Top 9 educational spots in Brussels

Date Posted: 14/10/2015

Atomium, Brussels

Brussels is well known for being the place to be over Christmas, but it’s also a huge hit with schoolchildren and school trips. Here’s why…

Travelling abroad with children can be challenging, but it’s also an excellent way to teach them some great experiences - outside of the classroom. Most museums in Brussels tend to be free on the first Wednesday of every month.

Mini Europe is a miniature educational theme park which aims to teach children about the European Union. Students can take on different activities around the park as they learn about the history of Europe, all whilst seeing unique mini models of recognizable landmarks. The attraction welcomes school trips and offers resources in English for teachers too. Trips here can be tailored towards Geography, History and Language.

Just outside of Mini Europe is Atomium, an iron sculpture built to represent the nine atoms that make up an iron crystal. Visitors can take a lift to the top floor of the sculpture for a panoramic view of Brussels. One of the nine spheres is a dedicated kids sphere where children can stay overnight and learn more about the sculpture. The other spheres are used for exhibitions throughout the year and are also accessible.

Children will love the Comics Art Museum which is dedicated to not just comic book history but the history of art in general. It’s particularly good for Secondary schools and offers different workshops for students, where they can make their own comic books with the help of a professional.

The Children's Museum

The Children’s Museum gives school children the chance to explore exhibitions and learn how to better themselves and others. Workshops on offer include a fairytale workshop and Emile’s Place where children can learn how to handle a saw, hammer, pliers, wrenches and screwdrivers in a fun but safe environment. The museum has its own theatre, a submarine, and even a giant chessboard.

Coudenberg is a former palace of Brussels and is a real hands on experience. Pupils will learn about the history of the former palace and the Coudenberg suggests a variety of guided tours for school visits. For children in particular, there are lots of resources available and even an underground treasure hunt on offer at the archaeological site. For the treasure hunt, each child will receive a backpack with necessary equipment such as fancy dress, a treasure map and a flash light and will receive a small gift upon completing the hunt.

Brussels Tram Museum has a large collection of trams, buses, taxis and even a trolleybus for pupils to marvel at as they learn about the history of public transport in Brussels. Most are still in working order and offer groups a trip through the Soignies forest and to the Cinquantaire for a more hands on experience. The museum also hosts different exhibitions throughout the year, such as trams from during the war.

Although small, the Public Aquarium of Brussels is home to a wide variety of fish enclosures and is especially good for group visits. The aquarium offers tours based around all different themes such as fish biology, biology of amphibians and reproduction of fish. The museum is good for pupils in both Primary and Secondary education.

Technopolis

Technopolis is a science centre for students of all ages, giving them the chance to learn new skills with a more hands on approach. Inside, there’s an entire mini city where children can learn how to stock shelves in a supermarket, prepare pizzas in a pizzeria or change a tyre in the garage. There are physical challenges too – pupils can ride a bike over a cable five metres above the ground or stand in the middle of a soap bubble. There’s also a lab here where Secondary pupils can carry out Biology and Chemistry lessons.

Le Wolf is a bookshop-come-museum which also doubles up as a café serving food for both adults and children. The shop is home to a story jukebox inside a wooden house and there’s also a separate reading room, as well as a library. Exhibitions and creative workshops are often on offer.
 

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