I’m excited to share all the details to help you get the most out of a trip to Amsterdam with kids!

When my husband and I visited Amsterdam for the first time 13 years ago we were taken back. It was one of those cities that was nothing like the stereotypes portrayed and out of the 60 cities we visited on our original backpacking adventures, it was one of the few we could see ourselves living in. When we took our girls on a month-long backpacking adventure this year we knew we had to add Amsterdam to the list of places to take them. 

We traveled Europe for an entire month with our 3 young girls, only bringing a backpack each. Find out how we made this happen and where we went.

Getting to Amsterdam

If you’re traveling to Amsterdam from the U.S., you’ll travel by plane. Airlines like KLM, United, and Delta offer direct flights from US cities to Amsterdam.

If you’re traveling to Amsterdam from somewhere else in Europe, The most popular way to get to Amsterdam from another European destination is by train. Amsterdam has two major railway hubs, Centraal Station and Zuid Station. You can also take a long-distance bus, or rent a car.

Transportation in Amsterdam with Kids

The best way to get around Amsterdam with kids is by using public transportation. The options are trams, buses, and the metro. All of these public transportation systems are safe, convenient, and affordable. Learn more and get a public transport ticket here.

You can also rent bikes or take a taxi or Uber to get around. When traveling with kids, be sure to stick to well-lit areas and avoid giving your kids too much information about your plans. It is also best to plan your activities in advance so that you don’t get lost or waste time.

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Where to Stay in Amsterdam with Kids

A-Train Hotel

This was a last minute pick for us but we were so lucky to find this gem! We originally picked it because it was close to the train station in Amsterdam and since we would only have one day there and an early flight the next day, location was at the top of our wishlist. 

We had no idea when booking that this place was so family friendly. Not only was this hotel train themed, which my girls loved, but we selected the family suite which had plenty of room for us. This suite had so much to offer:

  • Kitchen with fridge, sink, basic necessities 
  • Loft with 3 single beds
  • Dining room table (which came in handy)
  • Toddler area with a toddler bed, table, and lots of toys
  • Train set for the kids to play with
  • Simple bathroom, but perfect for us

Here are some other accommodations we really liked:

NH Collection Amsterdam Flower Market

This hotel is located close to the city’s iconic flower market and has all the amenities you would expect from a 5-star experience. It’s a beautiful place to stay with family-friendly facilities, like an indoor pool, free Wi-Fi, a game room, and a playground. The location of the hotel is great for family outings because it’s close to attractions and activities like the

Facade Hotel Amsterdam

Facade Hotel Amsterdam has some options and amenities that make stays for children more enjoyable. They have an onsite restaurant with a variety of children’s meals, and the staff can arrange for specials to be served in the children’s rooms. Cribs and high chairs are available if you request them, and the hotel has a children’s play area, rooftop pool, and you can walk to popular, nearby attractions.

Places to See in Amsterdam with Kids

Anne Frank House 

Take the kids to the historic home of Anne Frank, explore the rooms where Anne and her family hid during WWII, and learn about the events of her famous diary. 

A’Dam Lookout Tower

Take the kids up to the A’Dam Lookout Tower for incredible views of Amsterdam. Enjoy a 360 degree view of the city from the sky deck, and even touch the clouds on the swing at the top.

Golden Age Canal Houses

Admire the city’s iconic Golden Age canal houses, some of these houses date back to the 17th century! Learn more and book a canal cruise here.

Art galleries and museums in the city

If your family enjoys galleries and museums, this city has plenty. Learn about the history and culture of the Netherlands through art, artifacts, and interactive exhibits.

Tour of the Royal Palace on the Dam square

Located centrally on the Dam Square, the royal palace of Amsterdam houses centuries of collections and artwork and royal treasures from the Netherlands’ past. It’s a great way to learn about the history of the city and the monarchy.

Visit the botanical gardens of Hortus Botanicus

Take the kids to the wonderful Hortus Botanicus, which is home to over 6,000 species of plants and flowers. Get them curious about nature, learn about plants, and explore one of the oldest surviving botanical gardens in the world.

Discover the intriguing street art around the city

See Amsterdam’s street art come alive on a stroll around the city. The colorful murals give you insight into the culture and current affairs of Amsterdam and showcase some impressive talent.

Go on a bicycle tour to explore outer neighborhoods

Really explore the nooks and crannies of Amsterdam on an organized bicycle tour. You’ll take a journey through the city’s back streets, uncover its unique culture and architecture, and explore its more remote neighborhoods. Learn more and book a bike tour here.

National Maritime Museum

Located in the beautiful Navy Shipyard, the National Maritime Museum is a great place to learn about the long maritime history of Amsterdam. Kids will enjoy the interactive exhibitions, giant ship models, and presentations on the history and trends of the Dutch sea.

Things to Do in Amsterdam with Kids

Go on a Boat Tour or walk the canals 

Experience the city from the unique perspective of a boat ride down Amsterdam’s canals. Take in the landmarks and the city’s famous gabled houses with the unique Dutch boats.

Visit the local play parks

Let the kids have a go on the amazing playgrounds around the city. These parks are interactive, super safe, and have plenty of swings, slides, and other fun activities that kids can let loose in.

Enjoy a picnic in the Vondelpark

An absolute classic on a sunny day, Vondelpark is a great place for a picnic in the open greenery. There’s plenty of space to spread out and let the kids run around, plus lakes, gardens, and even an open-air theater where regular shows are held.

Take a horse and carriage ride around the city

Hop onto a horse-drawn carriage for a sightseeing tour of the city’s streets and canals. As one of the oldest means of transport in the city, kids can get up close to these majestic animals and take a journey back in time.

Visit Artis Royal Zoo

The oldest zoo in the Netherlands, Artis Royal Zoo hosts a wide variety of species from over 900 animals. It’s great for a fun family day out!

Take part in the numerous interactive activities offered at NEMO

From building bridges to experimenting with physics and gravity, NEMO has plenty of interactive activities and science-related fun for kids of all ages. 

Explore the bars, cafes and shops to find the best treats in town

There’s a great selection of sweet treats, delicious snacks, and other unique items around the city. Explore the kid-friendly bars, cafes, and stores all over.

Take a trip to the Amsterdam Cheese Museum

Learn about the local food through an interactive tour of the Amsterdam Cheese Museum. Kids can get acquainted with the unique flavors of Dutch cheese as well as Dutch-style cooking, and then indulge in some cheesy treats here.

Experience the live nightlife and theater at Leidseplein square

Leidseplein Square hosts some of the liveliest nightlife in Amsterdam. Join in the festivities of the many street performers and musicians, watch an outdoor movie, or enjoy some of the world-class shows on the square’s stages.

Bloemenmarket

Amsterdam’s oldest flower market located in the heart of the city’s canal district. It has been selling fresh cut flowers since 1862, and visitors can find tulips, lilies and orchids, along with many other exotic varieties from all over the world. The market is also a great place to browse for souvenirs from the Netherlands! It’s open daily from 9.3am to 6.30pm.

Negen Straatjes

The Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets) in Amsterdam is a unique shopping and dining district located in the heart of the city. There you’ll find a collection of narrow and winding streets, the area is well known for its wealth of independent shops, cafes, galleries and more. 

Madame Tussauds

The perfect rainy day activity Madame Tussauds is located in the heart of Amsterdam on the dam square. Kids can take their pictures with the celebrities and learn something abut Dutch history too. They can see Rembrandt, David Bowie, Albert Einstein, Anne Frank and Barack Obama.

Nemo Science Museum

The Nemo Science Museum is filled with hands-on, fun-filled activities. With its simplistic approach to science, it’s the perfect museum for kids aged 4-14.

Vondelpark

​​The Vondelpark in Amsterdam is a beautiful public park located in the center of the city. The park was named after the 17th century poet and playwright Joost van den Vondel. It is known as one of the most popular parks in the city, and has around 10 million visitors each year! 

Van Gogh Museum

I don’t normally recommend a lot of art museums but Van Gogh has a special tour just for families. We are huge fans of the museum and although we didn’t have time to visit during this visit to Amsterdam we will be looking into this tour for next time. Not only is this a private tour but you get to skip all the long lines. Sounds like the perfect way to see an art museum with kids. Learn more about visiting the Van Gogh Museum here.

Zaanse Schans

When you think of the Netherlands you think of windmills and just a short trip out of the city you can see them. This tour takes you to see the darling fishing villages as well. If you go in the spring you will more than likely get a gorgeous view of the flowers as well.

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Where to Eat in Amsterdam with Kids

I didn’t know this before traveling to Europe with my kids, but kids’ menus are not very common. This can make things a bit challenging (and expensive) but not impossible to find something your kids will like. I found that the restaurants we visited in Amsterdam were very accommodating in regards to modifying meals for our kids. We mostly ate quick service too.

PLUK

Pluk is a fresh fruit and vegetable retailer offering a range of organic and high-quality produce. They also have a café where customers can grab a smoothie or healthy snack while shopping.

Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis serves traditional Belgian dishes and European cuisine. The restaurant is set in a beautiful, old-fashioned building, with views of the city. 

Van Wonderen Stroopwafels

This is a fun place for families to visit and enjoy a treat. The restaurant has freshly made stroopwafels, which are traditional Dutch waffle cookies filled with caramelized syrup. Kids will love to get their own size stroopwafels topped with Nutella, candy and/or nuts. You can also get milkshakes, and ice cream.

Polaberry

Polaberry is a family-friendly restaurant that has a wide range of dishes. The menu has something for everyone, including pizzas, burgers, pastas, wraps, salads, and other kid-friendly dishes. Kids can also enjoy special kids’ meals, which come with a drink and a choice of side dishes. The restaurant also has a colorful space for kids to play and explore!

Poffertjes Albert Cuyp

Poffertjes Albert Cuyp is a restaurant in Amsterdam that specializes in poffertjes (small Dutch pancakes). Kids in particular will love this eatery because of its fun atmosphere and its tasty menu. The restaurant offers a variety of poffertjes topped with butter and syrup, as well as sweet and savory toppings. 

Winkel 43

Winkel 43 is a cozy neighborhood restaurant in Amsterdam that’s great for families. The menu has a lot of variety, including healthy children’s meals, like Surinamese roti chicken, grilled cheese or chicken bummer, and burgers. The staff members are friendly and accommodating, and they take great care of children and their parents during meals. Plus, the restaurant is conveniently located near some of the city’s main attractions, making it easy to visit with your family.

The Avocado Show

The Avocado Show is a great spot to bring the kids! The atmosphere is very vibrant and welcoming, and the staff is extremely friendly. The restaurant has a range of delicious and unique avocado-inspired dishes, like sandwiches, salads, and tacos. The kids will love the playful menu of avocado ice cream sundaes and avocado-infused smoothies. 

INSTAGRAM PHOTO SPOTS

We all love a good photo opportunity and Amsterdam is filled with an endless supply!   Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Negen Straatjes
  • Damrack
  • Bridges
  • Bloemenmarket
  • Dam Square

WEATHER IN AMSTERDAM

The weather in Amsterdam is very beautiful. It was cool but comfortable in September and I do suggest visiting Amsterdam in the summers, it’s comfortable and not too hot. Their winters are beautiful but are long and cold. The spring is also another very beautiful time to visit because of the flowers and markets.

COMMUNICATING IN AMSTERDAM

If you’re worried about communicating in Amsterdam, have no fear! About 95% of people we met spoke English as this is a town that accommodates a lot of tourists. 

PACKING FOR AMSTERDAM

We spent a month in Europe and only brought a backpack each. Read more about why we did that and how we made it happen here.

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