7 x fun things to do with the kids in North Brabant
Planning a holiday with your children? Or just a day out with the whole family? North Brabant, in the south of the Netherlands, is a fantastic place to visit. Campsites specially designed for children, some of the world's best theme parks, and holiday parks with brilliant leisure pools for the whole family. Below are 7 tips for unforgettable trips with your family.
1. A world of wonder...
Forget Disney: here's why Efteling is Europe's best theme park for young kids', that's what the Daily Telegraph wrote about the Efteling. In this theme park, you won't believe your eyes: magic performances, exciting rollercoasters, and a fantastic fairytale forest. In short: a brilliant trip for the whole family. What about if you want to stay overnight? You can, at the Efteling Hotel, the Loonsche Land holiday park, Efteling Bosrijk or one of the many options in the area of Kaatsheuvel nearby.
2. "It's not quite Tanzania, but it's the next best thing."
Beekse Bergen Safari Park in Hilvarenbeek is the largest safari park in the Benelux, where you can get close enough to almost touch around 1,500 wild animals. Discover the Safari Park from your own car, go on an adventurous walk through the park, or take a boat safari with a ranger. Katja Hentschel from Travelettes experienced it during her holiday in North-Brabant last year. Together with her three year old toddler Atlas she travelled through North-Brabant and discovered why this region is one of the best places to go for a family holiday. Tip: from April 2018, you can spend the night not just in the ranger's camp, but also in the brand-new Safari Resort.
3. The best kids campsite in the Netherlands...
... can be found in North Brabant. De Paal Campsite was chosen as 'Campsite of the Year for children up to age 12' at the beginning of 2018 by the ANWB (Dutch Tourism and Automobile Association). This family campsite in Bergeijk is a real paradise for young children, with plenty of activities, great swimming pools, a fantastic entertainment programme, and the biggest sand pit in the Netherlands.
4. Learn and discover at Strijp-S
Whether you're talking about building robots, an inventor's workshop, or making your own film, children can have the time of their lives at The Ontdekfabriek (Discovery Factory) in Eindhoven. Not just by seeing how things are made, but by doing it themselves. The Ontdekfabriek is on Strijp-S, the creative and cultural heart of Eindhoven and is open on Wednesday afternoons, during school holidays, and by appointment at weekends.
5. Wandering through the shifting sands..
The Sahara of Brabant, that's what De Loonse en Drunen Duinen National Park (the Loonse and Drunen Dune National Park) is often called. This nature reserve in Het Groene Woud (the Green Forest) is a great place to relax with the whole family. Of course, kids can romp around to their heart's content, running down the sandy hills, playing football, or climbing trees.
6. The best museums for kids
Finding dinosaurs, ringing bells, or going back to ancient times... In North Brabant there are tons of original, child-friendly museums to visit, such as the Oertijdmuseum (Prehistoric Museum) in Boxtel, Prehistorisch Dorp (Prehistoric Village) in Eindhoven or the Klok en Peel Museum in Asten. Or try the Natuurmuseum (Natural History Museum) in Tilburg, where you can learn all about the lives of plants and animals.
7. Child-Friendly holiday parks
If you really want to discover Brabant, you'll need more than a couple of days. For a longer stay, you can head for one of our great holiday parks, such as De Kempervennen Center Parcs in Westerhoven, or RCN De Flaasbloem Holiday Park in Chaam. Or what about Streekpark Klein Oisterwijk (Little Oisterwijk Regional Park), TerSpegelt Recreational Park in Eersel or Herperduin Holiday Park in Oss? All of these parks aren't just child-friendly, they're also set in the beautiful Brabant countryside. Look here for more holiday parks in North Brabant.