Play forest Breda with kids: all the information!
Visiting play forest Breda with kids is a fun activity for a few hours on a free morning or afternoon. We visited the play forest located in the Mastbos in Breda a while back on a sunny Saturday afternoon and we found it to be a very nice outing. So much fun, in fact, that we included the play forest in Breda in our blog about the best play forests in Brabant with kids. The nice thing about this play forest is that in addition to the play forest, there is also a kind of water playground, great food nearby and a gnome trail for young kids. In this blog we give you all the information you need when visiting play forest Breda with kids. We’ve included a lot of photos so you can get a good impression of the play forest in western North Brabant province.
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Play forest Breda with kids: the gnome trail
Recently, we have been visiting a play forest in our province with some regularity. We got a taste when we visited the play forest in Gilze and found out that it is a fun activity in nature with kids for a few hours. Since we live near Tilburg, the Breda Play Forest is just over a twenty-minute drive from our house.
What we did notice is that most play forests are not super well marked. Also, if you type into google playbos Mastbos in Breda it gives an address (Bouvignedreef 5, 4836 AL Breda), with the forest itself actually still ten minutes away. We parked the car a little further from the forest at Restaurant de Boschwachter in ‘t Mastbos. Here they have parking spaces, where you can park your car, but we saw cars parked all along the road (even closer to the play forest itself).
So the first thing we came across was the gnome trail that actually starts practically past the restaurant. For a moment we are under the impression that the play forest must also be here, but it is about a 15-minute walk from the gnome trail. The gnome trail is for kids ages four through seven. The idea here is to look for the colored gnomes in the forest. With each gnome, kids can do an assignment. Can you jump like a rabbit? Can you collect acorns for the squirrel? These kinds of simple tasks for kids.
There are a total of 23 such small tasks in the forest and this walk through the forest takes about 1.5 hours. You can download a free trail book on the Forestry Commission website. Through the restaurant the Boschwachter in ‘t Mastbos you can book a gnome package for a few euros per child, where the kids get a gnome hat and some red face paint on their cheeks and they can eat a pancake with a drink after the walk. The route you walk here is about 1.5 kilometers.
Play forest Breda with kids: play forest mastbos!
The Breda play forest actually has several names. For example, the signs at the play forest say the play forest is called the Boeverijen, but if you look it up on google it’s called the play forest Mastbos and we just very simply call it the play forest in Breda. The play forest is fairly large and has several rope climbing equipment where kids can climb and scramble. There is also a cable car and several large cabins built in the forest.
Also, in the forest there is a kind of water with a lot of branches over this water and of course this is interesting for kids to climb over. You also have some hills in the forest, where once we walked down so hard that Sophie tripped and had quite a bump on her head. That was not so smart. At the cable car, there is an opportunity to sit down, but it is very limited. At the water playground, this is somewhat more possible.
Play forest Breda with kids: the water playground
After playing in the forest for a while, we walked further into the forest and at the end of the forest there is a kind of water playground for the kids. Actually, it is nothing more than a large pool of water with some playground equipment made in it. When we were there it had rained quite a bit the days before, so the water was quite high and the kids running the course over the water didn’t quite keep their feet dry. It is therefore also advisable (especially with small kids) to bring a set of dry clothes. Some kids were even up to their middle here in the water.
At this water playground there are a number of water pumps and also a grassy area with a very large picnic table that a number of families could sit at. On the lawn, kids played soccer and a family also held a birthday party of one of the kids here. When we were there, there was also an ice cream cart, where you could order ice cream.
It really amazes us sometimes how long kids can entertain themselves with a few sticks and a little water, but we still spent over an hour at this place. In the end, you can easily entertain yourself for half a day in play forest Breda with kids. Especially if you still walk the gnome trail with your kids first.
Play forest Breda with kids: food and drink!
It is possible to get something to eat near play forest Breda with kids. At the restaurant the Boschwachter in ‘t Mastbos, which we mentioned earlier here, it is possible to have lunch inside or outside on the terrace behind the restaurant. You can order a variety of sandwiches, pancakes and entire three-course menus here.
Another option to eat at play forest Breda with kids is eatery the 7 hills. This eatery is about a 15-minute walk away from the play forest. This eatery is a lot cheaper than restaurant the Boschwachter and they sell sandwiches, buns and sandwiches here. For kids, you can also just order a Nutella sandwich here. This eatery has a playground in the garden and from the tables in the garden you have a good view of your kids.