Our first full day in the Netherlands with our kids involved us going to Keukenhof Tulip Festival and then over to the ocean. We stayed in a tiny little house (affiliate link) right next to the beach and about a 20 minute drive from the Tulip Festival. It had a fantastic playground that both our girls loved playing on right outside our house and also a little grocery store. It was exceptionally small though (Adeline had to sleep in the living room because neither of the bedrooms could fit a portable crib) and staying more than a few nights would have been a bit too claustrophobic for me.
|I loved these trees!|
Keukenhof is one of the most famous tulip gardens in the Netherlands. They had more than 7 million bulbs in bloom this year! Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641. In 1949, it was decided that the gardens would be used to showcase spring flowers and by 1950, it had opened its gates to the public.
There were small boat tours (with stroller parking nearby) that took people around the tulip fields. It was about 45 minutes long and came with an optional audio tour. We opted out of the audio tour, but I wish at least one of us would have done it. It would have been interesting to learn more about the festival and the flowers in general.
The fields were very pretty! While not all of the flowers were in bloom just yet, there still was plenty of colorful flowers to admire.
One thing we enjoyed while in the Netherlands with our kids was all the local food. We started by trying a couple new things in Keukenhof: warme beenham and stroopwafel. Warme beanham is basically a warm ham sandwich with really good mustard and a stroopwafel is a crunchy waffle with a caramel like syrup in the middle. Both were delicious!
Overall, the garden was a beautiful place to visit! Our girls took a nice long nap in the stroller in the afternoon and we enjoyed walking around the grounds.
One thing to keep in mind if you decide to visit the Netherlands with your kids is that Keukenhof is only open from mid March until about mid May. Make sure to check out their website for all the details.
When the children woke up from their naps, we headed back to our tiny house and made dutch pancakes for dinner (I love when we stay somewhere with a kitchen!). After dinner, we walked down to the local beach to see the ocean.
|She was so happy to see the ocean too!|
I love the ocean! I grew up in Southern California, went to university in Hawaii, and after a couple of very cold years in Utah, ended up back in Southern California before we moved here to France. The ocean has always been my favorite place and it always makes me so happy to see it.
When planning our trip to the Netherlands with our kids, I realized that the place where we would be staying was walking distance to the beach! Our first day had such nice weather and so we ended our day with a walk down to the seashore.
It was so pretty and there were seashells everywhere! London was beyond excited and had a blast picking up shells and walking through the sand. Our baby girl loved it too. She was just starting to walk at the time and loved holding our hands while running around.
Our first day had been a success! Everyone had a great time seeing the tulips and the ocean and we were excited for our next day exploring windmills.
|We found a fun sand castle while walking along the beach. Our toddler loved checking it out!|