Expat families will be pleased to know that there is more for kids to see and do in Amsterdam than one might think. Outdoor activities abound and this bicycle-friendly city is a great place for families to get out and stretch their legs.

New arrivals soon realise that the Netherlands is a small country, and getting around from one city or town to the next is fairly easy. While Amsterdam itself hosts a fair number of child-friendly activities, a drive or bus trip out of the city is also recommended for families, whether for a weekend break or a simple day trip.

Family-friendly activities in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, it's easy to pack a picnic and head to one of the city's fabulous parks or stroll along the canal walkways. Residents also regularly take the kids rollerblading in Vondelpark as a popular outdoor activity.

Animal-loving expats will enjoy a trip to ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo, which is home to an aquarium, planetarium and an arboretum.

Expat parents with smaller children can take their toddlers to TunFun Speelpark, an indoor playground in the heart of the city where kids can run around and let off some steam. Older children can learn from educational attractions such as the Anne Frank House near the Westerkerk.

Family-friendly activities outside of Amsterdam

Families with children needing a little more excitement should set a weekend aside to enjoy the Efteling theme park's exciting rides and activities. This fantasy-themed amusement park is located in Kaatsheuvel, just over an hour's drive from central Amsterdam.

A great way for children to come to grips with their new home is a trip to Madurodam, which features miniature Dutch-styled buildings, factories and streets. This interactive park is located in The Hague and is less than an hour's drive from Amsterdam.