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Amsterdam with Kids

By Viator, September 2013

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Despite Amsterdam’s notorious red-light district and coffee shops, it’s the ideal city to visit with young children. It’s compact, flat and walkable, with most sights within easy distance of each other. The canals will fascinate most kids and there are plenty of cafés for breaks from sightseeing. 

Amsterdam has a smattering of world-leading museums that are always packed out. Skip the lines and get reduced tickets by buying a city pass, which will spare the misery of bored children waiting for hours to get into the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh Museum. Since its re-opening, the mammoth collections at the Rijksmuseum are too extensive for young kids to enjoy, so cherry pick the highlights, such as Rembrandt’s epic painting The Nightwatch, and just see those. Over the summer there are guided tours of the museum aimed specifically at kids.

Both the Tropenmuseum and the Jewish Historical Museum have special sections for youngsters, with lots of interactive displays and child-friendly activities. The Science Center NEMO in the Oosterdok was built for families, and its interactive experiments will entertain children for several hours. The scale replica of East Indiaman The Amsterdam is moored next door to NEMO; it’s perfect for clambering all over and letting young imaginations run riot. Older children will love the gory fun at the Amsterdam Dungeon and major English-language movies shown in the Art Deco surrounds of the Tuschinski Theater. 

South of Oosterdok, the Hortus Botanicus contains over 4,000 species of flora and fauna, including carnivorous plants, giant water lilies and a butterfly house. Just around the corner is Artis; the Netherlands’ largest zoo has 900 animal species plus zookeeper talks for kids, an aquarium, planetarium and petting zoo. 

Few kids will resist the chance to explore Amsterdam’s canals by pedalo; they are available at landing stages all over the central canal ring. Another fun option for getting around the city is the hop-on, hop-off bus, which stops at all the major sights; older kids can explore the city streets on bikes or cycle through the Vondelpark dodging the inline skaters.

Toddles will love the playgrounds and petting farm in the Amstelpark and over-sevens can work off energy clambering across the Fun Forest rope bridges in the trees of the Amsterdam Bos. In winter there’s ice skating in Leideseplein and Museumplein, and very occasionally  – if it’s cold enough – along the frozen canals.

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Amsterdam Airport Private Departure Transfer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 58 Reviews

Travel from your Amsterdam city hotel or Amsterdam Ports to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.28

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

4.5 star rating: Recommended 301 Reviews

Simplify your trip to Amsterdam with the I Amsterdam City Card, a pass that gives you free admission to museums and public transport throughout the city. Gain ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 48 or 72 hours

From USD $80.04

Amsterdam Airport Shared Arrival Transfer

4.5 star rating: Recommended 82 Reviews

Landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport and need to get to your Amsterdam city hotel? Why risk being ripped off by an opportunist cab driver, or ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $50.55

Amsterdam Airport Shared Departure Transfer

4.5 star rating: Recommended 56 Reviews

Don't queue for taxis and watch the cab meter increase to an unpredictable price, worrying if you still have enough local money to pay the fare. Be collected ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $47.74

Amsterdam Airport Private Arrival Transfer

4 star rating: Recommended 69 Reviews

Travel from Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport to your Amsterdam city hotel. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When making a ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.28

Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 255 Reviews

Get your bearings on this 3-hour Amsterdam city tour, perfect for first-time visitors. On your morning or afternoon tour, see top Amsterdam attractions ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $33.70

Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

When you arrive in the Amsterdam port, discover the city’s most famous highlights on this 3-hour guided sightseeing shore excursion (4 hours if you select the ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $33.70

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