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.
- 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.
Spot tall buildings and big bridges on a boat tour around the harbour.
Zoom from one dock to another in a powerful taxi boat; children under 13 travel half-price.
- 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.
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.