Amsterdam for Kids



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Amsterdam's reputation doesn't rank it high on the kid friendly list, but that doesn't mean there aren't interesting and unique things for younger travelers to explore. From interesting museums to unique restaurants, there is something in Amsterdam for everyone, even those who are under age.

Author: AnnaInAmsterdam


Day 1 - Amsterdam


A trip to Amsterdam's zoo is a great idea on a nice sunny day. Small and easy to explore, the zoo also has an impressive collection of animals in a historic setting. The zoo is only minutes away from the Science Center NEMO, where kids can learn about science through interactive displays. A visit to Pannenkoeken Upstairs for a late lunch in the city center is well worth the trip; the little restaurant has a variety of traditional Dutch pancakes, as well as a ceiling decorated with many kettles. For those kids who like gore and horror, a trip to the Torture Museum will teach them about the unpleasant side of Amsterdam's history.


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Artis Zoo

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Location:

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
At Plantage Middenlaan
1018 CZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Contact:

tel: 020/523-3400


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NEMO Science Center

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Location:

Oosterdok 2
Off Prins Hendrikkade, over the south entrance to the IJ Tunnel
1011 VX Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Contact:

tel: +31 20 531 32 33
fax: +31 20 531 3535


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Torture Museum

Location:

Singel 449
At the Flower market
1012 WP Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Contact:

tel: 020/320-6642
fax: +31 20 404 3861


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Pannenkoeken Upstairs

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Location:

Grimburgwal 2
1012 GA Amsterdam, Netherlands

Contact:

tel: 31 20 626 5603


Day 2 - Amsterdam


Amsterdam is home to one of Madame Tussaud's famous wax museums, and it is here that you can see many of your favorite celebrities up close (in wax, of course). The Amsterdam Dungeon is just down the street, and even though it's quite scary, the older kids my appreciate the gore and horror presented in this interactive haunted house. After a good scare head over to the Bloemenmarkt, the city's famous flower market, for some souvenir shopping. Wrap up the afternoon at the cafe Taart van m'n Tante, which has an extensive menu of delicious cakes, and where every table is decorated with true eye candy.


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Madame Tussaud's

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Location:

Dam 20
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Contact:

tel: 020/523-0623


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The Amsterdam Dungeon

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Amsterdam, Netherlands


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Bloemenmarkt

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Location:

Singel
1017 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Contact:

tel: +31 20 625 8282


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Taart van m'n Tante

Location:

Ferdinand Bolstraat, 10
1072 LJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Contact:

tel: 31 20 776 4600


Day 3 - Amsterdam


Start outside of the city center at the Tropenmuseum, an anthropological museum which houses its exhibits in various interesting models of towns. From there, return to the city center for the best apple pie in town at Winkel. Walk along the beautiful canals and head to the Houseboat Museum to see what a houseboat looks like on the inside, and finish the day taking a boat cruise through the city's canals with one of the many boat companies (like the Rederijk Kooij).


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Tropenmuseum (Tropical Museum)

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Location:

Linnaeusstraat 2
At Mauritskade
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Contact:

tel: 020/568-8215


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Houseboat Museum

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Location:

Prinsengracht 296 K
1016 HW Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Contact:

tel: +31 (0)20 427 0750


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Winkel

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Location:

Noordermarkt 43
1015 NA Amsterdam, Netherlands

Contact:

tel: 31206230223


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Rederij Kooij

Location:

Rokin opposite 125
1012 KK Amsterdam, Netherlands

Contact:

tel: +31 (0)20 623 3810
fax: +31 (0)20 638 2020


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