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Seven children-friendly things to do in Milan

As requested by Ticino-bound moms, and coming from a former resident, here's a small list of activities to do in Milan, especially during this last torrid bit of summer. In no particular order:

1. Visit the Design Museum (this is the kids website, in ita). Small but nicely kept, it has a "hands-on" approach for which exhibitions are normally there to be played with, stomped and sat upon. However, maybe suitable for kids age 6 up.Also, entrance is free for the month of August.

2. Visit the Science and Technology Museum. Haven't been there for a while, but Leonardo's flying machines are worth the visit by themselves. There's normally a lot to see and to do, so come early (I think the activities have to be booked in advance).

3. Visit the Sforzesco Castle, literally steps away from the Duomo. According to the websites, guided visits and activities can be planned for children. Personally I've never tried, but I'd recommend checking out in advance if and which of the inner rooms are open, as some exhibitions are definitely less interesting than others. However, there's a park all around, so quite a bit of playing area.

4. Visit a street market. Particularly common on Saturdays (there's one in every neighborhood), they're an intense experience of, well, colors, noises and smells. Probably suitable for kids who are capable of walking on their own as a stroller can get stuck quite easily. Also, I'd leave my valuables at home

5. Parks are many and relatively well kept - however not all are so recommendable.This, however, is very central, and reserved for families (no adult is allowed without a child). It's a beautiful spot for a picnic, or for just playing in the grass.

6. Did I mention ice cream? A few favorites one, two, three, four.

7. Although it's really not something I would do on purpose (they're nothing SO special, especially for Swiss standards), but if you're in Milan and all of a sudden it's 38°, my advice would be to have at hand the list of the public swimming pools. All of them have separate pools for the small ones, and normally they're in pretty good conditions (but bring a swimming cap!).

...I hope this doesn't sound too trivial. I'm sure there's plenty of other things to do (remember that shops and some supermarkets are open on Sundays, also I've left out the churches and most of the hardcore art visits - let me know if you're interested), I'll try to update as I come up with other ideas. Hope it can be helpful!
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Re: Seven children-friendly things to do in Milan

Great list , to which I would like to add the IdroscaloPark situated next to Linate airport in Segrate. It's about a 20 minute ride from Milan, city center (not during rush-hour though!!). It's a perfect place for both adults and children with tons of activities to do, like water-skiing, canoeing, sailing, swimming... there is also a cycling and hiking path around the lake, and of course there are lots of restaurarants, bars, clubs and very nice barbeque areas. www.idroscalo.it

A few hundred metres from the lake is a children's favourite, the Europark Idroscalo, an awesome amusement park with roller coasters, go-carts, merry-go-rounds, a house of mirrors, a house of horrors and many other fun stuff. www.lunaeuropark.it

Also, you might want to take a nice walk in Parco Sempione, Milan's largest park. It's right between Arco Della Pace and Castello Sforzesco. It's a great place to relax and if you are looking for something extra, you can always visit the aquarium. It is opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (closed during lunchtime 1-2 p.m.) and the entrance is free.

P.S. For ice-cream I always go to RivaReno (your choice nr. four) on Paolo Sarpi street. It's quite close to the park (about 10 minutes walking) and after trying maaany gelato's, I can firmly say they make the best ice-cream in Milan ... oh well, I (and everyone I know in Milan) just love all the flavours they make
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Re: Seven children-friendly things to do in Milan

When I read the title of this post I thought you were asking for things to do in Milan with 7 children! I thought wow, huge family!
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