7 things to do with children in North Brabant

By: Jeroen Sporting | Read time: 8 minutes
  • Efteling met gezin in attractie Max & Moritz
  • Meisje op safari in Beekse Bergen en spot dieren door haar verrekijker
  • Recreatiepark TerSpegelt sterrenstrand
  • preHistorisch Dorp Eindhoven

North Brabant is a location that draws you closer to those unforgettable moments with the entire family. There are children’s activities for sleuths, princesses, daredevils and water rats. Will you choose a swimming paradise, an amusement park, a childproof museum or a castle? Plan your ideal family outing or day out in the Netherlands in North Brabant. Or stay a bit longer and have fun in the great outdoors. There are many campsites and holiday parks for a wonderful overnight stay in North Brabant.

1. The Efteling theme park: a world of wonders

The largest amusement park in the Netherlands

The largest amusement park in the Netherlands

One of the top attractions in Europe is reason enough for a day out with the family in North Brabant. You create memories for life in the Efteling. Experience the magic of the fairy-tale forest, get on a family roller coaster and explore the world of the elves in Droomvlucht (Dreamflight). If you are looking for a family outing this winter, come to the Winter Efteling! For even more fun at the largest amusement park in the Netherlands, you can stay overnight at the Efteling.

Meisje met Pardoes voor de Pagode in de Efteling Efteling met gezin in attractie Max & Moritz Meisjes op paddenstoel in de Efteling

Would you like to enjoy the Efteling even longer?

2. The best campsites for children in the Netherlands …

  • De Smulhoeve paard
  • Spelende kinderen op Charme Camping Hartje Groen in De Maashorst
  • Het Goeie Leven kamperen

... can be found in North Brabant! There are many children’s activities and plenty of fun excursions in the area. Such as Camping De Paal in Bergeijk, a true children’s paradise that, with good reason, was voted best campsite for children.

If you are looking for a child-friendly campsite in the middle of the Brabant countryside, Charme Camping Hartje Groen is located in the primeval area De Maashorst. It’s so much fun to enjoy nature! And how would you feel about a glamping holiday? At Het Goeie Leven Natuurcamping in Eerde, Camping Brehees in Goirle, the horse farm De Smulhoeve in Kaatsheuvel and Glamping De Bosweide, the entire family will be welcomed with Brabant hospitality.

3. The most fun museums for children

Playing, experiencing and learning something new

Playing, experiencing and learning something new

Playing, experiencing and learning something new: North Brabant has several outstanding Dutch museums that are meant for the entire family. Spot dinosaurs in the Oertijdmuseum (Prehistoric Museum) in Boxtel or go exploring in the Prehistoric Village in Eindhoven. Klok en Peel Museum in Asten has been chosen as the nicest family outing in North Brabant several times already. 

More childproof museums

preHistorisch Dorp Eindhoven Oertijdmuseum met groot skelet van een dinosaurus Museum Klok & Peel - wolf

4. Back to nature with children

  • Meisje speelt in het zand in de Loonse en Drunense Duinen
  • Jongetje in boom in Kampina
  • Meisje als kabouter bij een kabouterpaaltje op het kabouterpad

Foraging through the Brabant Sahara? Climbing and scrambling in a play forest or getting some fresh air during a vigorous bicycle ride? With four national parks and many more special nature reserves, North Brabant has plenty to choose from for a day out in nature with children. Immerse yourself in the exciting Sagas & Legends routes or follow the footsteps that go through a gnome forest. Brabant’s countryside has lots of adventures for the entire family.

Explore all Sagas & Legends routes

5. Child-friendly holiday parks

  • Center Parcs De Kempervennen Aquamundo golfslagbad
  • Recreatiepark TerSpegelt sterrenstrand

If you really want to go exploring with the family in North Brabant, one or two days will not be long enough. For a longer stay, you can choose from one of the holiday parks, such as Center Parks De Kempervennen (photo on the left) in Westerhoven, TerSpegelt Recreational Park (photo on the right) in Eersel, Roompot Schaijk or Holiday Park Herperduin in Oss. With plenty of children’s activities and a countryside location, these parks offer a wonderful family holiday in the Netherlands. 

6. On Safari in Beekse Bergen Safari Park

  • Meisje op safari in Beekse Bergen en spot dieren door haar verrekijker

North Brabant takes you closer to Africa! Beekse Bergen Safari Park in Hilvarenbeek is the largest wildlife park In Europe. You can go on safari through the vast countryside with your own car, on foot or by boat and come face-to-face with wild animals. An excursion in Beekse Bergen is even better if you stay the night. Stay overnight among the wild animals in the Safari Resort, see the sun come up above the savannah in the Safari Hotel, or book a Jungalow in the Lake Resort.


“Alternate your safari with fun playing and swimming in the Beekse Bergen Playground. Children have the time of their lives on trampolines, water games, a mini golf course and a racetrack. And it is wonderful to watch them from the terrace or sandy beach!”

Staying overnight?

7. Going on an adventure in a castle

  • Kasteel Heeswijk met deel van de tuin

Would you like to be a knight or a lady of the castle for a day? You can in one of the castles in North Brabant. Go on an exciting scavenger hunt through the secret passages of the enchanting Heeswijk Castle. Climb the tower and go on a good hike through the estate. Helmond is home to the largest moated castle and is one of the nicest outings to do with children in the Netherlands. Play castle games dressed as a knight or a princess and climb your way to the exciting attic room of Helmond Castle.

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