Brussels, the capital of Europe, is an ideal destination for a family holiday. With its unique blend of culture, history and entertainment, there's always something to discover. Here are some of the must-do family activities in Brussels, with opening times and prices.


1. Visit the Atomium

The Atomium is one of the most emblematic symbols of Brussels. This unique structure, built for the 1958 Universal Exhibition, offers a breathtaking view of the city. Children will love exploring the different spheres and interactive exhibits inside.

- Address: Square de l'Atomium, 1020 Brussels

- Opening times: Every day from 10am to 6pm.

- Price: Adults €16, students €14, children (aged 6-17) €8.50, under 6s free.


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2. Discover Mini-Europe

Located right next to the Atomium, Mini-Europe is a miniature park featuring replicas of famous monuments from all over Europe. It's a great opportunity for children to learn about different European countries while having fun.

- Address: Avenue du Football 1, 1020 Brussels

- Opening times: Every day from 9.30am to 6pm (times may vary depending on the season).

- Price: Adults €17.30, students €16.20, children (aged 4-11) €12.40, under-4s free.

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3. Walking in the Parc du Cinquantenaire

The Parc du Cinquantenaire is a magnificent green space where families can relax and enjoy nature. It is also home to several museums, including the Musée de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire, perfect for history buffs.

- Address: Avenue de la Renaissance, 1000 Brussels

- Park opening times: Open every day from 8am to 10pm.

- Museum opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm.

- Museum prices: Free admission.

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4. Explore the Museum of Natural Sciences

The Natural Science Museum is a fascinating place for children and adults alike. With its impressive dinosaur collections and interactive exhibitions, this museum offers an educational and entertaining experience for all the family.

- Address: Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels

- Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm, weekends 10am to 6pm.

- Price: Adults €7, students €5, children (aged 4-17) €4.50, under-4s free.

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5. Enjoy waffles and Belgian chocolate

No trip to Brussels would be complete without sampling the local delicacies. Children (and adults) will love sampling crispy Belgian waffles and artisanal Belgian chocolate. Be sure to visit the many chocolate shops and waffle stands dotted around the city. Here are a few must-visit addresses:


- Maison Dandoy: Rue au Beurre 31, 1000 Brussels

- Pierre Marcolini: Rue des Minimes 1, 1000 Brussels

- Neuhaus: Galerie de la Reine 25, 1000 Brussels

- Leonidas: Place du Grand Sablon 46, 1000 Brussels

Waffle stands:

- Vitalgaufre: Galerie Agora 48, 1000 Brussels

- Gaufres de Bruxelles: Rue de l'Etuve 31, 1000 Brussels

- Maison Dandoy (for waffles) : Rue Charles Buls 14, 1000 Brussels

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6. Take a boat trip on the canals

For a different perspective on the city, take a boat cruise on the canals of Brussels. It's a relaxing way to see the main sights and learn more about the city's history.

- Address: Quai des Péniches, 1000 Brussels

- Opening times: Cruises are generally available from 10am to 6pm, but times may vary depending on the season.

- Price: Adults €8, students €7, children (aged 3-12) €5, under-3s free.

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7. Take part in a comic strip workshop

Brussels is the comic strip capital of Europe. Families can take part in comic strip workshops where children can create their own characters and stories. The Comic Strip Museum is also a fantastic place to visit.

- Address: Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Brussels

- Museum opening times: Every day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

-Price: Adults €10, students €7, children (aged 6-12) €3.50, free for children under 6.

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8. Fun at Bruparck Amusement Park

Bruparck is an amusement park offering a variety of rides and activities for children of all ages. With its IMAX cinema, aquatic centre and numerous games, Bruparck is an ideal place for a day of family fun.

- Address: Boulevard du Centenaire, 1020 Brussels

- Opening times: Times vary depending on the attractions, but the park is generally open from 10am to 6pm.

- Price: Varies according to attraction.

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 9. Discover history at the BELvue Museum

The BELvue Museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of Belgium. With its interactive exhibitions, this museum is an excellent way for children to learn while having fun.

- Address: Place des Palais 7, 1000 Brussels

- Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm, weekends 10am to 6pm.

- Price: Adults €7, students €5, children (aged 6-18) €5, under 6s free.

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10. Puppet shows at the Théâtre de Toone

The Théâtre de Toone offers traditional puppet shows that delight young and old alike. It's a unique cultural activity that lets you discover an important part of Belgium's heritage.

- Address: Rue du Marché aux Herbes 66, 1000 Brussels

- Opening times: Shows take place in the evening, times may vary.

- Price: Adults €12, children €8.

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Brussels is full of activities for families. Whether you're interested in history, culture or just fun and entertainment, there's something for everyone. Plan your visit and discover all that this vibrant city has to offer.


For a comfortable stay in a great location, consider staying at our Alma Grand Place or Aris Grand Place hotels. You'll be at the heart of all the attractions, perfect for making the most of your stay with the family.