Children are very important members of the international population, as the success of a stray abroad depends largely on whether the children (the family as a whole) manage to feel at home in their new country. Luckily, the Netherlands is probably one of the smoothest countries to ease into. There are a lot of fun attractions, parks, activities and other sources of entertainment, several child-friendly festivities and plenty to stimulate the curious mind of the child, and perhaps one of the most charming aspects; children still come together to play outdoors here.  Read on through this section to learn about day care, the Child Benefit, parental leave, birthday parties, Sinterklaas, shopping, general entertainment and a host of other subjects.