Looking for family and children’s activities in the Netherlands? Here are 10 top places and attractions we recommend to visit with kids in Amsterdam and outside the capital.
Things to do with kids in Amsterdam
1. Artis Royal Zoo
Artis Royal Zoo is the oldest zoo in Holland and one of the country’s most popular attractions. Next to the zoo itself, Artis contains an aquarium, a planetarium and numerous playgrounds. Next door is Micropia, the world’s only museum of microbes (recommended age is 8+ years). Come and meet 750 animal species including zebras, giraffes and elephants in the heart of Amsterdam! ARTIS is open 365 days a year.
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2. NEMO Science museum
NEMO Science Museum is a world-known interactive attraction which educates kids about the fascinating world of science. The NEMO collection contains 17.000 technology objects. You can touch, play and interact with hundreds of games. It’s fun for the whole family! On the roof of the NEMO building you can find the open-air exhibition Energetica, sit on a large terrace and take great panoramic photos.
3. Treasure hunt in the Van Gogh museum
Can an art museum be fun for kids? Yes! In the Van Gogh museum children can do the Treasure hunt with fun assignments (in Dutch or English) that help to explore Van Gogh’s paintings. It is free and available at the Information desk. Answer the questions, complete the tasks – and get a little gift back at the Information desk. An unforgettable experience!
Thing to do with kids outside Amsterdam
Holland is too big to see it in one day. But in the miniature city of Madurodam you can explore its highlight: tiny windmills, great palaces, famous Dutch landmarks and historical cities. All replicas in the theme park are made in 1:25 scale. You will feel like a fairy tale giant! Madurodam is located in the Scheveningen district of The Hague, so you can combine it with a visit to the beach.
Madurodam address: George Maduroplein 1, 2584 RZ Den Haag.
Efteling, the theme amusement park, sometimes called the Dutch Disneyland, will make you feel like you stepped into a fairy tale. It has attraction for everyone, from the littlest ones to adventurous roller coaster lovers. Check a full list of attractions here >>
The Efteling themepark is located around 100 kilometers from Amsterdam. You may consider staying overnight in one of the theme park hotels. You will feel like a prince, a princess or a fairy tale character! Efteling is open 365 days a year.
Efteling address: Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel.
Sprookjeswonderland, a fairy tale park in Enkhuizen, is perfect for kids from 2 to 8 years old. It has everything to make you little ones believe they are in a fairy tale: from beautiful attractions, tiny trains and boats to a small animal farm and theme playgrounds. In 2019 it’s open from 13 of April till 27 of October.
Sprookjeswonderland address: Kooizandweg 9, 1601 LK Enkhuizen.
Linnaeushof is Europe’s biggest playground located in Heemstede, between Haarlem and Keukenhof. It has 350+ play sets and attractions such as cable cars, a trampoline, pedal boats, go-karts, bump bikes, miniature golf courses, a monorail, a water playground, a super slide and many more. Fun for everyone! Linnaeushof is open 7 month a year.
Linnaeushof address: Glipperweg 4C, 2104 AK Heemstede.
5. Corpus Experience
The Corpus Museum is an interactive body museum near Leiden. It invites its visitors for a “spectacular journey through the human body” and gives a unique close-up into how a person’s body functions. There are also lots of exciting tests and fun games to play. The minimum age to visit CORPUS is 6 years.
CORPUS address: Willem Einthovenstraat 1, 2342 BH Oegstgeest.
6. Spoorwegmuseum (Railway Museum)
The Railway Museum is rather an educational theme park than a regular museum. It’s very interactive and designed so you can explore the trains yourself. You can see magnificent historical machines. Walk through the interior of a train with the different types of cabins they offered in the past. See a play about the Orient Express. Take the children’s train Jumbo Express and much more. A wonderful day out for entire family!
Spoorwegmuseum address: Maliebaanstation 16, 3581 XW Utrecht
7. Openluchtmuseum (Dutch Open Air Museum)
The Holland Open Air Museum in Arnhem is one more attraction where you can spend a great day with entire family. Here you will see authentic buildings, farms, factories and other objects collected from different parts of the Netherlands and brought in one place. This is where the history comes to life. There are all kinds of activities organized especially for children.
Openluchtmuseum address: Hoeferlaan 4, 6816 SG Arnhem.
Enjoy your visit to the Netherlands with kids!