Top rainy day Children's activities in Bologna
Updated on 03 November 2022 From Bologna Welcome
Visiting a city for the first time with your children is always an amazing experience. But what to do in Bologna in rainy weather?
The rain that gently drizzles down on the Unesco porticoes in Bologna, creating an unusual concert of nature, is a fantastic opportunity to experience the city from a new perspective.
Enjoying the city's art
From the children's section of the MAMbo Museum of Contemporary Art, where children are involved in fun and educational activities, over the Geology and Palaeontology Collection of the University Museum System, where young tourists can recognise some of the rarest and most fascinating specimens, including the 26-metre-long, four-metre-high model of a Jurassic dinosaur, to the Museum of the History of Bologna and its surprising multimedia and sensory journey through 2500 years of history, Bologna's cultural offer is so versatile it ever fails to impress!
Just a few kilometres outside the city, you can taste ice cream at the Carpigiani Museum and learn how to do you perfect gelato. And if you are not bothered by the rain, consider visiting the painted village of Dozza for a breathtaking experience. Starry skies, watery expanses, and colourful characters are just some of the artistic highlights you will find on the walls of one of the most beautiful villages in Italy!
There are always plenty of exhibitions to attend in the town, including many suitable events for younger explorers, so why not have a look here?
© Carpigiani Museum
Getting to know the city through augmented reality
The fascinating medieval history of Bologna and its countless towers can be relived through the meticulous and extremely faithful reconstruction of the Virtual Museum Time Machine. Suitable for children aged 8 years and over, all you have to do is put on the visor to jump down from the Asinelli Tower, come across an ancient craftsman's workshop or listen to the dialogues of the ancient inhabitants of Bologna. Children, and adults with them, are sure to be impressed!
An afternoon of literature and art
Is there anything more relaxing and interactive than reading a story together (perhaps about Bologna), in a colourful environment, sheltered from the rain? Don't miss the Sala Borsa Library , a multimedia space coming with two sections for children divided by age (0-12 years and newborn). Amongst poufs, illustrated books and small screens, relaxing is never too much fun! Mothers will also find a welcoming space for breastfeeding and using the reserved child-friendly toilets.
you feel like treating yourself to an afternoon of artistic stimulation with
shows and stories, the perfect destination for the little ones is the Testoni
Theatre. Only a few steps away from the historic centre, just check out what's
on and book seats for the whole family
© Testoni Theatre
Making science by chance
Dreaming of becoming an internationally famous inventor and discovering a device that will change people's lives forever? Guglielmo Marconi proved capable of achieving such dream, and at Villa Griffone, in the eponymous museum, you can get to know his story and why not... draw inspiration for your next invention! If you feel like learning more about the history of radio, musical instruments, cinema, songs, telephones, TV and computers, you can always visit the Museum of Communication " Mille voci e Mille suoni" (A Thousand Voices and A Thousand Sounds)"
At the Opificio Golinelli you can join one of the many educational workshops on offer: between science, creativity and interactivity, children can experience their own inventions first-hand, understanding their educational processes and their value to society
Finding out how a clock works
step, you can reach the hall of the clock mechanism of the Clock Tower (formerly Torre Accursi), right in Piazza Maggiore. This is where the
enchantment of wheels, bolts and pendulums moving harmoniously comes into
being. Why don't you try to count the ticks: how many can you hear?
After observing all sides of the mechanism and taking a look at the historic sundial, open your umbrella and make sure you don't miss the panoramic terrace for a close-up view of the enormous hands of the clock of Palazzo d'Accursio. Here, the view over Bologna is breathtaking.
Meeting farm animals
then moves on to FICO, the ultimate visitor's park, where you can
see how fruit and vegetables are grown, learn about farm animals, discover
the inner workings of our planet on themed rides and ultimately enjoy the rides at the Luna Farm: loads of fun guaranteed!
Counting the Arches on a little train to San Luca
San Luca Express, the little red and blue train that goes
"choo-choo", also leaves from Piazza Maggiore. Where is it going? It
travels through the historic centre and up to the Sanctuary of San Luca,
passing by the longest UNESCO portico in the world. How many arches can you
count up to the top?
Playing at the Beautiful Gallery
The Beautiful Gallery will be an unparalleled experience for the whole family. Colourful, interactive and super photogenic, this interactive art experience, one of the most original of its kind in Italy, offers a new way of experiencing art in a fully immersive way. Don't forget to take a photo here!
© Beautiful Gallery