Fun things to do as a family
There are countless activities across the city. If you have a family, and you are looking to spend some precious time together when you are not working, you have your pick of things to do. Particularly when you have younger children.
Make sure to sign up for a Vacation Card. This booklet is distributed at schools, offering discounts for holiday activities and inspiring children – and their parents – with fun ideas to spend time together.
If you live in Delft, it would be a good idea to consider purchasing the Delftpas. This card can get you discounts on various activities in the city.
A petting zoo (kinderboerderij) is a small farm in the city where you and your children can get up close and personal with a whole array of farm animals. People of all ages are welcome.
- Find petting zoos throughout The Hague at the municipality's website.
- Find petting zoos throughout Delft at the municipality's website (in Dutch).
- Read more on Kinderboerderij Het Akkertje in Rijswijk (in Dutch).
- Read more on Kinderboerderij Essesteijn in Leidschendam-Voorburg (in Dutch).
And if you and your kids would like to see more exotic animals, the following are good options to visit.
Butterfly garden by the Vliet
Vlinders aan de Vliet (Butterflies by the Vliet) is a small tropical zoo in Leidschendam near The Hague with hundreds of colourful butterflies, birds, fish, tortoises, reptiles and other unusual insects. From spring until autumn you can come here to learn all about butterflies and the secrets of the tropical jungle.
Veursestraatweg 195a, 2264 EG, Leidschendam
Avonturia De Vogelkelder
Avonturia De Vogelkelder takes you on an expedition where you will experience special moments. Come face to face with unlikely animal species: snakes, reptiles, coypus, exotic birds, tortoises, meerkats and parrots.
Kerketuinenweg 3, 2544 CV, The Hague
Going to a museum can be fun and informative at the same time for your children. Some museums offer self-guided tours and scavenger hunts as well as workshops where the kids can go to work and make their own handicrafts. A number of the museums also offer interactive visits and special children's programmes on Wednesday afternoon, weekends and in the school vacations.
Kinderboekenmuseum (Children’s books museum)
Children can learn about youth literature in a playful way at the Children's Book Museum in The Hague. Learning, experiencing and doing are key elements of a museum visit. All exhibitions and workshops at the museum stimulate the imagination and awaken the joy of reading.
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5, 2595 BE The Hague
Museon: Museum for Culture and Science
The Museon in The Hague is a museum for culture and science. Visitors are inspired to discover the world and treat it with respect. In the central exhibition One Planet you learn in a fun way what you can do yourself to keep our earth liveable.
Stadhouderslaan 37, 2517 HV The Hague
Gemeentemuseum (Municipality museum)
Children get to know art on a fun and interactive way through special kids’ exhibitions, a scavenger hunt and drawing at the children’s atelier at the Municipality museum. For older children, the Wonderkamers can be really fun.
Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV The Hague
The Science Centre is great for kids who like technology. Here, they can discover what students and researchers really do at the Delft University of Technology. Children can follow in their footsteps by doing research themselves at workshops given by students.
Mijnbouwstraat 120, 2628 RX Delft
Museum Prinsenhof shows how Delft has contributed to Dutch history and its international reputation through three themes: William of Orange, Delft Blue and Masters of Innovation. Families can do a quiz while walking through the museum or go on a guided tour.
Sint Agathaplein 1, 2611 HR Delft
SEA LIFE Scheveningen gives you a unique glimpse into the amazing underwater life in our oceans. Stand eye to eye with sharks and rays. Learn more about turtles and dangerous piranhas. And meet the friendly otters and penguins in their lovely habitat. SEA LIFE has no less than 45 aquariums with marine animals and is open every day.
Strandweg 13, 2586 JK, The Hague
Duinrell offers an exciting amusement park and a spectacular tropical pool paradise. Duinrell holiday and amusement park is well known for the Tiki Pool, the varied amusement park and the beautiful location in the dunes of Wassenaar, near the beach. With many spectacular amusements, charming little stores, several restaurants for snacks and beverages and dazzling shows Duinrell has plenty to do for both young and old.
Duinrell 1, 2242 JP, Wassenaar
With no less than 35 major attractions, a play garden and shows, Drievliet is an ideal amusement park for the entire family. Young and old can enjoy themselves in 1 of the 4 roller coasters.
Laan van 's-Gravenmade 81, 2495 BD, The Hague
Madurodam is an interactive miniature park and the ultimate place to discover what makes the Netherlands so unique within a short period of time. It presents you all the relevant Dutch stories behind the miniature buildings through multimedia and numerous interactive installations. Canal houses, tulip fields, cheese market, a wooden shoes factory, windmills, the Peace Palace, the Delta Works: you will find them all in Madurodam!
George Maduroplein 1, 2584 RZ, The Hague
Planet Jump used to be a church, but 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.
Stadhoudersplantsoen 28, 2517 JL, The Hague