Family Fun 46 | text: Jayne Robinson and Megan Waters
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NEMO Science Museum
RTIS allows adults and kids of all ages to experience nature right in Amsterdam’s centre. Admire the tropical fish, travel through time in the planetarium and see giraffes grazing among the zebras and wildebeests. Surround yourself with hundreds of fluttering butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion, stroll through the historical park with its diverse flora, or join a tour guide and learn about new plants, baby animals and newly discovered species.
Scientists answer questions on a wide range of subjects, while NEMO’s employees work with visitors to test new exhibition concepts and perform research on numerous topics. The NEMO collection, with around 17,000 artefacts from the phonograph to the lamppost, shows how energy has shaped and influenced our world.
OPEN DAILY, PLANTAGE KERKLAAN 38-40
OPEN DAILY, OOSTERDOK 2
ARTIS Royal Zoo
TAARTROVERS FILM FESTIVAL Taartrovers, formerly Fantastisch Kinderfilm Festival, is a travelling festival packed with films and creative games for toddlers, pre-schoolers and young children with an aim to encourage a love for film and a first understanding of film literacy.
HEMELTJELIEF FESTIVAL This family festival steals the show every Ascension Day with an enormous musical and theatrical line-up, as well as plenty of events and activities to keep the family entertained for the entire day. Free entry for festival-goers under 12. 10 MAY, NDSM WHARF
UNTIL 4 MARCH, EYE FILMMUSEUM
© CRIS TOAL A OLIVARES
© ARTIS, RONALD VAN WEEREN
Voted the most welcoming national museum in the Netherlands, NEMO introduces young and old to the fascinating world of science and technology. On five floors crammed full of exhibitions, experiments, demonstrations and workshops, visitors discover how special everyday things really are. Through hands-on exploration, learn about the basic principles of science and technology, as well as phenomena such as electricity, light, sound and gravity.
KING’S DAY FOR KIDS There’s plenty of children’s activities taking place across the city (especially in Vondelpark), including face-painting, games, sports events as well as the Bredeweg Festival – a bustling street fiesta featuring a street market, fair, theatre performances and concerts. 27 APRIL, IAMSTERDAM.COM/ KINGSDAY