Although winter might bring with it some frosted mornings, there is still plenty to do in the Leiden region during the winter months! From December's festive Christmas markets and ice-skating to January heralding in the New Year (and the chance to try out that infamous Dutch New Year's swim), and February's Valentine's Day celebrations, there is always something to do in the Leiden region this winter. You can check out all that the Leiden region offers below.
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Museum VolkenkundeDiscover more here
Visit the exciting family exhibition "Animal Academy" at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden. In the exhibition, twelve animals are in charge of their own classroom, teaching the visitors their point of view of the world. In the interactive exhibition, you can complete lessons and assignments. At the end, you can even have your picture taken!
CorpusDiscover more here
Journey through the human body at CORPUS! Take a dizzying journey as a red blood cell in the 5D Heart Theatre and discover the spectacular workings of the human brain in the brain show. What happens when you sneeze and where on your tongue do you taste sugar or salt? You will find answers to these and a thousand other questions during the remarkable journey of discovery for young and old at CORPUS.
NaturalisDiscover more here
See, do and experience: at the new Naturalis, young and old alike immerse themselves in the wonderful world of nature. Take the whole family on a voyage of discovery through nine brand-new exhibition halls filled with nature's finest. And Trix the T. rex? She is also back!
The museum takes you to the earliest life on earth, the Netherlands during the Ice Age and the primal forces of our planet. You will learn the most surprising decorative tricks of plants and animals, stand eye to eye with an African elephant and discover the destructive power of volcanoes. The stories in the museum are told through masterpieces from our collection of 42 million plants, animals, fossils and stones. The collection is among the top five in the world in terms of biodiversity.
Museum VoorschotenDiscover Museum Voorschoten
Museum Voorschoten is situated in the Voorstraat, in the heart of the historic town. The museum exhibits everything of, for and about Voorschoten, with a focus on the history of the town. From artefacts and everyday objects to prints, photos, postcards, books and local archaeological finds. The museum organises exhibitions and activities involving people, events and objects characteristic of Voorschoten. In addition, lectures and other cultural events take place at the museum.
ArcheonDiscover more here
A visit to the Archeon will be fun for the whole family. The open-air museum provides a trip through the history of the Netherlands. The museum takes you on a journey to a hunter-gatherer camp of prehistoric time, followed by the first farmers, the Bronze Age, and Iron Age. You can also visit a Roman town with a temple and bathhouse. Finally, the journey will take you to the Middle Ages to a town in the 14th Century.
Steam train Katwijk LeidenDiscover more here
Enjoy the atmosphere of the past during a steam train ride with the Katwijk Leiden steam train. There is much to explore, such as the outdoor museum with historic buildings, antique carriages, and steam and diesel locomotives. The museum allows children to interact with the toy trains, go on a quest, and sit in the engine driver's seat.
Fun for Kids
There is always something fun for children to do in Leiden. From a fun children's programme in one of the Leiden museums to special children's walks such as the Murder Mystery Walk. You can also book a funny children's or youth performance in one of the Leiden theatres! Would you rather go to the petting zoo, the swimming pool or visit a playground? You will discover it all.More tips on visitleiden.nl
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Young Rembrandt Studio
In the Young Rembrandt Studio, the 17th-century house at Langebrug 89 in Leiden, Rembrandt spent his younger years (1606 – 1630) learning how to draw, paint and make etchings at the hand of his mentor Jacob van Swanenburgh. This is a unique stop on the Leiden Rembrandt route that gives a glimpse into the life of the young Rembrandt. A special seven-minute ‘video mapping’ projection introduces you to the young master painter and the most important key figures in his life.Read more
The best playgrounds
There are several fun playgrounds for children in Leiden. In the Waterland Boerhaave at the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave children can play in a super fun playground and discover water in a new way.