Category: Cool for Kids

A few ideas to keep the children occupied. They range from outdoor walks and cycle rides, woodland exploration, play activities, to some museums that cater for the younger generation.

Mollendaalbos, Haasrode

The Mollendaalbos just south of Heverlee is a great place to walk, especially now with the leaves beginning to turn. I recommend parking in the car park on the E25 Naamsesteenweg where it crosses the Weertsedreef. The car park is indicated clearly. The turn-off is at the wooden […]

Discovering Japan – in Zoutleeuw

I first visited the Japan Cultural Centre in Zoutleeuw a couple of years ago, and was amazed at the energy and creativity of the owners, Saskia and Bart. They really have some great events there. The Japan Cultural Centre is an organization aiming to spread authentic Japanese culture […]

Leuven Botanical Garden

The Leuven Botanical Garden may be one of the smallest botanical gardens in Belgium, but it’s one of the most charming. It’s small enough to cover in an hour or two; it’s well laid out; and easily accessible with wheelchairs and children’s buggies.

Peregrine falcons in Brussels 2014

April 2014 update: Four eggs laid, three hatched and the youngsters doing well! Click here for a live link to the video stream! ======= April 2013 update: The peregrines are back in the cathedral tower, and the female has already laid her eggs and is brooding them. You […]

Horst Castle near Aarschot

Located in the Winge valley to the east of Leuven, Horst Castle has remained largely untouched since the middle of the 17th century. To get the most out of a visit to Horst Castle, you should know what not to expect. There are no works of art hanging […]

The Leuven-Mechelen Canal

The Leuven-Mechelen canal can be accessed at a number of points, and its wide towpaths offer excellent opportunities for a pleasant walk or cycle. You can choose your entry and exit points depending on your preferred length of walk. Highlights for me are the white storks, which feed […]

Kalmthout Heath, Antwerp

I never thought I would compare the region north of Antwerp to Scotland — until I visited Kalmthout Heath. If you get the chance to visit this lovely area, forget for a moment that you are only 20 minutes from the centre of Antwerp and just soak up […]