Perhaps you’ve heard that Rome isn’t the most hospitable place for children and families, but don’t be fooled! Families with children of all ages will find no shortage of interesting family-friendly activities around nearly every corner in Rome. The trick to having a successful family vacation in Rome and keeping your sanity along the way is all in the pre-planning. If your children are old enough, get them involved by sharing ideas for places to visit and setting up a rough itinerary before you go. Keep in mind that Rome means a lot of walking, so plan your itinerary accordingly with various stops along the way. Don’t forget comfortable shoes for the whole family! Of course, you won’t want to miss some of the ‘biggies’ like the Colosseum and the Pantheon, but the following suggestions are a few crowd-pleasing favorites for kids that you may not have heard about before.
Explora: The Children’s Museum of Rome
At the top of the list of things for kids to do in Rome is Explora, The Children’s Museum of Rome (Via Flaminia 82). Visitors come into contact with facts, phenomena and everyday events: environment, communication, economy and new technologies. Children are offered the opportunity to discover the mystery of how things function through observation touch and experiments, with the help of facilitators. Visits of 1 hour and 45 minutes start at:
January- July & September- December; 10AM, 12PM, 3PM and 5PM.
August; 12PM, 3PM, and 5PM
The Zoo was founded in 1911 in the green heart of Rome's city center with many things to see. It’s easy to get there simply by taking Tram #19 near the USO Rome Center at Piazza Risorgimento, and it will stop in front of the Zoo's entrance - BIOPARCO.
- REPTILARIUM: After long restoration, you can visit the Reptilarium which walks through the Tropical Forests & Rain forest environments & animals including Crocodiles, colorful birds, giant snails, incredible frogs and much more.
- MADAGASCAR IN ROME: If you like to 'Move it, move it' you have to visit the 8 Lemurs from Madagascar. They'll show you some good yoga moves as well. During the weekend, you can watch them while they eat at 11:30AM.
- WANNA HAVE LUNCH?: Watch the animals eat if you visit them on the weekends, here is their lunch schedule: 11am Japanese Macaques, 1130am Lemurs from Madagascar, 12pm Elephants, 1230pm Bears, 1430 Chimps, 1500 Hippos, 1530 Farm Animals, 1600 Seals.
- OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the New Asian Lion, the Seals, Persian leopards, and reptile-feeding birds.
Hours of Operation:
From January 1st- March 27th; 09.30-17.00
From March 28th- October 25th; 09.30-18.00
From 26th October- December 31st; 09.30-17.00
Extended Hours from March 28th- September 27th; 09.30-19.00
Price: €15 PER ADULT, €12 PER CHILD (3-12 YRS OLD).
Website: http://www.bioparco.it/ (For English, click on the British flag icon)
Villa Borghese is a definite must, with something for everyone. Visit the Cinema dei Piccoli (Viale della Pineta 15), classified in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest cinema. Take a peek at the San Carlino Puppet Theater on Viale dei Bambini (Children’s Way) on the Pincio Hill. There’s also a trenino or ‘little train’ that chugs around the park and takes off from Viale Goethe.
Time Elevator Rome combines education and entertainment in such a unique way that you will not see Rome the same again. This is an amazing multi-sensory attraction where you'll Voyage through 3000 years of Roman history, from Romolus and Remus up to the present day in just 45 minutes.
The show runs every half hour between 10.00AM and 19.30PM. Bookings for specific times are not required.
Price: €12 Adult, €9 Child-
The Gianicolo is a nice place walking from the Fontana dell'acqua Paola. You can see most of Rome from the fountain. During the summer there is a place to eat and a theater right next to the fountain. You can walk up to a street flanked by either sides by old plane trees. Half way to piazza di Garibaldi on you left there is small parco giochi ( kids arcade ) with rides with a mini carousel for small children ( 5 and under ) and video games for older kids. Continue walking up to piazza Garibaldi and on your right you have a view of Rome and on your left, on the opposite side of the piazza you have a view of St. Peter. Right next to the piazza there is also a puppet theater for kids of all ages. If you keep walking down the hill toward San Peter there is a handy bar with tables overlooking Rome.