Where do you go with the kids when it’s pouring rain? Here are 20+ ideas for rainy day activities, in and around The Hague. If you have more tips, add them in the comments!
Our first suggestion is to make the most of it. Dress your kids up in waterproofs and go splash and play around. Simple and great fun. Prefer to stay dry? Scroll down for a ton of other rainy-day destinations.
Jump, Swim & Swing
Swimming – Pools around The Hague have open swim hours throughout the week. General information in English can be found here. We can personally recommend De Waterthor and De Blinkerd. In Monster, De Boetzelear is an excellent pool for kids with several pools and a large slide (assuming you have a car to get there, it’s not easily reached by public transport). The Zuiderpark pool also has a large slide which kids love.
Sport & Play Palace – In the summer the Uithof (at the end of tram line 4) hosts a ‘sport and play paradise’ (Sport en Spel Paleis). Entry is €8 per kid, and includes access to a ton of bouncy castles, trampolines, water boats, splash pools and more.There are small extra charges for a few special activities like archery. It’s completely indoors so even the water play areas are a go on rainy days. See the website.
Planet Jump – Bounce around on the wall-to-wall trampolines in this former Statenkwartier church. See the website.
Glow Golf – As a one-off, kids from 4 years old can enjoy 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark golf at Glow Golf Scheveningen. See the website.
Museums, Libraries & Cultural Hot Spots
The Library – Most libraries in The Hague have a cozy reading area for kids. You can borrow a book (kids get a free library card), or just stay to read a few books and play. On certain days, libraries around the city have a story time (voorleesuur) for the 0-5 set and sometimes also a craft for kids up to 8 years old (knutselen). Here’s the full list of days and times.
Villa Zebra – Located in Rotterdam, this is one of the best kids cultural centres we’ve been to, for 3-12 year olds. It’s modern art, a play area and craft workshop all in one. Easily reached by public transport from The Hague. See the website.
Kinderboekenmuseum – For younger kids, the top floor of this museum is dedicated to a play space featuring all your favourite characters from children’s books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Nijntje, Little Polar Bear, Kikker and more. Older kids, from 7 years old, can visit the Papiria exhibition. See the website.
Museon – A natural history museum in the Statenkwartier with regularly changing exhibits and workshops for kids. See the website.
Volkenkunde Museum – A short walk from Leiden train station is the National Museum of Ethnology. They regularly make parts of their exhibits child-friendly, and have plenty of kids activities for everyone from two years and older. See the website.
Het Van Kinderen Museum – Despite the name, this museum isn’t a museum in the traditional sense – it’s more of a kid’s workshop, where children from 6 years old can make the artworks which later hang in the museum. See the website.
Louwman Museum – The world’s oldest private collection of cars. Although there are no specific activities for kids, they do enjoy looking at the cars (the ‘swan car’ is a particular favourite) and the large building means that there’s plenty of room for kids to run around. See the website.
Play Areas & Kid Friendly Cafes
Rainbow Tots – On Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 9:45-11:30. Kids from 0-4 can play with the toys, do a craft and enjoy some music at the end of the session. Just €5 per family. See the website.
Pier Zuid – Walk down the covered pier in Scheveningen (an experience in itself) to the very end where you’ll find Pier Zuid – a restaurant with a large play area for kids up to about 8 years old and great coffees for the parents. See the website.
Koffie en Kind – A longstanding favourite coffee-and-play area for parents of 0-4 year olds, open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 9am to 1:30pm and Wednesday from 9-11:30am. In addition, they often run special sessions on a diverse range of topics (parenting tips, storytelling mornings) and to celebrate events such as Easter. See the website.
Experiment & Learn
De Kinder Werkplaats – Kids from 4 years old are welcome here to build and experiment. Each kid gets a “toolkit” when they arrive and can pick what they want to do. In the summer, they’re open Monday through Friday. Opening times vary during the rest of the year so check the website. See the website.
Science Centre Delft – A hands-on Science Centre where kids can explore, learn and experiment. See the website.
Hallo Wereld – The Delft library has a special play area — a kunstspeeltuin or ‘cultural playground’ — where kids from 3-7 are welcome to do crafts, read or complete activites at one of the various workstations. See the website.