I knew that I could not be stuck inside all day with Simon. We would both go crazy. So we got out every day this week and explored the city, toddler-style.
I remembered a friend of mine in Düsseldorf recommended Tunfun, an old metro stop that has been converted into a giant underground playground.
It's a massive place, with a different areas designated for different areas. But on a weekday during the school year, the 0-4 had their run of the place and it was great! Lots of climbing, bouncing, sliding, etc. Plus a little cafe with food and drinks, and free wifi!
You may remember me gushing about a Dutch family we met in Thailand. Turns out that Sabine runs Ren je Rot, a play group twice a week in her neighborhood, Bos en Lommer. Toys, mats, and trampolines are spread throughout the gym of the recreation center and kids have 1.5 hours to run wild. Outside is a huge playground with a petting zoo!! HUGE rabbits and goats. So cool! And I met some other mamas as well.
I highly recommend this museum for kids of all ages!
Today we decided to educate ourselves by heading to the Openbare Bibliotheek (aka - the library). The lower level is a huge children's library, with cozy places to sit and curl up with a book - or a pile of books. They have a good selection of English and other foreign language books, and once we have an address Simon gets a free membership and will have access to books, games, and movies.
(Oops - no pics.)
After our reading marathon we headed to the trendy de Pijp neighborhood to wander (more like hustle, it was cold) through the daily (except Sundays) Albert Cuyp Markt. We had a scrumptious lunch at Bazar, a locally famous middle eastern restaurant. When Simon finished, he started shaking his booty to the music. Oh, the joy!
Back to the Ren je Rot playgroup in Bos en Lommer. After dragging Simon away from the goats and the playground, we headed to the English Bookshop, to - you guessed it - buy a book! It's a charming bookstore on one of the canals in the Jordaan neighborhood. Although it seems that nearly everything about Amsterdam is charming. We bought Simon a new water bottle, stopped for lunch in a small cafe, and headed home through the blustering snow. I thought we had strategically avoided winter. Touche, Mother Nature.
|Bear came along!|
|The enormous rabbits!|