Visiting Lisbon with children is something quite fun and unique, and you have to spend some time in activities where they can have fun and feel recompensed.
Sharing these moments with family and children strengthens family ties, but also allows them to have a different view of the city.
Adults almost always plan their trips based on their personal tastes and it’s important to include some activities for the children in the middle to give them some attention and allow them to relax.
In this extensive list, you can find ideas to mix activities with your children, from a ride on the famous Tram 28, a more radical experience like “Pilar 7” or something more cultural in the National Archaeological Museum, ideas will not be missing.
Kidzania is a thematic park for families, with a pedagogical and playful character located in Dolce Vita Tejo shopping center.
KidZania allows children to enter the world of grown-ups, combining entertainment with a strong pedagogical component.
In this city, constructed on a children’s scale, children have the possibility to practice about 60 professions, such as fireman, journalist, doctor, police or cook.
All the activities follow school contents and were conceived according to the concept of tasks simultaneously fun and educational.
At KidZania you can also shop, manage your own money – kidZo – and enjoy all the services that the city offers, adapted to its scale and reality.
In this space, children learn by playing in a unique experience that combines fun with learning.
Oceanário de Lisboa
The “Oceanário de Lisboa” is a public aquarium of reference in Portugal and internationally.
It receives annually about 1 million people, who cover their exhibitions, making them the most visited cultural facility in Portugal.
The excellence of the exhibitions, coupled with the buildings architecture symbolism, makes the Oceanarium a unique and unforgettable place.
Assuming the evolutionary trend of modern aquariums, the Oceanarium continuously develops educational activities that expose the oceans, their inhabitants, their mission and respond to current environmental challenges.
The Oceanarium collaborates with several institutions in projects of scientific research, conservation of marine biodiversity, that promote the sustainable development of the oceans.
The technical and scientific experience of the biologist and engineers team guarantees the excellence of the exhibition and provides advice to several aquariums and similar institutions.
The site integrates two buildings connected by a huge atrium decorated with a magnificent panel of 55 thousand tiles, which offers access to the exhibitions and the educational area.
Pavilhão do Conhecimento
The “Pavilhão do Conhecimento” is a space for scientific and technological dissemination located in the Expo zone and was one of the most emblematic pavilions during the Expo 98 – “Pavilion of Knowledge of the Seas”.
During the Lisbon International Exhibition, visitors were able to take an exploration voyage across the seas in their historical, technical and human perspective, having been exposed a boat of the shipyards of São Jacinto.
It’s currently a place for exhibitions and events that take place periodically throughout the year.
The Lisbon Zoo is one of the most well-known places in Portugal that counts with more than a century (inaugurated in 1884) and 2000 animals distributed by 330 species.
In the Zoo, you will be able to travel around the world, without leaving Lisbon.
You can see the tigers lurking in the dense rainforest vegetation, observing the behavior of lions, giraffes, and elephants in the arid African savannah and the dazzling majestic flights of the colorful birds of South America.
The zoo visitors can enjoy presentations and activities that promote the dynamism of the visit and give the opportunity to know better some of the species that inhabit the zoo.
And because animal life is rich and varied, so are the Zoo’s presentations!
The “Parque Aventura” is a place of fun and outdoor culture that combines play and sports activities.
Arborism is one of the activities that can be practiced and consists of the sequential passage of obstacles between platforms placed in the treetops – hanging bridges, ropes, nets, tunnels from tree to tree, Tarzan jumps – always ending in a slide.
The experience of this outdoor adventure is full of adrenaline, takes people out of their comfort zone and, above all, is a great outdoor activity for children, families, birthday parties, farewells, groups, students, companies and team building.
All circuits remained integrated into the landscape respecting the trees and environment in order to provide an unforgettable day spent with nature.
Kartódromo Internacional de Palmela
The “Kartódromo Internacional de Palmela” (karting track) is a complex that is distinguished by a series of truly exceptional characteristics, with special emphasis on the 1,270 meters of perimeter and 10 meters of constant width of the track, as well as for the 1,500 square meters of infrastructure area of support.
One of the greatest peculiarities of the Palmela International Karting Center is undoubtedly the area where it is inserted: in the Herdade de Algeruz, a farm with about 200 hectares, still with a significant production volume in agriculture and livestock and, once, also a cellar that was transformed into “Museum of Vine and Wine”.
In this way, the kart track is almost entirely unique in visual terms, not only because it is embedded in an area of rare natural beauty, but also because of the interesting contrast with the agricultural buildings adjoining it.
Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian
The Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of Astronomy in Portugal in 1965, the year of its inauguration.
It is a space that belongs to the Portuguese Navy in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for the dissemination of activities related to astronomy.
It has an auditorium, has thermal expositions and an observatory.
Cinemateca Júnior belongs to the Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema and was created in 2007 with the purpose of dynamizing the activity among the younger viewers.
During the week, the Cinemateca Júnior has a set of activities directed to the school public with the aim of transmitting the taste for the cinematographic art.
The program of activities aims to present the history of cinema, framing it in a historical, cultural, social and scientific context through the projection of films, in its original format in copies available in the Cinematheque Archive, as well as thematic workshops.
The activities are based on permanent exhibitions that give the public the possibility of interacting with the objects exhibited, knowing its operation and its historical importance, sensitizing it to the cinema, not only as entertainment but also as art and memory of art.
On Saturdays there is a program open to the public, “Saturday in the Family”, with a movie session at 3:00 p.m. and a Family Atelier on the last Saturday of each month at 11:30 p.m., in which the adult audience, families and young people.
Museu das Comunicações
The Communications Museum is the most visible face of the Portuguese Communications Foundation and is the active part in the realization of the Foundation’s main mission: to promote the study, conservation and dissemination of the historical, scientific and technological heritage of Communications.
In the Museum of Communications, a living science and technology workshop, kids and adults discover how fun it is to communicate.
Thinking of the general public and the school public, the Educational Service develops programs of pedagogical action, thematic courses and animations of the exhibitions, which become true journeys guided by the History of Communications in a playful and interactive way.
In addition to its permanent exhibitions, the Museum organizes temporary exhibitions, also hosting initiatives that, due to their public interest, deserve to be framed in a space that is intended to be open and dynamic.
The News Museum explains the media coverage of episodes in recent history and allows visitors to interact with Radio and TV.
He honors journalists immortalized by his work, presents the main protagonists of the industry, projects the evolution of the reporting of wars, contextualizes the media battles that have marked us, recalls the “bad news” of our time.
The equipment is very modern and participative integrating a small auditorium prepared for educational visits.
The experience, available in Portuguese and English, is customized for a total of 16 hours of video and other formats.
Pedagogical farms, besides fun, allow the children to have contact with the animals and learn how they feed and how they live.
In the Lisbon region, there are several that you can choose to spend pleasant hours with the children.
Olivais Pedagogical Farm
This farm is located in Lisbon, and was one of the first to emerge.
On this farm you can experience country life, animals and rural traditions.
Here you can see live animals, touch and walk with them and participate in the activities of a farm, such as organic farming and livestock.
It has horses, cows, goats and chickens in fences and stables. It also finds parakeets, pheasants, quail and peacocks, sheep, pigs, donkeys, goats, geese and ducks.
In this pedagogical farm located in the region of Sintra, you will have contact with several animals, including ponies, rabbits, pigs and sheep.
However, the donkeys are the great attraction of the farm and will have the opportunity to have contact with them or to take a walk in the Sintra mountain range
There is also the possibility of holding parties and birthdays in a different space in contact with animals.
Inside the farm there is a souvenir shop where you can get your gifts.
Granja Pedagogical Farm is located in Loures, where you can find many animals: ponies, donkeys, sheep, cows, pigs, dogs, chickens, rabbits and others.
This farm is not open to the general public, reserved for groups of students, parties or by appointment.
The fifth organizes workshops and workshops on kids’ vacations and is available for birthday parties.
In the farm, the children and animals live in harmony, with the land and nature as a backdrop.
Pedagogical Farm Armando Villar
In this farm near Cascais, live donkeys, chickens, sheep, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, goats and pigs.
Farm stars, such as the Electric donkey, Choné sheep, Minnie pig, or Cris are the children’s delight.
In the biological garden and in the remaining space of this farm, there is still room to observe and interact with chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese.
The visit to the farm is free and at the entrance, there is also a Peddy Paper that can be made with the family and makes the visit even more attractive.
Caria Pedagogical Farm
Caria Pedagogical Farm provides “sensory experiences” through guided tours and organic farming products that it has for sale.
On the farm, besides the vegetable garden, there is a stable, with sheep, goats, chickens and the friendly donkeys Louro and Estrela, which can be brushed and fed by children.
In the children’s playground with pedalboard, children have the opportunity to have fun.
There is also the possibility of observation and birds such as eagles, swallows, alveoli, seals or goldfinches.
Monserrate Pedagogical Farm
If you are in the region of Sintra, then you can not miss the opportunity to visit Monserrate Pedagogical Farm.
On this little farm is recreated the picturesque countryside environment of the region and invites the youngest to play to the farmers.
Through participation in daily and seasonal tasks, visitors to the Quintinha de Monserrate have unique opportunities to learn in a natural space with a refreshing water line, native trees, and terraces for different types of plantations and animals
For seniors, there are also programs, such as sessions of organic horticulture, where they learn how to manage a garden.
Vertigo Climbing Center
This place, inaugurated in 2014 with an area of 420 m2 is dedicated to the practice of indoor climbing in a controlled and fun way.
It is an excellent local for those who are looking forward to a new way of doing sports or looking for an alternative to gyms, which is an authentic children’s theme park that can climb freely in a safe environment.
National Museum of Archeology
The National Archaeological Museum is a reference in Portuguese archeology with worldwide recognition.
Conceived by its founder to be a species of the Portuguese Man Museum, the MNA continues today with the same orientation, tell a story of the settlement of the Portuguese territory from the beginning to the middle ages.
In addition to the exhibitions, there is the Public Publication Service of this 1895 being the most important edition of its kind in Portugal and with a worldwide distribution network, archaeological heritage conservation, seminars, conferences and specialty courses, educational and cultural extension service, specialized library and scientific documentation.
Alvito Children’s Park
The Alvito Children’s Park is one of Lisbon’s most well-known Parks.
It was updated and has more secure equipment, such as tents, a caravel and a wooden train. It also includes several recreational equipment, sports facilities, a terrace, a cultural center.
There are different areas suitable for various ages: a multi-function tower area, two baby swings, six springs and four slides for boys up to 5 years old; another area with spiders, slides, multi-function towers for children from 6 to 12 years.
It has multiple zones of snacks, some near and far from the kids’ fun zones. There is also a soccer field on the first floor on the left side of the entry. The café with terrace is located on the second floor.
It has 3 different playground areas depending on the age: a multi-function tower area, two baby swings, six springs and four slides for children up to 5 years old; another area with spiders, slides, multifunctional towers and an adventure park with a caravel for children from 6 to 12 years.
The snack areas are several and with different characteristics, some near and far from the kids’ fun zones. There is also a soccer field on the first floor on the left side of the entry. The café with terrace is located on the second floor.
The Puppet Museum
The Puppet Museum is dedicated to the universe of the puppet, to its history and interpretation and to the dissemination of puppet theater.
The collections of the Puppet Museum are made up of different typologies of masks and puppets, from different parts of the world and illustrative of the most varied forms of manipulation: puppets, puppets, shades and masks, among others.
In addition to the permanent circuit and temporary exhibitions, the Puppet Museum relies on its strong relationship with the performing arts, regularly promoting puppet shows and animated forms and supporting festivals in the puppet area.
The Museum develops an extensive and consolidated educational service activity, functioning as a platform for communication and interpretation between the collection and the various publics: guided tours and workshops for schools, workshops for adults, creative morning for families.
The Money Museum is a special place that presents the history of money and its relation to societies and to the individual through the Bank’s numismatic collections.
In the Money Museum, the children are aware of the birth of the first coin and the first note. They will also know how the money was made, and how the Portuguese and the world companies accepted this innovation.
The Money Museum offers a highly interactive experience that uses multimedia technology to showcase its collection. The unconventional museography bets on the creation of surprising environments, able to summon the participation of the visitor and to promote the construction of knowledge
Telecabine do Parque das Nações
The Nations Park Telecabine is today one of the attractions that remain from the time of Expo98.
It is a journey not only in time but in the riverside frontier area of the estuary of the notions that will allow you to have a glimpse overall this river area of the Tagus river.
The trip takes approximately 10 minutes in a course of 1230 meters, hovering over the River Tejo at 30 meters high, from where you can see a stunning panorama of the Nations Park including the Oceanarium, the Portugal Pavilion, the S. towers. Gabriel and S. Rafael, the Atlantic Pavilion, the Vasco da Gama Tower and the Vasco da Gama Bridge.
Museu Nacional do Teatro e da Dança
The National Museum of Theater and Dance is in the Monteiro-Mor Palace, The Museum is housed in the Monteiro-Mor Palace, an 18th-century building that has been restored and adapted for this purpose.
Initially conceived and dedicated exclusively to the presentation of temporary exhibitions, it has today a permanent exhibition in the main building.
The permanent exhibition includes pieces from the most diverse origins, scene costumes created and designed by artists such as Almada Negreiros or Paula Rego, costumes and props used on stage by Amália Rodrigues.
In the Gallery located in the building opposite the Reception / Store are presented temporary exhibitions dedicated to all aspects that intervene in the Arts of the Show.
In the Museum’s store, various publications and objects can be acquired, referring to both the National Theater and Dance Museum and other Museums.
Pilar 7 Bridge Experience
If you are willing to face more radical challenges and want a unique experience in Lisbon, then you should not miss the opportunity to climb the Ponte 25 de Abril lift and enjoy the magnificent view it has over the city and the Tagus River from the Mirador de la Apelo 25th April Bridge of the Pilar Experience 7.
I already tell you that it is a literally virtuous experience, unfit for the heart.
The elevator to the board of the 25 de Abril Bridge is anything but calm.
They are 80 meters high that culminate in a glass platform where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Lisbon and the river Tagus.
A breathtaking experience!
Discover the city by tuk-tuk
The tuk-tuk are today an attraction that allows a unique and different experience around part of the city of Lisbon.
It is through this means that you can walk through the most famous streets of the capital’s historic neighborhoods and enjoy a personal and fun trip with family and children.
There are several areas of the city covered by this service, most of which are available in the lower part of the city.
Lisboa Story Centre
Located in the Terreiro do Paço, the Lisbon Story Center, which opened to the public in September 2012, is suitable for those who want to take a trip to Lisbon’s past in an interactive and dynamic way.
Through the use of scenography and multimedia are presented stories of the main events that occurred in the city.
The whole visit is divided into six parts where we find stories from myths and realities, to the magnificent city, passing through the day of all the saints of 1755, which was marked by the tragedy of the earthquake, until we got the reconstruction of the city by the Marquis of Pombal.
The earthquake room is an example of this, where we see the lamp of the room moving at the same time we visualize the video, which makes the situation more realistic.
The Lisbon Story Center operates daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is a must see.
Boat trip on Campo Grande garden lake
Jardim do Campo Grande is a green space located in the north of Lisbon, where you can enjoy a different experience with your children.
In addition to the garden, it now houses a series of fun activities, where you can play rowing, walk with the dog in the canine park or wait for the children to exhaust all the energy of the playground.
In addition there are also the famous rowing boats on the main lake of the garden.
Each accommodates up to six people, which makes the family experience extremely enjoyable.
Casa Fernando Pessoa
The house where Fernando Pessoa lived for the last 15 years is now a house of active culture, where one can visit the poet’s room, with the original dresser where Pessoa gave voice to his main heteronyms.
Since its inauguration the house has an auditorium, a library and a reconstitution of the writer’s room, responding to his vocation as a literary house in Lisbon. In 2013, a multimedia room was inaugurated on the third floor.
In the house, there are many personal projects, such as the typewriter, glasses, and notebooks, among others, complement the collection of Casa Fernando Pessoa.
In this multipurpose universe, there are colloquies, shows, debates and conferences on literature, exhibitions and workshops for children. There is also a guided tour service for consultation and a library, specialized in poetry and in Fernando Pessoa, with free access.
Casa Fernando Pessoa also has a restaurant that runs from Monday to Saturday at dinner time.
Tram 28 is the most famous tram in the city of Lisbon whose route starts at Martim Moniz and ends at Campo de Ourique.
The “Amarelo” (Yellow) as many call it, has today more than 100 years of history and in it, you cross the most emblematic streets of Lisbon where you can appreciate all of the historical heritage that Lisbon has to offer, from the imposing Star Basilica to the monumental Castle of St. George.
It is a trip you should not miss, a unique and fun ride with your whole family. Do not miss!
For tourists, I recommend the daily ticket (24h) Carris / Metro that costs € 6 and lasts 24 hours.
See Dolphins on Sado River
Dolphin watching on the Sado River is a unique experience you have to do with your children or with your family.
A little more than 40Km from Lisbon is the city of Setúbal where the Sado estuary is located, the marine ecosystem and natural habitat of Sado dolphins.
This tour is made by boat and in it can be observed the species that inhabit in this region, the bottlenose dolphin and the common dolphin.
There are many companies that do this tour and explain the history of the development of the species and its framing in the region.
Besides the experience in contact with these animals, the tour allows you to enjoy the views that the Serra da Arrábida and Troia provides.
It’s a fantastic ride that you can not miss!