As any capitals of Europe, Rome has a lot to offer in terms of museums, historical sites, exhibitions and activities overall. But what are the essential things to do with children in Rome ? With such a rich history, Rome has never disappointed in terms of archeological sites and museums. So if you have to compromise between culture, history, parks & gardens you could debate a long time with your kids about what you could do in a weekend breakaway.
BabyBreaks has done some research for you and selected the best child-friendly Indoor activities in Rome so you don’t have to scroll down pages and pages of activities in your favourite travel app.
So here’s our list of great things to do with your kids for your next holiday in Rome.
Explora is a unique museum dedicated to children which allow our bambini to explore their cognitive and emotional capacities. Opened in 2011, this non profit and private museum will get your kids entertained for less than 2 hours for each session. The museum organises up to 4 sessions per day and also have a kitchen cooking lab. Check out their sessions on their website.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday with 4 sessions per day. Closed on all Mondays, December 25th, January 1st and August 15th
2. Teatro San Carlino – Puppets Shows
Il Teatro San Carlino is one of the most famous theatres in Italy showcasing only children plays made with Puppets and real Actors. Whilst the plays are in Italian language, young kids and adults will still have fun with the shows. The programme changes frequently and they are currently preparing a play around Halloween called Pulcinella e Il Ragioner Dracula. Book your tickets early during school holidays.
If there is one museum to visit in Rome with the kids, Vatican Museums are worth to go. You need to consider to spend a few hours with a great tour guide that will take you through the essential things to do. Yes these museums are very big, in fact the 5th largest in the world, hence why better to only see a fraction of it with someone who will tells you stories and facts that will please both parents and their children. Check the tours for families here.
A good introduction to the Italian capital must be done with Welcome to Rome, a 4D 30 minutes attraction which will explain to adults and children how Rome was built and evolved through the centuries. This spectacular video projection is a great entry point before heading to Churches, the Colloseum, the Vatican City or a family meal. The show starts every 30 min so you have plenty of time slots to choose from.
With so many historical sites and museums, Rome also has a museum dedicated to video games. Whilst it might not tell you anything about the Roman culture, it would probably satisfy your teens to be in their own world for one hour or two. This is not a venue for baby and toddlers for sure unless you Parents have a passion towards video games!
Opening Times: Tuesday-Sunday – 10:00 | 20:00 Closed on Mondays, May 1st, December 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st and January 1st
6. Villa Borghese
The gardens of the Villa Borghese are magnificent not matter which month of the year you are visiting the Italian capital. The best way to explore the gardens is by hiring bikes. Kids can enjoy different playgrounds with slides, bouncy rides, pony rides.
Last but not least, you have to take some tickets to go to the smallest cinema in the world called Cinema dei Piccoli with more than 60 seats that shows European movies or cartoons for children.
Located in the Villa Borghese gardens, the Bioparco di Roma is always a fun attraction for families with young children. Expect toddlers to stop by staring many animals and also asking to take the train to explore the whole zoo.
Parents can relax by the lake whilst watching their kids having fun at the play area.
The Villa Doria Pamphili is the biggest park in Rome with a palace built in the 17th century, cafes and several children’s playgrounds. Your children will also enjoy a pony ride. This park is a great place to relax far away from the busy streets of the centre of Rome.
As you might have guessed it, Cinecittà World is a themed park around cinema with plenty of rides for kids and adults. This park is about 35/40 min ride from the Centre Rome so expect to take a long taxi ride. You can also take the shuttle going from Viale Luigi Einaudi, near Termini station.
It is advisable to book in advance the shuttle service to take priority. This park is more suitable for kids older than 4 years old unless you are in the summer and you want to take your toddlers to the swimming pool area (La Cinepiscina opens on the 1st June 2019).
If you are looking to discover the Italian capital and know its little secrets with interesting places to visit with your kids, there isn’t a better way to do this with a local guide. Even more so if the guide has been chosen to arrange the tour suitable for families.
Kids Tours of Rome is one of these tours that have done a great job for several years. Their hundreds of 5* reviews illustrate this. So maybe an introduction from their founder Vesna Kuljic is a good way to give you enough reasons to book a tour with them.
1. How did you come about to create Kids Tours of Rome?
Previously I worked for several tour companies that arranged regular tours for adults. Having seen a couple of guides that worked with kids, I thought it would be a good idea to start a company. We arrange tours specifically for families with children aged 6 and above.
With the help of several guides that have years of experience in museum education or as teachers /babysitters, we came to “form” the tours that we considered would be interesting and engaging for the children.
2. How many tours do you suggest? How long it takes?
The number of tours depend on the number of days the family is spending in Rome. Generally, we recommend booking one tour per day and each lasts 2.5 hours.
3. What are the top 3 things children love about Rome/Florence
The top guided tours for kids in Rome are Colosseum and Ancient Rome. Also the food tour for kids and the Fountains and Squares tour. Apart from the sites that can be visited during our guided tour, the kids like the gladiator school and pizza/gelato making classes. As for Florence, the top off-tour activities are visiting the Palazzo Vecchio and Boboli Gardens.
The majority of our tours take place in Rome, however a small percentage is also in Pompeii and Florence. Pompeii is fascinating for children, however not many families have time to visit it during their vacation in Italy.
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