Rotterdam Zoo is a good option for kids of any ages, and it works no matter the weather.
There are a number of under-cover enclosures and an excellent indoor playground for rainy days. The whole zoo is great when the weather is fine, and there is also a huge outdoor playground suitable for older kids, with a section specifically designed for toddlers and younger kids.
It’s not a cheap park to visit on a one-off, but if you’re a local, you should consider purchasing an annual pass.
We live very close to the entrance to the zoo, so it seemed to make sense to buy the annual pass for our family, and we have definitely taken advantage of it!
If the weather is nice, and I just feel like I need to get out of the house, I’ll put the baby in the pram, and go and have a wander around. Most of the zoo is landscaped so beautifully that it feels like you have left the city.
If I want my daughter to burn some energy after school, we pop over to the zoo and head to the giant outdoor playground for an hour or two. All the running and climbing generally means she will be calm and relaxed (and tired) by the time we go home.
If it’s a nice day on the weekend, and our family has nothing planned we will often pop into the zoo for a walk around… and if it’s really hot, we’ll head straight to the oceanium to escape the heat.
Finally, if it’s raining and miserable, and the kids are climbing the walls, we go to the indoor playground and let them run rampant for a while.
I have never regretted buying the annual pass for the zoo (for the whole family), and I’ll definitely be repurchasing next year.