Rotterdam offers plenty of activities for families travelling with children. There are parks for little ones to play in, loads of museums with kid-friendly activities and an exciting array of boats and trams to board. If bribery is needed to ensure good behaviour, ice-cream parlours will assist.

Kid-friendly Museums

  • Maritiem Museum Rotterdam

Rotterdam's maritime museum has a fabulous 'Offshore Experience' exhibition that older children love. Little ones prefer the 'Professor Splash' experience.

  • Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Use its Time travel journal activity book (€2) to follow clues and make discoveries in this amazing art collection.

  • Natural History Museum

Facts about the natural world are delivered in a fun way at this small museum.

  • Museum Rotterdam: 1940-1945 NU

Immersive multimedia experience about the bombing of Rotterdam on 14 May 1940. Not for little ones.

  • Museum Rotterdam

Tales of the city and a dedicated kid's activity space.

On the Move

  • Whisper Boat, Schiedam

Float along the city canals in a whisper-quiet electric boat.

  • Line 10

Hop on and off a historic tram while you explore the city.

  • Spido

Spot tall buildings and big bridges on a boat tour around the harbour.

  • Watertaxis

Zoom from one dock to another in a powerful taxi boat; children under 13 travel half-price.

Top Treats

  • De IJsmaker

The city's best ice cream, with a number of stores across the city.

  • By Jarmusch

Teenagers will adore this 1950s-style American diner.

  • Angelo Betti

Ice cream and pizza – a winning combination.

  • Fenix Food Factory

Head to the Stroop Rotterdam stall in this indoor food market to sample a gooey sweet stroopwafel.

  • Sammy & Pebbles Frietboutique

Start with fries and progress to ice cream. Enough said.

  • Urban Bakery

This bakery cafe specialises in cupcakes, brownies and other sweet treats that will take any kid's fancy.

Running Around

  • Parqiet

Parents can enjoy an excellent coffee while kids play on the lawn of this cute cafe in Het Park.

  • Speeltuinvereniging Katendrecht

Playgrounds don't come much better than this one.

Need to Know

  • Kids menus Many restaurants and cafes have dedicated menus for children; babyccinos are no problem.
  • Museums Some offer free entry for children under 18.
  • Transport Discounted rates for children usually apply.