Family-friendly things to do: Things to do in Amsterdam with kids
Wondering how many things there are to do in Amsterdam with kids? You might be surprised. Within the cobblestone streets and canals, there is plenty of family fun to be had. Inspire your aspiring artists with the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum. Show them the city from thrilling heights at A’dam Lookout or the THIS IS HOLLAND Flight Experience. Take your youngsters back in time at the Dutch Costume Museum or Castle Muiderslot. A trip to Amsterdam is full of things to do that can delight, inspire, and teach everyone in the family.
Visiting the Rijksmuseum
Turn a trip to the museum into a mystery. Even the most distracted child, or adult, will be enthralled by these puzzles. They also may learn a little about art and history. Families work together to uncover secrets at various locations to solve one of eight mysteries. Or, if you just want to wander, the museum offers family-friendly guides to highlight which of the 8,000 items you might want to visit. Perhaps it’s the dollhouses, or maybe the suits of armor. If you’re there on the weekend, your little artists may want to try their hands at the Rembrandt drawing lessons.
Strollers are probably a good idea for wandering the three floors and 80 galleries. They even have a few to rent. There’s a coat room to check larger bags, and there are baby changing facilities. The café has a children’s menu and, in the atrium, there is a dining area for those who bring their own food and drink.
Visiting THIS IS HOLLAND
Take the family on the ultimate scenic route through the skies. Fully 5D, you’ll feel like you’re flying through the skies over Amsterdam. Feet dangling down, wind whipping all around you, fresh air breezing by, this experience takes you over Dutch dikes, windmills, and landmarks. Fly on a thrilling ride while learning about how Holland came to be.
Note that there are lockers for small bags, but no storage for strollers. Children under 4 and anyone under 3 feet tall are not allowed on the ride. If you get hungry, you will find a concession area for snacks and drinks.
Visiting the National Maritime Museum
Make Amsterdam a true port of call for your family. Tour the Amsterdam (the ship) and shoot a cannon before going below to see how seamen lived. Let your sailors young and old see if they can make it at sea through the Life on Board exhibit. If they answer all the questions and don’t catch scurvy, they might make it to captain. Or visit Tales of the Whales and learn how these gigantic creatures became endangered (hint, it has to do with fat.).
There is a coat room for storage, although you might want to bring your stroller along as some baby carriers are not allowed. You can bring your own food and drink, but you can only eat outside the main building and exhibitions.
Send the kids on a quest for fun and knowledge. Muiderslot is excellently preserved so they can imagine themselves back in medieval times. With a drawbridge and moat, find out how water can be a weapon. Exploring the castle and grounds, they can complete quests for a reward. And depending on the time of year, they can also see knights at battle or visit the Falconer. More than just falcons, learn about the different birds of prey that used to be kept in the castles.
There’s a coat room to store bags and carriers but keep a changing mat handy. You will also find a café and gift shop for snacks and souvenirs. The children’s activity is for kids 6 to 11 and requires adult supervision.
Visiting Tun Fun
Sometimes everyone needs a little break from sightseeing. Tun Fun is a fantastic option for a bit of jumping and playing. It’s underground, so it’s also an escape from any rain or cold outside. Babies and toddlers have soft mats and slides and cuddly toys. Older kids can hit the bounce house, trampolines, or climbing walls. Adults can relax and watch from the terraces with some coffee and snacks or plan the next stop with the free Wi-Fi.
To make it even easier for you, there’s a baby changing station and lots of food options for kids. Only outside food and drink for special dietary needs allowed. They only accept payment from debit cards with PINs, so you may want to check that your cards are compatible beforehand.