A little love story of Amsterdam

When in Amsterdam.. creative minds abound. Here is a little short film by Andrey Koval. It uses animation and Amsterdam as a back drop.




Little story from Andrey Koval on Vimeo.


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Things to do in Amsterdam: Winter

When in Amsterdam...winter is a special time to explore. Here is a list of wonderful activities (updated October 2017) for you to do when in the winter wonderland that is Amsterdam.


Explore the city

In Winter the trees have lost their leaves and the architecture is exposed for you to admire. The 17th century canal district that is World Heritage listed and the Old City Centre are beautiful. The streets and canals lined with hundreds of historic listed buildings lay still under the hue of winter.

Go off the beaten path and explore the neighborhoods of North Amsterdam, de Pijp and Oud West. This is starting to become the norm now but wasn't 3 years ago when we first wrote this post. North Amsterdam is a burgeoning area filled with new bars, cafes and art spaces. The Eye Film museum is great for a coffee to look back and enjoy the panoramic view of Amsterdam's south bank of Het Ij (the large body of water at the front of Centraal train station.

De Pijp is the area to the east of the Musemplein. A short walk from the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Pop into local family owned businesses and stroll the famous Albert Cuyp market that is open even on cold winter days.

Oud West has lifted in status over the last years. The opening of the indoor food market Food Hallen a few years ago has proven popular with visitors, especially during the colder months.

If you wish to make the most of your time take a walking tour. A few companies operate in Winter. For comfort Omy Amsterdam Tours only does groups of up to 4 people. This allows you to get out of the weather periodically. For those on a budget try a free walking tour but be sure to dress for the weather as you will spend most of your time outside on the free tours. The smaller group tours of fewer than 5 people can get you off the street and into local haunts. Either way, An extra layer never hurts.

Visit Museums

Winter is a great time to visit Amsterdam's numerous museums. The most popular museums are the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House.

Don't forget the smaller museums of Amsterdam. These museums have fewer crowds and are great to enjoy the quieter side to Amsterdam. Two of our favorites are the Rembrandt House Museum and the Van Loon House. Jump back in time to see how and where wealthy Amsterdammers lived.

Visiting the museums can be affordable with the IAmsterdam city card or our preferred favorite the Museumkaart (Museum Card).
Ice Skating in Amsterdam in an exceptional winter
(Photo by David Cenzer)

Ice Skate

One of the major outdoor winter sports in the Netherlands is ice skating. Pull on the skates and have a slide around the ice one way or another. Warm up after with a Mulled wine(spiced warm red wine) or Chocomel (hot chocolate)

A central location for a social skate is at Museumplein (no ice skating at Leidseplein). For those a little more adventurous head to the Jaap Eden Ice Rink an Olympic sized long track.

Sadly, there is no longer the Drag Queen Winter Olympics which was always great to watch. The Summer edition is still held in the first week of August so do return for this unique fun event.

If this type of event is to your liking check out Drag Queen Bingo that is held weekly at Cafe The Queen's Head. Local tip: think twice before shouting bingo on the 'special' rounds. :-)



Neighborfood Market, Amsterdam

Markets

Winter is a time to visit the markets. Not as grand as the markets in our big neighbor, Germany, Amsterdam markets fill their purpose. Rembrandtplein, Museumplein and Leidseplein all have Dutch winter treats for purchase to warm you through late November to early January.

There are also a range of smaller specialised markets that run up to Christmas. Visit these markets for delicacies from local and small producers.



Sunday Market
8 October  2017- Rokin (Oude Turfmarkt)
5 November 2017 - Westergasfabriek
3 December 2017 - Westergasfabriek (Sinterklaas Market)
10 December 2017 - Westergasfabriek (Funky Xmas Market)

Pure Market:
8 October  2017- Rokin (Oude Turfmarkt)
10 December 2017 - Amstel Park
17 December 2017 - Park Frankendael

Amsterdamshe kerstmarket

22 December  2017- Kromhouthal 1500hrs to 0100hrs
23 December 2017 - Kromhouthal 1200hrs to 0100hrs


Neighborfood Market
No longer operational in 2017

Museum Market:
22 October  2017
19 November 2017 
17 December 2017 
21 January 2018
18 February 2018

FoodHallen:  indoor food market open 7 days.


Cafe de Wetering
(photo by Jeniece Primus)

Cozy Bars

Amsterdam's small local bars change character in the winter. Locals strike up conversation as the tourist numbers thin. The small bars are insulated from the cold and a good conversation and a local Jenever (Dutch spirit) will warm you to your core. The smaller the bar the better.

Try Bar Jones just meters from the Dam Square or Cafe de Wetering. If you want to bar hop with a local take a Beer Tour. This Amsterdam Afternoon Beers Tour has a group limit of 4 people and very good reviews on Tripadvisor.

A night of Culture

Visit the Ballet, Opera, or Concert Hall  while in Amsterdam. The experience is not that expensive in Amsterdam compared to other Western European capitals.

If contemporary entertainment is more to your liking visit the live music institutions of Amsterdam. The Paradiso and the Melkweg always have an interesting lineup of touring international and national performers. Be sure to check well in advance as tickets to do sell out frequently.

If you are unsure, visit the Last Minute Ticket Office on Leidseplein and take a lucky dip (website in Dutch). Last day unsold tickets are re-sold here at a huge discount sometimes 80% off. Whatever your experience you will be sure to have saved off the ticket price.

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Amsterdam's Best Local, Small Bar: Cafe de Wetering

When in Amsterdam...Cafe de Wetering is a perfect Winter bar. Small, cozy and it has a real fireplace.  It is not the place to take a group due to the limited space. It is not the place to go for food as the places only supplies small snacks. It is not the place to go for a party. It is a neighborhood bar. Simple, intimate, authentic and non touristy.
The bar has atmosphere that is rare in Amsterdam. Bring a friend, conversation and you will enjoy your time at Cafe de Wetering.
Cafe de Wetering
(photo by Jeniece Primus)


Café de Wetering
Weteringstraat 37 | +31206229676
Sun – Thu 16:00 – 01:00, Fri 16:00 – 03:00, Sat 16:00 – 02:00

Amsterdam indoor Food Market: Foodhallen

When in Amsterdam...there are many street markets.

Foodhallen is a food market in part of the old tram depot of Amsterdam west. The market is a retail food market where 21 small independent businesses have a stall and dispense some wonderful treats for under 10 euro. Music and events take place regularly so be sure to check out the the Foodhallen website for up to date information.

In the middle of the market is a bar that sells drinks. This market is similar in concept to Chelsea and Grand Central Market in New York and Borough Market in London.

Foodhallen, Amsterdam (source Facebook page Foodhallen)



The building complex is great urban rejuvenation project supported by the City of Amsterdam, the local community and investors. In addition to the food, within the complex is a library with a reading cafe, movie theaters, television studios and indoor parking for 500 bicycles.

Foodhallen, Amsterdam (source Facebook page Foodhallen)


The food section has the restaurant De Brasserie Halte 3 and the Grill Restaurant Meat West. The complex is also a short walk to the famous Ten Kate street market.

Meat West (source Meat West Facebook Page)

If you love food and markets this is a must visit for anyone exploring Amsterdam as a return or first time visitor.

Getting there:

Location:

Location is between the Kinkerstraat, Bellamyplein, Tollensstraat and the Ten Katemarkt. It is a very big complex hence the complicated address.

Bike: 10 minutes bike from the Anne Frank House Museum for beginners.

Tram:

  • 13, 14, 12, 3 exit at corner of Bilderdijkstraat and De Clercqstraat
  • 7, 17 exit at corner of Ten Katemarkt and Kinkerstraat
  • Preferred option from Centraal Train Station catch Tram 17.
  • Preferred option from Museum district is Tram 7, departing from nearby Leidseplein. 

Opening Time:

 1200hrs to 2330hrs

Keep up to date with what is going on at the Foodhallen on their Facebook page.


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All-time Top 10 Things to do in Amsterdam for Teenagers: a critical look

When in Amsterdam has realised that every website associated with Amsterdam travel has a top list of things to do in this city. However, there are very few for teenagers. To be honest most of the list of things and activities for teenagers in Amsterdam were just adapted from generic Top 10 or 5 Lists.

When in Amsterdam could provide our own list but honestly there is no Top 10 list. Teenagers are a difficult bracket. We all know because we have all been there. No longer children, yet not adults. Young adults but not the rights to all activities. There are dramatic differences between 13 and 17, male and female. We have done our best to balance the analysis listed below with the cool factor listed in the Alternatives section. Updated November 2015.

So we are going to give you the All-time Top 10 list of things to do in Amsterdam for Teenagers: a critical approach

Our approach is simple: 

  • Collation
  • 100 web pages were analysed.
  • Search Terms were “top things to do in Amsterdam for teens”, ‘Amsterdam activities for teenagers", " top 10 things in Amsterdam for young adults’
  • To qualify the page needed to have in its title teens, teenagers, young adults, activities, Amsterdam top things to do in Amsterdam. For Example: Top 5, Top 10, Top 20 things to do in Amsterdam.
  • We have also disqualified activities for 18 and 19 year olds because they are adults. They are allowed to drink alcohol and visit Cannabis Coffeeshops and sex workers.

We collated the results then ran a critical look at the list to provide you with an alternative.
Counting down from 10 to 1.

Paradiso live music venue
(Source: IAmsterdam facebook)


10. Go to a Concert
Amsterdam is the heart of the country for cultural events. There is always someone of substance playing in the city. A wide range of tastes are catered for, you have to determine if it is for you. There is nothing cooler than a teenager saying they saw their music hero in Amsterdam. 

Check out Amsterdam's main live music institutions to see if they appeal:
  • Understanding Teenager music tastes is always hard for the older generation.
  • Be pro-active and look up on YouTube and show the clips of what is playing to your teenager.
  • You can also look up the IAmsterdam website for other events and festivals going on in Amsterdam

Alternative:
  • Look for street performers on the main squares of Amsterdam such as Dam Square, Leidseplein and also Vondel Park underneath the bridge.

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum
(source: wikicommons)


9. Museums
Most Amsterdam Museums have a program for youngsters. The museums that came out as being interactive for children and teenagers were:
Critical look:
  • Museums might not have the cool factor that hormonal teens are craving.
  • Many of the programs are more aimed at children under the age of 13.
Street Art at Wijdsteeg, Amsterdam
(Source Eliran Totham G+)


Alternative:
  • See if the museum has an app or audio tour. Teenagers love and know technology.
  • Do a walking tour before the museums so they have more context to connect to what they are experience in the Museums.
  • As a compromise visit Wijdsteeg in conjunction with museums for some amazing street art. Those teenage selfies and social media postings needs will be met and you can educated them as well. Update 2015, there is still some art despite construction.

Amsterdam largest street market: Albert Cuyp
   8. Shopping
Amsterdam is a cool place to shop for all agers not just teens. There is a wide range of places, something for all:

Patta: Amsterdam streetware
(source: Patta facebook)


Critical look:
  • Not all teenagers want to shop.
  • What parent who has paid for their teenager to come to Europe wants to spend money on shopping?

Alternative:
  • Find that niche Amsterdam/Dutch specific item that screams cool back home. Patta for street wear (very trendy with older Amsterdam teenagers). Miffy is dutch and there is a dedicated store at Scheldestraat along with other cool stores.

7. Go to the Park 
Amsterdam is a bit short on green space with 1/5 of the city's surface area being water. The large green spaces are an oasis for all, including our teenagers. 

Amsterdam's main parks:
  • Vondel Park - for people watching
  • Amstel Park - for younger teens
Critical look:
  • Most of these top 10 lists for teenagers are written by parents or people that don't have teenagers. What teenager wants to go sit in a park with their parents?
  • The weather is not always good for a park visit.



De TonTon Club from voordekunst on Vimeo.


Alternative:
  • Go to the Movies at Tuschinski Cinemaan old Art Deco period cinema. All movies are subtitled
  • Go rock climbing and make a fool of yourself in front of your teenagers.
  • There is new skate park on Museumplein in front of the Rijksmuseum. If they don't have their gear they can just watch.
  • If the weather is bad there is a 80s style old school arcade in the middle of the Red Light District. It is called the Ton Ton Club. This defiantly has the cool factor that all teens want to talk about when they get home.This place is appropriate for all ages and is a non-smoking environment. Or try the Ton Ton Club second location away from the Red Light at the Westerpark. 

Hot Tug in front of Hotel d'Europe


6. Canal Cruise
The iconic Amsterdam canals are suitable for all ages not just teenagers. The beauty, buildings and canals will overpower any teen.

Critical look:
  • The recorded messages will put most to sleep.
  • Few boats have toilets. Make sure you go before you go, if you know what I mean.
  • A lot of the boats are covered, which is not great for the selfie mad teenagers.

Alternative:




sightseeing Amsterdam bike
Amsterdam bike
5. Bicycling 
Amsterdam is famous for a number of icons and bicycles are one of them. There are more bikes in this city than people. Some call Amsterdam the bicycling capital of the world.


Critical look:
  • Most anger from locals towards visitors is about biking or walking in bike paths. 
  • Many Amsterdammers believe that visitors should take a test before being allowed to rent or ride a bike in Amsterdam.
  • Riding a bike in Amsterdam City Centre traffic is not for beginners.
  • Parents never ending quest for their child's safety results in this activity being so far down the list.

Alternative:

  • Walk smaller areas and take Amsterdam trams in between – bike riders don’t mess with trams.
  • Take a guided walking tour of Amsterdam's Old City Centre  with a small tour group company so the teenagers can engage instead of being bored.
  • Take a countryside bike tour or a neighbourhood bike tour and enjoy Amsterdam where the bike paths are good and the traffic relaxed. Dutch biking the way it is supposed to be, enjoyable.


Amsterdam was the centre of the Maritime world for 100 years. The replica 17th Century ship is a magnet for families wanting to play pirate and privateers. The museum is large with a treasure trove of maritime artefacts.


Critical look:
  • This is on the list because it is close to another attraction highly rated from our analysis, Nemo Science Museum.
  • Unless they are into shipping, maps and geography this will not be a hit.

Alternative:

  • Take them to the Red Light District and show your teenagers what sailors past and present are really like. They will have to learn about it sooner or latter. It might be best to do it under parental supervision and from an historical point of view. Their friends are going to ask about this neighbourhood when they get home whether you like it or not.
  • Take a guided walking tour of Amsterdam's Red Light District with a small tour group company so the teenagers can engage instead of being bored. The company listed takes a maximum of 4 people.
  • Take the free ferry to North-west Amsterdam and catch a glimpse of the real port and see some cool buildings along the way. This ferry departs from behind Amsterdam Centraal Station.



3. Dutch Pancakes 
Dutch pancakes are thin like crepes but the size of a large plate. Toppings are sweet, savoury or both. You can have them for breakfast, lunch, or all three.

Local's enjoy the mixture of bacon, cheese and topped with syrup on one pancake.


Critical look:
  • Pancakes are very simple to make so there is no great or bad place to visit.

Alternative:



Amsterdam's Nemo Science Centre
(Source: Nemo Museum)


Nemo is Amsterdam penultimate premiere activity for young people. The mixture of hands experiments and learning makes it a list topping activity, almost. Teenagers can learn about hormones in a fun and interactive manner. Understanding why they sometimes give their parents problems. Centrally, located and close to other attractions this is a must on all lists.


Critical look:
  • Not to much to say against Nemo. It knows its market, children and young adults and hits the mark. 
  • Allocate enough time to this attraction as it is fun and even the adults are entertained in this learning environment.

Alternative:

  • Amsterdam Dungeon would be a good alternative if your teenager likes vampires, blood and guts. A modern form of a Haunted House. Live actors in Medieval costume jumping out at you while trying to teach you Amsterdam history.
  • If you active sporty teenage boys a trip to Amsterdam Ajax Museum and Stadium Tour would be a good alternative. We are talking football (aka. soccer). The club and city are world famous(except in the US and Canada) for their youth program and once world powerful club.

1. Anne Frank Museum
Of course one the the 20th Century's most famous teenagers tops the list. The location of the Jewish Frank family hiding place during WWII. Teenage Anne documented her experience from the annex of this Amsterdam house during Nazi occupation. The book has become one of the world's most widely read. This popularity accounts for approximately 1 million visitors a year to this museum.

anne frank house sightseeing
Anne Frank House Museum, Amsterdam.



Critical Look:

  • For a small museum there are a lot of people at certain times. 
  • The museum has a difficult job balancing the broader context of the period.
  • It is more of a pilgrimage than a museum.

Alternative:
  • Avoid the long lines and buy on lineGo late in the evening or arrive early before it opens and the school groups arrive. 
  • Resistance museum provides you with a greater snap shot of World War II in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Rated one of the best museums in the Netherlands don't expect long lines here maybe just a school group now and then.
  • The Jewish Historical Museum provides detail on the Jewish community's influence on Amsterdam through the centuries. Ticket to this museum includes entrance to the Portuguese Synagoge and nearby Deportation centre.  
  • If your teenage daughter knows of Anne Frank she probably knows of TFiOS. That is teenage speak for the book (later adapted to movie), The Fault in Our Stars. A best selling book for young adults over the last 3 years. Combine the activities of Anne Frank House and visit locations from the book and movie. More information can be found at our blog; Amsterdam The Fault in Our Stars.

Not a bad list for a city of almost 800 000 people?

Live music, museums, shopping, 10, 9, 8. Outdoor activities of Park, Canal Cruise and bicycling at 7, 6, 5. 

At 4 and 3 we have shipping and pancakes, which make sense for a maritime city that is flat. 

Science and learning is at number 2. This also makes sense for a country that invented the microscope and has one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the world. 

Of course the top ten list for teenagers could have no other number 1 than the most famous teenager of the 20th century, Anne Frank.


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Amsterdam Local Tips for Weekend: September 19 - 21 2014

When in Amsterdam...there is always an event. As September gets in full swing and people get back from Summer this weekend we have the Pop-up Festival and the Jordaan Festival.



Pop-up Festival


This is an 11 day festival from 18 - 28  September.  Almost everything fits into this festival from Music to food, sleeping in an art gallery and a sneaker market. It is the first year of this festival so there is bound to be enthusiasm.  For the full list of activities and the program visit the Pop Up Week Amsterdam website.





The Jordaan Festival


The Jordaan Festival has been running for 40 years. It celebrates the famous World Heritage Neighbourhood of Amsterdam and the music that emanated from here and the city in the 1920s-1940s. Expect lots of locals singing along in great numbers. Don't worry if you don't know the songs a few cold beers and you be swaying and hugging just like the locals.

The Jordaan Festival Runs from 8pm 18th September to the night of the 21 September. Our tip is to visit the iconic bars and wander the alley ways of the beautiful area of Amsterdam. For more information visit the Jordaan Festival Website.




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10 Things To Do With Under-13s in Amsterdam

When in Amsterdam....is a great destination for families. We are thankful to our guest blogger Lisa Watson who has a wonderful food blog Italian Kiwi. This posting was first published on her blog in combination with a recipe for Dutch pancakes. Mmmmm lekker.

Lisa and her family came to Amsterdam in August (summer) and the activities are useful for children to the age of thirteen. Thanks again Lisa.


We were recently in Amsterdam for four days with our two boys, aged 7 and 10 years old. Amsterdam is one of the most child-friendly cities we’ve been to in Europe, and we’ve been to a quite a few!  We could easily have spent longer enjoying the city with the boys.  We’ll definitely go back again sometime soon. Here are 10 activities we discovered while there that we and our kids really enjoyed doing.


Amsterdam canal boat tour
(source: wiki commons)

1.  Take A Boat: Go on a canal tour.  There are a range of companies, all fairly similar, so there is no need to shop around (and drag your kids around after you!). The 1 hour tour gives you a good view of the city and is short enough that the kids don’t get bored. Be warned: there were no toilets on the boat we went on!

Amsterdam Tram 4 goes to RAI and the Amstel Park
(source: Wiki Commons)


2.    Park yourself in Tranquility: Take tram 4 to RAI, then cross the road and enter into Amstelpark. This sward of green is a paradise for children! The playground is large, with different structures for different ages. There is also a minigolf course, which is a little expensive, but very well-kept. For children who like animals, you can find wallabies and alpacas, and for the treasure-hunters in your family, there are egg sculptures hidden throughout the park. There is also a miniature train that you can go for rides on.

Amsterdam's Amstel Park
(source: Wiki Commons)

Amsterdam's Parkcafe Zomers
(source Parkcafe Zomers)


3.     Feed Yourself and the Ducks: In Amstelpark, go to eat some Amsterdamsche bitterballen (a delicious kind of croquette) with mustard at Parkcafé Zomers. Sit outside on the terrace near the lake and enjoy the view while the kids feed/chase the ducks. The staff are very friendly and there is lots of room for the kids to run around.

Amsterdam's Nemo Science Centre
(Source: Nemo Museum)
4.    Find Nemo: The Nemo Science Museum is located near Amsterdam's Central Train Station. It is a hands-on experiment mecca for kids. Be warned, it will be difficult to get them out of here!  The beautiful building has an oasis of sanity in the form of a roof-top garden, which has a beautiful view of Amsterdam. Important note: if you want to see one of the demonstrations that happen at the museum during the day, get your place at least 15 minutes before it starts or the kids won’t be able to see anything and you will have crying fits on your hands (learnt from hard experience!).

Amsterdam's Prisengracht bordering the Jordaan
(Source: Wiki Commons)
5. Talk a Walk: Take a tram to Dam Square, then go for a walk in the West of the centre along canals and down tiny streets of the Jordaan. The bonus is that if the kids are getting hungry or tired, there are plenty of cafés to choose from.  Just don’t go into a place that calls itself a “coffeeshop”, as they deal in another kind of “pick-me-up”! Note: In the weekends there are many groups celebrating stag and hen parties.  With children, it is better to walk around this area in the morning or early afternoon. Avoid walking into the North-eastern part of Amsterdam from the Square as that is where the Red Light District is situated.

Pancake House Amsterdam: De Carrousel Pannenkoeken
(Source Carrousel Pannenkoeken)

6.     Eat in a Merry-Go-Round: A short walk from the Museumplein and infant of the old Heineken Brewery there is a fantastic restaurant called De Carrousel Pannenkoeken that serves Dutch pancakes.  It has been set up in a converted carousel building.  Some of the horses are still in place. The service is fast, and the food is delicious. Even better, you can relax with an end of lunch coffee while the kids can go to a small area where there are comfy chairs a TV playing cartoons, and a blackboard on the wall for them to draw on.

Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam day trip
(Source: Wiki commons)

7.     Feel the Wind in Your Hair: Take bus number 391 from just outside the Central Station in Amsterdam to the unpronounceable Zaanse Schans and see fabulously restored windmills in a beautiful setting.  The bus takes 40 minutes, but drops you right at the gate of the park. You can enter the park for free, but if you want to go inside any of the windmills it costs you a small amount.  I think it’s worth it to go inside one of them to see the vanes and mechanisms from close up. You can catch a little passenger ferry across the river Zaans to the quaint little village, or just walk across the bridge. Don’t eat in the actually park if you can avoid it.  The food is really not that good. A perfect place for lunch is a restaurant called De Vijf Broers, just across the bridge from the park.  It has fantastic outdoor seating next to the river, a wonderful view of the windmills, and best of all, a giant sand-pit with toys in it, walled in on three sides so children can’t flee to the water! You can also catch a train from the tiny station of Zaanse Schans, which only takes 15 minutes to get to Amsterdam.  We caught it only on our way back to Amsterdam, as we didn’t want to have to drag the kids around the enormous Central Station looking for a train.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
(Source: Wiki Commons)

8.    Soak Up Some Culture: There is, of course, the famous Van Gogh museum.  We didn’t even try to go in as there was a two hour wait outside, whether you had already bought ticket or not. The museum is small and fills up very quickly. We did go to the Rijksmuseum, which was excellent.  To avoid any queues, buy the tickets for the adults in the family online before you go, and then go to the reception desk in the middle of the beautiful entry atrium (NOT the ticket windows) to pick up free tickets for any children in the family under 18. Start on the fourth floor and snatch glimpses of the masterpieces as the children pull you past.  Our boys loved a room on that floor where there is a huge replica of a battle galleon, and paintings on the walls of ships.  Just after that, there is a room full of enormous dollhouses, which I’m sure girls would love!  The museum provides a brochure for kids with a kind of treasure-hunt for them to follow.  They need to look for particular parts of paintings in different rooms. I suggest you limit your visit to an hour to avoid the worst of the “museum fatigue” that sets in quickly when children are present.



De DierenCappel, Amsterdam Petting Zoo
(Source: De DierenCappel Facebook)


9. Go Farming: Visit the farm/petting park that is situated right in the middle of Amsterdam.  The farm is called De Dieren Cappel and is within walking distance of the Central Train Station on the western side.  They have all sorts of farm animals, such as goats, pigs, sheep and rabbits that the kids can pet.

Amsterdam's Het Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum)
(Source: Het Scheepvaartmuseum Facebook)


10. Sail The Seven Seas: Well, the boat doesn’t actually set sail, but you can get the sea expeience by going to the Het Scheepvaartmuseum (my kids think the name is hilarious!). This Maritime Museum is next to the Central Station. You can explore a real-life replica of a sailing ship which sunk in the 1700’s, plus inside the museum there are lots of hands-on activities for kids, plus different tours you can take around the museum.  Check out their website for details.

If you are planning to hit more than three museums or more, look into getting some kind of museum pass like theAmsterdam and Holland Pass or a museum card, at least for the adults.  The children often get in free up to a certain age, so it’s less interesting to get one for them.

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