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The 8 best summer activities with kids in Ostend

You want to spend an instructive, fun summer at the seaside with kids? Well, let's go to Ostend then! This summer, there will again be plenty of activities for kids you don't want to miss.

01

Sandsculpture Festival - Disney Sand Magic

23/06 - 30/09
The Zeeheldenplein

If you combine Disney and sand, your kids are bound to have a great time!  This year, Mickey Mouse celebrates his 90th anniversary on the Ostend beach. Artists from all over the world have created a fairytale world in sand, inspired by a selection of Disneyland® Paris’ most famous attractions, featuring Disney’s most beloved and imaginative characters. The sand sculptures festival certainly opens up an imaginary world for children and adults! The 40 artists, which come from 12 different countries, have created a nearly 10,000 m² large image gallery using more than 240 trucks of specially supplied sand.

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02

Oostende Koerse - A day at the races.

every Monday from 02/07 - 27/08
Wellington Hippodrome

Experience a day at the races live at the Wellington Race Course. There is always additional animation for children as well as a super fun after party.

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03

3D World Magic & Fun

07/07 - 02/09
Kursaal Ostend

Experience this fun exhibition at Kursaal Oostende this summer. Be an actor in your favorite 3D décor or discover the latest technological attractions with your family and friends. 3D World equals magic and fun! Dont forget to bring your camera or smartphone!

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04

Fireworks festival 2018

09, 16, 21, 23, 30/07 & 06, 13, 15/08
Groot Strand (on 15/08: Mariakerke Beach)

Every year a fireworks festival is organized in Ostend. Eight Belgian fireworks makers compete to win. This guarantees sparkling fireworks! A professional jury chooses which fireworks maker ends in first, second and third place.The public decides who wins the spectator's prize.

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05

Street art in Ostend

Made-to-measure culture for your children? You should definitely plan a cultural discovery trip to Ostend because for your children, the « Crystal Ship » works of art are really worth while visiting. We can even guarantee that, thanks to the children’s guide, this will be one of the most fun trips of the entire year!

Download the « Crystal Ship » children’s guide here

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06

TAZ#18 (Theatre Festival)

25/07 - 04/08
Leopoldpark & various locations

TAZ # 2018, a ten-day summer festival in Ostend, with theatre, music, exhibitions, literature, debate, family performances in the park and much more. There is also a varied programme for children with the family performances in the park. Sing along with children's concerts or enjoy the many theatre performances in the various tents. Between the different performances, there are craft workshops and children can also help build a large installation.

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07

FFO18 -FILMFESTIVAL OOSTENDE

07-15/09
Kinepolis Ostend

FFO, the Ostend film festival is a must-go-to event for every film buff. With an emphasis on Flemish films, special attention to cinematographic gems and plenty of undiscovered films, the festival’s  programme is is both surprising and versatile. There is always a considerable range of English-language films to choose from.

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08

MetaRelax® Ostend Night Run 2018

22/09
Start at Kursaal Oostende

Be prepared because on Saturday 22rd September, you will be able to participate in the third edition of the ‘MetaRelax® Ostend Night Run’. The real run starts at 8 PM but at 7, children will be able to participate in the ‘Kids Run’. The routes of the ‘Kids Run’ are either 700 m (for the ones born in 2011 – 2010 – 2009) or 1,000 m (for the ones born in 2008 – 2007 – 2006). Ready, set, go!

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