“Great is the poetry, the goodness and the dances, but the best in the world are the children …”

Excerpt from the poem "Freedom", by Fernando Pessoa.

As we share the poet’s vision, and because we love our Lisbon so much, we did some research on activities that will surely be a success for the whole family, especially for the little ones. Therefore, here we list 10 unforgettable experiences for those traveling with children, for all tastes and ages, closer or farther away, indoors or outdoors.

Although we have 10 months of sunshine a year, and for us to avoid that, right on the days you visit us you are short of options to keep your children busy because it is raining, our suggestions are listed as indoor or outdoor activities, as well as the distance from downtown Lisbon (our apartments are located in several places but all of them close to downtown). From here, it is up to you, we are sure it will be a blast for the whole family. Welcome to Lisbon!

 

  • Puppet Museum (Santos, Lisbon)

The Puppet Museum (Museu da Marioneta) is the first national museum entirely devoted to the puppet universe, to its history and to the interpretation and dissemination of the puppet theatre.

The Puppet Museum’s collections are made up of different types of masks and puppets from different parts of the world, and they are representative of the most varied manipulation forms: glove puppets, pull string puppets, shadow puppets  and masks, among others.

https://www.museudamarioneta.pt

  • 3 km from central Lisbon
  • Bus or Tram: Santos
  • Indoors
  • Closed on Mondays, 1 Jan, 1May, 24, 25, 31 Dec
  • Museum

 

  • Bounce (Carnaxide, Oeiras)

This is a world where the laws of gravity are defied: the walls become the floor. Dare yourself and have fun with your children in a new dimension full of adrenaline - you can jump and perform aerial stunts or walk on the walls. The best part is that it does not matter if you are a first-timer or an extreme sports athlete - what really matters is to have a blast. There are more than 100 interconnected and rigorously protected trampolines, in order to keep you safe during all your stunts. 

https://www.bounceinc.pt/

  • 9 km from central Lisbon
  • Bus: Praça da Figueira – Outurela
  • Indoors
  • Open everyday
  • Sports

  

  • Pavilhão do Conhecimento (Parque das Nações, Lisbon)

The Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Centro Ciência Viva is a science museum located on the right bank of the Tagus River, at Parque das Nações, in Lisbon, Portugal.

This is an interactive museum that aims to make science and technology more accessible to all, encouraging the exploration of the physical world and experimentation.

https://www.pavconhecimento.pt/

  • 10 km from central Lisbon
  • Metro: Oriente
  • Indoors
  • Closed on 24, 25, 31 Dec, 1 Jan
  • Experiments in Physics

 

  • Oceanário de Lisboa (Parque das Nações, Lisbon)

 The Oceanário de Lisboa is an oceanarium set in Parque das Nações, in the city of Lisbon. It is a public aquarium and a research institution on marine biology and oceanography. It’s the second largest oceanarium in the Iberian Peninsula, it hosts an extensive collection of species - birds, mammals, fish and other marine creatures. In 2017, it was rated the best oceanarium in the world by TripAdvisor.

 https://www.oceanario.pt

  • 10 km from central Lisbon
  • Metro: Oriente
  • Indoors
  • Open everyday
  • Marine wildlife observation

 

  • Kidzania (Dolce Vita Tejo, Shopping Centre, Amadora)

 It is an interactive city for children from 1 to 14 years old that combines inspiration, fun and learning by means of realistic role-play activities. Children can freely explore a city of more than 7,000 square meters, where they can experience more than 100 exciting professions.

http://www.kidzania.pt/pt/o-que-e-a-kidzania

  • 13 km from central Lisbon
  • Bus: Entrecampos – Casal da Mira
  • Indoors
  • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Role-play of jobs

 

  • Santa Marta Lighthouse (Cascais)

 The Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum opened to the public in July 2007, and its model is unprecedented in the country, as it combines exhibition spaces with coastal signalling.  Except for the cannonball found in an archaeological dig on the site, the collection of the Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum has been entirely restored.

 https://www.cascais.pt/equipamento/farol-museu-de-santa-marta

  • 30 km from central Lisbon
  • Train: Cais do Sodré – Cascais
  • Indoors
  • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Museum

 

  • Hello Park Serafina (Monsanto, Lisboa)

A place of fun in the heart of Monsanto!

Designed for children, but also for their parents, it is a leisure space, indoors and outdoors, with a cafeteria, a playground whether in inflatables or in outer space, where there is a tree climbing course for very young children, and a pedal car racing track. This park stands amidst the beautiful, safe and friendly natural landscape of Monsanto. Enjoy this space, created for you to breathe fresh air while having fun.

https://hellopark.pt/

  • 7 km from central Lisbon
  • Bus: Marquês de Pombal – Serafina
  • Indoors and Outdoors
  • Closed on Mondays
  • Nature, sports

 

  • Frigate D. Fernando II e Glória (Cacilhas, Almada)

 Dom Fernando II e Glória is a sailing frigate of the Portuguese Navy, which sailed between 1845 and 1878. Today it is a museum ship and the 4th oldest war frigate in the world.

https://ccm.marinha.pt/pt/dfernando

  • 13 km from central Lisbon
  • Boat: Cais do Sodré – Cacilhas
  • Outdoors
  • Closed on 1 Jan, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 Dec
  • Museum

 

  • Quinta da Regaleira (Sintra)

Quinta da Regaleira is one of the most surprising monuments in Sintra. Located in the outskirts of the historical centre of the village, it was built between 1904 and 1910, in the last period of the Portuguese monarchy.

The garden, which represents the microcosm, is revealed by the succession of places imbued with magic and mystery.

http://www.regaleira.pt

  • 28 km from central Lisbon
  • Train: Rossio – Sintra
  • Outdoors
  • Open everyday
  • Nature, hiking

 

  • Tapada de Mafra (Mafra)

A place of reference in historical cultural and environmental terms, where past and present intersect in the most unusual manners. Created and visited by Kings and Heads of State, it is nowadays preserved for the enjoyment of visitors, lovers of nature, of ecosystems of high biological diversity. A place to stroll with family and friends, where you can admire the animals (deers, fallow deers, wild boars), and where it is easy to get involved in nature. At a 30-minute car drive from Lisbon, the Tapada Nacional de Mafra is a living laboratory.

http://tapadademafra.pt

  • 43 km from central Lisbon
  • Bus: Campo Grande – Mafra
  • Outdoors
  • Open everyday
  • Hiking, fauna and flora

 

Our reception staff will happily assist you with transport information and ticket booking. Contact us through the kiosk, the telephones on the lobby wall, at (+351) 937 771 777, or via chat: http://customercare.hello-lisbon.com/concierge/

Thank you for your preference. I hope you have fun following our suggestions, and please remember: "... the children are the best in the world.”

Pedro Mata

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