In June our family of 5 is going to Netherlands and Belgium for 2 weeks from Canada (boy age 7, girls ages 15 and 17). I am trying to plan an itinerary to make the best use of our time. We have rented an apartment in the Jordaan district in Amsterdam for the 1st 4 nights, so have 3 full days to explore.
So far I thought:
Day 1: Anne Frank Huis, canal boat tour, Dam square & palace (is it worth going in to the palace?), a walk through pedestrian shopping streets, and Bloemenmarkt. Maybe a walk around Jordaan in the evening.
Day 2: Rijkmuseum, lunch/picnic in Vondelpark (will allow my 7 yr old to run around a bit!), then a walk into the RLD to Oude Kerk (is this worth it and a good use of time? I must admit we are kind of curious and it is within 1 km of our apartment), and dinner outside in Leidseplein if weather permits. Any other suggestions for this day?
Day 3: Thought of a day trip, either Zaanse Schans or Volendam/Marken. Maybe too much to try to do both with the kids?
After Amsterdam we are off to Leiden for 4 nights (due to a connection through an International camp my daughters have with some friends there) so we will choose a couple of trips to perhaps Delft, Haarlem, Kinderdijk and the seaside.
Does all this seem realistic? We like do explore and look around, and don't mind walking quite a bit. My kids have asked for not too many museums!
Thanks so much to anyone who takes the time to give me any suggestions