The Hague – as well as being the seat of the Dutch government – is one of the most international cities in the Netherlands and one of the most popular Dutch cities to live for expat families. This means there are lots of international schools, a large variety of different cultures, and loads of fun activities geared towards international families. Are you looking for something fun to do with the kids as either a näppsitter or a parent? Look no further than this list of great activities!
Even the littlest of children will feel like giants here! This exposition highlights certain sights and important landmarks of heritage in the Netherlands in miniature form. Your kids can explore the tulip fields, cathedrals, airports, canals and row-houses all in one day, all in miniature form. The park is easy to reach from The Hague, and open from 9:00-20:00 every day during the week.
Kids tend to be fans of creepy crawlies more than their adult counterparts, but butterflies are the perfect compromise! Vlinders aan de Vliet, or Butterflies on the Vliet, houses at least 1500 butterflies in this indoor tropical sanctuary. The types of butterflies you’ll encounter here depends heavily on the weather, as some prefer to come out on sunny days and some prefer dull weather – so every time you go a new adventure awaits. It is open from February to October from Tuesday to Sunday until 5pm.
Stay with me here, I know children can be either in love with books or totally hate them, but this museum is a little gem they will love. If your kids are working on their Dutch, they will find literature here dedicated to young Dutch readers galore. The museum engages the kids with the literature in a playful and fun way, which is sure to make a bookworm out of any child. It’s located in the Royal Library building and open every day of the week until 5pm.
On a warm day in the city, nothing is more refreshing than a long walk in a forest. The Haagse Bos provides the perfect opportunity with its enormous diversity of natural beauty – being the highlight of The Hague for nature lovers. You can walk for hours, have a picnic under the trees, or just relax in the lush grass. This forest is a favourite escape of many locals from the busy city life, and perfect for kids.
One of the most beautiful estates in the Netherlands with its green gardens and impressive historical architecture, Clingendael is sure to impress both you the kids. It is the perfect area for a relaxing stroll, with plenty of room and availability for the kids to explore and play – of course with the complimentary playground. The Clingendael Estate is open all year round and freely accessible, and if you visit in May you’ll get to experience the unique Japanese Garden as well.
We hope this list has been helpful and inspiring to you, and that you can soon enjoy a lovely day in The Hague with the kids! If you need more inspiration or ideas, please check out our pinterest board!