Only a short 40-minute hop away, Amsterdam is perfect for the first city break en famille with plenty of child-friendly activities on offer or ideal for a last minute summer break with four weeks of the school holidays still to go. Luxury boutique bolthole, The Dylan has recently launched its new family package including accommodation in two luxurious interconnecting double rooms with full buffet breakfast, a VIK (Very Important Kids) dedicated check-in experience, tickets to the NEMO Science Museum, a three-course dinner in Brasserie OCCO including a special children’s desert plate, Dylan cuddly toy, colouring set, special turndown with milk and cookies and the use of an in-room Nintendo Wii. The new family package starts from £979 based on two adults and two children under 11 sharing two interconnecting double rooms.
Located in the heart of the city, close to the chic Nine Streets shopping district as well as some the city’s best museums (including the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Hermitage), The Dylan is Amsterdam’s most stylish hotel. Each of the hotel’s 40 rooms and suites are individually designed to provide the ideal blend of colour, texture and atmosphere.
- Canal Cruise
One of the best ways to see Amsterdam is from the water and a great introduction to the city for the whole family. Amsterdam has 165 canals which were created to enable trade with the rest of the world and have played an enormous role in the history of the city. In 2010 the city’s canal ring was given UNESCO world heritage status. There are many different canal boat tour options and most of them take around an hour and provide a commentary on the city’s history. Prices start from around €16 for adults and €8 for children. The Dylan Concierge will be able to help with canal boat tour options.
- Nemo Science Museum Included in The Dylan’s family package are tickets to the fun-packed Nemo Science Museum, housed in a large boat-shaped copper building near central station. Curious minds will love the chance to perform experiments, watch exciting scientific demonstrations and participate in a number of interactive attractions including the new Machine exhibit which takes children through the logistical process of ordering and next-day delivery whilst having the chance to operate a robot arm. The museum is also hosting a programme of live music and entertainment on the roof during the summer season. https://www.nemosciencemuseum.nl/en/
- A’DAM look-out towerIdeal for all the family, the A‘Dam look-out observation deck offers spectacular 360 degree views across Amsterdam city centre. Older children will love the ’Over The Edge’ rooftop swing which is apparently Europe’s highest at nearly 100 metres off of the ground, allowing thrill seekers to dangle above the city. There is a minimum height requirement for the swing of 1.3 metres. Tickets for the observation desk are €12.50 euros for adults, and €6.50 for children including entry to the interactive exhibition and the swing is an additional €5 for adults and children. Grab a drink in the Panorama Sky Bar and restaurant and savour the views over the city. https://www.adamlookout.com/about-us/
- Anne Frank’s HouseAnne Frank’s House is a must for older children, providing an insight into life in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of World War Two and the rooms still reflect the period that the Frank family spent in hiding. Visitors can see the original diary, historical documents, photographs, film images and objects that belonged to the family. The museum has recently launched an app which encourages children to walk the streets of Amsterdam and learn about the city during the War, Anne’s childhood and her friends and family.
Online booking is a must and adult tickets are €9 and younger visitors aged 10 to 17 years are €4.50 and children under 10 are free. http://www.annefrank.org
- Het Nederlands Marionettentheater Younger children will love The Netherlands Marionette Theatre which offers traditional puppetry performances of some of the fairy tale classics including Rumpelstiltskin, Pinocchio, Puss in Boots and The Magic Violin. Although the shows tend to be in Dutch, the colourful sets, music and performances will captivate the children and there is even a chance to have a sneak peek behind the scenes after the show. http://www.nederlandsmarionettentheater.nl/