Art & Culture
Bologna the red, the fat and the learned is also a welcoming city for the whole family.
In fact, there are many activities that can be enjoyed together with the little ones, as well as places to visit.
Here are 10 suggestions on what to do in and around Bologna with children.
A few minutes by bus from the centre of Bologna there is a large theme park dedicated to the Italian agri-food and gastronomic sector. Here children can learn about agriculture and breeding, walking among plants and orchards, “driving” tractors and caressing farm animals; they can understand more about the planet thanks to the thematic multimedia carousels and also observe how some of the most beloved gastronomic products of the Italian tradition are made, from baked goods to Parmigiano-Reggiano.
The large Sala Borsa Library, which is located right in the heart of the city, has a rich section dedicated to children and teenagers, with books suitable for children aged 0-12. For the little ones, moreover, there is a room with carpets and cushions – with a corner where mothers can breastfeed in tranquility; here you can also ask for the key of the public bathroom inside the library, equipped with a changing table and a toilet for the little ones.
RUNNIG AND PLAYING IN CITIZEN PARKS
Just a few minutes from the centre of Bologna you reach the large park of Giardini Margherita, ideal for a “green break” during which children can run, play, take a ride on the merry-go-round, ride bikes or skates, eat a gelato and watch turtles and carps in the little lake that runs through the heart of the park.
Moving a little from the center instead there are two other parks easily reachable on foot or by bus that deserve to be lived in family, for a walk or a picnic: they are the Villa Ghigi Park, just outside Porta San Mamolo, and the Parco Talon, in Casalecchio di Reno.
In the Bologna’a area there are many museums dedicated to objects, traditions and local products that we can really define as curious: any ideas? In Anzola dell’Emilia there is the Gelato Museum, created by Carpigiani to tell in an interactive way the story of this delicious food since its beginning; the museum also organizes numerous workshops during the year which allow children to experiment and become budding gelato makers and pastry chefs.
In Budrio there is instead the Museum of the Ocarina and Terracotta Musical Instruments, which tells about the birth and story of this small typical terracotta flute.
MAKING A COOKING CLASS
What could be better than spending a few hours learning to cook with your children? In Bologna there are many places where you can make cooking classes, some specific for children. Thanks to these courses it is possible to learn how to prepare some of the most typical recipes of the local tradition (tortellini, tagliatelle and so on and so forth) and maybe complete the experience by tasting what you realized with your own hands.
The Parco della Resistenza in San Lazzaro di Savena hosts Dinosauri in carne e ossa, an exhibition that allows kids to admire the most famous dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, such as the ancestors of sloths and crocodiles: 30 life-size models to tell the story and the evolution of the life on earth. Eyes and mouths open are guaranteed!
At the Virtual Reality Museum in via Zamboni 7 in Bologna it’s possible (by reservation) to make numerous experiences with the Time Machine: “Bononia” is the reconstruction of the Roman Bologna of the 1st century AD, “Medieval Bologna” allows you to fly among the towers and streets of Bologna in the 13th century, while “Al Canel” makes it possible to move yourself in a reconstruction of the Reno Canal in the 18th century.
The experiences take place wearing a VR goggle, sitting comfortably and under the guidance of a tutor.
DISCOVERING THE CITY BY TRAIN
How to visit the city without walking too much – activity that is often boring for children? The solution is to get on board to one of the red trains that depart from Piazza Maggiore and discover some of the most beautiful places in the city.
The choice is double: the CityBOExpress runs through the streets of the historic centre, while the SanLucaExpress leads to the top of Colle della Guardia, up to the spectacular Basilica of San Luca.
DIVING AND WATERSLIDING AT ACQUAPARK DELLA SALUTE PIÙ
During the summer months on the hills of Monterenzio the AcquaPark della Salute Più is open, the external part of the Villaggio della Salute Più SPA. It is a green and blue oasis, immersed in the Bologna’s hills, with slides and swimming pools designed just for the little ones: fun is guaranteed!
DISCOVERING THE EVOLUTION OF MOTORCYCLING AT THE DUCATI MUSEUM
For all motorcycling enthusiasts, Borgo Panigale is a sort of mecca and inside the Ducati factory the Ducati Museum is born, which traces the company’s history through the Ducati production bikes that have marked the different periods and the Ducati racing bikes that, with their victories, have built the sport legend.
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