Brussels has so much more to offer than the Grand-Place and the Manneken-Pis. Join us and discover three neighbourhoods - outside of the city centre - that are great to visit with the kids.
In all four corners of the city, there's something for everyone. Here we tell you all about the best playgrounds, green spaces, fun exhibitions and museums, cute boutiques and spots for a little afternoon snack!
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The Heysel plateau hosts large green spaces and the Atomium, the shiniest symbol of the capital! But there is more to the area than this amazing atom. Here, you can travel through Europe in the blink of an eye, discover an intriguing collection of plastic design or sit back and gaze at the stars. There's plenty to fill a beautiful summer day!
- Take your children (even the youngest) to the Planétarium and introduce them to astronomy.
- Be amazed by the colourful and intruiging collection of the Design Museum Brussels.
- Gaze in wonder at the meticulous miniature reconstructions of the most emblematic sites on the continent at Mini Europe.
- Go for a nice stroll along the paths of Osseghem Park, Sobieski Park and the Florist's Garden.
- Climb the Atomium and marvel at the incredible view from the top!
- Take your little knights and princesses to Sortilège, for an exciting medieval adventure!
Transport: Metro line 6 / trams 7 – 14 – 19 – 83, stops: Heysel-Heizel or Stuyvenbergh
Tour & Taxis
Ferme Parc Maximilien CC BY-NC-ND Damien Fournier
The Tour & Taxis site is located along Brussels' canal, just a few minutes from the centre of the capital and it is more than worth a visit! This former industrial site, with its huge 20th century warehouses has recently undergone a complete renovation. It's now home to shops, restaurants, work spaces, exhibitions and events. Go there to:
- Visit the Bel Expo exhibition, an interactive adventure in which you imagine the city of the future.
- Run until your heart's content in the park and discover the activities on offer at Parckfarm.
- Enjoy an open-air cinema session on the largest screen in Europe.
- Feed the sheep at Ferme Maximilien, a stone's throw from Tour & Taxis, on the other side of the canal
- Have some fun at l'Allée du Kaai playing ping pong, pétanque, pannasoccer... you choose!
Transport: Metro lines 2 and/or 6 – stops: Pannenhuis, Belgica or Ribaucourt
You have arrived in one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Brussels. It plays host to many restaurants, trendy bars and beautiful design and clothing shops. You'll find plenty to do here with your family. Follow the guide and:
- Get some fresh air at Tenbosch Park, a little green paradise, with a playground and sand pit, nestled in the heart of the neighbourhood.
- Let your children loose in the Renier Chalon playground, two streets away.
- Head to the Framboisier Doré, for the best ice cream in the area.
- Lose yourself in the shelves of second-hand bookshop PêleMêle, then try a little sweet treat or pastry at Garage à Manger.
- Take a peak inside the home and Art Nouveau workshop of Victor Horta and discover the fascinating universe of this master architect.
- Give yourself a fright with the pleasantly terrifying collections of the Fantastic Art Museum.
- Pop into the neighbourhood's beautiful boutiques and find the perfect gift for your little ones: Boucle d’Or, Oliwood Toys, Hopono and Baby Paradise by Les Petits Riens.
Transport: Trams 8, 54, 81, 92, 93 & 97 / Bus 38 & 60: stops Bailli-Baljuw, Vleurgat, Janson