Things To Do With Kids Near Lugano, Ascona, Locarno, Bellinzona & Border Area Italy

No matter if you are passing through, stay for a holiday or live in beautiful Ticino, sometimes you need some inspiration on what to do with the kids, for all sunny and dry days, but also for those long rainy or cold days.

FIND
Please note that, unlike my blog posts, I have only visited the places marked with **. For those places you can contact me anytime through the comments field if you have specific questions you feel only another parent who has been there can answer.

I’ve sorted the activities by region, so it’s easier to find something near you. Where possible I have added links in English.

You can also use the map to located the activities (see color scheme below). Unfortunately Ticino does not have a great reputation for kids specific (indoor!) activities, so I have added some just over the border, maximum 1 hour drive from Lugano.

Latest additions will be shown in red.

YellowPlay
GreyMuseum/Culture
BlueNature/Play
RedNature/Animals
BrownAnimals
GreenNature
BlackTheater
Pink – Sports

NOTE: Use the menu on the left top (on map itself – 3 dots with 3 lines) to quickly go through the offer.

CHECK
For your convenience I have added opening hours, but if you decide for a location, double check their websites as changes regularly occur due to summer/winter or holiday season. Also note that many places are closed during lunchtime!

NOTE: Contrary to what you might be used to, when calling a phone number in Italy from abroad, leave the first 0 in!

ADD
I hope to add more places moving forward, based on your tips and my research. Feel free to suggest a place you’d like to recommend to other parents in your comments below. New additions to the list are called out NEW!!

SWITZERLAND, TICINO

DID YOU KNOW…

… That some (family) hotels with Pool, Spa and/or kids entertainment facilities will grand you access to their hotel facilities at a set a day rate? That way you can have a lovely bite to eat and glass of wine at a good restaurant, while the kids can play in the pool, at the playground or enjoy activities with the entertainment team.

… That both Lugano and Ascona/Locarno offer discount cards to people living and working in the region? The Lugano card can grand you discounts on Lido’s, restaurants, sports clubs, Spa’s and much more. The Discount card of Locarno offers discounts at the Lido and several festivals. More info in my blog post: Don’t Burn Your Money! Family Fun On A Budget

SEVERAL LOCATIONS IN TICINO

Open Sunday – PLAY – Indoor NEW!! NEW!! NEW!!
Games and activities in the gym of a school for kids between 6 and 12. For smaller kids there is Mini Move (Lugano only – see further down).
Available in Scuola Elementare Moulino Nuovo Lugano, Scuola Elementare Locarno, Scuola Elementare Lamone and Instituto Scolastico Losone.
+41 (0)91 826 40 70 // www.ideesport.ch/it/opensunday
November – March on Sunday’s: 14.00 – 17.00. Free.

Maribur ** – THEATER – Indoor, Outdoor
A theater company who organizes performances for kids in and around Stabio. When possible the performances are given outside. The shows we visited were with little or no words and therefore also good for those who don’t/hardly speak Italian.
+41 91 641 69 60 (office hours) // +41 79 854 96 77 ( on performance days) // info@maribur.ch // http://www.maribur.ch
Selected dates throughout the year: reservations needed. Kids: Free, Adults: 7 CHF

Teatro Pan** – THEATER – Indoor
A theater company who organizes performances for kids throughout Ticino, but mainly in Lugano. The shows we visited were with little or no words and therefore also good for those who don’t/hardly speak Italian.
Viale Cassarate 4, 6906 Lugano, Switzerland
+41 (0)91 922 61 58 // info@teatro-pan.ch // www.teatro-pan.ch
Selected dates throughout the year: reservations needed.

LUGANO AREA

Biblioteca Interculturale Per La Prima Infanzia**  – CULTURE – Indoor
Intercultural kids library with books for children till about 6 years old. There are books in Japanese, German, English, French, Dutch, Arabic, and many more. They have a reading corner and some toys to play with. It also serves as a Preasilo (reservations needed).
Via Castausio 2c, 6900 Lugano, Swizerland
+41 (0)91 921 30 91 // info@evolutioncenter.ch // http://www.evolutioncenter.ch/
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 15.00 – 18.00 // Wednesday: 09.30 – 11.30 / 15.00 – 18.00 // Friday – Sunday: Closed

Evolution Centro di Arrampicata – SPORTS – Indoor
Climbing hall for one-off climbing sessions or lessons. Boulder and rope climbing.
Via Vedeggio 7, 6807 Taverne, Switzerland
+41 (0)91 930 91 18 // ricciogiramondo@gmail.com // www.ricciogiramondo.ch/home
Monday/Tuesday: 17.00 – 22.00 // Wednesday – Friday: 12.00 – 22.00 // Saturday/Sunday and holidays: 09.00 – 19.00.

Lama Trekking – NATURE, ANIMALS – Outdoor
A trekking through the mountains for an hour, half or a whole day or stay overnight.
Casa Gisoretta, 6933 Iseo, Switzerland
+41 (0)79 331 25 73 // lama-trekk@bluewin.ch // http://www.lama-trekking.ch.vu/
All year, daily: Reservations needed

Lido Lugano** – PLAY – Outdoor
Viale Castagnola 4, Lugano, Switzerland
+41 (0)58 866 68 80 // sport@lugano.ch // www.luganosport.ch/dicastero/Le-nostre-strutture/Lidi-e-piscine/lido-di-lugano
May – September Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 07.00 – 21.00 // Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday: 09.00 – 19.00 // July – August: Daily till 20.30.

Mini Move** – PLAY – Indoor NEW!! NEW!! NEW!!
Games and activities in the gym of a school for kids between 2 and 5. For bigger kids there is a Open Sunday (see further down).
Scuola Elementare Via Bosschina, 6963 Pregassona (Lugano)
+41 (0)91 826 40 70 // www.lugano.ch/minimove
November – March on Sunday’s: 14.30 – 17.00. Free, small snack (fruits/bread) and water is offered to the kids free of charge.

Museo Cantonale di Storia Natural** – MUSEUM – Indoor
Permanent exhibition of several (stuffed) animals (set up) in their own habitats, some fossils, etc.
Viale Carlo Cattaneo 4, Lugano, Switzerland
+41 91 815 47 61 // www4.ti.ch/dt/da/mcsn/temi/mcsn/il-museo/il-museo/
Tuesday – Sunday: 09.00 – 12.00 // 14.00 – 17.00 // Closed on Monday and Public holidays. Free.

Parco Ciani** – PLAY – Outdoor
Riva Albertolli, Lungolago, 6900 Lugano
Park at the water, with pebble beach, large playground with swings, large climbing construction, rocking horses, slides and water fountain.
+41 58 866 66 00 // info@luganoturismo.ch // www.luganoturismo.ch/en/95/parco-ciani
Daily: Summer 06.00 -23.00 // Winter: 06.00 – 21.00

Open Sunday – PLAY – Indoor NEW!! NEW!! NEW!!
Games and activities in the gym of a school for kids between 6 and 12. For smaller kids there is Mini Move (see further up).
Scuola Elementare Moulino Nuovo, Via Trevano 23, Moulino Nuovo (Lugano). Organized in other locations in Ticino too (see top of page).
+41 (0)91 826 40 70 // www.agendalugano.ch/open-sunday
November – March on Sunday’s: 14.00 – 17.00. Free.

Parco San Grato** – NATURE, PLAY – Outdoor
Botanical Garden with two large playgrounds with cable car, climbing constructions, swings, slides and stunning views on Lago Lugano. Relatively easy hikes (30 min) can be made from here to Alpe Vicania where you can have a good lunch. Our 3,5 year old almost made it walking on his own.
San Grato, 6914 Carona, Switzerland – Follow the signs after passing through the village
www.luganoturismo.ch/en/89/the-san-grato-park
Open all year. Free.

Parco del Tassino** – PLAY – Outdoor
Playground with swings, small climbing construction, Sandpit and a big meadow. Deer camp. Beautiful views over Lugano and the lake.
Access from Via Basilea 28, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland – Park at trainstation
www.luganoturismo.ch/en/89/the-tassino-park
Daily: Summer 06.00 – 23.30 // Winter 06.00 – 21.00

Swiss Miniature** – MUSEUM – Outdoor
Switzerland’s main highlights in miniature format, mini train ride, bumper boats.
6815 Melide, Switzerland
+41 91 640 10 60 // info@swissminiatur.ch // www.swissminiatur.ch/en
March 14 – October 25 2015, daily: 09.00 – 18.00

Zoo Maglio** – ANIMALS – Outdoor
Small private zoo with playground, picnic and grill area, electrical rides
Via ai Mulini 14, 6983 Magliaso, Switzerland
+41 91 606 14 93 // post@zooalmaglio.ch // http://www.zooalmaglio.ch/english/
April – October, Daily: 09.00 – 19.00 // November – March, Daily: 10.00 until 18.00

MONTE TAMARO

Acqua Parco Spa & Splash** – PLAY – Indoor (and one pool outdoor)
Kids play area (warm water) for all ages with water slides, water canons, waterfall, water table with boats. Wave pool, warm water pool, outdoor pool and a big Spa (extra costs) area.
Via Campagnole 1, 6802 Rivera-Monteceneri, Switzerland
+41 91 936 22 22 // info@splashespa.ch // http://splashespa.ch/en/
Weekdays: 10.00 – 22.00 // Weekends and Holidays: 09.00 – 22.00

Monte Tamaro** – NATURE, PLAY – Outdoor
Adventure park, three playgrounds (one at middle station one two top station), Coaster Bob, Flying Fox (cable car).
Via Campagnole 6, 6802 Rivera-Monteceneri, Switzerland
+41 91 946 23 03 // info@montetamaro.ch // www.montetamaro.ch/tamaro/?lang=en
Daily from April 1 till November 1: 08.30 to 18.00 // Last journey up 17.30 // Last journey down top station 18.00 // Last journey down middle station 18.00

BELLINZONA AREA

Museo in Erba – MUSEUM – Indoor
Kids museum: “Art exhibitions that are conceived as sensory and interactive paths especially created for children”.
Piazza Magoria 8, 6500 Bellinzona, Switzerland
+ 41 (0)91 835 52 54 // info@museoinerba.com // www.ascona-locarno.com/Museo-in-Erba/
Monday – Friday: 8.30 – 11.30/13.30 – 16.30 // Saturday & Sunday: 14.00 – 17.00
Closed: 24th and 31st of December

LOCARNO // ASCONA AREA

Playgrounds
www.ascona-locarno.com/en/parchi-gioco

Itinerary
A Family Discovers Blog Post of Locarno // Ascona you find here.

Adventure Park Gordola – NATURE, PLAY – Outdoor
Canopying for all levels (minimum height to participate 1.20m).
Via Tratto di Fondo 2A, 6596, Gordola, Switzerland
+41 (0)91 745 22 28  // www.parcoavventura.ch
March – November, daily:
09.30 – 17.30, closed during heavy rain or strong wind. For exact dates and times, visit the website or call.

Bimbo Fun** – PLAY – Indoor/Outdoor
Indoor playground with mainly inflatables, kids corner for babies and toddlers. Bring slippers/anti-slip socks for the kids (adults can keep shoes on)!
Via Stradonino 1, Riazzino, Switzerland (large circus tent on the grounds of Polivideo).
+41 (0)79 440 3683 // info@bimbofun.ch // www.bimbofun.ch/en/on-tour
Wednesday: 16.00 – 21.00. Saturday / Sun: 16.00 – 22.00.
From June 20th daily: in case of sun 16.00 – 22.00 // in case of rain: 10.00 – 21.00

Falconeria Locarno** – ANIMALS – Outdoor
Birds of Pray show
Via delle Scuole 12, 6600 Locarno, Switzerland
+41 (0)91 751 95 86 // Family Discovers Review // http://falconeria.ch/en
March 13 – November 1 ’15 on Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 16.30 (Show at 11.00 and 15.00)// July and August Open daily // November 7 till March 11 ’16 on Saturday/Sunday: 13.00 – 16.00 (Show at 14.00). Bank holidays: Always open, besides December 25th.

Indian Village, Treasure Hunt and Snow Fun, Cardada** – NATURE – Outdoor
Tiny Indian village in the woods with a 1.2km play path and several playgrounds. Until the 31st of October you can also do a Treasure Hunt. The map can be downloaded here. During the winter season the field close to the Indian village can be used for bob-sleighing, sledging or snowball fights.
Cardada Impianti Turistici, 6644 Orselina, Switzerland – Only reachable by cable car! Situated between cable car and ski lift station
www.cardada.ch/en/summer/family

Lido Ascona – PLAY – Outdoor
Longest Ssnd beach in Switzerland. Stand Up Paddle, Wakeboard, Waterski, Bananaboat, Beach Volleyball, Zumba, peddle boats.
Via Lido 81, Ascona, Switzerland
+41 (91) 79 193 58 40 // info@lidoascona.com // http://lidoascona.com/it
Sunday – Thursday: 09.00 – 01.00 // Friday/Saturday: 09.00 – 02.00

Lido Locarno – PLAY – Outdoor/Indoor
Several outdoor and indoor pools, dedicated kids pools (indoor and outdoor) with warmer water, slides.
Via Respini 11, 6601 Locarno, Switzerland
+41 (0)91 759 90 00 // info@lidolocarno.ch // www.lidolocarno.ch/it/13/home.aspx
Monday – Sunday: 08.30 – 21.00 // Thursday: 06.30 – 21.00

Treasure Hunt on Brissago Islands – NATURE – Outdoor
“Go on a treasure hunt following the trails of the pirates to mysterious places with unusual plants on the Islands of Brissago”
Isole di Brissago, 6614, Brissago e isole, Switzerland (by boat from Locarno, Ascona, Brissago or Porto Ronco, see website for details)
+41 91 791 43 61 // info@isolebrissago.ch // www.ascona-locarno.com/en/Treasure-hunt-Brissago-Islands
Daily from March through October

MENDRISIO

FOSSIL MUSEUM OF THE MONTE SAN GIORGIO (Fossil Museum of Mount San Giorgio) – MUSEUM – Indoor
Exhibits fossilized animals and plants found in the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte San Giorgio.
Via Bernardo Peyer 9, 6866 Meride

+41 91 640 00 80 // info@montesangiorgio.org // www.montesangiorgio.org
Tuesday – Sunday (including Easter Monday and Pentecost): 09:00 – 17:00 // Monday (excluding Easter Monday and Pentecost): Closed // Kids up to 6: Free, Adults: 12 CHF, Other discounts apply.

ITALY

COMO AREA

Driver Como Kids Park** – PLAY – Indoor
Indoor playground with softplay, climbing construction, slides, tubes slide and (at extra costs) mini motorcycle and car rides.
Via Pasquale Paoli 114, 22100 Como (CO), Italy
+39 031 5375755 // info@drivercomo.it // http://drivercomo.it/kids-park/
Tuesday – Thursday: 16.00 – 19.00 // Friday: 16.00 – 19.00/20.00 – 22.30 // Saturday/Sunday: 14.00 – 19.00/20.00 – 22.30

Chicco Village** – PLAY – Indoor (mainly) / Outdoor
Indoor playground with softplay, ball pools and (at extra costs) carousel, mini motorcycles and train rides
Via Tornese 10, 22070 Grandate (CO), Italy
+39 031 382 390 // www.chicco.it/chicco-village
Monday/Tuesday: Closed // Wednesday – Friday and Sunday: 15.00 – 19.00 // Saturday/bank holidays: 10.00 – 19.00
Closed: 02/08/2015, 09/08/2015, 16/08/2015, 23/08/2015, 25/12/2015, 26/12/2015

Museo Del Cavallo Giacattolo (Toy Horse Museum) – MUSEUM – Indoor
Museum of rocking horses, next to Cicco Village. Workshops for kids are organized for 5 euro per child.
Via Tornese 10, 22070 Grandate (CO), Italy
+39 031 382 038 // infomuseo@artsana.com // www.museodelcavallogiocattolo.it/en/museum
Tuesday – Friday: 10:30 – 12:30/15:00 – 18:30 // Sunday – Monday: 15.00 – 18.30 // Free Entrance!

VARESE AREA

Il Villagio di Piedone** – PLAY – Indoor
Indoor playground with climbing construction, inflatables, baby area.
Via Boffi, 219, 22070 Binago (CO), Italy
+ 39 031 941 232 // www.ilvillaggiodipiedone.com
Monday – Friday: 15.00 – 19.30 // Saturday: 14.30 – 23.00 // Sunday: 10.30 – 20.30

Museum Baroffino and the Sacro Monte sopra Varese – MUSEUM – Indoor
Kids kan get a map, discover the animals hidden in the various paintings and win a prize.
Piazzetta Monastero, 21100 Varese, Italy
+39 0332 212042 // info@museobaroffio.it // www.museobaroffio.it/en
Mid-March – October on Thursday / Saturday / Sunday: 09.30 – 12.30/15.00 – 18.30
May – September also on Tuesday / Wednesday: 15.00 – 18.30

MILAN AREA

Volandia Park and Museum of Flight** – MUSEUM – Indoor (mainly)/Outdoor
Exhibition of old and new aircraft machines, indoor playground with climbing construction, softplay, outdoor playground.
Area Ex officine Aeronautiche Caproni, Via per Tornavento n.15, Case Nuove 21019, Somma Lombardo (VA), Italy
+39 0331 230 642 // info@museoaeronautica.it // Family Discovers Review Volandia // www.volandia.it/en/
Tuesday – Friday: 10.00 – 19.00 // Saturday/Sunday: 10.00 – 19.30

MiniMondo – PLAY – Indoor
Indoor playground with softplay, climbing constructions, inflatables, etc. 0 – 12 year.
Via 1° Maggio 25/27, Vanzago (MI), Italy
+39 02 935 485 37 // info@parcominimondo.it // http://www.parcominimondo.it/
Thursday/Friday/Sunday: 16.00 – 19.00 // Saturday: 16.00 – 19.00/19.30 – 22.30

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