Have you ever felt like you'd like to be an adventurer, but you've just never taken the plunge? No time? No ideas? No more excuses! You can explore Brussels on the tram, by bike, on a scooter or on foot… so off we go!
Hop on the tram to Tervuren Park
To reach this large green area - one of the gateways to the magnificent Sonian Forest - take tram 44 to Tervuren Station. This route is one of the most bucolic in Brussels, crossing through part of the forest and is an adventure in itself! Once you arrive at your destination, your children can run around to their hearts' content in Tervuren Park! If they look closely, they might discover some of the vestiges of the estate's heyday, when it had a castle to rival the Coudenberg Palace in central Brussels!
A whole host of discoveries on two wheels
Stretch your legs during a bike ride by following the two routes prepared by ProVelo!
Their booklet "Ruines, animaux et jardins cachés" (Ruins, animals and hidden gardens) accompanies you along a 30km route (allow about 3 hours), through Uccle, Watermael and Etterbeek.
"La Route des Parcs " (the Parks Route) is a 20km route that takes you through the most beautiful parks in the northwest of Brussels. King Baudouin Park and the Parc de la Jeunesse cover more than 100 hectares of nature in the Brussels-Capital Region!
Learn all about Brussels and its architecture.
Do you like Art Nouveau and Art Deco, or older architecture? Does the often random urbanisation of Brussels surprise you? In short, are you a fan of urban exploration who wants to share it with your children? Then try an urban exploration game, it couldn't be simpler! No need to go very far, start in your neighbourhood and have fun observing the details of certain facades! If you want to impress everyone with your knowledge, check out the discovery tours from the Classes du Patrimoine! They can be downloaded from their website. Most of them can be found in the educational resources chapter, under "styles".
Awaken your senses in a stunning garden!
How about trying a new way of discovering nature? The Jardin des Sens in Anderlecht was initially designed with visually impaired citizens in mind but is open to all (open from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 to 16:00). The discovery of this garden is centred on visitors’ senses of smell (scented plants), hearing (water games and elements), touch (characteristic plants) and taste (edible plants). It's a lovely way to introduce your children to plants!
Go green in the city!
The Kauwberg in Uccle lets you forget that you are in the city... It's a semi-natural urban area of 53 hectares, which has been recognised as a green zone, making it protected. This vast area was spared from development in the 1960s, as it was destined to become a major motorway junction linking Brussels' Ring Road to the Uccle-Waterloo axis. But neighbourhood committees objected to this plan and campaigned heavily for it to be abandoned. To enjoy the place in a more playful way, follow the Rallye du Kauwberg route.
Art in the metro!
Brussels’ metro network is a veritable museum! You’ll find all kinds of artworks here: paintings, sculptures, photos, etc. Wrapped up warm and dry at home, enjoy Brussels’ largest art exhibition!