Looking for the best things to do in Brussels with your kids? Brussels is a great family weekend destination only 2 hours from London with Eurostar trains going there every day. The Belgium capital has a lot of interesting indoor activities and attractions suitable for children. But which ones will you need to do on your first visit to the capital. Brussels offers a lot of playgrounds and parks for families looking to entertain their children across all seasons. If this is your first time in Brussels, you have to go to Grand Place and take a photo with the Manneken Pis but you already knew this. So what is worth to doing in Brussels with Kids?
Let’s explore all the great things to do in Brussels with Kids:
1. Museum of Natural Sciences
As every capital of Europe, Brussels also has its Museum of Natural Sciences with the largest incredible Dinosaurs Gallery of Europe. You and your little tribe will be blown away by this collection. You could also wander on the History of Mankind and learn how our body functions. Don’t forget to look at the kids activities/workshops, more info here.
Opening Times: more info here
2. Children’s Museum Musée des Enfants
As its name suggests, this museum is designed for children between 4 and 12 years old where you can enrol them in different workshops during opening times. They will learn cooking, fairy tales, DYI, construction and even acting in a theatre play. This museum will touch every 5 senses of your children with the objective of bringing the creativity within them. Not to be missed.
Opening Times: School period : Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to 5pm and during School Holidays : Every day from 2:30 to 5pm
3. Comics Arts Museum Le Musée de la BD
This museum is very unique and will delight adults and children if you are into comics books. As you may know Brussels has a lot of comics artists with its famous ambassador Hergé who created the series Tintin. Quite a few workshops are organised for children (only in French language though) and a great library will allow you to buy your favorite comic to take home as a souvenir of Brussels. This is a favourite activity to do in Brussels with your kids for sure.
Opening Times: open everyday from 10am until 6pm
4. Musical Instrument Museum MIM
If you wish to introduce music to your children and more precisely to a wide range of instruments, the MIM museum is a great venue to listen and discover different sounds. We recommend to rent the headsets so your children can appreciate even more the museum. After the visit, don’t forget to go the last floor to discover an amazing view of the city.
Tuesday – Friday: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and on holidays: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
24 & 31 December 2017: 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, also on 1 January, 1 May, 1 and 11 November, 25 December
5. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
What is great about these museums is that you can pick and choose different collections from the Old Masters Flemish painters (Memling, Bosch, Bruegel, Rubens, Van Dyck…) to the modern Art with Magritte Museum or the Modern Museum with contemporary artists like Bacon or Dalí. Also, children have free entrance to the museums.
The Magritte Museum has audio guides available (4€) in different languages for children (aged 6 – 11 years old) so they can explore the museum throughout 30 pieces of art with a funny dialogue and interaction. A lovely museum to do in Brussels with your kids.
Opening Times: more info here
6. Spot Street Art in Brussels with Kids
A really unique activity in Brussels with Kids – the kids will love to spot famous French cartoon characters all over the city. With Brussels being the Capital of Comics or “La BD” as they say in French (Bande Dessinée) a lot of cartoonists have spray painted their favourite characters all over the cit. It now attracts tourists to spot as many as possible. This is a fun trail that adults and children will enjoy doing on a bright sunny day.
Address: various streets of Brussels but you can have help here
7. Guided Bike Tour
With so many things to see (and eat!), a guided bike tour is a great option for all members of the family. It’s a great way to keep kids from getting bored or tired of walking while sightseeing. Plus, you can enjoy the outdoors and discover the best things to do in Brussels while keeping off the holiday weight. Ride your bike along the top attractions, exploring unique neighborhoods and getting a chance to experience the authentic Brussels vibe. Baja Bikes offers the chance to do a Highlights Tour or a Private Bike Tour if you want a more personalized experience. Either way, if you’re traveling in Brussels with your family, a bike tour is a great idea. Child bikes and seats are available.
8. Parc de Bruxelles
Brussels Park formerly known as the Royal Park is located right in the centre of the city. Your children will enjoy playgrounds for different age groups with sandpits, slides, swings and more. Definitely worth a visit on a sunny day in Brussels with kids.
Address: 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Website: more info here
9. Mini Europe – Miniature Park
This miniature amusement park was open in 1989 to reproduce the main monuments of Europe. All 350 buildings are built on scale of 1:25 and features live attractions like trains going around, erupting volcano or windmills. This is fun activities for the whole family that maybe will inspire you to visit more areas of Europe.
Address: 1020 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: more info here
10. Parc du Rouge Cloitre
Rouge-Cloître is a former monastery which is located on the outskirts of Brussels in the South West of Ixelles. Around the monastery, you can find a great fitness trail and several playgrounds for young children under 6 and another one for older children. Last but not least, there is a Pirate ship that your kids will play on for hours.
Address: 1160 Oudergem, Belgium
For families who who like to explore further than the City Centre, Bois de la Cambre is representing the old part of the Forest of Soignes. There is a lake with a small island called Robinson’s Island with a restaurant in a rebuilt chalet open in 2009. Expect some magical scenery in the Winter with the snow.
Address: Brussels, Belgium
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