9X THINGS DO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS SUMMER
Summertime; A magical word if you are a kid. No school, all the time in the world to play and days that last forever. As a parent though, it’s a bit different. It’s still great, but it may be wise and convenient to have a list of cool things to do in your back pocket.
We’ve got you covered! We have some brand new adventures and some worthy classics. It varies from an excellent little day trip tip for the last-minute decision-makers to something that will keep your kids inspired for a few days. And everything in between.
PLAYGROUNDS IN THE NETHERLANDS
With the schools closed and times on our hand, we are free to bum around and be lazy. That moment when the kids are running around in their pj’s, hair is uncombed, dad’s unshaven and it’s all good. With the following daytrips, there is no need to plan. You can simply go online and reserve your spot at one of these old-time playgrounds.
The Linnaeushof in Heemstede
This playground has been around for decades. Yes, they have replaced the old with the new to keep things safe, but they managed to keep their famous character alive and kicking. No loud music, no crazy modern rides, no long lines, no over-sugared and overstimulated kids screaming. Just good old fun. Old school as intended. It spells the secret of how to make the kids and parents happy. We guarantee it. PS. Bring towels, swimsuits and dry clothes as their waterpark is too playful to ignore. Linnaeushof.nl
Play paradise “Land van fluwel” in Sint Maartenszee
This place will keep you entertained from dusk till dawn. We recommend going with the flow as there is almost too much to choose from. If you can’t cram all the fun in one day, then come back for another visit.
We suggest you first try many of the climbing adventures to get your energy going. Followed by a lovely walk through a beautiful piece of nature and get your bare feet massaged. Then enjoy your little ones screaming, going down a giant slide while the others go-cart their butts off:) All this great fun is constructed with as many natural materials as possible to keep fun and nature well balanced. Please check their site as it’s just to much to mention. Landvanfluwel.nl
Outdoor Climbing at kleintje-klimpark
If you haven’t heard about joytime.nl yet while on the lookout for cool things to do in Drenthe with your kids, then make a mental note. This outdoor adventure park has much to offer, but we like to focus on their speciality. Additionally have a climbing adventure park for kids below 1.35 cm. This is a biggie. Most parks only let you have a proper adventure after turning six and after reaching the height of 122 cm. So for all with a little monkey in your family, this one is for you. If you are up for the “real” stuff tree climbing wise ..we recommend Climbing forest Gooi-Eemland in Lage Vuursche.
THEATER FUN AND CULTURAL ALL-ROUNDERS
When a good old fashioned playground doesn’t get you going, we might raise your interest with a few summer specials. There is much to choose from when you’re into theatre, music or art. A few tips you simply don’t want to miss.
Cirque Moustache touring through Holland
Does your kid love the circus? Do they fancy taking the spotlight on the piste? Cirque Moustache or “Circus Snor” as they call it in the Netherlands, invites you to step into their realm. This summer, they are on the road with the ‘Kids Caravan’. They developed a program for kids between six and twelve years old. Teaching the youngsters to walk a rope, ride a silly clown bike, and lots more. For two hours, your kids get to dive into the world of Cirque Moustache. And learn a couple of new tricks along the way. In short, the perfect place to bring about a truly unforgettable memory. Check their site to see when Cirque Moustache visits your area. Cirquemoustache.com
The Art of the Brick; A wonderful LEGO exposition in Amsterdam
If you feel the Amsterdam vibe drawing you in, and you are in the mood to share some culture and art with your kids, this is a good one! Imagine seeing the six-meter-long T-Rex skeleton made out of over 80,000 LEGO bricks. The Art of Brick is the largest exhibition of Lego®-art in the world! Especially for children, they have made an audio guide and turned it into an exciting treasure hunt. And if you have some energy left, the makers created a PlayZone where young (and older) visitors can get to work with more than 300,000 LEGO bricks. You can’t go wrong here! Artofthebrick.nl
Sonsbeek20-24. in Arnhem
The largest international open-air art exhibition in the Netherlands. Arnhem is another city with a surprising amount of entertainment. This art expo offers unexpected amusement for the whole family. If you’re on the road with younger kids, parc Sonsbeek and parc Zypendaal seem to be the best places to start. The installations trigger the imagination and will invite you to investigate.
Afterwards, you can find your way to the nearby Watermuseum. If, by that point, you have already decided to spend the night, there is one more summer holiday stop we suggest you make; A summers night at the “open-air museum” Here, you feed the inner human with great food, drinks and music. Openluchtmuseum.nl
Maybe you have to work a lot this summer and don’t have much leisure time, but you do want to take the kids out for a couple of days. We found three perfect pop up glamping experiences for you. Each is unique and very different. They are designed to inspire and playfully trigger your kids. In the meantime, you can lounge a bit, maybe even read a few pages or just have your mind wander off. If you’re going to tread the kids to a good time, don’t forget yourself ;-). These three options might precisely be what the ‘doctor’ ordered.
Camp Common Grounds
Something extraordinary: On the edge of estate Nimmerdor in Amersfoort, a wonderful magical world based on imagination and connection has been brought to life. These creative builders live by the credo: ‘it takes a village to build a dream’. And they did! This summer, during eight long weekends, family and friends can enjoy a fully catered holiday on this mind-blowing art camping.
In this universal ocean of magic, it’s all about inspiring young and old. You can play and experience activities as weird dancing, yoga for every age or deep-sea breathwork inspired by Wim Hof. You can build your own universe with Lennart Vader or create a seaworthy vessel of waste material. And in the evening there are many performances for your amusement.
Visitors can choose to sleep in a yurt (max 6 people) or a bell tent ( 2 to 4 people). For breakfast, lunch and diner, you join the buffet. Every day there is a different theme for the lovely meals, and it comes with vega and vegan options. Wanna escape the community vibe for a bit, get lost in the beautiful forest. Or if you are in the mood for a beach vibe. Take a hike to the Henschotermeer. A little piece of paradise hidden within the “hills” of the Ureschtse Heuvelrug. Campcommongrounds.nl
Laguna Beach Family Camp Corfwater
The dunes of Putten are famous, and by Dutch standards, the surf is good. A group of surf dudes and festival makers got together and created a very cool pop up surf village glamping experience. Yes, another glamping, but this one stands out. Why? It’s right next to the ocean and focuses on the perfect surf Holliday family style. With years of experience, this gang will guide you through and over the waves. No matter your age and experience level, they will make sure you end your day satisfied and with a great set of new skills.
It’s the whole laguna beach camp experience that makes this place unique. You book for a weekend or a mid-week, sleep in a family lodge, bell tent or yurt while filling your days with endless beach fun, making fires and taking good care of the inner you (They have great food:)) But if you want a change of scenery for a day, they’ve got you covered, with many other sweet things, like yoga, subbing, hikes and even beach movie nights moments. At Laguna Beach, it’s all viva la fiesta, all summer long family-style. What’s not to love? Lagunabeachfamilycamps.nl
Glamp Outdoor Camp at Airport Twente
If you’re craving a festival vibe, open-air movie nights, great food and drinks, hanging out in a hammock, maybe reading a book or dozing off knowing your kids are having a blast… this is it! Glamp Outdoor Camp at airport Twente. You can wine and dine while your kids are out on one of the many adventures the Glamp team have in store for them. If this location doesn’t hit the right spot for you, check out their site as they have 7 locations spread out all over The Netherlands. Glamp Outdoor Camp offers a carefree holiday or mini-break, which you can make as luxurious as you want. They honestly thought about everything. Glampoutdoorcamp.nl
The beautiful thing about living in 2021 is the creativity. People have become really inventive and developed fun and out of the box experiences for everybody to enjoy. All you have to do is choose what you like best. So take your time and pick what triggers you and every other member of your family. Be wild and free; it’s summer! Let the good times begin…
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