Things To Do In Amsterdam For Families
I’m very honoured to have the wonderful Vicky from Miss Tilly and Me over for a guest post on Life Loving. She’s sharing her thoughts on things to do in Amsterdam for families Over to you Vicky..
Hi, My name Is Vicky and I blog at www.Misstillyandme.co.uk as well as www.Tillystravellingtelegram.co.uk. I am mum to 4 kids (three are in their 20’s and that only leaves Matilda (Tilly) who is 8 years old at home and she was born with a thirst for adventure, she LOVES to travel and as soon as we come home, she always asks where we are going next. You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Today I want to share some things to do in Amsterdam for families. A lot of adults tend to go to Amsterdam because it’s like going to a naughty party, but there is so much more to the city other than sex and ‘pot’.
Van Gogh Museum
This museum follows the life of Vincent Van Gogh from childhood to his death. It has been open for 45 years and has 4 floors of his art and tells the story of his life. It’s open every day and when we went it was very busy and we had to queue to get in. You’re not allowed to take pictures or video inside the museum because it disturbs the other people who want to have a look around. But there are special selfie walls where you can take photos. Tilly has always liked looking at art in museums and we often got to art galleries, so she enjoyed this. There is also child orientated activities for kids to do in the museum which are free of charge. Tickets are only available online these days and there are only a certain amount available for each time slot, so make sure you book well enough in advance. The tickets are 19 Euro’s but accompanying kids get in free, up to the age of 18.
This is an up and coming area of Amsterdam that is reachable by the free ferry from Amsterdam Centraal. The little ferries go over every 15 minutes or so and it is a few minutes to get down the river. NDSM has a half-sunk submarine that is a good thing for the kids to get up close to on the ferry and there is a botel there too. When you get off the ferry, you can instantly see the street art in the grassed area where there are sculptures and then just lose yourself in the streets as you follow other tourists who also want to see the street art. My favourite one is a huge mural of Anne Frank and it is a real testament to how much she means to the city. There are also homes made from shipping containers, I love this idea and it is such a good way to offer cheap housing to people who need it. When you go back to the ferry, there is a little café that sells the tastiest hot chocolate and chocolate croissants.
These are everywhere, but then you would expect them to be because Holland is so famous for its cheese. As you leave Amsterdam Centraal station and walk along the canal, the street is adorned with cheese shops and cheese museums. They give you free samples and you get to see different cheeses that are displayed in the best way. It’s great for kids to see cheese being sold like this, rather than just in the dairy aisle of the supermarket.
On the canal, there are loads of canal boats ready to take you on a cruise through the many canals of Amsterdam. It’s worth taking a walk along because they are all competing with each other and they are quite competitive with their prices. You can get hop on- hop off canal boats or just a trip that you can sit and relax on as a commentator tells you about the city. I have done a few different ones on the canals from beer and boat tours to dinner cruises or just a tour of the small canals. They are covered over, so if the weather isn’t so good, you will stay dry. This is a must-do activity in Amsterdam
Anne Frank House
This one isn’t for the little kids, mainly because I don’t think they will understand the enormity of the story and how brave she was but also because you don’t want to be talking to younger kids about the war. You need to pre-book this museum because it is very very busy. 80% of the tickets are released 2 months in advance and only 20% are available on the day through the website. You can see the secret annexe and her diary. The house is open from 9 am until 10 pm from 1st April –1st November and from 1st November – 1st April it is open 9 am until 7 pm.
I Am Amsterdam
This is such a fun activity to do in Amsterdam. There are some I AMSTERDAM letters as soon as you arrive at Amsterdam Schipol Airport when you leave the terminal, they are just outside. They are two metres tall and are such a fab photo opportunity. There used to a second set in the Museumplein but these were removed in December 2018 because the area was getting too busy and before that, they would turn up in random areas of the city for photo opportunities. There are also some by the Sloterplas lake in the west of the city, but this is a Parkour area and some of the letters stand upright, but others lay down, so it’s not so good for Instagram pictures.
The Dam Area
This is like the town square in the centre of Amsterdam and it is full of old buildings that are really instagrammable. Dam square is where you will find the national monument, which was erected to remember the victims of World War II and the neo-classical Royal Palace. It is also where you will find the Madame Tussauds tourist attraction and some souvenir shops. The Dam square was actually built on an actual dam in the 13th century.
Have you been to Amsterdam? If so, what would you recommend doing in Amsterdam for families?
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