Welcome to part 2 of the Yays Family-Fun series where we offer top tips for the best hidden gems Yays’ neighbourhoods have to offer for the young ones and their 'rents! Click here for part 1!
Amsterdam’s Marionette Theatre
Founded in 1985, this little hidden gem presents a unique form of music theatre, complete with wooden actors in their authentic silk and velvet costumes. The mini shows are all based on various opera’s and music theatres by various composers, with six puppeteers manipulating the large marionettes.
Although programmes are in Dutch at the Marionette Theatre, the visual and musical character of the performances rule out any language barriers. Let your children’s imagination run wild with these historic shows for an authentic Amsterdam experience of puppet theatre. Performances are frequent as well as different each time, be sure to check theatre times and availability here (good to know: tickets are only available to buy online, two hours prior to the show).
Where to find it? This unique theatre is central to all Yays locations, situated in the old Amsterdam city centre near Nieuwmarkt Square, reachable by foot in just under 30 minutes!
The Little Orphanage - The Amsterdam Museum
Travel back in time as you discover what life was really like in the 17th-century orphanage at the Amsterdam Museum; originally the city orphanage of Amsterdam. Be prepared to experience The Little Orphanage with all your senses as you go back to the heart of a flourishing trade city and discover the closed world behind the orphanage doors, full of secrets and hidden pieces to explore!
Great for young little souls, the tours are done in either English or Dutch, where the youngest visitors discover animals hidden along the way, while children over the age of seven befriend an orphan boy, Jurriaan (descriptions are in English, French and Dutch). For those grown-ups wanting more information, click here to prepare yourselves for this fascinating historical experience.
Where to find it? You can find this piece of history in central Amsterdam, a 15-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station and easily reached from all Yays locations on foot or by public transport.
A short hop, skip and a jump away from Yays Bickersgracht and Yays Zoutkeetsgracht, Boerderij Westerpark (City Farm Westerpark) is fun for all, whether large or small. Visitors play, walk around and are even able to cuddle some of Westerpark’s resident Dutch farm animals. City Farm Westerpark hosts old Dutch pet breeds like sheep, donkeys and goats, as well as some less common animals, such as snakes, lizards and even an eagle owl, rescued by the community.
Perfect for those relaxed days where parents are able to enjoy a good cappuccino whilst the kids get their hands dirty playing with the animals. A nice, peaceful outdoor adventure for little people as they engage in Dutch farm life.
Where to find it? This little treasure can be located a short walk from Yays Bickersgracht and Yays Zoutkeetsgracht. In beautiful Westerpark, follow the brown signs 'Boerderij Westerpark'.
EYE Film Museum
This spectacular building, opened in 2012, was the first major cultural institution to make the jump across the IJ river to the north side of the city and strives to be ‘house of film’, a museum full of many modern things to do and see all relative to film. Not only does it house four cinemas, but during the sunny months, guests are able to take advantage of the IJ river views from the spectacular terrace along the water.
This incredible piece of Dutch architecture is open to the public every day where tickets for the latest blockbusters and arthouse treasures are on sale at the entrance desk. Ideal for wet rainy-day movie-watching, or sunny-day terrace-sitting, there is always something that will catch your EYE!
Where to find it? The EYE Film Museum is central to Yays Zoutkeetsgracht, Yays Bickersgracht and Yays Oostenburgergracht; with a free and fun ferry ride across the IJ river from Westerdok or Amsterdam Central Station, you can't miss it (and don't forget to spot the IAmsterdam letters nearby)!
Het Woeste Westen
Looking for an eco-adventure? Look no further than Het Woeste Westen, where little hands and little feet can get busy with raft building, spotting water creatures and splash in the quaint streams flowing through reed and bushes. This piece of nature is for the under-13s with playground managers present to keep an eye on your little one. Take advantage of their café as you sit back and relax and enjoy the local outdoors!
In addition, check out their calendar for upcoming events and activities!
Where to find it? From Yays Zoutkeetsgracht and Yays Bickersgracht, this little eco-haven is a 30-minute stroll through the lush greens of Westerpark.
Want more tips for local family-friendly attractions in Amsterdam? Stay tuned as we bring you monthly blog posts in which we uncover and unlock the Yays neighbourhoods!
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