Visit Science center Nemo
Using a variety of playful exhibitions, NEMO introduces young and old to the world of science and technology. Five floors are filled with continuously updated exhibitions, theatre performances, films, workshops and demonstrations. Smell, hear, feel and see how the world works. Everything is interactive, so you can play along! Science fascinates and discover how you will look in thirty years in the Age Machine. Experiment with wobbly skyscrapers in Amazing Constructions or discover what happens when you kiss in Teen Facts. Put on the chemist's lab coat and conduct experiments in NEMO's Wonder Lab. And if you want to relax, enjoy a beverage and a snack at the roof terrace, which offers visitors also a spectacular view over the city of Amsterdam.
See Amsterdam from above
With a surface area of 28,000 m2 and 25 km of bookshelves, the public library is the largest library in the Netherlands. The Amsterdam Public Library is home to a half million books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs. Designed by former civil architect Jo Coenen, the new complex is spacious and bright. A figurative and literal high point of the building is the 270-seat theatre on the 7th floor. Sure to become a new attraction for tourists, the restaurant and terrace on the top floor offer up fantastic views of the city.
Take a cruise along the canals
The most beautiful way of exploring the historical city of Amsterdam is without a doubt from the water. Sailing through the historical canals with its beautiful canal houses with decorated facades. All different facets are discussed during the canal cruise. The old city centre, the IJ and the harbor, the VOC ship “De Amsterdam” at the shipping museum, the Golden curve in the Herengracht (gentlemen’s canal) and off course the Amstel with the Skinny bridge and the Royal theatre Carré.
Shopping at special children’s shops
Whether you’re out shopping with the kids or simply looking for some great gifts to take home, Amsterdam has quite a few children’s shop and toy stores that you won’t find anywhere else.
Learn about life in wartime in Amsterdam
Experience what it was like to live in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation of World War II. The Dutch Resistance Museum Junior is an impressive permanent exhibition that offers emotional insights into that period – suitable for children over 8 years, as well as adults.
A maritime feeling at the National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum)
The National Maritime Museum invites visitors to discover how our culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating interactive exhibitions let visitors explore 500 years of maritime history. There are a variety of exhibitions, including ones especially for children. The exciting ‘Voyage at Sea’ ride is suitable for all ages and the famous replica of the Dutch East Indiaman ‘Amsterdam’ is back at the quay.
Visit ARTIS (Royal Zoo) & Micropia
ARTIS Royal Zoo was the first zoo to be established in the Netherlands and it’s located right in the centre of Amsterdam. It’s a place where nature and cultural heritage come together; a place where history has been created since 1838 and where new stories are created daily.
Part of ARTIS is Micropia, an innovative new museum, where you can get acquainted with these invisible organisms. If you look at this world really closely, a new one opens up.
Amsterdam's Tropenmuseum (Museum of the Tropics) is one of Europe's leading ethnographic museums. The vivid, interactive and life-like exhibitions offer a glimpse of life in non-Western cultures.
The beautiful and historic building which houses the Tropenmuseum provides plenty of space for spectacular permanent and temporary exhibitions. Art, household and religious objects, photographs, music and film from Asia, Oceania, Africa and Latin America. World music, dance and theatre are regularly highlighted as well. The venue also regularly hosts lectures, films, and music and theatre performances at the Tropentheater. The Tropenmuseum Junior offers an inspiring and entertaining program just for children.
In 2012 the Tropical Museum received the Children’s Museum Award!
Enjoy a stroll at the Amsterdamse Bos
The Amsterdamse Bos spans almost 1000 hectars (about 2 by 5 kilometers). Annually 7 million visitors visit the forest, mostly from Amsterdam and surrounding areas. With 137 km of footpaths, 51 km of cycle paths and 50 bridges, the Amsterdamse Bos is one of the largest city parks in Europe. It contains 150 indigenous species of trees and over 200 species of birds.
At the main entrance to the Amsterdamse Bos (Van Nijenrodeweg) you will find the Visitors Centre. In the Centre information about the Amsterdamse Bos is available (mostly in Dutch). The staff at the information desk will be happy to answer any of your questions. You can also visit (temporary) exhibitions at the Visitors Centre.
At the main entrance to the Bos (van Nijenrodeweg) you will also find Fun Forest. A forest full of exciting adventures suitable for the young and old. Fun Forest has 8 different courses in living trees ranging in height and difficulty level. You'll be up for some exciting and surprising challenges.
At the goats farm "De Ridammerhoeve" children of all ages can feed the goats. This is a "biological" farm, consisting of a goats farm, cheese factory, petting zoo, chicken farm and a farm shop where you can buy goats cheese etc. Coffee & cake and small lunches are served on the terrace.
You can find an extensive network of foot-, cycle- and bridle paths in the Amsterdamse Bos. There are six marked routes for walkers (itineraries in Dutch, yellow signs). There is also a 14 km marked cycleroute (red signs). Bicyles can be hired at the main entrance. Canoes and pedal boats can be hired at the Grote Vijver . A canoe route is marked in the watercourses sign posted by green topped poles.. The fields are available to people for sunbathing, playing football or other sports.
There are two paddling pools (“Groot Kinderbad and Klein Kinderbad”) for young children. These can be found near the large playing field (Grote Speelweide) and near the main entrance (Van Nijenrodeweg).
Do the Schiphol behind the scenes tour
The Schiphol Behind the Scenes tour lets you see just how much happens outside and around this airport. This multimedia tour gives you a look at the airport from behind the scenes to you a beter understanding of how it all happens.
Backstage stadium tour at Amsterdam Arena
World of Ajax Tours is the collective name for all tours that the Amsterdam ArenA organises. During this 1-hour guided tour, an enthusiastic guide will tell you all 'ins&outs' of the stadium and football legend AFC Ajax. Dug-out and pitch but also press area will be visited.
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