Rome for children: top 7 attractions to visit

Traveling with kids might be significantly different from a solo journey. However, having children is not an excuse to stay at home. This is a whole lot of new experiences and exciting emotions. In fact Rome is very family friendly city, since there are so many places that will be interesting not only for children, but also adults. Keep reading to prepare yourself for an amazing family trip to Rome.

1. Rome Zoo (Bioparco di Roma)

Rome Zoo is one of the oldest animal places in Europe. Opened at the beginning of the last century Rome Zoo became a home to more than 1000 animals. Modernly equipped paddocks along with special plants allowed creating several biological zones, which correspond to the places where animals naturally inhabit. This nature reserve is a perfect place for a family holiday. Among tropical greenery settled cages with giraffes, monkeys, tigers and lions, hippos and crocodiles, elephants and buffaloes. In addition there is a small amusement area for children located in the middle of the lake – the “Ark” with slides and swings. Guests are also allowed to organize children’s birthdays and holidays here.

Address: Piazzale del Giardino Zoologico, 1, Roma

Giraffe at the Rome Zoo

2. Time Elevator Rome

When in Rome with kids we suggest taking a trip back in time with the “Time Elevator”. This cinema-attraction offers 45-minute film called “Time Elevator Rome”, that demonstrates history flow through ages. Watching this film you’ll watch how Rome was found by Romulus and Remus, witness the decline of the Empire and see the birth of Christianity. This magic trip follows the course of the life of the Eternal City during the Renaissance and shows the dictator Mussolini coming to power. Film is demonstrated on three panoramic 3D screens at once. At the same time sophisticated sound system and maintenance of naturalistic effects (wind, rain splash) creates 5D effect.

Address: Via dei SS. Apostoli, 20 – 00187 Roma

3. Explora Children’s Museum

Explora is a children’s museum mainly focused on kids aged from 3 to 12. It was constructed as a small town that introduces surrounding reality to its visitors. Museum consists of 4 exhibition rooms dedicated to the mysteries of the human body, society, environment and communications. Children have an opportunity to get acquainted with new technologies, science and culture through interactive games and exhibits. On the ground floor there are permanent exhibitions, which are arranged as supermarkets, banks, fire lanes, television studios, garages, hospitals and restaurants.

Address: Via Flaminia, 80/86, 00196 Roma

4. Bartolucci shop

Also known as Pinocchio shop it is a fun experience for kids and a chance to go back to childhood for adults. This shop is devoted to the boy Pinocchio, who was carved out of stone pine. Store was opened by Italian millionaire Federico Bertola, who loved to read Pinocchio story and dreamed of becoming a rich man. He now says that that this wooden doll has given him the opportunity to believe in himself and in his dream. Everything is this shop is made of wood and covered with delicious-smelling varnish. Watches in shapes of puppies and kittens, cups and toothbrushes, scooters and earrings – all made out of wood. In other words, if you are looking for a real Italian gift for your child, which is bright and made of natural materials, you should definitely visit Bartolucci shop.

Address: Via dei Pastini, 98, 00186 Roma

Inside Bartolucci shop

5. Cinema dei Piccoli

Cinema dei Piccoli is the oldest cinema in Rome opened in 1934. It is also considered the smallest theater in the world as it has only 63 seats. Nowadays Cinema dei Piccoli shows avant-garde films and films for children using the most modern equipment. In 2005 cinema was included in the Guinness Book of Records as “the smallest building in the world adapted to display movies”. In addition, cinema offers room for rent for a birthday or any other celebration.

Address: Villa Borghese, Largo Marcello Mastroianni, 15, 00197 Roma

Cinema dei Piccoli

6. Al Sogno shop

If you’re looking for a present for a child this will be the place to visit. From Italian store name translates as “Dream”. In this case it is a real children’s dream of all ages. In this toy paradise you’ll find everything from expensive dolls to souvenirs and figurines made of bronze, porcelain and glass. In addition there’s an impressive collection of stuffed animals, including birds, whales and even snakes and spiders. From the first sight Al Sogno shop seems small, but there is a ladder to the upper gallery, so don’t be lazy to explore all the toys diversity. Above all store location is very convenient as it sits right on the Piazza Navona.

Address: Piazza Navona, 53 Roma

7. Rainbow Magicland

In case you have a whole free day we suggest taking your kids to one of the biggest amusement parks in Europe – Rainbow Magicland. Although it is located within 30 km from Rome in a town called Valmontone, its magical atmosphere will not make you regret this trip. The main park theme is world-famous Winx fairies from a popular cartoon series. Rainbow Magicland infrastructure is built around the life of these fabulous girls. Territory is divided into several areas with its own theme that in total accounts 35 different rides. Moreover there are two theatrical areas that offer various shows for little kids.

To get to the Rainbow Magicland you can take a train from Termini station in Rome then take a free bus or a taxi from the Valmontone station. There’s also a free shuttle available at the Termini station. Travel time is about 40 minutes. If you’re traveling by car just take a highway A1 Milan – Naples.

Address: Via della Pace, 00038 Valmontone RM

Roller coaster at Rainbow Magicland