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Rome for Kids & Teens

Rome's TIme Elevator for kids

Time Elevator - the city's
newest attraction for kids -
makes history come alive in
a cool hi-tech showcase ...

Despite 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.

In fact, keeping the kids entertained on a trip to Rome couldn't be easier.

Check 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 ...


Time Elevator - Climb 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.

10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

: €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.

Museo 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.

Summer Hours: - 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Children 3-12: €7.00, Adults: €6.00

Getting There: 80 Via Flamina; Metro station: Flaminio.

Luneur (Luna Park) - 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 each attraction.

Getting There: Metro station: Magliana and EUR Fermi (Metro B) Buses n. 706, 707, 714, 717, 765, 771.

Teatro Verde (Puppets!) : Take 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 -

Museo 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.

Hours: 9 am - 8 pm

Getting There: 67 Piazza SS Apostoli. Nearest Metro station: Spagna

Museo 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).


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