How to entertain kids when its raining in Haarlem.

As great as the beach and lakes are, they are not quite as appealing on a blustery, rainy day, but then again, neither is staying inside the house for days on end, so what to do…

Here are some ideas to entertain your kids:

The kids cafes/child-friendly cafes with a play area/corner. I think we are so lucky to have so many options in what is a relatively small city.

Here are a few I especially like;

  • Mini-Markt
  • Brownies & Downies
  • Pippas
  • Meneer Paprika
  • Cleef
  • Kweekcafe
  • Dolhuys
  • Yoghurt Barn
  • Bistro Bis
  • French Napa

The Cinema.

Kids clubs.

Such as Little Gym, Music & Dance Groups


De Klimmuur.

Climbing for kids. Each first Wednesday of every month they offer the chance for children, aged 4-12 to try out indoor climbing for a small fee.

Soft play centers.

Jump in the car/hire a green wheel and go to an indoor play center. Our fave is Kidszoo in Noordijk en Zee. There is also news of a new indoor-play opening in the Leidsevaart in the coming months. How exciting!

The libraries.

Museums & places of interest.

Suitable for kids (depending on age)

  • Archeological museum
  • Teylers Museum
  • Molen de Adriaan
  • Corrie Ten Boom House (for older children)

City Day Trips.

In Amsterdam, our rainy day favourites include; Artis Zoo, Tropenmuseum, Micropia, The Eye Film Museum, Candy Castle & KinderKookKafe to name a few.

Day trips to Leiden, Den Haag, Utrecht etc…especially great if you have Museum Cards for the family.

Not to forget that this coming month, October is kids month in Haarlem, so expect many events taking place across the city.

So all in all, no reason to stay inside and complain about the weather, though we can of course always find a reason to do that!

Amy Perkins
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