Amsterdam
Traveling to Amsterdam with kids?
Here’s an insider guide for what to do and where to go, tested by us and proven to be kid-friendly and cool.

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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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The Anne Frank House
Anne Frank is a name that is familiar to most if not all. Her world-famous diary is translated in over 60 languages worldwide, and the story of her family hiding in Amsterdam during WWII is universally known. We can all envision the photos of Anne's sweet face, showing a girl on the verge of adolescence. I ...
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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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Imps&Elfs
Imps&Elfs is not only one of our favourite Dutch children's clothing brands but they also happen to have a couple of really cool stores in Amsterdam that are definitely worth a visit if you're in town! We've raved about this fabulous brand and how much we love their clothing before (here and here) and you can ...
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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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Pancakes Amsterdam
What exactly are pancakes? In America they are thick and small and eaten for breakfast in stacks - the higher the stack the cooler the cowboy! In France they are called crêpes and are very large, thin and delicate and eaten for lunch or a snack from one of the little street stands. In Holland, ...
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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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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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The Anne Frank House
Anne Frank is a name that is familiar to most if not all. Her world-famous diary is translated in over 60 languages worldwide, and the story of her family hiding in Amsterdam during WWII is universally known. We can all envision the photos of Anne's sweet face, showing a girl on the verge of adolescence. I ...
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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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Artis, an old and beautiful Zoo
One of the oldest zoos in Europe, Artis Royal Zoo was opened in 1851 and has a very beautiful setting, with stunning gardens, monumental 19th century buildings and it is right in the centre of the city. What's particularly special about Artis is that many of the animal enclosures are actually integrated and housed within the historic architecture -- making ...
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The Hortus - Botanic Garden
Amsterdam's botanical garden, the Hortus Botanicus, was established in 1638 as a medical garden and is now one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It's a fairly small botanical garden, but it still houses over 4,000 plant species (about 2% of all plant species growing on Earth), amongst which are a good selection of ...
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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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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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Amstelpark
We love taking the kids over to the Amstelpark for a walk and a play in the big playground. It's also a great spot for a summery picnic --  in the quiet areas close to the river we've often seen rabbits hopping around our picnic blanket! Amstelpark also has a sweet little city farm and ...
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Macrobiotic goat farm Ridammerhoeve
On the southern outskirts of Amsterdam is a huge park/woodland called the 'Amsterdamse Bos' (Amsterdam Forest). It offers great activities for kids, like swimming pools, playgrounds, a theater, a pancakes restaurant, and one of our family's absolute favourite outdoor activities in Amsterdam: the macrobiotic goat farm 'Ridammerhoeve'. The beauty of this goat farm is that ...
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Imps&Elfs
Imps&Elfs is not only one of our favourite Dutch children's clothing brands but they also happen to have a couple of really cool stores in Amsterdam that are definitely worth a visit if you're in town! We've raved about this fabulous brand and how much we love their clothing before (here and here) and you can ...
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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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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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The Hoxton, Amsterdam
    Located in the heart of the Herengracht district, one of Amsterdam’s most desirable addresses, The Hoxton hotel is a great place to explore this super cool city with the family. We spent a long weekend together exploring the museums, the markets and simply hanging out with friends and we fell in love with the ...
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Hotel Roemer
I mostly recommend Hotel Roemer for its convenient location, right next to the Vondelpark and only a short walk away from the centre of town. The hotel is located in a quiet residential street, lined with trees and with beautiful examples of late 19th century architecture. For families, it is a suitable base to explore Amsterdam -- either by ...
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Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website for families!
I am really, super excited about the recent launch of Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website featuring stylish family homes all over the world. Imagine travelling to New York, Paris, San Francisco, Copenhagen... Mexico even (!) and being able to stay in a family home, complete with child-sized beds, toys for your kids, a ...
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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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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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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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Grab a Quick Coffee
As most coffee-loving  mamas can probably agree, there comes a time as our little ones grow when babyccinos just don't cut it as the perfect cafe distraction. Our darling toddler doesn't want to sit still for even thirty seconds to let us enjoy a sip of our hot cup of caffeinated goodness, there is too much fun ...
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OUT OF TOWN
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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A weekend visit to the Efteling and Beekse Bergen safari park
The Efteling is a theme park in the south of the Netherlands and it's (as far as theme parks go) really adorable. The heart of the park, the Fairytale Forest, launched 70 years ago in 1952 with beautifully designed attractions based on whimsical illustrations by Anton Pieck. Nowadays, the Efteling has expanded beyond the Fairytale ...
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Macrobiotic goat farm Ridammerhoeve
On the southern outskirts of Amsterdam is a huge park/woodland called the 'Amsterdamse Bos' (Amsterdam Forest). It offers great activities for kids, like swimming pools, playgrounds, a theater, a pancakes restaurant, and one of our family's absolute favourite outdoor activities in Amsterdam: the macrobiotic goat farm 'Ridammerhoeve'. The beauty of this goat farm is that ...
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Miffy Museum
If you have young children and are considering a day trip from Amsterdam, the Miffy Museum (or 'Nijntje' as she is called in Dutch) is the perfect place to visit. This sweet little museum  is situated in the beautiful city of Utrecht - only a half hour train ride from Amsterdam. It has been so ...
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Het Woeste Westen - a nature park for all ages
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Holiday Sitters -- a babysitter who speaks your language
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Tips for your visit to Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a wonderful family-friendly city, small enough to navigate with relative ease. Here's a list of insider tips to make your visit a bit easier. You'll start to feel like a local in no time...
TIPS
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 ...
READ MORE
TIPS
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 ...
READ MORE
TIPS
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 ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Grab a Quick Coffee
As most coffee-loving  mamas can probably agree, there comes a time as our little ones grow when babyccinos just don't cut it as the perfect cafe distraction. Our darling toddler doesn't want to sit still for even thirty seconds to let us enjoy a sip of our hot cup of caffeinated goodness, there is too much fun ...
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