The Mamas Recommend: Christmas Vacation Camps 2021

December 01, 2021 By Mark Schiefelbein 0 Comments

Another school holiday is coming up, and even with some lockdown measures returning, there are many delightful camp options for our kids this Holiday Season!

Christmas school vacation is two weeks this year and all the public holidays are weekends. Not an easy vacation period to plan for parents, especially in light of lockdown measures returning. Luckily, there are a lot of great day camps, bookable for individual days or a full week, from a wide variety of activities, including classics like multi-sport or arts & crafts, but also more seasonal options like ice skating.

We’ll update this list as much as possible when we find out about new camps or cancellations. To check for updates, also see Mark's website.

Arts & Crafts

3-in-1 Camp

The best of My Little van Gogh, Toddler Sense and Mini Professor all in one place.

Location: De Pijp

Ages: 4-7 years

Dates : 27 to 31 Dec and 3 to 7 Jan, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €375/week


Cooking, Dance, Music, Theater

BeatZone Dance Camp

A different style of urban dance every day and a mini performance at the end of the week.

Location: West

Ages: 7-11 years

Dates : 3 to 6 Jan, 10:00 to 17:00

Cost: €239 for four days



Learn how to cook in an old nursery in Amsterdam West with veggies from their own garden where possible. Kids will take home everything needed to set up a dinner for four.

Location: West

Ages: 7-12 years

Dates : 3 to 5 Jan and 6 to 8 Jan, 09:30 to 16:00

Cost: €188 for 3 days including food to take home



Learn to sing, dance and act and work towards a performance at the Schouwburg Amstelveen.

Location: Houthavens

Ages: 6-18 years

Dates : 3 to 6 Jan, 9:00 to 14:00

Cost: €160 for four days


Toverknol Theater Camp

Discover acting in a playful way by attending one of the daily workshops with various themes.

Location: Zuid

Ages: 5-9 years

Dates : 27 to 31 Dec and 3 to 7 Jan, 9:30 to 17:00

Cost: €60/day



Nationale Hockeykamp

Three days of indoor hockey clinics.

Location: Sporthallen Zuid

Ages: 7-16 years

Dates : 27 to 29 Dec, 9:30 to 16:30

Cost: €259


Panasj Hockey Clinic

Three or four day hockey clinics that are also suitable for beginners.

Location: De Pijp

Ages: 5-12 years

Dates : 27 to 30 Dec, 9:30 to 12:30 (minis) / 16:00

Cost: €119 / €189 / €239


Sportways Hockey Camp

Intensive hockey camps at various Amsterdam hockey clubs.

Location: Amsterdamse Bos, Amstelveen, Westerpark

Ages: 6-13 years

Dates : 27 to 29 Dec and 3 to 5 Jan, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €185 for 3 days


Ice Skating

Kids Aktief

A real winter activity!

Location: Amstel

Ages: 6-12 years

Dates: 27 to 29 Dec, 09:00 - 16:00

Cost: €195 for 3 days


Multi Sports

Kids Aktief

Indoor mixed action camp with lots of different sports from boxing to dancing.

Location: Noord

Ages: 4-12 years

Dates: 3 to 5 Jan, 09:00 - 16:00

Cost: €150 for 3 days


Monkey Moves

Eleven different sports and lots of fun at the Goudsmithal in Amstelveen.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 4-10 years

Dates : 27 to 31 Dec and 3 to 7 Jan

Cost: €275 per week



A variety of water- and outdoor sports activities, held at Watersport Jeugdland in Amsterdam East.

Location: Zeeburg

Ages: 6-12 years

Dates: 27 to 31 Dec and 3 to 7 Jan, 9:00 to 16:00

Cost: €219/week



Improve your kids motor skills and spend a lot of time outside.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 3-12 years

Dates: 3 to 5 Jan, 09:00 - 17:00

Cost: €129 for 3 days


The Little Gym

A combination of fun, sport, creative activities and learning to keep your kids active, including the littlest ones.

Location: Buitenveldert

Ages: 3-10 years

Dates : 27 - 31 Dec and 3 - 7 Jan, 09:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00

Cost: €38 per session of 3 hours



De Hollandsche Manege

A two-day pony camp in the historical horse riding school right next to Vondelpark. Kids will care for the ponies, ride them and do lots of play.

Location: Vondelpark

Ages: 5-11 years

Dates : 27 / 28 Dec and 3 / 4 Jan, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €175 for 2 days




Lots of creative fun and adventure outdoors in a large outside play area in Amsterdam Noord.

Location: Noord

Ages: 7-11 years

Dates : 27 to 30 Dec, 9:00 to 16:30

Cost: €260 for four days



A wide variety of outdoor fun and games.

Location: West

Ages: 8-13 years

Dates 27 to 30 Dec and 3 to 7 Jan, 08:45 - 17:15

Cost: €226 for 4 days / €269 for 5 days



New Tech Kids

Learn the basics of computer programming while building robots during 5 workshops at the central library.

Location: Center

Ages: 7-11 years

Dates : 27 to 31 Dec and 3 to 7 Jan, 10:00 to 14:00

Cost: €190/week


The Science Camp

The Science Camp explores the world through the lens of earth and physical science.

Location: De Pijp

Ages: 5-10 years

Dates : 30-Dec-2021 and 3 to 5 Jan, 9:00 to 15:00

Cost: €65/day


Young Engineers Lego

Build complex Lego models and learn about the engineering behind them.

Location: Bos en Lommer

Ages: 7-11 years

Dates : 4 to 6 Jan, 09:00 - 16:00

Cost: €210 for 3 days



Ajax Clinic

One day themed soccer clinics for kids of all ages and levels, with special clinics for girls and keepers, at the Ajax facilities next to the famous Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Location: Zuidoost

Ages: 6-12 years

Dates :27 - 31 December, 9:15 to 16:00

Cost: €99/day


Powerleague Soccer

Fun soccer camp on the small pitches of Powerleague. Suitable for beginners and more experienced kids.

Location: Zuid

Ages: 5-12 years

Dates :27 to 31 Dec and 3 to 7 Jan, 9:30 to 15:00

Cost: €25/day, €112,50/week



Playful soccer camp for the youngest kids.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 3-6 years

Dates : 27 to 30 Dec, 9:30 to 12:30 (minis) / 16:30

Cost: €119 / €189 / €239



Kids Aktief

Work towards your swimming diploma during the vacation.

Location: Noord

Ages: 5-12 years

Dates: 27 to 31 Dec, 09:00 - 11:30

Cost: €300 for 5 days



Amstelpark Tennis

A sporty holiday full of tennis and fun at the entrance of the Amsterdamse Bos.

Location: Amsterdamse Bos

Ages: 5-18 years

Dates : 27 to 30 Dec and 3 to 7 Jan, 9:00 to 16:45

Cost: €310 for 4 days, €385 for 5 days

This list was compiled by Mark Schiefelbein, an Amsterdam Papa whose kids have attended many camps and who also maintains, an easily searchable list of all vacation day camps in Amsterdam. Mark started blogging in 2007, serving the best Amsterdam restaurant recommendations to foodies at






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