Category: Cool for Kids

Children's Playground, Het Zwin Nature Park, Knokke-Heist, BelgiumHere are a few ideas of places to visit and things to do in Belgium that are suitable and hopefully might be fun for children of various ages. It’s not easy to pick places that are ideal for all ages, so you will have to do some picking and choosing to see what suits your particular family.

Ideas include the Goalmine football museum in Genk, the interactive nature park on the coast at Het Zwin, photographing chipmunks in the forests around Brussels, or some easy walks or cycle routes in the Flemish or Wallonian countryside.

Gaasbeek Castle. Centuries of ravage and pillage

Situated on the outskirts of Brussels, the beautifully furnished Gaasbeek Castle has had a torrid history, but now makes a perfect, peaceful day out. It’s actually a gem. It has a park, woods, a lake, an internationally renowned museum garden, and it holds special events throughout the year.  […]

The blossoms of Haspengouw

2017 update: Some of the information below is no longer valid. For two more recent articles on the Haspengouw fruit orchards, check out Cycling through the orchards of the Haspengouw and Biking amid the blossoms of the Haspengouw.   Still suffering from the greyness of March? Itching for […]

Peregrine falcons in Brussels 2015

April 2015 update: Another successful hatch: follow the webcam for some great sights of the nest. May 2014 update: The peregrines are breeding once again in the cathedral, and you can see a live webcam here. April 2013 update: The peregrine falcons are back in the tower of […]

Floralia Brussels 2014

Readers of Discovering Belgium will know that every year I promote Floralia Brussels and strongly suggest that for people living in Belgium it’s much more environmentally-friendly to visit this flower show than drive the 3 hours to the more famous Keukenhof in the Netherlands. This year it’s the […]

The Tobacco Museum in Wervik

With the cold winter weather making outdoor trips difficult, if not impossible, here’s another strange but fascinating Belgian museum to visit (from February 1st when it re-opens). However, if you recently kicked the habit and have just stubbed out your last Marlboro, then the National Tobacco Museum in […]

Feed – and count – your garden birds!

Today’s post is a little different to normal. It’s not about Discovering Belgium but about Discovering Belgium’s Birds! During the weekend of February 2 and 3, 2013, birdwatchers across Belgium will be taking part in the annual census of garden birds. It’s organised by the Flemish nature conservation […]

Mollendaalbos, Haasrode

The Mollendaalbos just south of Heverlee is a great place to walk, especially now with the leaves beginning to turn. I recommend parking in the car park on the E25 Naamsesteenweg where it crosses the Weertsedreef. The car park is indicated clearly. The turn-off is at the wooden […]

Discovering Japan – in Zoutleeuw

I first visited the Japan Cultural Centre in Zoutleeuw a couple of years ago, and was amazed at the energy and creativity of the owners, Saskia and Bart. They really have some great events there. The Japan Cultural Centre is an organization aiming to spread authentic Japanese culture […]