7 Tips to do during Fall School Break

Published on 13 October 2021

Fall school break, aka Herfstvakantie, is just around the corner! Here are 7 tips to have a jolly good Herfstvakantie in and around Haarlem.


Several museums will open up the door on Saturday, October 23, to kids, aged 4 -12, and their (grand)parents.

How cool is it to visit a museum between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m? And when you are old enough, you can even attend an after-party at the Noord-Holland Archive, from 9 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

Click here to see which museums and cultural institutions will be opening their doors.


Tickets cost 7,50 Euro per kid or adult. You can buy tickets online.


Museumnachtkids Haarlem


The Beleefweek, literally Experience Week, at National Park Zuid-Kennemerland

During the Herfstvakantie, activities are organized for the young and old in and around the National Park. You can go on an excursion with a forest ranger, discover the old estate Elswout, visit Ruin Brederode, learn about the ecosystem of Caprera, and much more besides.


Click here for the program and ticket sales.



Cinderella, the musical

Enjoy the musical on Saturday, October 17th, in the Haarlem Stadsschouwburg.

Hurry up. Tickets are selling like hotcakes. Act fast and book now!


The CineKid Festival

Herfstvakantie = CineKid Festival!

Haarlem, and the Filmschuur in particular, is one of the locations where the CineKid Festival will be held.

CineKid is THE film- and media festival for kids, aged 3 – 12, and their (grand)parents.

Click here for the program.

cinekid festival

The magician reveals his tricks in a workshop

Would you like to learn tricks from a magician? Would you want to meet him in the ruins of an old castle?

Come to Ruin Brederode on Saturday, October 17th, and leave the workshop with some amazing magic tricks!

The workshop is for children, aged 8 – 12. The accompanying parent (1 only) will get a tour while the children are busy learning magic.

Buy your tickets in advance by clicking here. You can pay via Ideal or with a credit card. (credit card payment costs an extra 1 Euro)



Pick apples at De Olmenhorst in Lisserbroek

Put on your boots, gather some friends, and off you go to pick apples!

During the Herfstvakantie you can even pick apples every day.

When you have plans to go apple picking on a Saturday or Sunday, you’ll need to fill in a form and book a time slot. This helps to avoid overcrowding at De Olmenhorst.

Too lazy to go apple picking while being De Olmenhorst? You can also buy bags of apples, ready to bring home. 😉

Be aware that you are not allowed to bring snacks from home.

After a day’s hard work, you can eat and drink in the fruit barn. You’ll also find spots where you can buy fries, kids’ burgers, and much more.

Depending on the weather, here are pony rides for the little ones over the weekend.

During the weekend parking at De Olmenhorst costs 3 Euro.

More info can be found on the website of De Olmenhorst.

apple picking De Olmenhorst


Mini Field Hockey Camp in Bloemendaal

Learn everything about field hockey during a three-day camp on one of the most famous hockey clubs in The Netherlands, HC Bloemendaal, from October 18 – October 20.

Every day, from 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., kids will have a lot of fun and stay active.

On top of the daily program, a pro with international experience will be giving a clinic. How cool is that?

Fancy playing field hockey and having fun? Check the website for more info and registration form.



* Please be aware that in many cases a valid QR code is mandatory for kids 13 and over and accompanying adults.


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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.