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Fun activities for kids during autumn break

Rode laarzen stampen in de plassen

Rainy days and autumn break means it’s time for playing games indoors or jumping through puddles. But if you are still looking for things to do in and around Haarlem, we have gathered the most child friendly tips for you and your little ones. Please read more about them below:

Kraantje Lek with playground

Kraantje Lek’s brand new playground

Last summer the restaurant was completely renovated by its brand new owners (who also own “De stinkende emmer”). And luckily they have renovated the playground as well! A lovely place at the bottom of the Blinkert makes for the perfect place to play around during the break.
Location: Duinlustweg 22 in Overveen
Visiting hours: open daily from 10:00-22:00pm

IJsbaan Haarlem skating rink

Ice-skating fun for the whole family

At IJsbaan Haarlem, they dedicated the centre of the ring to toddlers and kindergartners so that they can enjoy their first ice-skating experience. You can read all about this fun experience for the entire family in one of our blogs (here, in Dutch). The IJsbaan has several ongoing workshops for kids during the autumn break.
Location: IJsbaanlaan 2, Haarlem
Visiting hours: Mon 08:00-16:30, Tues & Thurs 08:00-16:00, Wed & Fri 08:00-17:00, Sat 12:00-16:00, Sun 09:30-16:00
Costs: children till 15 years of age €4,50 adults €7,-

Cinekid at the Filmschuur

Autumn break stands for Cinekid! From ‘Solan & Ludwig go to the moon’ (4+), ‘Lotte and her search for dragons’ (4+) or ‘Animaatjes’ (3+), and several other animation movies for the smallest visitors. To close the fun-filled week, kids from 3-8 years of age can show off their best dance moves at “Springende Spruiten Disco” at the Filmschuur.
Location: Lange Begijnestraat 9 in Haarlem
Visiting hours: daily, check the Filmschuur website for actual dates & times
Costs: youth €6, adults €8

Elswout theatre

Located in the former basement at the Elswout estate, you’ll find a lovely little theatre. During the autumn break several plays will take the stage for the littlest visitors, such as Monkie (0+), Tom Thumb (2+), Beauty and the Beast (2+), Floddertje (2+). The theatre is wheelchair accessible.
Location: Elswoutslaan 24-A in Overveen
Dates: October 21st and 26th
Costs: children €7,50 and adults €9,50

Two kids playing at the Pieter Vermeulen Museum

Pieter Vermeulen Museum

This fun museum currently has the exhibition ‘Hidden Birdgardens’. A fun and also educative experience where children ages 4+ are invited to participate and explore in this hands-on exhibit.
Every Wednesday afternoon the Pieter Vermeulen Museum hosts a crafty afternoon from 13.30 till 15.30pm.
Location: Driehuizerkerkweg 34d in Driehuis
Visiting hours during autumn break: Tues-Fri & Sun 13.00 – 17.00pm
 (regular visiting hours: Wed, Fri & Sun: 13.00 – 17.00pm)
Costs: adults €3, children 3-12 years of age €2,50

Frans Hals Museum (Hof)

At the Frans Hals museum you can learn to “paint like Frans”. This fun workshop is fit for the entire family and will take place in Studio H, Frans Hals Museum, at their Hof location. Tickets for the workshop are available at the door for €5 per person (this excludes entree fees to the museum).
Location: Groot Heiligland 62 in Haarlem
Dates and times: Wednesday October 23rd from 14:30 till 15:30pm.
Reservations: max 20 participants per workshop.

Child and deer at the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen

Zandvoort goes Wild

There is plenty going on in Zandvoort during autumn break! The wonderful play based on the book ‘The Gruffalo’ is set to take the stage on Saturday October 26th, but there is more! Wild adventures to safari exhibits, and lots of more fun filled activities, for more info and a complete overview, you can click here.

Art days at Pier K

Pier K in Hoofddorp is the place for creative kids ages 6-12. There are tons of workshops and activities scheduled during the autumn break for kids to enjoy a fun filled day of art, painting or acting.
Location: Raadhuisplein 9 in Hoofddorp
Dates & times: Tues October 22nd, Wed October 23rd and Thurs October 24th from 10:00-16:00pm
Costs: €27,00
For more info and reservations: click here

Kids playing at the ABC Architectural Centre

LEGO at the ABC Architectural Centre

With 60.000 LEGO stones, kids can let all their creativity take a free run at the ABC Architectural Centre. They also have an interesting exhibition on water and climate change with a special kids corner.
Location: Groot Heiligland 47 in Haarlem
Visting hours: Tues-Sat 12:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 (playing with LEGO is only allowed when readings are not scheduled)
Costs: children ages 0-4 years of age €1,50 and adults €3

Bike rides

Haarlem and surrounding are the perfect grounds for a lovely bike ride. It is not only a free but healthy as well! We often share various bike friendly routes such as to Elswout or Cruquius. So if the weather permits it, step on those bikes and off you go!

Baking bread at the Veerkwartier

Bake your own bread at the Veerkwartier

What could be more fun than to bake you own bread over an open fire? On October 26th, the Veerkwartier will open its doors to do just that! Afterwards you can enjoy a hot cup of coco with whipped cream on top.
Location: A. Hofmanweg in Haarlem
Date and time: 26 October from 15:00-17:00pm
Costs: €4

Water fun at Heerenduinen swimming pool

Kids love swimming and Heerenduinen is a definite favorite! With an awesome obstacle course in the pool, paddling pool complete with slide and play table, this calls for a fun filled day.
Location: Heerenduinweg 6 in IJmuiden
Visiting hours during autumn break: Mon untill Thu obstacle course 10:00-15:30pm and activities pool 10:00-16:30pm, free swimming 10:00-15:00
Costs: 0-1 year of age Free, till 16 years of age €4,90, adults €5,40

Climbing at Natuur Speeleiland Haarlem

Adventure at Natuur Speeleiland

Open for just a few more days until they close their doors for hibernation on October 31st, this recreational playground is definitely worth a visit during autumn break. In a previous blog (in Dutch) we wrote all about his fun filled playground.
Location: A. Hofmanweg 62A in Haarlem
Visiting hours during autumn break: daily from 11:00-17:00pm
Costs: 1-3 years of age €2,95, 4-12 years of age €7,50

Make your own birdhouse at the Kweekcafe

NME Haarlem knows what will make kids happy. Build your own birdhouse from scratch and find the perfect spot to hang it up with your parents. And while you’re at it, why don’t you make a little fall snack for the birds as well?
Location: Haarlemmer Kweektuin, Kleverlaan 9 (gather at the NME office, white building)
Date: October 23rd
Time: 14:00-16:00pm
Costs: €7,50 (reservations can be mailed to
Suitable for: 6-12 years of age

Climbing to the light at the New St Bavo


Last chance to Climb to the light (Bavo)

If you haven’t gotten a chance to view Haarlem from above, definitely make sure to visit the New St. Bavo (also known as KoepelKathedraal) and enjoy the view! Suitable for kids that don’t mind heights ages 4+ (babies can be carried in a carrier but beware of the narrow staircase). For more fabulous views of Haarlem and surroundings, click here.
Location: Leidsevaart 146 in Haarlem
Visiting hours: Sun-Fri 12:00-18:00pm (last call at 16:30pm), Sat 10:00-16:00pm (last call at 14:30pm)
Costs: €1 children 0-5 years of age, €4 children 6-12 years of age, €8,50 adults

Storytelling at the Stadsschouwburg

A fun reading party with awesome Dutch storytellers such as Erik van Muiswinkel and Dieuwertje Blok at all the secret locations at the Stadsschouwburg. All while parents, caregivers and grandparents can enjoy themselves in the foyer.
Location: Wilsonsplein 23 in Haarlem
Date: October 27th
Times: 10:30am and 14:00pm
Costs: €8,50, free entry for adults/caregivers
Suitable for: 5-8 years of age (kids 9-10 years of age can take part in a theater workshop)

Playing at the foyer Black Cat Theatre

Black Cat Theatre

We have told you about this fun theatre suitable for small audiences before and they have fun plays planned during autumn break. The regular ‘Ahoi’ as well as a brand new play called ‘Vlindertuin’ (suitable for non-Dutch speakers as well!) and on October 26th ‘Parallelle Werelden’. Be sure to pay them a visit.
Location: Schakelstraat 2 in Amsterdam
Check their website for accurate timings and fees.

Heemstede run

Are you and your family always in for a sporty adventure? Be sure to check out the Heemstede run, a run of 1.5km, which will take place in Heemstede and its green surroundings.
Date: Sunday October 27th
Suitable for: ages 4+
costs: €5 (deposit fee)

Tekst by: Nicoline van Slingelandt-Asselbergs

Translated by: Fatima Fazli-Vermeulen

Kraantje Lek by: Anne Oijevaar

IJsbaan Haarlem, Zandvoort goes Wild, ABC Architectuurcentrum, Black Cat Theatre and cover picture by: Eva Cameron-Bakker

Pieter Vermeulen Museum by: Fleur Beekes

Bread baking, Climb to the light and Natuur Speeleiland by: Nicoline van Slingelandt-Asselbergs

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