What to Do in Zeeland with Kids?

Zeeland is the ultimate province in The Netherlands for a beach vacation. But what if it’s not beach weather for a day or if you simply feel like doing something different? What else is there to do in Zeeland with children? Fortunately, there are plenty of kid-friendly attractions in Zeeland! Explore a tropical jungle, embark on a steam train adventure, or delve into the history of Dutch sea heroes.

Children’s Activities in Zeeland

The Beaches

The main attraction of Zeeland are of course the beaches. Here you will find some of the best beaches in the Netherlands.

Zeeland with kids

Berkenhof Tropical Zoo

A jungle in the Zeeland polders? Absolutely! When you step into Berkenhof’s Tropical Zoo, you’ll feel like you’re in the rainforests of Central America rather than in Zeeland. Once just a butterfly garden, this is now one of the region’s most enjoyable attractions. While it’s not the only zoo in Zeeland, we think it’s the best. Whether your child loves animals, is a true dino fan, or just wants to run around, they can do it all here!

Berkenhof Tropical Zoo

Berkenhof Tropical Zoo The tropical garden is immaculately maintained, and if you take your time during your walk, you’ll discover toucans, monkeys, and tarantulas among the greenery. To learn more about the animals and plants, head to the nature school, where you can interactively learn about the residents of the Tropical Zoo.

In the fossil mine, you can search for remains from prehistoric times, including dinosaurs, of course. So don’t be surprised if you come face to face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex! In both the fossil cave and the Dino expo, children from about 7 years old can embark on an educational scavenger hunt. Our son finds dinosaurs quite interesting, but his favorites are the giant toads, snakes, and amusing armadillos.

Tropical zoo In addition to the educational section, this zoo in Zeeland also has an amazing indoor water playground. So don’t forget your swimwear! In this natural playground, you can climb, sail, scramble, and play with sand. And if that’s not enough, you’ll also find the Outdoor Play Forest, with wooden play equipment for all ages, where you can even go treasure hunting!

Berkenhof Tropical Zoo

At Berkenhof’s Tropical Zoo, you can easily spend a day, and the restaurant with a terrace offers a great lunch menu – especially the pancakes are delicious! For the current opening hours and admission prices, check out Berkenhof’s Tropical Zoo website.

Mini Mundi

Are you in Zeeland with young children? Then Mini Mundi in Middelburg is one of the activities for children in Zeeland to keep you entertained for a few hours. With an indoor playground, outdoor playground, and a small amusement park featuring a train ride, swing boat, and kiddie roller coaster, you’ll have plenty to do here. There’s also a sort of Madurodam, but focused solely on the Zeeland island of Walcheren (Miniature Walcheren), which may not be very extraordinary but is still fun to see.

Mini Mundi is part of the ZEP Middelburg Leisure Park. There, you’ll also find an escape room, adventure golf, and bowling. The park is just outside the city center but can easily be combined with a visit to the historic city of Middelburg. For all information, visit the ZEP website.

Maritime MuZEEum Vlissingen

Located at the inner harbor of Vlissingen, the Zeeland Maritime Museum is often chosen as the best outing in Zeeland and one of our favorite activities in Zeeland with children. You can easily spend a half-day here, and during school holidays, there are often additional activities organized, such as special guided tours for children. Upon entering, you’ll immediately notice the treasure chest filled with various hats—choose one and become a sailor or captain during your visit.

The museum is housed in several historic buildings and features four themes on different floors: Water, Work, Glory, and Adventure. Here, you’ll learn all about the history of shipping in Zeeland through objects, models, scale replicas, and paintings. There’s also a temporary exhibition with a changing theme (note: not always suitable for children. When we visited, the theme was “Bombs and Grenades,” which was quite exciting).

For children, there are various free treasure hunts, a simple version with pictures for the little ones, and a quiz for older children. The free audio tour is also handy for gathering more background information. Additionally, throughout the museum, you’ll find interactive games and tasks. Don’t forget to take a look at the wooden lookout tower on top of the museum, but be warned as it can be very windy up there!

From April to October, you can also visit the Kazematten (Casemates) opposite the museum. The Casemates were built in 1811, and both Michiel de Ruyter and Napoleon used these fortifications. A separate, exciting treasure hunt is available for the Casemates. For more information, current exhibitions, admission prices, and opening hours, check the MuZEEum website. In short, a cool day out in Zeeland with children.

Maritime MuZEEum Vlissingen

Historic Steam Train between Goes and Borsele

For train enthusiasts, a ride on the historic Steam Train between Goes and Borsele is a must during a visit to Zeeland. Departing from the museum depot next to Goes station, enjoy a journey through the Zeeland countryside, with stops in picturesque villages along the way. The ride lasts about 35 minutes and offers opportunities to explore, such as in Nisse with its tractor museum and walking trails, and Kwadendamme near the De Zwaakse Weel nature reserve.

Hoedekenskerke is the final station, where you can relax on the terrace at Restaurant De Buffer while children enjoy a ride on the mini train or play in De Pluumweide park. Don’t forget to visit the traditional candy store in the village!

Check the website for the Steam Train Goes-Borsele timetable and view the activity calendar for special events during school holidays, such as the Halloween Express, Lego Days, and Easter egg hunts at the stations!

Historic Steam Train between Goes and Borsele

Seal Safari Oosterschelde

Did you know that the Oosterschelde is the largest national park in the Netherlands? And that you can spot seals and (with a bit of luck) porpoises there? Departing from the harbor of Burghsluis, MS Onrust offers a ninety-minute boat tour over the Oosterschelde. Along the way, a guide shares insights into the life above and below the water, while you can use the binoculars on board to spot animals yourself. There’s a special activity booklet available for children.

On the boat, there’s a bar where you can purchase drinks and snacks. Also, consider booking a picnic and enjoy the view with a delicious lunch on deck. The boat operates in the fall and winter as well, with the exact schedule listed on the website along with information about ticket prices.

Seal Safari Oosterschelde

Terra Maris

Terra Maris is the nature museum of Zeeland. Here, in an interactive way, you can learn all about the Zeeland landscape and its nature. The museum is located between Domburg and Oostkapelle, in the De Manteling nature reserve, housed in the old orangery of Kasteel Westhove.

The museum is renowned for its many child-friendly activities, so be sure to check the agenda on the website before you go! Learn how to make paper, explore with a biologist, or go beachcombing on the nearby shore. Tip: Combine a visit to Terra Maris with a walk through the dunes and forests of this area or a trip to the historic seaside resort of Domburg!

Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Deltapark Neeltje Jans, located on Schouwen-Duiveland, is an educational theme park where you can learn all about the water that Zeeland is famous for. Experience what it’s like to be in a hurricane in the wind simulator and dive into the underwater world of the Oosterschelde in the aquarium. We especially enjoy the interactive water playground with young children. From the park, you can also embark on a boat tour that shows you the Delta Works from the water.

Deltapark Neeltje Jans

For older children and adults, we recommend visiting the Delta Experience, where you’ll be immersed in a 4D animation of the 1953 North Sea flood and experience what it was like when the dikes broke. Although our son was too young for this, we were truly impressed by it. Deltapark Neeltje Jans also offers a sea lion show, but since we’re not fans of animal shows, we wouldn’t recommend it.

The opening hours and admission prices of Deltapark Neeltje Jans vary depending on the season, so be sure to check the website before you go. Learn more about our experiences at Deltapark Neeltje Jans in this detailed blog.

Deltapark Neeltje Jans

Klok’Uus Play Farm

Klok’Uus Play Farm is a well-known destination in the region and certainly deserves a spot on our list of child-friendly activities in Zeeland. Located just a stone’s throw away from Goes, this fantastic indoor playground is housed in a traditional farm barn, welcoming visitors year-round! For the little ones, there’s a separate area with a ball pit, while older children can enjoy themselves on the climbing tower and super-fast slides. The real thrill-seekers (aged 6 and up) can embark on an adventure on the outdoor climbing course with safety nets.

Around the farm barn, you’ll find trampolines and a go-kart track that you can enjoy all year round. For an additional fee, children aged 10 and up can try their hand at archery and paintballing. There’s also a fenced playground for toddlers and preschoolers with slides, swings, and a sandbox. In the summer, Klok’Uus’ garden transforms into a water playground, featuring inflatable slides and bouncy castles, making it even more fun!

At Klok’Uus, you can enjoy excellent drinks, lunches, or dinners. The menu offers a wide selection, including child-friendly dishes, and caters to vegetarians and vegans as well. The menu changes with the seasons, and locally sourced ingredients are used extensively. Klok’Uus is highly popular, especially during the summer months, so it’s advisable to make a reservation. You can do so via the Klok’Uus website, where you’ll also find admission prices (only children aged 2 to 15 pay) and opening hours.

The Watersnoodmuseum

The Watersnoodmuseum in Ouwerkerk, on the island of Schouwen-Duiveland, is an impressive museum. Housed within four concrete caissons (breakwaters), the museum tells the story of the 1953 North Sea flood in four stages, from the moment the dikes broke on January 31, 1953, to the construction of the Delta Works and present-day water management.

The Watersnoodmuseum

For children, there’s a separate Youth Watersnoodmuseum since June 2019. Following the story of a boy and girl named Koos and Mina who experienced the flood, children can embark on a museum scavenger hunt. While the scavenger hunt is recommended for children aged 3 and up, I would suggest a minimum age of 5. There’s also an interactive section where children can build dikes themselves and learn more about water management.

The Watersnoodmuseum is open from Tuesday to Sunday. For more information, including opening hours and admission prices, visit the website.

The Watersnoodmuseum

JumpXL and Jumpsquare – Zeeland

On a rainy day, families with children can find excitement and entertainment at JumpXL and Jumpsquare. Offering various trampolines and an engaging ninja course, there’s something for every member of the family. The welcoming staff ensures a memorable experience, making it an ideal indoor activity when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Groede Podium and Groese Polders

For a delightful blend of play and exploration, consider a visit to the town of Groede in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. Here, you’ll discover two fantastic play areas that complement each other perfectly: Groede Podium and Groese Polders. Groede Podium is a free play and bunker park spanning 200 meters, offering ample space for children to roam freely. Each bunker features unique play equipment while also providing insights into their historical significance. The park also boasts a restaurant with a spacious terrace.

Groese Polder Zeeland The Netherlands

Adjacent to Groede Podium lies the Groese Polders nature reserve, offering picturesque walking paths dotted with various play areas. Whether you prefer strolling, cycling, or driving, you can explore the area and conveniently park near one of the play structures.

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