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Antwerp with children - the best tips

Antwerp is fun to visit with the whole family. It is a child-friendly city with interesting museums and beautiful children's theatres. A child 17 or younger can visit almost all museums free of charge. Finding a nice hotel for the whole family is no problem either. Visiting Antwerp with the little ones or with the older ones is guaranteed to be a success. Check out our best tips to get the most out of your visit to Antwerp with kids.

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Out and about with children in Antwerp

There are more than enough fun things to do with your kids in Antwerp. One of the best-known and most popular is to visit Antwerpen Zoo. This is one of the oldest zoos in the world and it really radiates that. Don't worry: the animal accommodations have evolved with the times.

As stated museums in Antwerp are free for children. This makes a museum visit an ideal outing. The range of child-friendly museums is vast. One of the best options is theRed Star Line Museum. This museum is dedicated to the Red Star Line, the shipping company that provided crossings from Europe to North America at the beginning of the 20th century. At admittance, children are given a suitcase full of assignments. A very fun and fascinating activity to do with children.

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Another interesting museum to visit is the Rubens House. At the counter, children between the ages of 8 and 12 are given search sheets with assignments that they can complete during their visit to the museum. This hunt will certainly make the museum come alive for the children. So, tell your children that it is definitely not a boring museum.

Activities in Antwerp with children

Do you want to enjoy the outdoors? Then go and see all the cartoon characters painted on walls throughout the city. Antwerp has a lot of street art to admire and some of it consists of well-known cartoon characters. There are servarl walking routes in the Antwerp Museum App. One of the city routes goes past the most beautiful works. Are you kids crazy about the water? Then go out on the water for a few hours. Antwerp is located on the river Scheldt and there are several nice boat trips you can take. Flandria offers three different harbour tours and organises round trips with a pancake restaurant boat. That is, of course, always a hit with the kids. More tips for your city trip to Antwerp

Children's theatre in Antwerp

Would you and your children like to experience some culture? Then choose a visit to a children's theatre in Antwerp during your city break. In the district of Borgerhout, for example, there is the Puppet theatre Jojo. This theater has been around for 30 years and is still popular among Antwerp parents.

A children's theatre of a completely different calibre is hetpaleis, A performing arts centre for children and youth. Here, children play the main part in performances, making it a real children's theatre for and by children. Hetpaleis wants to mirror the world and stimulate children in their experience of art.

FroeFroe is a third children's theatre in Antwerp that is well worth a visit. There are shows for children from three years of age, but also for children of around twelve. During the shows, there are puppets, video, actors and live music.

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Hotel in Antwerp with children

Going to Antwerp for the weekend? Then it is nice to choose to stay in a child-friendly hotel.

The Radisson BLU Astrid Hotel is centrally located hotel with suites suitable for families. This accommodation is located directly opposite the main train station, so your luggage won’t have to be lugged around for long. The junior suites are for two adults and two children.

The Leonardo Hotel is located on the Keyserlei in the centre of Antwerp. Here you can sleep in beautifully designed rooms in a historic building. A unique environment. The family rooms are for a maximum of four persons. You can also book a four-person studio with kitchenette. Would you prefer to spend the night in a small-scale B&B? Then B&B Sablon Antwerp is a good toption. Here you can book a family room for four people. This B&B has its own restaurant, bar and bicycle rental.
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To Antwerp by train

The train is an ideal means of transport when travelling to Antwerp with children. Everyone has the space to play a game or to stare at the landscape whizzing by. The amount of luggage is not a problem either. You can take as much as you can carry. That saves you having to argue about which games, cuddly toys or other toys you have to take with you. Children up to 11 years old travel for free when accompanied by an adult. Fancy a trip to Antwerp with the family? Book your train tickets to Antwerp online.

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Antwerp with children - the best tips

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