Traveling with Children

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Children introduce unique challenges to travel planning, but luckily Belgium is a destination that is easy and safe to explore with kids. The following are some things to consider that can make your family’s experience in Belgium smoother, cheaper and more enjoyable.

Admission Fees and Fares for Children

Belgium is a family-friendly destination with many attractions offering reduced or free admission for children. The majority of museums and cultural sites grant free entrance to individuals under the age of 18, while those aged 18 to 26 often have discounted rates. It’s a good idea to check the official websites of the places you plan to visit for accurate information on admission fees and discounts.

Family-Friendly Tourist Destinations

Find below a short list of child-friendly tourist attractions:

Atomium: This iconic building in Brussels is not only an architectural marvel but also a hands-on interactive museum that children will adore.

Mini-Europe: Located next to the Atomium, Mini-Europe features miniature replicas of famous European landmarks, offering a unique and educational experience for kids.

Comic Strip Center: Belgium is famous for its comics, and this center in Brussels celebrates the art form with engaging exhibits that are sure to captivate young imaginations.

Museum of Natural Sciences: In the largest Dinosaur Gallery in Europe, kids can meet the famous Bernissart Iguanodons, T.rex, Triceratops, Diplodocus, and 34 other species.

Brussels Park: Let the kids run around in Brussels Park in the city center of Brussels.

Bruges Boat Ride: Take a leisurely boat ride along the picturesque canals, visit the chocolate shops, and explore the Boudewijn Seapark for a fun-filled family day.

Antwerp Zoo: One of the oldest zoos in the world, Antwerp Zoo is a perfect place to introduce kids to various animals while enjoying lush surroundings. The zoo is just next to the Antwerp Central train station.

Plopsaland De Panne: A theme park based on popular Belgian children’s characters like Plop the Gnome, offering rides and attractions suitable for various age groups.

Public Transportation

The country’s well-connected train, metro, and bus networks provide a convenient and affordable way to explore cities with children. Many cities also offer special family tickets that allow for cost-effective travel, so be sure to inquire about these options when purchasing your tickets.

Not that the first-class train carriage in Belgium is designed to provide a tranquil environment, which may not be as accommodating for families with noisy children.

Accommodation for Families

Hotels in Belgium generally charge by the room, however they limit the occupancy of each room. Children under twelve are usually allowed to co-sleep with a parent or another child. While triple and quadruple rooms are sometimes difficult to be found in major cities, extra beds and cots are available at many hotels for an additional fee. Each hotel varies on their specific policies regarding children, so please contact your hotel for more information.

Nursing and Public Toilets

Most major tourist areas, museums, and transportation hubs provide dedicated nursing and baby-changing facilities. Public toilets are usually clean and well-maintained, making it easier for parents to care for their little ones on the go.