Even when the weather is cold and damp, there are plenty of interesting activities in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to keep the whole family entertained.
Winter has arrived right on schedule. The weather is cold and dreary, days are shorter, and the kids have no energy. They end up on the couch watching television or in front of the computer screen, rather than outside where they would rather be. Even when the weather is cold and damp, there are plenty of interesting activities in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to keep the whole family entertained.
Museum of Natural History
For inquisitive little minds, why not explore our roots in the modern Natur Musée (Museum of Natural History)? The discovery tour display begins with the question “Who am I?” and continues to investigate the local countryside and our world. Even the mystery of the Big Bang theory unravels. The temporary exhibition Affaire de goûts invites big and small to learn more about 400 flavours and to experience 40 different taste sensations.
Tue–Sun, 10am–6 pm, T: 46 22 33-1, www.mnhn.lu.
Another experience involving taste and healthy food is the brand new Vitarium in Roost/Bissen by Mersch from the local dairy producer Luxlait. Using more than 40 interactive stations children can, for instance, enter a race against a cow or look deeply into the human body. The experience begins in a 3D cinema at the centre of the Vitarium. Then visitors set off on a 90-minute tour of milk production via the visitor’s gallery.
Mon–Sun, 9am–7pm, T: 250 280 222, www.vitarium.lu.
The Casino Luxembourg – Forum for Contemporary Art
If your child wants to get creative, many museums offer kids workshops. The Casino Luxembourg – Forum for Contemporary Art has a children’s art pass, Kanner Konscht Pass. For €25 per year, children can take part in Saturday workshops (or €5 per Workshop). Every workshop is different, for example, creating your own island with its own rules or designing a personalised card game.
Workshops: Saturday 3 pm, T: 22 50 45, www.casino-luxembourg.lu.
The Kulturhuef in Grevenmacher, with its print and playing card museums, is offering a wide range of creative workshops for children on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, as well as during school holidays. Children will discover how flexible a material paper can be. Create small sculptures out of papier-maché or a boring piece of paper can become a decorated marble paper. Furthermore, there are many workshops, such as creating stamps or badges and creating animals out of foam.
Workshop schedule: ask for the program, T: 26 74 64 28, www.kulturhuef.lu.
Centre Aquatique Krounebierg
Missing the sea or lake? Make a splash! The Centre Aquatique Krounebierg in Mersch is highly recommended. Everyone’s needs are catered to with indoor pools, fun activities for small and big kids (including a 45-metre slide!) and a gorgeous spa area (maybe an idea for mum, while daddy takes care of the kids?).
Daily, T: 32 88 23, www.krounebierg.lu.
Last but not least – Luxembourg’s place-to-be for families: Zigzag is a colourful children’s paradise with an enormous climbing tower extending over numerous levels with lots of fun details. Divided in two zones, the playgrounds are specifically suited to each age group. The pleasant family restaurant also offers tasty and healthy snacks. Tue-Sun, Tel. 26 45 87 87, www.zigzag.lu.
Family Guide Luxembourg
Still seeking more ideas? More tips and addresses are in the Family Guide Luxembourg. The first and only comprehensive directory for families presents more than 700 activities, tips and contacts. Hundreds of ideas for little and big excursions, cultural activities, nature discovery trips and unforgettable birthday celebrations are bound to entertain. Family-friendly restaurants, best play parks, shopping tips, childcare possibilities and workshops, as well as useful addresses relating to health and advice services complete the list. The third completely revised edition was released in October 2010 and contains more than 150 new addresses. Available at any good bookstore or kiosk in Luxembourg or order online at www.FamilyGuide.lu.