Amsterdam Mamas: Child-friendly terraces
Get ready for sunny days with the Amsterdam Mamas' pick of the best Amsterdam terraces to visit with kids in tow.
When the sun is shining Amsterdammers get out onto the city’s many terraces and watch the world go by. But can you still enjoy this simple pleasure with your kids in tow?
Of course you can!
These are some of our favourite child-friendly sunshine terrace destinations.
At the south end of the Vondelpark is the lively and buzzing Vondeltuin. Right by the large children’s sandpit you can either hang out in their huge garden or carry your drinks through to the sandpit while your kids play.
De Groot Melkhuis
You cannot be a parent in Amsterdam and not wind up at the Groot Melkhuis at some point. With a huge terrace, waterfront seating and, during the season, a bouncy castle at weekends, there is so much for kids to do. They also have baby swings, a rarity in Amsterdam.
Creative and funky, one of Amsterdam’s hippest terraces. Bring a bucket and spade and let your little one play in the sand while you relax on their terrace.
Open from the beginning of March until the end of October each year, Terrasmus is quietly tucked away near the entrance of the children’s play area in the Erasmuspark. Grab a fresh juice or smoothy while your little one races around the playground.
If you fancy a bike ride in the sunshine before your terrace adventure then Boerderij Meerzicht is ideal. A lovely ride through the leafy Amsterdamse Bos brings you to the Pancake House cafe. With a huge multilevel terrace, there is a children’s playground near by, deer to feed and mini diggers to play with (coin operated). Very child-friendly with lots of facilities for even the smallest guests.
Emmy is the founder and director of Amsterdam Mamas a not-for-profit organisation providing support and information in English for international families in the Amsterdam region and across the Netherlands. From small beginnings on Facebook the organisation has grown into a lively community of more than 9,000 members with its own website, podcast, events and regular newsletters circulating to thousands of families each week.
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