There are lots of great things to do in Rotterdam with a toddler. But not on a Monday. It seems that almost every museum is shut. Which is a shame because the Maritime Museum has a great play area. It is marketed at 4 to 8 year olds, but it was perfect for my toddler. The only drawback is the entry fee. Although the under 4s are free, at 12.50 euros per adult the entry fee is quite expensive compared to other maritime museums in London and Bilbao. Especially as you only tend to spend a couple of hours in such places. Anyway, here are the 3 things to do in Rotterdam with a toddler on a Monday that I found…
3 things to do in Rotterdam with a Toddler on a Monday
1. Diergaarde Blijdorp (Rotterdam Zoo)
Yes, there is always a zoo. And I wouldn’t normally single it out for mention. But there are slim pickings for anything to keep a toddler entertained on a Monday.
However, as with most city zoos, this isn’t a cheap option. It is a hefty 23 euros for an adult and 18.50 euros for the 3 and overs (check for current prices). There is a small discount if you book ahead online.
If you are on a budget, it may be worth skipping the zoo and heading to the nearby Vroesenpark. Take a picnic, a ball, walk around, head to the playground, feed the ducks… All for free. Although it does get incredibly busy on a hot, sunny day, hopefully a Monday wouldn’t be too bad.
Plaswijckpark is something like a mini theme park for little ones. But with some animals. And a water feature. And playgrounds. Best of all, it is open on a Monday, hurrah. Also, it is cheaper than the zoo at 12.25 euros for everyone over 2 (check for current prices).
You could easily spend the whole day here, making it pretty good value. There are a few rides, such as a boat that releases and splashes down into the water, but these are mainly height restricted. There is a big outdoor playground and a petting zoo, which will provide entertainment for little ones. Don’t forget your swimming costumes so that you can make the most of the water park too. There are also some indoor activities if the weather is not so great, such as a sand pit and indoor playground. Lots to keep you entertained.
3. Rotterdam Beach
Down river from the Erasmus Bridge, where the Rhine meets the North Sea, you can find a beach! The best budget option available on a Monday is to head to this beach; free except for the bus fare. With a bucket, spade and a picnic. Yes, you read that right. There is a beach that is technically in the greater Rotterdam area. Simply hop on the bus (711) at Schiedam Centrum and you will be there in 30-40 minutes. Ok, so it is not going to by crystal waters and powder soft sand. But it can still be fun with a large expanse of beige-y sand and dunes to explore.
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