Several tourists who are planning to go on Amsterdam tours with their family often feel that the Dutch capital is an ideal destination for adults only. As a result, some of them prefer not to take their kids along with them while they are touring Amsterdam. It is true that Amsterdam is internationally renowned as a place for adults, but the Dutch capital is also a family oriented city with plenty of fun activities that are exclusively meant for kids.
You can find plenty of fun and exciting things to do in the city with kids throughout the year, which means that there is no “perfect” time to visit Amsterdam. However, it is best to avoid the rainy months from December to March, as you will not be able to enjoy a good touring experience because of the tough weather conditions then. Below are some of the best things you can do in Amsterdam with kids.
Your kids will surely be thrilled to hear that the one and only cat sanctuary in the world is located in Amsterdam. This famous cat sanctuary, De Poezenboot was moved to the Singel canal’s side back in the early 1960’s. De Poezenboot, which is housed inside a lovely custom-built houseboat, is home to dozens of abandoned and stray cats.
Cat lovers of different age groups are welcomed to this cat sanctuary. The authorities of the museum even encourage kids and adults to play with the cats in order to help them to get familiar with new people. Tourists who are planning to visit De Poezenboot should note that this place is not large, which means that they will not be able to accommodate a larger group of people.
The EYE Film Institute
If you or your kids are movie buffs or people who love to learn more about movies, then you should head straight to the EYE Film Institute of Amsterdam. This massive monument contains four modern cinemas that screen family films on a regular basis. In addition to that, they often host permanent displays, which will help your kids to discover more about the ins-and-outs of filmmaking.
Children can also enjoy a self-guided tour around the EYE Film Institute of Amsterdam. During the tour, kids will be able to access augmented reality exhibits, watch featured clips, and other special effects from some of the famous Hollywood movies including Star Wars through tablet computers.
The Amsterdamse Bos
Parents who wish to keep their kids occupied all day, but do not want to take them to any of the crowded monuments or attractions in the city should consider visiting Amsterdamse Bos. The picturesque lakes, benches, and woodlands in Amsterdamse Bos will make you feel relaxed and calm. This outdoorsy attraction in Amsterdam is mainly aimed at families, which means that you will be able to find plenty of families here.
You can find milk-white baby goats in the large petting farm that is located in the center of Amsterdamse Bos. If you are looking for some adventure, then head straight to the treetop climbing terrain, ‘Forest Fun’. This terrain is equipped with zip lines, bridges, and ladders.
Boerderij Westerpark is one of the largest petting zoos in the Dutch capital. This petting zoo looks after a number of farmyard animals including a giant Yorkshire pig, Shetland ponies, and several other larger beasties. Most of the animals in this zoo are very friendly and they often play with visitors including kids.
Since Amsterdam’s Boerderij Westerpark lies right in the center of Westerpark, you will be able to find plenty of other kid-friendly places near this zoo. For instance, there is an ice-cream parlor named as IJscuypje Westergasfabriek and a cinema hall that screen family films on most days.
The Nemo Science Museum
As you would probably know, most of the science museums that are aimed at kids try to balance education with fun, which in turn allows children to learn things in a simple yet efficient way. Interacting with the excellent multimedia exhibits that delve into chemistry, physics, and biology will help kids to learn things in a fast way.
The state-of-the-art exhibitions hosted within the Nemo Science Museum features eye-catching and colorful designs demonstrate scientific theories to kids through fun but thought-provoking games. If you are planning to visit the museum, then spare an entire afternoon because there will be plenty of fascinating displays and you do not want to miss any of them. The entry is free to kids of all ages.
If you still have time after visiting all these kid-friendly attractions in the city, then you should consider checking out the Pancake boat, Powerzone, and Kattenkabinet before ending your Amsterdam tour. These attractions are also ideal for kids and the fun activities in these places will keep your kids entertained and occupied throughout the day.