Fun things to do with your kids in Antwerp

Kids are adored in child friendly Belgium. Belgium is full of theme parks and has excellent child oriented museums, sandy coast line, cycling routes, nature excursions, annual fairs, circuses with life animals and a load of high quality playgrounds.

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Many kids enjoy Flandria boat trips and riding the Peerdentram.

Peerdentram
Hourly from Grote Market
€ 5 from noon April to October.



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.

Many parks have playgrounds and museums often cater to their young visitors too.

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

1. Now 163 year old Antwerp Zoo is a not too be missed part of a visit to Antwerp, especially but not only if one is visiting with children.

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
Go on an exciting adventure with pirate Krikkebeen and explore the wild seas.

Pirateneiland
Kribbestraat 12, 2000 Antwerpen
03213.50.60

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.

Opening hours:
Wednesdays: 12 am - 6 pm
Thursdays and Fridays: 9.30 am - 4 pm
Belgian school holidays: daily from 11 am - 6 pm
July and August, open from wednesday until Sunday from 11 am - 6 pm
September: weekends only, from 11 am to 6 pm
weekends and bank holidays: 11 am - 6 pm

Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays during the school year

Rate:
kids: 9 euro for the whole day
kids on Thursdays and Fridays: 7.50 euro for the whole day
during school days
cafeteria will be closed

Free admission for accompanying adults


4. Antwerp in miniature
Antwerp Miniature Town
Hangar 15a
Scheldekaai
B-2000 Antwerp
Belgium
http://www.miniatuurstad.be

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:
New Year's Day (January 1)
Christmas - Christian (December 25)

Admission
Adult: 6.50 Euro
Group discounts: 5.00 Euro
Senior: 5.00 Euro
Child 12 under: 5.00 Euro
Child 6 under: 1.50 Euro
Child 4 under: FREE

Getting there: Tram 6/34; Bus: 23
Typical Visit: 1 hour 30 minutes


5. Pancake Boat
pannenkoekenboot
Eating pancakes and sailing along the Antwerp skyline.
Every Sunday and Special Holidays
Tickets and information available on board and in dutch on www. Janplezier.be

Hourly departures from the Steenplein at 12, 13:30, 15 and 16:30.

Adults: 11.50 €
Children: 9.50 €
Groups of 15 or more: 9.50 €

TIPS

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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