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Walking with kids

Beavers in the river valley, animal tracks on the forest floor, a fallen tree trunk – when you're walking with children, nature becomes a playground. It's time for adventure here: on these tours for kids, fun and games are of course at the top of the list, but at the same time the children can learn lots of things worth knowing about the fauna and flora of the Eifel-Ardennes region and the High Fens.


Walking with kids in East Belgium

Beavers in the river valley, animal tracks on the forest floor, a fallen tree trunk – when you're walking with children, nature becomes a playground.

Of course, the priority on these twelve tours lies on fun and games, but at the same time, the children can learn lots of things worth knowing about the fauna and flora of the region. For example, they can set themselves the task of finding the green Douglas fir or the Atlas cedar in the arboretum at Hestreux, or crossing a timber bridge in the Polleur-Venn. There, they can watch birds in the sky and try to name them in a quiz.

Even more exciting is the task of building a water mill on the mountain stream at Trôs-Marêts together with Mum and Dad. The instructions are to be found in the kids' brochure. In the Our valley or on the educational nature trail in Heppenbach, the nature and the history of the region can be discovered playfully. There's great climbing in the tree hedges near the Cyclops Stones in Eynatten. A highlight in winter is the snowshoe walk 'in the footsteps of the trappers' in Manderfeld. 

There are two cycle tours on offer as well: through the High Fens round the reservoir at Eupen. No risk of getting bored here! These excursion tips for children cover the whole area of East Belgium, and in some parts they're even suitable for buggies, too.

 

 


Advice to parents …

Who hasn't heard the following questions during a walk? "Are we going to be there soon?" "Is there still a long way to go?" Here are a few tricks to motivate your children so that all of you end the walk in a good mood …

Your children need to be able to do some mental preparation … Get the map out. Show them the route you'll be taking and the woods you'll be going through.

Prepare some games and songs to keep your children occupied when they begin to show signs of fatigue or boredom.

Present the walk as an adventure: Inspire your child to be the discoverer! It may be a good idea to take some gadgets with you, e.g. magnifying glass, binoculars, children's pocket knife …

Make sure your children don't spend the whole walk staring to the ground: surrounded by the beauty of nature, they could for example collect leaves to dry later. Or you could take some photos which the children would have pleasure looking at when you get home.

Good footwear is important. Why not give your children their first pair of hiking shoes as a present at the next opportunity? As far as the rest of their clothing is concerned, long sleeves and long trousers are obligatory. Remember to protect your child against heat, cold and the rays of the sun. Caps, sunglasses and sun cream are essential on a walk like this …

Depending on the age of the children, there should also be a colouring book with pencils in their backpack, or a camera with which this unforgettable walk can be captured on film. 

 


'Kids on tour' brochure

Under the motto 'out into nature', the brochure offers lots of excursion tips for walks and cycle tours suitable for children. The titles 'In the Kingdom of the Giants' and 'Up to the Top' already hint that these tours are exciting and full of adventure, which will make your excursion to East Belgium a unique experience.

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