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Kids crafting during Keti Koti Festival 2022 in the Oosterpark.
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Things to do with kids in Amsterdam

A little while back, the UK’s ‘National Trust’ launched a brilliant initiative to inspire children to spend more time outdoors. Called ’50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾’, it’s packed full of fantastic inspiration to get kids outside and active. Here's our roundup of the 50 things every child should get out and do in Amsterdam before their 12th birthday.


Image from DigiDaan

1. Put on a lab coat and complete an experiment at Nemo

2. Solve the interactive Family Quest at the Rijksmuseum

3. Shoot a cannon from the East India Ship at the Scheepvaartmuseum 

4. Fill a medal with stickers for completing Prince Louis' challenge at The Royal Palace 

5. Complete the clues in Vincent’s Travelling Case at the Van Gogh Museum 

6. Make mosaic tiles in a Moroccan Riad at ZieZo Marokko in the Wereldmuseum Amsterdam Junior

7. Bake a challah at the Jewish Historical Museum 

8. Read the Diary of Anne Frank and then tour the Anne Frank House 

9. Explore the invisible world around us at Micropia.


Image from Marie-Charlotte Pezé

10. Swing from the trees at the Fun Forest Climbing Park 

11. Watch the lions being fed at Artis 

12. Balance on a raft at the Vijver in the Amsterdamse Bos 

13. Make it over the finish line in the Olympic Stadium at the Amsterdam Marathon Kids Run

14. Meet some new-born lambs at a kinderboerderij 

15. Pick apples and berries at Fruittuin van West 

16. Sledge down the roof of the Albert Heijn at Museumplein

17. Ride through secret gardens on board the train in the Amstelpark 

18. Bottle feed a goat at the Geitenboerderij Riddamerhoeve 

19. Skip across the stepping stones at the Grote Zwembad in the Amsterdamse Bos 

20. Build a den in the Wood Cabin Village at Jeugdland

21. Run through the water feature on the roof at Nemo 

22. Make sandcastles at an urban beach 

23. See a play at the Open Air Theatre in the Vondelpark


Sailing Ferry Stenenhoofd Westerdoksdijk
Image from Koen Smilde

24. Sit in the bucket of a ‘bakfiets’

25. Take a ride on the vintage museum tram

26. Cycle along the Amstel all the way to Ouderkerk 

27. Take the ferry over to Noord 

28. Travel from one end of a tramline to another

29. Become a certified Freshwater Pirate on the Blue Boat Canal Tour

30. Captain the plane on the Schiphol Panorama Terrace

Play at being a tourist

People on the  / ADAM Lookout / swings
Image from Pauline Arkesteijn

31. Have your picture taken at every letter of the I amsterdam sign 

32. Go skating in winter in front of the Rijksmuseum 

33. Take in the views from the top of the A'DAM toren 

34. Dance along to a traditional Amsterdam barrel organ known as a ‘draaiorgel’

35. Visit each of the 11 neighbourhoods on the I amsterdam neighbourhood listings

36. Run through the water feature at the Museumplein. 


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, and traditional local gatherings.
Image from Koen Smilde

37. Sell your wares in the Vondelpark on King's Day 

38. Learn to juggle, unicycle or brave the trapeze by brushing up on your circus skills with Circus Elleboog

39. Go for a spin on the solar merry-go-round at Pure Markt 

40. See the Amsterdam Light Festival at night from a boat

41. Welcome Sinterklaas as he arrives from Spain and join in the fun at the Intocht

42. Take part in a workshop at the Junior Grachtenfestival 

43. Make a movie, join an open mic singing contest or perfect your hip hop dance skills at the Junior Uitmarkt

44. Watch Ajax win a home game in the Amsterdam ArenA. 


Pannenkoekenboot family with food & drinks
Image from Pannenkoekenboot

45. Make a meal for your family at the Kinderkookcafe

46. Have hagelslag for breakfast

47. Scoff DIY pancakes after playing in the ball pool on the Pancake Boat 

48. Try 10 types of ‘drop’ at Jamin

49. Eat warm, freshly made stroopwafels, poffertjes and oliebollen from a food truck

50. Enjoy a Hollandse Nieuwe Haring in Springtime.

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