Things to do in The Hague with children
The Hague is renowned as an international city and one of the most popular Dutch cities for expat families. Many international residents with young children enjoy life in The Hague, with access to top international schools, the coast nearby and many lush green areas such as The Hague Forest (Haagse Bos).
Things to do and places to visit in The Hague with children
There are so many things that are aimed at the youngest dwellers in The Hague, so here are a few tips if you are looking for fun, entertaining places to take your children:
Take a bird’s eye view of Schiphol airport, the famous tulip fields of the Netherlands or traditional Dutch canal houses! The highlights and heritage of the Netherlands appear in miniature form in Madurodam and its renowned model replicas of Dutch landmarks. Located in the Scheveningen district of The Hague, Madurodam is really easy to reach from any of the major Dutch cities and open every day of the week from 9am to 8pm.
Butterflies on the Vliet
Butterflies on the Vliet (Vlinders aan de Vliet) is an indoor tropical butterfly sanctuary with at least 1.500 butterflies fluttering around the place. Some butterflies prefer to come out when the weather is clear, sitting still on dull days, so the variety of butterflies that you’ll encounter can vary massively depending on the weather. It is open from February to October from Tuesday to Sunday until 5pm.
Sea Life Scheveningen
From clown fish to seahorses, from sea turtles to sharks, you can get a close look at them all and enjoy the astonishing underwater life all under one roof. Considering the compact size of Sea Life Scheveningen, the variety of fish and other sea creatures is utterly impressive.
Children's book Museum
The Children’s Book Museum is dedicated to literature for young readers in the Dutch language, so it’s a perfect place to bring kids who are working on their Dutch. It provides a comprehensive look at literature in a playful and engaging way, awakening the joy of reading for the youngest members of the international community. It’s located in the Royal Library building and open every day of the week until 5pm.
Omniversum IMAX Dome Theatre
This super-size movie theatre transports you to another world. Omniversum IMAX Dome Theatre is a mega cinema, and the only one of its kind in the Benelux. Its extra wide screen is ten times larger than a normal cinema screen and runs right around the audience, encapsulating viewers in an immersive cinematic experience. Films start every hour on the hour and if you’d like to go back for a second film, it will only cost you an extra 5,50 euros.
The amusement park Duinrell, located in the forest and dunes of Wassenaar, is a great attraction for all the family that doubles as a water park and enchanting wooded campsite. You can have endless fun on the longest water slides in the Netherlands, roller coasters and merry-go-rounds. If you are a guest at the campsite, you have daily free admission to the amusement park and a discounted entry to the Tiki pool.
Drievliet is another incredibly fun amusement park in the Netherlands, perfect for families, with such a wide scope that it has attractions for all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. From thrilling roller coasters to entertaining shows and even seasonal themed celebrations, for instance, Halloween, Drievliet is the perfect place to go during school holidays or for childrens' birthday parties.
Planet Jump is a shrine to jumping, where fun and exercise collide! This former church is now fully dedicated to trampolining, with wall-to-wall trampolines, an obstacle course and a rotating climbing wall. There’s a special area where toddlers will feel safe to bounce around.
There’s even a lounge area where parents can enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee while the children jump to their hearts’ content. So, book your children in for an hour-long jumping session and sit back and relax.
There's so much for children to enjoy in The Hague
There is no shortage of fun things for the youngest members of the expat community to enjoy in The Hague. So, don't worry about what to do on your next day out, these suggestions are sure to be winners amongst the kids.
Have you been to any fun attractions for children in The Hague or in another Dutch city? What's your favourite attraction? Let us know in the comments below!