Milan with the family

You’re passing through Milan and you think the only thing to do there is shop? Think again. If you are with the family, you can also make the most of the city in other ways.

  • Laurence Edelson



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The children follow the parents to see the essentials of Milan : the duomo and its view from the rooftops, in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci, the Scala Theatre Museum to see what happens behind the scenes of the world’s most famous opera! But if you want to dedicate some time just for them, here are a few good tips.

Milan, the city of shopping, for the children too...

Salvagente Bimbi stocks a very wide choice of clothing sorted by age from 0 to 16 years or by brand (BabyDior, Diesel, Replay, Ralph Lauren, D&G, Gant, Simonetta, Burberry, Aspesi, Brooksfield, Coveri, Kenzo, Timberland) at quite reasonable prices.

Via Balzaretti 28, metro Piola.

The Milan aquarium

Italian fish swim calmly in the 36 tanks, along with a few African, Asian and South American species. Shows, activities and competitions keep the children entertained. And parents will appreciate the art nouveau beauty of the building, built in 1906 for the universal exhibition, in the Sempione park.

Acquario Civico - Viale Gadio 2 - Milano - Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Toys, etc.

The Toy and Child Museum

It’s always fun to look at the history of toys from the years 1700 to 1960. From the wooden tricycle to the robot to the scale model plane...

Via Pitteri, 56 - Milan

Toy shops

The biggest toy shop in Milan is the Grande Emporio Cagnoni (Via Vercelli, 38), a paradise for children across 2 floors!

This shop which is part of the Città del Sole chain (Via Melzo, 36) opened in 1972 and stocks the best toys from all over the world.

At Fochi Models (Via Durini, 5), you will find gadgets and scale models of Italy’s most famous Cavallino (“little horse”). 

Parks and gardens

This park, the oldest in the city, is the Giardini Pubblici (Corso Venezia, Piazza Duse). You can picnic there, enjoy an italian ice cream, have fun among the swans and go on a pony ride.

The busiest of the parks is the Idroscalo (Via Circonvallazione Est,11) with lots of entertaining activities around the lake: pedalo and swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, sailing, water skiing, roller blading, rock climbing, horse riding...

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