Are you coming to Brussels with your family? What a great idea! There are so many things to do and discover that we decided to make things easy for you and put together a fun-packed programme: explore the city, visit a museum and enjoy a tasty takeaway lunch.
Day 1: exploring the historical centre with the family
Are you a family of early birds? Brussels is at its most beautiful in the early hours. Even the tiniest eyes open wide at the sight of the Grand-Place. Is Manneken-Pis dressed yet? Admire his wonderful wardrobe at the GardeRobe MannekenPis museum. Don't forget to look up as you stroll through the streets; you'll be walking by many comic book murals in the city centre.
After a brisk walk through the historical centre, you'll probably be feeling quite hungry. Luckily, there are several great addresses in the city centre where you can pick up a delicious, healthy and child-friendly bite to eat. For lunch, we recommend the fresh spring rolls at Knees to Chin or one of the delicious veggie wraps from Maha. Dessert is just around the corner at Gaston's, where they make divine artisanal ice cream and waffles. Bon appetit!
Time for a healthy dose of culture. Visit one of Brussels' many fine museums. Those with a sweet tooth will adore a visit of Choco Story. Mont des Arts is positively heaving with museums, each organising fun activities for children. At the Coudenberg, you will be transported back to the Middle Ages and discover countless hidden treasures as you take part in an underground hunt through the former palace of Charles V.
- The BELvue Museum: discover the history and little secrets that have made Belgium what it is today!
- The MiM: Have you got a future musical star in your family? The Musical Instrument Museum is the ideal place to listen to and discover a large number of instruments. The beautiful Art Nouveau building in which it is housed is worth a visit in itself!
While you're in the neighbourhood, why not pop by the Royal Palace to see if the king is at home? Just opposite lies Brussels Park which has a lovely playground. It's the perfect place for your kids to stretch their legs after visiting a museum.
Day 2: strolling through child-friendly Ixelles
The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences is a big hit with children. You feel very small there among the gigantic dinosaurs. In the temporary exhibitions, you'll learn all about the evolution of mankind and biodiversity. After your visit, grab some chips from the world-famous Maison Antoine chip shop, only a few minutes' walk from the museum.
The Children's Museum is a tailor-made museum for children aged 6 to 10. And you can rest assured, toddlers are free to walk around and touch everything! You'll never be bored here thanks to their exhibitions and cooking, reading and theatre workshops. If you're hungry, then not far from the children's museum, you'll find Poki Poke (poke bowls) and My Tannour (Syrian). Other tasty child-friendly eateries in Ixelles that we highly recommend are RAMBO (hamburgers), Marcella (pizza) and Bintje (chips).
Do you still have a little time left? Then take the number 92 tram to Schaerbeek Station and discover TrainWorld, the Belgian railway museum. The scenography is stunning, providing a wonderful moment of escapism for young and old. Would you rather stay in the centre? Then you should definitely consider a visit to the Comics Art Museum, where you'll find a large collection of comic books and miniatures. Want to visit Europe without the hassle of cumbersome suitcases? Then head to Mini-Europe at the foot of the. The kids will love it! Other worthwhile and very child-friendly visits are Autoworld, the Military museum and the Halle Gate.
Our selection of playgrounds where your kids can let of some steam:
Our top 5 family brunches:
Our selection family-friendly hotels:
- Yooma Urban Lodge (for lovers of comic strip) - 4*
- Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie - 4*
- Made in Louise - 3*
- Appart'City Confort Bruxelles Centre Gare du Midi - Apart'hotel
- Meininger Hotel Bruxelles City Center - 3*
- Meininger Hotel Bruxelles Gare du Midi – 3*
- Citadines (Toison d’Or / Ste Catherine) - Apart'hotel
- FunKey Hotel - 2*
- Jam Hotel - 3*
- Hygge - 3*
- La Maison Haute - B&B
- Sleep Well - Hostel
- Generation Europe - Hostel
- Jacques Brel - Hostel