Zaanse Schans with kids

Zaanse Schans with kids: all the information at a glance!

Visiting the Zaanse Schans with kids is fun! We have visited the Zaanse Schans several times now and each time we shoot beautiful pictures here with our daughter and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We already visited the Zaanse Schans once with our daughter when there was hardly anyone there (because of corona), only then everything was also closed and we only took a walk along the windmills.

Last weekend we also visited the windmills and the museum and in this blog we list all the information you need for a fun day to the Zaanse Schans with kids.

Zaanse Schans with kids
Zaanse Schans with kids

Zaanse Schans Card

We used the Zaanse Schans Card during our visit to the Zaanse Schans. This card gives “free” admission to the various museums on the Zaanse Schans. You can then visit the Zaanse Museum and the Verkade Experience and several mills, among other places. It is also possible to visit these museums individually and buy a separate ticket. 

By the way, a visit to Zaanse Schans is just free and you only pay if you want to enter the various museums and mills. Look carefully in advance at exactly what you all want to visit and whether the card will benefit your family then. You can purchase the card online. For more information about the card and what all is included with the card, take a look here

Zaanse Schans with kids
Zaanse Schans with kids

Zaans museum

We drove on Saturday morning from our home near Tilburg to the Zaanse Schans and parked the car (paid) in front of the Zaans museum. We get there at 10 a.m. when Zaanse Schans opens and see that it is already quite busy. We wanted to visit the Zaanse Museum first, since a visit to this museum had been on our list for a while and the reviews about this museum are very good.

Because we are visiting the museum during the St. Nicholas season, we will start first with a speculaas making workshop. Our daughter always absolutely loves this kind of activity and in no time she has made a beautiful speculaas doll in the mold and it can go into the oven to be baked off. Meanwhile, we continue to explore the museum.

Zaanse Schans with kids
Zaanse Schans with kids

At the Zaans Museum, you will get information about the region and be told what all the mills were used for. When we visited this section with St. Nicholas, there was also a St. Nicholas scavenger hunt, so our daughter was totally absorbed in this scavenger hunt. She has to find different Saint Nicholas bags with the corresponding numbers and words, with which she could make a sentence. Meanwhile, we were able to look around the museum at leisure. 

For kids, the Verkade Experience is the most fun at the museum. You can see the whole process of making cookies and chocolate here. Kids can play games here on displays where they have to pack cookies and chocolates, helping to work in the Verkade factory. By the way, chocolate bars are not really produced here (it looks so real, we thought so at first). 

Kids here can make their own design for a wrapper for a chocolate bar and then you can buy a bar for this in the store, why the wrapper fits. So kids have their “own chocolate bar. When we were there the first time (with St. Nicholas) kids could decorate a bag in which the speculaas doll could go and the last time we were there we made the wrapper for the chocolate bar. Both children’s activities our daughter really enjoyed!

Zaanse Schans with kids
Zaanse Schans with kids

the other sights

After we visited the Zaans museum, we naturally went for a tour of the various mills. It is and remains a beautiful area for hiking and despite being quite busy we enjoy the scenery. We watch at the clog factory how they make wooden shoes, at the cheese farm how they make cheese and at the weaving shop how people used to weave.

In addition, you have several mills you can visit. By the way, you can pick up a map of the area at the Zaans Museum, which makes it very easy to orient yourself around the Zaanse Schans site. We visit the paint mill the Cat and the sawmill ‘t Jonge Schaap. Sophie enjoys taking a look inside the mills and climbing up the narrow stairs. From the mills you have a beautiful view of the surrounding area.

Zaanse Schans with kids
Zaanse Schans with kids

accessibility Zaanse schans with kids

You can easily reach the Zaanse Schans with kids. By car, you can park your car next to the Zaanse Museum and walk right onto the Zaanse Schans. It’s also easy to get to Zaanse Schans by public transportation. The nearest train station to Zaanse Schans is Zaandijk – Zaanse Schans. You can reach this station by local train from Amsterdam Central train station in 17 minutes. From this station you can walk to the Zaanse Schans in 15 minutes.

You can also take the bus from Amsterdam to the Zaanse Schans. This bus will take you to the Zaanse Schans in about forty minutes. Of course, it is also fun to rent a bike in Zaandam, for example, and then cycle to the Zaanse Schans in just over 15 minutes. 

Family-friendly restaurant Zaanse Schans

You can also have great food and drink at the Zaanse Schans with kids. For example, on the grounds of the Zaanse Schans you have pancake restaurant the Crow, where you can enjoy a pancake with your kids. This restaurant is practically next to the Zaans Museum, and you can sit inside or outside. We also ate pancakes here and it was very delicious! We sat outside on the terrace in the sunshine and it was really enjoyable!

You also have Restaurant de Hoop on D’Swarte Walvis located where you can grab a bite to eat and drink. There are also small stalls at the various mills where you can buy a cup of coffee, hot chocolate and a cake or some candy. In that regard, there are plenty of opportunities in this area!

Family-friendly restaurant Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans with kids

conclusion

We definitely recommend the Zaanse Schans with kids. Especially on a sunny day, it is fun to walk around. The area is beautiful and you can take nice pictures here. Certainly the Zaanse museum is also great fun to visit with kids. Expect to spend about three hours with this activity. Of course, it is quite crowded with foreign tourists, but we must say that it did not bother us. For more information about the Zaanse Schans, check out its website.

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