Posts by Vicky in Amsterdam

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Het Woeste Westen - a nature park for all ages
Nestled into the beautiful and expansive Westerpark is Het Woeste Westen -- a slice of wilderness in which children can truly connect with and explore their natural environment. Het Woeste Westen is an outdoor playland made up of a number of different adventure "islands" that are naturally separated by water. Each island has its own theme: ...
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Zandvoort Beach -- a short train ride from Amsterdam
The Dutch seaside is a beautiful place to escape to if you want some fresh air, or simply to see it -- and luckily it is very easy to reach from Amsterdam and makes for the perfect daytrip out of town. Zaandvort Beach is Amsterdam's nearest and easiest accessible beach via public transport (there are ...
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De Bakkerswinkel
Of the many things to love about Amsterdam, certainly one aspect that makes the city all the more enjoyabe as a young family is how child friendly it is. In the Netherlands children are not only accepted, but they are welcomed as a part of life: they are both seen and heard -- and this ...
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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
For its small geographical size, Amsterdam is home to an impressive number of museums and galleries, many of which are family friendly. The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is located in the iconic Muesumplein (alongside the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum) and showcases a fine collection of modern and contemporary art. The Stedelijk Museum is one of ...
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Sissy-Boy
Very well known and loved by locals, Sissy-Boy is a Dutch-born fashion and lifestyle store which truly epitomises Dutch style: it is modern, simple and inspiring. Their flagship store can be found on KNSM Island (just around the corner from Imps&Elfs) and boasts a huge selection of their range. There is also an in-house cafe (which is ...
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Gray Label Flagship Store
Tucked away in a little side street that comes off the stunning Prinsengracht canal sits the beautiful space in which Gray Label have created their flagship store. As soon as you walk into the shop you are surrounded by the minimalist and modern, yet classic styles that accentuate this unique Dutch brand. All of Gray ...
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The Maker Store
Buying gifts and souvenirs can often feel a little overwelming, particularly in the tourist heart of Amsterdam where there is no shortage of stalls filled to the brim with magnets, wooden tulips and other stereotypical bric-a-bracs. But if you want to find something a little more special and unique then The Maker Store (previously the Local Goods ...
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Noordermarkt
One of the most enriching and enjoyable experiences when travelling to a new place can be found in visiting the local markets -- somewhere you can truly immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine. Markets always offer beautiful seasonal produce, fresh foods and an atmosphere that is representative of where you are. In Amsterdam there ...
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Winter fun: Ice skating outside the Rijksmuseum
One of the most beautiful things about Amsterdam is how much the city transforms with the seasons -- there are so many transient moments to enjoy. While in the Summer there are many outdoor cafes, playgrounds and splash pools to entertain the kids, as the warm weather comes to an end many of these places ...
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Amsterdam Central Library
As the weather starts to cool down noticeably here in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter fast approaches, it is the perfect time to start discovering some of the lovely indoor spaces available to families in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Central Library, situated an easy walking distance from the Central Station, contains a beautiful and large space ...
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Boekhandel Van Rossum Bookstore
There is something that is always extra special about entering a nice bookstore -- the smell of new books, the inspiring and sweet displays, being able to take the time to flick through books that you might not otherwise come across. It's an experience in itself -- and especially nice when you can share it ...
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De Zaailing
Zaailing  (meaning "seedling" in Dutch) is a beautiful store located in De Pijp (and very close to the museum district) of Amsterdam. Just beware before you enter that you can really get caught in this gorgeous store for hours perusing every little toy, game, craft item, book and decoration. There is a lot to see ...
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Big en Belg
Stocked with many of Babyccino’s favourite brands is a store well worth visiting. Big en Belg has two locations in Amsterdam – their flagship store is in De Pijp district (here) and they also have a smaller second store in Amsterdam West (here). Both stores offer a beautiful selection of children’s clothing, shoes, toys, games, home ...
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Fun Forest Climbing Park
Fun Forest Amsterdam is definitely worth a visit if you have older children that enjoy a bit of adventure (and aren't afraid of heights). The Fun Forest is a climbing park made up of nine different climbing courses -- each of which cater for different age groups and levels of experience. Using a combination of ropes, ladders, ...
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Blender Kids Concept Store & Cafe
Blender is a combined cafe and kids concept store that offers the perfect respite for when you're out and about with young ones in tow. The cafe is large and spacious with ample seating and most importantly, there are plenty of toys and entertainment for the little ones. In one corner of the cafe there is a ...
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Il Pecorino in Amsterdam-Noord
  Situated just north of Centraal Station and across the water from IJ-lake you will find Amsterdam-Noord (North Amsterdam), one of Amsterdam's more up and coming neighbourhoods. In recent years Amsterdam-Noord has become an increasingly popular destination to visit due to both the urban-industrialized style of the area as well as the many hip and trendy shops, ...
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De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam
It is not difficult to find good cheese in The Netherlands. For a country that is renowned for its wonderful cheeses --such as Edam and Gouda, it comes as no surprise that even the selection of cheese available at your local grocery store is great. You really can’t go too far wrong! There are many good cheese ...
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Vondelpark
One of the nicest things about visiting Amsterdam with a young family is how many beautiful and spacious outdoor parks and playgrounds there are around town, each one with its own special charm. No matter where you are situated, there is likely to be at least one park within an easy walking or biking distance. ...
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Getting Around
Amsterdam is an exceptional city renowned for its beautiful canals and flat landscapes that enable unique modes of transport to get around town. There are many forms of public and personal transport available, each of which provide a different and special experience when exploring the city. On Foot Central Amsterdam is geographically quite small and ...
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Take a Break
For its relatively small geographic size Amsterdam has an abundant number of parks and playgrounds where you can take a pause during your adventures about town. They range from small, inner city playgrounds to large spacious parks where you can while away several hours. Wherever you are in town, a park or play area will not be ...
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Easy Meals
Exploring a new city can be tiring for a family, and sometimes you just need a good meal, fast. To help you out, here is a list of tasty and easy meal options available around Amsterdam. Bagels & Beans Founded in Amsterdam in 1996, Bagels and Beans brought the popular American bagel to the Netherlands...but ...
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Boerderij Meerzicht
Nestled away inside the Amsterdam forest, Boerderij Meerzicht is a beautiful Dutch pancake restaurant and farm house that is  so much fun for the kids! Boerderij Meerzicht dates back to 1857 (before even the Amsterdam forest existed!) and during the construction of the forest in the early 1900s when many of the other farm houses in the ...
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Museum Van Loon
Located in the middle of the canal district we loved visiting this small but very interesting canal house. Still owned by the aristocratic Van Loon family you will find some parts of the house closed off for obvious reasons, but the parts which remain open are simply stunning. The house gives you a real insight ...
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We love this beautiful brioche-like braided Easter Bread, known in Italian as Pane Di Pasqua. See our recipe in the link. But also, tell us what yummy things you plan to make this Easter. @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
9 hours ago
🧻 Toilet paper Easter craft idea. Make stamps from recycled cardboard tubes. It’s super simple and great for Easter bunnies and eggs! We used one paper towel roll to make two bunnies and two egg stamps … which can make millions of cards. Materials needed: Cardboard tubes from toilet paper or kitchen paper rolls Scissors Hot glue gun (or use white school glue, but this eliminates the need to wait) Paint, we mixed our own pastels with tempra / finger paint Googly eyes, optional Paper Steps: Cut the cardboard tubes into smaller pieces. Bend the cardboard slightly to make ears, then hot glue the ears onto the face. The eggs stamps are simple, just slightly bend them to make them less round and more oval in shape. Mix the paint on a plate or flat tray to your desired shade. Hop the bunny stamp over and over onto the paint, it covers the surface nicely that way! (see photo) Stamp the paper card, or envelope, and then fill in any missing outlined bunny sections if there are any. Add funny faces, googly eyes, silly bowties, or anything you desire to personalise your bunnies! We wrote have a VERY HOPPY EASTER. @laraoflondon #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercraftsforkids #toiletpapercraft
21 hours ago
Edible Easter egg nests do double-duty as decorations and desserts. See our link and recreate this scrumptious treat. #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
22 hours ago
Chirp chirp! These fingerprint cards are super easy and quick to make so if you are in need of a last-minute Easter card read on. ⭐️ You will need: Yellow water colour paint (water and a paintbrush to mix) Plain white card folded in half Black felt tip pen Orange felt tip pen (We found water colours worked great but any yellow paint will do). ⭐️ Mix up some yellow water colour paint, dip a finger into the paint and then place firmly onto the front of a folded piece of card. Repeat and cover the whole card with yellow fingerprints leaving some gaps for the feet and beaks. ⭐️ Once the paint has dried add some little black legs and feet, a dot for the eye and an orange beak. The beaks look great all pointing in different directions. ⭐️ What we love about these cute cards are their randomness. It’s such a simple idea that children of any age can get involved. Anything goes here, long legs/ short legs, big beaks/little beaks!! We guarantee they’ll look great in any style and they will definitely bring a smile to a loved ones face. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercards @soloskates
1 day ago
Hoppy paper doll bunnies from @laraoflondon were super easy. Just accordion fold a long strip of white paper and cut out! Then add ears, eyes, and a few accessories of course! #babyccinocrafts #babyccinokids #paperdolls #easterbunny
2 days ago
Decorations that don’t waste too many precious cooking ingredients... yes please! We love this simple salt dough recipe!🧂 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup water 1. Preheat the oven to 120 °C and line baking tray with baking paper. 2. Mix flour and salt in the bowl then gradually add water, stirring until combined. 3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, roll out until about 7mm thick and transfer to baking tray. 4. Then all you need is an egg-shaped cookie cutter, which is easy to find at this time of the year. Cut them out and make a hole in each about a centimeter from the top edge. Bake on 120C for about three hours turning them once after about 2 hours. 5. Now paint both sides with one color or each in different and wait to dry completely. 6. After about an hour you can draw your favorite designs on the eggs (again, one or both sides). 7. Leave for about 12 hours or overnight to dry and finish them with glossy varnish. (Clear nail polish works nicely.) 8. Now just string the twine or a fishing line through holes and you’re done! 9. Place on branches or hang around the home. 10. Enjoy! 🥚🧂 More Easter ideas in our bio! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercraftsforkids #saltdoughornaments
2 days ago
Paper, glue, scissors... make your own sweet bunny ears to create more fun for your Easter at home. It’s a 5 minute craft and 100% recycled scraps friendly! See @laraoflondon ‘s idea in the bio and customise the colours for your little ! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
3 days ago
Hello Easter! We have over ninety crafts, recipes & blog posts (yes, that’s 90!) for this season we adore. So click on the bio link and get inspired. And stay tuned as we share all week — natural egg dyeing, making edible egg nests, cakes, salads, cards, decor, and more! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #babyccinocrafts #easter
4 days ago
Schedules? Routines? We have pointers from week three of being indoors. More on today’s blog. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids
5 days ago
How can we manage worrying information around our children? Today’s blog post looks at these ‘unprecedented’ times. With news reels, articles, conversations, not only between adults but children too that are hard to ignore. It is impossible to shield our children from the worries and events of the wider world, and important to share some truths with them about what is happening. We are, as Maria Montessori put it, “Citizens of the World” and our children will be the ones to inherit it. Being in lockdown, (hello to everyone at home!) can make for a really good environment to nurture discussion, as we have time to drip feed explanations, observe reactions and unpick tricky questions. There are some simple ways we can help stem and support the flow of information, manage anxieties and make sense of the world around us all. So today we have tips in our bio, so click on the link and share with loved ones. And please stay safe. #babyccinokids #explainingcoronavirustokids @themontessoristudio
6 days ago
Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
1 year ago
Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
2 years ago
Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
3 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 years ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
3 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
3 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
4 years ago