MidzomerMokum free summer courses for young people in Amsterdam

MidzomerMokum free summer courses for young people in Amsterdam

Jul 14, 2020Aug 16, 2020
Various locations
Free (registration required)

For those aged 23 and younger, no matter what you’re interested in, you’re bound to find something fun and absorbing at MidzomerMokum. MidzomerMokum brings over 700 summer courses to young people in Amsterdam.

Sports and cultural activities and courses for kids and young adults

Coronavirus had us cooped up all of spring and parts of the summer. Many may feel like they have the urge to make up for lost time, since they missed so many sports lessons, cultural activities and opportunities for socialising with people their own age. Temporary home-schooling or online lessons meant that many kids and youths lacked social contact and peer interaction for extended periods.

That’s why the municipality of Amsterdam came up with MidzomerMokum, in cooperation with various organisations across the city, to bring sporting and cultural experiences to children, teenagers and university-aged young adults during the school holidays. Whether you’re a student under the age of 23 or a parent of children, this could be something for you, so take note!

Activities for all ages in Amsterdam

The activities are impressively varied and can be found in city squares, sports parks, community centres, theatres and other interesting locations. The majority of them are free!

Here are some of the activities:

  • Football clinics led by Ajax trainers
  • Bootcamps led by the Dutch marines
  • Playwrighting led by theatre professionals
  • Vlog workshops at De Balie theatre
  • FIFA gaming tournaments with a chance to win prizes
  • Dance workshops with choreographers from Dutch TV shows
  • Lino printing, bookbinding and mosaics at Museum Het Schip
  • Biology and ecology tour at Mediamatic
  • Water games at the historic Marineterrein
  • Nature expeditions
  • Clothes design
  • Patta Summerschool

Mokum, a safe haven

The name of the programme hails from the sentimental nickname for Amsterdam. "Mokum" is a Yiddish word meaning "place" or "safe haven". A handful of cities acquired this name - or variations of it - over the centuries, but in Amsterdam, the nickname stuck. Hence the municipality naming such an inclusive and all-encompassing event for young people as MidzomerMokum.

Speaking of safety, all activities have been planned according to the latest updates given by RIVM to keep all participants and tutors safe, helping prevent further spread of coronavirus.

Sign up for MidzomerMokum

Are you or your child ready for fun and sociable activities in Amsterdam this summer? Then browse the MidzomerMokum programme (in Dutch) or read some background information given by the Amsterdam municipality (in English).