its reputation as a mecca only for sophisticated gourmands
and art lovers, Rome is a hip, modern metropolis that offers
fun and excitement for the whole family.
Time Elevator - the city's
newest attraction for kids -
makes history come alive in
a cool hi-tech showcase ...
fact, keeping the kids entertained on a trip to Rome couldn't
out our survey of top Rome attractions for kids & teens
including multimedia extravaganzas, kids museums,
zoos, and other attractions with special appeal for both
the young and young-at-heart ...
aboard this hi-tech time machine for surround-sound special
effects & "5-D" movies illustrating Rome's
glorious past along, with a special presentation on "The
Evolution of Life" chronicling life on the planet from
the Big Bang to dinosaurs and the ice age.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Admission: €11 for adults, €8 for children
12 and under.
Getting there: 12 Via S.S. Apostoli; Metro station:
Spagna (Metro A). Buses n. 40 express, 60 and 64.
Bioparco (The Rome Zoo)
- Renamed the Bioparco in 1998 following a major renovation,
Rome's zoo is 17 acres of fascinating animal exhibits in Piazzale
del Giardino Zoologico, in the centre of Villa Borghese.
Hours: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm (last entrance at 5:00 pm)
Admission: €8.50 for adults, €6.50 children
under 12 & seniors (60+)
Getting there: Metro station: Flaminio and
Spagna (Metro A) Buses n. 52, 53, 926, 217, 360 and 910. Tram
n. 3 and 19.
dei Bambini di Roma (Children's Museum)
- A pint-sized city where hands-on participation is encouraged
at exhibits explaining "play" ATM's & cash
registers, fire trucks, along with more fun stuff in audio
and video presentations.
Hours: - 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 5:00
Children 3-12: €7.00, Adults: €6.00
There: 80 Via Flamina; Metro station: Flaminio.
There's fun for the whole family when you take the kids
on a fun-filled day romping around Rome's amusement park
featuring a roller coaster, hall of mirrors, two haunted
houses, as well as car and pony rides.
Hours: Noon to midnight, with morning hours on Sundays.
Admission: Free, with separate admission prices for
Getting There: Metro station: Magliana and EUR Fermi
(Metro B) Buses n. 706, 707, 714, 717, 765, 771.
Verde (Puppets!) :
part in the age-old tradition of colorful puppet shows at
Rome's most famous children's theater. Short plays are acted
out in Italian only, but fascinated toddlers won't seem
to mind. Get there early for a visit to the costume and
scenery workshop a half hour before showtime.
Hours: 9am-6pm Tuesday - Saturday; 9am - 1:30pm Mon;
2pm - 6pm Sunday
Admission: Varies with performance
Getting There: 10 Circonvallazione Gianicolense;
Metro station: Ottaviano - S. Pietro
Other Fun Stuff -
delle Cere (Wax Museum)
Just cheesy enough to get kids giggling, Rome's own wax
museum features over 100 likenesses of popular Hollywood
stars and celebrities, wax dinosaurs, and a chamber of horrors
for the the older kids.
9 am - 8 pm
There: 67 Piazza SS Apostoli. Nearest Metro station:
dei Presepi (The Christmas Creche Museum)
Especially if you're traveling during the holidays, this
small out-of-the-way museum is a must-see featuring Nativity
sets or presepi from all corners of the globe ranging
from simple scenes to elaborate panoramas.
Hours: Open only Wednesdays and Saturdays from 5
to 8 p.m. through most of the year except during Christmas
when it's open daily, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Getting there: Located at Church of SS. Quirico e
Giulitta, 31a Via Tor de' Conti; Metro station: Cavour and
Colosseo (Metro B).