Today we headed into Amsterdam. AP2 wanted to see the “I amsterdam” letters. We didn’t get a close look. Well, that’s practically impossible! There are so many tourists in front of it – or even climbing on top of it – that you can’t get a very clear picture of it! Still, we got a nice view of the Rijksmuseum, too. Can you find the letters behind the crowd??
We walked from Museumplein to Leidseplein and then took tram 5 to het Spui. From there, we walked to the Amsterdam Musuem (Kalverstraat 92). We’ve never really taken the boys to a museum before, so we weren’t too sure what to expect. I had images of them trying to drag us through, as bored and whiny children can do! But, no!! They were totally into it! We got them the audio tour, so they loved being able to point it at the different stations and hear the descriptions of what was going on. They also had a scavenger hunt for kids to find certain things in the museum and answer questions. There were so many interesting facts about the history of the Netherlands! (See the picture below about the different sea levels!) In the end, we were the ones trying to hurry them through! And we spent so much time in the museum part that we never even made it into the basement where they have special activities for kids! The museum used to be an orphanage, so they apparently have a sensory experience of what it was like to be a kid in the 17th century. But we’ll have to do that another time!
We continued walking the Kalverstraat to the Dam, but stopped for a bite to eat along the way at Lunchcafé Blom (Nieuwendijk 117). There was actually something to eat for everyone!!! (That’s a big deal in our picky family!) PER and AP2 both had broodje kroket. I had a warme ciabatta mozzarella with tomato and homemade pesto. Froggy had a hamburger. And Hippo had a tosti kaas – kind of like a grilled cheese. And we all shared some frites (french fries). Lekker!
After lunch we walked on to the Dam. There was a bigger Intertoys there, so we stopped in to let the kids spend the rest of their allowance 🙂 Then we walked on to Centraal station to take tram 5 back to the Museumplein.
We ended up spending about 4 hours in the city. And just as we were returning to car (parked in the Museumplein garage), it started to rain! Perfect timing!
Here is an idea of our walk from the Kalverstraat to Centraal station:
Is it good for kids?
Amsterdam Museum: Froggy (age 7) really enjoyed the museum. He’s kind of into history, so that helped. Hippo (age 4) liked using the audio tour, but I’m not sure he got much else out of it. So this might be something for a child at least 7 or older.
What about the cost?
Amsterdam Museum: Adults are €12.50. Children ages 5 – 18 are €6.50. And children 4 and under are free. Also free with the Museum Card.
Where is it?
Amsterdam Museum: Kalverstraat 92 in Amsterdam