Amsterdam with kids: what to do?

Amsterdam with kids: what to do?

Amsterdam with kids: tips and recommendations

Amsterdam with kids: In Amsterdam, there is plenty to do. Also nice trips for families with children. For example, A’dam lookout, where you swing over the edge of the watchtower, at a altitude of almost 100 meters above the ground. But there is much more…

Artis Zoo Amsterdam

The most beautiful city zoo that we have here in the Netherlands is ARTIS. This wonderful place has existed since 1838 and offers a nice and safe environment to a lot of beautiful animals. You can easily walk around for a few hours and marvel at everything you see. Visit the monkeyhouse and birdhouse, or admire the tropical fish in the monumental aquarium. Artis is open every day of the year.

Opening hours:
1st of November until 28th of February:
9 am – 5 pm
1st of March until 31st of October:
9 am – 6 pm

31st of December: 9 am – 4 pm
1st of January: 10 am – 5 pm

Every Saturday in June, July and August (Summernights):
9 am – sunset

Good to know: Online you buy your entrance tickets for the ARTIS-Park for 2 euro less than at the cash register. See prices and more information about Artis Zoo Amsterdam


Artis-Micropia shows the most powerful, most successful and yet smallest life on earth: microbes. Every human being carries 1.5 kilos of microbes. Microorganisms are everywhere and determine what our world looks like. Experience with 3D viewers, specially developed for Artis-Micropia, how living microbes move, eat and reproduce.

Mondays through Wednesdays
9 am – 6 pm
Thursdays through Saturdays
9 am – 8 pm
9 am – 6 pm

For special opening hours go to Artis-Micropia website

A’dam Lookout

For the daredevils among us, A’DAM LOOKOUT has an extra adrenalin kick in store: Europe’s highest swing is on the roof. You swing over the edge of the watchtower, at a altitude of almost 100 meters above the ground. With the most spectacular view of Amsterdam and its surroundings. It is the highest swing in Europe and you also get access to the indoor interactive, state-of-the-art Amsterdam exhibition. A free digital photo of your visit to LOOKOUT and you can enjoy something in the panorama bar-restaurant-club Madam. Buy tickets online, skip the line and get €1,- discount 

Amsterdamse Bos

Sunny day? Go to the Amsterdamse Bos (“Amsterdam Forest”). In the Amsterdamse Bos you will find kilometers of cycling, walking and riding trails and 14 kilometers of continuous canoe water traversing lakes, forests and meadows. Feed the goats on the goat farm, climb to the treetops in the Fun Forest climbing park, let the children swim in the paddling pool or on the play island in the Grote Vijver, walk the gnome path, go horse riding or watch the Scottish Highlanders, grab a terrace at one of the restaurants and kiosks, eat a pancake at the Meerzicht farm, admire the many species of plants and birds on the Bird Island and around the Poel or visit the Bostheater. A good plan if you go to Amsterdam with kids in summer.

Madame Tussauds

Stap binnen in de wereld van Madame Tussauds vol glitter en glamour! Voor jou als supertalent staat er veel op het programma. Drink voordat je zingt samen met Ariana Grande en Adele nog even een kopje koffie met George Clooney. Daarna is het tijd om te trainen samen met bekende topsporters zoals Lionel Messi zodat je helemaal ready bent om de wereld te redden met alle superhelden van Marvel! Na het redden van de wereld is het tijd om je klaar te maken voor een feestje met Lady Gaga. Kendall Jenner zal je de beste tips geven op het gebied van fashion zodat je eruit ziet als een echte VIP.

Body Worlds

Body Worlds takes you on a fascinating journey through the human body, with 200 real plastinated bodies on display. It is interesting to study the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the body. BODY WORLDS tells the wonderful story of how we all work.

Hortus Botanicus

One of the oldest botanical gardens in the world is the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam. It is 1.2 hectares and contains 7 greenhouses in which over 4000 species of plants grow. There is even a 300 year old East Cape bread tree and a real butterfly greenhouse.

Openingshours & prices

TunFun Amsterdam

Crawl through, sneak through attractions in three different categories, so that every age can play challenging and safe. Of course there are wonderful trampolines, but also a black box (find your way to the exit in the dark), a bowling alley, a panna pit and the Underworld (an inflatable survival track). TunFun is one big party for kids. There is plenty to do in this large indoor play paradise in the heart of Amsterdam. Nice if you go to Amsterdam with kids!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

At Ripley’s you can go for a very special collection of natural, scientific, artistic and human rarities. The five floors counting Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brings together ancient civilizations and modern art in an attempt to preserve them for future generations. Discover the bizarre stories behind the most rare objects and play with optical illusions and interactive mind games.

Vondelpark & Groot Melkhuis

When the sun is shining, it is highly recommended to visit the Vondelpark, a park in the middle of the city. You can sit and sunbathe there, the children can swim and play around. With children, the Groot Melkhuis is highly recommended. This is for decades the place where you can sit by the water and enjoy a snack and a drink. It is especially popular because of the playground.

NEMO Science Museum

Do you want to discover how science and technology make everyday things special? Then it is time that you visit the NEMO Science Museum. There are 5 floors full of experiments, demonstrations and workshops. After this day you have learned so much that you can also teach your friends at school. The roof of NEMO is the highest city square in the Netherlands, where you have a large outdoor terrace + restaurant: all with a beautiful view over Amsterdam.


The Tropenmuseum is a museum about people, and it is located in one of the most beautiful original museum buildings in the Netherlands. The objects each tell a human story and make curious about the enormous cultural diversity that the world is rich. Learn more about themes such as mourning, celebrating, decorating, praying or fighting in the Tropenmuseum.

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Alison Bakker

Hello, I’m Alison and I love my city. I’ve always believed Amsterdam has so much more to offer than what the guidebooks tell you. But as a visitor, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the highlights and miss out on having an authentic Amsterdam experience. That’s why I’m passionate about showing you my city from a truly local perspective.

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