 to 18.00h.
6. Manekken Pis and company. Although the one who really became famous in Brussels was Manekken Pis, nowadays his 'mates statues’ have become almost as important as him: Jeanneke Pis and Zinneke Pis. The latter is a funny puppy relieving himself in the street as the sculptures Manekken and Jeanneke do, the most famous boy and girl in Brussels.
7. Aquarium. Is there anything children love more than visiting a large aquarium to discover the different species of the marine animal kingdom? Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a fun and educational time in the centre of Brussels. The entrance fee is 6 euros for children measuring over a meter tall and free for those measuring less or for those who are less than five years old. Weekends from 10 to 18.00h, and from Tuesday to Friday from 12 to 18:00h (some mornings are reserved for schools).
8. Museum of Natural Sciences. Stuffed animals, fossils, dinosaurs ... impressive history, nature and science come together in this great essential space to visit with children: the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels. All children who are under five years are admitted free, and the rest of them have to pay 6 euros per person. From Tuesday to Friday, open from 9.30 to 17.00h, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 18.00h.
9. Atomium. It has become the undisputed symbol of the Belgian capital. It is a must see for all types of tourists, but especially for those travelling with the whole family. Inside this large atom turned into a museum there are a variety of exhibitions and activities for little kids. From the highest point, you will have spectacular views. All children under 6 years old are admitted free and those between 6 and 11 years or between 12 and 18 years pay 6 and 8 euros respectively. Open from 10 to 18.00h.
10. Brussels Park. In order to enjoy nature without leaving the Belgian capital, there is nothing better than visiting one of the favorite green areas for those traveling with children: parks. Although Brussels is one of the European capitals with the highest amount of green spaces, this park, together with the Cinquantenaire Park, is one of the most accessible ones in the city due to its central location. It is located next the Royal Palace.Weekends and good weather evenings are the best moments to visit this park with your family.
Interesting information: Monday is the day when most Belgian public museums are closed.