Pannenkoekenhuis Het Betoverde Bos – Esch, Netherlands

Our kids love a good Pannenkoekenhuis when we are in The Netherlands.  In fact, they have one favorite one in a cute village called Esch.  It’s the Pancakes The Enchanted Forest or Pannenkoekenhuis ‘Het Betoverde Bos’t.  It’s not far from Pake & Beppe’s house and it’s yummy and loads of fun for kids.

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Inside is quite pretty – a small play area for kids, a trail inside where you find letters and butterflies hidden to decode a secrete message and the shop which you can buy cheap plastic made in China toys for your tokens which you earn based on what you buy.   They tend to get 10 silver coins so end up with a frisbee, sword or skipping rope.  Each time it differs and each time within 24 hours, the item is broken.  But it’s all fun and they love it so why not.

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Inside seating

Outside is a great open terrace and a play area with a giant bouncy pillow, swings, a tunnel and two in the ground trampolines so loads for the kids to do while us parents enjoy our beer in the sun – harassed by wasps in the summer.

 

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On Soren’s last day of football camp, we took him here for pancakes to celebrate his hard week – football and 100% Dutch kids so language was tricky!  Though he loved it!

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Pirate Pancake
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Princess Pancake

While Maebh did cartwheels on the pillow, Soren did flips on the trampoline – giving me a near heart attack

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The staff is friendly and helpful and enjoy the kids but the only one problem we have here is that they never take foreign credit cards and there is no bank machine nearby so remember bring cash!!

I have more photos from a past trip – will see what I can find and post here.

I swear this is the best business idea around – easy to make pancakes which all kids love! And if we are ever living in Hollands, I am sure birthday parties at the pancake house are very popular!

Kinderboerderij in Jubbega, Friesland

During the third part of the weekend to the Netherlands was that Nils’ grandmother, Beppe will be turning 90, so the family came together at 3 pm on Sunday to have a celebration of her including cakes, dinner, ice cream with sparklers, signing and loads of speeches from her 7 children.  How wonderful, right!

Before that event, we visited a Pannekoekenboederij called DeKoppenjan– which all the kids  LOVED!  I loved the place too – it’s such a great concept – I’d love to own such a place – I have so many ideas and the mark up is HUGE!

We also go to catch up with some family members and their daughter who wouldn’t be attending the afternoon party.   Soren and Maebh spent a lot of time together riding on the things in the playground…

Their favorite part was the giant bouncy pillow out back – that they could have done for hours.  In fact, they are still talking about it.

After some pancakes for the kids, we were off to Beppe’s party.   I didn’t, however, take any photos here as I was just not comfortable – didn’t think it would be received well by many, so I left it.  And of course, I am not in a single photo – sigh!

LOCATION:

Schoterlandseweg 20 – 8411 ZD Jubbega

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