14 All-weather activities

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In the evenings after work, during the weekend or during holidays, free time activities are an ideal way to spend your time usefully and enjoyably, and to gain new experiences.

However, choosing the right leisure activity for specific circumstances can be challenging. Sometimes the weather is not ideal, or you are looking for something different from the usual activities such as watching a movie at the cinema or visiting the pool, and you want to try something more exciting.

In this blog article we explore the best leisure activities and experiences in the Netherlands and beyond. We have already published many articles about exciting activities and in this post we offer an overview of the best options for every occasion.

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We won’t keep you in suspense any longer. Enjoy discovering the most exciting leisure activities!


When it is cold, rainy, snowy outside, or the weather is simply not good, we do not suggest you go swimming or walking. Finding a suitable activity in bad weather can be difficult. That’s why we offer you numerous suggestions for activities that are perfect for rainy days.

Below you will find a list of the best indoor activities for when the weather is bad.

Paint by numbers for adults and children

Maybe you have done it as a child: painting by numbers, also known as painting by numbers. This activity is timeless! We spoke to people from different generations and it appears to be extremely popular! With painting by numbers you fill in beautiful designs using numbers on the canvas. These numbers correspond to the numbers on the paint pots. Curious about the designs we offer? Take a look at our range for both adults and children. a>

Do you want to know who invented painting by numbers? Then read our blog article: ”The inventor of painting by numbers: Dan Robbins”.

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Escape Rooms

This activity is a popular trend in recent years. You are locked in a room for 60 minutes and have to solve various missions and puzzles to escape. Escape games are also great fun as board games for home use.

Indoor Skydiving

Experience the feeling of skydiving without a plane through indoor skydiving in a wind tunnel. For two minutes you experience floating in an airflow of 200 km/h.

Swimming pools & Spas

Whether you choose relaxation in the thermal baths or adventure in a swimming paradise, this activity always offers fun. Swimming pools and spas are a versatile leisure activity.


Ideal for those who love adrenaline. You can rent a kart track with friends or drive solo and join other racers.

Bowling and Billiards

Bowling and billiards are timeless classics. In almost every city there are bowling alleys and billiard halls where you can have fun for a few hours.

To the cinema

A traditional leisure activity is a visit to the cinema. Enjoy the latest blockbusters or choose an alternative film.


Shopping is a fun way to spend time. While it may not be the cheapest option, it offers a lot of fun, especially for two. An indoor shopping center is ideal in bad weather, while in good weather you can stroll through the shopping streets.

Board games

Board games are a perfect leisure activity, especially fun to do together with the family.

Motorsports and Flight Simulators

Flying in a flight simulator is almost as exciting as the real thing, available in many Dutch cities. Racing simulators, where you get into an almost real racing car, offer a unique experience, comparable to a computer game.

Visit a Museum

A visit to a museum is a fantastic way to spend your free time. You can walk around for hours and enrich yourself with new knowledge. Consider, for example, admiring the works of art by Rembrandt. Experience masterpieces such as ‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring‘, ‘The Night Watch ‘ or ‘The Milkmaid’.

Indoor Mini Golf

Mini golf is an enjoyable activity for your free time. Indoor mini golf courses often have an extra dimension through black light lighting and neon paintings, which is why it is also called 3D mini golf.

Indoor Skiing

Skiing can also be practiced indoors, for example in Germany and especially in areas where there are fewer mountains.

Go Climbing

If you are looking for an active leisure activity, climbing is ideal. You will find climbing gyms in most Dutch cities, and many of them also have bouldering walls for climbing at low heights without belaying.

Cooking courses

Learn to cook delicious food by taking a cooking course. This is not only a fun, but also a very valuable activity. There are courses for all kinds of dishes, from making sushi and preparing the perfect steak to barbecuing, Indian dishes and classic Italian cuisine.

Indoor Volleyball, Tennis and Football

Sports are always possible, even in bad weather. There are many indoor facilities for sports such as beach volleyball, football, squash and tennis. You do not have to be a member of a club to rent these facilities by the hour.

Indoor Paintball

Paintball, an adrenaline-filled activity, can be played in teams where you shoot each other with paintballs. An indoor version of paintball is also available for all weather conditions.

Laser gaming

Laser gaming is a painless variant of paintball where you shoot an opponent with a laser gun, who then activates a sensor upon a hit. Laser tag arenas are available in many Dutch cities.

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Trampoline halls

Just like Live Escape Games, trampoline halls have become extremely popular in recent years. These halls offer several trampolines where you can jump and try out different tricks. It is a fun activity, not only for children, but also for adults who want to have fun.

Learning a New Skill

Why not learn something new? For example, consider learning a new language, playing a musical instrument, or taking an online course to expand your knowledge. Learning new skills can be both enriching and enjoyable.

What can you do outside?

When the weather is nice, it provides the perfect opportunity to move your leisure activities outside and enjoy the sun.

There are countless activities you can do outdoors, so many that it is impossible to list them all here. In this post we give you some suggestions for what to do in good weather.

To the Outdoor Pool or the Lake

On hot days there is nothing better than cooling off in an outdoor pool or by a lake. Enjoy the sun and refresh yourself in the water.


Rafting is an adventurous activity where you sail down a wild river in an inflatable boat, past rapids and waterfalls.


Canoeing is also a top favorite. Here you navigate through a gorge, swimming, walking, climbing and jumping to move forward. There are often high cliffs from which you can abseil or jump into the water.

Outdoor Karting

Karting is not just an indoor activity; it can also be done outside. The outdoor kart tracks are usually longer and the karts are often faster than indoor tracks.


Archery is not only an exercise in accuracy, but it also improves your concentration, calmness and observation skills. Archery courses are offered in many places in the Netherlands, suitable for both beginners and advanced students who want to improve their shooting technique.

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To walk

Hiking is a timeless outdoor activity. It offers the opportunity to experience nature, is good for your body and takes you to places you have never been before.

City tours

Discover your own city or a new city on foot. Many cities offer free tours, or you can opt for a tour with another means of transportation.


Back to the water with kayaking. You can opt for a peaceful trip on a lake or river, or test your adventurousness with whitewater kayaking, where you pass through rapids and waterfalls.


Surfing is more than a hobby; it’s a lifestyle. You don’t have to live by the sea to surf, kitesurf or windsurf. Even in the city, far from the sea, you can surf on artificial waves.


Skydiving is a must-do activity for the adventure seekers. During a tandem jump with an experienced skydiver you jump from a height of 4,000 meters for an unforgettable adrenaline rush.

Games in the Garden or in the Park

For a simple but fun time, you can opt for outdoor games in your backyard or at a nearby park.

Quad Tour

Quad bike tours are perfect for motorsports and outdoor enthusiasts. They are available for both on- and off-road adventures.


For action-packed water fun in the summer, wakeboarding or water skiing is an excellent choice. Although it can be challenging to stay standing at first, it becomes a lot of fun once you master the technique.

Cycling or mountain biking

Cycling, a fantastic invention, is ideal for a weekend trip or mountain biking in the woods. It is one of the most popular leisure activities in the Netherlands.

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Flyboarding is a relatively new and not yet well-known activity. A flyboard is a water sports device that allows you to float up to 9 meters above the water thanks to a powerful water jet. You can flyboard on lakes or at sea, and there are also various locations in the Netherlands where this exciting activity is offered.


Paragliding offers a unique experience, especially popular during holidays, where you can admire the landscape from a bird’s eye view. Floating with a paraglider you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surroundings.

Activities with friends

You can also undertake many of the activities mentioned with friends. Some activities are even more fun when you do them together, so invite some friends and enjoy these experiences together.

Leisure Activities – Frequently Asked Questions

What leisure activities are there? The possibilities for leisure activities are endless. Depending on whether you want to be indoors or outdoors, options vary. Popular activities include bowling, painting by numbers, billiards, football, visiting amusement parks or escape rooms.

What leisure activities can you do? When the weather is nice you can go to a lake or swimming pool, walk, relax and read in the park, or visit an amusement park. In bad weather there are options such as escape rooms, laser tag, bowling and billiards.

What can you do outside? There are countless recreational options outside. Think of water sports such as wakeboarding or surfing, amusement parks, park games, swimming pools, swimming, city tours, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and much more.

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