Zwolle with kids

Zwolle with kids: 7 fun activities in a row!

A weekend trip to Zwolle with kids is a great idea! There is enough to do to keep you and your family entertained for at least two days in this city in the eastern part of the country. The center of Zwolle is compact and surrounded by a canal. Based on the various times we have visited the city, we list the best activities and sights in Zwolle with kids for you.

#1: Dinoland zwolle

This park is all about dinosaurs. Inside Dinoland Zwolle there are all kinds of activities for kids of all ages. So kids can do crafts, dig up bones, attend an excavation with VR glasses and do all kinds of interactive games related to these dinosaurs. We found it really a very nice park to visit with our daughter.

In the outdoor part of the park, you have several large dinos, as well as a miniature golf course, a traffic plaza, a large playground, large trampolines and several climbing courses. Actually, Dinoland is one big playground for kids and they can also learn a thing or two about dinosaurs.

Dinoland Zwolle with kids
Dinoland Zwolle with kids

Dinoland is also good to visit when the weather is not so good, as there is an indoor playground and an area inside where you can play laser tag. We found that laser gaming was very fun to do and takes about 15 minutes. There is also a show that is, of course, dedicated to dinosaurs.

You can also obtain a scavenger hunt for kids through the park at the box office. We ended up being there all afternoon, but we actually thought that was too short. The next time we visit this park we will come right in the early morning so we have a little more time. For more information about this park, read our blog Dinoland Zwolle with kids.

Overijssel with kids
Dinoland Zwolle with kids

#2: Discovery Corner

The Discovery Corner is a large workshop for children ages four to 14, where kids can discover all kinds of things through experiments. There are more than 30 experiments at Ontdekhoek Zwolle that kids can do, and you should think about making chips from a potato, a dam from boulders to hold back water and making soap.

You have several branches of the Ontdekhoek in the Netherlands and we went to the Ontdekhoek in Rotterdam with our daughter. We spent a whole morning here and for kids it is fun to discover all kinds of things. The Ontdekhoek Zwolle is not quite in the city center, but by car you can get there in just over five minutes.

Rotterdam with kids
Rotterdam with kids

#3: Climbing Peperbus tower

One of the most famous sights in Zwolle is the 75-meter-high Onze Lieve Vrouwentoren or better known to the public as the Peperbustoren. In fact, you can climb this tower and on top of it you will have a beautiful view of the city of Zwolle and its surroundings.

Climbing the more than 300 steps may be tough for young children, but with plenty of breaks in between, even these kids should manage to get to the top of the tower.

Entrance to the tower is a few euros and walking through the center you can’t miss the tower. In many places in the city you can see the tower rising above the houses. For more information about the tower’s hours of operation, check out the tower ‘s website.

#4: Play forest the Lemelerberg

If you want to get out into nature in Zwolle with kids, the Lemelerberg nature reserve is a good option. This nature reserve including a play forest is just under a half-hour drive from Zwolle. We park the car at teahouse the Lemelerberg and see on the information boards near the parking lot at the teahouse that you can walk several routes.

Similarly, you have a children’s trail called “the trail of the lion. This route is about 4 kilometers long and passes through the forest and moors. In doing so, you follow the red dots and arrows that are clearly marked throughout the route. We walk part of the route to viewpoint the thick stone.

Zwolle with kids
Zwolle with kids

On top of Lemelerberg, you have play forest “In the lion’s den. Here kids can climb and scramble. It is not a very large play forest, but there is enough entertainment to keep you and the kids entertained for an hour. You have several natural courses, tree houses and sewer pipes in the forest here. You also have several hammocks here in the forest where you can lie comfortably. The play forest is suitable for kids up to about 10 years old. 

Zwolle with kids
Zwolle with kids

#5: Doepark Nooterhof

A great place to go with kids in Zwolle during the summer is Doepark Nooterhof. This park located outside the city about ten minutes away by car has a large water play area in the park for kids. It is a great place to cool off at the end of the day in summer after a day in Zwolle.

The park is maintained by volunteers and near the water playground there is also a tent (earthship) that sells drinks and ice cream for very reasonable prices. The tent also has an excellent patio overlooking the water playground. Proceeds from the tent again go entirely to park maintenance.

In addition, the park has a Barefoot Trail and you can do several scavenger hunts at the park. The park is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at noon.

Other children’s activities Zwolle

You have even more children’s activities in Zwolle. We briefly mention a few more children’s activities in Zwolle.

#6 Pancake Ship: A fun way to end your day in Zwolle is to go eat a pancake at the Pancake Ship. From downtown, you can walk to this ship in about 15 minutes. Here it is possible to eat both inside the ship and outside the ship by the water.

#7: Park de Wezenlanden: one of Zwolle’s largest city parks is about a ten-minute walk from the center. It is located opposite Doepark Nooterhof, so these two parks are great to combine. In the park there are two playgrounds and a large petting zoo. Together with a visit to Doepark Nooterhof, this is a great place to spend half a day entertaining the family.

#8 Kindertheater: in this theater just outside the center of Zwolle you can take your kids to performances of molletje. You can attend several performances of these puppets.

Zwolle with kids
Zwolle with kids

Family-friendly restaurant Zwolle

You have a number of family-friendly restaurants in Zwolle. We have already mentioned the pancake boat in our list of children’s activities in Zwolle, but there are a number of other fun family-friendly restaurants in Zwolle that you can visit with the family.

We have listed in the blog family-friendly restaurant Zwolle some nice restaurants, where you can go for lunch or dinner with kids. You will also find options for a restaurant with playground in Zwolle in this blog.

Where to sleep in zwolle with kids?

Hotel de Zon in Ommen

If you are looking for a cool hotel during your city trip to Zwolle with kids, then Hotel de Zon in Ommen is highly recommended. Located about a twenty-minute drive from Zwolle in beautiful Ommen, the hotel has fantastic rooms where you can spend the night. You can also enjoy waterfront dining and drinks here. We stayed in this hotel when we visited the amusement parks Slagharen and Hellendoorn near Zwolle and found it a very nice hotel to sleep in. We wrote about this hotel the blog Hotel the Sun with kids

Hotel the Sun with kids
Hotel the Sun with kids

Van der Valk Zwolle

This hotel is located slightly outside the center of Zwolle and you can park your car in front of the hotel for free. The hotel is very attractively and luxuriously decorated and the hotel has very spacious rooms. We had a triple room which was very luxurious and spacious. We also had a luxurious bathroom in the room with a very large bathtub. In addition, the hotel offers a very extensive breakfast in the cozy restaurant . We were very impressed with the hotel and wrote the blog hotel Van der Valk Zwolle with kids about it.

Family-friendly hotel Zwolle
Van der Valk Hotel Zwolle with kids

B&B The Langenlee

Located slightly outside the city center, this B&B in Zwolle offers a spacious apartment for families. We had an apartment with two bedrooms and a kitchen at our disposal. We were received with tremendous hospitality and we slept there wonderfully. The B&B is located in a wide green area and outside in the garden there are also several pieces of playground equipment. Despite being close to downtown Zwolle you don’t have that idea at all when you are there. In the morning we also received a delicious breakfast in a room below the apartment. We wrote a comprehensive review about our overnight stay at this B&B, which you can read here.

The Langenlee with kids
The Langenlee with kids

Pelsertoren zwolle

If you want to sleep in a unique place in Zwolle with kids, Zwolle’s Pelsertoren in the center is a cool choice. The inside of the different rooms (see the photo) looks very cool. You can park for little money in the parking garage across from the tower, and you can enjoy breakfast in the morning at a joint in the middle of downtown. We wrote an extensive review about our overnight stay in this tower, which you can read here.

Family-friendly hotel Zwolle
The Pelsertoren Zwolle with kids

B&B Nieuwleusen

Bed and Breakfast Nieuwleusen is not located in Zwolle itself but a 15-minute drive from Zwolle, but in the midst of other family activities such as the amusement parks Slagharen, Hellendoorn and Wildlands Emmen. We loved staying in this spacious apartment and you even have a private pub at your disposal at the apartment. We also wrote an extensive review about this as well. 

Bed and Breakfast Nieuwleusen with kids
Bed and Breakfast Nieuwleusen with kids

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