The Geitenboerderij Riddamerhoeve (Goat farm Riddamerhoeve in English) is a nice activity to do with kids when in the nature area of Amsterdam. This goat farm is located in the Amsterdam Forest close to Amstelveen, and can be combined with other activities such as visiting the Clara Maria Cheese and Clog farm, the Museum Jan, city of Amstelveen, and the Wijngaaard de Amsteltuin (wine vineyard). It is also possible to combine your visit with other activities when in Amsterdam. See my blog Amsterdam Netherlands: Fun facts and experiences for things to do or visit. The Geitenboerderij Riddamerhoeve is open everyday from 10:00-17:00 except for Tuesday, so make sure to account this in your planning. For this blog, I will tell about our experiences and why you should bring your kids to the farm.
Visiting the Geitenboerderij Riddamerhoeve
Below you will see what to expect when you visit the Geitenboerderij Riddamerhoeve.
1. Entrance is for free.
The nice thing when visiting Geitenboerderij Riddamerhoeve is that you do not have to pay for the entrance fee. This is common to many farms in the Netherlands, they allow public visitors to come and visit the farm, to see the daily activities, and to enjoy the children playground. The source of revenue of the farm for the public visits is the money that the visitors pay in their restaurants or for buying consumables or products that are made on the farm such as the cheeses, milk, honey, etc.
2. You get to see a lot of animals and even experience feeding them.
Visitors get a chance to see farm animals such as the free grazing chicken, goats, lambs, pigs, cows and horses, in the Geitenboerderij Riddamerhoeve. As part of the “organic” image of the farm, these animals are naturally roaming around in the open and close stables in order to have a good or less stressful life, (unlike those that are massed produced animals for consumption). In addition, you can feed the goats with milk, which is a nice experience for kids.
3. You get to buy and/or eat biological or organic products.
The various biological and/or organic products that are straight from the farm include goat’s milk, cheeses, eggs, vegetables, and herbs. In the restaurant you can buy some homemade products, such as the different varieties of cakes, deliciously made ice creams, soups, breads, juices, etc. You can enjoy a lunch both inside the restaurant and outside the terrace during a nice weather.
4. You have a playground for children
On top of seeing and experiencing the farm activities, there is also a playground for children. The kids can climb, play on slide, ride a tractor, etc. This is a nice way for parents to relax while the children are busy entertaining themselves.
5. Geitenboerderij Riddamerhoeve offers workshops.
The goat farm offers some workshops (which you need to pay) as extra service to its visitors. For instance, they offer goat yoga every Saturday and Sunday morning for a price. Example, for € 25,95 you can get a yoga class and coffee with goat milk and homemade nut cake, or for € 30,– you get a specially selected organic breakfast with fresh products from the farm, on top of the yoga class. There is also a goat cheese making workshop that costs € 55 per person for the workshop including some consumables (coffee/thee, goat cheese fondue, biological wine or mint thee).