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Activities for Kids (and Parents) in Brussels, Belgium

By alison - February 15, 2013 (Updated: November 19, 2014)

Fun things to do with kids in Brussels, Belgium

We uncover what to do with kids in Brussels

New expat moms often ask me what activities are available for kids in Brussels, Belgium. Not being a parent myself, I was always at a loss for advice. So, I decided to ask the experts – the expat Moms themselves.

They pulled through with some great advice we share, in their words, below. We’ve also compiled a list of blogs and resources for parents in Belgium, at the bottom of this post.

Stephanie Manasseh – Founder of the Accessible Art Fair and Mom to daughters aged 7 and 4.

I love taking my kids to Park Georges Henri in Woluwe St Lambert. The park is small enough for them to run around without worrying too much about them going astray. There is a nice flat area for them to cycle in and some great green space for picnics in warmer weather.

They built a fantastic sandbox with climbing frames, swings, and slides for the bigger kids and there is a smaller area for smaller ones nearby. There is an area for parents to sit and often people end up chatting, so it’s a great place to meet people! Capoue, which serves up the best ice cream in Brussels is nearby.

I also like taking them to Cook and Book where it’s kids friendly. There is a great big space out front for kids to play and burn off some energy!

Nicole Gustafsson – Writes about her ‘beautiful adventure in Brussels’ at Life of Bear and Dragon, which includes loads of great ideas for parents. She’s Mom to a 1-year-old daughter.

If your best time of day falls in the afternoon then it doesn’t get better than Maison Ouverte in Woluwe Saint Lambert. Easily accessible by metro, Maison Ouverte sports a beautiful playroom with space for both those working on tummy time and those perfecting their chalkboard artistry. Friendly staff, shiny new toys and good company make this my go to spot for weekdays in Brussels. Read more about Maison Ouvert on Nicole’s blog.

Maison Ouverte in Woluwe Saint Lambert

Maison Ouverte in Woluwe Saint Lambert (Photos by Nicole Gustafsson)

Apolina Fos – Creator of the delicious Bombay- Bruxelles food and recipe blog.

There are two museums that stand out for kids: the Musée des Sciences Naturelles (at Léopold) and the Children’s Museum.

Dinosaurs Galore at the Musée des Sciences Naturelles, Brussels

Dinosaurs Galore at the Musée des Sciences Naturelles, Brussels (Photo by Ben2 via Wiki)

There are also several indoor playgrounds: Funny Club (ages 1-10) at 7 Place J.B. Degrooff in Woluwé. [You can find a listing and ratings of other indoor playgrounds at Le Petit Moutard]

Otherwise, long walks in the Soignies forest, or in one of the parks in Brussels is our favourite way of passing time.

For older kids, there’s the Poseidon Sports complex, which has a skating ring that keeps them occupied if they still have the energy after swimming. [Children’s swimming classes are available here from ages 3+]

Sandra Amorim – Writes about ‘the Adventure of having children in Brussels’ at BXL Sprout, a fantastic resource for parents in Brussels. She’s Mom to two boys, 3 years and 8 months.

Technopolis – Technologielaan, 2800 Mechelen – Just a 20min drive from Brussels, Technopolis is a truly hands-on science centre which caters to just about all age groups. Inside the big complex you can find The Children’s Science Centre (TCSC), for ages 4-8 – but don’t let this put you off if you have younger children; my 3yo son loves this place. Inside TCSC you find an entire town, with a working crane to build a house, an ambulance with working sirens, vegetable patch, pizzeria, garage and a bank where you can even print your own money with your picture on the bills! This area is closed to visitors without small children and the button to open the doors from the inside is out of children’s reach, so they are in a safe, age-appropriate area where they can wander freely without the fear of getting lost. Within the area there is also a child-friendly restroom with changing table. Don’t forget to have a look at the rest of the centre. Both my 3yo and 8mo love the water elephant near the cafeteria!

Technopolis - Plenty for children to discover

Technopolis – Plenty for children to discover

Not sure what to do with older kids, in Brussels? Back in 2011, we had a great guest post from Brussels expat Janice, on 5 Teen-Friendly Activities In and Around Brussels.

Here is a great map of indoor activities for parents and children, created by one of our readers.

Need even more advice and inspiration on what to do with your kids in Belgium? Here are some more resources and blogs for expat parents in Belgium:

Do you have a favourite activity you do with your kids in Belgium? Have a blog or resource we should add to our list? Leave your advice in the comments below.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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12 comments

  1. Comment by Anna

    Anna February 18, 2013 at 11:49

    You are great! Thanks a lot for the ideas 🙂

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison February 18, 2013 at 12:22

      Our pleasure Anna!

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  3. Comment by Greet

    Greet March 3, 2013 at 18:16

    I don’t know in how far this is part of other cultures, but in Belgium children often have weekly activities, like soccer, ballet, scouting, music lessons, … That might help to keep the kids busy, too (especially on the weekend) 🙂 In my younger years, I did KSJ (something like scouting), piano lessons and later also drum lessons, a book reading club, a chess club and probably more (not all at the same time though).

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison March 4, 2013 at 11:39

      This is definitely true of North American kids as well, at least for the older ones. It certainly seems like there are plenty of options!

  4. Comment by Lisa

    Lisa March 9, 2013 at 21:19

    Hello,

    Here are my recommended activities for kids in Brussels.

    1. Top of the list is Sortilège http://www.sortilege.be/ located in Neder over Hembeek
    You play a mediaeval game composed of different kinds of challenges. Brilliant for all ages between 5 and 15 in a wonderful forest setting and fun for adults too. You can easily spend a day there.
    2. Good for rainy days is Stardust http://www.stardustpark.be/index.php/en/ located in Forrest
    There are various climbing, jumping, sliding activities and cars and trains for 2 – 12 year olds.
    The good points are supervision by staff and a glass walled restaurant serving decent pizzas, which means that adults can take a few magazines and read in peace while children happily use up their energy.
    3. When the weather is good, rent a rowing boat at the Chalet Robinson http://www.chaletrobinson.be/ in the Bois de la Cambre, before having an afternoon waffle on the island amidst free-roaming rabbits and geese.
    4. Something I haven’t tried, but will do soon is ww.gemotions.be/jeu-104-bruxelles-insolite
    It is a trip around the more unusual points of interest in the centre of Brussels with clues to seek and puzzles to solve in order to receive the next clue by sms on your phone. Not just for kids!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison March 10, 2013 at 12:27

      Wow! Great tips Lisa! More great ideas for Moms and Dads in Belgium. Thank you!

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    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison June 3, 2013 at 10:57

      Thanks for that Alexandra! Another fun resource for parents.

  6. Comment by Ruby

    Ruby July 26, 2013 at 15:08

    i would like to find activities within Brussels maybe a lil ways out (metro accesible only) for 3year olds….my daughter just turned 3 and i don’t have a car to go driving off to areas lol.

    could you please help with that?

    thank you

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison July 26, 2013 at 15:17

      Hi Ruby, I would strongly suggest checking out the bloggers who contributed to this post. Their blogs have tons of great ideas for activities with kids. They have much more experience than us non-parents 🙂

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