The Best in Rome
ROME FOR CHILDREN
Rome is full of attractions for adults, but how to keep the kids engaged when one more historic monument is more than a pre-pubescent attention span can handle? Fortunately, Italy is very kid-friendly, and Rome is well equipped with places geared to ignite young imaginations. We've included pages with parks, playgrounds, kids museums and much more, as well as plenty of advice on where to shop for kids, and if you stay in Rome, where to send them to school! Start by clicking the links above.
EXPLORA: MUSEO DEI BAMBINI DI ROMA
Rome's children's museum is in Italian for Italians, but accommodations are made for English speakers throughout the exhibit spaces, so it's worth a visit with your English-only kids. Modeled after the first children's museum, which was founded in Boston in 1899, the museum's aim is to expand learning beyond the parameters of the classroom, and to help children understand themselves and the society in which they live. In the opening exhibit, which begins with the word "io", ("I") children can begin to understand how they came to be, from conception through doctor visits and delivery. A second area teaches children about daily necessities like food, water, shelter and transportation. There are areas designed to teach them about the ecosystem and respecting the environment, and about communication and the role of technology. Special arrangements can be made for birthday parties hosted at the museum. English speaking staff members and arrangements for school groups are available, but you'll need to call in advance.
Via Flaminia, 82 (near Piazza del Popolo and the Ministry of the Navy)
Tuesday -Friday 9:30 - 11:30 am and 3-5 pm..
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10 am-noon and 3-5 pm
Visits last 1 hour and 45 min. Reservations are necessary on weekends and holidays.
Children must be accompanied by adults
tel 06 361 3776