Playground in Middelkerke

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Are you looking for a fun-filled family destination on the Belgian coast? Look no further than Middelkerke!

This charming seaside town has a lot to offer, especially when you’re traveling with kids. From playgrounds and delicious ice cream to stroller-friendly paths and even a dedicated beach area for dogs, Middelkerke has something for everyone in the family.

Here are the best things to do in Middelkerke with kids and where to stay with the family.

In a Nutshell

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The indoor swimming pool and indoor playground are a haven for little ones. For those seeking relaxation, the spa offers a retreat. And let’s not forget the animations, where children can unleash their creativity and have a blast for a couple of hours a day.

How to Get to Middelkerke

If you’re coming from Brussels, Middelkerke is about a 1.5-hour drive. Alternatively, you can opt for a more relaxed journey by taking the train and tram, which will take approximately 2.5 hours.

Where to Stay in Middelkerke with Kids

Vayamundo Ostend is the ultimate family getaway, offering a wide array of amenities and activities. Dive in the indoor swimming pool. The indoor playground is a haven for little ones. For those seeking relaxation, the spa offers a retreat. Stay active at the on-site gym. And let’s not forget about the animations, where children can unleash their creativity and have a blast for a couple of hours a day.

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Holiday Suites Nieupoort is the perfect destination for a family-friendly getaway. Immerse yourself in relaxation with their indoor pool. Indulge in the sauna and hammam. Meanwhile, the small outdoor playground provides a safe and enjoyable space for kids to have fun and burn off some energy.

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Beach Playground

One of the highlights for kids is the playground located right on the beach. Imagine building sandcastles, splashing in the waves, and then running off to enjoy the playground equipment. The beach playground even has a ship, which adds a touch of nautical fun to the experience. It’s definitely a must-visit spot!


Once the little ones have had their fill of beach fun, take a short walk from the beach playground to find some additional delights. First up, rent a cart from Joli Rent to explore the town in style. Kids will love riding around in these carts, and it’s a great way to explore the area without tiring out their little legs.

Sweet Delights

After working up an appetite, head over to De Crèmerie for some delicious ice cream. With its prime location on Zeedijk, you won’t have to venture far to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Where to Eat

If you’re in the mood for a quick bite, Sandwich bar Kristof offers tasty sandwiches that are perfect for a picnic on the beach.

If you need to grab some takeaway food for the family, Sea Gull is conveniently located nearby. It’s a great option for those times when you want to enjoy a meal together but don’t feel like cooking or sitting down at a restaurant.

Normandpark: A Playground Oasis

For even more outdoor fun, take a seven-minute stroll from the beach playground to the Normandpark. Here, you’ll find another playground that will keep the kids entertained for hours. But wait, there’s more! The park also boasts a little airplane, which adds an exciting touch to the play area.

There are also public toilets in Normandpark (there are also toilets in Middelkerke at several other points, you’ll find more details further below).

De Kegel X-Treme: Karting and Adventure Park

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For an adrenaline-packed day of excitement and thrills, make sure to visit De Kegel X-Treme. This entertainment center offers a wide range of activities.

Start off with some outdoor karting and let your competitive spirit soar as you race around the track. If you’re up for a challenge, test your skills at the adventure park, where you can conquer obstacle courses and zip lines.

Indoors, gear up for some heart-pounding fun with laser games or enjoy a friendly game of bowling. And for those who love solving puzzles and working together as a team, the escape room is an immersive experience not to be missed.

Topfit: Indoor Playground and Indoor Skiing

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Discover the ultimate playground for both kids and winter sports enthusiasts at Topfit. This venue boasts an indoor playground where children can unleash their energy and let their imaginations run wild. It’s perfect for a rainy day.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there – Topfit also features an indoor snow piste, allowing ski and snowboard enthusiasts to hit the slopes all year round.

Jumplay: Indoor Playground and Trampoline Park in Middelkerke

At Jumplay an indoor playground and a trampoline park combine for non-stop fun. Let your little ones explore a play area filled with slides and interactive games. Meanwhile, thrill-seekers of all ages can bounce and soar to new heights on the trampolines. Jumplay is the perfect destination for active play and adventure.

Middelkerke Sand Sculpture Festival

Get ready to be enchanted at the Middelkerke Sand Sculpture Festival! Taking place every summer from July to September, this magical event unfolds on the beach at Arthur De Greefplein.

Immerse yourself in a captivating fairy tale world where the sand sculptures bring to life real wizards, princes, and princesses. Marvel at the intricate details and craftsmanship as you wander through this enchanting display.

Dog-Friendly Beach

For all the dog lovers in the family, Middelkerke has you covered. There’s a designated part of the beach where your furry friends can run around without a leash and enjoy the sand and sea. It’s a great opportunity for some quality family time with your four-legged companion.

You’ll find this beach at Zeedijk 207, 8400 Middelkerke.

Accessible Public Toilets

When nature calls, don’t worry. Public toilets are available at Zeedijk 137 on the beach and at Normandpark, ensuring a hassle-free experience for the whole family. It’s always good to have those facilities close by, especially when you’re spending a day at the beach. You can find more public toilets and a map of them here.

Accessibility for All

One of the best things about Middelkerke is its accessibility. The town is stroller-friendly and wheelchair-friendly, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the beautiful surroundings without any issues.

Where to Park

Parking is often a concern, but you’ll be relieved to know that there is free parking available next to the Normandpark. Just head to Parking Normandlaan, and you’ll have no trouble finding a spot for your vehicle.

So, whether you’re seeking beachside adventures, tasty treats, or outdoor playtime, Middelkerke has it all. Pack your bags, bring your family, and get ready for a memorable vacation in this delightful coastal town. Happy travels!


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