There are six places that every kid loves visiting in Amsterdam

As well as being a great place to take a couples city break or a weekend away with friends, Amsterdam is also one of the best places in Europe to visit as a family.

Not only does the Dutch capital have many intriguing historical and educational sights that children love to explore. It also has several explicitly designed with children (or as the Dutch say, "kinderen") in mind.

In fact, sometimes the hardest part of a trip to Amsterdam can be that it feels as if the city has so much going on that it's impossible to do it all. So, if you find yourself limited for time during your stay, these are six standout attractions you should take your young ones to...

Artis Zoo

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I probably don't need to tell you how much kids love animals, so make sure to check out Artis Zoo - short for Natura Artis Magistra – located in the centre of Amsterdam. As one of the oldest zoos in Europe, it has a wonderful range of animals, from crocodiles in the reptile house and lions in the hunter's terrace, through to penguins and lemurs.

For lovers of sea creatures and exotic plants, the zoo also has an aquarium and a planetarium.

Just be sure to plan your trip in advance through the official website to make sure you catch the chance to see your family's favourite animals being fed.

Anne Frank House

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The Diary of Anne Frank remains a must-read book for anybody wishing to understand the brutality of life under Nazi occupation and is still taught as part of many school curriculums.

The biographical museum allows visitors to look around the annexe at the rear of the 17th-century canal house where the teenage Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people. There is also an explanation of the wider political context that led to the family's arrest and Anne's tragic death.

Tickets are only available online, so anybody wishing to become one of the 1.2 million people who visit the attraction each year should visit the museum's website.


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If you're taking children aged 1-11 to Amsterdam, make sure you stop off at TunFun, a former traffic tunnel in the centre of the city that has been transformed into an indoor playground. While children enjoy the jungle gym, slides and trampolines, adults can take a break and have a coffee in the cafe and dining quarter that overlooks the play area.

With kids tickets costing €8.50 the venue represents fantastic value for money. You can buy in advance via the TunFun website.

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

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As the first Madame Tussauds to be opened in mainland Europe, this wax museum has a uniquely continental twist. It hosts exhibits celebrating figures from Dutch history, as well as the classic Tussauds mix of pop stars, actors, politicians and royalty.

It is the perfect place to visit if you and the kids want to take a selfie with Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sean Connery, Charlie Chaplin or Marilyn Monroe. Or, if you're feeling more bohemian, there are also statues of world-famous European artists Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and the Netherland's own Vincent van Gogh.

All the information you need to make a booking is available on the Madame Tussauds website.

NEMO Science Museum

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With five floors of hands-on science exhibitions, the NEMO is the perfect mix of education and fun for children and young teenagers. Visitors can explore science and technology, from DNA and chain reactions to examples of different animal brains. Designed to allow children to "smell, hear, feel and see" how the world works, young visitors will never see science the same way again.

The museum is housed in a building designed by Renzo Pian and is especially good to visit in the summer when mums and dads can relax in the sun on the sloping roof.

Find more info and current exhibition listings on the museum's website.

Tropenmuseum Junior

A specially designed part of the Tropenmuseum – which celebrates world cultures – the Tropenmuseum Junior is the Netherland's oldest children's museums. It hosts exhibits for kids that reflect all that is inspiring and enriching from around the globe.

Housed in a beautiful colonial building since 1864, the museum is worth visiting for the architecture alone.

For more information on openings see the museum's website.


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