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In the land of chocolate and Smurfs - what's not for to love for children? Belgium is a great family destination where kids, big and little, can enjoy museums, festivals, castles, theme parks and gardens and much more while learning about Belgium and Europe in a nutshell. The Smurfs, Tintin, Snowy and Marsupilami are all animated characters that have sprouted from the imagination of Belgian cartoonists, for Belgians tend to remain children at heart even as adults. Take a Comic Strip Walk through the city of Brussels. Visit a castle as a leader of the crusades or get lost in a garden maze. Explore the most spectacular caves in Han. The opportunities for family fun are endless.

 

 

French Speaking Wallonia

Children's Museums and Attractions

Castle Expeditions

 

Brussels with the family

 

B-excursions: A discount travel offer from the Belgian railway system. Included in the price is entrance to participating attractions such as theme parks, zoos, museums, as well as train and sometimes bus fare. There is also discounted pricing for children under the age of 12 and reduced rates for persons under the age of 26.

 

365.be: An attraction for every day of the year - Belgium is overflowing with ideas for excursions for the whole family, there is an incredible choice, and an exceptional variety. There are almost 365 tourist attractions and museums where you can enjoy yourselves throughout the year.

 


Children's Museums and Attractions

Brussels

Atomium

The Atomium, a mythical building from the 1958 world expo, is shining brightly again. One sphere is designed by Alicia Framis and is reserved for children and schools. Free admission for children under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult.

Art Basic for Children (ABC)

Huge, open-plan art centre offering a wide range of art activities for kids aged 4 to 12. ABC also houses an excellent resource centre and holds various workshops throughout the year.

Autoworld

At the automobile museum, cars are appreciated for their beauty or design or for the quality of their technology. Over 400 vehicles, retracing the evolution of the automobile between 1886 and 1960, are exhibited under the huge metallic structure of the ancient World Palace.

Children's Museum

Pilot a bathyscaphe, become  a magician, build a flying machine, be an actor on a real stage, play with colors, be the hero of a fairy tale, discover one's own talents, express one's emotions... all this possible in this museum for children from 4 to 12 years.

Comic Strip Center

This is the kingdom of the Smurfs, Tintin, Lucky Luke and plenty of other paper heroes housed in a superb example of Art Nouveau. Everything here relates to the art of the comic strip from the origin up to its most recent developments through exhibitions and a documentation center.

Comics cafe for children

The Comics Strip Village is a magical place for children at the historical heart of Brussels, in the Grand Sablon square. The Village is both one of the largest libraries in Europe, a gallery and a comic strip museum.

Indulge in tasty morsels at the Village pub: the Comics Café, with a delicious GASTON LAGAFFE chicken brochette or a whopping OBELIX BURGER. Children haven't been forgotten. For them, there is a special junior menu, drawing competition, book corner and a pile of comics to be read as many times as you like.

The Comics Café is open every day and food is served all day until midnight.

Comic Strip Itinerary

Thirty walls are covered with comic strip characters that are larger than in life in every sense and portrayed in the most comical situations. Having chosen the comic strip to visit Brussels you 'll discover neighborhoods, surroundings, shops and various places of interest.

Walk: Brussels and Comic Strip

Brussels, homeland of Tintin and Spirou, the undeniable forerunners of many generations of comic strip heroes. The Smurfs, Lucky Luke and the Daltons, Corentin, Black and Mortimer - to mention only the most famous - have made children of all ages in every country of the world dream, tremble with fear and laugh with mirth. Don't miss the comic strip trail, which leads you across Brussels, gazing upwards, in the company of these likeable characters, immortalised in giant format on nearly 50 city gables.

Mini-Europe

Situated at the foot of the Atomium, Mini-Europe is the only park where, in a few hours, you will travel through Europe represented by 300 scale models. Not to be missed at the end of the walk "Spirit of Europe", a recreational interactive game to learn the ABC of the buildings of Europe.

Mini-Europe (Brussels)

Museum of Musical Instruments

The museum offers a range of musical activities for children including guided tours, exploring the Garden of Orpheus (a multi-sensory and playful approach to music) and the Sound Area.

Museum of Natural Sciences

Minerals, moonstones, whales, insects, and of course the dinosaurs of which the famous iguanodons of Bernissart. These are only a small sample of the treasures of this dynamic museum.

Océade

Subtropical aquatic park heated at 85°F with indoor and outdoor zones. Come and live some unforgettable moments: 11 water-slides, swimming pool with waves, aqua fun house, sauna land, jacuzzi, rafts and more.

Oceade (Brussels)

Planetarium

Come for a voyage of discovery among the beautiful and mysterious heavenly bodies in a magical environment. You'll be entranced by breath-taking images taken by a space telescope, and learn how to recognize the best known constellations, such as the Great Bear. Imagine yourself under the starry skies of the Andes mountains, or take a look at the moon.

Scientastic Museum

Sit down as a fakir, fly as a bird, take a picture of yourself in an impossible box, change your voice into that of an alien, whisper secrets from one loop to another, dance with your gigantic and colorful shadow and explore over 90 other scientific experiences and astonishing interactive discoveries.

Stardust Park

Near Forest National lies the biggest indoor playground in Brussels. Three floors of fun for kids aged two to 12 with race cars, mazes, climbing frames, restaurant and disco.

Chocolate Museum

The MUCC, Museum of Chocolate and Cocoa, lies at a stone's through from the Frand Place and is a must for children and adults alike. Housed in a typical Brusselian building with a creaking wooden floor, the museum unfolds the history of the invention of chocolate and import to Europe.

guided visit to the museum, tastings and demonstration, treasure hunt, creative workshop, Chocolate Rally,... Tastings are served at the end of the visit to satisfy your cravings.

Toy Museum

Youngsters and elders can revisit the magic of childhood through the toys of their parents and grandparents in a building full of happy nostalgia. Don't miss the life sized tram, the miniature kitchen or the merry-go-round cars.

Cinquantenaire Museum for Children

Start a journey through art and history at the Cinquantenaire Museum, in a magnificent building in the Cinquantenaire Park. Cross the continental borders from Prehistorical times to the 20th century in just a couple of hours. Games, guided visits, stories to listen and more for kid to teens!

From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Monday

 

 

French Speaking Wallonia

Aquarium & Zoological Museum (Liege)

In the middle of the city, many species swim in 46 differents tanks at the Liege Aquarium. These fishes come from all around the world and some of them are amazing, curious or just beautiful.  In the same building, the zoogical museum presents a large sample of wildlife diversity. From insect to elephant including sea shell or spiders, 1000m2 are dedicated to the animals.

Open every days of the years.

Herge  Museum (Louvain-la Neuve)

Hergé created the iconic Tintin. The curious reporter Tintin and his ever-present fox terrier Snowy were an instant success.
Designed by acclaimed French architect Christian de Portzamparc, the Hergé Museum marks the first public exhibition of the artist's monumental body of work that, until now, had been sitting in bank vaults and studios. Along with Hergé's work, the 3600 m² museum also includes permanent and temporary exhibition areas, a video projection room, a cafeteria, shops, studios storehouses and administrative premises.

 

Durbuy Adventure (Durbuy)

Belgium's largest adventure park is hidden away in an 800-hectare wooded site, just outside the country's self-proclaimed smallest city, Durbuy. The Ardennes park offers more than 60 nature sport activities plus numerous accommodation options.

Aventure Park (Wavre)

Treetop adventure park for all the family at Bierges. Three courses graded by difficulty plus free-climbing area, bungee jump and new forest jump.

Blegny Mine

The coal mine is a real gem of industrial heritage. You visit the underground galleries, descending in a mine cage and see demonstrations of the miners' machines.

Ecopark Adventures (Tournai)

Treetop adventure park with numerous options for families, plus more than 60 workshops and activities, including two 300m-high zip wires (ages six and up).

Gallo-Roman archeological park of Malagne

In the Belgian Ardennes, on the archaeological remains of one of the largest villas of Northern Gaul, you can discover the everyday life of the Gallo-Romans in Malagne.
Animations, visits, school and other workshops, playgrounds.
Agenda of the special days on the website www.malagne.be.
Tape guides and educational panels to enliven the free visits.

 

Caves of Han-Sur-Lesse (Han-sur-Lesse)

At the door of the Ardennes, one-hour drive from Brussels, the Caves of Han are among the largest, most renowned and beautiful caves in Europe and  thoroughly deserve their 3-star rating in the Michelin guide: entry aboard a 100-year-old tram, multilingual guided tours, sound and light show and exit along the underground river. The Caves are situated in beautiful natural surroundings,  which host a Wildlife Reserve where European wild species roam in their natural environment.   See « Wildlife Reserve Han-sur-Lesse ».

Wildlife Reserve Han-sur-Lesse

Next to the world-famous Caves of Han,  a Wildlife Reserve extends over 250 hectares of pure nature, where several European wildlife species roam in their natural environment : deer, boars, wolves, lynx, European bisons and many others.  The Reserve is visited in safari-car or by foot.

Chlorophyll Park (Dochamps)

Right in the heart of a huge expanse of the forest, the park combines fun with education. It has an open-air path lined with 30 play and discovery areas. One of the main attractions of the park it its footbridge, 40 meters long and more than 15 meters high, in the treetops.

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The Abyss Caves ( Comblain-au-Pont)

Discover the mysteries of Comblain au Pont on the Geology Path, in the open-air Museum, the underground sandstone quarry and caves. Don't miss the bat center with the witch Barbastella!

Comblain au pont

Lesse Kayaks (Anseremme-Dinant)

Paddle down the River Lesse on blue kayaks through a landscape with mediaeval castles, prehistoric caves and rocky cliffs. There are two routes: a five-hour 21km route and a three-hour 12km route for one, two and three people.

The Maze (Barvaux-sur-Outhe)

Every summer , on an area of more than 27 acres, a new activity, a new design, and a new maze unrolls its paths to lead its visitors into a leafy green creation of the imagination. This year, the Labyrinth will be transformed in Sherwood Forest.

Parc Pairi Daiza (Brugelette)

A unique occasion to spend a fascinating day in contact with wild animals each with their own surprises. You can get close to giraffes, zebras, seals or lemurs and attend an exceptional demonstration of birds of play in free flight.

Houtopia (Houffalize)

A place for discovery. Health, security, environment and tolerance, four themes which Houtopia explores in 3 ways: multimedia show, discovery place and playground.

Euro Space Center (Transinne)

An exhibition starting with the origins of the universe and ending with the most futuristic projects of space exploration. Come on board the American Space Shuttle in real size and discover the cargo bay and the cockpit.

Provincial Estate of Chevetogne

Nature park close to the town of Ciney. The 550-hectare site includes themed recreation areas, nature museums, sporting facilities, restaurants and accommodation.

Rail Bikes (Dinant)

Ride the railway tracks on special trolleys in the scenic valley between the Meuse and Sambre rivers. Departs from either Warnant of Falaen with a choice of tracks (90 minutes to 3 hours).

Scientific Adventures Parc (PASS)

The Pass is a museum dedicated to science, technology and society. Exhibitions and shows covering an area of 12,000 m² (130,000 sq.ft.), inviting visitors to interact, to make the most of their curiosity and to reach an opinion about the role of science and technology in our society. And there is the 28-hectare (69-acre) park, an integral part of the exhibition space, where visitors become explorers.

The Palogne Estate ( near Durbuy)

Palogne is  at the gateway of the Ardennes and offers a remarkable and natural site. Nature, outdoors activities, museum,... So many things to discover in one place! Enjoy the falconry show or go for a walk, take a drink at terrace while kids play on the playground. Don't miss to visit the fortified castle and discover the Golden Goat Secret! Aventure, History and fun are in the Palogne Estate.

 

Walibi Wavre

Walibi is a Belgian theme park located in Wavre, close to Brussels. With more than 50 attractions, this amusement park is perfect to enjoy and have fun with your family. 7 roller coasters and 2 water rides will give you the leisure you need.

 

 

Castle Expedition

Chateau de Bouillon (Bouillon)
The castle-fortress of Bouillon is one of the most ancient and interesting remains of feudalism in Belgium with the first fortifications thought to go back as far as the 8th century. The castle-fortress of Bouillon was built on three rocky outcrops overhanging the Semois river and is characterized by a labyrinth of corridors and huge vaulted halls.
Castle of Les Comtes de Marchin (Modave)
Beautiful castle, situated on a rock, with some sections dating to the 13th century.
Other Castles