The island of Sicily has a rich history to discover with kids, from tiny hilltop monasteries to imposing Venetian fortresses, there are plenty of indoor activities for families. The island’s capital, Palermo is an open air museum. You could get lost in the complex of narrow cobbled streets, where grand palaces sit side by side with locals’ modest houses.
Aside from historic buildings and museums, there are also several child-friendly attractions on the island like a traditional puppet theatre, which is sure to keep everyone happy.
Read on to discover our suggestions of Things to Do in Sicily with kids:
1. Piccolo Teatro dei Pupi, Syracuse
What a fantastic way to get the kids interested in local culture is to watch a traditional Sicilian puppet show. Most of Sicily’s cities and large towns have a puppet theatre. Children can watch brave knights defeat evil monsters, mixing fairytale and legend with Sicilian history and childhood fantasies.
The shows are however in Italian, but it won’t matter to them one bit! You can usually pick up an English guide if you wish to follow the story more closely.
Opening Hours: Show times usually daily, at 6pm and 9pm
2. Villa Romana del Casale
A UNESCO world heritage site, this ancient Roman villa features above all some of the best preserved mosaics in Sicily. The kids will also be amazed by the vivid images of lions, tigers and warriors, amongst the ancient ruins.
Or course, most of the site is covered by a modern roof, so it’s perfect for a rainy day or to shelter from the midday heat.
Opening Hours: Open daily 9am – 7pm / 5pm (summer / winter)
3. Museo del Giocattollo
Firstly, children love Toys Museums where they can explore an amazing collection of vintage toys from the 19th and 20th centuries. Secondly, the displays are fun and interactive – touching and playing with the toys is actively encouraged. So you needn’t worry about curious little ones with wandering hands!
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 1pm and 5pm – 8pm
4. Castello di Caccamo
The kids will absolutely love this huge Norman castle which is perched on a steep hill, dominating the skyline of Caccamo.
Your children will similarly enjoy the prison cells and the Hall of the Armoury with its huge and impressive displays. In addition, you can admire outside amazing views from the western terrace, over the town and valley. In summary, a great activity to do in Sicily with your kids.
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 9am – 7pm,(closed for lunch) and Sunday 9am – 6pm
5. Museo dell’Acciuga
A museum about anchovies? Bear with us…!
If you’re staying in Palermo this unique museum is well worth a visit on a rainy day. Reviewers also rate this as one of the top museums in Sicily. You will explore not just the town’s fishing heritage but the whole of the island’s history, through interesting and unique artefacts.
Michelangelo, the charismatic owner, charms all who visit with his knowledge, insight and fantastic storytelling, peppered with traditional Sicilian songs. There’s also an area where the kids can play and draw. Last but not least, you will find a souvenir shop to pick up some delicious salted anchovies.
BabyBreaks Tip: You can visit the Museum with a guided tour only – it’s worth calling ahead to book as opening times can vary.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 09: 30–12: 30, 16: 30–19: 00, Saturdays 09: 30–12: 30 only
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