Top 11 things to do with kids on Lake Como, Italy, from Bella Como
Wednesday 30, June 2010
Bella Como, Lake Como’ premier holiday lettings business and experts on Lake Como and the surrounding region have complied a list of must do’s for young visitors to lake como looking for a things to do.
With something to suit every taste and budget, lake como is the ideal family destination!
Here are our top 11 things for kids to do ( and even adults!) For a whole host of other suggestions visit:
1. Lido Di Lenno - Lenno.
Lido Di Lenno overlooks Villa Balbianello (of Bond fame) and the Bay of Lenno. During the day it’s a great family spot by the lake with sun beds, sandy beaches, and a great lakeside café and snack bar.
At weekends this it transforms into a nightclub with a dance floor and gazebos surrounded by candlelit seating.
2. Play parks
Most villages have a designated children’s play parks, with swings and roundabouts, green space, and lovely views. The best are located in.
In particular the following villages have good places for play that are easily accessible. Menaggio, Mezzegra, Cernobbio, Como, Griante, Cadenabbia, Varenna and Lenno.
3 . Crazy golf – Menaggio
Believe it or not you can actually play this daft but amusing crazy golf course next to one of the most stunning promenades on Lake Como. Its just two minutes from the Lido Di Menaggio, and the 5 minutes from the centre of Menaggio village and its lovely Piazza.
4. California Aqua Park.
The Acquapark is located in Chiasso, Switzerland, just across the Swiss border from Como, Italy. This is a fantastic water world will guarantee lots of fun in the large swimming pool equipped with flumes and slides. Appealing to all ages with a big Jacuzzi pool as well as a beauty salon and a café or two.
If you are after a little down time, then you can always put the youngsters into the Baby crèche open from Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 11:30 with qualified staff offering a range of activities such as drawing, reading and playing giving you a chance to relax in peace! The California Acquapark is open every day of the year.
Opening times for Water Park and fitness:
Monday to Friday - 08:30 to 22:00
Saturday - 09:00 to 20:00
Sunday - 09:00 20:00
Holidays - 09:00 to 20:00
Opening Times for Oasis Well-being will be accessible from:
Monday to Friday - from 10.00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays - from 9.30
5. Lido Di Menaggio – Menaggio
The lido di menaggio has recently re opened after a two-year restoration. Its position right on the lake is second two none, and it features two swimming pools, including one for toddlers, a sandy beach, three restaurants, kids activities, volley ball, and its own brewery. It’s a firm favorite of Bella Como kids, and is reasonably priced. Parking is easy too.
6. The Alprose Chocolate Museum
Its all about chocolate and is for the kids, big ones and small ones!! Watch chocolate from beginning to end.
Where: Via Rompada 36, 6987 Caslano, Switzerland
Opening times: Mon-Fri 09:00 to 18:00/17:30 and Sat-Sun 09:00 to 17:00/16:30
The park is in Vallecamonica, and is really an open-air museum taking you back to prehistoric times. With workshops supervised by skilled instructors you can participate in prehistoric games and learn pottery, fires lighting, bows and arrow shooting etc.
There are picnic areas if you wish to bring your own feast; otherwise there is a decent restaurant.
From Como it takes approximately 2.5 hours by car and is 168km.
Address: Boario Terme, Vallecamonica (less than an hour drive from Brescia and Bergamo)
Opening Times: From 1st March to 30th November; daily from Tuesday - Sunday; 9am-5.30pm
Cost: Adults €15, reduced price €13
An amazing mini Switzerland Park where you can see all the famous sights of Switzerland in one go! Also featuring amusements, rides and a miniature train that children (and adults) can go on for a tour round the park to see the sights of mini Switzerland. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop and a nearby play park with a large grass area for play and picnics. For details of events and to see some pictures go to www.swissminiatur.ch
Address: Melide near Lugano, by the shore of Lake Ceresio. Melide is north of the bridge spanning lake Lugano. Reach it by car, rail and the bus to and from Lugano.
Opening Times: daily from 15th March to 26th October; 9am-6pm, 26th October to 16th November; 9am-5pm - the last entrance is at 4.30pm.
Cost: Adults approx €10, Children approx €7 or you can buy a family day ticket for €30
9. Parco della Preistoria
A Prehistoric Park inviting children to find out about the dinosaurs and prehistoric earth. There are full sized models of prehistoric animals throughout the park and an exhibition of fossils and minerals. There even a maze to get lost in!
This park is part of the larger Parco dell'Adda Sud. Children of all ages absolutely love this place! There is a train that goes around the park when those little legs get tired out.
Address: via Ponte Vecchio 21, 26027 Rivolta D'adda (CR) nr Bergamo
Opening Hours: 21 February - 15 November, everyday 9am to 6pm
Cost: Adult €10, child 3-13 years old €8
10. Castle Vezio Varenna
You can visit the tower and vaults that dates back to medieval times with its ancient fortress surrounded by olive groves and bird of prey breeding centre. There are daily exhibitions and demonstrations taking place every day (depending on weather conditions).
For the grown ups, it’s a lovely walk with stunning views.
Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm (14th March - 2nd November 2009)
11. Jungle Raider Park
A crazy and fantastic adventure park in the forest of Civenna (approximately 15km from Bellagio) built in the trees of a conifer forest in Civenna, near the springs of the Lambro River. The park is filled with obstacle courses amongst the trees; from logs to gangways and bridges that connect tree to tree. It is a way to combine fun with physical exercise and fresh air. It is suitable for all levels (younger ones being accompanied by an adult of course)
Cost: See website for jungleraidepark as prices vary depending on the level and how many turns you want to take - can range from €10 - €16 for one turn (€10 for easier level and €16 for harder level) Prices go up for 2 turns etc.
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