Provincial Domain Huizingen

Provincial Domain Huizingen is one of the most beloved ones and closest to Brussels. Playgrounds, mini cars, trampolines, farm animals, forest, outdoor pools for kids, even a little train to take you around the domain: It has everything!

Overview
The castle
Playgrounds
Farm animals
Swimming pool
Mini cars
Rock garden
Practical stuff
Nearby
Address

Overview

The castle

The castle with the lake is beautiful. The domain is 91 hectares, 55 of which is a forest with hiking trails (with wood daffodils and bluebells!). There are also a few statues and play structures

Playgrounds

There are two playgrounds, one for younger kids (sandpit) and one for older ones (10+ years old). This is the playground for younger kids

This is the playground for older kids

Farm animals

There are also farm animals, like horses, sheep, goats, chickens (and deer!). These are in the meadows and there is also a small enclosure where you can walk around

A little train goes around the domain (places for two wheelchairs, EUR 1.50 per person)

Swimming pool

There are outdoor pools with water slides. One of the pools is also suitable for younger kids. The pools are open between 1st of May and 15th of September every year. Reservation is mandatory for the pools. There are two timeslots, 11.00-14.00 and 15.00-18.00. There is an extra fee for the pool: free for kids < 3, kids 4-12 years old EUR 2, adults from Flemish Brabant EUR4, adults not from Flemish Brabant EUR 12
You can find all details and reserve here:
https://www.vlaamsbrabant.be/nl/vrije-tijd-en-toerisme/provinciedomein-huizingen/provinciedomein-huizingen-openluchtzwembad

Mini cars

There are also mini cars (4-10 years old, EUR 1 for two laps) and mini golf (as of 8 years old, EUR 2 per person)

Rock garden

The 5 hectares rock garden ‘Bloemendal’ with many flowers and plants, a stream and a small waterfall at its start

There are also sports facilities: tennis courts (March 1 to October 31), multisport, athletics track (+ showers), football field (+ showers), fishing pond. There are pedal boats and rowing boats (EUR 5 per half an hour)

Practical stuff

*Open: The domain opens at 09.00 and the closing time varies around the year (April to September at 20.00, October and March at 18.30, November to February at 17.00)
*The domain is free in the winter, there is an entrance fee 01.04.2021-30.09.2021
*Cost: kids < 3 free entrance, 4-12 years old EUR 1.50, EUR 2.50 for adults that live in Flemish Brabant, EUR 4.00 for adults that do not live in Flemish Brabant
*You need your ID card to enter!!
*The swimming pool and certain attractions (mini cars, rowing boats, mini-train and pedalos) are charged extra on top of the entrance fee
*Access to the swimming pool is possible only via reservation
*There is a restaurant, a cafeteria and a frituur next to the playground for younger kids, so you can enjoy a drink while the kids are playing
*There are also two hikers’ cabins where up to 4 people can stay overnight for EUR 50 per night. This is possible between 01.03-31.10 and for a maximum of 3 nights
*Stroller friendly, wheelchair friendly
*Toilets near the playground
*Dogs are allowed on a leash (but not in the swimming pool)

Nearby

Hallerbos is close, a massive forest that is famous for the wild hyacinths blue carpet in spring

Hallerbos

A massive forest that is famous for the wild hyacinths blue carpet in spring

Provincial Domain Huizingen is one of the best provincial domains close to Brussels. Check the post to see the rest!

Best provincial domains close to Brussels

A provincial domain is an oasis for families. Lots of green, playgrounds, cafés… Some have farm animals and some have kids friendly swimming pools too. All places mentioned below are about half an hour from Brussels – and it’s really worth the drive!

Address

Just 20 minutes drive from Schuman, Brussels (or about 50 minutes by public transport)

Provincial domain Huizingen
http://www.vlaamsbrabant.be/nl/vrije-tijd-en-toerisme/provinciedomein-huizingen
Henry Torleylaan 100, 1654 Beersel
02 383 00 20
https://goo.gl/maps/5jVQae5J1HmgTTB17

Map

All places mentioned above are also gathered on the map: outdoor and indoor activities, kids friendly cafés/ restaurants and hotels under separate layers
*Tip: if you want to see a specific layer, you need to tap the upper left corner of the map and unselect the other layers
https://worldwildschooling.com/world-wild-schooling-map/

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