What to do in Rome with kids. Rome is a unique city to visit because of its history: 2000 years ago it was the capital of the world; during the Renaissance and baroque time it was the city of the powerful popes and today it is the capital of Italy.
Anyway Rome might also be tough for young visitors if you don’t know how to make it fun and enjoyable for your kids. Long promenades, the heat, churches and museums are often not attractive for children under 18 years old. If you combine some history, art and fun activities and experiences focused on the Italian culture, we are sure your kids are going to love Rome.
Here you can read about our Top 10 fun activities you can do in Rome with kids:
Have the best gelato
Try the best gelato in town. Gelato in Rome is a “must”, especially when it is very hot. Read our top 10 best ice creams in Rome, try them and make your own list of favorites.
Welcome To Rome Movie
Welcome to Rome is a movie showing the development of Rome from the volcanic time to modern Rome. The movie is about 45 minutes long and it is a perfect introduction for your first visit of Rome. It is available in different languages and suitable for all the ages.
Villa Borghese Zoo. Villa Borghese is a park in the city centre of Rome just outside Piazza del Popolo. It is easily reachable from the Spanish steps as well. The park is the green lung of Rome and has some shaded areas under the umbrella pine trees. If you like animals, the Zoo in Villa Borghese might be fun for your kids, otherwise also the park is a great attraction for families. You can rent bikes, golfcarts, segways ect
LUNEUR is the largest amusement park in Rome and the oldest in Italy. It is located in the EUR district where you can also find a lake. Roman families use to go there on weekends. Luneur has many attractions, you will love the ferris wheel. Many attractions are for kids under 12 years old. The big Aquarium of Rome is supposed to open in this area but unfortunately the project is taking more time than expected.
VR Bus (Virtual Reality)
If you are fond of modern technologies, we recommend the VR bus and/or the Maximo Experience. We have noticed that it is easier for young generations to learn more about the ancient Rome with the help of technology. The VR bus is a half an hour ride with a bus going through Via dei Fori imperiali, the Colosseum and the Circus maximus. Thanks to the dark mirrors of the bus, you have the reconstructions of the ancient Rome when passing by the monuments. Maximo Experience is the interactive tour of the circus maximus showing some videos of the chariot races with VR glasses.
Pasta, tiramisù or pizza cooking class is the best way to spend some time together. At the end of this experience, you will eat what you have prepared. This is also a way for your children to learn something about the Italian culture.
Tour by Golf Cart
Golf cart guided tour of Rome. If you want to visit the highlights of Rome in a fun way, we really recommend the tour by golf-cart. You can see the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus with an authorized guide. You can learn many things about the monuments and squares that we see, while your kids are comfortably seated.
Roma World Amusement Park
If you have more days in Rome we also recommend to visit Roma World: the amusement park that has the Ancient Rome as the main theme. Travel back in time and spend one day as an ancient Roman of 2000 years ago. You can ride chariots, camels, eat in a roman taberna, visit a roman market and an ancient temple. The park is opened only during the weekends.
Zoomarine Water Park
Zoomarine is a water-park where you can see different like dolphins, penguins, turtles, lemurs and many more. Spend a relaxing day with pools, water slides and animal shows.
The Gladiator School on the ancient Appian way will be an exciting discovery in the lives of the ancient Rome super stars: the gladiators. The kids can wear different equipments and have a little lesson about the roman entertainment and games.