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  • Writer's pictureErik Sadao

our favorite Family-Friendly Adventures in the Netherlands

Updated: Aug 6, 2023

Family vacations are becoming increasingly popular in Amsterdam and across the Netherlands. At Sapiens Travel, our team has put together a selection of eight top activities for parents and children alike.

Efteling Park

Our favorite suggestion for children of 4 years old

Looking for exciting rollercoasters, enchanting attractions or spectacular shows? Everyone will find what they are looking for in Efteling Theme Park. Opened in 1952, it is one of the most extraordinary theme parks in Europe and takes families on a magical journey. Located approximately 1h from Amsterdam by car. The Attractions are based on the parks fantasy theme, with some attractions based on elements from the fairy tales, folklore, fable, and myths and legends.

for curious children: nemo

An interactive science and technology museum perfect for awakening the curiosity in young minds. Kids are invited to dive into hands-on experiments and explore intriguing exhibits designed to blend education and fun seamlessly. And their rooftop is awesome for a quick top for a coffee and indulge some snacks, with great panoramic views from Amsterdam.

The National Maritime Museum: for the little sailors inside us

The rich history of Dutch maritime culture is showcased at its best in this impressive museum. With its interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and captivating storytelling, children are transported into the fascinating world of maritime history and exploration. From life-sized ship replicas that kids can climb aboard and explore to engaging workshops that let them experience life as a sailor, the museum creates an immersive environment where learning becomes an exciting adventure.

our favorite STOP in HAGUE: MADURODAM

The world's largest miniature city, visitors can uncover the wonders of the Netherlands in an utterly unique way. The intricacy and detail of the scaled replicas of esteemed Dutch landmarks are truly captivating, leaving both young and mature explorers spellbound.

bring your ideas to life in hague: legoland

Legoland is the place where imagination takes physical form. With a vast array of attractions and interactive experiences, it offers an engaging playground for the whole family. Great activity to combine with Madurodam

little van gogh workshops: Educative hands-on activities to learn, create and get messy

Cultivating artistic appreciation is at the heart of the "Little Van Gogh" experience. Here, the inspiration flows freely from the masterpieces of the renowned Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh, stirring creativity in young hearts.

Carefully designed with a focus on children's creativity development, inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and other contemporary educational and artistic projects, our Atelier provides a nurturing space to express, experiment, create, tinkering and have fun.

dutch children's favorite activity: city farms

While you are in Amsterdam, children may love to visit one of the petting farms, famously called "Kinderboerderij"in dutch. A Kinderboerderij is a special type of petting zoo or farm in the Netherlands that is specifically designed for children. These farms aim to provide a hands-on educational experience for kids, where they can interact with various farm animals in a safe and controlled environment. Children have the opportunity to feed, pet, and sometimes even help care for the animals, which can include goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, pigs, and more.

face to face with animals of all sizes: ARTIS ZOO & MICROPIA EXPOSITION

At Artis Zoo, young explorers can immerse themselves in a world of diverse wildlife from all corners of the globe. From majestic elephants, playful penguins, and graceful giraffes, the zoo has over 700 different species of animals to not only engage the children, but also to foster a deeper appreciation for nature and conservation. Additionally, the zoo's interactive exhibits provide ample opportunities for kids to learn about animal behavior and habitats in an engaging manner.

Right at the same building, there is also Micropia, the world's first museum dedicated to microorganisms. Here, children can embark on a fascinating journey into the microscopic universe, discovering the hidden world of bacteria, fungi, and other tiny organisms. Through interactive displays and hands-on experiences, they gain insight into the critical role these microorganisms play in our lives, promoting a sense of wonder and scientific curiosity.


Experience these activities and more with Sapiens Travel, as we journey through the Netherlands, creating unforgettable family experiences. Together, let's create memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.


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