Step back in time at the Geologisch Museum Hofland (Hofland Geological Museum) in Laren, which offers an educational insight into the history of our planet. Its focus on geology, minerals and regional prehistory will appeal to everyone. Hunt fossils, learn about earth’s stones and plates and even see how neanderthals lived in the museum’s prehistoric cave.
Geologisch Museum Hofland, Laren
Muiderslot is possibly the Netherlands’ most impressive and best preserved castle. Given its drawbridge, five towers, moat and battlements, it will come as no surprise that the castle and grounds have been used in several TV shows set in the Middle Ages. Children can take part in a scavenger hunt, can climb into the Westertoren (West Tower) and find out what it was like to wear a suit of armour. The castle hosts special childrens’ tours on Wednesday afternoons.
The Dutch Fortress Museum in Naarden is the ideal trip for the whole family. It offers the chance for shooting, golf, boat tours and even special adventures for young explorers to embark on. Don’t miss the chance to walk along the ramparts and view the fortress from the museum’s boat.
Fortress Museum, Naarden
At restaurant Bruis there’s pancakes, burgers, salads, BBQ and more. And if that’s not enough to keep the kids happy, there is also an outdoor playground, indoor fun floor and even a cinema.
Raise the flags and man the guns! For a family-friendly and historical day trip from Amsterdam, hop on a ferry and discover the UNESCO World Heritage Fort Pampus. The island has an extensive events calendar, including a special pirate week in May and kite festival in June. Also, in August the island puts a special spotlight on culture, and in October hosts a Light Festival.
Ever wondered why a kilo is a kilo? Or why a kilo is the same everywhere in the world? Is a kilo still a kilo on the moon? Find all the answers to these questions and more at the Weegschaal Museum (weighing scales museum), where you can discover everything there is to know about the origins of measuring and weighing.
Weegschaal Museum, Naarden
Gaming heaven! Restaurant Leuk has a large play basement with Nintendo Wiis, Playstations, X-boxes and even two real racing chairs. For those kids that don’t like gaming as much, there’s also a large air hockey table, football table, lego and a shop to grab some goodies. Crafting, playing, watching cartoons or gaming, there’s something for everyone at Leuk.
Looking for a place to cool off on a hot day? The Sijsjesberg outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place to take the kids on a sizzling hot day. Located between a forest and fields of heather, the pool features a diving tower with a separate jumping pit and a large family slide. There’s also a toddler pool, large sunbathing areas, a sports field and a sun terrace with sunbeds.
Zwembad Sijsjesberg, Huizen
Stroll across a unique country estate and admire a beautiful old country house full of history. Enjoy the history and architecture during this child-friendly 1 km long walking route, which also features the chance to gather chestnuts and explore a cave.
Beeld en Geluid Museum
The Beeld en Geluid Museum (Institute of Sound and Vision) at Hilversum’s Media Park, a short train ride from Amsterdam, houses a collection of radio, television, film and music recordings. A visit will see you learn everything there is to know about modern media. There’s also the chance to star in your own tv action series, host a tv show or act as a director or lighting expert. For younger children, Media Ukkie Land is a fun adventure playground.
Beeld en Geluid Museum, Hilversum
With attractions for kids of all ages, play paradise Oud Valkenveen offers a perfect fun-filled day out. After starting out as a pancake farm, the venue has now grown into an amusement park with rollercoasters, slides, trains and climbing frames.
Oud Valkeveen, Naarden