The European Parliament
The visitor centre and the Chamber are open to the public every day of the week. Guided tours are also free and can be given in all 23 languages represented in the Parliament. Be there at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, or 10 a.m. on Fridays (outside Parliamentary sessions). The visitor centre is fascinating, with its 360-degree digital screen, its multimedia apps and its voice gallery. You can also attend a plenary session if there are spaces available (for those aged over 14 years and upon presentation of ID).
Museum of Musical Instruments
Most commonly referred to as the MIM, it gathers together on four floors 7,000 instruments from all corners of the globe. Don’t miss the view from the restaurant cafe on the top floor!
Free only on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. (until 4.45 p.m.). 2, Rue Montagne de la Cour. Telephone: +32 (0)2 54501 30
La ferme Nos Pilifs (Nos Pilifs Farm)
Welcome to the countryside...In the centre of town. It’s so nice to stroll in this educational farm with a social integration dimension! Children can learn about pigs, hens, donkeys, horses, sheep and their care via workshops. The staff is made up of disabled people, supervised by educators.
Every day from 8 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. Trasserweg, 347 (Neder-over-Heembeek). Telephone: +32 (0)2 262 11 06.
La maison des enfants (The Children’s House) in Etterbeek
Push open the door of this house for babies and toddlers from 0 to 4 years. While the children are play with little ones their age on a sledge or with early learning games, the parents can get to know each other over a free coffee. Just consider bringing some little cakes along, this is appreciated! The idea: no registration - you can come and go as you please.
233, Avenue d’Audergheim. Telephone: +32 (0)2 646 46 96
Say hello to the ketje (little boy) of Brussels, one of the iconic figures of the town.
Corner of rue de l’Etuve and rue du Chêne
A comic strip trail in the city
“The 9th art form” (the comic strip) is popular in the city as well.
The walls of the town are covered in speech bubbles. After a themed trip around the town, head to place du Grand Sablon in the Comic Strip VIllage. In this magical place you can stroll around looking at the 11,000 references to comic strips, objects, figures, prints, original drawings and the actual drawing board that belonged to Franquin! You can get your kids a keyring or a T-shirt featuring their favourite character.
8, Place du Grand Sablon, 1000 Brussels. Tel: +32 (0) 2 513 13 23