Fun activities for keeping kids entertained during lockdown
These will be great for you to do with your child, or through the help of a babysitter.
Amsterdam, like the rest of the country is going through a tough lockdown, and in more restrictive times than ever, kids need to stay entertained, as most parents know. But, it can be hard to figure out exactly what they can do in light of some of the strictest coronavirus measures yet. So, we’ve come up with a few coronavirus-friendly activities for kids to stay active and make the most of a tough situation. If you don’t have the time to do these activities, then you can always hire a babysitter through NearOnes!
The classic Dutch activity! Simply jumping on a bike, strapping a (few) kid(s) to it, and taking off can prove to be an activity that keeps kids safe (provided that you ride safely, of course!) and keeps them laughing as you pass by parks, shops, and maybe even people. It can be as long or as short as you would like, but we recommend trips to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel or Durgerdam for beautiful sights just outside town.
With the many parks in and around Amsterdam, there is sure to be one near you. Be sure to check out Sarphatipark or Rembrandtpark for their playgrounds, and Vondelpark and Amsterdamse Bos for their beauty and size! Before leaving, consider planning for a small picnic or bringing a football, as both of these activities can extend a park visit to an all-day activity.
While not an outdoor activity, baking can serve to teach kids about the importance of measuring and patience. Not only that, but there will likely be some delicious brownies, cookies, or even a cake to enjoy at the end!
Similarly to baking, on the colder days it is helpful to simply stay inside to ward off potential flu symptoms. So, if you happen to have any spare shipping boxes lying around (which is likely, considering the recent holidays!) these can be fashioned into make-believe forts! All that is needed is a bit of creativity and some decorating materials. Blankets and pillows can also help in the quest to build the biggest and baddest one.
Yoga can prove to be a mindfulness exercise for the most energetic kids, and a healing one for the athletes and dancers in your family. Just break out a few mats (or set up on any relatively soft surface), find an appropriate YouTube video, and away you go. Be sure to warm up beforehand and cool down afterwards to lower the risk of injury.
Hopefully these ideas help! By the way, if you’d rather have a babysitter do some of these with your kid(s), then you can find a great babysitter in Amsterdam through the NearOnes app. Check it out!