Amsterdam is world renowned for being a cosmopolitan city for adults and 20-somethings. Its international appeal and ever-so-often transformation against a timeless landscape keeps visitors coming to Amsterdam. With cheap tickets available to Amsterdam this year, why not consider this gateway to Europe a good time for a family vacation? While the lines at Disney get filled, consider a unique kind of family gathering in Amsterdam.
Do: Take a canal tour
One of the best ways to tour Amsterdam is on the water. These famous canals celebrate 400 years in 2013 and invite everyone for a ride. The family can join together on a canal cruise, day or night. The sailing route will take you through the best of Amsterdam; viewing sites like the Central Station, Dam Square and Vondelpark.
Play: Science Center NEMO
What child doesn’t like a place where they can really get their hands on something? Take a voyage to the NEMO Science Center; where education meets fun. There are large exhibits, performances, films and workshops that are extremely interactive and keeps kids of all ages busy for hours. Not only that, the building itself is very creative; it resembles a ship against the Docklands.
Stay: Ibis Amsterdam City Stopera
Amsterdam caters to all kinds of travelers; there are funky hostels for the youth, luxury hotels for big spenders, and simple boutiques for couples. Looking for the perfect family hotel for your Amsterdam adventure is a little bit easier at the Ibis Amsterdam City Stopera. This modern hotel is located near many tourist attractions that are kid friendly. What makes this an excellent family hotel is that kids under 12 stay in free!
Let’s get serious- how difficult is it to get kids to agree on something to eat? One child doesn’t want to try Dutch cheese while the other is set on trying McDonalds in Amsterdam. If your kids want to make the decisions, why not bring them to a restaurant where kids actually take control of the food? The Kinderkookkafe is a unique restaurant where kids ages 5 to 12 help run the place! That's right: they cook, serve, "bartend" and run the place like adults. You can even make a reservation to let your children play chef for the day. We promise the food is real and not made of Play-Dough!
See: iAmsterdam sign
What is any trip to Amsterdam without a stop at the iAmsterdam signs? These large signs that make Amsterdam proud were created by the Tourism Board to get visitors excited and ready for creative photo opportunities. If you have a big family, try to get a family member on a different letter for a cool family photograph!
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