Things to do with kids in Amsterdam
Think Amsterdam is all stag dos and rowdy tourists? Think again, Amsterdam is a great city to explore with kids. Still not convinced? Read on…..
Home to a beautiful rose garden, many cafes and restaurants and even an open air theatre which often holds free concerts over the summer months, Vondlepark is a beautiful open space where kids can let of some steam, they even have 6 different playgrounds to explore.
Whilst not specifically targeted at kids this house can help teach important history lessons and is a really interesting place to visit. If you are visiting with little ones it might be best to skip the first film as it contains rather harrowing scenes of concentration camps.
3. Canal Tour
Most of Amsterdam can be seen from the water so a “hop on hop off” canal tour is a great option if you really want to explore Amsterdams UNESCO protected canal ring whilst keeping the kids entertained spotting some interesting sights such as the Royal Palace, the Western Church, the Skinny Bridge and Amsterdam’s tallest windmill.
The museum of the Netherlands, dedicated to Amsterdams art and history offers action-packed family tours which will equip you with cannons, torches, goggles and magnifying glasse as you explore the museum, listen to stories, and take part in experiments and challenges. They also hold child friendly workshops so check out the website for details.
For little animal lovers this working goat farm is located in Amsterdamse Bos, a huge woodland park area to the South of the city. As well as goats they have chickens, pigs, cows and horses and teach visitors all about organic farming and caring for animals. They hold workshops and courses in cheese making so check out their website for details. If the kids are still briming with energy, there is a play area with a real tractor to explore.
There are apporoximately 2,500 houseboats in Amsterdam, most are occupied by residents but some are available for rent, what better way to experience life in the city!