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Child-only activities for 3-12 year olds

Belgium is a country of working parents, and the availability of after-school and holiday-time activities for children reflects this.

This section gives you some starting points if you are looking for some activities where your child can go by themselves:

You'll probably also be very interested to know about how these activities can cost you even less, through:

 

 

Activities during the school year

Type of activity               

Details

General                                             

Bruxelles Temps Libre (site in French) - which has a sister site for school holiday activities - lets you search for activities by:

    • commune
    • age of child
    • Wednesday afternoon / weekend / other day
    • type of activity (e.g. creative, sport, youth movements, homework clubs etc)
    • suitability for a child with reduced mobility or a handicap
Music  Brussels Children’s Choir - in English and French
Age group: age 6+ 

Where: Salle Lumen in Ixelles, 1050 Bruxelles, on Thursday evenings. 

http://www.brusselschildrenschoir.be/
Ding Dong Music - Kodaly method - in English 
Age group: 5-8 years 
What: Music classes, as well as flute and recorder lessons
Where: German Catholic church in Woluwe St Pierre (close to Montgomery roundabout)
http://www.dingdong-music.com/
Theatre Tammy Walman - in English
Age group: 3-6 and 7-12 years 
Where: At Tree of Life Yoga Studio in Tervuren
http://www.treeoflifeyoga.be/drama/
English Youth Theatre 
Age group: 6-18 years
Where: Nekkersdal Flemish Community Centre in Laeken and at St John’s School in Waterloo
http://www.englishyouththeatre.be/
Theatre Club - in English
Age group: 7-11 and 12-18 years
Where: De Kam Community Centre in Wezembeek-Oppem
For further details, contact Steve Challens: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dance Celtic Clover Irish Dancing - in English 
Age group: 7+
Where: British School of Brussels (BSB) Tervuren and in Koekelberg 
http://celtic-clover-academy.over-blog.com/
  Dance Center Ducatillon – in English
What: ISTD ballet and hip-hop
Age group: 4+
Where: Castle Club in Wezembeek-Oppem
http://dancecenterducatillon.be/en/index.php 
  Danz Royal - in English
What: Royal Academy of Dance ballet 
Age group: 4+ 
Where: British School of Brussels (BSB) Tervuren, St John’s School Waterloo, BJAB in Etterbeek and the American Gym in Ixelles. 
http://danzroyal.com/ 
  Jean Emmett - in English
What: Disco 
Age group: 5-18 years
Where: British Schools of Brussels (BSB) Tervuren 

What: Ballet 
Age group: 3-5 years
Where: St Paul’s British Primary school in Vossem, Tervuren. 
For further details, contact Jean Emmett: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  JET’S School of Dance - in English
What: Jazz, tap and hip hop classes Age group: 4+
Where: British Schools of Brussels (BSB) Tervuren and de Kam Community centre in Wezembeek-Oppem
http://www.jetsschoolofdance.be/default.html
Yoga

Tree of life yoga - in English
Age group: 3+
http://www.treeoflifeyoga.be/kids-yoga/ 

Serendip Spa kids yoga 
Age group: 6-12
Where: Serendip Spa, place Stéphanie, Brussels
When: one Saturday afternoon a month
http://adresses.famidoo.be/fiche.php?id=17294

Sport      

 

 

 

Soccer and gaelic football - in English

Wezembeek Wanderers Football Club
Age group: 6-16 years
Where: British School of Brussels (BSB) playing fields in Tervuren 
http://www.wezwa.eu/home/

St Paul’s British Primary Football Club - 
Age group: 4-8 years
Where: Vossem FC (outside) and November to March at Moorsel Sports Centre (inside)
http://www.stpaulsbps.com/


GAA Gaelic Football Club
Age group: 5-18 years
Where: BSB school playing fields in Tervuren 
http://www.playgaa.be/homepage/

Rugby

BSB Rugby Club - in English
Age group: 5-18 years
Where: British School of Brussels (BSB) in Tervuren or BSB school playing fields in Tervuren
Most players are BSB students but a small minority of non BSB players too. 
http://www.britishschool.be/

Brussels Celtic Rugby Club - in English
Age group: 6+
Where: VUB university campus in Etterbeek 
http://brusselsceltic.com/site/
Martial arts

Taekwondo - in English, French and Dutch
Age group: 6+
Where: Diependal Sports Centre in Tervuren
http://www.taekwondo-itf.be/EN/clubs.php
Golf

Golflife Center - in English, French, Dutch
Age group: 6-16 years
Where: Sterrebeek
http://www.golflife.be/?page_id=527&lang=en
Horse riding

Lord Newcastle Stables
Where: Hoeilaart
http://www.lordnewcastlestables.com/#!__english
Other sports

Brussels Sports Association
What: football (soccer), basketball and baseball/softball for 4-12 years
         lacrosse for 8-13 years
Where: International School of Brussels (ISB) in Watermael-Boitsfort, British School of Brussels (BSB) in Tervuren or St John’s School Waterloo, depending on sport
http://www.bsasports.org/

Castle Club
What: swimming and tennis from 3 years
         squash from 6 years
Where: Wezembeek-Oppem
http://www.sports-valley.be/ (lessons open to non-members)
 
Art Turtlewings - in English
What: Wednesday afternoon workshops
Age group: 5-12 years
Where: Schaerbeek
http://www.turtlewings.be
Youth movements British Scouting
Age group: 6+, divided into 5 sections according to age, mixed girls and boys
Where:
British Girl Guiding
Age group: 5-18 years, divided into 3 sections according to age, girls only
Where: British School of Brussels (BSB) Tervuren, Anthony’s Catholic Church in Kraainem and All Saints Episcopal Church in Waterloo.
For further details, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

American Scouting 
Where: Brussels American School in Sterrebeek, Zaventem, St John’s International School in Waterloo and at the International School of Brussels (ISB) in Watermael-Boitsfort
For further details about the ISB group: http://www.isb.be/page.cfm?p=3004s
For further details about the BAS and St John’s groups contact these schools for details. 
Language classes English is Fun
What: group English classes for native and non native speakers
Age group: 4-11 years
Where: Woluwe St Pierre
http://www.englishisfun.be/

Kids and Us
What: group English classes for native and non native speakers
Age group: 4-11 years
Where: Woluwe St Pierre and Wavre
http://www.kidsandus.net/kids-us-stockel/
   


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Activities during school holidays

Read about finding:

Don't forget to see below for information on claiming back some of the costs of these activities.

Stages

For stages in Brussels there are two websites that offer powerful searches of a huge number of stages:

Bruxelles Temps Libre (site in French) - which has a sister site for activities during the school year - lets you search for activities in Brussels by:

    • commune
    • age of child
    • autumn / winter / spring / July / August
    • type of activity (e.g. creative/fun/cultural, sport, multi-activity, study help etc)
    • suitability for a child with reduced mobility or a handicap

 

Le Kid (site in French) lets you search for activities in Brussels by:

    • school holiday period (Halloween, Christmas, Carnaval, Easter, Summer)
    • age of child
    • autumn / winter / spring / July / August
    • type of activity (e.g. creative/fun/cultural, sport, multi-activity, study help, family activities etc)
    • residential / non-residential
    • suitability for a child with reduced mobility or a handicap
    • commune

In Brabant Wallon and Wallonia it is more difficult to get an overview. However, some associations/companies that run stages are:

Commune-organised holiday-time activities

Most communes organise heavily-subsidised holiday-time activities for children between 3 and 12 years of age who are resident the commune (or who attend school in the commune). The cost can be as low as €4 per day and places are limited.

Activities are usually organised between 09:00 and 16:00, with before- and after-care available.

As an example, read more about commune-organised holiday-time activities in Brussels (postcodes 1000, 1020, 1120, 1130).

Stages organised by your employer

Some companies organise holiday-time stages for their employees children at advantageous rates. Children are usually picked up from, and brought back to, your office.

Ask your HR department about this.

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Tax deduction for children's activities

 If your child takes part in extra-curricular activities, you should be entitled you to a tax deduction of €11,20 (correct as of November 2013) per day, if: 

    • your child is under the age of 12

    • the organisers of the activity are 'recognised', 'approved' or 'subsidised' by the authorities or the ONE / Kind en Gezin, or are linked to a school - if you are unsure whether or not this is the case, ask the organisers. 

The organisation should provide you with two documents to submit with your tax declaration: one indicating that they are a 'recognised', 'approved' or 'subsidised' organistation, and the other, a proof of payment. 

The above also applies to childcare provided by schools before and after school starts ('garderie' / 'opvang in school'). You school will provide you with the necessary documents. 

Some employers also reimburse some of the costs of school-holiday activities. Ask your HR department. 

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Subsidies/reimbursement from your mutuelle for children's activities

Most mutuelles offer subsidies/partial reimbursement for children's (and adults') sporting activties, whether on-going throughout the year or holiday-time 'stages'.

 

Partial reimbursement of sports club membership fees

Mutuelles typically pay around €40 per year per child under 18, towards the cost of membership of a sports club (e.g. football, dance ...). 

An extra bonus is often available if (you or) your child is a member of a rugby club that is part of the Ligue Belge Francophone de Rugby. You can combine these two offers, though the total amount you can receive usually has a fixed limit of €50.

Check with your mutuelle what documentation they require - usually a copy of the membership card and proof of payment. 

 

Partial reimbursement of holiday-time 'stages', school trips, scout camps

Mutuelles typically pay around €90 per year per child under 18, towards the cost of holiday-time 'stages', school trips and scout camps. The event has to be minimum three days.

Depending on your mutuelle, you may receive a bigger contribution of around €250 if your child is handicapped. 

The organisation that runs the stage/trip/camp should provide you with the correct document that you need to submit to your mutuelle. If they don't, you may need to ask them to prepare a statement of how long the event lasted and how much you paid.

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Partial reimbursement if stages from your employer

As well as organising holiday-time activities for employees' children, some employers provide partial refunds for any eligible stage. Ask your HR department about this. 

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