The perfect day out for kids

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Looking for a day out for the whole family? Discover our favourite cartoon-themed days out, designed for kids of all ages!

There’s no need to worry about trying to fit lots of activities into one day so the whole family is happy. These great days out, inspired by some of the world’s most influential cartoonists and illustrators, are guaranteed to keep everyone entertained.

Parc Asterix

Where in Europe: Paris, France
Drive from Calais: 249km / 2h 20m

First, we visit one of the most celebrated French/Belgian cartoon characters. Asterix is the brave, if vertically challenged, warrior who is always first to volunteer for whatever perilous mission that will help save his village from the invading Romans.

As if the wild rides at Parc Asterix weren’t enough, you can even meet your favourite Asterix characters
As if the wild rides at Parc Asterix weren’t enough, you can even meet your favourite Asterix characters.
Credit: Asterix® - Obelix®© 2017 Les Éditions Alvert René/Goscinny - Uderzo

The adventures of Asterix and his many friends have been famous children’s stories since they were first published in 1959. Created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, they are so popular that the stories were reimagined as a theme park, our first stop on our tour of the best family cartoon activities in France and Belgium.

Parc Asterix is the ideal day out for all Asterix fans. Your favourite characters are constantly wandering around the park, so there is plenty of opportunity for you to meet your childhood heroes. And the highlight for us are all the hair-raising rides, including the new Pégase Express, a super-fast ride that takes you on some exhilarating twists and turns.

Hergé Museum

Where in Europe: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Drive from Calais: 236km / 2h 30m

Hergé, the pen name for Tintin creator Georges Prosper Remi, is such a prominent figure in Belgium that his life’s work is displayed in a beautiful museum. Hergé Museum is a must-visit for everyone whose childhood was shaped by the young investigative reporter, and his faithful companion, Snowy.

All fans of Tintin need to visit this beautifully designed museum
All fans of Tintin need to visit this beautifully designed museum.

Much like Hergé’s particular eye for detail and clean, concise lines, the museum is a beautiful modern structure. It’s a huge slab of a building, sat juxtaposed against the green woods that surround it.

In the museum, you can see the real drawings by Hergé, as well as photographs, and original plates. The galleries and exhibition spaces are designed so you feel like you’re walking through Hergé’s creative life.

MOOF Museum

Where in Europe: Brussels, Belgium
Drive from Calais: 201km / 2h 20m

There aren’t many cartoon characters more easily recognisable than the Smurfs. The little blue people, sporting their white hats are famous the world over. Created by Peyo, the alter ego for cartoonist Piere Culliford, are like mini Belgian celebrities.

MOOF Museum is a cartoon lovers dream! Come here to be transported to the Smurfs magical world
MOOF Museum is a cartoon lovers dream! Come here to be transported to the Smurfs magical world.

They are so famous that they are the centrepiece of the MOOF Museum. MOOF stands for Museum of Original Figurines, and is the place to come for all cartoon fans. The Smurfs are one of the main draws, and the outside even has a giant statue of a Smurf leaping over his toadstool house.

The museum doesn’t just celebrate Belgium comics, though. American comic-book characters such as Batman are also featured in the museum, so if you’re more into your edgy comics than the wholesome Smurfs, then you’re still guaranteed a great day out.

Does one of these cartoon themed days out seem like something your family would love? Book your tickets with us in advance to get the best price.