estrela park - jardim da estrela
This beautiful treelined park is landscaped with gardens, plant-filled greenhouses, waterfalls, duck ponds, and a playground for kids which includes a giant synthetic spider web to climb on and swings. There are plenty of benches and grassy green areas for picnics, sitting in the shade and a gazebo where concerts are offered in the summer. The park has plenty of kiosks and gourmet food trucks in case visitors need a quick bit to eat.
Praça da Estrela, 1200-667
Phone: 21 397 4818
Free and open to the public 7-day a week from 7:00am to midnight
lisboa story center
This multimedia museum experience takes visitors on a 60-minute journey through Lisbon's history, from its early foundation in pre Roman days to modern times. There are audioguides and multimedia exhibits which describe key moments in history, including the New World discoveries, and there is a terrifying simulation of the1755 earthquake which includes a theater with shaking and vibrations. The final room shows a historical timeline of major events in the square outside over the years.
Praça do Comércio 78, 1100-148
Phone: 21 194 1099
Mondays 2.00 to 18.00, Saturdays 14.00 to 18.00, Wednesdays 11.30 to 13.00. On all other weekdays, visits are by appointment, and you may also ask for a guided tour.
pavilion of knowledge - pavilhão do conhecimento
This museum has several permanent exhibitions for every age allow visitors to explore interactively with different scientific phenomenon. Here you can question your senses or comprehension of reality. There are workshops and exhibitions where children use their hands to overcome several challenges, and produce their own projects such as clothing pieces, jewelry and others.
Largo José Mariano Gago 1990-223
Parque das Nações, Lisboa
Phone: 218 917 100
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am to 6:00pm. Weekends and holidays: 11:00am to 7:00pm
Closed on Mondays, December 24, 25 and 31, January 1
marionette world museum - museu da marioneta
Located in the old Bernardas Convent from the former 18th century. More fascinating than most imagine, this collection of over 1,000 marionettes and puppets from around the world, includes intricate Balinese shadow puppets, African and folk puppets that look like something out of a Brothers Quay film. There are highly technical marionettes and props from Asia to India that will stimulate your child-like curiosity. At the end of the museum there is an interesting section on modern clay animation that will intrigue anyone who is a fan of Wallace & Grommet.
The museum does an excellent job of explaining the art, history and sub culture of puppeteers. Check their website for a schedule of live puppet shows, and be sure to visit the cafe, or make a dinner reservation at “A Travessa” a trendy, upscale restaurant that shares the convent with the museum. They offer stellar Portuguese cuisine and Belgian inspired dishes. www.atravessa.com
Rua da Esperança, 146
Phone: 212 427 621
10.00 to 13.00, then 14.00 to 18.00 (Closed Mondays)
Get ready for an overdose of pink. Your little princess can enjoy the fantasy and glamour with a special outing to Princelandia Party and Spa. Little princesses, ages 4-12, can participate in the pampering solon, together with Mom, or in a party group of friends. The SPA service consists of an hour-long circuit of treatments consisting of manicures, pedicures, massage, hair and make-up and walk down the fashion show runway. It is a fantasy hour of beauty!
Rua Cordeiro Ferreira, 13E
Olival Basto, Lisboa
Phone: 211 316 927
It is not just a game room, there are many possibilities for a variety of fun activities in this 2,000 square meter fun center inside of a repurposed 50 year-old confection factory. There are many games and activities for varied tastes at prices. from skateboarding, go karting, there are also dance studios, laser tag with weapons similar to those used in the training of American soldiers.
Rua João Saraiva nº22, 1700-250
Phone: 218 886 117
Tue. to Sun. 10.00 to 20.00 (on Saturdays until 22.00). (Closed on Mondays)
A world where the wall becomes the floor, and the rules of gravity no longer apply. It’s packed with lots of things to do with kids and the family, it takes the rush of getting airborne and adds a bunch of new dimensions – from aerial maneuvers to slam dunking, wall running and dodgeball warfare. The best part is it doesn’t matter if you’re under 5 or an action sports junkie in training – you’re never too old or too young to have an awesome time. It’s the coolest place in Lisbon! With more than 100 interconnected trampolines housed within a huge colorful space.
35A, 2795-626, Av. dos Cavaleiros 35
Summer Hours (From June 1 to September 30 + All School and Public holidays)
Monday to Saturday: 10:00am to 11:00pm, Sundays: 10am to 9pm
Winter Hours (From October 1 to May 31)
Monday to Thursday: 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 10:00am to 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Phone: 21 269 8400
The Lisbon Oceanarium is the second largest aquarium in Europe, and one of the top 3 in the world. Not just for kids, this massive circular aquarium contains over 16,000 living creatures coexisting in a habitat with over 450 different species. Located at the Park of the Nations, the building has been designed to actually float on the water, and can be accessed by a footbridge. There are two floors, and many exhibitions encircle the a huge central aquarium with sharks, stingrays, manta rays, tropical fish and alien looking moon fish.
Esplanada Dom Carlos I s/nº, 1990-005,
Parque das Nações, Lisboa
Open everyday of the year, 7-days a week from 10:00am to 7:00pm, (last entry 6:00pm)
Phone: 21 891 7002