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Are you visiting Rotterdam with the whole family? How fun! There are a lot of fun kids activities in Rotterdam to fill your day with. To help you get started, we share the best family outings in this article! Explore Miniworld Rotterdam, undertake all kinds of fun water activities and visit the most beautiful museums and sights. There are plenty of fun things to do!
Please note: Some (or all) of the activities below may not be possible during the current crisis. Always follow the RIVM guidelines and keep one and a half meters distance of other people. Stay indoors if you have a cold or the flu. Save this article for when we can do lots of fun things again!
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19 Best things to do in Rotterdam with kids
1. Miniworld Rotterdam
Miniworld Rotterdam is a super fun place for a day out with your kids. It is an indoor miniature world of Rotterdam with everything you can imagine. Here the kids discover the world in miniature size, a unique way to get to know the metropolis of Rotterdam better.
Expect over 650 square meters with Rotterdam polder landscapes, modern and historical architecture and of course the port of Europe. Everything is surprisingly detailed. Really a top place for a family outing in Rotterdam!
2. Kids Marina
Kidsmarina is a super fun water attraction in Rotterdam. Children can feel like a captain as soon as they get on one of the children’s boats. The great thing is that at Kidsmarina they immediately gain insight into the port and its functions and vehicles. So it’s an educational and fun day out in Rotterdam!
The kids can easily drive the model boats themselves and the boats are powered by electric motors. A boat trip takes 15 minutes from sailing to mooring.
3. Get a tour of the port
As the largest port city in Europe, the port is an important part of Rotterdam. It provides 385,000 direct and indirect jobs at companies in the Netherlands and extends over a length of no less than 40 kilometers. Unique in its kind and therefore an essential part during your visit to Rotterdam.
With this 75-minute cruise you will be part of the traffic around the harbor, view the shipyard, the dock and the modern handling of thousands of containers. An informative tour that is also very fun for young children!
4. Join the splash tour
It may look like a normal bus tour, that will take you to the most special places in Rotterdam. But that is not the only thing! During the tour, the bus literally takes a dip in the Maas. The bus sails further and shows you the city from the water. A very fun and exciting activity for kids.
Buy a ticket here to hop on this bright yellow sailing bus.
5. Take the Watertaxi
Explore the Maas together with your family and go in one of the many watertaxi’s in Rotterdam. It is a form of public transport, but a hundred times more fun! The fast watertaxi’s bring you to more than 50 locations in Rotterdam and Schiedam.
It’s possible to go to one of the docks and grab a watertaxi there or request one beforehand. A nice way to see Rotterdam from the water and also an adventure, because the watertaxis can ride over the waves pretty quickly.
6. Kralingse Bos and Plas
Feel like escaping the busy city and have some quality time with your family? Kralingse Plas is a great place to spend a sunny day. For example, pack a picnic basket full of delicious fresh food, bring a rug and pick a spot in the park. Here the children can play with a ball or in the playground while you enjoy a good book.
If the weather is really good, you can even decide to go for a swim! Be sure to check zwemwater.nl to check if the water is safe to enter. Sometimes the quality of the water isn’t good enough, especially when it’s really hot.
Kralingse Plas is surrounded by the Kralingse Bos. So if you feel like going for a walk with the family, it’s an excellent place to do so!
Plaswijckpark is fun for the whole family! It consists of Speelwijck, Dierenwijck and Wandelwijck.
You can find all kinds of playgrounds in Speelwijck. In the Verkeerstuin or Traffic Garden you can drive a car, in the Apenspeeltuin or Monkey Playground you can lie around on the ropes. Is it raining? Then go play inside the Huis in de Heuvel or House in the Hill.
Do you love animals? Then visit the Dierenwijck and meet the different animals that live there.
De Wandelwijck is where you, but especially your parents, can relax for a bit. There is a Picnic Pasture, a Rosarium with 40 varieties of roses and an English garden with several fountains.
8. Visit the Maritime Museum
9. Kunsthal Rotterdam
Every Rotterdammer has been here at least once in his life. The building of the Kunsthal was designed in 1988-1989 by the world-famous architect Rem Koolhaas and the building is one of the icons of Rotterdam.
At the Kunsthal there are always various, high-profile exhibitions to visit. From modern, contemporary art to forgotten cultures, photography, fashion and design, there is something for every target group. There are plenty of fun exhibitions and activities designes especially for kids!
10. Belasting & Douane Museum
At the Belasting & Douane Museum (Tax & Customs Museum) you learn about taxes and get acquainted with customs work from then and now. The surprising collection includes more than 45,000 objects including paintings, silverware, official costumes and uniforms, smuggling objects, photos and more. Various temporary exhibitions can be seen throughout the year.
There is also plenty to do for children, such as craft activities, workshops and treasure hunts. Definitely give it a chance, because it’s more fun than you’d think.
11. Villa Zebra
Villa Zebra is a children’s museum with contemporary visual art. Visit Villa Zebra for interactive exhibitions and art installations, art workshops and reading afternoons.
12. Wereldmuseum Rotterdam
The Wereldmuseum is a contemporary museum with the mission to inspire to have an open view of the world and contribute to global citizenship.
Especially for the curious children you will find Superstraat, the most fun street in the world. Here you travel all over the world and there is a different story behind every door.
If you are looking for the real Dutch experience with the family, you should go with the Pannenkoekenboot or Pancake Boat. In addition to tasting the typical Dutch pancakes, you will explore Rotterdam with a boat trip on the Maas. A super fun children’s activity, but secretly also fun (and delicious of course) for the grown ups.
Be sure of a spot on the Pancake Boat via this link!
14. Bowling at Atoll
Op zoek naar een leuk kinderfeestje? Dan is bowlen bij Atoll een leuke optie! Hier kun je met een grote groep kids bowlen en genieten van lekkere drankjes en hapjes.
Maar natuurlijk is een bezoek aan Atoll ook leuk als gezinsuitje en met de hele familie. Speel tegen elkaar of juist als team samen en ontwikkel jouw bowl-skills. Strike!
15. Grab a (kids) movie at Cinerama
Chances are you will visit Rotterdam on a rainy day. Don’t let it spoil your fun!
One of the things you can do in our city on a rainy day is to visit one of the cinemas. And Cinerama, located on Westblaak, is certainly a favorite of many. Probably because of the old-school look of the cinema; as a parent you’ll definitely get a nostalgic feeling!
Of course there are also plenty of fun kids films to choose from. Children up to the age of eleven receive a discount for a movie ticket at Cinerama.
16. Go on the Rotterdam hop on, hop off bus
Are you in Rotterdam for the first time and do you want to see as much as possible? Then a hop-on hop-off is more convenient than you think. With a 24- or 28-hour ticket you can get in and out wherever and whenever you want.
Of course it is best to discover Rotterdam on foot or by bike, but during a rainy day it is nice that you can hide from the rain in a bus and warm up. Then to brave the rain again with your umbrella and still admire all the sights of Rotterdam!
17. Enjoy the view from the Euromast
Are you with your family in Rotterdam for the first time? Then visit the Euromast for a panoramic view of the city. The Euromast is the tallest building in the Netherlands with its 185 meters.
The Euromast is part of the World Federations of Great Towers (WFGT): the 37 most beautiful and tallest towers in the world, such as the Burj Khalifa, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building. Really very special!
In the Euromast you can not only enjoy the beautiful view of Rotterdam, it is also possible to reserve a table and have a nice dinner with the family. With a view of our city of course!
18. Visit the iconic Markthal
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Rotterdam is definitely the iconic Markthal. This unique architectural structure serves as both an office building, housing and a marketplace.
With over 40 food vendors that sell all sorts of international food and drinks, it’s definitely one of the highlights for most tourists. Treat your kids to something sweet, like the famous Stroopwafels!
There are several tours that will introduce you to typical Dutch food. For instance, this 2-hour walking tour with multiple snack breaks.
TIP: During the construction of the Markthal, many historical items were found in the ground of the site during the excavation. It’s possible to admire those items at the escalators in the middle of the Markthal, and it’s called De Tijdtrap – which means the time stairs.
19. A day trip to Kinderdijk from Rotterdam
Do you have a whole day? Then visit Kinderdijk. It may not be in Rotterdam, but it is easy to visit from our city. Did you know that you can take the Waterbus from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk? It only takes 30 minutes.
Kinderdijk, with its 19 windmills, has been a world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Tourists from all over the world come here to admire the beautiful windmills. The ingenious system of mill and ground has kept the grounds of Kinderdijk dry for centuries.
That were 19 fun children’s activities in Rotterdam! Do you have any good tips? Then share it in the comments below and who knows, maybe we’ll add it in the article!
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