Activities and Outings for Toddlers

Find out about the facilities available to you and your toddlers in the Netherlands...

Toddler groups do exist although many mums have returned to work by the time their children reach this stage.

For non-Dutch speaking residents there are a reasonable number of formal organisations and informal groups where parents with young children can meet. The local town hall (stadhuis), expat centres, churches, neighbourhood groups and consulates will often have useful information. The local municipal (geemente) may also have listings of playgroups and other activities for toddlers and younger children.

Out and About with Toddlers

Most Dutch towns and cities are well equipped with parks and recreation areas. Entry is usually free and many have play areas specifically designed for young children to play safely. Parks are a municipal responsibility and are typically well cared for. Find out about local parks from the municipality or local tourist information office (VVV).

During school holidays in particular, special activities for children often take place in parks, museums, shopping malls, theatres, libraries, community and sports centres. Again the local VVV can advise.

Public transport throughout Holland is reliable and easy to use. Under fours travel free on all forms of public transport.

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