Park the unrest, there is plenty to do this spring break | Rotterdam

These are turbulent times. War in Europe, corona is still looking around a corner. But hey, it’s spring break too. Maybe a good time to put the rest of the unrest with the kids aside for a while and do something fun. From looking through miniature houses to sand bites in the dunes, the choice is endless in this region. Have fun in advance!

The spring break is traditionally the time for many to travel to the mountains to get on their feet. But it is also possible in Rotterdam. On the big mountain in High Bergse Bos as you can already see from Ommoord. Towing lifts take you to the top of the artificial ski slope. You can glide into the valley on skis or snowboards, but you can also whiz down into an inflated rubber tire.

For those who are a little too adventurous and who prefer peace and quiet, the Schieveen polder is a little further west of Rotterdam airport. At Oude Bovendijk you will find Experience farm Schieveen of natural monuments. The kindergarten full of lambs will reopen from Wednesday. There is also a small restaurant and a nature playground, which is very suitable for children with disabilities.

At the seal sanctuary A Seal in Stellendam you can admire the animals up close. Once strengthened, they are released into the sea. © Peter de Jong Photography

It is also the place where various cycling and hiking routes through the polder start. Do not forget to bring your binoculars, the birds are already chatting here and there. Maybe the lark shows up for a while.

Just to stay in the animal corner: Flakkee Fauna Park opens its doors again from Wednesday. In the zoo in Nieuwe Tonge you can see lizards, servals and alpacas. If you are more of an aquatic animal, there is a seal sanctuary a little further in Stellendam A seal

Are you looking for something more exotic, then Rotterdam Zoo Blijdorp an excellent choice. The garden was recently chosen by ANWB members as the best excursion in the Netherlands in 2022. There are plenty of young things, such as the unexpected gorilla cub of Bokito and Aya. Please note: it is not convenient to arrive at the receipt. You still need to buy tickets online and choose a time.

Miniworld Rotterdam always responds to current problems.  Shortly after the metro accident in Spijkenisse in 2020, the mini-faith was already on the mini-whale tail.
Miniworld Rotterdam always responds to current problems. Shortly after the metro accident in Spijkenisse in 2020, the mini-faith was already on the mini-whale tail. © Miniworld Rotterdam

Also a hit for years, but still fun Miniworld Rotterdam† During the spring holidays, the miniature world at Weena also shows a number of miniatures from the SBS6 TV series ‘Small but Fine’, where the candidates competed for the title of ‘Best Miniature Builder in the Netherlands’.

That art gallery in Rotterdam this holiday has several activities for the youngest visitors. At least the new exhibition ‘Job, Joris & Marieke. A Triple Life ‘about the well-known animated characters will definitely appeal to young viewer children. Who do you say? Watch the video ‘I will take you’ by Gers Pardoel on YouTube. Okay, they are dolls. The art gallery also only sells tickets online. Children up to the age of 17 can enter free of charge.

The art gallery now houses' Job, Joris & Marieke.  A Triple Life ', the exhibition about the famous animated puppets.
The art gallery now houses’ Job, Joris & Marieke. A Triple Life ‘, the exhibition about the famous animated puppets. © ANP Handouts

Get a breath of fresh air on the beach or grab some sand on the beach dunes at Hoek van Holland, on Voorne, Goeree or Maasvlakte (searching for fossils!) is of course always good and free. And Nesselande also has a beach right by Zevenhuizerplas. You can also play adventurously on the nature playground Climbing in forest in Vlaardingse Broekpolder. Just like on the nature island Tiengemeten in Hoeksche Waard.

Not in the mood for mudslinging? You can also immerse yourself in culture. And where. The 3D experience Remastered under Rotterdam Erasmus broen on Willemsplein is still there. There you will experience the old Dutch masters like Hieronymus Bosch, Mondriaan and Van Gogh in a very special way. You go through their digital world, but you can also fly with your own UFO. Well, if it does not make you forget “outdoors” …

Always good, especially when the sun is shining: get a fresh breath at the coast, such as on the pier in Hoek van Holland.
Always good, especially when the sun is shining: get a fresh breath at the coast, such as on the pier in Hoek van Holland. © Roel Dijkstra Photography / Photo Fred Libochant



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