Choose your Leiden

There is always something fun for children to do in Leiden! Many Leiden museums have children's programmes, the cinemas show children's films, and there are also interesting children's city walks, funny child and youth performances in the Leiden theatres, or you can visit a petting zoo, swimming pool or (covered) playground!

Museums

Museums often seem boring when you’re young. Museums in Leiden show that this doesn’t have to be case. Naturalis, Museum of Ethnology, National Museum of Antiquities and Museum Boerhaave all have exhibitions that align particularly well with children’s perception of the world. Check the Events Calendar for the current children's activities at Leiden museums!

These museums are perfect for kids

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A new attraction has been open in Leiden since June 2018: the Young Rembrandt Studio. The distinctive building on the Langebrug is where Rembrandt also had painting lessons from his master, Jacob van Swanenburgh, in his early years. There is now a fantastic animation that uses a video-mapping technique to show the viewer how Rembrandt walked around, played and especially learned to paint in Leiden during his childhood. The impressive film is also very suitable for children! The Young Rembrandt Studio is open Wednesday to Sunday, from noon to 5:00 pm, and is located at Langebrug 89. Go and take a look with the whole family!

Playground

Leiden has several fun playgrounds at which to spend the day. The Tuin van de Smid is located amongst the nature of the city. A tea house in the polder oasis of Leiden, with a nature playground and petting zoo. 

Kinderboerderij Merenwijk

The petting zoo has ponies, cows, sheep, rabbits and rodents. You can watch, pet and help feed the animals here. Visit kinderboerderij Merenwijk for a fun day out!

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Children's City Walks

There are several children's city walks in Leiden. These are available at the VVV Leiden tourist office for a small price.

Even more fun stuff!

There are activities for children at many different locations in Leiden. Check out the Events Calendar to read more about these activities. This allows you to do a comprehensive and focused search for fun activities.

Swimming

Swimming pools with water slides, diving boards and recreational facilities. Leiden even has a large outdoor swimming pool! Enjoy a day of fun in the water at various swimming pools in Leiden.

Swimming pools in Leiden