LISBON FOR FAMILIESNews 10 August 2016
Lisbon is mostly famous for its cod fish, its blue tiles and the surfers spot. The capital of Portugal is also a kid friendly city, and offers a wide range of family activities, whether about adventure, science, nature, history or arts.
At Lisboa Story Centre young visitors can make a step back in time thanks to the sets and to multisensory experiences that the center provides, both for children and adults, to illustrate and live the history of Lisbon. For those who have a passion for the marine world, go live at Museu Marinha where children will be fascinated with its collection of old magnificents ships, maritime paintings, and stories about Sir Francis Drake – Admiral, Pirate and Knight or about a sailor such as Vasco Da Gama.
If your children are up for some sport, Adventure Park of Lisbon will give them plenty of adrenaline. Here kids can safely run on tops of the trees on rope bridges, ropes, nets, tunnels.
Parque das Nações is perfect if your child wants to be a biologist: the Océanario collects 15.000 animals and plants of over 450 species, and more than 7,000,000 liters of salt water populate an incredible exhibition that reconstructs the various ecosystems of the ocean. The oceanarium is open every day andoffers guided tours in several languages and a variety of activities for families.
Parque das Nações is also home to Pavilhão Do Conhecimento –Ciência Viva, an interactive center of science and technology, which regularly organizes exhibitions and activities for children and parents, such as creating ruit lollipops with molecular ingredients or searching for dinosaur fossils.
Aspiring artists can amuse themselves at Museu da Marioneta, which gathers puppets from all around the world and offers weekend shows, “Creative Mornings”. Every month, on the last Sunday morning, parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, uncles/aunts and nephews/nieces are invited to visit the Museum and create puppets using different techniques and materials.
Last but not least, dip into nature at Lisbon Zoo, home to more than 2,000 specimens of 400 different species, such as dolphins, sea lions, gorillas, chimpanzees, giraffes and elephants or at Tapada Nacional de Mafra, a 800 acres park where you can spot deers, wild boars, foxes and many other species. The park is only thirty minutes from Lisbon and also offers guided hiking trails, a rich museum and night accommodations.