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Taking a child abroad to Amsterdam

What tips do you have for taking a 10 year old abroad for 10 days in Amsterdam? It will be a mother daughter trip.

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  • Ted Jansen

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    10 days gives you plenty of time to experience all of Amsterdam and also experience some of the surrounding areas. Beyond all the normal activities and attractions you likely already have on your itinerary - Anne Frank House, Canal Tour Amsterdam Cruise, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, and shopping the Nine Little Streets, there is plenty of other options to add on, since a 10-year old may not appreciate some of the above. More in tune with kids, you can consider visiting the Science Center NEMO and the Natura Artis Magistra. Another option, if mother/daughter have an interest in fashion, is the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje filled with more purses and handbags than even a Saudi princess can amass. Other things you'll want to make sure you do is have some Dutch specialities like pannenkoeken - pancakes, while you are in town, e.g. Pancakes! Amsterdam and bitterballen, which are seemingly in every restaurant. And get to an outdoor market, the Dutch love them, some operate daily, and Saturdays are busy market days, but a great time to explore. Albert Cuypmarkt in the De Pijp is largest and most popular. Finally, biking in Amsterdam is always fun and a great experience, but think of the bike lanes in the same way you would think of driving a car. Therefore, make sure your 10-year old is briefed and capable of paying attention, because it can get hectic, and not all bikers have patience. One option is to take a bike ride through Vondelpark, which is very pleasant and much calmer than a normal city street bike lane.

    Outside of Amsterdam, you can take an easy day trip to the beach at Bloemendaal aan Zee. A little further out is Bergen aan Zee, and the nearby Klimduin, Schoorl, Netherlandsnorth of Bergen in Schoorl , or, Scheveningen near the Hague. If you are interested in an overnight outside of Amsterdam, a great experience is Texel, a quaint sand dune filled island to the north where getting around is done mostly by bike. The Dutch love their sun, so if it is a warm sunny day, expect them to be out at the beach.

    If you do decide to go outside Amsterdam, in addition to the beaches, there are plenty of other kid friendly attractions like Madurodam, a miniature representation of the Netherlands near the Hague, or the Netherlands Open Air Museum in Arnhem, or amusement park, Walibi Holland. Finally, these may be considered a bit trite by locals, but for first time visitors a visit to the flower gardens such as Keukenhof, or to the old-time village of Volendam, where you dress up in traditional costumes and snap your photo, and if in season can sample the local smoked eel (try it, it will surprise you how good it is) can also be a very fun experience for a 10 year old (and adults).

    The Netherlands is an incredibly safe, clean and friendly country, so you'll have a great trip no matter what you choose to do.

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    • Tiffany W.

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      This is such a perfect answer, no wonder no one else commented. You've covered everything! Excellent. Just another great example of how warm and friendly the Dutch people are. :) · (0 likelikes)

    • Ted J.

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      Thanks, but cannot take credit for the Dutch, I am just a warm and friendly ex-pat American. :-) As expats, we live here a bit more like tourists, still learning and always looking for things to keep our kids entertained. Overall, this is a very kid-friendly country, so there is a lot more to do than I highlighted. I am sure others have their favorites. Thanks again for the kind words. Cheers. · (0 likelikes)

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    Science Center NEMO (science museum for children) is particularly fun!

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