Children’s adventures in Maasmechelen

A nice weekend out for mam and dad soon turns into boring or ordinary setting for the youngest family members, where they sit all day long watching their cell phone or tablet. Fortunately there is plenty to do in Maasmechelen to tear them away from that screen. What about a walk full of creative challenges in a castle park, spotting little animals in the National Park, or strolling between wild cattle and horses on the banks of the river Meuse? Not to mention the play forests, sand dunes and swimming ponds. Take a walk on the fun side of Maasmechelen!

 On the road with the very little ones

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 The castle park of Leut is an English Park with plenty of special and impressive trees. Since March 2019, you can find there the children’s walk ‘The castle park of Pipa’. Pipa, daughter of lord of the manor Vilain XIIII, takes you along her favourite spots. On your way you get to know her six sisters, who challenge you to play, dance and sing with them. This interactive walk is totally free of charge, all the stories and assignments are mentioned on the boards that you meet along the way. The track is fairly accessible by buggy. Ideal for children from the age of 2.5 onward!

The Hourglass trail at the Malines Heather is a surfaced track that guides you through the various landscapes of the National Park in just 1.5 km. Ideally suited for a buggy and very young walkers. With a platform, birdwatching and various play elements along the way one will surely not get bored. The play forests and the sand dune also invite children to romp.

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Romping and spotting little animals

At Connecterra you can make short and longer walks, but children can also climb a minetower (a tower of the former coalmine) and enjoy themselves in the big outdoor playground, while you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of beer on the terrace. Or download the Connecterra-app on your cell phone and pimp your walk with a compass, a quiz and super interesting details and tips.

 

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On the Malines Heather the children can have fun in the play forest, the sand dune, and naturally there are also shorter trails for young walkers.

Do they think walking is boring? Then you can buy the Beestige Boel card at the Visitors’ centre of Connecterra or Camping Salamander (Malines Heather), which offers the children some great challenges along the way.

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Walking among big grazers such as semi-wild Galloway cattle and Konik horses? You can do that at the natural reserve Maaswinkel. The blue track with its 4 km is ideally suited for children.

 Another lovely place to spot Konik horses and Galloways is the Maesbempder Greend. Here you also find a strolling area where you roam outside the tracks through a rough looking, watery landscape. Pleasant for young and old. However, it is good to know that the track – and more specifically the strolling area – is not buggy friendly. For a trip of some 4 km you park on the village square in Leut (Genieskensstraat, 3630 Leut). From there onward, you follow the blue track until the walk switch 92. From their onward, the orange track takes you via walk switches 93 and 91 back to the church of Leut. 

Other fun things to do

  • Walk or cycle along the Meuse and cross the river to Holland by one of the ferry boats.
  • Enjoy an ice-cream, pancake or waffle at Huize Jammeties in Eisden-Dorp. There is also a playground.
  • There is no such thing as bad weather. Still don’t feel like going out? At the Euroscoop there are always cool children’s movies to or toss a ball at bowling Admiral.
  • Walk among the tree tops at the Kruinenpad.
  • Naturally there are regularly fun activities for children. Have a look at the calendar.

 Staying the night with children

In Maasmechelen you find various hotels and B&Bs. But once you get on the road with the family, it is certainly interesting to have a look at the supply of holiday houses. You can choose from a varied selection for the family or all your relatives.

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 You got wild ones in the house? On camping Kikmolen they can enjoy themselves when the weather is fine in the big swimming pond with its sliding complex. And then we haven’t even mentioned the big sunbathing area and outdoor playground.

At the other entry gate of Maasmechelen you can have a wonderful stay at the green camping site Salamander. With the swimming pool, a playground and the Malines Heather all the ingredients are there for a carefree weekend or week out.

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You have a disabled family member? Then it is not always easy to go out. Fortunately, there is the holiday centre Fabiola. In the shadow of the forests of the Malines Heather you can stay here as a family in one of the adapted bungalows. In the domain you find a lot of indoor and outdoor recreation, adapted to the target group. Oh, and that Hourglass trail we mentioned earlier? It is easily accessible to wheelchairs!