When you hear of Zandvoort, you are most likely to think of the laid back beach vibe, and a variety of sounds on hot summer nights. But there is more! From brand new restaurants to shopping and entertainment. Enough to do for you and your little one(s).
A piece of metal from a NASA rocket, the tooth of a mammoth, old dolls and a shipwreck. All these treasures and more can be found at this museum near the sea. It is solely run by volunteers who are more than happy to tell you all about the history of these spectacular finds.
Address: Strandweg 2 (‘de Rotonde’), Zandvoort
Costs: free of charge, however, a small donation is appreciated
Visiting hours: Wed 1:30-4:00pm, Sat & Sun 12:00–4:00pm
De Groene Zusjes
The yummiest granola, carrot cake and vegan egg salads. These two girls know what is healthy and delicious at the same time! All their products are organic and free of dairy, wheat and refined sugars. And if you are looking for a yummy, guilt free ice cream, the delicious N’ice ice cream can be found here as well. Aside from their (online) shop, there goodies can be found at various caterers in and around Zandvoort.
Address: Haltestraat 17A, Zandvoort
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10:00-5:00pm
Noble Tree Café
We all know that a good breakfast includes a good cup of Joe. And this place definitely knows its coffees. Lunch includes organic, vegetarian and vegan options, enough to go around. Treat your mugjes to a juice and delicious cake. A spacious new restaurant in Zandvoort, without highchairs or changing pad though.
Address: Raadhuisplein 16, Zandvoort
Opening hours: daily from 8:00-6:00pm
Blue Zone Espresso
A known brand in New Zeeland that can now be found in Zandvoort as well. Aside from the excellent coffee, you can find yourself among super friendly staff willing to serve you the most delicious pancakes or a late lunch/early dinner masterpieces. Check out their Facebook page to get an impression on the work of art they serve on a plate. A little bit further down the road (at 59A) you will find Mister Paint, which sells cool stuff for creative kids (and parents).
Address: Haltestraat 23C, Zandvoort
Opening hours: Thu 08:00-6:00pm, Fri 08:00-10:00pm, Sat and Sun 08:30-6:00pm
Info: Facebook & Instagram: @BlueZoneEspresso
One of our personal favorites. Everyone in Zandvoort and surroundings knows that Dimfie knows what kids ages 0-16 years of age want to wear. Still searching for a last minute gift? This store has got you covered as well. Definitely worth a visit though we must add that this may hurt your wallet. There is an outlet at Haltestraat 11 (opening hours: Mon closed, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00-5:00pm, Wed 09:00-5:00pm, Sun 11:00-05:00pm).
Address: Kerkstraat 38C, Zandvoort
Opening hours: Mon 11:00-6:00pm, Tues-Sat 10:00-6:00pm, Sun 12:00-6:00pm
Info: Facebook: @kidsavenuezandvoort
Looking for sustainable toys to keep your kids entertained while being a sight to the eye as well? From the good old teddy bear to wooden cars and the essentials for a day at the beach can be found here.
Address: Zeestraat 48A, Zandvoort
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12:00-5:00pm, Sat 10:00-5:00pm
Website: check out their Facebook page
Park Zandvoort, Centre Parcs
Sliding down in between the palm trees at Aqua Mundo swimming pool on a rainy day. Freestyling your way through various trampolines. Or go bowling with the entire family. There are plenty activities found at Centre Parcs in Zandvoort, located a few feet away from the beach.
Address: Vondellaan 60, Zandvoort
Opening hours: check the website for actual opening hours and entertainment options
The museum is located in an old historical building along with the tourist information desk. Looking for a place to celebrate a birthday party? Looking to entertain the kids with a scavenger hunt? Or pay a visit to one of the interesting exhibits (currently hosting an exhibition on the Empress Sissi of Austria, who briefly stayed in Zandvoort). The building alone is worth a visit.
Address: Swaluëstraat 1, Zandvoort
Visiting hours: Tue-Sun 10:00-5:00pm
Costs: children 0-18 years of age free, adults €4 per person or free admission with a museumcard
While Zandvoort is easily accessible by car or bike, you can also take the train. There is a direct connection between Haarlem and Zandvoort and the train ride alone is worth the trip for your little ones.
Text: Fatima Fazli-Vermeulen
Pictures: Nicoline van Slingelandt
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for even more child friendly tips or buy the book MUGJES (in Dutch), with over 100 locations, tips by locals and fun activities in Haarlem (and surroundings) for kids aged 0 to 7.