Wondering where to hold your child’s birthday party? Here are dozens of ideas for memorable celebrations.
This list originally included 29 venues (thus the title). We’ve since added more suggestions, so the list has grown. Most are located in The Hague but we’ve also included a few ideas from the surrounding area.
We have personal experience of #1, #2, #3, #7, #8, #14, #16, #20 and #21. The rest are places we’ve seen recommended by parents online, including in the Bumps and Babies and Mothers and Munchkins groups on Facebook.
At the bottom we’ve included a few links to a face painter and cake bakers. Do you have a suggestion to share? Please leave a comment!
#1. The Swing Gym – Perfect for kids from 2-10 years old. Large swings are suspended from the rafters of this old school gymnasium. Great for hours of fun! For younger kids, there are also balls, soft mattresses to jump on and other small toys.
#2. The Little Gym – In Voorburg, for kids 0-12 years old. A fun gym session, which can be customised to themes such as princesses or pirates, followed by cake.
#3. Gymnastiekfabriek – Dancing, climbing, sliding and more. This small gym studio in The Hague city centre has plenty of space for young kids to move around, lots of toys and great coffee.
#4. Planet Jump – Birthday parties include 90 minutes of time to bounce around on the wall-to-wall trampolines in this former Statenkwartier church.
#5. Jump Academy – A party with free running lessons, for kids from 6 years old.
#6. Swimming Party – At Zwembad de Fluit in Leidschendam you can swim and have a meal with your friends.
#7. Zuiderpark Trains – If the birthday boy or girl is born in a nice-weather month, why not go to the model trains in the Zuiderpark? A large, grassy field surrounds the trains – perfect for a picnic. If you contact the model train association ahead of time, they can decorate a train with streamers. It’s also possible to buy an buy an all-you-can-ride train ticket for your guests.
Crafty & Creative
#8. Villa Zebra – This museum and creative space in Rotterdam is one of our favourite rainy-day destinations, so we were excited to see that they also organise parties for 3-12 year olds. Parties include a guided tour of the exhibits and a special hands-on workshop.
#9. Hoeboer Keramiek – A pottery studio offering parties for kids from 4-12 years old. Painting your own cake, dinosaur or jewellery box are a few of the many options.
#10. De Kleine bEngel – For crafty, creative kids. Make a dream catcher, paint a cat or work on a painting.
#11. Wapiti Silver and Mosaic Workshop – Make a mosaic! For kids 6 years and older.
#12. De Bonte Bouwplaats – Is your kid completely crazy about Lego, and between 4-12 years old? This workshop in Delft could be just the birthday ticket.
#13. Green Balloon – Various parties for kids from 5-12 years old, including storytelling, chocolate making, robot parties and more. Depending on the type of party, it may be held at your house or their workshop.
#14. Koffie en Kind – Perfect for kids from 0-4 years old. Rental of this space in the Vogelwijk includes use of a large indoor play area (with trains, a playhouse and a slide), a small outdoor playground and staff who can serve drinks (coffee, tea, soft drinks) to your guests.
#15. Kids Play The Hague – Near Central Station, this kids play area (for kids 0-6 years old) can be rented for parties. You can rent the whole space for yourself, or host your party during one of the playgroup times. It’s possible to bring your own cake, catering and drinks without extra charge and they have party planners who can help, if required.
#16. Rainbow Tots – This playgroup for 0-4 year olds is held twice weekly in the Church of St. John and St. Philip. For a donation, you can make use of the same hall as the playgroup, and use their toys. Across the road from the church is a large playground.
#17. Zo Kinderopvang – Two locations in The Hague and Rijswijk, both with a fully equipped kitchen. Choose from a treasure hunt or a high tea party. Available at weekends or on Wednesday afternoons.
#18. Clubhouse Cantaloup – A clubhouse in the centre of The Hague with adjoining playground. Very reasonably priced, and available on weekend afternoons.
#19. Zuiderparadijs – An indoor play area in Zuiderpark, with the possibility to book extras like a clown or a magician along with your party. Other similar indoor play areas include Monkey Town, Ballenbak and Kids Eiland.
Kids Farms & Wildlife Parks
#20. Het Geertje – Slightly outside of The Hague (close to Leiden) this farm hosts parties on Wednesdays and Saturdays for kids from 5-12 years old. Even without an official party, there’s plenty to do such as giving the baby goats a bottle of milk.
#21. Pluk! Den Haag – A beautiful and large farm near the Loosduinen / Kijkduin area, with a kids play area, mini farm, garden and restaurant.
#22. Avonturia – Pan for gold, go on a treasure hunt or paint a bird house. These are some of the many party activities available at this famous wildlife centre.
#23. Sea Life – Kids from 5-10 can be turned into pirates or sea princesses and then search Sea Life for a treasure.
#24. Cake Bake Love – Kids 5 and up can decorate their own cake (various themes available such as princesses or pirates) at this Voorburg shop.
#25. Koken-op-Maat – Want to decorate your own cake, or top your own pizza? You can at this cooking studio.
#26. Perfect Pastry – Bake cookies, decorate a cake or a have a high tea at this Scheveningen venue.
#27. Hans en Frans – Make and decorate your own cake at this well known baker in The Hague.
#28. High Tea for Kids – This company will deliver a high-tea for kids to your house.
Museums & Theatres
#29. Kids Book Museum (Kinderboekenmuseum) – For kids from 4-12 years old, near the Central Station. For the little ones, they have Kikker-themed parties.
#30. Muzee Scheveningen – Parties can be organised on a Wednesday or Saturday around three themes: searching for seashells, a trip back in time or crafting.
#31. Prison Gate Museum (Museum de Gevangenpoort) – This is one for older kids (ages 8-14). A museum guide will take the kids to a special room and divide them into two teams. They then go on an exciting adventure through the museum.
#32. Koomans Puppet Theatre – This charming puppet theatre in the Statenkwartier will entertain kids from 5 years old with a show, and cake during the intermission.
#33. Panorama Mesdag – Kids from 6-10 years old can see the biggest painting in the Netherlands close up, and then make their own Panorama.
#34. Madurodam – Go on a treasure hunt and then have a special birthday meal in the cafe.
Face Painters, Entertainers & Bakers
- Martistic – The best face painter in The Hague! We have personally hired her. Her work is amazing, and in addition to beautiful dolphins and butterflies for girls, she does cool glitter tattoos for the boys.
- Makeover & Kids – Hire a face painter or a special guest at your party, like Elsa from Frozen.
- Kitchey Cakes – Specialised in cakes for anyone with allergies or eating preferences (eg. gluten free, sugar free).
- Patricia de Lyra Cakes – Gorgeous cakes for any theme you can think of (eg. rocket ships, My Little Pony, dinosaurs).