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Things to do with kids in Rome

Amazing sights, eye-popping monuments such as the flashy Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Colosseum or the gigantic Vittoriano, and plenty of history and culture. But Rome isn’t all just museums and churches and old stuff…

Here are some tips on indoor & outdoor activities and attractions designed to inspire, educate and entertain all at once. 

SPECIAL EVENTS & SHOWS

BALLOON MUSEUM
The first museum in the world entirely composed of 100% biodegradable balloons & inflatable art is opening at PratiBus District. A colourful and fantastic world to free everyone's imagination, from 0 to 100 years, enriched by the Let’s Fly exhibition, including innovative works created by great international pop artists.

LES ÉTOILES
On 30 and 31 January let's dream with the international ballet stars, their arabesques, grand jets and pirouettes and their splendid costumes! The greatest names in classical ballet from all over the world are back to the stage of the Auditorium Parco della Musica for the most awaited show in the Capital.

CHILD-FRIENDLY MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITIONS

EXPLORA - THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ROME
Explora is the first non-profit permanent museum entirely conceived for children, schools and families, open to the public since 2001. As well as being a fun place where to play, the institution aims to stimulate and challenge youngsters with age-oriented interactive exhibits and workshops based around themes such as nature, food, transport, science, and much more. More info on: www.mdbr.it

WELCOME TO ROME
An amazing and immersive experience through the history of Rome with spectacular video projections on the walls, ceiling and floor, a great plastic of the ancient city and interactive models of some of Rome’s main attractions (Vatican, Roman Forum, Castel St Angelo etc). A short film helps understanding Rome geography and long history in a fun and engaging way. Audio-guides available in 8 languages.

MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY
A family-friendly museum for all animal fans. Innovative exhibitions, interactive displays, 3D reconstructions and guided tours engage adults and children from the age of 3 years upwards. The museum’s collections include more than five million specimens: insects, birds, mammals, fossils and mollusks from different regions of the world. The younger children will definitely be attracted to the “barrier reef” section but also to the bears, crocodiles, seals and pinnipeds. The Whale Room has a gigantic whale’s skeleton suspended from the ceiling which is really quite impressive!

LEONARDO DA VINCI IN ROME
Everybody knows Leonardo was a genius. He was a painter, a carver, an architect, an engineer, a mathematician, an anatomist, a musician… He invented the tank, the helicopter, the flying machine, the parachute, and the self-powered vehicle even though his inventions weren’t to be realized for centuries. In Rome, there are a few museums dedicated to Leonardo. The Museo Leonardo da Vinci, in Piazza del Popolo, is divided into thematic areas with interactive machines, drawing studies for some of his paintings, sketches of human anatomy, in-depth videos and an immersive multimedia room. Close to Piazza Navona, Palazzo della Cancelleria hosts the Mostra di Leonardo, a permanent exhibition with more than 200 designed machines, 9 animated holograms, 4 thematic showcases and 65 working models that can be touched and experienced. On Via della Conciliazione, the Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Museum has over 50 machines taken from Leonardo’s sketches, in 1:1 reproductions, over 20 life-size reproductions of Da Vinci’s most famous paintings, plus an exciting mirror room to read the genius’ coded messages.

CINECITTÀ SHOWS OFF
A unique, immersive and interactive experience to explore the famed Dream Factory and find out more about the film productions that have contributed to its legend. Three large permanent sets can be toured every day with specialized guides: the monumental “Ancient Rome”, one of the largest sets in Cinecittà, built for the HBO TV series Rome; the “Temple of Jerusalem”; and “Florence in 1400”, made in 2002 and then used for different settings and eras. Also included in the visit is MIAC - Museo italiano dell’Audiovisivo e del Cinema, a huge space with hundreds of films, interactive installations, video art and multimedia experiences.

BIOPARCO
The amazing Zoo of Rome awaits you! You can purchase the entrance ticket online or on-site. Every Thursday and Friday, the appointments with animal meals return, organized by the Zookeepers, to discover the ingredients of their lunch: lemurs, 11.30 am; elephants, at 12.30 and, at 15.45, Cape penguins. From home, have fun with BIOPARCO PLAY WITH US, entering the Virtual World of the tall giraffes, the big felines and elephants, the cute chimpanzees, the reptiles, the bears, and the wolves! A colourful, interactive map, with many games, quizzes, drawing areas, activity books and masks to print, tells you the characteristics of the species hosted.

STADIO OLIMPICO TOUR
The doors of the great Olympic Stadium are open for fans and sports enthusiasts of all ages. A tour in Italian and English, with innovative multimedia technologies, to see its most secret places (from the changing rooms of the Azzuri, Roma and Lazio teams to the playing field) and get thrilled in front of T-shirts, memorabilia and trophies linked to great protagonists and extraordinary moments.

FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS. L'AMORE PER GLI ANIMALI
Until 16 January, at the Civic Museum of Zoology, on display the 22 wonderful and thrilling sculptures of the Norwegian artist Elena Engelsen guide us with love and respect to the discovery and knowledge of the animal world, making us discover the fragility of the polar bear, the frown of the gorilla, the elegance of the chameleon and the pangolin wrapped around itself.

KITES AND SPINNING TOPS FROM JAPAN
Until 4 February, at the Japan Cultural Institute in Rome, let's admire the lively kites and funny tops that have been spinning and flying in Japan for more than 1200 years! On display, fifty pieces from all over the territory to discover the traditions, ancient techniques and materials of the land of the Rising Sun, where, even today, thousands of crafts are realised.

THEME & AMUSEMENT PARKS

LUNEUR PARK
The garden of wonders in Rome is an outdoor oasis of pure fun and adrenaline for the whole family in total safety. There are 25 attractions between rides and games, surrounded by greenery: the Brucomela, the Ferris wheel, the Barcamatta, the Buffoplano. You will be spoiled for choice! New this year is the Great Frisbee, ready to drag the bravest children up and down aboard a rotating flying saucer. 

CINECITTÀ WORLD
Forty attractions and seven themed areas dedicated to major film genres: Cinecittà, Rome, Spaceland, Far West, Adventureland, The kingdom of ice and Aquaworld, with the large Cinepool, a mega screen on the water. In addition, six live shows a day and many special events for all ages and tastes. Opening months and times for season 2022 on the official website.

EXPLORING ROME WITH FUNNY ITINERARIES

A STONE ZOO
Let's discover the fascinating symbolic animals that hide in the streets of the historic city centre! Among them: the Capitoline Wolf suckling Romulus and Remus; the two Egyptian Lions at the ramp of the Capitol; the little elephant in Piazza della Minerva; the mysterious salamanders of St. Louis of France. Are you ready for an adventurous journey into the myths of Rome?

THE GHOSTS OF ROME
In a city like Rome, where history pervades every street and every stone, some of the historical figures who populated it alive, still do it in the form of a spirit or ghost. Legend, fantasy or reality, at night, these hidden presences, whose soul is trapped between the world of the living and that of the dead, wander in the places they inhabited. The Pimpaccia on her fiery chariot full of treasures running wildly on Ponte Sisto, Messalina, who wanders on Colle Oppio, Beatrice Cenci, Cagliostro, and many others!

SPOOKY ROME, AT HALLOWEEN OR ANY TIME
Disembodied hands, dark arts, Gothic allusions and haunted souls: we all know Rome is a city of many faces with an endless number of impressive squares, fountains and must-see monuments. And yet, there is also a dark side. Macabre stories, sinister legends and unexpectedly disturbing atmospheres of some corners of the city will make you feel that unmistakable cold shiver down your spine, not just at Halloween. Are you ready to embark on an unusual and terrifying tour to discover seven of the scariest places in Rome?

A LIGHTHOUSE IN THE CENTRE OF ROME
Twenty meters high and richly decorated, this extravagant lighthouse on the Janiculum Hill is not a reference point for navigation but a work of great symbolic value. It is linked to Italian history, funny Roman sayings and characteristic past habits of roman people!

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