A day out with children at the Open Air Museum
At the Netherlands Open Air Museum in Arnhem there is always plenty to do! We offer a range of activities for all age groups. You can watch traditional craftsmen, such as the printer, at work, see a working steam engine or visit the wheelwright or farmer’s wife, who will tell you all kinds of things about life in days gone by. They will answer all your questions and sometimes you may even get a chance to lend a helping hand!
Besides visiting all the historic locations and meeting the occupants, you can also take part in all kinds of special activities as a family. Below you will find a taster of the different activities available.
For all ages
New: Heroes on the ball
Immerse yourself in history and see what you discover. Why do we wear orange? What are the highlights from the history of the Dutch team? Who are our heroes? And, more importantly, who is your hero? Feel your orange fever rising as you travel through the history of Dutch football.
Is the Open Air Museum a child-friendly museum? You bet! In 2016 we achieved an average child-friendliness score of 8.8. Children will learn all kinds of things at the museum, but there are also plenty of activities for them to get involved in. They can ‘get to work’ at the children’s activity farmyard, take a ride on the tram or play on the Zaan Square. Find out exactly what we have to offer by paying us a visit and give us your own score.
What would you do?
From 8 years - From 8 years - In this group game you will not only learn about history, but will also get to know each other better. You will come face to face with difficult choices from the past: whether to help a refugee during the First World War, whether to allow schools to close for Sugar Feast (Eid al-Fitr), whether to sail your trading vessel to China or Denmark... What would you do? And the rest of your family? How well do you really know each other?
Festivals in The Netherlands
From 4 to 12 years - This cheerful family presentation tells you all about the festivals that are celebrated in the Netherlands. There are quite a few! Some festivals date back centuries, while others are more recent. They include religious and other festivals that originate from all the religions and cultures present in the Netherlands. Play a part in a festival story. This will be recorded and you can watch it again at home.
Wat zou jij doen?
Vanaf 8 jaar - In dit groepsspel leer je niet alleen de geschiedenis, maar ook elkaar beter kennen. Jullie krijgen lastige keuzen uit de geschiedenis voorgeschoteld: een vluchteling helpen tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog, scholen wel of geen vrij geven voor het Suikerfeest, met je handelsschip naar China of naar Denemarken... Wat zou jij doen? En de rest van de familie? Hoe goed ken je elkaar eigenlijk?
What can you do on a day out with your kids? Why not go on a trail through the museum park and discover the museum in a fun way? Trails for all ages are available. One of these is Deetje’s Day, a trail for 4 to 6 year olds, who will learn about the things that a child in days gone by experienced over the course of a day. During another trail, Unresolved Cases, you will try to solve five crimes from the past – crimes that actually happened – using an app on your smartphone!
At the children’s activity farmyard kids can see how animals live up close. As part of the Smallholders project they learn where milk actually comes from and that you need to look after animals well if you want to eat healthy food. Between 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. farmyard activities are organised especially for children. Kids can help the farmer or farmer’s wife to look after the animals.