Panorama of Leiden

A Kid's Life

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Just a few photos on how kids experience Leiden. On the Rhine River, a group of kids being led on a paddle through town.
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There are many playgrounds scattered around Leiden. Some, like this one, are run by neighborhood organizations and are semi-private. It costs less than a dollar for visitors to enjoy the facilities.
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These neighborhood playgrounds often have meeting facilities and places for parents to hang out and visit while their kids play. This is a great example of a “Third Place” – not home or work, but a place for informal social gathering.
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This public park on the outskirts of Leiden has a small zoo and lots of walking trails. It also has a playground with a terras for the parents to relax nearby.
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Snow isn’t common, but when it comes, kids and parents hit the only sledding slope town – The Burcht, an old fort in the very heart of town.
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On hot summer days, the North Sea beach is just a few miles from town.
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The Hortus Botanicus (botanical garden) is a great place for kids to play in a lush, green environment.
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During public events, like the celebration of Queensday, there are always lots of activities for children.
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Midday is best for kids and parents to stroll and enjoy the Kermis (fair/carnival ) that takes over the Leiden streets on special occasions, like 3 October.
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The visual interest built into a compact, walkable environment provides many moments for engagement and curiosity.
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Even American kids enjoy the pleasures of relaxing at a canal-side terras.