Venlo with kids

City trip Venlo with kids: 19 fun activities in a row!

A city trip to Venlo with kids is fun! We visited the city several times now and we do fun and new activities every time. Therefore, it is fine to visit the city of Venlo with the family for a few days, as there is plenty of entertainment. In addition, the city center is very cozy and there are plenty of nice restaurants and cafes to go to. Based on several visits to the city and region, in this blog we list the best activities to do in Venlo with kids and also give an overview of great restaurants to go to with kids!

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids #1: Limburgs museum

A fun museum to visit in Venlo with kids is the Limburgs Museum. The Limburgs Museum is right in the center of the city and a big recommendation to do with kids here is the scavenger hunt with Pieke the museum bird. Kids have to look for eggs on this scavenger hunt through the museum, and with these eggs you will find all kinds of tasks.

With each egg, you have assignments for two different age groups. There is a version for kids ages four to seven and there is a version for kids ages eight to 12. Our daughter really enjoyed looking for the eggs and completing the tasks in the different halls. In each task, you always have three choices, and based on the answer you give, you get a word or a few words, which you can eventually use to make a sentence.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

We end up taking a whole route through the museum and there is a large birdhouse at the end of the route with a lock, where we can enter the code we found. We really enjoyed doing this scavenger hunt and thought it was a fun way to explore the museum. Along the way in the museum there are also other things kids can do, such as drawing, making a big puzzle and more.

In addition, the museum also has a bingo card with a number of pictures that you have to look for at different exhibits and then ask a question. Some of these pictures were quite a challenge to find, but in the end we also manage to solve this bingo. All in all, this is how we spend a few hours at the museum with our daughter. For more information on opening hours, admission prices and the scavenger hunt, check out the Limburg Museum website.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids #2: World Pavilion Steyl

Another fun museum to visit with kids in the Venlo area is World Pavilion Steyl. This museum is all about two different countries: Nicaragua and Ghana. The purpose of the museum is to let kids experience what it’s like in other countries and, in this way, also eliminate certain prejudices.

Upon entering the museum, we are picked up by a pilot and board a real plane. In this plane we fly by simulation from the Netherlands to Nicaragua, then we have to pass customs upon arrival. The staff of this museum are all volunteers and do so with great enthusiasm. That makes it even more fun. Of course, one of the parents does not get through the customs check and has to show their suitcase (with all the consequences).

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Then once you are inside there are two different rooms for the two different countries. For kids, there is a lot of information about the countries, but they can also do a lot here. So they can make a number of things here such as bracelets, a wire for their hair, cars and nameplates. Our daughter always enjoys this type of creative activity and can spend hours doing it.

We also step into a kind of simulation, where we ride on a bus through Ghana, we can see what Ghana is like through VR glasses and kids can practice walking with a bowl of fruit on their head. We found this really a super fun museum that, first of all, is very educational, but where kids can also do all kinds of things. For more information on opening hours, entrance fees and various activities, take a look at the World Pavilion Steyl website.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids #3: Taurus world of Adventure

You can do so much in Venlo with kids at Taurus World of Adventure that you can easily spend half a day here. In fact, at Taurus you can do several activities with kids and several of these activities we undertook during our city trip to Venlo.

For example, at Taurus World of Adventure, we went bowling with the family for an hour. We always find this a very fun family activity, and since Sophie can throw racks in the chute, it ensures that she too knocks over quite a few cones at every turn and thus has as much chance of winning as us. For that matter, this is also a fun activity during your city trip to Venlo with kids when the weather is not so good, for example.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

In addition to the hour of bowling we did here, we also played the Prison Island game with our daughter. Here you can choose between whether you want to play the game for an hour or an hour and a half, and count an additional half hour if you choose to go to the restroom or have a drink in between.

At Prison Island, you have 21 different cells where you will play some kind of game. It is very similar to an escape room, only here you have so many rooms and you are not locked in one room. This ensures that it is also nice and varied for kids and that they will not get bored easily. Prison Island is a variety of doing and thinking activities, and you choose which games you do. After all, you can play the games as often as you like. We had already played Prison Island in Tilburg and find it a really cool activity with our daughter.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

We also went laser gaming at Taurus World of Adventure. There were about 30 of us and we were divided into several teams. You go for a certain amount of time in a room with all kinds of partitions and pathways, and the idea is to hit as many of the other side’s people as possible without getting hit yourself.

You can hit your opponent in different places. Both on the front and the back and also on the other person’s weapon you can hit the person. Sophie also really enjoyed this activity and we ran around the room quite a bit during the activity. Afterwards, you will then get to see your team’s scores.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Finally, we also entertained ourselves here in the Arcade Hall with all kinds of games. You buy tokens here, which you can spend at the various games in this hall. So you can play air field hockey, pinball, as well as various computer games. All in all, we spent over an hour here playing all these different games.

In addition to these activities, you can also go Adventure Golfing and pool table at Taurus World of Adventure with kids, so you can have a great time for quite a while. On the website you can book all kinds of packages, where you can book a combination of activities with the family. For more information on opening hours, prices and different activities, take a look at the Taurus World of Adventure website.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids #4: Fun Forest Venlo

Fun Forest Venlo was the first climbing forest in the Netherlands and kids as young as 1.10 meters tall can climb here. In fact, there are two courses for the youngest kids at a height of 2.5 and 4 meters. Parents can also have a great time walking with the kids along this course while the kids climb from one tree to another via a variety of obstacles.

Several courses are available for kids from 1.30 meters and up, and also at a higher height. Again, kids encounter all kinds of obstacles while climbing this course such as a door, a table and even a car they have to climb through. There are also plenty of challenging courses for older kids. For kids taller than 1.50 meters, you have two more courses and also a climbing wall, where you can climb up to a height of 15 meters.

Another thing we always like about a climbing forest is that as a parent, you can also climb along just fine. Actually, the climbing forest is for all ages and even older kids usually find the courses super fun. In total, you should count on spending about three to four hours with the instruction and climbing itself. For more information on opening hours, prices and the different courses, take a look at Fun Forest Venlo‘s website.

Venlo with kids
Climbing park Fun Forest Amsterdam with kids

Venlo with kids #5: Playpark Klein Zwitserland

Speelpark Klein Zwitserland is just over a 10-minute drive from the center of Venlo, and here too there really is plenty to do for kids. We drive there on Saturday mornings and we park the car in front for free. Playpark Klein Zwitserland is located next to the climbing park Fun Forest Venlo, so these two activities are also great to combine with each other during a city trip to Venlo with kids.

Playpark Klein Zwitserland has an adventure forest, where kids can build huts and climb at a Roman fort. There is also an Adventure Clay Quarry where you can find Europe’s highest swing and the longest tube slide in the Netherlands. Again, kids can play at the various playground equipment.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

For the youngest kids ages 0 to 6, there is Kleuterland. This is an orderly playground with smaller play equipment in cheerful colors and animal figures. There is also a miniature golf course at the park. To get to this golf course, you must first descend into a mine shaft. The golf course is included in the ticket you buy. When we were there, this golf course was completely in Halloween atmosphere. We really enjoyed playing the 18 holes here.

There is also a nostalgic playground with old playground equipment that has been there for decades and is kept in honor. It is possible to have a drink and fries at the park’s kiosk. We spent a little over two hours total there, but that’s because the weather wasn’t super good. On a sunny day, you can easily enjoy half a day here during a city trip to Venlo with kids. For more information on opening hours, entrance fees and different attractions, take a look at the park’s website.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids #6: Toverland amusement park

Toverland amusement park is just over a 15-minute drive from Venlo and you can have a great time here with your kids for a whole day. Toverland consists of an indoor section and an outdoor section. In winter, only the indoor section is open and in summer you can visit all of the park’s attractions.

The amusement park is divided into six different worlds: Port Laguna, Avalon, Magic Valley, Ithaca, Wunderwald and the Land of Toos. Four of the themed areas are outdoors and two are indoors. There are a number of attractions where there is a height restriction and kids are only allowed to go in independently from a certain height. Certainly outside you have some spectacular attractions.

Toverland with kids
Toverland with kids

We visited the park several times and were also there once on a weekday when our daughter had her birthday and then it was very quiet. You also get free admission for the person whose birthday is on that particular day! We were there during the winter period and then only the indoor section was open. No problem at all, as we were able to have a great time here for a whole day.

We also visited the park once in the summer and then we also visited the outdoor section. Toverland has quite a few cool attractions and we had an extremely good time here for a whole day. In addition to the attractions, there are also three different shows you can go see with your kids. Of course, there are plenty of places in the park where you can get something to eat and drink, so you don’t necessarily have to bring that from home. For more information on opening hours, admission prices and the various attractions, take a look at the amusement park’s website.

Toverland with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids #7: Missiemusem Steyl

Another special museum you can visit with kids in the Venlo area is Mission Museum Steyl. One of the oldest museums in the Netherlands, this Mission Museum has a fantastic collection of stuffed animals and other objects that the Fathers brought to Limburg from all over the world.

For example, the museum has an animal collection that will be the envy of many a nature museum. The beautiful butterfly collection especially impressed us. Among them are really beautiful specimens, with the butterflies sometimes resembling an owl or a snake. The museum is not super big, but because of the scavenger hunt we did through the museum, we were still in here for over an hour and a half.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

With the scavenger hunt, kids have to look for all kinds of objects and answer questions about them. This makes the kids look at the collection much more intently, which we certainly found valuable. We parents were also impressed with the museum’s collection. For more information on opening hours, admission prices and the collection, check out the Mission Museum website.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids #8: Arcen Castle Gardens

The castle gardens in Arcen are a 15-minute drive from downtown Venlo and are beautifully landscaped. You can take a nice walk here with your kids through the castle’s various gardens. In addition to viewing the various gardens, here are more activities you can do with your kids.

This includes a play beach with two play towers and a natural play area with a migratory raft. You can also play a free game of miniature golf in the gardens on an adventurous miniature golf course. They have also set up a scavenger hunt for kids through the castle and gardens of the castle.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

The castle gardens also have a petting meadow with various animals you can visit. While a day ticket is quite pricey, you can buy a discounted family ticket for the family. This is definitely an activity to do with kids in the Venlo area during the summer. For more information on opening hours, entrance fees and various activities, take a look at the Arcen Castle Gardens website.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids: other activities

Of course, you have other fun activities in Venlo with kids. We briefly list these activities below.

#9 Monkeytown: If you are looking for a fun indoor playground in Venlo with kids for when the weather is not so good, Monkeytown is always a great choice. They have enough play equipment here for your kids so they’ll be busy for a whole morning or afternoon. Monkeytown is also manageable for parents and you can have a great lunch. In addition, you pay only for your kids and parents get in for free. Another thing we really liked about this branch of Monkeytown is that they have a climbing section that you don’t see at most branches. So our daughter had a great time at Monkeytown Venlo!

#10 Ballorig: Like Monkeytown, Ballorig is an indoor playground. Actually, the concept is exactly the same as Monkeytown and the description also applies to this indoor playground.

#11 Mind Mystery Horst: This museum is all about optical illusions. In different spaces, your brain is constantly led astray. For example, they have a house there that is upside down and inside you can take fun photos. There is also a mirror maze and a room where you seem to get bigger and smaller. There is also a museum section with plenty of optical illusions. The museum is about a twenty-minute drive from Venlo and is definitely a fun activity if you are taking a city trip to Venlo with kids.

#12 Pancake House Jagersrust: a great place to have lunch just outside Venlo with kids is this restaurant. Near the restaurant is a playground and there is also a smuggling trail here. At this smuggling trail, kids can jump ditches, walk over logs, build cabins and swing on ropes.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

#13 Hagerhof Children’s Farm: kids can feed the different animals here and there is also a cuddle hour with the animals. In addition, the petting zoo has a restaurant with an extensive menu, where you can have a great mid-afternoon lunch with the family!

#14 Playground Roeffen Mart: If you are looking for a great playground in Venlo with kids that you can visit for free, this is a very good option. The playground has more than 40 different pieces of playground equipment and is open 24 hours a day. Do bring your own food and drinks, as you can’t buy them here. You can park your car for free near the playground.

#15 Billybird Park Drakenrijk: If you are looking for a fun place in Venlo with kids to cool off in the summer, this is a really fun park to visit. Around the water you can find various playground equipment such as a kind of pedal car over a track, trampolines, a cable car and other playground equipment. In addition, in the water you have an AquaFunPark where the kids can play.

#16 National Park the Maasduinen: you can also go into nature in Venlo with kids. National Park de Maasduinen is a half-hour drive from Venlo, and you can get more information about the area at visitor center de Maasduinen. There is also a restaurant here where you can get something to eat and drink if you visit the area with your family. You can walk from the visitor center to play forest the Boskoel, where kids can especially play with the playground equipment made of rope. From the visitor center, you can walk two different trails of four and seven kilometers long.

#17 Playground Os Blie Riek: This is another great playground to visit in Venlo with kids. You pay a few euros per kid to play here, and keep in mind that the playground is only open Wednesday afternoons and weekends.

#18 Zwembad de Berckt: a 15-minute drive from Venlo, you can go swimming with kids in this swimming paradise. This pool has a slide, rapids, pirate ship and dragon island. There is also a whirlpool, sauna and Turkish bath. You also have a restaurant by the pool and at the vacation park you also have a large playground located for the kids.

#19 Candy Store Truuske: ok it may not be a real activity, but when we take a city trip to a certain city, we always like to take a quick visit to the local candy store with our daughter. Right in the center of Venlo is a beautiful candy store, where our daughter got to scoop up a bag of candy. In addition to regular candy, this candy store has sugar- and gluten-free candy and even organic candy.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids: food and drink

You can eat great food in Venlo with kids in lots of places! We had breakfast, lunch and dinner at several downtown eateries and we list the best family-friendly restaurants and eateries below.

Venlo with kids: Foodhall Mout

A fun place to eat in Venlo with kids is at Foodhall Mout. This foodhall is located in the center of the city and you have several tents where you can order food. You do this by scanning the QR code on the table and entering the number of your table. This allows you to stay cozy at the table and not have to walk around.

What we really like about Foodhall Mout is that it has a casual atmosphere. There were several families with children when we were there and the kids were playing nicely in the play area and on the steps. Our daughter also spent some time playing in the play corner while we were still enjoying a drink.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Because there are many different joints in the foodhall, there are also a huge number of choices. There are also plenty of different choices on there for kids to order. We enjoyed eating and drinking throughout the evening, ordering small portions of food over and over again.

We were there on a Friday night and around 8:30 or so a DJ also came to play background music. We can imagine that it is also a nice place to have lunch at noon, for example. For opening hours and the menu, check out Foodhall Mout’s website.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids: Milk & Cookies

For breakfast on Saturday morning we went to Milk and Cookies which is right in the center of Venlo. They state on their website that they serve the best coffee in town, but as far as that goes, the breakfast is also top notch. We had ordered a breakfast board here and it really looked fantastic (see the photo below) and tasted delicious as well. This was more than enough for our family of three and we left with a well-filled belly.

In addition, this coffee shop also has a whole closet with all kinds of games for kids. When we were there, several families were eating breakfast and several kids were also in the closet watching games. We spent quite some time playing the game of memory after breakfast. For more information on opening hours and the menu, check out Milk and Cookies Venlo‘s website.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids: Mocca Coffee Company

Another nice restaurant where you can have a great meal in Venlo with kids is the Mocca Coffee Company. This coffee bar has grown into a restaurant that also serves breakfast and lunch. We ourselves had lunch here once in this hip coffee bar and you can have a delicious lunch here. This coffee shop is also in the middle of downtown and when we arrived at the restaurant, the entire restaurant was completely full (which, of course, is generally a good sign). In addition, the interior looks very cool and really gives it a trendy look!

There are also plenty of choices for kids as to what they can eat here. For example, kids can order pancakes, sandwiches or soup here. There is also a small corner at the front of the restaurant where there are some books for kids to read in. For more information on opening hours and the menu, check out this coffee shop’s website.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids: Little Senorita

We love Mexican food and when we come across a restaurant downtown that serves this food, we like to eat here. And at Little Senorita you can eat delicious food! We had a wonderful dinner here in the evening with our daughter and it was the first time our daughter had ever had a burrito. Not normally a super eater, but she finished the whole burrito, so that alone is a good reason to come back to Venlo again.

In addition, we found the restaurant very atmospheric with many Mexican attributes in the place and, of course, Mexican music. For a moment we felt as if we were abroad. In addition, we thought it was very thoughtful of the staff at the store that Sophie immediately received a coloring book with a whole set of crayons. So very family-friendly! For more information about the restaurant, check out the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids: Ijsco Fantastico

When we visit a city, we actually always stop at a store that sells ice cream. If you are visiting the city of Venlo with kids then IJsco Fantastico is a very good option to have an ice cream. IJsco Fantastico has two branches in the city center that sell ice cream and we ate an ice cream at the branch located next to the Limburg Museum.

The ice cream parlor here is located in a special building, namely in an old gas station! Besides selling ice creams, the ice cream parlor also sells chocolate (beautiful chocolates) that comes from the chocolate factory (which is actually a third branch of the company). By the way, in the summer it is also fun to go for ice cream at the other establishment, since you can sit by the water with your ice cream! For more information on the different locations, ice creams and chocolate, check out IJsco Fantastico’s website.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Venlo with kids: Brasserie ‘t Vaarhoes

The World Pavilion Steyl and the Mission Museum Steyl are located in the village of Steyl and if you are looking for a good restaurant to have a good meal near these two museums, Brasserie ‘T Vaarhoes is a very good option. We visited this restaurant after visiting the Mission Museum and the restaurant is practically across the street from it.

When we visited the restaurant, we were lucky that the weather was beautiful and we had lunch outside on the terrace. Our daughter spent some time playing with other kids just next to the restaurant at a playground and the food here is also delicious. What is nice for families with kids is that the brasserie also has a children’s menu with different dishes and our daughter had a delicious pancake here.

With each children’s dish, kids receive a token that they can turn in inside the restaurant and get something from a toy for. Of course, this is always well liked by kids and our daughter was also very happy with her Halloween spider. For more information on opening hours and the menu, visit the Brasserie ‘T Vaarhoes website.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Where to stay in Venlo with kids?

Venlo with kids: Hotel Maashof

If you are looking for a nice place to stay in Venlo with kids, Hotel Maashof is definitely a good option. The hotel is a short ten-minute drive from downtown Venlo in a wooded area. The hotel has very nice rooms for families, including the Family Room Quattro for four. In addition, the hotel serves a delicious full breakfast to its guests in the morning. We stayed at the hotel for two nights and wrote about this hotel the blog hotel Maashof with kids.

Venlo with kids
Venlo with kids

Besides Hotel Maashof, you have a number of other options for staying overnight in Venlo with kids. We list some other options in the different price ranges below.

Budget Hotel: Hotel Wilhelmina

Mid-range Hotel: Mr. Jigs

Luxury Hotel: Bilderberg Hotel De Bovenste Molen

For a list of all hotels in Venlo with kids, take a look here.

This blog was created in part through a collaboration with the Municipality of Venlo.

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