With all the new apartment blocks opening their doors in the Zuidas there are a lot of young families moving into the area. And there are plenty of new initiatives for the youngest Zuidas residents. Journalist Natasja Admiraal and photographer Jeannette Huisman, two friends who gave birth to a baby girl on the exact same day, reveal their favourite hotspots and activities.

ArtZuid

Young artists

Kids op de Zuidas

Jeannette and Natasja love to go out with their kids.

Parents with creative children, take note: during school holidays Art Zuid organizes the popular Art Camp for children between 5 and 12 years old. They’re taught how to look at art during art trips, they can let their hair down in the Beatrixpark and learn to work with different materials and techniques. At the end of the week, all artworks will be displayed in a special exhibition for parents, relatives and friends.

Since 2015, more than 500 children have participated in this five-day camp. Perhaps you’re looking for an original birthday party for your child? Then you’re welcome to celebrate his or her birthday with a creative workshop at Art Zuid. Our art experts guide the children in their creative process and help them make a work of art in a theme chosen by the birthday boy or girl. Fun time guaranteed for all!

Prinses Irenestraat 19-1, artzuid.nl

Restaurant Gordal

Knights and princesses

Feel like going out for dinner with your family? Then Gordal would be the perfect choice. This child-friendly restaurant in the Element Amsterdam Hotel takes you on a culinary journey through sunny Spain. Taste the many authentic Spanish dishes being prepared on the Green Egg while your children enjoy the Gordal Kids Corner on the roof terrace with great views of the Zuidas skyline.

In our play castle the dreams of every knight and princess come alive. The menu lists plenty of mouth-watering small dishes and healthy snacks for our youngest guests. Try the delightful pintxos, the northern variety of tapas: slices of bread with a variety of toppings.

Arent Janszoon Ernststraat 577, gordalrestaurant.com

Botanic Garden Zuidas

Horticulture for children

Botanische tuin Zuidas

Explore in the Botanic Garden PHOTO: JEANETTE HUISMAN

Roam through the bamboo forest, admire the most extraordinary cacti in our tropical greenhouse or join a guided tour of the Botanic Garden Zuidas – admission is free! This green oasis is a wonderful world for young and old. During the opening and closing weekend there are special activities for children, organized by volunteers with experience in education.

Want to learn about sowing seeds, planting, and potting cuttings? Master gardener Geralt Joren will teach you a few tricks during the Green Fingers course. And naturally you won’t go home empty-handed. In our shop with sunny terrace we sell all kinds of plants and seeds, bee honey from the Botanic Garden and 100% pure fruit juice. Our delicious ice-cream is only fifty cents…

Van der Boechorststraat 8, botanischetuinzuidas.nl

Strandzuid

Mud pies and cocktails

StrandZuid is fun with your kids!

StrandZuid is fun with your kids!

Unwind from your busy job with a round of table tennis or a game of beach volleyball right in the middle of town! Or would you rather play pétanque (boule) with your family? If you crave that holiday feeling in your own city, make sure you head to Strandzuid. The owners have created a very relaxed vibe with furniture from Bali, lounge chairs and a special playground for children. While you’re sunbathing on the terrace and the little ones are baking mud pies you’d almost forget you’re in Amsterdam.

Treat yourself to a cocktail or a specialty beer and buy your children an ice-cream. And at the end of the day it’s a very short stroll to the waterside restaurant. Here you can enjoy worldly tastes in a relaxed beach atmosphere. Oh, and who wouldn’t like some French fries from the Frietboutique? Bring on the summer!

Europaplein 22, strand-zuid.nl