It's fun to let down your hair every so often and take the family to a theme park. The nice thing about Dutch theme parks is that they are very family-friendly, with many being good old-fashioned fun without too much hype.
Touted as Europe’s biggest playground this is a wonderful place for children to explore. There is a pirate island with rope bridges, a monorail with carriages to pedal, a huge trampolining area, and every kind of swing and climbing frame you could imagine. There is a dedicated area for babies with many little houses and play equipment. Bring your swimmers if the weather is nice for the outside splash area.
♦ Honourable Mention, Day Out (indoors) for Families, Amsterdam Mamas Recommends Awards 2016 ♦
This pretpark is perfect for children who just want to play. Located in Naarden, it is in a natural parkland area - you can bring your own picnic and let your children take the lead. They will have fun in the play area, the rides, the theatre, and its private beach while you can relax in the natural surroundings.
Great for families with younger and older children, there is something for all the family. Water rides, roller coasters, flying swings, and the Walibi Playland area too.
For something a little more low-key but just as fun, try Duinrell. This is really good old-fashioned fun. Dodgem cars without blaring music, fun big slides and lots of things for kids to explore. There is also an indoor pool and slides (extra entrance fee).
Another recommendation is to visit the Plaswijkpark in Rotterdam – a mix between a mini-zoo and a giant playground. If you are down that area with the kids, definitely try to make a visit!
This is really a childhood fairytale brought to life. The park is spread out with winding tree-lined paths so it is a pleasure to explore. The young children have lots to see and do and there are plenty of rollercoaster rides for 'big kids'. Recommended by the mamas are the Sprookjesbos and the Droomvlucht.
Simone Davies is the owner and directress of Jacaranda Montessori Playgroup. As well as being a mama of 2 children, Simone provides a Montessori environment for parents and babies and also hosts courses and workshops.