No need to travel to the other side of the world to make memories... The South of Belgium is perfect for family holidays or fun weekends.
Science, Learning and Nature
Do your kitchen utensils disappear, recycled as tools to observe the natural world? Do your children dream of walking on the moon? Have a look at our selection of activities for budding scientists:
Be an astronaut for the day at the Euro Space Center
In this amazing centre exploring space, training like an astronaut and floating around using simulators truly is an out of this world experience. This great centre challenges you to learn to live in space and build your own rocket for a galactic mission. Euro Space Center is a planet everyone who dreams of galaxies and
Le Pass de Mons: a scientific adventures park (Frameries)
Le Pass is a unique attraction featuring interactive, family friendly exhibitions to approach science in a different way. The site is situated just 6 km fro
Step underground at the Cave of Comblain (near Liège)
The Grotte de Comblain, listed as an underground cavity of scientific interest, can be found in the Liège province, on the hills of the Comblain-au-Pont vil
Houtopia, a recreative centre dedicated to children in Houffalize
At the heart of the Belgian Ardenne, Houtopia is a leisure and sensory discovery park for children.
Looking forward to discovering beautiful sites in Wallonia with the kids? They will forget their video games in no time with these:
Villers Abbey, part of Wallonia's exceptional cultural heritage
The Villers Abbey, built in 1146, now in ruins is a stunning witness of how the Cistercian Monks lived. The site is considered one of the most complete in Europe as it features remains of all the buildings used daily.
Stavelot Abbey: the perfect alliance of culture and adventure
Stavelot Abbey, a Benedictine abbey funded in 651, is a fascinating historical site with quite a modern touch: an abseiling experience from the top of the abbey tower.
The Grand Hornu site: cultural heritage, exhibitions, design and innovation
Take a former coal mine, get it listed by UNESCO as World Heritage and you get the CID of the Grand Hornu: an innovation and design centre, featuring temporary exhibitions on design, applied art and contemporary art.
The Trois Vallées steam railway (in Mariembourg and Treignes)
Enjoy a travel through time aboard this authentic steam train, a wonderful way to discover the Viroin and Haute-Meuse valleys in Wallonia.
The Bois du Cazier and its heaps: a remarkable memorial site
Listed by UNESCO as one of the major mining sites in Wallonia, the Bois du Cazier is a particularly touching memorial. Located South of Charleroi, this preserved industrial heritage site stretches along 26 hectares. A remarkable orientation trail has been designed to present its 3 heaps and architectural features.
Dubuisson Beerstorium | A brewing museum in Pipaix
Nestled in the stunning Ghyssegnies Castle, Dubuisson Beerstorium is a museum retracing the story of the oldest Walloon brewery. Now 250 years old, it sure comes with a lot of anecdotes.
If your children are curious about history or studying the two world wars at school, there is much to show them in the South of Belgium:
The Wellington Museum in Waterloo, a museum retracing the 1815 battle
This museum, once an inn, served as headquarters to the Duke of Wellington the night of June 17th, 1815. Right before the famous battle of Waterloo...
Bastogne War Museum: a WW2 commemorative centre
This cultural centre, dedicated to the second world war, offers an incredible immersion into the Battle of the Bulge. 4 characters, civilians and soldiers, guide the visitors through the galleries, sharing their story as they go along. An interactive, modern presentation sure to wow children and adults alike.
Eben-Emael fort: a WW2 memorial site
Back in 1940, the main obstacle facing the northern prong of the German attack on Belgium was the city of Liège, protected by a newly upgraded ring of 12 forts. The most formidable of these was Eben-Emael, 20 miles north-east of the city, which was designed to prevent a crossing of the River Meuse and the Albert Canal.
Leisure and outdoor activities
Perfect for kids with lots of energy or in search of adventure... Here are a few challenges they will love:
Parc Accrobranche Dinant Aventure: a tree top challenge
The Parc de Dinant Aventure, which overlooks the Lesse and Meuse valleys, offers thrilling adventures in a stunning natural setting.
Western-City: the American West at the heart of the Ardenne
Cowboys, Indians, Sheriff, saloon: get ready to explore the American West in Chaudfontaine.
Eau d'Heure lakes | The biggest lake complex in Belgium
The Eau d'Heure 5 artificial lakes, are a stunning preserved natural area and the largest nautical space in Belgium.
Looking for comfort? Immersion in nature? Glamping or fun places to stay? We have put together a fun selection for the perfect family stay in Wallonia:
Van der Valk Nivelles Sud hotel and restaurant
This luxurious hotel at the entrance of Nivelles is the perfect base for ecotourism near Brussels. It offers upmarket rooms, a restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool.
Domaine de Massembre: a holiday centre in Heer-sur-Meuse
Come and stay at the Domaine de Massembre, in the province of Namur - with family, friends, school groups or colleagues.
Le Floréal: a holiday residence in La Roche-en-Ardenne
The Floréal La Roche-en-Ardenne holiday resort is located within a green setting along the banks of the Ourthe, a mere 800 metres from the town centre.
Kaleo: lodgings, stays and activities for all
Planning a weekend with family or friends? Kaleo offers a wide range of options, there is sure to be one for you!
Dolce La Hulpe Brussels
Located in a verduous setting 15 km from the centre of Brussels, this 4-star design & well-being hotel is an ideal destination for rest and relaxation.