With the festive season in full swing, winter in Amsterdam is a whimsical time of year for kids and parents alike. Whether you are looking to fill the holidays with cheer or just fill a chilly day with fun, here are some family-focussed events to put on your planner.

Amsterdam Winter Paradise

Experience Amsterdam Winter Paradise The RAI will transform into a wonderland this winter with both indoor and outdoor ice-skating rinks, seasonal parties, dining galore and a giant Ferris wheel that looks out over the city of Amsterdam. You can tube across real snow, cross-country ski between Christmas trees or indulge in a classic snowball fight.

21 December - 5 January // Amsterdam RAI

Head to the harbour

One Sunday a month, Harbour Club Oost invites kids to play in their private venue with supervised workshops and games, a bouncy castle and live entertainment, while the grown-ups relax and enjoy champagne and sushi (€15 a roll). Who says you can’t have it all?

29 December, 26 January, 9 & 23 February // Harbour Club Oost

Opera for toddlers

A violin-playing singer, a dancing percussionist and a singing dancer bring the young audience along on a playful journey between dance, music and voice. The show Itch is an engaging musical-theatre experience designed to entertain the little ones as they learn about the world of sounds.

24 January & 22, 23 February // Kriebel // Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Splash of colour

After successful performances like The Gruffalo and Fantastic Mr. Fox, Mr. Monster is back with The Rovers. The story follows three robbers who live in a world that’s dark and grey, but they are willing to risk everything to bring colour back to everyone’s lives.

12 January // The Rovers // Meervaart Theatre 

Learn about sound

Composer Yael Levy and percussionist Natalia Alvarez-Arenas use their handcrafted instruments, including flutes, drums and xylophones, along with a bevy of multimedia and special effects, to teach kids about music with Ta-Ta-Tone.

16 February // Ta-Ta-Tone // Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

Check kidsproof.nl (in Dutch) for more details and an updated calendar of kids’ events throughout the year and for more family-fun inspiration, find out why winter is the best time to visit Amsterdam with kids.