Amsterdam is a city which is very suitable to travel to with kids. In Amsterdam parents ride their bikes with the kids, the parks are the backyard for many children and taking your kids with you to a restaurant or a food market is the most common thing to do. This makes Amsterdam a super kid friendly destination for a city trip!
Kids and the city
As in almost every city Amsterdam offers a lot of fun things to do with kids. You only need to know where to go! This list with the 10 best things to do in Amsterdam with kids will guide you straight to them. Visit Artis, the city zoo, or make a canal boat ride. Kids will love Amsterdam.
The park as a backyard
Neighbourhoods in Amsterdam where families with kids like to live are Amsterdam Old South and Amsterdam West. Here you see families going to the local markets for their groceries or friends meeting for lunch or brunch who bring their kids. The Vondelpark is the number one playground for kids in Amsterdam. This is where children learn how to ride their bikes! A stroll down the park or a picnic is a must when the weather is nice.
Discover many more fun things to do with kids in Amsterdam in the list.
Whimsical and extravagant, this circa-1921 theater is a mad foray into creativity, an Art Deco study of color and shape. Named for the Jewish tailor who envisioned and financed the structure, the movie theater is a spectacle of stained glass, exotic woods, handmade carpets, and painted murals. Completely restored in April 2002, the theater is not only a bit of history reclaimed but a tribute to Abraham Tuschinski, who created the building and was put to death in a concentration camp. Movies are still shown today, but even if you don’t experience one, make sure to step into the Tuschinski for the pure visual appeal. Check the agenda for English movies.
Recommended for Things to Do with Kids because: During winter or on a rainy day going to the cinema with kids is always fun.
Anne’s expert tip: Book a love seat and you will have the greatest night out with your date.
Madame Tussauds is located in the heart of Amsterdam on the dam square. Thousands of folks marvel annually at this well-known attraction’s realistic creations, modelled after modern-day celebrities and historical figures. The wax semblances are grouped across three floors in such vignettes as Holland’s Golden Age, the Music Zone, TV Studio Backstage, and Sport Gallery. Videos and appropriate settings also place the figures in context and provide an additional measure of entertainment. Among the personalities you’ll encounter are Rembrandt, David Bowie, Albert Einstein, Anne Frank and Barack Obama. Kids can take their pictures with the celebrities and learn something abut Dutch history too.
Recommended for Things to Do with Kids because: Madame Tussauds is a perfect thing to do in Amsterdam with kids on a rainy day. Fun guaranteed!
Anne’s expert tip: Go early because the line can be long after lunch.
This expansive city park, begun in 1934, offers a wide variety of wildlife and is an ideal place to get away from the city proper and enjoy its leisure facilities. A rowing course was the park’s first attraction and still serves as a popular pastime. You’ll also find a pond on which to cruise in small, rented vessels and a museum whose exhibits detail area flora and fauna. Biking, walking and jogging paths are also available, as are an open-air theater, children’s playgrounds and a marvelous organic goat farm. Hop on the Museum Tram which runs along the park in the summer months and orientate yourself at the Visitor’s Center by the main entrance.
Recommended for Things to Do with Kids because: The Amsterdamse Bos is one big playground for kids with various play fields, a pool and even an animal farm.
Anne’s expert tip: Rent a bike and cycle to the park with the kids.
Amsterdam provides many places to escape busy city life. Whether you need a quiet afternoon to yourself or want to play with your children, Amsterdam offers many green spaces to get away. Vondelpark is one of the city’s many parks to help you do just that. It’s perfect for a long walk or bike ride. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, lie on the grass or read a book. Stop by the Blauwe Theehuis, tucked away in the center of the park, and have a drink on one of the largest outdoor terraces in Amsterdam. In the summer months, attend one of the open-air concerts. The Vondelpark is very kid friendly with various play grounds.
Recommended for Things to Do with Kids because: The Vondelpark is full of kids who come there to play with each other. A great way to experience the Amsterdam life.
Anne’s expert tip: A picnic in the Vondelpark is cheap and a perfect way to spend a lazy sunny day in Amsterdam with kids.
Thanks to her diary, the story of Anne Frank’s hiding from the Nazis is a well-known historical event. Nevertheless, visitors to the actual building where she, her family and friends hid during the German occupation will find themselves thrown into instant contemplation in the face of this tangible reminder. Once-hidden rooms still contain period memorabilia, along with the haunting presence of those who spent two years of their lives secreted behind walls, dreaming of eventual freedom. Although only Otto Frank, Anne’s father, would realize that hope, the experience of the rest will never be forgotten. Come early — or in the evening — to avoid the lines at this humbling site.
Recommended for Things to Do with Kids because: Anne Frank was a kid herself when they had to hide for the Germans in their shelter during World War 2.
Anne’s expert tip: My name is Anne too and ever since I’m a little girl the story of Anne Frank made a big impression on me.
Experience picturesque Amsterdam from the waterways. Especially when the sun is shining, there is no better way to see the sights than by boat. Wind your way through Amsterdam’s canals and appreciate the attractions from the water. With a multitude of options, you can pick the one that suits you best. Purchase a hop-on, hop-off ticket, so you can visit some of the museums or attractions along the way. Combine the tour with food and drinks. Depending on your choice, prices vary. For instance, a day ticket costs 22 EUR with Canal Company. Also check into other operators, such as hotels and venues, as they offer tours, too.
Recommended for Things to Do with Kids because: One of the most beautiful ways to experience Amsterdam is from the water front. All the Canal Boat Tours are kid friendly.
Anne’s expert tip: Boat companies are not the only operators that provide canal tours; some hotels and venues offer tours, as well
Photo courtesy of Geitenboerderij Ridammerhoeve
Situated in the heart of the Amsterdamse Bos, the Amsterdam Forest, you’ll find the Geitenboerderij De Ridammerhoeve, a goat farm. Discover the various facets of organic farming, including care of the animals. Visit the goats, chickens, pigs, cows and horses in a rural setting. Participate in a workshop: learn how to milk a goat and make your own cheese. Then, wrap up with a tasting; check the Website for available dates. Stop by the Farmer’s Market on a Saturday or if the weather’s nice, relax on the terrace and enjoy a cup of coffee. Want to hold a memorable birthday party or arrange an educational excursion with your class? At De Ridammerhoeve, it is possible; you can provide children with a hands-on and fun learning experience. Whatever you decide to do, make sure to try at least one of the products before you leave.
Recommended for Things to Do with Kids because: Kids can feed the baby goats and there is a huge playground at Geitenboerderij de Ridammerhoeve.
Anne’s expert tip: Make sure to try at least one of the products before you leave.
Remembering the Netherlands’ colonial era, this museum captures elements of lands the country once occupied in the tropics and subtropics. Various exhibits recreate places in Africa, Indonesia, Latin America, the Philippines, India and the Caribbean, granting European residents a chance to take in the vibrant sights, sounds and products of the equatorial world. The restaurant and shop in the museum add highlights. The Tropenmuseum has a special programme for kids called the Tropenmuseum Junior. They host special events for children like: theater plays, craft workshops, guided tours and much more. Reserve a spot in advance and please check for English speakers.
Recommended for Things to Do with Kids because: The Tropenmuseum is one of the most kid friendly museums in Amsterdam offering the Tropenmuseum Junior programme.
Anne’s expert tip: Check the Tropenmuseum Junior programme!
The impressive building of Nemo is designed by Renzo Piano in the shape of the bow of a ship. In the summer the rooftop of Nemo is a nice terrace where you can enjoy a drink after visiting the museum on a lazy Sunday with the kids.
Nemo offers an excursion into the realms of science and technology, boasting interactive exhibits and displays on energy, the human body, creativity, engineering and genetics. As knowledge expands in the world, so do the exhibits. Although the emphasis here is clearly on fun, be warned that some of the exhibits, such as that of a pickled animal fetus in a jar, might not be suitable for younger children. A generous rooftop terrace also invites museum-goers and sightseers to gaze across the city from a lofty vantage point.
Recommended for Things to Do with Kids because: At Nemo it’s all about educating kids about science. Learning by doing and experiencing the beautiful aspects of everyday science.
Anne’s expert tip: Don’t forget to go for a picnic at the rooftop terrace in the summer.
Artis is the Amsterdam zoo and located on the East side of the Amsterdam City Center. The entrance of Artis with the huge golden eagles at the gate is magical for kids. A warm welcome to this intriguing zoo, which was build in 1838 and still boasts a 19th century ambience. With more than 6000 animals representing 700-some species, the zoo offers a glimpse of wildlife from around the world that’s sure to prove enlightening to kids and adults alike. On the grounds, you’ll also find (at no extra charge) an aquarium, planetarium, botanical gardens, and two museums devoted to zoology and geology. Every season baby animals are born at Artis. You might be lucky enough to spot them when you’re visiting Amsterdam.
Recommended for Things to Do with Kids because: Artis is one of the most beautiful city zoos. It’s a playground for kids to learn about animals from all over the world.
Anne’s expert tip: In the summer Artis is open until the sun goes down!