Brussels has everything you need for a great summer and fun times with the family. Between a visit to a museum, a show or a walk in one of the capital's many green spaces, the choice is endless. We've put together a selection of our favourite 10 Brussels outings to enjoy with your children this summer!
1. Hello Summer! This is the City of Brussels' summer programme. It includes loads of activities that will bring a bit of culture to as many places as possible, including concerts, entertainment, small shows and the Brussels Sport Days (every Saturday until 14 August in different parks and squares each time). Click here for the full Hello Summer programme. Events include a Guignolet puppet show in Brussels Park, a puppet-making workshop and the Vaux-Hall Summer Games. There's also fun evenings with games (board games, role-playing, etc.). This summer, come down to Meudon Park in Neder-Over-Heembeek for the Insifon puppet festival, or attend the Théâtres Nomades Festival in the Bois de la Cambre, which presents performing arts shows (theatre, circus, storytelling, etc.).
New horizons to explore
2. Summer in Brussels sees the return of the capital’s numerous guinguette popup bars in the parks: Maurice, Gisèle, Henri, Jeanne… They welcome you for a drink and a bite to eat, but also to offer you little activities: mini concerts, dance or yoga sessions, storytelling... There's lots of possibilities for a bit of fun family time. We love the Fabiola Ginguette in King Baudouin Park because of its incredible playground!
3. Looking to get out of the city centre? Then take a trip to Anderlecht! There's lots to do in the west of Brussels this summer: in July and August, the area is host to two openair swimming pools! Flow, welcomes you along the canal, by the Biestebroeck basin, on rue de la Petite île (bus 84, metro SaintGuidon) and then there's the Mayfair swimming pond in Neerpede (tram 81 and bus 46). Between the Studio CityGate and the Pierre Marchant bridge, you and your children can enjoy the new, carfree leisure zone and maybe stop at the Circle Park for a game of paddle or table tennis. You can also enjoy the entertainment and short street theatre shows every Saturday afternoon in July and August. Click here for the complete programming.
4. Forest has also gone into "summer" mode, and Buvette ABŸ is the place to be: outdoor games, board games, exhibitions by Forest artists, yoga classes, storytelling, etc. Every Sunday morning, there's a little parentchild dance class!
Museums and attractions await!
5. Are your children mad about cars, trains and planes? Take them to sit in race car at Autoworld, in the cabin of an old train at Train World or in the cockpit of a fighter jet at the War Heritage Institute! Are they hooked? Then take it up a notch with a trip on a 1930s tram at the Brussels Tram Museum or on the miniature Petit Train à Vapeur passenger train in Forest. If they want to climb high above the city, then a trip on The View on Place Poelaert is a must.
6. MiniEurope offers visitors the chance to travel to all for corners of the European continent and take in its cities and monuments. Discover the openair route and admire the models of buildings and thousands of figurines.
7. Are your children fascinated by space? Take them to the Planetarium in Laeken. They’ll discover the stars and the planets, thanks to an immersive experience, sat in armchairs under a dome. Staying with the science theme, the Museum of Natural Sciences is a mustvisit: discover life-size dinosaur skeletons and naturalised animals. Summer courses and activities are also organised for children.
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8. Your children already know football and basketball, but have they tried Pump Track? Grab your bikes and do some laps of the BXL Pump Park in Laeken. Don’t worry, for smaller daredevils there’s also a Kids Track. See U in Ixelles also has its own velodrome!
9. Brussels is a veritable playground for your children, so treat them to some fun challenges while you (re-)discover the city centre together: find the hidden rabbit statues in Egmont Park and stop off at La Fabrique en Ville, take a photo with the snake statue at the entrance to the Choco-Story museum and have a family reunion with Brussels' friendly pissers: Manneken, Jeanneke, Zinneke. Help them take on the small Muntpunt challenges (NL) or try some safe stunts along the Hoodie Tocht door Brussel (NL) route. Do your children like comic books? Then set off with them to find the 45 murals along the comic strip trail in the city centre! You could also follow a guide who will present the murals and tell you all about the history of the ninth art. And if you want to discover even more murals, check out the 10 or so walls in Laeken and Haeren. If you want to learn more about comics, visit the Comics Art Museum or discover the collection of comic book figurines in the MOOF Museum. Take your children on one last challenge at the Sortilège in Neder-Over-Heembeek: experience a medieval fantasy adventure in nature and solve riddles and overcome challenges to complete your quest!
10. If your little ones are nature and animal lovers, then a trip to Ferme du Chant des Cailles for a healthy dose of cute fluffy sheep and a ewe’s milk ice cream is in order. More furry friends await at Ferme Nos Pilifs and Ferme Maximilien. To enjoy time with animals differently, cross the Bois de la Cambre lake on a barge and have a pancake at Chalet Robinson. Once you've polished off your sweet snack, join the ducks on the lake in a boat or pedalo.
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