This carnival half-term, take the family to a museum

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The carnival holidays are here! But how do you ensure that boredom doesn't set in if the changeable February weather keeps your youngsters indoors in this age of screens? A visit to a museum is always a good idea. Not sure? As part of the Dutch-language initiative Krokuskriebels, no fewer than 23 Brussels museums are organising numerous activities especially for children between 13 to 21 February. From breaking out of an escape room to making your own risography print, you name it.

For inquisitive minds: quests and discoveries

coudenberg (c) Véronique Evrard

Museum are really fun when they challenge you with quizzes and assignments. In the Old Masters Museum, search for Bruegel through the artworks and practical activities. The Golden Fleece is the stake of your quest in the Coudenberg Palace. In the BELvue museum, Mimi and Momo take your toddler on an adventure through Belgium and its history. Things get really exciting in the underground world of the Sewer museum. Contemporary art and kids are made for each other at the WIELS KETS TOUR.

For little creators: arts and crafts workshops

House of European History (c) belgaimages

From playing with clay at Erasmus House to making your own mixtape at the ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts and from learning a typical Art Nouveau technique at Cauchie House to masterfully forging a Vermeer at the House of European History: there are dozens of creative workshops at Brussels' museums this carnival half-term.

For the daring: challenge accepted!

Art et marges musée-museum

Is your child always up for a challenge? With Quaranteens, Kanal Centre Pompidou is organising dance and slam battles throughout the carnival holidays. TikTokking youngsters can have their say about art in the Arts and Marges Museum.

Crazy about fancy dress

Garderobe Mannekenpis © visit.brussels_- Eric Danhier.

The little man with the largest wardrobe in Brussels is, without a doubt, Manneken-Pis. At the GardeRobe MannekenPis museum, children can design their own outfit or try it on the statue. In the Fashion & Lace Museum children get to work with designs and costumes.

Has the 'The Queen's Gambit' series rekindled your family’s interest in chess? Then drop into the Belgian Museum of Freemasonry for an afternoon dedicated to this ancient

Practical info

Some activities only take place on certain days and availability for the workshops is limited, so don't wait too long to register. Check the museums' websites for information on the COVID-19 safety measures and please bear in mind that these may change in the run-up to the carnival holidays. This can have an impact on the offer available.

What is Krokuskriebels?

Krokuskriebels is a museum project, developed by the Gezinsbond, which, this year, will take place during the carnival school holidays, from 13 to 21 February. More information and the complete list of activities and participating museums can be found at Krokuskriebels.

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