Taking your children to the seaside: 10 tips
Children are mad about the Coast. Frolicking on the beach, paddling in the sea, running through the dunes … that is only the tip of the (sand)berg. At the Coast, there is always something fun to do!
- TIP 1 – At a discount with the online Coast pass
- TIP 2 – Watching at animals on the Coast
- TIP 3 – Comic strip adventures by the sea
- TIP 4 – Swimming in paradise
- TIP 5 – Art on the Coast with the Beaufort sculpture park
- TIP 6 – Scooting around in go-karts
- TIP 7 – Pleasure for cool kids guaranteed
- TIP 8 – Great fun in adventure parks and zoos on the Coast
- TIP 9 – A walking tour of De Panne with Rosalie (citygame)
- TIP 10 – Put on your sturdy walking shoes and explore the Coast
TIP 1 - At a discount with the online Coast pass
With the free Coast pass, you will enjoy discounts on a wide range of attractions and sights on the Coast. Sounds good? Then download the Coast pass right away from www.kustpas.be, before your next trip to the seaside. You can receive up to a 300 euro discount on heritage, theme parks, museums, nature centre …
TIP 2 - Watching at animals on the Coast
Want to get away from the crowds for a while? Then consider an outing with the (grand)children to a kiddies’ farm. Guaranteed success! After all, is there any child who doesn’t enjoy watching the shenanigans of the chickens, rabbits, ducks and the other farm animals roving around?
Where to go?
- Children's farm ‘Hoeve Paepehof’
Address: Moersesteenweg 79, 8660 Adinkerke (De Panne)
More info children's farm Paepehof
- Children's farm ‘De Lenspolder’
Address: Elf Juliwijk 6, 8620 Nieuwpoort
More info children's farm De Lenspolder
- Children's farm 'Lettenhof'
Address: Vaartdijk-Noord 65, 8433 Middelkerke-Westende
More info children's farm Lettenhof
- Children's farm ‘De Lange Schuur’
Address: Stuiverstraat 599, 8400 Oostende
More info children's farm De Lange Schuur
Do you like reading Fanny & Co? Or are Jommeke, Spike and Suzy (Suske and Wiske) or Nero more your thing? Then you are in luck during your stay on the seaside.
Middelkerke is sometimes referred to as the comic strip capital of Flanders. In the summer, it is host to a major comic strip festival. But the comic book heroes are around the rest of the year, too. Wander along the sea front from Middelkerke to Westende and discover the bronze statues of an entire series of comic book characters. Do your kids recognize them?
Feel like some more comic strip adventures? Then wander on over to the Nys-Vermoote house. The spiritual father of van Jommeke, Jef Nys, spent part of his childhood here. The littlest ones will be delighted to find numerous drawings and can also try their hand in the interactive workshop.
Address: Zeelaan 303, 8670 Koksijde-Oostduinkerke
TIP 4 - Swimming in paradise
Sometimes the weather gods let us down. Or perhaps you don’t yet dare venture into the cold sea water? No matter, you can still enjoy a lovely swim on the Coast at one of the municipal swimming pools or…even better…in a swimming paradise!
- Sunparks De Haan-Wenduine
Address: Wenduinesteenweg 150, 8421 Vlissegem (De Haan)
More info Sunparks De Haan-Wenduine
- Sunparks Oostduinkerke
Address: Polderstraaat 158, 8670 Oostduinkerke (Koksijde)
More info Sunparks Oostduinkerke
- Plopsaqua De Panne
Address: De Pannelaan 68, 8660 Adinkerke (De Panne)
More info Plopsaqua
- Sportoase Duinenwater
Address: Duinenwater 43, 8300 Knokke-Heist
More info Sportoase Duinenwater
TIP 5 - Art on the Coast with the Beaufort sculpture park
You can enjoy impressive works of contemporary art across the entire Coast. Sculptures from past Beaufort editions are spread across the seaside. Children will be guaranteed to be amazed! And everything is easily accessible by bike, on foot or with the coastal tram.
What is there to see? Have a look at the info about the sculpture park here.
TIP 7 - Pleasure for cool kids guaranteed
Are you coming to the Coast mainly to take in the beach and sea? Then be sure to take your kids to a beach club such as Lakeside Paradise in Knokke-Heist or the Twins beach club in Bredene. Every coastal town has clubs where all manner of water and beach sports that are guaranteed to boost your adrenaline!
We provide an overview of beach clubs here.
TIP 8 - Great fun in adventure parks and zoos on the Coast
Address: De Pannelaan 68, 8660 Adinkerke (De Panne)
More info Plopsaland
- Family Park De Sierk
Address: Vosseslag 42, 8420 Klemskerke (De Haan)
More info De Sierk
Address: Zeedijk 146, 8370 Blankenberge
More info Serpentarium
- Sea Life
Address: Koning Albert I-laan 116, 8370 Blankenberge
More info Sea Life
- Seafront Maritime Theme Park
Address: Vismijnstraat 7, 8380 Zeebrugge
More info Seafront
- North Sea Aquarium
Address: Visserskaai, Oostende
More info North Sea Aquarium
TIP 10 - Put on your sturdy walking shoes and explore the Coast
Get your walking shoes out of the cupboard and uncover the finest spots on the Coast. The coastal walking route stretches along the entire Coast and links up lovely walks from De Panne to Knokke-Heist. With the Coastal Route app, you can design your own walk together with the kids while collecting points by performing fun tasks.
Due to the corona crisis, opening hours and timetables may vary. If in doubt, it is best to contact the entrepreneur himself.
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