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If are looking for things to do in Rome with kids, you MUST visit the unparalleled children’s museum, Explora Il Museo – Dei Bambini Di Roma, in Rome.
This is our family travel favourite of the tourist attractions in Rome for kids.
This gigantic children’s museum is filled with hands on activities for the kids and you don’t need to speak Italian to enjoy it.
The Rome Explora Children’s Museum is huge, and it’s still growing!
But do make a booking as soon as you can.
It’s very popular with local families.
Take a look inside below.
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- 1 Explora Museum Rome
- 2 Explora Kids Outdoor Play
- 3 What’s on at Explora Rome
- 4 Explora Roma ‘Economiamo’
- 5 Rome Water Play Games
- 6 More Things to do at Explora Museum
- 7 Explora Toddler Time
- 8 Where to eat in Rome with kids
- 9 Best Toy stores in Rome? Visit the Explora Shop & Bookshop
- 10 THE INSIDE SCOOP: Rome Explora Museum
- 11 How to get to Explora Museum in Rome?
- 12 Toadstool Rating.
- 13 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN places to visit in Rome?
Explora Museum Rome
The Explora Kids Museum in Rome fills two levels and has a bundle of thematic exhibition stations and rooms to explore.
Exhibitions are created for various age groups, so there are some things better suited to older kids, and some for the younger.
Toddlers won’t care though. They’ll have a go at most things.
(Check the symbol charts on each activity for suggested ages for each exhibit or area.)
Explora Kids Outdoor Play
A bonus is that there’s a FREE children’s garden with a water play station, and sandpit outside the main building.
Kids can play here while waiting for their session to begin.
What’s on at Explora Rome
Here’s a quick overview of some of the exhibits you’ll find for all ages.
An interactive journey and game throughout 11 game stations and physical activities focused on three themes:
- rights and duties
- equality and uniqueness
No.2: Made in Explora Maker Space
Made in Explora is a maker space that offers educational activities also accessible to the age group 3-6 years.
Kids can learn about science, technology and art through a hands-on approach, which concentrates learning on experience through observation and experimentation of different materials.
Take a look at the windows of the Explora Museum when you walk in to see some of the creativity and inspiration made inside these walls.
No.3: Team Play
A colossus Archimedes screw sits in the centre of this contraption.
Kids can move the conveyor belt, and twist the cranks to move containers of ball bearings up AND down AND around to complete the loop.
Kids must work in teams to operate all of the instruments and make this thing happen!
As Ned will tell you, it’s epic fun!
No.4: That Strong Wind
Discover the forces of the wind in this interactive play space.
No.5: Be a Firefighter
Dress up in real fireman’s outfits and jump in the driver’s seat to explore this life-saving profession
No.6: Next Stop Explora
Become the driver of the Explora ‘train’ and learn all about the age of train travel
No.7: What I Eat – I choose, I discover, I buy
A play-based supermarket experience giving the children an opportunity to explore what it means to eat a balanced diet in a fun way.
No.8: Play Kitchen
A play based pretend kitchen asking, “what shall we cook today?”
Kids can play with lots of loose parts and props to ‘cook’ and ‘bake’.
No.9: Weights and measures
Children can develop their skills in maths and science through games and exercises.
No.10: Step inside the Bionic
A giant insect like contraption sits on one side of the building on floor level.
Kids can learn how scientists look at structures and processes in nature in order to obtain technological solutions applicable in the technical field.
No.11: In the garden
An opportunity to play ‘gardens’ and growing play fruit and vegetables, and find out what’s grown where.
No.12: Zipline & Play in the Outdoor Green Area
When the session finishes, let the kids expel any excess leftover energy on the climbing frame, and a zip line outside.
The Explora Garden is open to all and free of charge.
Explora Roma ‘Economiamo’
There’s a super dooper fun interactive exhibition on the sensible use of money – spending, saving, and donating.
You register for the game (with English subtitles) and are given a printed paper ID wristband which loads and collects your points as you complete ‘jobs’ (eg filling up a petrol tank).
In doing so, kids earn money to save or spend at the pretend “café” or “shops” stations in the game.
Rome Water Play Games
The absolute highlight, and the one things you should not miss, is the Water Games Tub which dominates the building!
Here you and the kids can play with water:
- join pipes to make the water run
- swirl vortexes
- pour and catch water, and
- experiment with this fluid substance.
More Things to do at Explora Museum
Throughout the Children’s Museum, find:
- construction toys
- wooden cubby houses and wooden animal shapes to hide in
- costumes and dress ups, and
- musical instruments to play.
There’s also places to hide, places to craft, and places to explore.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Italian.
Most staff have a grasp of English and can help you out, or try and interpret the symbols on the signs at each activity.
Most activities are fairly self explanatory, and when you can’t work it out, laugh at your efforts!
Explora Toddler Time
Roma Explora also has a dedicated Small Explorers area dedicated to those under 3.
There’s soft block play, light box play, mazes, puzzles and more.
Where to eat in Rome with kids
There’s a delicious and cheap family-friendly café on site in the foyer of the museum.
Explora Museum Cafe in Rome
Staff are super helpful and there’s fun food options for the kids including:
- simple sandwiches kids love
- chips and crisps
- fruit selections
Explora Pizza restaurant
If you’re hungry for something more substantial, there’s also the Roman headquarters of the Antica Pizzeria da Michele restaurant.
Eat pizza to your heart’s content.
Best Toy stores in Rome? Visit the Explora Shop & Bookshop
If you are planning on shopping in Rome for the kids souvenirs, you’ll love the Explora Museum Shop.
The shop and the library has 3 floors of:
- educational and scientific games
- pocket money toys
- a wide selection of books dedicated mainly to children
- CDs and DVDs
- stationery products
- gadgets, and
- tonnes of souvenir and gift ideas from Rome too.
Look for the Explora branded folding cup, and buy a few for easy to carry gifts for kids.
These cups came in handy so many times during our stay in Rome, and we use them at home too.
The shop and bookshop are open from 9.30am to 7.30pm daily, except Mondays.
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Rome Explora Museum
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Address: Explora is in Via Flaminia 80/86, in the centre of Rome. It’s just a few minutes walk from Piazza del Popolo.
Telephone: + 39 06 3613776
Explora Opening Hours
There are four ‘shifts’ each day from January to July, and again from September to December. Book your session online to avoid missing out. Places fill quickly.
- 1st session: 10am – 11.45
- 2nd session: 12:00 – 13.45 (1.45pm)
- 3rd session: 15:00 (3pm) – 16:45 (4.45pm)
- 4th session: 17:00 (5pm) – 18:45 (6.45pm)
Note August openings (winter) have three sessions only, starting at 12pm.
The museum is closed Mondays (see website for details), Christmas Day, New years day, and for winter break.
The Rome Children’s Museum may be closed on other days – check website for details.
Rome Explora Tickets
- Babies 0-12 months FREE
- Toddlers 1-2 years – 6,00 Euro
- Children 3+ years – 9,00 Euro
- Adults 18+ years – 9,00 Euro
- 1st Thursday of the month, excluding holidays – 7,00 Euro per person from 3+ years
The admission price includes 1 hour and 45 minute session.
- It is not permitted to leave and re-enter the museum during this time.
- Children must not be left unsupervised in the museum.
As this is the best thing to do in Rome with kids, we suggest reserving your tickets. (You can pay for this reservation on the day.)
How to buy Explora Tickets
Purchase Explora museum tickets ahead of time to secure your spot.
Change to reserving tickets for sessions at Explora Museum
It’s no longer possible to make a reservation booking ahead of time, and pay for these tickets at the ticket office in the building on the day.
The ticket office remains open for purchase of last minute tickets during the opening hours from 11.00 to 19.00 from Tuesday to Friday, subject to availability of seats.
If there are spots available for you to purchase tickets at the ticket office on the day, a link will be sent via SMS to your cell phone.
This allows you to download the electronic ticket (the data provided, including the mobile number, is used only to provide the ticket issuing service).
WORKSHOP IN KITCHEN is a special workshop that takes place in a space adjacent to the exhibition pavilion on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from October to June.
Workshops run for 50 minutes and cost €10 euro per person.
For children the entrance fee to the museum combined with the cooking workshop is 7.00 euros.
Check the calendar for vacancies. Reservations required.
How to get to Explora Museum in Rome?
- Explora has a reserved parking for visitors in via Flaminia 86, with access from Via DA Azuni or Via Flaminia.
- The parking lot is open from 8am to midnight, 7 days
- If you use the browser, you can type “Via Domenico Alberto Azuni, 1” and proceed straight until you enter the car park.
- Details here.
By Foot: Explora is a short walk from Piazza del Popolo
By Tram: 2, 19
By Train: Rome-Viterbo – p.le terminus Flaminio
By Metro: Line A – stop Flaminio
Facilities include toilets, baby change table, and water fountains.
You don’t need to wonder what to do in Rome with Kids anymore!
This Rome museum is a no-brainer. Book a ticket now.
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