Brussels isn’t known to be a particularly inexpensive city but we’ve found lots of fun things to do with the kids that won’t cost you a cent—saving you more money to indulge in some fabulous food and shop for souvenirs.
In addition to some favorite Brussels free family experiences, such as gazing in awe at the Grand Place and snickering at the Mannekepis, here are five fun free things that will appeal to all ages.
Experience Brussels (eB)
Learn about Brussels culture while playing with giant foam blocks representing the city’s famous landmarks. It’s located in the VisitBrussels tourism office on the Mont des Arts.
Comic Book Walk
Commissioned in 1991 by the city of Brussels and the Belgian Comic Strip Center, inventive comic book murals dot the city’s building in various neighborhoods of the city. You’ll see over fifty works depicting Tintin, Lucky Luke, Boule et Bill, Gaston Lagaffe, and dozens of other famous Belgian comic book characters. Pick up a map at the Tourism office or print one out online and make a game out of spotting them.
The Belgian Military Museum is a favorite among Belgian kids. You’ll learn about Belgium’s role in both World Wars and see some cool exhibits of military costumes. But the best part for kids is the giant hangar filled with planes and (best part for you) a café where you can sip a beer and watch the little ones frolic.
The Jeu de Balle is a typically Belgian destination, a daily flea market where you might turn up old maps, vintage clothing, antique toys, and countless other bric-a-brac or treasure. You can easily spend an hour or two here without buying anything but you will soak up plenty of local flavor. It was here that Tintin found the model of the old ship that launched his adventures in Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin so who knows where your next stop will be!
Learn about the European Community with highly interactive displays in all languages. If your kids are learning a foreign language, they might enjoy the challenge of listening to the free audio tour in that language.