Published on 29 May 2020

School Summer Holidays are just a few weeks away. For most of us holidays plans vanished after Covid19 knocked at the door. No trips to the French Riviera, Tuscany or other exotic destinations. A staycation is more like it.

Next question: ‘Are there Summer Camps for the kids in the Haarlem Area?’ The answer is YES!

Hello Haarlem did some research and has 5 Summer Camp Tips for you, or better, for the kids. Tip: Registration for different camps are open already. Don’t wait too long!

Surfana Surf Camp

At the border of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal aan Zee, next to Beach Club Rapa Nui, you’ll find Surfana Surf School.

Boys and girls, age 8 – 11 years can be registered for a day camp. There is also a sleep – away camp for boys and girls age 12 – 15 years.

Surfing, and activities on the beach or in the dunes, a whole week long!

Good to know: all instructors are also certified life guards.

Swim diploma A and B are required.

Costs start at 315 Euro for day camp and 495 Euro for a sleep – away camp.

Click here for more info and contact details on the website.


Hockey camp

Since 1996 Bovelander and Bovelander, with base in Haarlem, organize hockey camps in Haarlem, Bloemendaal, Heemstede, Bennebroek and Zandvoort amongst others.

You can choose from day camps as well as as sleep – away camps, depending on the age of your kid.

Camps offered are Mini Camps, Junior Camps, Classic Camps, Goalie Camps and Beach & Hockey camps.

Costs varies from 189 Eur – 595 Eur

More info in English can be found on the website.


Pony Camp

Stal De Naaldenhof, located in Bentveld, organizes pony day camps on three different dates in July and August.

Kids with little experience are welcome too. If your kid has no experience a alll but love to come, the advice is to take a few private lessons in advance.

Costs for a Naaldenhof rider are Eur 275 or Eur 300 for a non-Naaldenhof rider.

More info and contact details can be found on the website.


Sailing, Surfing and Stand Up Paddling Camp

Water Sport Centre Dynamique, an oasis near the banks of Mooie Nel, organizes small – scale sleep – away camps for kids age 8 -15 years, with a duration of 3 or 5 days.                                                                  If your kid is home sick, no problem. He or she can sleep at home and come back every day.

It will be all about having fun, making new friends, stretching skills. Cell phone and screens free, how about that! The instructors have a lot of educational experience.

In 2020 camps are planned July 6 – 10, 13 – 17, 20- 24.

Registration has already started. There are just a few spots left during these three dates.

More info, contact details and registration form can be found on the website.


LEGO Summer Camp

If your kid is a LEGO fan, this might be the camp for him or her!

Summer camps are planned on July 6 – 8, 13 – 15, Aug 3 – 5,10 – 12.

The kids are welcome every day from 9 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. at the Korte Verspronckweg 7 – 9.


Kids are welcome 1 or 2 days on JUL 9 – 10, 16 – 17, Aug 6 – 7,13 – 14

Costs varies from Eur 65 per kid/day to Eur 70.

More info can be found on the website. You can also send an e-mail to Haarlem@YoungEng.nl or make a call  to Ka Chun




















On May 4th, people in the Netherlands pay their respect to all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

This year a commemoration with the public is possible again.

National Commemoration

Every year at 7:50 p.m., the National Commemoration will take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. After this ceremony, there will be a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.



The main commemoration will start in the St. Bavo Church at the Grote Markt.

A silent march will start at the church, Riviervismarkt side, and ends at the Dreef. Here, victims of war will be commemorated by laying wreaths at the memorial of ‘Man in front of the firing squad.’

Commemorations will also take place on the Westergracht, Burgemeester Reinaldapark and Jan Gijzenbrug.

The full program can be found on this website.


Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen

One of the many honorary cemeteries can be found in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.

This cemetery was consecrated on November 27th, 1945, by the reburial of Hannie Schaft, a famous Dutch Resistance fighter.

Three hundred seventy-two resistance fighters were re-buried at this cemetery.

Silent march to the memorial cemetery

From 6 p.m. to p.m 6:40 p.m. a memorial service will be held in the building of ‘Publieke Werken’ on the Brouwerskolkweg in Overveen
This service is open to relatives of the fallen and all who are interested.

6:40 p.m. set up of silent march right after the roundabout, corner Brouwerskolk – Zeeweg.

6:55 p.m. start of the silent march to the memorial cemetery

8 p.m. 2 minutes of silence

The silent march is a tribute to the fallen and thoughts about freedom and peace.

On May 4th, people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m., the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.



Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset on government buildings. The same rule applies to citizens. For them, this rule is not a directive.

Broadcast on tv

NOS will broadcast the national commemoration ceremony live from 7:50 p.m. on NPO.