Family fun on the road for the autumn holidays
Indoor and outdoor16 April 2024
The autumn break is around the corner, and that means exploring as a family! Explore the enchanting forests of Limburg or, for those rainy days, stay warm and dry indoors with our inspiration for a family-friendly week in and around Maasmechelen Village.
Terhills Resort

Autumn’s the ideal season for an overnight stay amid nature. Terhills Resort brings the Hoge Kempen National Park closer than ever with its stylishly decorated waterfront cottages. There’s room for all the family to soak up the resort’s serene atmosphere – and don’t miss the extra facilities, like an outdoor sauna, in the Exclusive and VIP cottages.

From swimming to minigolf, biking, a petting zoo and boating, there’s something for everyone. Simply unwind in the Aqua Garden lazy river, or experience the ultimate holiday feeling with the Rise & Shine package. You’ll enjoy breakfast and tropical swimming fun. Little ones to entertain? Let them explore the indoor playground while you enjoy a delicious aperitif in the resort’s restaurant, Terland, which overlooks the picturesque Terhills pond.

Terhills Resort

245 €

162 €

Essentiel Antwerp

Sleeveless cardigan
X-Cube virtual espionage

Unleash your inner spy with the ultimate espionage experience. The X-Cube experience at Terhills Resort combines the thrill of an escape room with the excitement of a virtual reality video game. An adventure awaits as you step into a 16-square metre room, packed with the latest technology to indulge all your secret agent fantasies, blurring the lines between reality and the virtual world.

109 €

76 €

Polo Ralph Lauren

Classic cable knit
Bokrijk’s craft workshop barns

Step into the shoes of an artisan and learn historic crafts in one of Bokrijk’s five ateliers. Choose from pot turning, bread baking, leather working, textile design and woodworking. Make your own clay pot, knead bread with your favourite ingredients, design a leather bracelet, print your own bag or craft a wooden bird feeder to relive history with your own hands!

Outdoor play at Bokrijk

A long-time school trip favourite, Bokrijk immerses you in an enchanting history dating back to 1252. Home to the largest outdoor playground in Flanders, you can delight your little ones all year round with mega-slides, swings, an exhilarating wire circus, mini cars and even a toddler village – all with complimentary entrance in a beautiful, autumnal setting.

In the Open Air Museum's Speelschuur (play barn), enjoy traditional Flemish games like skittles, curling balls, bowling and stilt walking, while the obstacle course challenges young explorers to adventure. And even in the digital age, Bokrijk pays homage to its heritage. Here, you'll set off with the jester from Brueghel's painting The Battle between Carnival and Lent. An augmented reality quest through the museum takes you to collect vanished objects from the painting and create a unique, digital work of art.

Bokrijk Atelier
Family outdoor touring in a ‘goat’ car

Dive into the enchanting landscapes of Haspengouw in a unique and surprising way with Route 38's beloved Citroën 2CVs, also known as ‘goats’. These charming vintage cars burst with character for the promise a day of action, adventure and nostalgia for all ages. Choose from several mapped-out routes that guide you to the most remarkable spots in the fruit region. From Borgloon’s see-through church – Reading Between the Lines, by architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh – across the rolling fruit orchards to Helsheaven floating chapel, created by Belgian artist Frits Jeuris. For the truly adventurous, there’s also the option to map out your own route.

End the day with a heartwarming chat at Café 2CV. Whether you want to experience half a day, a full day, a weekend or even a full week, Route 38’s goats offer an unforgettably retro experience.

Route 38

330 €

221 €

The North Face

Retro Nupse Jacket
Discover the Haspengouw family route

The family route starts with a first stop at Borgloon’s renowned see-through church, where you can enjoy the autumnal view of Haspengouw’s countryside. From there, it’s a few minutes’ drive to the Stroopfabriek (syrup factory) for an exciting adventure in the experience centre. In the afternoon, head to Nieuwenhoven for an autumnal walk and scenic woodland exploration. Finish the day in Het Vinne, a picturesque nature reserve with boardwalks across the lake and marsh – perfect for exploring.

199 €

139 €

Polo Ralph Lauren Children

Boy's vest
The Stokkenman trail

Explore the magical Kattevennen forest on the 4.2 km Stokkenman (Stickman) trail, an enchanting hike suitable for the whole family. Discover the mysterious Stokkenmen and their story with the help of an app, game booklet or story book. This route takes you along the most beautiful spots in Kattevennen, where you’ll enjoy the forest’s beauty on an unforgettable hiking experience.

Enrol in Forest School

At Hoge Kempen National Park’s Kattevennen gateway, discover a real forest experience in the surroundings of the renowned Cosmodrome, in Genk. Reconnect with nature through the ‘Forest School’ concept, where children aged seven to ten can embark on adventures under the guidance of a real ranger.

From building camps to baking bread, seeking out pond life and going on a mushroom safari, there’s plenty to explore. There’s even a bushcraft masterclass, where little ones can learn to cook with treasures harvested from the forest over a roaring campfire, every weekend during autumn.

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An autumnal outdoor alpaca hike

Do you enjoy autumn hikes? Are you a lover of adorable alpacas? Combine your love for both at the Alpaca Pachmana, in Ham. Take a woodland walk with some furry new friends and explore the scenic border between Limburg and the Antwerp Kempen region.

Before kicking off your hike, feed the alpacas and learn all about their behaviour with Alpaca Pachmana's experts, who’ll accompany you on the trail. Along the way, they’ll snap some grid-worthy photographs for you to keep. Are you ready for an autumn adventure full of magic and memories?


Men's DWR anti-UV jacket
Create your own alpaca wool designs

Unlock your inner fashion designer and create a unique alpaca wool sweater to snuggle into on those chilly winter days. At the farm’s Pachmana Store, you can buy yarn made from the alpacas living there – perfect for knitting a one-of-a-kind jumper that’s crafted with love.

245 €

162 €

Essentiel Antwerp

Track sole boots
Mining Sundays

These monthly events at Beringen Mine Museum offer you the chance to live a miner’s life for a day. Led by former miners, discover hidden spaces within the historic mine’s buildings. Dressed as a real miner, adventurers can explore the bathroom, pay room, planning room and more for a truly authentic slice of mining history.

Become a miner for a day

Step into the shoes of a real miner and uncover the fascinating history of mining at the Beringen Mine Museum. Guided by a former miner, experience an authentic taste of this fascinating piece of history.

Combine your museum visit with an impressive underground simulation that takes place daily at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm – it’s an unforgettable experience for the whole family!

Benelux’s largest indoor playground

Get ready to explore Benelux’s largest indoor playground! Discover the highest indoor slides and Benelux’s longest indoor toboggan run – perfect for thrilling your young adventurers. For smaller thrill-seekers, there’s a separate toddler zone that’s more than 400 square metres, giving them plenty of space to roam and play. For whole-family fun, enjoy glow in the dark minigolf, as well as adventure golf, footgolf, and challenging escape rooms for adults.

As well as all this, there’s a fun-filled, Tarzan and Jane-themed outdoor playground. You'll find all kinds of slides, with heights of up to nine metres, to delight your little ones. For avid gamers, there’s also a large game room packed with cool pinball machines, promising an afternoon of fun.


55,90 €

44,90 €

Tommy Hilfiger Kids

Girl's branded rib pants
Mum and dad’s escape

While the children are off exploring this play paradise, you can bring out your inner detective with six themed rooms! Throw on your thinking cap and get sleuthing to solve each mystery – will you set a new room record?

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