Things to see and do with kids in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Kids Attractions

Some say Amsterdam is more geared towards adults and not quite appropriate for children, and they may be right, but behind the red lights and controversial coffeeshops lie an abundance of activities and attractions to enthral younger visitors. Thankfully the Red Light District is relatively small, and parents won't have much trouble steering their children clear of this area; although there is no exact boundary it quickly becomes apparent that you are moving into De Wallen.

Active families will enjoy taking a stroll along the canal walkways, admiring the flower-decked houseboats, or rollerblading and cycling in the beautiful Vondel Park. Better still, since the city is so small, compact and cycle-friendly, hiring a bicycle and pedalling around the quaint neighbourhoods and canals of Amsterdam is a highly rewarding activity. For a more relaxing day out, pack a picnic and head to one of the city's fabulous parks, such as the huge Vondelpark. Plenty of other free attractions abound, but the more popular ones involve a bit of money, such as trips to the zoo, farms, museums and theme parks. Younger children will be absolutely enchanted by Efteling and the miniature model city of Madurodam.

When the rain comes, don't fret. There are plenty of indoor activities for children to enjoy come rain or shine, such as indoor playgrounds and cooking schools. Some of the city's museums will also intrigue children, like Anne Frank House. With so many exciting and action-packed kids attractions to enjoy, children will love Amsterdam just as much as adults.

Anne Frank House

This museum is dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank, whose famous diary, recorded over a two-year period, describes…

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Artis Zoo

Locally known as the Plantage, the Artis Zoo is something of an oasis in the centre of Amsterdam and a must for children…

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Built in the 1950s, and still one of the leading theme parks in Europe, the popular theme park of Efteling is a must…

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Located around 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam, in The Hague, and first opened in 1952, Madurodam is quite literally…

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