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I am Angie, an Italian MUM of two active boys and a princess. On this blog I share with you our fun discoveries, from city playgrounds to where to go on a rainy day. Enjoy! Angie

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Entries in toddlers (38)

Sunday
Nov112012

Saint Marten walk in the Vondelpark

11 of November is the day in which my lampion is enlightened...

These are the first words of the most famous Saint Maarten song. On the 11 of November kids prepare coloured lampions and go around ringing bells in houses singing songs and asking candies for it. 

A sort of dutch Halloween -door to door- trick ot treat. 

In Amsterdam there is a very special walk organized every year in the Vondelpark, where kids can walk around the park singing songs and carrying their light, it is very fascinating moment, as it is dark and with all the coloured lights. A band with music walks around with the families. 

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Wednesday
Oct102012

Restaurant Praq

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Former famous spot in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Restaurant Praq recently moved to the new boosting neighborhood of Waaidorp, in its brandly new building by dutch designer & architect Tjep. It is just north of Amsterdam, near the Zeeburger islands, and easily reachable by car on the A10. They have classic recipes and biological products, in the summer time a huge sunny errace is available with wood-fired oven for real italian pizza!

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Wednesday
May302012

Oud Valkeveen

Oud Valkeveen is a very beautiful play park overlooking the beach on the Gooimeer, a big lake just east of Amsterdam, near the towns of Bussum, Naarden and Huizen.

It has always been a recreational and entertainment area, and since a hundred years there used to be a pannekoeken house and people came here to bathe and sit in the sun. Now it's a park with plenty of fun attractions for children!

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Tuesday
May292012

Party time... what to prepare! 

Well, when I have to host a birthday party, I always try to make my best to prepare things that kids like and easy to do.

Here are a couple of tips for a successful birthday party!

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Monday
May282012

Playing at the Vondelpark

Grote Speelvijver Vondelpark, a difficult name for a beautiful place. The translation is large play pond in the Vondelpark, and as I was telling in the last post, now it's springing because the pools are all open and weather is just great!
 
And in this playground in the middle of the Vondelpark, there are also many other kids entertainment activities: a huge wooden castle to climb, two bungalows where I often see "monkey" children with the head upside-down, a big sand pit area with some water games. Lately they also placed a set of new swings, some normal ones, a round large one and then a train swing, a sort of family type, where three children can go at the same time, I have never seen one like this before!! 

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Saturday
May262012

Open air pools are now open!!!

With this lovely weather the best plan is to head to one of the open air pools that are all around in the parks of Amsterdam!

Here you can find all the locations of the pools in town.

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Monday
May212012

Sprookjes Wonderland

This fairy tale theme park has been voted from ANWB members as one of the three top outings in the Netherlands in 2012. 
Here you can find the representations of all the most famous stories of our youth, Pinocchio, Hansel and Gretel and Gulliver.
Kids also love the tours with the old model cars or ride a wooden horse. The very little ones can also make a tour on a tiny ladybird on water

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Thursday
May032012

Chimpie Champ

As the weather is still not so warm and sunny as we all would love it to be... let's just enjoy the kids' days with indoor playgrounds! 
 
Here is a new address where to go just outside Amsterdam, in Aalsmeer, it takes more or less 20-25 minutes to go there from city center. Chimpie Champ is a huge indoor space all in theme with jungle, african animals and especially monkeys.

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Wednesday
May022012

The Dolfinarium 

Lots of fun you will find by visiting the Dolfinarium in Hardewijk, it is 45 minutes to 1 hour drive from Amsterdam, and you will see dolphins, seals, sea lions, walruses and all sorts of fishes! Throughout the day, there are plenty of shows both in the lakes or water areas of the park, and in the big indoor dome.

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Tuesday
May012012

Are you planning your holidays?

There is a lovely Travel Book Shop in Overtoom which is a perfect place where to start dreaming about your holidays!
 
It is actually also good to go there with the children, as they have small tables in the back of the store and toys to play with. 

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Thursday
Apr262012

Baby Swimming in Zuiderbad

Zuiderbad in Museumplain opened 100 years ago. It used to be a covered school where to learn how to ride bicycles, then in 1912 the nicely art-deco building was converted in the actual swimming pool. It is right in the heart of the city, next to the Rijksmuseum, and it really has kept the flavour of an ancient swimming pool both for the stunning structure, which is even more impressive from the inside, and for the little details, as the fountain corners and the mosaics.

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Sunday
Apr152012

Olympia Playground

This is very well hidden playground which has lots of nice wooden game activities all inspired by theme "sea".
 
There is a prow of a boat to climb with a helm at the top so the child can have the feeling to sail. It's open inside, so you can go in and slide down from the opening.

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Friday
Apr062012

Keukenhof

Why can Keukenhof be special for children? There are many reasons, of course if you have a newborn it ' just lovely to have a walk' in the middle of this huge variety of flowers.

But the main reason in my opinion is that when children are young, they like to play, but they also need if not deserve to be taught the basics of the country in which they are living in. Flowers, as much as bicycles, are a symbol of the Netherlands, and this is a nice way to explain it to your older children.

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Friday
Apr062012

Bijlmerweide Farm

The Bijlmerweide is a perfect child-sized garden with animals: here you can find little lambs running in open green grass (not in enclosed areas), rabbits, turkeys, splendid colourful birds and even a proud peacock!

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Friday
Apr062012

Amstelpark

The Amstelpark was created in the early 1970s in occasion of a big fair of garden installations, the Floriade. There are special types of gardens and an Orangerie. Some sculpture exhibitions can be hosted in open air, or into the Glass House. There is a (wine) bar and a restaurant near the main entrance of the park. For kids there is a petty farm and a play ground.

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Friday
Apr062012

Rent a bakfiets

Are you just arrived in the Netherlands with young children? Are you looking for a way to catch up with the culture of this country? Well then the best thing you can do is to rent a Bakfiets!

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Friday
Apr062012

Biking through flower fields

Holland is world wide famous for its flowers, especially tulips. Spring is the time of the year where you can see the flower fields blossoming! You can find many colourful fields between Haarlem and Sassenheim, but the main tulip field area is around the little village of Lisse, 30 km south east from Amsterdam. At Lisse you will also find the Keukenhof Gardens.

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Tuesday
Apr032012

Watching Little Lambs

Spring has definitively arrived! We all enjoy longer days, nice sunny and sometimes warm hours and.. everyone really wants to get out of the house and head into parks and green grass. 

It is also Easter time and bunnies, lambs and eggs seem to be all around us. So what's better than heading for one of the kinderboerderij (Dutch for petty farm) to have a bit of fresh air and a walk to see all the farm animals! 

In some of these farms you can also buy some tiny bottles to feed the little lambs! Enjoy watching lambs and all the farm animals in these Amsterdam kinderboerderij (petty farms)

Monday
Apr022012

Kinderkapper - Imagine

A good place to have your child's hair cut is at the Kinderkapper room in the shop Imagine.
 
Children can play with toys, so waiting for the brother or sister's hair cut will not be as boring. They can also enjoy the lovely paintings on the walls. The big mirror in front of the "barber seat" is a lovely treat for little girls.

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Wednesday
Mar282012

Vondeltuin

One of the first sunny terraces you need to try in Amsterdam is the Vondeltuin.
 
There is a huge sandpit and benches all around it so you can get to sit in the sun all day long. For the older children there is a big igloo to climb on.

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