Virtual Vacation from Home to Amsterdam

Let’s make travel accessible to everyone around the world through virtual vacations from home! Today, let’s take a virtual vacation from home to Amsterdam. This is a place where we will celebrate culture, language, history, and acceptance of people around the world. Here, families can travel to Amsterdam comfortably! Find virtual fun, tours of famous destinations and museums, cooking lessons, and more in our Travel From Home section. Kids will get hands-on experiences and learn about a variety of cities, countries, and regions through these at-home travel guides. Additionally, these resources can be used as an educational tool.

Each one also includes a list of books and movies for all ages to bring the whole experience to life in your living room. This is a wonderful opportunity to inspire young travelers, introduce kids to a place you will travel to in the future, and/or simply teach your family about other places around the world. Enjoy, explore, and create memories together!

Virtual Vacation from Home to Amsterdam

Two girls run through a tulip garden in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is a lovely European location for families to explore! Help kids pack their backpack for a day of site-seeing around Amsterdam’s iconic canals, gardens, and landmarks. To jumpstart your adventure, first consult a handy map of the Netherlands, teaching children about Amsterdam’s place within the small European country. Then, all you need for your trip is a camera (phone cameras work!) and your little one’s favorite travel item. Once you have arrived in Amsterdam, start with a Rick Steves tour of Amsterdam to get a glimpse at famous sights like Anne Frank Huis and Museumplein. 

Springtime Views on Our Virtual Vacation from Home to Amsterdam

A view of the Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam, one of the famous stops on our Virtual Vacation from Home to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam blooms with bountiful flora during springtime, the city’s most popular season! Gardens at Keukenhof, just outside of Amsterdam, and the city’s own floating market make spring come alive in a shower of colors and fragrant smells. Luckily, there’s still plenty of nature to enjoy from the comfort of your home. Kids will love flying over the flowers with a Keukenhof drone tour, as seen in this video by Wiebe de Jager. (You’ll really feel like you’re flying!) For a closer look at The Netherlands springtime beauty, take this virtual tour of the flowers and greenhouses, which also includes information about the royal garden to teach children about the parliamentary system.

Get Creative

Watercolor drawing of three pink and yellow tulips.

Once you have seen the splendor of Amsterdam’s gardens, it’s time to create your own unique flowers! Making flowers is a fun and easy way to bring Keukenhof to life in your home. Ventuno Art allows families to design their own brilliant flowers with these tutorials, a simple craft for younger kids between the ages of 3-8 years old. For older kids, this video from Ventuno Art showcases more intricate designs for older kids with more advanced skills. In the end, put all your creations together to form a special Amsterdam garden!

Follow These Instagram Accounts

A view of the canal and a bridge within Amsterdam.

Parents and teens may also love doing a virtual tour of Amsterdam through Instagram. Dutch accounts like Maria Franciska (@mariafranciska), PDY (@pdy), and Een Wasbeer (@eenwasbeer) post stunning photos of Amsterdam’s iconic architecture and canal scenery. Others, like Iamsterdam (@iamsterdam), are self-proclaimed “Instaguides,” showing users some of Amsterdam’s most famous landmarks, like Dam Square. Humans of Amsterdam (@humasofamsterdam) is a fascinating documentary approach including real-life stories, while foodies will love Eating Amsterdam (@eatingamsterdam). Renee Kemps (@renee_kemps) and On A Hazy Morning (@onahazymorning) take a more niche approach, highlighting Amsterdam’s interior design or botany aesthetics.

Go on an Art Tour as You Take a Virtual Vacation from Home to Amsterdam

Vincent Van Gogh's painting Wheatfield with Crows.

A very famous artist was born in the Netherlands. Can you guess who? Amsterdam brims with expressionist Vincent Van Gogh’s rich history, in and around the city. To teach kids more about his interesting life, visit the Van Gogh Gallery’s biography. Here, you’ll learn the story of his migration from the Netherlands through Belgium and eventually to France. Or, view his biography by the Free School. Preschoolers and school-age kids will also enjoy learning about Van Gogh’s life through Art with Mati and Dada. This fantastic video shares a cartoon analysis of his life and work. 

No matter which video you choose, let kids try their hand at painting one of his famous works with Art Lady Channel! With simplified instructions on how to recreate masterpieces like Starry Night, it’s perfect for kids between the ages of 6-12. Then, see more of his famous works with a virtual tour through the Van Gogh Museum. Van Gogh continues to be one of the most influential artists of the Western world! If you’re ready for more art after your Van Gogh adventure, check out some of Amsterdam’s most famous museums. Familes can try Rijksmuseum, where you can see famous works by Vermeer and Rembrandt.

Be Active During Your Virtual Vacation from Home to Amsterdam

Bikers whizzing by a park in Amsterdam. Biking is a great way to get active on our Virtual Vacation from Home to Amsterdam.

Time to get outside! Amsterdam is rated as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. So, do as the Dutch do and take a family bike ride through your neighborhood! Get the family outside to explore local sights through a new lens. First, soak up the sun. Next, pretend you’re cruising past windmills and tulips in the distance.

Let’s Get Cooking

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After your adventure outside, you may have worked up an appetite. Begin your exploration of delicious Dutch cuisine by cooking some traditional meals! Younger kids can easily help prepare Panekoeken, a Dutch pancake that can be served sweet or savory. Older kids may also delight in creating Bitterballen, a favorite Dutch snack filled with beef broth and dipped in mustard! If you’re looking for more Dutch food ideas to create as a family, find Amsterdam’s most iconic foods from their head of tourism.

Musical Melodies

Hands playing a piano. Music is the perfect way to enjoy a Virtual Vacation from Home to Amsterdam.

After snack, snuggle up and listen to some Dutch nursery rhymes. Cute cartoons accompany songs to create an interactive experience for future singers! Older kids with a more refined music taste can also check out the Netherlands’ top pop songs! Music is a great way to connect to another culture.

Snuggle Up with a Good Book

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Stories can also be a wonderful way to explore different places and discover diverse cultures. End your virtual tour of Amsterdam with a few stories set within its city. Perhaps you already have some Dutch classics at home! Miffy the Artist is an adorable lift-the-flap book detailing Miffy the Mouse’s adventures through an Amsterdam museum. Alfie the Werewolf is a fun romp about a child who turns into a werewolf on his seventh birthday, written by famous Dutch children’s author Paul Van Loon. Tow Truck Pluck, a classic Dutch children’s book about a young boy. Or, check out some read-aloud titles. First, try Jip and Janneke: Sippy is on the cupboard or Miffy in the Hospital. Next, try Camille and the Sunflowers. Books are a fantastic for inventive ways to get younger children interested in Amsterdam!

Catch a Movie

Couple watching a movie, a perfect way to end the day after taking a Virtual Vacation from Home to Amsterdam.

If you have older teens or are looking for a parent date night movie, try The Dinner, The Goldfinch, and Girl With the Pearl Earring. They are all set in Amsterdam or in neighboring cities in the Netherlands. The Fault in Our Stars and The Diary of Anne Frank are more somber choices if you want a heart-wrenching drama. For an action-packed flick, James Bond, Diamonds are Forever is also an option!

Happy Virtual Vacation from Home to Amsterdam!

A view of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Vacationing in Amsterdam can be a lovely experience for your family! From art to iconic flowers and culinary classics, Amsterdam is sure to be a hit with your kids – whether on the ground or from your couch! Whether you are preparing to travel to Amsterdam in the future, or looking for ways to travel from home, this virtual vacation can help your family get a taste of Amsterdam! We hope you have enjoyed your virtual vacation to Amsterdam.

Follow Michelle on Instagram: @adventuretolearn

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Michelle Hamilton

Michelle Hamilton has been traveling since she was a few months old. Born in California with her heart in Switzerland, where her family is originally from, she now instills this wanderlust into her own three children. Michelle currently lives and works as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist in Colorado, where she owns an Air B&B, and spends her free time outdoors hiking, biking, or skiing. Having traveled much of Europe and Asia with her husband, she soon plans to "worldschool" her kids, merging an enriching education with her family's passion for travel.