Brussels for kids and teenagers : annual activities  

Looking for ideas for family outings? Good news, all year round, Brussels offers tons of exciting activities! 

Whether you are on your own, with your brother or sister or part of a large family, and whether there is rain or sunshine, Brussels remains an inexhaustible source of activities for children. The city has lots in store for all tastes and ages: activities, discoveries, exhibitions, shows... Parents will have plenty of choice to keep their kids busy, to introduce them to art and see them making beautiful discoveries!  

In early spring, circuses, shows and children's activities take over the streets and parks of the city. Brussels has its playful activities at the Iris Festival, and the multi-coloured Zinneke Parade; while Sortilège, the medieval adventure game, will immerse young and old in a fantastic medieval experience. 

Enjoy summer by taking a relaxing break with your children. Take them to the beach at Bruxelles les Bains, or to one of the countless playgrounds in the many parks Brussels has to offer. 

In September, a perfect antidote to cure the autumn blues is the Brussels Comic Strip Festival. Or Bruxelles Champêtre, where the countryside takes over the city. And beware of the Halloween witches, who take out their broomsticks in the 4 corners of the capital. 

And in winter: let us stay warm on the carousels, the Ferris wheel, and the ice rink with lots of hot chocolate, all the pleasures of the Winter Wonders!  

Discover a selection of must-see events for the whole family in Brussels throughout the year, on your agenda! 

  • September

  • Take your Smurfs to the Brussels Comic Strip Festival. Transform them into brave knights and beautiful princesses from the Middle Ages at the Romanesque Festivals of Wolubilis.
    Go to the ADAM to show them design fit for children by Kartell, at the Play the Game exhibition. And for school outings, the free exhibition Le Patrimoine? Un jeu d'enfant! at the Halles st Géry is ideal to introduce schoolchildren to the richness of Brussels' heritage. 

  • October

  • Go (re)explore the miniature universe of the dollhouses of yesteryear at the Welcome to Little Life Family Day at Porte de Hal.
    Take your little ones - and their favourite teddy bears - to the brand new Teddy & Bear exhibition at the Museum of Natural Sciences. 
     The Children's Museum offers wings to all children with its new exhibition Wings to grow up... And the Halloween spirits will come back to haunt Sortilège, and many other corners of Brussels. Are you scared yet ?  

  • November

  • Embark on an adventurous journey through music and fun activities at the Big Bang Festival in Bozar. Enjoy the best of Belgian and international theatre for all audiences at the EXPORT/IMPORT Festival organised by BRONKS.
    Young art lovers can visit the Kunstendag voor Kinderen. And above all, rejoice: hot chocolate, carousels and the Winter Wonders ice rink are coming back! 

  • April

  • Brussels is steadily making a name for itself in the world of circus, that much is clear. In April Hopla will be taking over the neighbourhood around place Sainte Catherine. Free activities and entertainment, along with shows by circus artists await; who can resist? 

    You must come from a galaxy far far away if you don't see the attraction of the Star Wars saga. From April to September, Belgian and international fans can marvel at costumes, props and other relics from the cult series thanks to STAR WARS™ Identities.

    The I love Science Festival, Brussels' brand new science festival is a must for children and adults alike. Finally you'll know how science impacts your daily life and how in the future it will reveal even more.

    A bonus tip for those who are looking for an ecologically responsible outdoor activity: from 11 April, kids and adults can head to Le Sortilège for an exciting adventure straight out of the Middle Ages!

  • May

  • Brussels is in party mode in May as it celebrates the Iris Festival, the Brussels-Capital Region's diverse and free birthday party! Then one week later, it's time to join in the fun, once again, for the Zinneke Parade.

  • June

  • From 9 June our favourite little blue characters will be celebrating their 60th birthday in Brussels in style! To mark the occasion, they will be moving their village to the capital for 6 months thanks to the Schtroumpf Experience

    The Carolus Family Day, is a fun chance to discover Charles V and his palace, but also learn about the origins of Belgium and Europe.

    And we’ve saved the best for last: June sees the return of SuperVliegSuperMouche, the fantastic children’s festival where all your little ones can let loose and have fun in Brussels!

  • July - August

  • From 6 July to 12 August, Bruxelles-les Bains returns to its summer quarters along the banks of the Brussels canal. It’s THE summer event for all, with its palm trees, warm sand, its terraces, its relaxing sun loungers and a whole host of activities: music, dance, sport... it’s party time!

    From 23 to 26 August, the Théâtres Nomades festival puts up its marquees in Brussels Park for the 12th time. Puppets, street theatre, acrobats, jugglers and musicians share with you their love of performance, their appreciation of others and the art of living together. It’s a unique human experience that’s free of charge!

    On 25 and 26 August, the Brussels Games Festival will transform Cinquantenaire Park into a gigantic games area for all! Whether you’re an amateur, just curious or completely hooked, bring your family and (re)discover the joy of playing together. Fun is guaranteed!

    To make sure you don’t miss any of the family activities on offer this summer, dowload our brochure