Lot's of families visit Amsterdam each year. Despite what some people may have you believe, baby travel Amsterdam is possible and easy. There are so many kid friendly Amsterdam cafes all over the city. Plus, there are many museums to explore with your family. Here I'll outline for you a quick Amsterdam guide so that you can see just how kid friendly Amsterdam really is! Want a more in depth guide? "Family Friendly Amsterdam: A City Travel Guide" is now available to purchase on your local Amazon website.
Amsterdam is sometimes called the Venice of the North. With its breathtaking canals, amazing architecture, and love of bicycles, Amsterdam is unlike anywhere else in the world. When looking for a place to take the family, it may not always be one of the first to come to mind. However, this tolerant, progressive city with a diverse culture is filled with activities that people of all ages can enjoy!
Named after a dam on the river Amstel, which is now used as a square, Amsterdam became a town in the beginning of the 1300s. Since then, the town has expanded, its canals filled in and paved, and commerce has gone from relying on beer and herring to the city becoming one of the hottest places for start-ups. Each year there are more and more family friendly cultural activities to explore.
Amsterdam for families
Whether you arrive in Amsterdam at Schiphol airport or Amsterdam Centraal train station, you can easily reach your destination with public transportation or by taxi. Trams, buses and metros run from 06:00 until 24:00. After 00:30 there are night buses, which run less frequently and may have different routes.
Taking a taxi in Amsterdam? It is not necessary by law to use a car seat in taxis in Amsterdam. However, some taxi vendors can provide you with a car seat if you would like to use one. Inquire upon booking.
Children up to 4 years of age ride public transportation for free. Children from 4 years of age until 11 years of age ride at a discounted rate.
Where to sleep in Amsterdam
Anything within the inner canal belt will make a great location. Which neighborhood you choose is really up to you. Each has something to offer and they are all close enough to either walk or take public transportation to any of the sights that you will want to visit. Amsterdam for families is very safe when walking or biking to get around.
If you’re looking for a unique experience during your stay in Amsterdam, why not sleep in a houseboat? https://www.bookahouseboat.com/
What to do in Amsterdam with kids
Vondelpark has everything that you could want in a city park. It has big green open spaces, bicycle and walking paths, ponds, playgrounds, and a few family friendly cafes. During the warmer months there is also an open air theatre (http://www.openluchttheater.nl/ ) that frequently has performances aimed directly at entertaining the little ones.
Restaurants include: Blauwe Theehuis, Vondelpark3, De Vondeltuin and the Groot Melkhuis. Both Vondeltuin and Groot Melkhuis feauture childrens play areas along with their delicious menus.
You won’t find anything quite like this anywhere else in the world. Hidden in a side street in the Jordaan district is the only museum of its kind in the entire world,. Electric Ladyland is the First Museum of Florescent Art and offers the family a chance to explore the world of florescence up close and personal.
http://www.electric-lady-land.com/ Tuesday – Saturday 13:00 – 18:00 0 – 12 years of age free, 12 + 5,00 euros
Overlooking Amsterdam’s Oosterpark, the Tropen Museum offers a fresh look at humankind that is fun for all ages. They also have specific activities, routes, and guided tours for children aged 1 year and older. Every weekend, children under 6 years of age can visit the Kartini Wing where along with their parents they get to enjoy drawing, building and folding. The museum also offers “Do Books” at the ticket counter if you’d like to make your own guided tour for the family. https://tropenmuseum.nl/en
Tue- Sun 10:00 - 17:00, some Mondays also open.
0-3 free, 4-18 8.00 euros, 19 + 15.00 euros
Telephone 088 004 2800
Kid Friendly Amsterdam Dining
Pancake Boat (Pannenkoekenboot)
The Pancake Boat is just as its name implies. Here you get to cruise along the IJ while eating as many fresh delicious pancakes as you can during the 75 minute cruise. Extra fun for the kids is a ball pit on board! Reservation recommended. High chairs available. Mention the high chair during booking to ensure availability.
3-12 years of age 13.50; 13 years + 18.50 http://www.pannenkoekenboot.nl/amsterdam/en/
Ms. Van Riemsdijkweg, 1033 RD Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)20 636 8817
Kaap de Goede Hoop is located on Overtoom next to Vondelpark. It's a small family run restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. Known for having the best German Schnitzel in Amsterdam they're a great family friendly restaurant for a price that won't break your budget. Read our review here
If you have a sweet tooth then this is the place to stop for a bite. I recommend you order what is known as the “best apple pie in Amsterdam.” If you’re there on a Saturday morning prepare for quite the line as this place is very popular and not very large. No reservation necessary.
Mon-Sat 07:00/08:00-late; Sun-10:00-01:00
Tip: For breastfeeding mothers it is perfectly acceptable to breastfeed in public. For formula feeding mothers, ask in most any café or restaurant and you should get free water to make up a baby bottle.
Amsterdam for families is a fantastic destination. There are so many things to do and explore. It is bursting with cultural activities all year round. Kid friendly Amsterdam is sure to have something for everyone in your family. Whether your trip is for older children or baby travel, Amsterdam is sure to be a hit.
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