If you are looking to take the family on an active and entertaining weekend break, Amsterdam should be at the top of your list. Small in size, it’s a breeze to explore by bike or boat, and there’s a great choice of large public parks too. And with Eurostar services now running from London, you can be there in under four hours, without any of the airport hassle. BabyBreaks has done some research on Days Out in Amsterdam with the Kids, so you won’t be short on inspiration when you’re there.

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1. Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo

Open 365 days a year, this centrally located zoo had to be number one for our family Days Out in Amsterdam. It is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, and since 1838 has been home to a vast array of species from around the world. Certainly a must-visit for animal lovers, you can enjoy a guided walk through the park, or listen to the zookeper’s fascinating talks on lemurs, lions, jaguars or butterflies. Lastly, don’t miss the Aquarium and Planetarium, both included in the entry price.

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Address: Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam

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2. Canal Cruise

What better way to explore a city famous for its canals, than by boat? This semi-open boat (heated during winter) takes a leisurely 1.5 hour cruise past some of Amsterdam’s most famous landmarks. For example, some highlights include Anne Frank’s House and Bloemenmarkt – the beautiful floating flower market. You can board and disembark at any of the 5 stops along the route, which gives you great flexibility if the kids get restless.

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3. Vondelpark

Located near Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, this is a fantastic place for the kids to let off some steam and run about after a morning of culture! It is the largest park in Amsterdam, and much loved by locals and tourists alike. Originally opened in 1865, the sprawling landscaped grounds now encompass an open-air theatre with free performances in the summer, a Pavilion restaurant, waterside café and a children’s playground. You can also rent roller skates from Snoephuisje (near Amstelveenseweg entrance).

Address: 1071 AA, Amsterdam

Opening Hours: 24 hours a day, all year round.

4. Oosterpark

Located in East Amsterdam, this green open space is much less crowded than some if the city’s other parks, and has a large new playground that’s sure to be a big hit with the kids. There’s an undulating obstacle course designed like a rollercoaster, tyre swings and fun slides – perfect for active little monkeys! It is just 0.6 miles from Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo and 0.2 miles from the Tropenmuseum.

Address: 1092 CA Amsterdam

5. Jeugdland

Jeugdland is a large, adventurous nature playground on the edge of the Flevopark. Encouraging children to build, create and get back in touch with nature, this is a fantastic place for creative little minds. There are carpentry huts, watersports, a petting zoo, and cooking stations to bake buns on an open fire. A really unique place for kids!

Address: Valentijnkade 131, 1095 KH Amsterdam

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