Family Travel Guide: Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a dream for families traveling with small children. You can rent a bike to traverse with them around the city (just make sure you’re a confident rider), or use Uber to explore the many playgrounds and family-friendly attractions.

What to do in Amsterdam with Kids

  • Anne Frank House 
    Get tickets early for this one, and the earlier in the day the better. Best suited for older children, or infants and toddlers that can be carried in a carrier (there are steep stairs and narrow spaces).
  • Explore the Vondelpark 
    There’s nothing like the playgrounds of Europe, and Amsterdam is no different. These wonderful playgrounds encourage risky play, and are an adventure to discover. Most hotels and accommodations offer bike rentals (just make sure you’re confident in biking with the locals!). Hungry? Stop by the Kinderkook Cafe, where children can cook their own small dishes.
  • Take a Pizza Cruise in the Canal 
    Your kids will love exploring the canal via boat, and having a pizza party on board. The tour includes unlimited drinks, and even an ice cream dessert. The food is delivered to the boat half way through the tour, leaving you with time to enjoy, view the sights of the city from the canal and learn more about the history of Amsterdam. Don’t worry about the weather, the boat is glass encased!
  • Nemo Science Museum
    Nemo is Amsterdam’s Science museum, designed for children 6 years and up. It’s filled with educational experiences for children. The building offers some of the best panoramic views of Amsterdam. In summer this roof is transformed into a beach, complete with sand and bean bags and tapas-style snacks.
  • Jeugdland & Maakland
    The largest adventure playground in Amsterdam, children can build and construction, creating shelters and rockets, dams. On the weekend, there are seminars for kids to take part in. You can view the dress code, hours and other information required, on the website.
  • Visit Nine Little Streets
    Shop, eat and explore the little shops on Nine Little Streets while you’re in Amsterdam with the kids. We try to avoid shopping on most of our trips, but if you’re going to shop with kids, this is the place to do in Amsterdam. Your kid will love the toothbrush store!
  • Dam Square and the Royal Palace 
    You’ll find the Royal Palace on the west side of Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk. Open most of the year, there is no cost for children under the age of 18 to view the palace, and adults are €10.

Where to Stay in Amsterdam with Kids

  • AirBNB
    There are many, many AirBNB options for travelling to Amsterdam with kids. From options on a boat on the Canal, to kid-friendly properties that have all the amenities so you can skip bringing them from home (baby gear, toys and even bikes to borrow), you will be able to find somethign in your budget in Amsterdam.
  • The Tire Hotel
    A lovely little boutique hotel just moments away from the Vondelpark, you’ll find rooms that can accommodate small families in their triple rooms, it’s a gorgeous space, affordable and comes with comfortable beds. Note that this hotel is cashless, so you’re going to have bring your card, or charge to your room when you stop for a delicious banofee tart from ‘Sticky Fingers’, the little cafe in the lobby of the hotel.