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Family and kids in De Pijp

De Pijp is one of Amsterdam’s most buzzing neighbourhoods and you’ll find plenty of fun things to do with children. Unwind with the furry critters in the petting zoo, tackle the climbing frame in Sarphatipark or enjoy spectacular family cinema and theatre. You can also explore a range of child-friendly restaurants and unique concept stores for parents and kids alike.

Pet the animals at Kinderboerderij De Pijp

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Who’s that bleating in the middle of the city? Experience the sounds (and countryside aromas) of the farm with a relaxing day out at De Pijp’s very own petting zoo. Little ones have the opportunity to meet and greet all kinds of animals with donkeys, rabbits, small birds and even turtles in residence. The farm also organises activities such as craft workshops and pony rides.

Watch children’s cinema and theatre

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Rialto Cinema on the Ceintuurbaan screens children's films all year round, which will thrill and amuse children from 3 to 12 years. During the holidays, they also have a complete youth programme, including colouring days, craft activities and workshops. If you’re more in the mood for drama, keep your eye on the English programme at the CC Amstel Theatre, which holds regular family performances.

Picnic and play in Sarphatipark

Koningsdag or King's Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April, the date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander. 

Celebrations: Partying, wearing orange costumes, flea markets, and traditional local gatherings.
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The beautifully landscaped gardens of Sarphatipark provide a wonderful central meeting point in the heart of De Pijp. In one corner you’ll find a children’s playground complete with climbing frames, slides and a sandpit. Surrounding this, there are plenty of quiet spots to sit and chat as the kids play when the sun breaks free. One of the best things to do in De Pijp is to stroll through the vibrant vendors of the Albert Cuypmarkt and have a picnic in the park with your market-bought food finds.

Visit the goblin house

House with the gnomes in De Pijp
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For centuries, the children of Amsterdam have been fascinated by the green hobgoblins sitting atop the gables of the Huis met Kabouters (House with the Goblins). Rumour has it that the mysterious pair throw a ball to one another in secret, but nobody knows whether this happens at midnight, on New Year’s Eve or during the leap year. There are plenty of reasons as to why the goblins are there, one being that they were inspired by the house owner’s surname, Van Ballegooyen which roughly translates as ball-throwing.

Feast on pancakes and stroopwafels

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Fancy pancakes with a twist? At Mr Stacks, they’ll load you up with (you guessed it) a stack of pancakes and you can choose from savoury, sweet and vegan options. Bulls & Dogs give the familiar hot dog a makeover with heaps of funky toppings. All these can be washed down with an eye-popping milkshake generously decorated with marshmallows, chocolate sauce and much more. If you prefer to feast in the open air, take a stroll down the Albert Cuypmarkt where you’ll find plenty of culinary options to suit all tastebuds including warm stroopwafels.

Shop at kid’s concept stores

De Pijp is full of unique shops specialising in clothes, toys and books for children. Broer & Zus are committed to sustainable clothing or visit Ziggy + Lucy for jam-packed rails of pre-loved items. Archive Store sells everything from changing tables and lunch bags to children's bicycles and soft scarves. De Kleine Parade has everything under one roof; pop in for lunch at the kids' cafe and come out with a new haircut, full stomach, and a fresh outfit. Bookworms will also be kept quiet with a purchase from the Casperle, just off the Sarphatipark.