A week off from school and rainy weather? Ideal conditions for a cultural trip as a family. For inspiration, NU.nl lists a number of museums, performances and exhibitions that are suitable for the autumn holidays.By Anna Jacobs
Create family crest or discover your noble name
This autumn, in the medieval castle De Haar in the Utrecht municipality of Haarzuilens, it’s all about the flamboyant life of the nobility. How was life lived in the past, what were the customs and traditions and what privileges and reliefs did the nobility have?
But also: what was it like to work as a staff for the nobility? And where did these employees work and live? In addition to the temporary exhibition Great and convincing nobility at De Haar is there for children the discovery tour Typical Adel! During this tour, they can discover their own noble name or design their own family crest.
Play around with the organ lab
From music box to barrel organ: At Museum Speelklok in Utrecht, self-playing musical instruments are the main act. In this cheerful museum, children can take a toy ride with the organ lab Toon or get started making their own music box.
From 22 to 28 October you can also visit Museum Speelklok for the musical performance The Twisted Organ Man. In this exhibition by Theatergroep Dender, you can see the adventures of two street musicians who lose each other and try to find each other. The recommended age for this performance is at least five years.
Make your own rain stick to simulate a downpour, or experiment with static electricity.
Where do thunderstorms come from?
A suitable exhibition for the autumn holidays: Thunder & Lightning at the Museum factory in Enschede. In this interactive family museum, children learn by doing and creating something themselves. For example, by making your own ‘rain stick’ to imitate the sound of a downpour or by doing experiments with static electricity. The exhibition Thunder & Lightning runs from 15 to 30 October.
Driving in an armored vehicle
Would you like to admire an F-16 up close? Do you want to learn to fly like a real pilot? This is possible at the National Military Museum at the former Soesterberg Air Base. For older children there is, among other things, the interactive installation Klas van ’45. Listen to children’s personal stories during the Second World War and see scenes from their lives. For younger children there is Xplore, an area where they can play in a tank, a submarine, a castle and a chinook (a transport helicopter). Children up to the age of three can enter the museum for free.
Endless hits and embarrassing moments
“Dad… act normal.” Time for rolling eyes and blushing jaws during the performance 90s vs. 20s. In this musical exhibition, the youth theater company De Bonte Hont shows the lack of understanding between parents and children when it comes to hits, trends and nostalgia. 90s vs. 20s is intended for children aged nine years and older. The performance will be played on Sunday 23 October and Monday 24 October in Utrecht and on Friday 28 October in Amersfoort.
Decorate mushrooms and shape your own marzipan in the Bakery Museum.
Works of art come to life
Classical music and art too boring for children? Fabrique des Lumières wants to prove the opposite. In this ‘light factory’, meter-high video projections and accompanying music bring to life the brightly colored portraits, landscapes and nudes of Gustav Klimt and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The Fabrique des Lumières is located on the Amsterdam Westergasterrein.
Face to face with T. rex
One of the world’s largest natural history collections can be seen at Naturalis in Leiden. In seven themed rooms, children learn everything about the earth, the ice age (with a real mastodon turf as an audience attraction) or reproduction in nature. They can dwell on life in the ‘labyrinth of death’ or admire unique fossils of early ancestors. The museum’s so-called crown jewel, T. rex Trix, stands in the Dino Room among dozens of other dinosaurs and primitive reptiles.
The smell of fresh cake
The bakery museum in Medemblik has had the title ‘the tastiest museum in the Netherlands’ for forty years. At this museum, children learn how bread, cakes and pastries were made in the past. In Oude Bakkerij, you don’t just have to look from a distance, it’s also about tasting, smelling and experiencing. The museum has an old-fashioned candy shop and there are fun activities for children. During the autumn holidays, children can decorate mushrooms and shape themselves with marzipan.
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