Antwerp with children

Antwerp is a great place to visit with your children, with no shortage of fun and relaxing activities. Here are nine activities for you and your kids that you shouldn’t miss.

1. Boat trips

Experience the activity in the port from close up, enjoy a unique view of the docks and locks or discover the Antwerp skyline on the Scheldt. A boat trip is always fun and relaxing.

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2. See the animals in the city

Antwerp Zoo is one of the oldest in the world, and the most popular attraction in the country. Aquatopia is one of Europe’s largest sea life centres. Guaranteed fun!

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3. To the market

Antwerp has a rich tradition of markets stretching back many centuries. Many of them are still operating today, with various specialisations. A must for those who want to taste the real Antwerp. Het Geluk is a child-friendly bar where mothers with pushchairs, fathers with toddlers on balance bikes, grandparents with their grandkids and teenagers (with or without significant other) are all welcome. You will find newspapers, healthy sandwiches, fresh soup, books and the tastiest hot chocolate. Perfect to combine with a visit to the Foreigners Market (on Saturdays) or the Bird Market (on Sundays).

4. Museums

Antwerp has numerous museums where children can also have a great time.

MAS | Museum aan de Stroom
Red Star Line Museum
M HKA
FOMU | Fotomuseum
Middelheimmuseum
Rockoxhuis
Museum Mayer van den Bergh
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Rubenshuis
Museum Vleeshuis
MoMu | ModeMuseum

5. Parks

Antwerp is a city with plenty of green and quiet spots. The parks are an ideal place to stroll among the greenery, to read a book, let your children and grandchildren enjoy the playground, look at art or enjoy a picnic.

6. Swimming

You can have a lot of fun swimming in Antwerp. There’s a floating swimming pool in the docks, an ecological swimming lake, an Olympic swimming pool, an art-deco bath and much more.

7. Tour of the city

What could be better than an original tour for getting to know the city? Discover Antwerp by horse and carriage, by horse-drawn tram, by tourist tram, on a sightseeing bus or on a hop on/hop off shuttle bus

8. Het Steen

In the city’s oldest building, visitors of all ages from six years and upwards can participate in workshops and other activities.

9. Film

There is no shortage of cinemas in Antwerp. Lots of old, impressive picture palaces have disappeared, but there is still a very large and varied selection today, including for real film buffs. On the outskirts of the city, Kinepolis Antwerpen with its 24 screens is the largest cinema complex in the Low Countries, but in the city too there are opportunities to catch a film at the UGC complex or in smaller cinemas such as Cartoons or Cinema Zuid.

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