The best outdoor activities in Lisbon for kids
Let’s put it this way: next time they reach for their cell phones or tablets it’ll be for them to take photos of the farm animals. Choose one of the family programmes of Quinta Pedagógica do Magoito, consisting of a walk with the kids while riding a donkey (don’t get carried away, the little ones are the ones taking that donkey ride). Children will still have the opportunity to mingle with the farm’s other animals: goats, rabbits, and sheep.
Giant lobsters, monkeys climbing trees or serpents zigzagging on the grass – Jardim Bordallo Pinheiro (Bordallo Pinheiro Garden) is a fantastic world. There are bushes forming labyrinths and exotic trees complementing that unique place where several peacocks wander around loose – this will be their favourite part. The garden belongs to Museu de Lisboa (Lisbon’s Museum) and it's located at the main building, where Palácio Pimenta (Pimenta Palace) is. There you can see the extensive archaeology collection, the paintings, drawings, gravures and a huge model that lets you perceive how the city of Lisbon was before the 1755 earthquake.
In order for the little ones not to lose touch with nature, animals, plants, and rural costumes, Quinta Pedagógica dos Olivais was created. Here the youngsters may see donkeys, swans, parakeets, quails, sheep, pigs, caws, goats or geese and may also learn how to take care of a vegetable garden and of these animals. The farm has a regular programme of activities such as book presentations, ceramic workshops or special tours.
Jumping, balancing, grabbing, climbing. These and many other verbs that kids enjoy putting into practice, against their parents’ better judgment, are allowed at S. João Fun Parque, which has a series of routes among the trees they can follow, each with different heights so that children can put their fears to the test and also their balance. The park still has a structure with tubes, swings, and nets where they can continue their adventure, inflatable bouncers and also paintball sessions. The bonus? You can complete the programme by diving into the sea: the park is only a few metres away from São João beach and its calm blue waters.
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