Did you ever wish to be a grown-up when you were a kid? –Oh boy, were we scammed!– Adulting is hard. Now we have responsibilities to attend to, work a 9 to 5, and bills to pay. Let’s face it, being an adult it’s not as fun as we thought it would be. We often find ourselves trying to reawaken our inner child, that part of us that hold emotions, memories, beliefs, hopes, and dreams from when we were children. However, we don’t need a time machine to feel like kids again. These 7 nostalgic plans will help you relive all your childhood memories.
1. Treat your inner child to an unforgettable animal adventure
Do you remember how you felt the first time you saw a lion? Perhaps awe, fascination and grandeur at the sight of such a majestic animal. Treat your inner child fun-filled visit to ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo and spark that lost curiosity and thrill within you. Discover new animals and fall in love with the ones you already know on this trip down memory lane.
2. Listen to your favourite childhood movie soundtracks by candlelight
In celebration of Warner Bros.’ 100 years of storytelling, Candlelight will host a concert that will bring back to life all your childhood memories one note at a time. Relieve all of your favourite childhood films and series at this stunning candlelit concert in Rode Hoed. The stunning interior of this clandestine church will fill with the sweet melodies of songs from Friends and Scooby-Doo to The Wizard of Oz and more. So, get ready to travel back in time in a night to remember.
3. Let your inner child binge all the chocolate in the world at Tony’s Chocolonely Super Store
Treat your inner child to a chocolate lover’s paradise at Tony’s Chocolonely Super Store. Bring back your childhood memories as you walk through the shop, see the brightly coloured wrappers and smell the rich chocolate aroma. There is a wide selection of delicious chocolate bars available at the shop, as well as the option to customize your own. What’s unique about Tony’s is that they are committed to making 100% slave-free chocolate from ethical sourcing and fair trade. So, you’ll have a fun and playful chocolate experience while tapping into your sense of social justice.
4. The Upside Down is what childhood memories are made of
Insane ball pit pools, an upside-down room, and endless mirror halls? Sign us up! The Upside Down is a unique immersive museum where you’ll feel the joy of being a kid all over again. Decompress from adulting and fill your energy tank as you make your way through 25 immersive rooms filled with optical illusions. Explore spaces designed to stimulate touch, sight, and even memory. Channel the limitless imagination of your inner child in this world of tricks and magic!
5. Live your childhood dream of becoming the next Max Verstappen
Feel the rush and break away from the stress of every day with a little kart racing. Head to Karting Huizen to let loose and have fun, just like you did when you were a kid. Navigate fast turns and devilish corners, and make like tarmac mavericks as you race your friends to the chequered flag. Then, glory dance as you crown yourself king or queen of the tarmac. –Your inner child will thank you later!
6. Let your inner child explore the world like never before
Visit NEMO Science Museum and relive your childhood curiosity and excitement for the world around you. Retap into your sense of curiosity and the wonders of science inside this interactive space where you can get hands-on with experiments. Feel nostalgic as you reminisce about your old school field trips. And, after you’ve explored inside, head to the terrace on the roof to enjoy a few more experiments and stunning views of Amsterdam’s waterside.
7. Visit the The Mouse Mansion Mini Museum where
Nothing screams childhood memories more than gigantic dollhouses filled with stuffed animals. Take a tour at The Mouse Mansion Mini Museum, where you’ll reconnect with your inner child as you watch stunning scenes portrayed by miniature plush mice. Grab a book and meet Sam and Julia, two friendly neighbourhood mice ready to tell you about their adventures or journey through their small town to meet the rest of the neighbours. Everything is handmade by the charming Karina, the mastermind behind this incredible world!