What can families and kids do in The Hague?

What can families and kids do in The Hague

By Jeffrey “Scott” Pearson
Tourguide / Blogger

After visiting more than 50 countries, UK/US expat Scott Pearson settled in The Netherlands to teach English and earn a master’s at the Utrecht University School of the Arts in 2019. Currently, he lives above a 300-year-old antique bookstore and shares his flat with 10,000 volumes of ancient lore.

By Jeffrey “Scott” Pearson 
Tourguide / Blogger

After visiting more than 50 countries, UK/US expat Scott Pearson settled in The Netherlands to teach English and earn a master’s at the Utrecht University School of the Arts in 2019. Currently, he lives above a 300-year-old antique bookstore and shares his flat with 10,000 volumes of ancient lore.

MY SUGGESTIONS FOR KIDS & FAMILIES VISITING THE HAGUE

MY SUGGESTIONS

In the past, Den Haag proper has been seen by many as a serious city, which is quite understandable as the home of the Dutch government, with the International Court here and the Royal family in residence. But since the 1960s, The Hague has become one of the most popular family destinations in Western Europe, and a favorite Dutch vacation spot as well. There are lots of distractions for children and parents alike, perhaps too many choices for a short visit. Therefore, consider at least three days here when planning your travels as the attractions are many and wonderful. I’ve listed a few here with hot links and descriptions to help you make it your best holiday ever.

Highlights – Attractions – Things to Do

Click on the attraction (in orange below) to find out more!

For adventurous and sporty families, Den Haag has a nice collection of outdoor activities that will keep you in shape.

  • Bungee JumpingOn Scheveningen Pier, an adventure company offers a 60m high bungee jump Apr-Oct.
  • Surfing / Windsurfing – Several well-known surfing schools are nearby, where you can get lessons, rent surfboards and buy wetsuits.
  • Zip Lining – You can reach 70km/hour on a 350-meter zip line that starts at the pier ‘Bungee Tower’ & ends at the beach.
  • Cycling/Biking – Renting an e-bike, scooter, Segway, or two-wheeler is a natural for fun in the sun at the shore.
  • Group Biking Tours – The whole family can enjoy a planned, curated and informative bike trek of the region, book ahead.
  • The Beelden aan Zee Museum, a/k/a “Sculptures by the Sea” features modern artwork both indoors and out, for all ages.
  • The Scheveningen Pier – Extends 400m into the North Sea with unique shops, restaurants, attractions & a Ferris wheel.
  • Tree Climbing – In the Haag Forest. there’s a collection of protected trees exclusively for climbing, boots, ropes & cleats provided
  • Star Watching – This special stargazing area on Den Haag Beach is called the James Turrell Celestial Vault and offers astronomical observations free from light pollution.
  • Safety Zone Paintball – Work out some of your latent hostility against your parents and/or kids with this safe alternative to violence. Superfun!

Everyone can find something fun & interesting to do here, in any weather! Here’s a list of the best year-round attractions.

  • Pinball & Video Arcades – The Funland & SirWinston arcades offer pinball, VR, pool tables, and video games.
  • Palace Promenade – The whole boardwalk has cute shops, but when the weather is too much, enjoy air-conditioned bliss in this stylish resort mall with an indoor food court.
  • Legoland Discovery Center – Kids love to play at this huge indoor LEGO playground, which is open only during the high season.
  • Pathé Scheveningen – A cool, dark movie theater is a perfect break after hours in the sun – with eight movie screens to choose from.
  • Monkey Town – This huge indoor warehouse of fun features lots of climbing, sliding, jumping, and playing for children 1-12. Parents are free!
  • SeaLife Aquarium – See over 4000 species of marine life in 45 separate tanks – including stingrays, seahorses, otters, and sharks. Open every day.
  • Museon-Omniversum – In this Dutch museum everything revolves around the earth, its people, and a sustainable future, great for your geeky child!
  • Avonuria de Vogelkelder – This creative zoo/pet shop is an experience for kids, with lots of ways to interact &  earn from animals. Check this video.
  • De Uithof – Imagine Ice skating, laser-tag, go-karting or even snow skiing inside, in any weather. Such is the miracle of the Uithof Sportstainment Center on The Hague Beach.

Videos about Family Attractions in The Hague