Last Call For X-mas
Amsterdam with kids
Amsterdam is a compact city, just the right size for a long weekend. It may be best known for its coffee shops and red-light district, but it’s brilliant for kids too. Right by Museum Square, The Conservatorium is a five-star heritage hotel in pole position for ticking off all the sights.
You won’t have to drag the kids across town to see the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and Vondelpark (a lively park with six play areas, tree houses connected by rope bridges, and the city’s best playground). They’re just across the street.
Take in Amsterdam’s landmarks on a traditional canal boat and the kids won’t complain about sightseeing. Teach them to paint like Van Gogh at an art class in a children’s concept store (shopping spree optional). Skip the lines at the newly modernised National Maritime Museum, overlooking the Eastern Docklands, and climb aboard a replica ship from the Dutch East India Company. Try your hand at making Dutch cheese or take a day trip to the Midwinter Festival in de Rijp, a cute 17th century fishing village.
Before you go, decorate your own personalised pair of Dutch clogs, a classic memento of one of Europe’s most accessible, fun and family-friendly cities.