Buckle up! These are our fav activities together with the kids when visiting Amsterdam. Prepare yourself and the little once's for the tastiest apple pie, exciting adventures, cool museums and playful Instagram Walhalla's. Cycling is definitely the easiest way to get around Amsterdam with kids, so make sure to rent a clog cargo bike – the kids will love it for sure!
Family-friendly things to do in Amsterdam
You and the kids will never be bored in Amsterdam, ever! From eating pancakes on the pancake boat and visiting NEMO to petting exotic animals in the zoo. No worries if the sun's not out, we've wrapped up some indoor things as well. Grab your pen, and take some notes – here we go!
1. Pet exotic animals in Artis Zoo
One of the most popular activities in Amsterdam is a visit to Artis, a zoo in the middle of the city. From beautiful penguins and roaring lions to running monkeys: you will never be bored at Artis! Children up to 2 years old can enter for free.
Without a doubt, one of the best Amsterdam kids activities is visiting the NEMO Science Museum. It's located in an impressive architectural building with a roof that can be seen from around the city. As a parent, you'll enjoy yourself here too, promised! At the end of your tour, go to the NEMO roof – if the weather is nice – it's definitely worth a visit.
3. It’s lunchtime!
Getting hungry? Go to the WestergasTerras in the Westerpark. It's spacious, so there is enough space for the stroller and the kids to play. There's also a charming terrace where the little ones have plenty of space to run around.
4. Climbing Park ‘Fun Forest’
Are you all real adventurers (and over six years old)? Then we recommend the Fun Forest climbing park in the 'Amsterdamse Bos'! Choose one of the many routes and climb from tree to tree. You will encounter different obstacles during your adventure: from bridges, nets and zip lines to even a free fall. Do you dare?
5. Amsterdamse Bos’ (Amsterdam Forest)
While you are in the neighbourhood… The 'Amsterdamse Bos' has countless playgrounds – even on the water - for unlimited fun. Besides a goat farm (where you can eat the most delicious pancakes), there’s also a forest theatre