Before your trip to Amsterdam with kids, there are a few things you should keep in mind. There are super many family-friendly activities in the city. Which of them are really worthwhile, how you can best get from A to B with your family, which hotel is particularly child-friendly and what else you need to know, I’ll tell you here!
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Is it worth traveling to Amsterdam with Kids?
Yes! Definitely YES!
There are many activities, attractions, and great restaurants that are kid-friendly.
With good planning and tips, parents can make the most of Amsterdam with their children.
Have fun in Amsterdam with your little ones!
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How to get to Amsterdam with babies and children?
Arrival by car in Amsterdam:
If you are traveling to Amsterdam by car with children, make sure your hotel or accommodation offers parking. In the list family hotels in Amsterdam with parking you will find several family-friendly hotels with parking. However, we advise you not to use your car in the city of Amsterdam, as there are few parking spaces and many areas are closed to cars. With public transport, you can make the most of Amsterdam’s attractions.
Arrival to Amsterdam by train
One of the quietest ways to travel in Amsterdam is by train at the Central Station. You are then very well located in Central Location and can reach your hotel by public transport. Deutsche Bahn offers parents the opportunity to book a seat in a children’s area when accompanied by a child aged 0-5. This is definitely another plus for parents and children.
Arrival to Amsterdam by plane
If you arrive in Amsterdam via Schiphol Airport, then I recommend two transfer options between the airport and the city (or vice versa): The first is perfect for parents with babies: The train transfer will take you from the airport to the center of Amsterdam in 20 minutes, there is a toilet, seat, table and changing table on board and you don’t have to take a baby seat just to catch the transfer to and from the airport. If you arrive in Amsterdam with a lot of suitcases and children, opt for a private transfer. A driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. When booking, you must specify if you need a baby or child seat. Anyway, here I have listed all the ways you can get to and from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
The Best Things to Do in Amsterdam with Kids
Some of the best things to do and see in Amsterdam with kids include museums, boat rides, interactive experiences, and much more. In our opinion (there are many moms and dads behind Loving Travel) THE best activities & sights in Amsterdam for you:
Nemo Science Museum - for Children of All AgesMuseum in IJ WaterfrontAdd to myTravel added
The Nemo Science Museum in Amsterdam is deservedly worth a visit, especially on a trip to Amsterdam with Kids. With its interactive exhibits, the museum offers a unique and educational experience that sparks curiosity and ignites a passion for science.
One of the main reasons a visit to the Nemo Science Museum is so much fun for families is the exciting exhibits. Unlike traditional museums where you can only observe from a distance, Nemo encourages visitors to touch, play and interact with the exhibits. From experimenting with water currents to building structures with giant building blocks, children have the opportunity to explore scientific concepts in a fun and interactive way. This hands-on approach not only fosters a love of learning, but also allows children to see science come alive before their eyes.
The museum caters to children of all ages and offers exhibits and activities for different age groups. Younger children can explore the “ZOOMworks” area, where they can engage in playful learning experiences tailored specifically to their age group. Older children can engage with more complex scientific concepts through interactive installations and experiments. The diverse range of exhibits ensures that there is something exciting and interesting for children of all ages.
In addition, the Nemo Science Museum provides a safe and stimulating environment for families. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, always ready to help and answer any questions. There are also regular workshops, demonstrations and science shows that provide additional learning opportunities for children and their families.
In addition to the educational aspect, a rooftop offers breathtaking panoramic views of Amsterdam. Families can take a break from exploring the exhibits and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city – an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.
Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam - Ideal for Children from 3 Years OldMuseum in Dam SquareAdd to myTravel added
Madame Tussauds is great if you are in Amsterdam with kids. Here you can immerse yourself in the exciting world of wax figures and experience your favorite superheroes up close. With cool exhibits and real looking stars from music, film, sports and history, Madame Tussauds offers a mega entertaining and educational experience for young explorers. You can even take selfies with the stars, which makes the visit even cooler. The museum combines fun and culture in a cool way and is a must-see for families visiting Amsterdam with kids.
Vondelpark - For Children of All AgesPark in Amsterdam Oud-WestOur highlightAdd to myTravel added
The Vondelpark is just a wonderful places for a trip to Amsterdam with Kids. You can experience so much here and have fun. The park offers great green spaces, where the little ones can let off steam. There are also several playgrounds, which provide hours of entertainment. The great thing is that the park also offers many kid-friendly events. For example, you can visit the Kinderkookkafé, where there are delicious coffee and food as well as demonstrations, workshops and games for kids. Or you can come to the Vondelpark Openluchttheater, an outdoor theater that puts on free performances for kids in the summer.
Moco Museum - Ideal for Children from 2 years oldMuseum in MuseumpleinAdd to myTravel added
The Moco Museum in Amsterdam is definitely a fantastic location when visiting Amsterdam with kids. Here you can explore contemporary art in a child-friendly environment. Your little ones will be thrilled by the colorful and fascinating artworks. An absolute highlight is the street art exhibition, whichshows impressive works by artists like Banksy. There are also interactive areas in the Moco Museum where kids can let off steam creatively. Not only can they see art, but they can also become artistically active themselves.
The museum also has a store where you can buy souvenirs. It is a great way to culturally enrich your trip to Amsterdam while having fun. So, if you are looking for a fun and educational activity in Amsterdam, the Moco Museum is definitely worth a visit.
ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo - For children of all agesZoo & Aquarium in PlantageAdd to myTravel added
I have visited many zoos in Europe, but Artis Zoo impresses not only because of the number of animals, but also because of the size of the zoo, the many green spaces and the many exhibits and activities it offers.
If you have some extra time on your trip in Amsterdam, traveling with kids or just looking for a quiet and relaxing activity, Artis Zoo is the best option. You will need 2-3 hours to visit Artis, as it is a very large area. Also, you will find that Artis offers other facilities.
Some are included in the regular Artis Park ticket, others must be purchased separately and you will need more time to visit them.
The Artis Park Ticket includes:
- Visit to the zoo
- Visit to the Planetarium
- Artis Aquarium (2023 update: currently under renovation)
Not included in Artis Park ticket.
- Artis Micropia – An exhibition about the world’s most amazing microorganisms.
- Groote Museum: A highly interactive, technological museum about human evolution.
The Artis Park ticket cannot be paid with cash, only with card. However, you can already secure your ticket online and with the possibility of cancellation. Another advantage is that I Amsterdam Card holders can enter Artis Park for free.
River Cruise with Pancakes and Ball Pool - for Children of All AgesBoat tour in AmsterdamAdd to myTravel added
Please note: This is not a canal cruise, but a river cruise!
The route of this boat tour is not through the canals of the historic city center of Amsterdam, but rides along the river IJ. The route allows you to see the sights of Amsterdam, including the northern side of the city such as the Eye Film Museum, the magnificent A’DAM Looktout building and the historic Central Station.
You’ll ride 75 minutes on a double-decker ship on a special cruise route. Traditional Dutch pancakes will be served on board. You can fill your pancakes with a variety of sweet and savory options. Drinks are not included on this tour, but can be purchased.
Another great attraction is the children’s area with a large ball pool and recreational activities for young passengers. Since this is a larger ship than a traditional canal cruise, it’s important to know that the entry point is on the north side of Amsterdam. You’ll take the F4 ferry “NDSM” from Central Station to the NDSM. The ferry is free and runs every 30 minutes.
WONDR Experience Amsterdam - For Children of All Ages (exclusive opening hours for children 2-10 years).Museum in BuiksloterhamAdd to myTravel added
Can you call the WONDR experience a museum? Or rather an indoor playground? The place is perfect for those who are traveling with kids and looking for a fun activity. If you love photos, we guarantee that this museum is one of the BEST to take great photos of.
WONDR offers the immersive art world for adults, but they also understand that kids love it! That’s why they created KIDS TIME, specifically for families with young kids 10 and under. Children under 2 years of age are admitted free. KIDS TIME is available Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (maximum of two children per adult). Older Kids ages 11 to 13 are welcome at all times, but must be accompanied by one adult per group. Outside of these times, regular tickets must be purchased.
Our tip: There is no cancellation option on the official WONDR website. Therefore, we recommend purchase adult tickets through Get Your Guide, as they are available at the SAME PRICE and can also be cancelled 100% free of charge up to 24 hours before the event. However, Get Your Guide does not offer KIDS TIME tickets. Tickets for children ages 3-10 must be purchased through the official WONDR website (with no cancellation option).
Street Art Museum, on known as STRAAT Museum - for Children of all agesMuseum in NDSMAdd to myTravel added
The STRAAT Museum in Amsterdam is a fantastic choice for family outings with older kids. The museum offers a unique opportunity to experience street art in an interactive and kid-friendly way. Your kids will be delighted by the vibrant colors and stunning murals. Not only can they admire art, but they can also learn about the artists behind the works. The museum regularly hosts workshops and activities specifically for young visitors where they can unleash their creative side.
One highlight is the graffiti workshop, where kids learn how to create their own street art. The STRAAT Museum is not only a cultural, but also an educational venture for an Amsterdam trip with kids.
Visiting Amsterdam with kids means experiencing the city in many ways, and the STRAAT Museum is a place where art, creativity and fun come together.
The Best Canal Cruise in Amsterdam with kids - for children of all agesBoat tour in AmsterdamAdd to myTravel added
Simply said: Cargo cruise plus pizza plus drinks. This is the cool offer of the Amsterdam Canal Cruise. In 75 minutes you can enjoy your pizza and treat yourself to unlimited drinks. But the best is yet to come: the pizza is served fresh directly on board! You can even choose the pizza flavor when you book your tour online. Choices include Pepperoni Pizza, Hawaii, Margherita, Vegan Margherita, Chilli Chicken and California Veggie. And for the little ones, there’s a smaller Margherita Pizza at a kid-friendly price.
This Amsterdam canal cruise also includes unlimited beer, wine, soft drinks and, for a sweet ending, a delicious cookie sandwich with ice cream. A great thing if you are in town with kids!
Amsterdam Ripley's Believe It or Not! - For Children of All AgesMuseum in Red light DistrictAdd to myTravel added
Wondering what to do with your kids in Amsterdam? Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a fantastic choice. This wacky museum is full of fascinating and whimsical things that will delight not only kids, but the whole family. From abnormal creatures to optical illusions, there’s plenty to see here. The interactive exhibits make the visit especially exciting, and kids of all ages will enjoy this unique environment.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Amsterdam offers a fun activity for kids in Amsterdam. Here they can see things they won’t find anywhere else. It’s a great way to stimulate curiosity and wonder in the minds of little ones. So, if you’re visiting Amsterdam, don’t miss this fascinating adventure at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!!!
Nxt Museum - For Children Of All AgesMuseum in BuiksloterhamAdd to myTravel added
Can you imagine how exciting it could be for your kids to bridge between the digital and physical worlds? The NXT Museum in Amsterdam invites families to do just that. This unique museum,which was once a television station, offers a huge technological exhibit that combines art and technology in a fascinating way for kids.
The museum’s name, NXT, derives from “NEXT” – what’s next? This fascinating museum will undoubtedly amaze your kids when you visit Amsterdam with the family. Your kids canexperience art and technology in a whole new dimension and immerse themselves in the future at the NXT Museum. They will be thrilled by the possibilities and creativity that this unique facility has to offer for young explorers.
Amsterdam Dungeon - Ideal for Children from 10 years oldMuseum in AmsterdamAdd to myTravel added
The Amsterdam Dungeon is a fantastic experience for kids in Amsterdam. Here your kids can look forward to exciting adventures. With a mix of entertainment and horror, the Dungeon offers an exciting journey through the dark history of the city. Your kids will be fascinated by the interactive shows and scary characters.
Although it’s spooky, it’s kid-friendly and suitable for ages 10 and up. The unique attractions and educational glimpses into Amsterdam’s past make the Dungeon an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family. Delve into the mysteries of the city when you visit Amsterdam with kids.
Tropical Museum - Ideal for Children of All AgesMuseum in PlantageAdd to myTravel added
The Tropical Museum is a great museum option for visitors with children in Amsterdam. This museum offers a fascinating journey through the cultures of the world, including interactive exhibits and activities designed especially for young explorers. Children can explore the Junior Museum, where they can interact with different cultures and learn through play. The Tropical Museum also offers regular workshops and events for children. This facility allows families to immerse themselves in the fascinating diversity of world cultures while having fun. It’s definitely worth a visit when you visit Amsterdam.
The Tropical Museum in Amsterdam offers a variety of attractions and activities for children:
- Junior Museum: Here children can explore interactive exhibits designed especially for them. For example, they can try on traditional clothing from different cultures or play exotic musical instruments.
- Treasure hunts: The museum offers treasure hunts where children can learn more about the exhibits and cultures in a fun way.
- Workshops: The Tropical Museum regularly hosts workshops for children on topics such as art, crafts and music. Here they can develop their creative skills.
- Special events: At various times throughout the year, the museum organizes special events and activities for children, often related to the current exhibitions.
Overall, the Tropical Museum offers a fun and educational experience for children of all ages who want to discover the diversity of world cultures.
Fabrique des Lumières in Amsterdam - For Children of All AgesMuseum in Westerpark AmsterdamAdd to myTravel added
The Fabrique des Lumières in Amsterdam is an absolute must for families with children in Amsterdam. This interactive art center offers a fascinating world of light, color and movement. Children can immerse themselves in the artwork and become part of the display. The visual effects are breathtaking and stimulate the imagination. With its captivating projections and digital installations, Fabrique des Lumières is an experience that will delight not only children, but adults as well. If you’re visiting Amsterdam with kids, don’t miss the chance to explore this impressive art center and enchant your senses.
This is Holland - Ideal for Children from 4 years oldMuseum in BuiksloterhamAdd to myTravel added
A visit to “This is Holland” in Amsterdam is an unforgettable experience for families with children. Here you can discover togetherthe beauty of the Netherlands from a completely new perspective. The breathtaking flying experiences in a huge picture and sound hall are captivating and leave children and adults alike speechless. You’ll fly over the windmills of Kinderdijk, explore the canals of Amsterdam, and admire the blooming tulip fields, all in a comfortable chair. The experience isinformative, interactive and fun, making it perfect for children ages 4 and up.
Whether your kids are little explorers or seasoned travelers, “This is Holland” offers a unique adventure. So, if you’re visiting Amsterdam, don’t miss “This is Holland” – it will enrich your stay in Amsterdam and make it unforgettable.
Amsterdam Hop on Hop off Tours - For Kids of All AgesHop on Hop off in AmsterdamAdd to myTravel added
A hop-on hop-off bus tour in Amsterdam is a great experience for families with children. It offers the perfect way to explore this wonderful city without having to worry about public transportation or long walks.
The highlights of such a tour are numerous. You can conveniently get to iconic sights like the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Vondelpark. Best of all, you can hop on and off at will. If the little explorers need a break or want to take a closer look at a sight, that’s no problem.
This activity in Amsterdam for kids offers not only practical transportation, but also a fun and informative tour. Kids will be thrilled to see the city from an elevated perspective, and the audio commentary is informative and kid-friendly.
My tip: Much more than a mode of transportation, I recommend the hop on hop off in Amsterdam as a closed tour. Stay on the bus and enjoy the ride with your children.
BODY WORLDS Amsterdam - Ideal for Children over 10 years oldMuseum in Berlin Mitte ENAdd to myTravel added
BODY WORLDS Amsterdam is a fascinating and educational attraction for families with children in Amsterdam. Here, children can discover the anatomy of the human body in an interactive and immersive way. The life-size plastinates and interactive exhibits provide a unique learning experience that is both entertaining and educational.
The exhibit is age-independent, but we recommend preparation for children and teens. Parents and teachers should decide for themselves whether the company is sufficiently prepared.
ARTIS Micropia - Ideal for children from 8 years of ageMuseum in PlantageAdd to myTravel added
ARTIS Micropia is a fantastic destination for children in Amsterdam. This unique museum allows young explorers to explore the world of invisible microbes. With interactive exhibits and microscopes, kids can see tiny creatures that normally escape the naked eye. It’s not only educational, but fascinating and entertaining. Children can discover the amazing diversity of life on a microscopic level while learning about science and biology. ARTIS Micropia provides a unique opportunity to spark children’s curiosity and offer them a new perspective on the world. It is definitely a great activity for families with children in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Upside Down - For Children of All AgesMuseum in ZuidasAdd to myTravel added
The Amsterdam Upside Down Museum is a fantastic experience for families with children in Amsterdam. Here, everything literally turns around – gravity disappears, and you can walk on the ceiling or hang on the walls. Kids will be thrilled by the visual effects and the interactive challengesn that will test their senses. This unique museum offersfun and adventure for young and old alike. It’s a great opportunity to let your imagination fly and spend an unforgettable time together with the kids. A visit to the Amsterdam Upside Down Museum is a real highlight for the whole family.
My tip: On the official website, adult tickets can not be canceled or refunded. Therefore, buy tickets with the same price for adults and children over 12 via Get Your Guide, where you can cancel them up to 24 hours before your visit begins. However, if you’re visiting the Amsterdam Upside Down with children between the ages of 3 and 11, you can purchase them at a reduced price through the official website.
1-hour Pedal boat rental - Ideal for Children 8 years and olderWater activity in Amsterdam Old CityAdd to myTravel added
A one-hour pedal boat rental in Amsterdam is a great option for families with children. It allows parents to spend a relaxing time on the canals while the kids have exciting adventures. Little ones can feel like real captains at the helm and safely explore the slow waters. It’s a fun way to see the city from a unique perspective. It also encourages teamwork, as dthe family must work together to keep the paddleboat moving forward. The canals offer many interesting views and charming bridges, which will delight children. A pedal boat rental makes the visit to Amsterdam an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
Historical streetcar - For Children of All AgesMotorized tour in Nieuwmarkt en LastageAdd to myTravel added
The Historic Streetcar Ride in Amsterdam is an excellent choice for families with children. This nostalgic experience allows children to experience the history of the city in a fun and informative way. During the ride, they will be accompanied by a knowledgeable driver who will share exciting stories about Amsterdam. The picturesqueviews and authentic atmosphere in the restored streetcar fascinate children and adults alike. It’s a relaxing way to explore the city without having to walk long distances. Children can admire the passing sights while enjoying a history lesson of a special kind. A ride on the historic streetcar is an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
More ideas for your trip to Amsterdam with kids
Was there nothing for you yet? Amsterdam has a lot to offer for families. How about this otherwise:
- Petting baby goats at the Goat Farm – In Amsterdam, things can get pretty hectic pretty quickly. What better way can there be, please, for the whole family to catch their breath and slow down a bit than to pet cute baby goats?
- Doll houses for mice at the Mouse Mansion-sounds quaint, but it’s really sensational for younger kids. I personally thought it was kind of awesome too, I must confess. That attention to detail with the dollhouses and the little stuffed mice that inhabit them was really fascinating. A real insider tip in Amsterdam
- The Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum) – free admission with the I Amsterdam Card. Next to the NEMO (where admission with the I Amsterdam Card also costs nothing!), this museum is one of the most child-friendly. They make a special effort there to bring the theme of the museum, the great history of Dutch shipping, to children.
- The Amstelpark (Arent Janszoon Ernststraat 1, 1083 GA Amsterdam) with its many children’s playgrounds
- Make your own chocolate at Tony’s Chocolonely Super Store (Oudebrugsteeg 15, 1012 JN Amsterdam)
More activities in Amsterdam
My Tips for visiting Amsterdam with Kids
Here are some practical tips for traveling to Amsterdam. Whether you’re traveling with babies, toddlers or teens, some of these tips can make your trip easier and more comfortable:
On the road in Amsterdam
Train, Bus, Tram & Ferry
In Amsterdam, you can get from one place to another very easily and quickly by public transport. There is a wide network of streetcars, buses, subways, and trains. So you can easily get to every corner of the city. For this, you need a GVB ticket. It is worth buying this ticket in advance so that you don’t have to search for a ticket counter with your children every time before you start your journey. This costs time and nerves. Adults can buy a GVB ticket online for one or more ticket days. However, children between the ages of 4 and 12 can only purchase a day ticket. In this case, parents should buy several child day tickets online for several days and use one per day. If you decide to buy a group ticket, here we explain the pros and cons of this option.
- Children up to 3 years: Free of charge
- Children from 4 to 11 years pay a reduced price: 4,50 EUR
- Children from 12 years pay the adult price: 9 to 82 EUR (depending on the number of days)
On the road with stroller
Not only alone but also with children, I think you should walk the most in Amsterdam because you see so much. In Amsterdam’s historic canal house-strewn city center, just about every corner is exciting in some way. Amsterdam is in the Netherlands, after all, so it’s very flat and stroller-friendly for the most part, although there are still a few cobblestone streets in the oldest parts of the city.
On the road with the bike
Of course, it is tempting to cycle in Amsterdam. But I rather advise against that to do with the family. If you are not used to cycling through the city with children, you should definitely not try it first in Amsterdam. Because cycling in Amsterdam is a pretty nerve-wracking experience. Things can get pretty chaotic in the city center.
Save money in Amsterdam
Buys tickets in advance
Don’t wait until your trip to buy tickets to attractions. Apart from the long queues, it is also likely that there are no more tickets available for the desired date and time. Therefore, it is best to buy tickets online in advance. Most tickets can be canceled free of charge up to 24 hours in advance in case of unforeseen circumstances.
Amsterdam Sightseeing Passes
For adults, it’s worth trying one of the Amsterdam Sightseeing Passes. Amsterdam Cards not only save you money but also get you into museums and attractions faster. Check carefully if kids need it, as many museums offer free admission and other attractions have discounted prices.
Best time to visit Amsterdam with Kids
Amsterdam is absolutely worth a trip even in the depths of winter. I always find it most pleasant in the spring. Many other tourists have the same idea, but you just have to live with it in Amsterdam. Such a beautiful city is of course not an insider tip. In April and May the temperatures are mild 13-17 degrees. The best thing about this time of year is the many flowers and trees that bloom all over the city – especially along the canals it is beautiful then.
During the summer vacations, Amsterdam is very crowded, but there are also many outdoor events. If you’re focused on enjoying the city’s flair and some kid-friendly attractions, then June, July, and August might be a good fit. However, if you want to visit Amsterdam’s most famous sights, I think these months are too crowded to visit with kids.
Unlike many other cities, I can recommend Amsterdam even in winter. The wonderful Amsterdam Light Festival takes place between December and January and that in itself is a very good reason to go to Amsterdam with Kids.
The Best Family-friendly Day Trips from Amsterdam
There are also great destinations for families just outside Amsterdam! In my opinion, these are particularly suitable for children.
Zaanse Schans: The Village of the Mills with childrenCity in North HollandAdd to myTravel added
A visit to Zaanse Schans is a must for families exploring Amsterdam with kids. This Getaway from Amsterdam takes only a few hours of your trip. This charming, historic village offers a wealth of activities that are both entertaining and educational.
The highlights at Zaanse Schans for kids are many. Here they can see historic windmills in action and even find out how they work. An interactive windmill museum explains the technology behind these impressive machines.
The making of wooden shoes is another fascinating attraction. Children can watch artisans make these traditional shoes and perhaps even take home a pair as a souvenir.
Tasting delicious Dutch cheese is a treat for young and old alike. There is also a chocolate factory to satisfy children’s sweet cravings.
Visiting Zaanse Schans is a fun day trip from Amsterdam with kids that combines history, culture and fun. Your little ones will love the authentic Dutch atmosphere and the interactive activities.
The World of the Keukenhof and FlowersDay Trip in IJ WaterfrontAdd to myTravel added
A trip to Keukenhof is an unforgettable experience for families visiting Amsterdam with kids. This impressive flower park is famous for its breathtaking tulip fields and holds numerous highlights for the young explorers.
Kids can play amidst a floral dream, stroll across painterly bridges, and have fun in a maze. The vibrant colors and beguiling scent of the flowers will enchant their senses.
A petting zoo and a large playground provide additional fun and entertainment. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy the beautiful flower displays at their leisure.
A day trip from Amsterdam to Keukenhof combines nature, beauty and fun and is a perfect experience for the whole family. Your little ones will love the blooming wonders of Keukenhof.
Edam, Volendam, Marche and the Historic VillagesStädtereise in Edam-Volendam ENAdd to myTravel added
A day trip from Amsterdam to Edam, Volendam and the surrounding villages is a fantastic idea for families with kids. These picturesque towns offer a wealth of activities and attractions that will delight the little ones.
In Edam, children can marvel at the famous Edam cheese wheels and learn how cheese is made. In Volendam, they can try on traditional costumes and dress up as fishermen. The nearby villages such as Marken offer charming walks along canals and historic windmills that seem to have stepped out of a fairy tale.
In addition, families can take a boat trip on the IJsselmeer and enjoy the views of the coastal landscape. These charming villages are not only picturesque, but also educational and entertaining for children, making them an ideal excursion from Amsterdam.
Muiderslot Castle is taken over by kidsHistoric Building in Muiden ENAdd to myTravel added
Take a break from the busy streets and canals of Amsterdam and embark on a 15km journey south to Muiderslot Castle. This castle dates back to the 13th century and isan enchanting medieval gem just a short drive from the city. Muiderslot was last restored in the 1950s and is now a national museum.
Why should families with children visit Muiderslot? This castle not only offers a glimpse of medieval architecture and history, but also a variety of child-friendly activities. The gardens are an ideal place to explore, and the idyllic waterfront location invites picnicking. Young explorers will love the historical exhibits that spark their imaginations and teach them about history in a fun way.
Tickets to Muiderslot Castle are included in various passes or can be purchased separately. As this is a popular attraction in Amsterdam, we recommend securing tickets well in advance to avoid long waits and have a memorable day with the family.
Amsterdam BeachesBeach in North HollandOur highlightAdd to myTravel added
The beaches around Amsterdam, like Zandvoort Beach, are a wonderful destination for families with kids. Just a stone’s throw from the city, this coastal resort offers the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. Children can feel the soft sand under their feet and let off steam in the refreshing North Sea water.
Zandvoort is characterized by lively beach clubs, water sports and a vibrant atmosphere that delights children of all ages. Whether it’s building sand castles, playing beach volleyball or trying out exciting water sports, there’s something for everyone here.
The coastal town is an ideal vacation destination whether you are looking for tranquility or adventure. It offers a relaxing escape from the hectic city and is popular with locals and visitors alike. Pack your swimsuits and spend an unforgettable day at the beach with your family.
What should you avoid in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is a very touristy city that offers attractions for all ages. Parents traveling to Amsterdam with kids and teenagers will find many options in the city. However, there are a few challenges you should consider when planning your trip to Amsterdam to avoid worry and stress. Here are 10 things to avoid when traveling to Amsterdam with kids:
- Late evenings: Amsterdam can get very noisy at night. Plan accordingly so as not to disturb your children’s sleep.Avoid being out too late in the city, especially with young children.
- Buy tickets only in Amsterdam: There is no price advantage, but you waste time and nerves.
- Coffeeshops: Children do not belong in coffee shops known to sell cannabis products.
- Dirty streets: The streets in Amsterdam can sometimes be dirty, so make sure your kids keep their hands clean.
- Bicycle accidents: Bicycles are very common here, so take good care when traveling with children so that they don’t suddenly run into the bike lane.
- Red Light District: Avoid the Red Light District if you are traveling with children as it is not child-friendly.
- Be completely haphazard: A little planning can make your trip with kids more enjoyable.
- Forgotten umbrellas: The weather in Amsterdam can be unpredictable. Don’t forget to pack umbrellas.
- Excessive sightseeing: children need breaks. Avoid overloading your day with too many sights.
- Ignoring safety instructions: Pay attention to warnings and rules, especially along waterways and canals, to ensure the safety of your children.
Where to Stay in Amsterdam with Kids?
When planning your visit to Amsterdam, you will most likely start by looking for family-friendly accommodation in the city. Are there any family-friendly hotels in Amsterdam? Definitely, even very many! Depending on the size of your family and your budget, you have a lot to choose from.
In the city center, rooms can be quite small (and prices high!). Don’t mind staying a bit outside the city center (it shouldn’t, thanks to the very good public transport connections), you’ll definitely get more for your money! The best neighborhoods in Amsterdam for families with children are De Pijp, Jordaan, and Oud-West. These neighborhoods offer a relaxed atmosphere family friendly, lots of kid-friendly activities, and good public transport connections.
I can recommend these hotels without exception:
Das VolkshotelHotel in AmsterdamAdd to myTravel added
This family-friendly Volkshotel is located in the modern Amsterdam East district, just 50 meters from Wibautstraat metro station. On offer: a lively lobby café, a restaurant, a cocktail bar open in the evening, work areas, conference rooms and a creative center with studios for designers and music producers. On the 7th floor is a restaurant with 360-degree views of Amsterdam. Wi-Fi is free of charge.
Each room features minimalist decor. The Hotel offers a family suite, and quadruple rooms, Still of interest to families are the spacious common areas. There’s a library with children’s books, a game box, pool tables and more. If you want to get a lot for comparatively little money in Amsterdam, this hotel is very good.
There is a small spa on the roof with 3 whirlpools and a sauna. In addition, the hotel offers yoga and sports classes, as well as a number of cultural events.
The Neighbour's MagnoliaHotel in AmsterdamAdd to myTravel added
The Neighbour’s Magnolia has a fantastic location, where a family comfortably sleeps in spacious rooms. The Hotel has a fantastic location with a walking distance of 10 minutes from the museum district with the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, the beautiful Vondelpark just 3 minutes away: The Neighbour’s Magnolia is hard to beat in terms of location.It’s a small hotel with limited availability. But there are a couple of rooms very suitable for families. There is free coffee at the self-serve bar in the lounge.
It’s a small, but very well-run hotel in a great location. If you’re in Amsterdam for a short time, want to see as much as possible in a short time, and don’t plan on staying in the hotel room for long, The Neighbour’s Magnolia is the best choice.
ClinkNOORD AmsterdamHostel in AmsterdamAdd to myTravel added
It is a hostel, but not an ordinary one. Here you will also find family rooms, and in addition four-bed rooms with private bathroom and with the possibility of increasing to a six-bed room.
ClinkNOORD is located in Amsterdam-Noord, directly across the river IJ. It is about 10 minutes from the back of Amsterdam Centraal station. The ferry runs around the clock and the short crossing is free of charge and great fun for kids.
The hostel is located in a former laboratory from the 1920s with many original elements preserved. A bright and spacious atrium and numerous lounge areas distinguish this unusually cozy hostel. There’s also a cafe and library. If you’re traveling on a budget, you can prepare your own meals in the large communal kitchen.
Price-wise, it is the best option for families in Amsterdam!
Meininger Hotel Amsterdam West CityHostel in AmsterdamAdd to myTravel added
The Meininger Amsterdam West is located right by the Amsterdam Sloterdijk train station, so it’s super easy and quick to get to from the airport. It has many five-bed rooms and even six-bed rooms! This makes it ideal for those traveling to Amsterdam with kids. The hotel’s facilities include a bar, a guest kitchen and a large lobby, with many murals in the style of Van Gogh.
Rooms at Meininger Hotel Amsterdam City West are bright and decorated with bright color accents and wood floors. They also have private bathrooms with showers.
The location is excellent: Schiphol Airport is just a 15-minute drive from the hotel.You can reach the center of Amsterdam from the hotel in about 5-7 minutes by train. To the beach of Zandvoort and the National Park Zuid-Kennemerland you get already after 30 minutes by car.
There are many, many more hotels in Amsterdam. If you want to get an overview yourself, just click on the red button below. I recommend you to have a look at Booking.com. I consider the presented selection to be the best there.
The Best Restaurants in Amsterdam for families
Unfortunately, by far not all restaurants and stores are accessible with strollers. Nevertheless, you will certainly quickly notice how child-friendly the Amsterdammers are.
People always politely make room for the stroller on the sidewalk. No one looks at you asking if your child shouldn’t scream in the restaurant (they are only children!). In fact, every restaurant has children’s portions. In the major museums, including the Imperial Museum, care is taken to ensure that children also have fun and learn something. You will probably find a children’s play corner in almost every cafe.
Restaurants in Amsterdam are lonely top. The density of good food options in the city center is almost overwhelming. Here I’ve picked out a few of my favorites for you that are especially great for families with kids! I didn’t limit myself to just regular restaurants, as you’ll see!
01 Vlaams Friethuis Vleminickx
Here the fries are super crispy and the lines are long! Super popular, and rightly so! Definitely try it out.
02 Meerzicht Farm Pancake House
The best pancakes in town are here and lots of animals to pet – perfect day out for you and your little ones!
03 Albert Cuyp Market
With about 260 stalls, the Albert Cuypmarkt is the Netherlands’ largest and most famous open-air market! Here, you can get the best poffertjes and stroopwafel!
The Albert Cuypmarkt is in the famous Pijp district, where you can find everything: souvenirs, clothes, shoes, vegetables, fruits, fish, poultry, and the most exotic articles.
Of course, the Albert Cuypmarkt offers numerous options for freshly made cheese and other goods.
Tip: Check out the children’s kookkafé – here the little ones can even join in the cooking themselves! Very cool concept. Super suitable for toddlers! Trust me, they will love it there.
The most frequently asked questions about traveling to Amsterdam with Kids
Is Amsterdam a family-friendly city?
Yes, Amsterdam is extremely Family-friendly. The city offers numerous family-friendly attractions such as the Artis Royal Zoo, NEMO Science Museum, Moco Museum, WONDR, Madam Tussauds, canal tours, NXT Museum, Hop on Hop off bus tour, and Vondelpark. The flat landscape and the good public transport network make it easy to explore.
Are there family-friendly restaurants in Amsterdam?
Yes, many restaurants in Amsterdam welcome families. You will find special children’s menus and high chairs in most restaurants. Popular options include Pancakes Amsterdam, Pizza Bakkers, and De Foodhallen. Unfortunately, many restaurants do not have places for strollers, so they often have to be parked outside. That’s why it’s worth taking a bike lock with you to secure the stroller outside.
Is public transport in Amsterdam suitable for families with children?
Public transport in Amsterdam is well suited for families. Children under 4 usually ride free and streetcars, buses and subways are stroller-friendly. Consider purchasing an I Amsterdam City Card for free public transportation and discounts on attractions. For children there are only day tickets, so you have to buy a day ticket for your children for each day.
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