Fun things to do in The Hague for families

The government offices, medieval buildings and art museums in The Hague may not appeal to the little ones as much as they do to the adults, but there are plenty of other things to see and do in the city that will. 

Madurodam

The Madurodam theme park features exact miniature replicas of special Dutch buildings, objects and landscapes. What’s best is that it’s a total paradise for kids: not only can they touch the exhibits, but they’re encouraged to play with them! Several parts of Madurodam were made specifically for kids, such as the mini Delta Works, where they can use water to prevent floods and put out fires, or the mini festival stage, where they can mix beats just like their favourite DJs.  

SEA LIFE Scheveningen

Children can discover a whole new world at SEA LIFE Scheveningen, an aquarium located across from the beach. It has a huge amount of activities for kids, with spectacular creatures straight from the deeps of the oceans; open feeding sessions for penguins, otters and piranhas; and the chance to hold a starfish in their hands at the Touch Pool.

Wednesday morning at Palace Noordeinde

On regular days, it’s a stately castle: beautiful to look at, but not very interesting for most children. On Wednesday mornings, however, it becomes a place of pomp and circumstance, as visitors get the chance to witness the arrival of a foreign ambassador, listen to the national anthem being played and follow the inspection of the guard - always a special moment. 

Kijkduin

The beach resort of Kijkduin has just as much to offer the kids as its neighbour Scheveningen. Stay in one of the many family-friendly resorts in this hidden beach paradise, enjoy the food and views at the seaside pavilions, go kiting with the kids, or watch them run up and down the famous dunes. 

Museon

A trip to Museon is made for families, encouraging kids to have fun learning about history and the world around them. It’s doesn’t feature just exhibits sitting behind glass, but hands-on activities that allow kids to dig up medieval treasures like an archaeologist, design their own family crests and even snack on some insects. 

Scheveningen 

A trip to The Hague is not complete without a trip to Scheveningen – especially if you’ve come with the family. Visit the buzzing Pier to whizz down the zip line, bounce around the Play & Bounce, or attend family-friendly events such as the Cool Event in the winter and the Kite Festival in September, when the sky is filled with streams of colour. 

Vlinders aan de Vliet

In Leidschendam, just outside The Hague, lies a tropical oasis. Vlinders aan de Vliet (Butterflies by the Vliet) offers visitors the chance to wander through hundreds of colorful butterflies, admire astounding reptiles and take a closer look at some fascinating insects. But plan your trip wisely, as this unusual zoo is only open from February to October.

Escape Rooms

Nothing will bring you closer to your family than being locked in a room with them with only one way to escape: working together to find clues and solve puzzles. Escape rooms have exploded in popularity and The Hague has been quick to get on the trend, now boasting several within the city centre alone. 

Drievliet 

Get the adrenaline rush you need to keep up with the kids at the Drievliet amusement park, one of the best places to visit for families in The Hague. Rollercoasters, thrill rides, playgrounds and rides for younger children will appeal to kids of any age, and two restaurants make sure they (and the parents) don’t go hungry.

If the kids are still full of energy, check out other places to visit and things to do in The Hague with the whole family