Many zoos, amusement parks offering free or discounted entrance during teacher strike

Teacher strike announcement at an Amsterdam school, 5 November 2019
Teacher strike announcement at an Amsterdam school, 5 November 2019Photo: NL Times

With teachers in primary- and secondary education across the Netherlands striking on Wednesday, many a parent will be wondering what to do with their kids on this extra free day. Zoos and amusement parks across the country are there to help, according to a list compiled by newspaper AD.

A number of the larger attractions are opening on Wednesday, even though they're actually already closed or partially closed for the winter. Others are offering discounts.

Children up to the age of 12 can enjoy the miniature world of Madurodam in The Hague for free, though their parents or minders still have to pay entrance. Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam is also offering free entrance to kids, as long as there is at least one paying adult per five children. Wildlands Zoo in Emmen are also letting primary school pupils in for free on Wednesday.  Zoo De Oliemeulen in Tilburg is selling its entrance tickets at a 25 percent discount.

Amusement park Toverland near Sevenum was actually already partially closed for the winter, but is opening all its attractions again on Wednesday. Entrance fees apply. Amusement park Slagharen is allowing discounted access to its pool and ice rink. 

Entrance is free for children at the World Museum in Rotterdam, Museum Speelklok in Utrecht, and Kasteel Muiderberg on Wednesday. 

Not all attractions will be open or discounted on Wednesday. So if you're planning a day trip, best check the attraction's website before you head out. For example, Hellendoorn Adventure Park, Walibi Holland, Dolfinarium and Apenheul will not be open on Wednesday, according to the newspaper.