Arnhem is home to some amazing locations such as the Openlucht museum, the National Park, Burgers Zoo, Water Museum and more. An extremely kid-friendly location with extensive entertainment list for families.
The city lies in the foothills of the ‘green heart’ in the Netherlands. The national park De Veluwe is on our doorstep to the north, and De Posbank to the east. Arnhem itself is a green city with parks and space running throughout. It is home to a vast array of activities and things to see. Add into the mix other attractions, farms, playgrounds and places to visit, and your days are easily filled.
We are happy to share with you some of the places we have visited in the area and it is indeed a long list! Enjoy!
- The oldest National Park (part of the Veluwe) in the Netherlands has high peaks such as the Posbank, endless moors, wildlife spotting and dizzying hairpin bends. But also: cozy villages, imposing country estates and the winding River IJssel. Enough to discover and experience. So pack your hiking shoes or bicycle or rent an electric scooter in the area. At the visiter center you can also find lovely playgrounds and hiking trails for children.
- The Hoge Veluwe is in the heart of the National Park. Here you can utilise the infamous free white bikes for visitors to take you around the beautiful surroundings and to visit the Kroller-Muller museum to see originals of famous artworks such as Van Gough.The infamous model display is magical and will continue to surprise and delight you at every turn. Entrance is usually 7,50 euro per child
- Rijkerswoerdse Plassen is a lake in the south of Arnhem. It is a lovely to go swimming in and enjoy the little beach in summer. When the seasons cool it is still lovely to go for walks or play on the green. It has a nice cafe overlooking the water, free outdoor fitness area, volleyball net and a small closed “soccer field” for the kids.
- Intratuin Duiven is something to keep in mind especially around November. For the Christmas season it has has a free carousel for kids, conveniently placed next to food and drink options with plenty of space for the kids to run around between trips on the bikes/horses/motorbikes on the carousel. The infamous model display is magical and will connote to surprise and delight you at every turn. From the model trains to the mini ski lifts, its a marvel and requires at least one visit to enjoy the spectacle.
- At the Intratuin in Elst, other than spending a fortune on house decor and plants you can have a coffee and a breakfast in peace as they also have a nice and quite safe soft play area for the kids (not too big though).
- Ballorig in Arnhem South is a soft play paradise centre for children. It has convenient and free parking and play areas for the smaller kids as well as the bigger ones. Including race cars, so bring change. There is a good breakfast deal for the early birds (3.99euro).
- Monkey Town is another lovely children soft play centre. It has a great area for 0-4 year-olds that requires minimal parental supervision and a huge play area and lots of entertainment for the older kids. It is always very clean and has a decent menu, albeit a bit expensive. Entrance is usually 7,50Euro per child, however there are a lot of membership and discount options, as well as social deals (vouchers with discounts).
- Binky in Apeldoorn offers a great day out with the kids when it is not raining. There are plenty of attractions and play areas for the kids as well as a lot of farm animals that the kids can pet and feed. There are outdoor playgrounds for older kids as well, but not so much for under one-year olds. There is also a small lake where you can rent paddling boats and a water play ground, so extra clothes are a wise choice to have with you.
- Tivoli Amusement Park offers attractions and fun for young and old. It is the best amusement park for children from 2 years and older. There are also more than enough attractions and activities to enjoy for the parents and grandparents. How about a ride on the roller coaster or a nice game of miniature golf?
- De Spelerij/ Uitvinderij. In the forest near Dieren lies the most magical play and discovery place in Holland: De Spelerij/ Uitvinderij. In this park children can play and discover all day long. They can play outside in De Spelerij, but also cultivate their creativity in de Uitvinderij. De Spelerij is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before, and is therefore a bit difficult to describe. In the forest you’ll find fantastical objects usually made from second-hand materials. They contain all sorts of mechanisms that children can put into motion themselves. For example, there is a lifting crane and a fountain children can manipulate themselves, but there are also boats and pedal-powered vehicles. Some play areas have roofs so children can still enjoy themselves in bad weather.
- Julianatoren is another pret park especially for young children, based in Appeldorn. Lots of fun things to do and happy times to be had.
- Castle Rosendael: has large wooldans that are free to walk around and beautiful gardens with an entrance price. There are often markets here and during Springtime there there are thousands of frogs in the lake. Don`t forget swimming trunks or spare clothes – guaranteed wet children.
- Kingdom Elvia – step into a world of fantasy. Once in a year you have a big event at the castle:
- Castle De Haar – a dream castle to visit with the whole family.
- Castle Het Loo – beautiful castle with stunning gardens not far from Arnhem. However there are no children playgrounds around.
- Swanmarket – The lifestyle market of the Netherlands and Belgium.
- De Landelijke Appelplukdag is a pick your own apples and pears just a short 10 minute drive from Arnhem to Heteren. There is no entrance, you are free to pick your own fruit, there is also a small playground and you pay for what you have picked. There is also a organic shop. A lovely day out with the kids. Bring rubber boots!
- Irrland –The amusement park for the whole family. Located in Germany, but a short hour drive from Arnhem. You can bring food and enjoy the lovely barbecue areas in the park. The largest farm-adventure oasis in Europe!
- Burger’s Zoo is one of the biggest zoos in the country. It is a wonderful place to spend the whole day out with the kids. The ocean is particularly stunning with its underwater tunnel. You can get an annual ticket to save on the cost.
- Openlucht museum Arnhem is an open-air museum and park located near Arnhem with antique houses, farms and factories from different parts of the Netherlands. It is a beautiful museum/park with plenty of entertainment for the kids. The playground has water filled equipment, so bring extra clothes! There is also a pancake house, however make sure it is open when you go, as it does not work 7 days a week. In the winter there is an ice rink and all year round you can enjoy the old-style bikes and ride-ons in the centre of the town museum. A lovely place to visit year-round with and without the kids.
- The Water Museum – In the beautiful Sonsbeek Park Arnhem you can find the water museum. Next to the water museum there is a lovely water playground great for smaller children. Don`t forget swimming trunks or spare clothes – Guaranteed wet children. Directly next to it also a cafe where you can get drinks and snacks.
- Apenheul is a short drive to Apeldoorn and is great fun. It is a zoo only for different kinds of monkeys with lots of them freely roaming around, jumping on your shoulder or push chair. The park has lots to offer, with great outdoor playgrounds and beautiful settings. There are a few free photoboots that you can pop into to take a family photo and it sends it directly to your email! How great is that?! It is quite pricey though, so looking for deals would be a wise choice.
- Sonsbeek park is pretty year-round and is right next to the Central Station in Arnhem. Famous for its deer herd and white mansion where you can have a coffee with a view. Great for biking and walking about, with some small waterfalls and wooded area. Be mindful though as there are no actual play grounds for kids, although there is plenty to play with. Lots of festivals and other happenings are hosted there too.