Never mind Amsterdam’s hedonistic reputation as a city for sex and drugs – it’s also a huge playground for children of all ages. You’d be hard pressed not to find activities and entertainment that are suitable for the entire family – you can even do Amsterdam with toddlers…
Things To Do In Amsterdam With Kids
For one, all the major museums in Amsterdam offer a children’s tour, some with entire wings dedicated to kids including the Rijksmuseum, while the canals means there are plenty of boat rides to be had as well as cycling, visiting the eight working windmills in and around the city, and ice-skating fun during the winter months. Pancakes are a delicacy of choice – and tell me which child doesn’t like a pancake filled with ice cream? Check out these top things to do in Amsterdam with kids.
NEMO Science Museum
NEMO Science Museum contains five floors filled with continuously updated exhibitions, theatre performances, films, workshops and demonstrations, making it a firm favourite of kids in Amsterdam. You can even climb to the top of NEMO’s sloping roof which gives the most amazing views of the city.
Vondelpark has six play areas and one large playground near Groot Melkhuis. It is also possible to rent skates as well as bikes. In June until the beginning of September, the open air-theatre stages free children’s shows. Traditionally on the Queensday, the Vondelpark becomes a Kinder Market where only kids may trade.
ARTIS Royal Zoo
The oldest zoo in the Netherlands, ARTIS Royal Zoo is home to some 750 species of animals, including zebras, giraffes, elephants and chimpanzees. Not only is the zoo famed for creating natural living habitats for its animals including an African Savannah and Aquarium, it’s also home to the biggest Planetarium in the Netherlands. Plant lovers will also marvel at the 300 species of trees and gardens that blossom every Spring.
Anne Frank’s House
I remember gasping when I first climbed the stairs and saw the hidden doorway leading to the annexe, so moved by The Diary of Anne Frank after studying the book at school. Now a museum, Anne Frank’s House is a fascinating and sobering exhibition about the persecution of the Jews during the war.
An Amsterdam Family Holiday?
With budget airlines offering flights from the UK daily, trips to Amsterdam are not only affordable but only an hour from London. Meanwhile, you can also get some amazing deals this summer with several of Hilton’s Amsterdam hotels, with up to 30% off their usual prices.
Hotels such as the family-friendly Hampton, centrally located and opposite the train station – which means easy access to all the major attractions in Amsterdam. Not only does the Hampton provide good value for money, but it also has free breakfasts, complimentary wi-fi and cots for babies.
So do you still need convincing about taking a family trip to Amsterdam?
*This is a sponsored post. I am Amsterdam photo by Flickr: Tobias Apps