40+ Fun Places for Kids in Brussels
Are you planing a family trip to Brussels? You certainly want to visit Grand Place, Manneken Pis, the Royal Palace, and a chocolate shop or two. But if you want to infuse in your itinerary some fun activities for the kids – we’ve got you covered. Here is our list of hand-picked indoor and outdoor places that you and your children will enjoy:
Do you like water activities even when it’s raining? Visit Aqualibi – an indoor waterpark, in the style of a tropical island. The park offers tropical 29°C (84 F) temperatures all year long and water attractions for the entire family. In Aqualibi, you will find numerous water slides, whirlpools, artificial rivers, rapids, massage jets, and the Mini Beach – a playground for the little ones.
Do you want to find out more about vehicles? Autoworld will give you a great opportunity to learn about cars and discover the history of their development. The collection displays over 250 automobiles and presents a variety of car makes from the end of the 19th century to the present day, from horse drawn carriages to exclusive sport cars.
Great place for your kids to burn off some energy. Legenturia is an indoor family entertainment center, which offers fun activities for kids of all ages. It features many activities including: toddler playground for kids <6 y.o.; bouncy castles with bouncing contraptions, slides and obstacle courses; Bestarium – a soft maze & climbing construction; phantasy/creativity rooms where kids can become a real baker, postman, smith, doctor, or inventor; boat pond; laser shooting; bowling; and zorb ball.
Is your kid passionate about dinosaurs? Then the Museum of Natural Sciences is a must see. It has Europe’s largest exhibition of dinosaurs with 30 nearly complete skeletons (originals and reproductions) and features several permanent exhibitions dedicated to dinosaurs and natural history. Other exhibits focus on the evolution of animals and humans; feature outstanding shell, minerals and whale collections; and explain biodiversity. Many exhibits have fascinating interactive touch screens and audio guides.
Do you like science and experiments? Technopolis is an interactive science center, which caters to visitors of all age groups providing daily shows, experiments & demonstrations. The museum is divided into several exhibits: 1) the main one, which explains how science and technology are utilized in everyday life; 2) children’s science center tailored to kids between the ages of 4 and 8; 3) Inspirience center, for youngsters between 14 and 18, and 4) the outdoor Science Garden.
Trains are fascinating and you can learn about it visiting the Train World. The museum offers an interactive experience during which you will find out more about train technologies and the history of particular trains, discover how trains were used during various historical periods, and see some real historical treasures of the train world. At the museum, children can climb on the steam engines; visit carriages and the gatekeepers’ house; stop at a mail car packed with sacks full of letters; and try their strengths as an engineer using the train simulator.
Does your family like an adventure? Visit Aventure Parc – a family-friendly outdoor park with rope course circuits through the trees, zip lines and a kids’ play area. The courses are designed for different age groups and skill levels from 5 years old to 100+. Aventure Parc also features several jumps such as a forest jump, space jump and jungle jump – as well as bungee jumps. The park is only accessible to a limited number of participants a day so it’s always recommended to make a reservation in advance.
If you want to spend an active day outdoors, then Bloso Domain Hofstade is a place for you. The centre features a large recreation area, which includes a guarded artificial beach, a modern playground for children between 3 to 12 years, several taverns, and several nature trails. If you like sports, you will enjoy a Finnish field track, a Fit-o-meter, a mountain bike track, and several fields designed for football, basketball, and beach volleyball. The centre includes also an indoor pool and a gym.
Not too many people know about this hidden gem, although Maximilien Nature and Animal Park is located in central Brussels. It is a great rustic farm perfect for a relaxing time out. In the park, you can take a self-guided walk among the horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, chicken, peacocks, geese, and rabbits. Families can enjoy the beautiful green space with an orchard and the pond.
Mini-Europe is a park located at the foot of the Atomium. It features miniature reproductions of famous buildings and monuments in the European Union (from approx. 80 cities) at a scale of 1:25. The park shows also live action models such as trains, mills, airport runway, an erupting Mount Vesuvius, and cable cars. At the end of the exhibit, kids can enjoy the “Spirit of Europe” display, which gives an interactive overview of the European Union in the form of multimedia games.
Another great outdoor place for families looking for an easy getaway from the city. De Nekker is recreational area near Brussels where you can swim in the park’s lake, run, relax on the vast lawns, enjoy the beach, play or just go for a walk. The Center has various outdoor playgrounds, sport fields, running tracks as well as a big indoor playground and a world-class swimming pool.
Planckendael Zoo hosts exotic animals like rhinos, koalas, giraffes, zebras, bonobos and many others. The zoo is divided into five continents with interesting trails running through each of them. When you walk through each of these sections, you feel as if you’ve just entered a different geographical zone. In addition to animal exhibits, the Park has extensive leisure facilities, lawns where you can rest a bit, and various play areas for kids, including an extensive series of rope bridges.
For more inspiration and fun activities with kids in Brussels visit our website where we collected over 40 family-friendly attractions. Share your opinion about the places you have visited and add to our portal your own discoveries, so other parents will be able to discover them too.