5 Hours in Amsterdam for Families

Families love our Amsterdam mini cruise break, and it’s no surprise! Kids love spending time onboard our ferries, and what better way to spend a day than to explore the Dutch capital as a family?

If you’re looking for tips for how to spend the 5 hours you have in Amsterdam, then look no further than this guide, with a handy timer to tell you how long to spend at each attraction!

For more family activities in Amsterdam, check our family attractions guide.​

Parks

Parks

Amsterdam may be a busy capital city, but it is also home to some fantastic parks and green spaces which make for fantastic play areas for children, and places to relax for you. Vondelpark is the biggest park in Amsterdam, and has everything from playgrounds and duck ponds to an outdoor theatre. Alternatively, there are playgrounds in just about every neighbourhood in Amsterdam, but one of the most interesting is the “Toy Graveyard” in Oud Zuid, where old toys are abandoned for anybody to play with.

Time: 2-3 hours

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh museum

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists in history, and kids are sure to learn his story in school, but the Van Gogh Museum will give them a wholly new understanding and appreciation of his life and art. What’s more, to make the trip even more fun why not try the treasure hunt? With a series of questions to answer based on Van Gogh’s paintings, your kids will learn all about Van Gogh’s paintings and letters, and can even win a prize when they hand in their answers at the information desk.

Time: 2-3 hours

Petting Zoos

Petting Zoos

There are a number of petting zoos all over Amsterdam which are great spots to take kids. The petting zoo at De Pijp is among the most accessible, with a number of domestic and farm animals that are friendly and calm, suitable for children of all ages. Whether your kids are a fan of sheep, rabbits, goats, chickens or guinea pigs, there’ll be something for them here.

Time: 1 hour

Hermitage for kids

Hermitage for Kids

The Neerlandia building on Nieuwe Herengracht is a children’s offshoot of the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam. With a series of exhibitions, workshops and more for kids, it’s a great place to spend an hour or so relaxing as your kids educate and entertain themselves on art and culture. The guiding principle of the museum is helping kids find their talents and interest in the arts.

Time: 1 hour

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is a great family destination. The museum is fantastic fun and sure to keep the little ones entertained. You can step into artworks by Van Gogh and Escher, and even sit on Princess Beatrix’s throne!

Kids will love seeing their favourite celebrities in waxwork form, and it’ll make for great family photos too.

Time: 2 hours

Pancakes!

Pancakes!

Located in the Negen Straatjes region, Pancakes! is a pancake specialist restaurant that serves pancakes from all over the world, but obviously specialises in Dutch-style pancakes. What could be a better way to wrap up your day in Amsterdam than by tucking into a delicious pancake dessert? Or alternatively sample the restaurant’s savoury pancakes!

Time: 1 hour

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