Fun things to do in Haarlem with kids

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Haarlem is our hometown so we know all the ins and outs of this charming Dutch city. Granted city rights in 1245, Haarlem is one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands. It has a colorful history and a beautiful historic city center. And family-friendly Haarlem is great for a city trip with kids. Check out all the things you can do in Haarlem with kids! Also read: Family friendly … Read more

Visiting the Teylers Museum with a toddler

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When I was a kid, we used to visit the Teylers Museum in Haarlem as a school outing. I was fascinated by all the history and the weird and wonderful things the museum holds. A few weeks ago I took our toddler, who’s now 3,5, to visit the museum. He’s still a bit too young to fully appreciate it, but he enjoyed it nonetheless and was very impressed. He still … Read more

Tulip fields in Holland, when and where?

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There’s nothing more Dutch than a tulip, right? Well, besides windmills, cheese and wooden shoes of course… Tulip season in The Netherlands lasts from the end of January til the end of April. It’s a wonderful and colorful experience to find yourself in the middle of a tulip field. It’s like being in a sea of flowers, with brightly colored tulips everywhere you look. The Dutch flower bulb fields are … Read more

Children’s Book Museum – meeting our favourite book characters!

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Recently we visited the Children’s Book Museum (Kinderboekenmuseum) in The Hague. I’ve wanted to go there for a long time, but I was waiting for our little world traveler to grow enough so that he could appreciate it. At 3,5 I think he was the right age for a first visit and I’m sure we’ll go there again as he gets older and learns how to read! We both love … Read more

Our lowlights and highlights of 2016

For us 2016 was mostly about transitioning back to life in The Netherlands. Our wish to travel longterm, but not being able to, made it a pretty difficult year. Now that the year has come to an end, I realize we aren’t making ourselves any happier if we continue thinking in limitations. So it’s time to start looking at possibilities instead! To gain some perspective, let’s look back at all … Read more

Best kid friendly places for lunch in Haarlem

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We’re having a lot of fun rediscovering our hometown Haarlem. There’s so much to do and see! The second post in this series about fun things to do in Haarlem with kids is about kid-friendly cafes. Whether you are sightseeing in Haarlem for a day or staying here longer, it’s always good to know the best places to go for a coffee or lunch with your child. If you’re coming … Read more

Sprookjeswonderland, a great day trip from Amsterdam

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Recently we visited Sprookjeswonderland in Enkhuizen, located about 60 km from Amsterdam. Our toddler loved it! It’s a great alternative to the Efteling and other Dutch amusement parks, especially with young children. And it’s surprisingly affordable too. Sprookjeswonderland is not as busy or expensive as most of the other Dutch amusement parks, such as Efteling, Walibi or Julianatoren. It doesn’t have any thrilling or scary rides, there is no loud … Read more

Things that I won’t miss about traveling

We’ve been back in The Netherlands for 4 days now and I already miss traveling. The freedom, the sunshine, the unpredictability of being on the road… It feels weird being back in the same tiny apartment, while we ourselves have changed so much after traveling for so long. Also, after living out of a suitcase for nearly 10 months, it feels a bit suffocating to have so much ‘stuff’. We’ll … Read more