Amsterdam – the magnificent city, the capital of Netherland well-known with the elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Traveling to Amsterdam is an excellent idea for family and kids since this city has so many things to do for the whole family. From the romantic canal tours, a lot of museums with many kinds of the exhibition to the breathtaking the countryside with windmills running day by day, you will impossible to forget many things on this trip. Let’s start to plan your trip to Amsterdam now!
It depends on your trip’s object to define the best time to travel to Amsterdam. However, you can consider the time start from mid-April to May or from September to November is the best time to visit Amsterdam. While in April is tulip’s season that suitable for your family to see this iconic flower of the Netherlands, then, from September to November is in late autumn that lets you have the best of sightseeing and good weather in the year for your kids’ comfortable. Whatever your family prefers indoor or outdoor activities, you can refer the list below to plan your trip.
1. Amsterdam Canal Cruise
Amsterdam is known as a canals’ city with more than one hundred kilometers of river traffic, about 90 islands, and 1,500 bridges. It will an omission if you travel to this city without trying a cruise throughout a canal or experience the grandeur transportation of the era is on a cruise on the waterways of Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage Canal District. Your kids will have the chance to go down the Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht canals that divide Amsterdam into different districts. They also have a multi-lingual GPS audio guide will provide commentary on the many landmarks along the way. After an hour-long cruise is over, your family will have your own time to explore the area’s architectural marvels in detail on foot.
Besides the most famous waterway transportation system around the world, Amsterdam also is mentioned with the museums’ land. There are many kinds of museums that your family can spend time to enjoy on many days in this city. However, you should consider the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum that quite suitable for a family visit. Vincent Van Gogh – the world-famous painter that everyone knows. Creating a visit to this museum to help your kids learn more about Dutch artist in-depth through his perplexing artistry that showcased his emotions, passions, hopes, and dreams. Get to see his mystic paintings including “Sunflowers,” “Almond Blossom,” and his most recognizable “Self Portrait” among many others. Rijksmuseum is also about art with over 5,000 paintings that will help your family get up close to 800 years of Dutch art and history, emphasis on the Dutch Golden Age. They have a supervised cloakroom where you can leave your bag, umbrella, daypack or school backpack. You can bring a small handbags (no larger than an A4 paper size) inside the museum. You are only permitted to take photos without a flash and videos without the use of lights. Spend one day for the museum is quite useful for the whole family to fill up your knowledge with your kids.
3. Countryside & Windmills
The rural of Netherlands is quite familiar with everyone in the world with the iconic of the windmill, the charming scenery around the field and the tulip flower. Why not take a tour of the countryside of Holland to explore all these iconic of this country and take daybreak in peaceful countryside with your loved ones? After a quick drive to the charming village of Zaanse Schans where you can visit a working Dutch windmill and snap some postcard-perfect shots. If your family trip from mid-April to May, you can see the beautiful scenery of the tulip flower – the national flower of the Netherland. Afterward, head out to the seaside towns of Volendam and Marken, where you can enjoy a cruise between the two traditional fishing villages and find some fresh seafood for lunch. This is the best choice for your kids to discover the quaint Dutch villages and snap some great photos of country life!
4. This is Holland
Are you ready to fly and experience to see all the Netherlands iconic including Zaanse Schans, the tulip fields and Amsterdam’s canals in one hour? This is Holland is a must thing to do when your family travel to Amsterdam. Its unique 5D flying adventure features spectacular aerial perspectives of Amsterdam projected on a huge domed screen combined with special effects like wind, mist, and scents. With all of these going on, the kids definitely feel like you’re soaring over the must-sees of the Netherlands from your seat. Since your family here, you should try A’DAM LOOKOUT too, with this ticket, you’ll get panoramic views of the entire Amsterdam metropolitan and spot breathtaking sceneries of the city’s canals, historical center, the Dutch polder landscape, and more. Your kids should be 4 years old above to enjoy this attraction and you should visit THIS IS HOLLAND first before going to A’DAM LOOKOUT.
5. WONDR in Amsterdam
It’s not an exaggeration when we call Amsterdam is the kingdom of art since this city has so many artworks from the museum to the beautiful scenery of the countryside that we could see in a lot of paintings. They also have interactive art called WONDR, Amsterdam’s most creative minds. This is a world of color and sensation that invites you to play and explore. It is suitable for kids and adults too. Jump into the largest ball pit in the Netherlands, dive into a pool of pink marshmallows, get lost in an extraterrestrial jungle, dance under a glittering sky & sing in full breast. Let your imagination run free and experience the art of playing. They have a special moment called KIDS TIME for the family with children 0-10 years old that happens every week on Wednesday afternoon and Sunday morning that the whole family can enjoy together. However, if your kids from 11 years old above, you and they can enjoy together every time you want since the regular ticket for people from age 11 up. You should bring along a passport to prove the age in case the staff needs it.
6. Ripley’s Believe It or Not
It is really hard to describe Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Amsterdam since this is a weird museum with so many exotic things to discover. This place is extremely attractive to everyone from adults to kids who are curious to explore the new things. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Amsterdam showcases the world’s most remarkable collection of natural, scientific, artistic, and human oddities. Meet the people who made it into the book of Guinness World Records or hear the stories of rare art pieces collected by the curious explorer and world-traveler, Robert Ripley. You and your family can enjoy 5 entire floors filled with over 500 exhibits and artifacts, which includes 19 themed galleries and a full-blown moving 5D theater experience. It is a must-see in Amsterdam, and it includes not only things you can view, but games you can play with as well.
7. Efteling Theme Park
Don’t just bring your kids to the museum or downstream through the river on the cruise when traveling to Amsterdam! This city also has Efteling Theme Park – a world of wonder. They are opening every day in the year and have so many exciting things for the whole family. From the exciting rollercoasters, enchanting attractions to spectacular park shows, everyone will find what they are looking for in Efteling – the largest theme park in The Netherlands. A unique park in the middle of nature. Enjoy the moment you are drifting among trolls and elves on the Droomvlucht family ride, and the next you are battling the dragon on the dual-tracked roller coaster Joris en de Draak. Where the smallest of the small embark on a journey with Jokie and Jet in the Carnaval Festival and the daredevils plunge into the gold mine of Baron 1898 at 90 km/h. The kids will be interested in the endless autumn colors of the Fairytale Forest and watch as Efteling transforms into an enchanting winter wonderland full of sparkling lights, icy entertainment, and warming bonfires. Efteling is definitely the ideal destination for the whole family!
8. NEMO Science Museum
If your children are not interested in the normal museums like Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum that is quite hard for them to enjoy. The city of museums has another offer for you. It’s the NEMO Science Museum that quite suitable for kids of almost ages, even attractive adults too. As we also knew that the science world is too huge to explain and you may not clear in everything in this to educate your kids. Well then let’s bring them to this family-friendly interactive museum to have fun and create a way for kids to learn more about the science behind things. Be with your kids to uncover the mysteries of science through interactive exhibits and game booths that cater to all ages!
9. Amsterdam Pizza or Burger Cruise
Your kids like to eat pizza either burger but you are on the mood to downstream the canal on a cruise. Then, the Amsterdam Pizza or Burger Cruise was created for your family. Almost the kids will like to eat pizza or burgers, then why not combine these foods with a trip on the river when your family is in Amsterdam. You kids will have a unique experience that is so different from others when they can eat their favorite foods and enjoy the view outside the cruise. This trip will start at the time near sunset to let you can enjoy the sunset on the cruise. Depending on the season and weather, you will start your cruise and enjoy the sunset along the waterways of Amsterdam’s historic Canal District. Grab a drink, relax, and enjoy the view as the boat winds down the picturesque canals. They will serve pizza and burgers after about 30 minutes. This tour is not open on King’s Day and 27 Apr, you should check and arrange the time on your trip if you really want to try this tour.
10. Amsterdam Dinner Cruise
If you think that pizza and burgers are not really enough for your family, so, you can consider upgrading the trip downstream on the canal to a dinner cruise. It is the pinnacle of romance and perfect for couples or families who prefer the dream-like evening. You will receive a glass of bubbles and an amuse bouche upon coming aboard this luxury canal boat, making for a festive start to an evening of sailing and dining. The Amsterdam Dinner Cruise lasts two and a half hours, during which the chef will prepare a four-course meal with fresh, seasonal ingredients. A small note that they are free for kids from 0-3 years old without foods, you can arrange on your own. The tour does not operate on 27 Apr and you should check the weather conditions before join in this to avoid any uncomfortable for your kids.
Setting aside your works and arranging the time to enjoy your vacation with your kids in Amsterdam. The trip to the capital of Netherlands definitely would be an excellent trip for your whole family with the list of things to do in this city. Let select some activities that you think are suitable for your itinerary and your family’s favorite then enjoys this trip.