Attending IDFA with children

    IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

    IDFA takes young audiences seriously, offering them the best and most entertaining documentary films in the IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs. The Netherlands is probably the world leader in making documentary films for children, but other countries are taking the challenge too. See this year's selection.

    IDFA Junior

    IDFA Junior is an exciting day for children and their families to watch imaginative and informative documentary films together in the cinema. It is IDFA’s offer of quality time to spend with the kids. After the screenings, the main characters from the films are often present for a Q&A. Please note: this program is in Dutch.

    What to do in Amsterdam: 5 tips

    You love the thrill of stepping into a dark cinema, but your kids may feel differently. Here are some tried and true tips for where to take your children in Amsterdam.

    Artis & Micropia (age 0+)
    Founded in 1838 and originally named Natura Artis Magistra (meaning ‘nature is the teacher of art and science’), Artis is a zoo in the middle of the city. Experience nature and discover its significance for our civilization. Combine your zoo visit with a trip to Micropia, the only museum in the world dedicated to microbial life.
    More info, directions, and pricing via Artis.

    NEMO Science Museum (age 4-13)
    At NEMO, visitors of all ages discover how fascinating science and technology are. On five floors packed full of exhibitions, experiments, demonstrations, and workshops, visitors discover the wonder of the everyday. NEMO is housed in the green copper landmark designed by Renzo Piano.
    More info, directions, and pricing via NEMO Science Museum.

    Zuiderbad swimming pool (age 4+)
    Imagine a black & white nouvelle vague swimming pool scene, set in the 1920s — that’s the Zuiderbad. Already in operation for more than 100 years, this pool is the perfect place to take a dip after a visit to the Rijksmuseum next door.
    More info, directions, and pricing via the City of Amsterdam.

    Climbing/bouldering (age 10+)
    De Klimmuur Centraal near Amsterdam Central Station offers extensive climbing and bouldering facilities. Perfect for a first taste of climbing is the eight-meter-high reclining wall. More experienced climbers can go all the way up to a steep overhang.
    More info, directions, and pricing via De Klimmuur.

    Anne Frank House (age 13+)
    Anne didn’t just keep a diary. She also wrote stories, and planned to publish a book about her time in the secret annex. After the war, Otto Frank fulfilled her wish. Since then, Anne Frank's diary has been translated into more than 70 languages. Discover the story behind the diary of Anne Frank.
    More info, directions, and pricing via Anne Frank House.

    Hotels

    A number of hotels have discounted rates for children, or let them sleep in their parents’ room free of charge. This arrangement varies a lot between hotels, so always check when booking a room with them. Are you a guest who is bringing your child to one of the IDFA hotels? Here are their policies regarding children:

    Volkshotel

    • Possibility to add a cot in the room for children up to 4 years. Free of charge.
    • Breakfast for children up to 5 years for a reduced price of €6-
    • Rooms are not suited to add an extra bed, but various room sizes are (incl. family room) available.
    • Refrigerator available to store breast milk. Ask at reception.

    Mercure

    • Possibility to add a cot in the room for children up to 2 years. Free of charge.
    • When parent/caretaker has breakfast included in their stay, children under 12 can join for free.
    • If needed, possibility to add a bed to the room for an additional fee of €30,- including breakfast.
    • Refrigerator available to store breast milk. Ask at reception.