Let me introduce myself; my name is Myra, I’m a lawyer and mother of twe sons Just (3) and Quinten (1,5). I live in Amsterdam, with my boyfriend and two kids. Regularly I go out with the boys on friday, my day off. Of course my boys are super sweet ;) but also real boys who make a lot of noice, knocking over things, making a mess and want to run around. So you can assume that wherever I’m going and whatever I’m doing is in any case “kids proof”!
As the autumn sun is shining, there is nothing better for me than to go out with the boys and play between the leaves and mud. That’s why today’s blogpost is about nature playground ‘Woeste Westen’ in the Westerpark.
‘Woeste Westen’ (this means something like the Fierce West or Wild West) is situated a bit in the rear in the Westerpark, in the direction of Sloterdijk station. Go (if you are going by bike) onto the Westergasterrein on the Haarlemmerweg and head on in westerly direction. Eventually, you’ll reach a turn to the right, where you’ll see signs in the direction of the Woeste Westen. Cycle through the tunnel and you’ll see the playground on your right hand side.
The Woeste Westen is a nature playground, so no plastic or metal climbing frames, but tree-trunks! You can walk through the grass, mess around with mud, climb over tree-trunks and poke with a stick in the ditch. There’s a raft that takes you over the ditch, a small cableway and enough benches to sit on and drink something. We found big spiders and loads of different mushrooms and even after a few hours the boys absolutely did not want to go home.
The Woeste Westen is not only a playground, it also regularly organizes activities, for example this Sunday, October 28th, the Woeste Westen Pizza club. From five years and up, you can even organize your own kidsparty. Every day there is a playground-leader present; on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11.00-18.00 o’clock and on the others days from 12.00-18.00 o’clock. There are drinks available then too. The terrain is always open and the admission is free. An absolute recommendation as far as I’m concerned. I say; hop into your old clothes, thick coats, boots and let’s get dirty!
When you’re done playing, you pass the Bakeryshop on your way out the Westerpark. Here you can have a lovely lunch or piece of cake, and they thought about the little ones as well (see picture). The Bakeryshop Westerpark also has a take-away-shop, so you can also stock up for a picknick at the playground!