10 ideas for entertainment with children in Rome, Italy

Where to go in Rome with children: museums, zoo, theaters, entertainment

Rome

Rome is an amazing city with historical secrets, beautiful things and curious finds hidden in every corner. But a trip to Rome with children is not quite an easy task, because the world-famous sights do not greatly interest young travelers. Therefore, we will tell you what to do and where to go in Rome with a child or family to be fun and interesting for all.

Where to go in Rome with a child: the gladiator school

Gladiator School

Even if your kids have never heard of Roman gladiators, the opportunity to impersonate ancient warriors and swing swords, even toy ones, will fascinate any child. The Gruppo Storico Romano has a special program for children that includes a tour of the museum to see gladiator armor, a two-hour session with an instructor, gladiator costumes and weapons, and a free drink. The program is open to children ages 6 and up, and all participants receive a gladiator diploma at the end. This is a great entertainment for children in Rome that they will remember for a long time to come.

The museum Gruppo Storico Romano is located near the Colosseum, so you can combine a game of gladiators with a tour of the gladiatorial fights (do not forget to buy tickets in advance, for example, here or on this site, so as not to tire a child standing in long lines). The cost of the children’s program starts at $60.

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (the last activity begins at 7 p.m.).

Address: 18 Via Appia Antica

Subway stop: San Giovanni

Puppet Theatre Teatrino di Pulcinella al Gianicolo

Puppet theaters are very popular in Europe, and one of the most beloved theaters in Rome is the Teatrino di Pulcinella al Gianicolo, located in a park on the Gianicolo Hill in Trastevere. You can go to this puppet theater if you come to Rome in the warm season, because the performances are held outdoors. The main character is the famous Italian puppet Pulcinella. The performances take place on weekends from 10:30 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00.

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The best part is that admission is free. Read also about other free events in Rome.

Address: Viale del Gianicolo

Metro station: Ottaviano

Explora Children’s Museum in Rome

Explora Child Museum, Rome

The Explora was designed specifically for children, so they can learn about history and science in a playful way. The children’s museum exhibit is completely interactive, allowing children to experiment with different materials and tools. Not only children, but adults as well will enjoy exploring the Explora Museum. There are several areas: for children up to 3 years old, 3 to 6, and 6 to 12 years old, and suitable activities and entertainment are selected for each age group. Most of them focus on ecology, economics, and technology. Children can try their hand at being a machinist, a cook, a supermarket worker, and even a firefighter. All games help children better understand the world around them and make sense of scientific, economic and social phenomena.

Admission: 5-8 euros for children

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Address: 82 Via Flaminia

Metro station: Flaminio

Children’s gourmet treat: ice cream

ice cream

Perhaps the biggest temptation for children and the most delicious joy in Rome is the ice cream café. Ice cream stores and cafes, or as they are called gelaterias, can be found at every turn, and it’s hard to resist trying them all, but it’s even harder to determine which producer you’ll end up preferring. A great option to spoil the kids is Fata Morgana ice cream, the best natural ice cream in Rome – no dyes, chemical preservatives or gluten. Those who like to try something new can experiment with exotic berry sorbets, almond-orange or lavender flavors. Fans of classic options are advised to stop at chocolate, cream and pistachio ice cream. We’ve already written about where to get the best ice cream in Rome – read it here.

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Open daily from 12 p.m. to midnight.

Address: 5 Piazza degli Zingari

Metro: Cavour

Technotown is a museum for children and adolescents.

Technotown

Technotown is another children’s museum with interesting interactive exhibits. Technotown is located inside a medieval villa in one of Rome’s most beautiful parks. A tour of the museum will give you the opportunity to go back in time to see ancient Rome, and afterwards, to fly to the future in a motorized airplane. Here children can also play virtual soccer, try their hand at 3D animation and create their own robot. Classes are held in seven rooms, each of which is dedicated to a specific topic. Kids ages 10 to 17 will be interested in going to this museum.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 to 19.00

Address: 1 Via Lazzaro Spallanzani

Metro station: Policlinico

The mouth of truth

Mouth of Truth

On a walking tour of Rome, take a child near the Church of Santa Maria, where there is a huge marble mask known as the “Mouth of Truth. This place has become world-famous for the best Roman movie starring Audrey Hepburn. According to legend, if a man puts his hand into the Mouth of Truth and lies at the same time, the mouth will close and the hand will stay inside. Children usually love this “adult” attraction. Tell the legend to your child and offer to test its veracity! Chances are, you’ll have to wait in line to play this game: there may be many who want to test the “Charter of Truth”.

Address: 18 Piazza della Bocca della Verità

Metro stop: Circo Massimo

Bioparco di Roma

Bioparco di Roma

Where else can you go with children in Rome? To the zoo of course!

The zoo in Rome was opened in 1911. Recently it was completely rebuilt to fit the new concept: now it’s not just a place where animals live, but also an educational center about nature for children. There are ongoing classes on environmental protection and animal welfare, where children are taught to be respectful of nature. But, of course, the main attraction is getting to know the animals: during a walk in the zoo, children can see lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, giraffes and wolves. You can go here with a small child: there is a contact corner with pets, where they can feed piglets, rabbits, chickens and even pet them.

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Open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in winter and autumn and from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in spring and summer.

Address: 1 Viale del Giardino Zoologico

Subway stop: Spagna

Time Elevator 3D Cinema

Time Elevator

One of Rome’s favorite activities for children and especially teenagers is the three-dimensional time machine journey, during which children can go back in time and see the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. It actually takes place while watching a movie about the history of the city, but thanks to three panoramic screens and a state-of-the-art sound system, you’ll be completely immersed in another reality. In 45 minutes, almost 3,000 years from the most ancient times to today’s Rome will fly in front of you. You will also be able to see key figures who played important roles in Roman history.

Open daily from 10.30 to 19.30

Address: 20 Via dei SS. Apostoli

Metro: Spagna, Barberini

Sweets and toys on the Campo de’ Fiori

After a walking tour of the monuments and museums it’s time to indulge in a little entertainment, like discovering Rome’s most famous market, Campo de’ Fiori. Even if children aren’t enthralled by the picturesque stalls of colorful flowers and fruits, they’re unlikely to remain indifferent to the variety of sweets and toys. Delight them with a few euros so they can choose and buy something to their liking while you stock up on delicious cheeses, fresh bread, deli meats and vegetables for lunch or a picnic.

Open Mondays to Saturdays until 2pm.

Address: Piazza Campo de’ Fiori

Metro: Cavour

Bartolucci’s Toy Shop

Bartolucci Toy Store

Bartolucci’s Toy Shop is the only place you can take your child to get the real Pinocchio. The store is still owned by the family who founded the brand. If you want to buy a special children’s gift that will remind you of Italy, what better way to do so than with a figurine of a fairy tale character that is loved all over the world. Bartolucci has Pinocchio in different colors, sizes and models. But the selection of toys is not limited to him: there are other figurines, as well as magnets, pencils, jewelry and other wooden products. This store is considered the legendary souvenir shop of Rome.

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