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There are plenty of things for children to do in Milan, thanks to its world-class museums, cultural institutions and public parks. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best things to do with kids in Milan:
1. Visit the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci. Located inside an ancient monastery not far from where da Vinci used to own some vineyards, this museum is devoted to science and technology. One of the largest of its kind in Italy, it houses a collection of machines that were built based on the famed artist’s drawings. Kids can marvel at sketches of the railroad, naval and aerospace industries.
2. Visit the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale. At this natural history museum located inside Milan’s Public Gardens, children can retrace the history of the evolution of mankind, identify hundreds of plants and minerals, and admire the recreation of different natural environments, from deserts to equatorial forests.
3. See a soccer match. With 85,000 seats, the San Siro Stadium is stadium is the largest in Italy and the third largest in Europe. The soccer season goes from September to May each year. There is also a museum dedicated to the city’s two teams (A.C. Milan and Inter Milan) that features trophy cups and famous players’ shirts, shoes and other memorabilia on display.
4. Play in the Public Gardens. The first public gardens in Milan, built at the end of the 18th century, they feature small waterfalls, lakes with ducks and three playground areas. Inside the gardens is the planetarium (one of the largest in Europe), where children can admire the night sky and learn to recognize stars, constellations and planets. Special events for children are held on Sundays.
5. Triennale Design Museum. Located inside a large city park and just behind the Sforza Castle, this museum houses important design and modern art collections fitting of fashion-centric Milan. There’s a special section devoted entirely to kids, with workshops and guided visits that can be done in English upon advanced request. Plus, your child will receive an illustrated book at the end of your visit.