Fun things to do with your kids in Antwerp
Many kids enjoy Flandria boat trips and riding the Peerdentram.
Old fashioned coach drawn by 2 Brabant horses. Does a 40 minute tour of the old city center
Walking to Linkerover through the St. Annatunnel underneath the Scheldt is also a big hit. Linkerover is also one of the attractions in Antwerp that is great for families with children. Although the water is too polluted for swimming the sand is perfect for sandcastles and there is an elaborate nautical playground and an outdoor swimming pool.
Kids will definitely enjoy chocolate elaborately molded into fun forms and of course which munchkin can say no to a Belgian Waffle with whipped cream, ice cream and strawberries.
Antwerp TOP 5 FOR KIDS
2. Aquatopia, Antwerp’s aquarium, is a two-floor adventure through various water environments found throughout the world. This brand new complex has 35 aquariums featuring a fascinating collection of exotic fish and animals in their natural biotope. Sharks, piranhas, stingrays and octopuses.
3. Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates’ Island is housed in an old warehouse, which has been renovated and transformed into an indoor paradise for children aged from 2 to 12 years.
Free admission for accompanying adults
4. Antwerp in miniature
A model of Antwerp on a scale of 1:87 with scale models of ships, which sail along a miniature version of the Scheldt.
This park is also known as Mini-Antwerpen, and the name says it all. Most of Antwerp can be found here, replicated on a kid-friendly scale. The history of Antwerp is displayed through seven galleries and by means of light and sound shows. Tours in English are available upon request, and end with a sound-and-sights show (in Flemish) recounting the history of the city.
Some of the highlights of a visit to the miniature town include a workshop where builders produce exact copies of Antwerp's buildings, a gallery where the history of miniatures can be viewed and Snail Country, an exhibit of snails from all over the world.
Open hours: Every day from 10 am to 6 pm.
Always closed on:
Getting there: Tram 6/34; Bus: 23
5. Pancake Boat
Hourly departures from the Steenplein at 12, 13:30, 15 and 16:30.
Adults: 11.50 €
Kids travel for free on the train and many hotels have special offers for children.
If you are looking for babysitters try Gezinsbond, a family oriented organization with centers around Flanders. They charge €2.50 to 3 per hour in the day /evening, or 15 for overnight service. The only catch is that you must be a member (€ 30 annual fee) to use the service.
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