Belgium is to darn close to Paris not to hop on a train and explore. The kids are excited about shopping for Belgium chocolate over Easter weekend, making Belgium waffles, and eating as many Belgium fries as they can.

And as my 8-year-old just advised, “do not ask for French fries in Belgium, Mom. They make Belgium fries.”

The Teen is looking forward to a Waffle Making Workshop we booked in Brussels, so we will take the Thalys high-speed train from Paris and be in Brussels Midi Station in a little over an hour. We are staying three nights in the Meininger Hotel in Brussels, which is a cross between a hotel and a hostel with family rooms large enough to fit the tribe and affordable prices.

After dropping our luggage, we will head over to Grand Place and meet our waffle tour guide and workshop chef near the visitor’s center to begin our two-hour waffle workshop.

Things to do in Brussels with Kids

Here are just a few things we are hoping to see and do in Brussels.

Check out the Comic Strip Museum. Take pictures with the Smurf statue, gaze at the Smurf ceiling art at Central Station, and walk the city touring the comic strip walls. Are you sensing a theme here?

Comic Strip Walls in Brussels

On day two we intend to tour Mini-Europe and the Atomion, and perhaps if we have time the auto museum, but I suspect we are over-reaching.


On our last day in Belgium (Easter Sunday), we will travel by train to the beautiful Medieval town of Bruges so Mom can see the buildings, take a boat tour of the canals, eat more chocolate, and visit the windmills.

Hoping to glimpse Bruges after sunset

There is a lot I want to do outdoors when in Belgium, so here’s to hoping for good spring weather!