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18 ideas to get the family out and about this spring, from zip wires to zoos
Leave the screens behind and get the whole family to one of these open-air attractions
- Walibi is a family-favourite for all ages, including rides such as new roller coaster Tiki-Waka. Aqualibi is a Caribbean-themed indoor pool complex with slides, wave pool and kids’ zone.
6 April-3 November
- Test your acrobatic skills and head for heights at Aventure Parc Wavre, a treetop park with 23 varying routes plus zip line and jump options. From age four.
Until 11 November
- Atop Namur’s citadel, Parc Attractif Reine Fabiola offers traditional playground activities for three- to 12-year-olds plus climbing circuit, go-karts, mini golf, picnic area and cafe with terrace.
- Adventure Valley Durbuy is Belgium’s largest adventure park, on an 800-hectare site in Luxembourg province. More than 60 activities (including kayaks, cycling, climbing, escape room, potholing and zip line). Overnight options include glamping, chalets and villas.
- Enjoy sport and adventure activities at the Outsider Ardennes, centred on the river Ourthe, quarries and the beautiful countryside.
Until 30 September
- Urban adventurers can explore the historic city of Tournai with a discovery game and family entries to the Belfry and Natural History Museum, with the City Pass Tournai.
- Animal Park Bouillon has native and exotic animals plus a playground and restaurant with terrace.
- Pairi Daiza is a zoo and theme park with an Indonesian village and Chinese garden. Animals include elephants, giraffes, rhinos, monkeys, birds, fish, reptiles and bats.
Until 4 November
- You’ll find an abundance of water sports at the Eau d’Heure lakes, plus a nature park and outdoor activities for all ages. Accommodation also available.
- Bellewaerde Ypres is slightly off the beaten path, and combines an animal park with rides and waterslides. A stunt show is among attractions for younger visitors.
Until 3 November
- A castle grounds on the outskirts of Antwerp are the idyllic setting for the Middelheim Museum, filled with art installations, large playground and family-friendly restaurant.
- The Belgian coast is packed with activities for all ages, from classic kwistax (pedal carts) to traditional water sports and promenade walks. A Coast Pass offers discounts at many sites; children under six travel free on the coastal tram.
- Feast of Fools is a temporary exhibition that provides a playful way of visiting the grounds of Gaasbeek castle and discovering works by Flemish and international artists.
Until 28 July
- There are cool art installations for the family at Speelbos Kattenbos, in a Limburg forest. A similar experience can be found at Klankenbos (Forest of Sounds) with its magical noise installations.
- Plopsaland De Panne is a theme park near the coast based on the children’s TV series. Roller coasters, playgrounds, water rides and entertainment.
6 April-5 January
- Originally a reserve of Antwerp Zoo, Planckendael shares animal collections, with everything from zebras and giraffes to bonobos and koalas.
- Kids’ farm Tivoli Estate offers lots of activities on weekends and during school holidays.
- At Mega Speelstad you’ll find a variety of attractions, including rides, bumper cars, mini-bowling, giant Lego room, bouncy castles and fairy-tale village. Adults get in free.
This article first appeared in The Bulletin spring 2019. Pick up your copy in newsagents today...